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2006 Private Preview
The Top 20 For the Coming Year
Furnishings: Source of Profusion
By the numbers, Gregorius/Pineo has outdone itself: The maker of furniture re-creations based on 15th-to-18th-century European and Asian antiques has...
Seated in a plump leather chair in the third-floor lounge of Casa Casuarina, his elaborately decorated Miami Beach mansion, Peter Loftin does not...
2006 Private Preview: Elara Fusion Mediator Movie
Media servers—computer-based devices that play DVDs, tune in TV programs, serve as personal video recorders, and store MP3 music, among other...
Travel: The Far West
Lloyd Nakano typically wears a suit for his job as managing director of the Hotel Seiyo Ginza in Tokyo. But on this morning in late May, as he does...
2006 Private View: St Andrews Grand
The six-story, red-brick edifice of the former Grand Hotel looms over the final green of the Old Course at St Andrews, at the intersection of Golf...
2006 Private Preview: Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
Viewing Tokyo from within the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, scheduled to open in December atop the 39-story Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower in the Nihonbashi...
2006 Private Preview: Poseidon Undersea Resort
Spend a night in the resort that Bruce Jones hopes to construct, and the tropical fish and shadowy sharks surrounding your king-size bed will not be...
2006 Private Preview: Acqualina
By design, Acqualina, the Rosewood resort scheduled to open in February 2006 in Sunny Isles, Fla., will be all wet. The resort’s name represents a...
2006 Private Preview: Amanyara
When Amanyara opens on Providenciales this December, it will become Singapore-based Amanresorts’ only property in the Caribbean region. But the...
Sea Changing in The South Pacific
When the shark appears, we are snorkeling in the Beqa Lagoon, south of the main island of Viti Levu and north of Royal Davui, one of the smaller...
Upping the Ante
Former university of Texas coach Darrell Royal, echoing the sentiments of the 1st-century Roman philosopher Seneca, once observed, “Luck is what...
Journeys: A Whale of a Time
Stare long enough at the dark waters of Iceberg Alley off the northern coast of Newfoundland, and the swells and whitecaps begin to look like whales...
Journeys: Harboring A Cold-Blooded Killer
Before the murderer showed up, L’Anse au Pigeon was a peaceful and prosperous place on the shores of an inlet of Quirpon Island, home to a handful of...
From the Editor: Hollywood and the Gilded Age
Private preview. World premiere. Though this issue concerns itself with debuts of another sort, these phrases nevertheless strike the imagination...
Robb Design Portfolio: Surreality Check
Unable to locate the original Plexiglas chess pieces that artist Isamu Noguchi made in 1944 for this chess table (left), Larry List, guest curator of...
FrontRunners: New York Tea Party
Yumcha (212.524.6800, www.yumchanyc.com ) barista Joseph Mahek initially was uncertain of what to expect from Jin R, the Chinese chef and tea expert...
FrontRunners: Cottage Industry
The five new guest cottages at the Bowmore Distillery (+44.1.496.810.671, www.bowmorescotch.com ) bring a much-overdue amenity to the home of Scotch...
FrontRunner: Shark Week
San Francisco–based Shark Diver (888.405.3268, www.sharkdivers.com ) has been dropping clients into Great White–infested waters off the Mexican coast...
FrontRunner: Select Smoke
Alec Bradley Medalist Enthusiasts who pride themselves on their ability to identify cigars’ birthplaces by taste alone will be stumped by the new...
FrontRunner: From the Robb Cellar
Kuleto Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Pat Kuleto is among those rare creative individuals who do not make things—they make worlds. This...
Collectibles: Full Nelson
The Battle of Trafalgar was British Admiral Horatio Nelson’s finest hour, and it was one of his final hours. The fight, which occurred near Spain’s...
Dining: Vive Las Vegas
In his paris restaurant, Guy Savoy serves his steamed turbot on a bed of baby spinach topped with a poached egg. The whitefish’s delicate taste mixes...
Wine: The Bordeaux of Bel Air
Tom Jones knows how to keep a secret. As the CEO of Northrop Corp. from 1952 to 1990, he was the steward of innumerable secrets of the State variety...
Spirits: Modern Love
When Melkon Khosrovian introduced his fiancée, Litty Mathew, to his Armenian relatives, she balked at joining in one of the family’s long-standing...
Smoke: Pyramids in the Alps
Every great day of skiing ends on an elegiac note, when the lifts have closed, the light is waning, and it is time to pull off your boots. Cigar...
Art: Vane Glories
Appearing suitably alarmed and clad curiously in a fur bikini, Raquel Welch is trapped in the talons of the pterodactyl that leans against a wall in...
2006 Private Preview: Partagas Limited Reserve Decadas
Many smokers consider the Partagas 150 one of the greatest cigars ever created, and perhaps the first from the Dominican Republic that could rival or...
FrontRunners: Going With The Grain
Putting is psychological, believes Jim Chiasson, founder of Greenwood Golf (802.864.7117, www.greenwoodgolf.com ) of Burlington, Vt., so why not use...
Golf: Plowing through Paradise
Based on appearances, few locations would seem to offer a more fertile environment for golf than the Riviera Maya, a lush, 81-mile-long stretch of...
2006 Private Preview: Cancún Golf
The fleet of construction cranes along the Riviera Maya coastline indicates the sea change in store for Cancún. Traditionally the terrain of spring-...
It is cold—bitterly cold, wickedly cold—in St. Moritz, Switzerland, in the final week of January, with temperatures climbing no higher than the...
FrontRunner: Watch For Sail
The recreational sailors and fishermen who frequent San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club must have been surprised to learn that a $160,000...
Watches: Future Shock
The recent spate of high-tech-looking complicated watches would have seemed incomplete without a contribution from Jorg Hysek, watchmaking’s foremost...
Pens: Portrait in Exclusivity
Customization has long been in Montegrappa’s repertoire, but Italy’s oldest penmaker has redrawn the parameters of personalization with its new...
Wardrobe: Sure Footing
When Michael Toschi worked for Reebok in the early 1990s, he helped create progressive sneaker technology such as built-in air pumps and a trampoline...
Upon releasing its J12 tourbillon this year, Chanel unwittingly (and perhaps unfairly) became the industry poster child for the commodification of...
2006 Private Preview: Zenith Grande Class Traveller Répétition Minutes
“This watch,” asserts Zenith president Thierry Nataf, “shows our quality and capability to the world.” It is a familiar refrain for a Swiss watch...
2006 Private Preview: F.P. Journe Sonnerie Souveraine
Watchmaker F.P. Journe expects his forthcoming grande sonnerie timepiece to be so coveted that he will engrave both the case and the movement with...
2006 Private Preview: Ballantyne
Ever since Gucci and Burberry recaptured and then eclipsed their former glories, countless other fashion brands have attempted comebacks. Next spring...
Run of the Mines
When a new cache of rare peach-colored imperial topaz is unearthed in the hinterlands of Brazil, the miners often set aside the best stones for Hans...
Style: Racing Form
Simone Schedoni has firsthand experience with the fanaticism that Ferraris can engender. In his family’s Schedoni leather-goods factory in Modena,...
FrontRunners: In A Class Of Its Own
The R in the name of the new R-Class from Mercedes-Benz ( www.mbusa.com ) could stand for riddle. After all, what do you call a vehicle that is 4...
FrontRunners: Extended Legacy
Cadillac ( www.cadillac.com ) has gained new adherents through its recent forays into the performance-car and SUV arenas, but large, comfortable, and...
FrontRunners: Reborn Roadster
The 2006 Mazda MX-5 ( www.mazdausa.com ) features a redesigned body and a more commodious cockpit than its predecessor’s, but the final form leaves...
Autos: It's Alive
Another monster has come to life in the quiet German town of Ingolstadt, but unlike Mary Shelley’s creature, this one, Audi’s 2007 RS4, is ferocious...
2006 Private Preview: Ferrari FXX
Ferrari always has sought to pull owner passions closer to the company’s heart, which is its racing heritage. In the 1930s, Enzo himself sold Alfa...
2006 Private Preview: Porsche Cayman S
When the new Porsche Cayman S arrives in showrooms in the spring of 2006, it may look familiar; it will share front fenders, hood, doors, headlights...
2006 Private Preview: Lamborghini Gallardo SE
It takes just four seconds—the amount of time a Ferrari F430 requires to reach 60 mph—to understand why Lamborghini created a special edition of the...
Wheels: All-Wheel, All Right
Driving the 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet is not an experience that will make you hold on to your hat, at least not literally. Surging...
Aircraft: Lighting It Up
Light sport aircraft are arriving on the market en masse, as one model after another earns certification from the Federal Aviation Administration,...
2006 Private Preview: Aerion Supersonic Business Jet
A new supersonic era may be dawning for business flyers. Aerion Corp. of Reno, Nev., says that it expects to begin developing by next year a sleek...
2006 Private Preview: Christensen 157
Christensen Shipyards has filled a niche in American yacht building since 2000 by launching a series of customized composite yachts that issue forth...
2006 Private Preview: Palmer Johnson 150
When it was introduced in the late 1960s, the raised-pilothouse design for semidisplacement yachts was a welcome alternative to flush-deck and bridge...
Wings & Water: Castles in the Sky
When Phil Condit resigned from his position as CEO of the Boeing Co. amid a defense-contracting scandal at the end of 2003, he not only relinquished...
FrontRunner: Scripps' Second Act
After purchasing the former Scripps family mansion on San Diego’s Bankers Hill, entrepreneur Gordon Hattersley III commenced a renovation that would...
2006 Private Preview: SeaFair's Grand Luxe
After selling the Palm Beach, Fla., art and antiques fair that they cocreated in 1997 (now called Palm Beach! America’s International Fine Art &...
2006 Private Preview: Eric Ripert's Blue
Eric Ripert used to be the culinary equivalent of the most desirable bachelor. Suitors, aka investors, wooed him for years, hoping to convince Ripert...
2006 Private Preview: Sotheby's Diamonds
Sotheby’s soon will utilize its extensive experience with important diamonds in a forum other than auctions. The 261-year-old auction house is...
Leisure: A Sommelier of One's Own
The silver flatware and Meissen china are arrayed on a gleaming dining table festooned with more blossoms than a Brazilian rain forest. The host’s...
FrontRunners: Oenophiles' Oasis
Wine-tasting dinners have become de rigueur at resort-based restaurants, but the new Les Grands Vins de France menu at Mary Elaine’s, the acclaimed...
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