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The Season's Essentials

Our Ultimate Guide to Giving and Entertaining

If, as Hotel Bauer proprietor Francesca Bortolotto Possati says, “the lobby of the Bauer is the...
On a sunny summer afternoon in Camden, Maine, artist Rob Eddy watches the pleasure boats glide by...
As part of the recent $40 million overhaul of the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel ( www.ritzcarlton.com...
In 1945, two years after he built the first freestanding freezer in the basement of his Madison,...
In the evening, on the moonlit terrace of the Penha Longa Hotel & Golf Resort’s Imperial Suite...
When Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, tapped Rosalia Cranfield to serve as the director...
“Allow me to tell you about Langkawi,” requests my driver after he has deduced—perhaps because I...
The English have strange tastes. I offer as proof an episode I witnessed in July at St. John...
Robb Report readers should need no introduction to the work of photographer Randall Cordero , who...
The new champagne trunk from the house of Krug (212.251.8436, www.krug.com ) promises to be the...
As the tools of toiling writers, the pen and bottle have enjoyed a long, and oftentimes fruitful,...
Peter Hewitt has journeyed great lengths for a cup, but the founder of Tea Forte (800. 721.1149,...
David LeFevre did not make a big splash as the new executive chef at downtown Los Angeles’ Water...
In his own way, Michael Mascha is trying to turn water into wine. On his web site, www.finewaters...
Flanked by her bosses at a table set for lunch, Celia Masyczek swirls her glass of 2002 D.R...
Although he has been a Friend of Laphroaig for more than 10 years, Harry Williams of Wolverhampton...
The pleasures of the table are many—as are the dangers. If excessive consumption or gout poses a...
The duties of the host in the 21st century are onerous ones. In recent decades—from the 1970s to...
No one cigar complements every occasion. Even the most enthusiastic smoker would turn down a heavy-...
There is no such thing as bad chocolate, but certainly some chocolates are better than others. For...
COLD OPEN Ron Boyd, former executive chef of the Restaurant at Domaine Chandon, pairs his amuse...
The invitations have been sent. The caterer and band have been selected. And long before the party...
Most of the time, says interior designer Michael Booth, a co-owner of design firm Babey Moulton Jue...
As these ensembles demonstrate,the juxtaposition of seemingly divergent elements—New World with Old...
Husband-and-wife team Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani have sizzled for 17 years in the kitchen at Terra...
When the Vietnamese woman on his right raises the pot by $400, David Sklansky folds his cards...
Mitch Brinton’s new business is not overly concerned with being family-friendly. While other...
After Savile Row loungewear maker Derek Rose (available through Nap Inc., 212.481.5000, www.derek-...
The Indicator chronograph from Porsche Design (800.521.5152, www.porsche-design.com ) underscores...
Premium watch companies often resist advice, much less design input, from outside sources. But when...
Although its rhaeto-romanic name translates to “tough,” new Swiss manufacturer Zai (970.925.3203,...
The Lockes Diamantaires boutique (212.823.9511) in New York’s Time Warner Center is not designed to...
Having spent nearly three decades establishing itself among the top manufacturers of machine-made...
For Nearly 25 Years, Beverly Hills jeweler Ricardo Basta has worked behind the scenes restoring and...
Chubby Especials, Double Grandes, and other Crown Series cigars will find appropriately regal...
Rebellion is afoot in Switzerland. Rather than further venerating or even reinterpreting the well-...
Traces of chemical elements in the earth create a full spectrum of colored diamonds—ranging from...
A colored diamond is an astonishing anomaly; only one in a few hundred thousand diamonds might...
The extraordinary value of a significant colored diamond makes expert advice an imperative when...
A double-breasted vicuña topcoat hangs in the back room of the Gucci store on Milan’s Via...
Despite Swiss watch design’s dizzying rate of evolution in recent years, much of mechanical watch...
The escape wheel is not the only critical regulating component in a watch, nor is it the most...
After their successful fortification of the Chrysler 300C, the Street and Racing Technology (SRT)...
At one time, a luxury automobile was distinguished more by the rarity of its appearance than its...
A driver judges a car, says Aston Martin chief program engineer David King, largely by how well it...
The audacious alloy vents along its front fenders, the 20-inch alloy wheels, the bulge flowing...
The residential cruise ship, a notion many had dismissed as the right idea at the wrong time, soon...
Colorado energy company executive Alex Cranberg certainly is not the first frequent flier to...
Prowling the deck of Star Clipper , Gary Robbins calls for volunteers to raise a sail on one of the...
When the family entered the Iraklion Archaeological Museum on Crete while vacationing one summer,...
Hannah Newman is said to have objected to her son’s rolling cigars in the family barn because it...