Three American originals. Unique machines: suborbital spacecraft,fighter jets and racing yachts.
PROVING THEIR METAL
When Tony Stone encounters a tea caddy—a decorative container that can fit in both hands and was designed to keep tea leaves fresh—he sees much more than a pretty little box.
Before saying yes to Suzanne Lovell last fall, Sam Kasten had turned down many offers from other designers seeking to create home goods collections from his hand-loomed textiles.
Some passengers on the 20-seat planes that service St. Barts may be too concerned about a splash landing to notice their bird’s-eye view of the Eden Rock Hotel.
When cleopatra drank a pearl dissolved in vinegar, she did so, wrote Pliny, to impress Marc Antony.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Despite an equally long history fermenting the fruits of the vine, Spain’s wine-producing regions have only just begun to attain the kind of prestige that neighboring France’s appellations have
The Turrent family, which established its business in 1880, grows more tobacco and produces more cigars than any other Mexican cigar maker, yet its name remains largely unknown to American smoke
Standing before us, behind locked acrylic doors, is perhaps the most impressive collection of cigars ever assembled.
Ggiuseppe Ruo, manager of the Library Bar at London’s Lanesborough hotel, anticipates the question before it is posed.
In his inaugural round at Doonbeg Golf Club four years ago, Buddy Darby recalls, Greg Norman lost seven balls in the 2-foot-high marram grass covering nearly every inch of the course that is not
Claude Jeanloz would like to display his vintage cuff link collection, but to show the entire assemblage in an appropriate fashion, he figures he would need about 30,000 or 40,000 square feet.
Renaissance artists made frequent use of the Divine Proportion, a ratio of measurements that equals the infinite number Phi (approximately 1.618).
A genial, soft-spoken Frenchman, Bernard Richards may not strike you as a rebel, but his maverick nature is clearly evident in the watches he designs—and in his enthusiasm for motorcycles (he ow
Tailors Adriano Roberti and Juiliano Volontare established their Adrian Jules suit label in 1964 in a small workshop near Rochester, N.Y., at a time when eight other suitmakers—the country’s lar
In a covert gesture of affection in 1935, Wallis Simpson gave platinum cuff links bearing the initials W and E rendered in diamond baguettes to her paramour, Edward, the Prince of Wales, who was p
In the 1930s, France’s Voisin and Delahaye carmakers produced some of the most stunning vehicles ever built.
The stretched ladybug shape of the Porsche 911, drawn so perfectly by Butzi Porsche, has been with us for 43 years.
Three-quarters of a century after Ford installed a V-8 engine in its 1932 Roadster, a car that the So-Cal Speed Shop has re-created, the quest to coax higher performance out of mass-produced vehic
Bentley’s Continental GT Convertible is much more than the third of the company’s triplets.
While flying in the rear cockpit of the Collings Foundation’s F-4 Phantom fighter jet this spring, Patrick Smith was as anxious as he was exhilarated.
"Out of control at or below 10,000 feet: Eject.” Of all the warnings and cautions contained in the fighter jet training packet, this was the one that alarmed me most; my civilian pilot training di
In 1995, Collings Foundation cofounder Bob Collings decided it was time to add an F-4 Phantom to the nonprofit’s collection of vintage planes.
Near the end of a day full of speeches by scientists, entrepreneurs, and government officials during the 14th annual Space Access Society (SAS) conference in Phoenix, Reda Anderson approached the
Armadillo Aerospace, Mesquite, Texas
Chris Dickson, helmsman of the BMW Oracle America’s Cup team, keeps his hands steady on the carbon-fiber wheel of the just-launched USA 87, careful not to push the 79-foot yacht beyond its limits
When australia II beat Liberty in 1983 and wrested the America’s Cup from the trophy’s homeland for the first time in the yacht race’s then-132-year history, Tom Whidden was more upset than most
Robert Goldstein, president of the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, lives for his watches. More precisely, Goldstein lives with his watches.