Icons and Innovators

Celebrating the most exclusive brands of all time including Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Patek Philippe, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., De Beers, Beretta, Sotheby's, Feadship, Cunard, Four Seasons, Abercrombie & Kent, Louis Vuitton, Brioni, Armani, Chateau Lafite Rothschild, The Glenlivet, Davidoff, and Ducati.

1976 Volume I, Number 1 The Robb Report, a publication devoted to advertisements for new and...
To discover why Ferrari ranks among the top automobile brands in the world, we traveled to Italy...
Because the company had won races from its earliest days in 1947, Ferrari became the chassis of...
Consider for a moment how difficult it is to acquire any object of undisputed quality, tradition,...
The world of important auctions and the world of haute horology, or exceptional timepieces, are...
Perhaps more than any other flower genus, orchids captivate with their countless forms and enticing...
Challenging the absence of soul, detail, and uniqueness in mass-produced adornments that flooded...
Tank: Louis Cartier designed the Tank watch as a tribute to the American tank commanders who...
When you lift a really fine firearm, it seems to float in your hands; the equilibrium is so perfect...
When you lift a really fine firearm, it seems to float in your hands; the equilibrium is so perfect...
Leaving Their Mark Look closely and you will see a hunter, dressed in skins, working a ramrod down...
Sir Stirling Moss buckles the strap on his trademark white open-face helmet, adjusts his goggles,...
No car before or since has cleaved the air as effectively as did the 1954 Mercedes 300SL, the...
Cunard came to my notice in November 1969 when the Queen Elizabeth 2 arrived at Kingston, Jamaica,...
Passing Fancy The romance and mystique of the Cunard liners—one of the most enduring British...
The mere mention of the name Pebble Beach conjures up images and emotions in golfers and nongolfers...
Strokes Of Genius After moving west from his native New England in 1908, Samuel F.B. Morse, a...
Ettore Bugatti continues to be considered one of the world’s great engineering artists. His...
On A Roll From The Beginning Growing up in the 1960s in Tuscany’s Lucca valley, a center of Italy’s...
Although he worked on a number of projects for BMW, Mini, MG, and Land Rover during his 15-year...
The Phantom does not represent the first time that a Rolls-Royce designer took a risk. Just over 30...
BMW won its well-documented struggle with Volkswagen for ownership of Rolls-Royce—sort of. A legal...
Before Giorgio Armani, the phrase men’s fashion was an oxymoron. Or rather, with all due respect...
The Milanese Maestro In 1977, Giorgio Armani paraded down a Milan fashion runway his version of a...
Umberto Angeloni went to a lot of trouble and great expense to express his views on how important...
Brioni’s experimentation with jacket design dates to the 1950s, when it introduced the Ordine...
Slipping into a custom-made suit is simply the sine qua non of dressing sensations—a thrill that...
Fine jewelry is fashioned from precious gold, diamonds, rubies, and emeralds—extremely limited...
Jean Schlumberger: Hailed as one of the 20th century’s great artisans, the late Jean Schlumberger...
In April, Tiffany & Co. will unveil a new collection of jewelry and home accessories designed...
Customers wanted Ducati motorcycles in 1995. The products were modern, attractive, fairly priced,...
When I think of cigars, one of the first things that comes to mind is relaxation. In a life like...
Davidoff’s master blender, Hendrik “Henke” Kelner, once complained that the company was so...
For centuries, France has been the undisputed standard bearer in the world of fine wine. But, in...
The first cult wine, presumably, was poured for the first wine cult—that of Bacchus, in Ancient...
As early as the 1300s, attempts were made to classify the vineyards of France according to the...
For more than a century, the gold standard of world wine was the 1855 classification of the First...
A pair of pistols, a fortuitous location, and a wee bit of luck all once conspired to transform an...
Thomas Keller slogged through the brutal, precarious world of the restaurant industry for 20 years...
The kitchen staff at Per Se in New York and the French Laundry in California both rely on a certain...
The great scottish poet Robert Burns once wrote that “Freedom an’ whisky gang thegither!” Certainly...
Parisians have a term—les palais, or the palaces—for their city’s finest hotels. Bestowed upon a...
When isadore sharp opened the now-defunct Four Seasons Motor Hotel in downtown Toronto in 1961, he...
Bill Fischer, founder and president of Fischer Travel Enterprises in New York, advises some of the...
Design trends, we can argue, speak to their time. In particular, the shapes of our flying machines...
I’ve always felt that boats represent the wishes, desires, and personalities of the people who...
Big Splash Although the notion of pleasure boating may have originated with the Dutch, who enjoyed...
For the first time in history, people with the means to do so can go anywhere on Earth—and even...
Sitting at the Long Bar of the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1962, John and Valerie Kent...
Abercrombie & Kent’s escorted tours range from a four-day ski excursion in the Canadian Rockies...
Four decades is a long tenure in any position, but in the hospitality industry, such a stint is a...
“Try to come early for the heat experiences!” This line jumps out as I read the e-mail confirmation...
Jonathan Oppenheimer, the scion of the De Beers diamond dynasty, is used to addressing negative...
Last november was a big month for Raphaèle Canot, artistic director at De Beers LV. She launched...
With a flick of a cloth, the last stubborn specks of dust fly off the steely blue facets, the heavy...
Traveling and making art have much in common: Both require faith that you will get from one point...
Paris has a new landmark. On its opening day last October, the newly redesigned Louis Vuitton...
Special Deliveries Louis Vuitton’s first trip was a personal mission. The then-14-year-old, who...
One day a few years ago, James Twitchell, professor of English and advertising at the University of...
My relationship with Ducatis began in 1972, when the Austin, Texas, motorcycle dealership where I...
Although Marcel Bloch never learned to fly, he had a pilot’s passion for the emerging science of...
We have no Circus Maximus today, no chariot races. But we do have the art auction, which—far from...
March 1744 Samuel Baker conducted his first auction, a book sale, in London; today he is credited...