Best of the Best

2006 luxury portfolio.

Peter Marino’s style is difficult to define because his modern aesthetic creates a whole new...
After viewing the saltwater lagoons and aquariums at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas, a client...
Although William Switzer & Associates did not realize it at the time, when fashioning...
Poggenpohl, a Herford, Germany, company that has been designing avant-garde kitchens for more than...
Some good things come in conspicuously grand packages. Among these is the Sub-Zero Pro 48, a 48-...
The company that introduced the first built-in wall oven in 1955, the double-oven in 1956, and the...
A Ciottolo ceramic basin can elevate hand washing from mundane to sensual, although its design is...
The Grand Canyon owes its existence to running water, to the rivers and streams that have, over the...
Baths, showers, sinks, lighting, tiles, towel racks—it seems that every bathroom fixture has been...
Janice Hyland and husband Alan Granby’s approach to art and antiques fairs is homegrown. The booth...
Mary Jane Morgan was a merry widow indeed, judging by the spectacular pair of silver candelabra she...
Although Grace Wu Bruce was born in Hong Kong, she did not encounter Chinese furniture from the...
Paul Frankl’s Skyscraper bookcase commands attention. Standing nearly 8 feet tall and made from...
Movies are best viewed large and wide, on a broad canvas that pulls the audience into the middle of...
The best high-definition plasma televisions provide extraordinary video while doing a significant...
Think of a music server as an Apple iPod for your home: It stores all your music on a hard drive...
Best known for high-end audio amplifiers that rival the size and weight of airliner serving carts,...
The Goldmund Logos-N-Sub speak­er system will be a center of attention in any home. Its unique...
In these days of multichannel home theater, dedication to two-channel stereo seems quaint, but it...
Contrary to popular belief, 1977’s Star Wars did not introduce surround-sound technology to cinemas...
Many iPod owners now use their beloved portables as a primary device for music listening. But...
At first glance, the LG Electronics VX9800 Verizon cellular phone may appear to be a throwback to...
Digital SLR cameras take wonderful pictures but tend to make poor traveling companions, as the...
The ambitious group portrait demands attention. It depicts two daughters, two sons, and their...
The paintings in Jack Kilgore & Co.’s Manhattan gallery rarely are by famous artists, but they...
Founded in London in 1876, The Fine Art Society (FAS) gallery was operating when James McNeill...
Hirschl & Adler Modern director Shelly Farmer says the Manhattan gallery showed many different...
When Herb Caen, the Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, recalled...
Midway through its renovation of the palazzo Caruso Belve­dere, Orient-Express Hotels hit a wall—a...
Geneva has a rich reputation as the home of expensive Swiss watches, decadent chocolates, and...
Certain details remind you that Casa Casuarina, an exclusive club and hotel on Ocean Drive in Miami...
Every city has, in its history, certain defining moments that are destined to reshape its future...
Amangalla had been open only nine days when the tsunami struck Sri Lanka in December 2004...
Just as Mandarin Oriental closed its 43-year-old flagship hotel in Hong Kong for a yearlong...
Cabdrivers, bellboys, and even randomly encountered people on the streets of Langkawi will tell you...
A 24-foot-tall projection screen shaped like a human head rises above a reflection pond outside...
Adirondack Great Camps defined rustic opulence in the early 20th century, a role the Whiteface...
St. Bart’s is the French West Indies isle of intime, where Parisian film stars stretch out on sugar...
If Madinat Jumeirah were in Las Vegas, the resort’s “old Arabia” theme might seem contrived, if not...
The Maldives island of Reethi Rah was less than half its current size before One&Only Resorts...
Kasbah Tamadot, the latest addition to Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition resort group,...
Amanyara is proof that Amanresorts’ contemporary Asian style applies equally well to settings far...
Bandon Dunes became one of America’s top golfing destinations by taking an un-American approach to...
Writers frequently employ masculine adjectives—brawny, rugged, strapping—to describe golf courses...
When P.B. Dye first arrived at the site for his Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club, he found soil...
The rolling meadows southwest of Dublin provide a magnificent setting for PGA National Ireland,...
A stream and wood-chip walkways weave throughout 136 forested acres at Tom Fazio’s Wynn Golf Course...
Despite its billing as a “modern links” layout—and its setting on the southern coast of Wales—the...
Mark Twain once described Mauritius as “God’s blueprint for Heaven.” Today, the Indian Ocean island...
From the tee of the par-5 sixth hole at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club, you might find it...
The number of destination clubs operating in the United States increased almost tenfold from mid-...
Quintess, a newcomer among destination clubs, has catapulted to the forefront because of the...
The base of Ajax Mountain is Aspen’s social hub, where you can catch the Silver Queen gondola to...
Not every 200-year-old estate in Tuscany comes with crumbling walls and spotty phone service. At...
The fractional program at the Villas at Tristant, a ski-in/ski-out development on the perimeter of...
Ritz-Carlton Club owners can play golf in Jupiter, Fla., ski in Aspen and Bachelor Gulch, Colo., or...
Accolades are not unfamiliar to the Yellowstone Club. Last June, the Big Sky, Mont., mountain...
Nearly 6,000 New Yorkers formed a line around a block on May 20, 2005, for the op­por­tunity to...
The list of planned facilities at Saguaro Ranch is staggering: a 10,000-square-foot spa with eight...
Hampton Island does not appear on maps, and the 4,000-acre community, which sits between Savannah...
Television producer and hotelier Merv Griffin began purchasing land in La Quinta, Calif., nearly 20...
Cooking, like sports, is a young man’s game: A body can take only so many years of 12- to 14-hour...
In 1893, members of the Kaesler family, who had immigrated to Australia from Silesia in the 1840s,...
Of the three famed Côte-Rôtie vineyards that Etienne Guigal owns in the Rhône Valley, only La...
Globe-trotting winemaker Paul Hobbs, perhaps known best for his California Chardonnays, seems as at...
Angelo Gaja became a legendary figure in Piedmontese winemaking for introducing to the region such...
At a tasting of Vega Sicilia’s Unico at Valentino restaurant in Los Angeles earlier this year, 10...
As one would expect of a property that has stood for more than 450 years, Château Haut-Brion, which...
The négociant house of Bouchard Père & Fils (now controlled by Henriot Champagne and therefore...
Charles-Camille Heidsieck was one of the first Champagne entrepreneurs to recognize the importance...
In 1983, Franz Hirtzberger helped establish the Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus, an organization...
Because it is brewed from grain, sake could be classified as beer instead of as wine. But in this...
It is often assumed—and for good reason—that the classification of vineyards according to the...
A passion for all things creative has inspired Ann Colgin throughout her career—from her years as...
Founded in 1972, Joseph Phelps’ eponymous winery has steadily continued to grow and release wines...
In a region of extraordinary beauty, no more beautiful place exists than the Spring Mountain area—a...
One of three proprietors, Michael Etzel discovered the 88-acre prop­erty that would become Beaux...
One is hard-pressed to imagine a less likely professional precursor to the occupation of vintner...
Peter Michael Winery’s tremendous influence on winemaking in the past quarter century happened by...
Crocker & Starr came about when innovative winemaker Pam Starr was hired as a consultant to...
As a successful entrepreneur, Darioush’s proprietor, Darioush Khaledi, sought to marry the...
The Brander Vineyard has been a Santa Barbara County staple since 1975, when Fred Brander, an...
The Hennessy company history has no generation gaps. Maurice Hennessy represents the eighth...
San Francisco’s South Beach waterfront district has been a hotbed of activity for the past few...
Auchentoshan, now controlled by Morrison Bowmore Distillers (which Suntory Alliance Brands owns),...
Famed grappa producer Nonino produces Nonino ÙE La Riserva dei Cent’Anni by fermenting and...
Rhum agricoles, artisanal rums representing only about 3 percent of this spirit’s production, are...
Aged reposado and añejo tequilas—the so-called sipping varieties—certainly are enjoyable, but...
Early on, the folks at Taylor Fladgate expected that the 2003 harvest would yield a spectacular...
John Leacock was only 15 years old when he began apprenticing for a Madeira shipping firm in 1741...
Leonildo Pieropan, the leading producer in Soave and the grandson of the estate’s founder (also...
Schloss Vollrads is the ancestral home of the Barons of Greiffenclau, but since bankruptcy...
When Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser founded Inniskillin in 1975, they intended to emphasize pre­...
When Queen Victoria died in 1901 at the age of 81, her bon vivant son, having finally ascended to...
The Marnier-Lapostolle company first made the Grand Marnier Cuvée Cent du Cinquantenaire in 1977 to...
After his defeat at Culloden in 1746, Prince Charles Edward Stuart of Scotland—better known as...
Jörg Rupf, scion of a German family of master distillers, arrived in California in 1982 with a...
Originally produced as an elixir of long life by Carthusian monks from a recipe they acquired in...
Tallying the votes for our Best of the Best selections was just a formality. Although we were...
Few of the Cuban brands now being made in other countries possess their namesakes’ strength, but...
Mike Butera’s perfectionism is ap­parent in the handful of collectible pipes he carves each year...
Like a habanero pepper, the Camacho Coyolar Puro delivers an intense flavor that will overwhelm...
Smoking the Casa Fuente is as enjoyable as visiting the cigar’s namesake boutique and lounge, which...
Like fine wines, great cigars can be savored almost as much for their aroma as for their taste. The...
The Gurkha brand is named for the fearsome, faithful Nepalese soldiers who fought alongside the...
Jose Seijas is the master blender for Altadis, the world’s largest producer of cigars. For the Jose...
While most brands tweak the same silhouette from one season to the next, Kiton tries to define the...
“My image is not just preppy, casual, elegant, or English,” Ralph Lauren explained recently, when...
Since first introducing finished clothing under its own label in 1991 and establishing its first...
Sport And Dress Shirts Luigi Borrelli Neapolitan shirtmaker Luigi Borrelli went into its century-...
Italian designer Stefano Ricci questioned his sanity more than once while transforming a run-down...
For years, two four-story-high billboards depicting LV-monogrammed suitcases dominated the...
While fantasizing about the future over lunch one afternoon, Domenico Vacca envisioned himself...
Richard Mille, the maverick watch designer who, with his industrial-looking complicated timepieces...
Although decidedly contemporary, the Breguet Tradition really is a throwback to the 18th century...
The Ulysse Nardin Royal Blue Tourbillon indicates that company president and owner Rolf Schnyder,...
De Bethune founders Denis Flageollet and David Zanetta have classical tastes. Although they...
The primary attraction of the DeWitt Academia Tourbillon Différentiel is its planetary gear system...
Bernhard Guillaume-Gentil, chief architect of Vacheron Constantin’s Tour de l’Ile wristwatch, may...
When creating the sound for the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Minute Repeater Antoine LeCoultre, the...
A conventional minute repeater/ perpetual calendar model—while an impressive technical achievement—...
Solar time complications, such as sunrise and sunset times, usually are only curiosities because...
Even seasoned aficionados cannot keep their hands off Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Compressor Extreme...
The Hublot Big Bang—the brand’s first major revision to its original flagship design in 20 years—...
The Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk II Pro Challenger of Record Flying Tourbillon is the latest salvo in...
On the surface, the Porsche Design Indicator does not appear to be a piece that would make a...
When Harry Winston chairman Ronald Winston formed a separate watch division in Switzerland 15 years...
Swiss watches have displayed some ridiculous affectations (feather boa straps?) in the name of...
The Van Cleef & Arpels Secret collection embodies the notion that what a woman does with her...
A. Lange & Söhne, a company that closed down for some 40 years and then ascended back to...
Even if you doubt that complicated mechanical wristwatches appeal to women, you cannot deny the...
Somewhat decadent and remarkably relevant to contemporary styles, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Pierres...
Cartier’s Caresse d’Orchidées par Cartier, a collection of 36 high jewelry pieces unveiled last...
A highlight of the latest high jewelry collection from Chopard is a flowing necklace made of 15...
Expectations ran high last year when the auction house Sotheby’s and the Steinmetz Diamond Group, a...
Like many of her peers, jewelry designer Michelle Ong regards jewelry as an art form rather than as...
Nicholas Varney’s latest work emphasizes what he calls the “deconstructionism” of jewelry, which he...
The designs of fourth-generation Indian jeweler Viren Bhagat are influenced by his country’s rich...
James de Givenchy enjoys presenting clients with designs that include stones they never before have...
Brazil’s H. Stern has the inside track on the native country’s flourishing colored gem supply,...
One of Samuel Getz’s prized possessions is a rare 10-carat chrome tourmaline that looks like a...
As it celebrates the 100th anni­versary of its founding, Mont­blanc is offering a pen that...
Of all the animals represented in Car­tier’s extensive design oeuvre, none has had the staying...
Like many limited-edition pens, the Dunhill-Namiki Sakura-Rose fountain pen marks a milestone, in...
Each porcelain Loiminchay FuShou fountain pen is unique because an artisan from the Chinese...
The one-of-a-kind Grayson Tighe Bast fountain pen—named for the Egyptian goddess who protects cats...
Ten years after Montegrappa debuted its coveted Dragon pen, the company has introduced its...
Its exhaust note turns heads even before the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder comes into view—quickly—as...
This little Dutch roadster is a masterpiece of engineering and design. So beautiful on a macro and...
If the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 had taken a name from its presence rather than from a French race driver...
Do the math for a minute. The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 can be draped in any of six paint pigments—...
Choosing this year’s Best of the Best sedan was a prickly task. With great marques introducing so...
Bentley’s Continental GT is a four-seat two-door. The Bentley Continental Flying Spur is a four-...
Press the top of the shift lever in the $367,000 Maybach 57 S, and you almost can hear the opening...
Although still unmistakably prim of trim and undeniably proper in its overall sculpture, the Audi...
The F430 street car could be the best sports car of all time, so what does this make the Ferrari...
The 2007 Cadillac Escalade dem­onstrates that General Motors remains capable of producing a world-...
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S adds power and posture to a vehicle—the Cayenne Turbo—that has...
The new Mercedes-Benz GL 450 is a study in contradictions: It is a German-engineered, American-made...
The Audi Q7 is a capable, luxurious, seven-passenger vehicle pitched squarely among the best SUVs,...
It used to be that Mercedes-Benz built highly capable sedans wrapped in utterly conservative...
Nude jogging would attract far less attention than a leisurely Sunday drive in a Novitec Rosso...
Known for its Land Cruiser restorations, TLC has draped the classic Toyota FJ40 shape over modern,...
The Hennessey Venom 1000 Twin Turbo launches the Dodge Viper beyond the supercar stratosphere...
In a market where up-to-the-second technology is essential to survival, MV Agusta’s Tamburini—named...
The R1 was considered a highly innovative bike when Yamaha introduced it in 2004. An exhaust...
The Kawasaki ZX-10R, the company’s flagship sportbike, has been revised for 2006 specifically to...
In addition to its racing pedigree, the Benelli TNT Sport ($16,700) possesses the exotic good looks...
The Yamaha Star Roadliner’s designers say that they based the bike’s Art Deco styling—which...
The Harley-Davidson FLSTFSE2 CVO Screamin’ Eagle Fat Boy ($28,500) is the latest offering from the...
The Suzuki Boulevard M109R ($12,400) represents an ultramodern interpretation of the cruiser. The...
The Honda VTX1800 earns a nod of approval for its grandiose custom cruiser styling and for the way...
The Honda Gold Wing might be the most civilized means of traveling on two wheels. Its long list of...
The BMW K 1200 GT ($18,800) re­defines the company’s Grand Turismo paradigm with a refreshingly...
The Triumph Sprint ST ($10,900) contradicts the notion that sport touring machines are docile,...
In 2004, Ducati dove into uncharted waters with an all-new machine that catered to adventure-...
Nearly two decades after its introduction as the original sports sedan, the BMW M5 remains one of...
Jan-Eric Österlund is a longtime fan of Britannia, a racing yacht commissioned in 1893 by the...
What do you get when you combine the talents of an Italian yacht builder, a French designer, and a...
While inventing new motor yachts, fulfilling orders for its 80-foot sailing vessels, and creating...
Naval architect Luca Brenta calls Ghost an “ocean runner,” a term he uses to describe a very fast...
To create more U.S.-friendly boats, Ferretti Group, the in­ternational boatbuilding consortium that...
While most Italian small-yacht build­ers have ignored America’s love affair with the retro styling...
Fast and fashionable, the Australian-built semiopen Warren S87 offers a true cruising experience in...
Riva, a member of Ferretti Group, did not take baby steps when creating its new flagship. At 115...
With the widest beam (19 feet, 6 inches), shallowest draft (4 feet, 10 in­ches), and largest fuel...
In 1994, Hinckley gave aging sailboat customers a gracious way out of the cockpit when it...
The folks at Fairline apparently have decided that if they cannot beat them, they should join them...
Designers Stefano Righini and Carlo Galeazzi have conceived the Azimut 105 as a roomy, elegant...
When Italian real estate entrepreneur Salvatore D’Agostino failed to find a suitably large upgrade...
A fine Italian builder with a long history of producing fast patrol boats, Cantieri Navali...
George Bye, CEO of Aviation Technology Group (ATG), im­agines the following scenario: “Take a...
The Socata TBM 850 six-seat turboprop has been dubbed a “VLJ killer”—a plane that offers...
If you think the term “kit plane” ap­plies only to little two-seaters that you build in your garage...
The jaunty little American Legend Cub first flew in March 2005, and in July it was among the first...
The Boeing Business Jet 3 is not just bigger than its predecessor; it is better. Announced last...
Embraer, a Brazilian company that had been building regional jets and military aircraft, branched...
Bombardier’s Learjet, Challenger, and Global brands already have significant market share, but the...
To build its high-performance, all-composite Spectrum 33, Spectrum Aeronautical pioneered a...
The Raytheon Hawker 850XP, which debuted last year, has been given new composite-construction...
The German aerospace giant Grob made a splash at last year’s Paris Air Show when it announced its...
Some 20 years after it invented the fractional jet business, NetJets continues to dominate the...
Now with 11 years of experience under its belt, Bombardier Flexjet, the fractional-ownership...
CitationShares, the fractional operator co-owned by Cessna Aircraft and TAG Aviation, is offering...
The New Jersey–based fractional provider Avantair flies only the Piaggio Avanti P.180, which...
Marquis Jet, a program offered by NetJets, our Best of the Best Fractional-Ownership Programs...
JetPASS, the jet-card program offered by fractional operator Flight Options, has been making...
Bombardier’s Skyjet, which offers flight hours on Bombardier Flexjet’s fleet of aircraft as well as...
Just about every problem in our business,” observes JetNetwork COO Paul Svenson, “stems from the...
At the end of the day,” says Michael Green, president and CEO of Delta AirElite, “we can’t make our...
Sentient’s Jet Membership program has tripled in the 22 months that CEO Steve Hankin has occupied...
We don’t sell just charter service,” says Blue Star Jets CEO Ricky Sitomer. “We sell flexibility...
People who charter aircraft often find that expenses mount in unexpected ways. Recognizing this,...
CharterAuction has changed its name to Jets International, but its business model essentially...
AEXJet has grown far beyond its home in the Rockies. Today, only 20 percent of its flights transit...
Since 1967, when the late Carl Hirschmann purchased some aircraft hangars in Basel, Switzerland,...
Older companies are sometimes perceived as dinosaurs lumbering toward evolutionary dead ends, but...
In 1964, Clay Lacy was the first to fly a corporate jet, a Learjet 23, to the West Coast (from...
TAG Aviation, Cessna’s joint-venture partner in the CitationShares fractional-ownership program,...
About a decade ago, a California entrepreneur took delivery of a 170-foot Feadship and named her...
Sherakhan is enjoying the type of retirement many of us hope for: She looks better than ever, and...
When he took delivery of his second Blue Moon, a 165-footer, in 2000, Richard Duchossois had no...
Using a baseball analogy to describe Benetti’s launching of the 183-foot Galaxy, the initial build...
Nothing signals a builder’s intention to compete in the megayacht business like launching a 496-ton...
With its 180-foot Mia Elise, New Orleans–based Trinity Yachts has fired a shot across the bow of...
Candyscape, a 147-foot yacht built in 1994 by Benetti and now moored in Monaco, serves as an...
The 182-foot Twizzle is a thoroughly modern De Vries–built Feadship with all the latest toys and a...
Alysia is as much a floating spa as it is a yacht. This 280-foot boat carries as many as 36 guests...
The F.P. Journe Sonnerie Souveraine is hardly the most complicated or flamboyant timepiece, but its...