Design revolutions on autos, yachts, jets and more. Hydrogen powered BMW's eco-friendly 7 series sedan, also the luxury vangaurd Pininfarina, Bulgari, Ferretti, Kiton.
The new Samsung K5 digital audio player (www.samsung.com) is unique among MP3 devices in that it can entertain both with and
Döttling Luxury Safes (www.doettling-safes.com), which restores antique safes while adding such features as wet bars
London’s May Fair Hotel (www.radissonedwardian.com) no longer resembles the property that King George V and Queen M
For more than two decades, Englishman David Linley had been crafting custom wood furniture for interior designers and their clients through his namesake retail shop in London (a second store ope
While cleaning out her garage in Murrieta, Calif., last winter, Veva Haacke discovered a leather case containing century-old relics from the US Grant hotel.
Steuben Glass is renowned for the clear, brilliant, and flawless lead crystal that its glassmakers shape into vases, stemware, and decorative objects. Artist Jeff Zimmerman is not so finicky.
The Naples Winter Wine Festival (www.napleswinefestival.com), a three-day auction held this month in Naples, Fla.
Nancy Patton’s Haute Goat Creamery (www.hautegoatcreamery.com) in Lubbock, Texas, is a small operation: just herse
There is nothing quite like the Darioush winery anywhere else in California, except perhaps on the back lot of Paramount Studios, where Cecil B. DeMille once reigned.
During a September training session for what will be his most challenging competition, Gavin Kaysen was struggling with a crucial technique.
Europe’s fascination with so-called primitive art reached its apogee during the first half of the 20th century, when artists such as Picasso, Modigliani, and especially the German Expressionists e
Art for Heart’s Sake Fifty Foot Films (www.fiftyfootfilms.com) of Los Angeles promises to give your home movies—of bi
Recently, the Cuban cigar maker Perdomo resolved to bring together two favorite male pastimes: golf and a good smoke.
After opening their 58-room Lodge at Woodloch in the Poconos town of Hawley, Pa., last summer, Ginny and John Lopis reminisced about the first American destination spas.
George-Henri Meylan, Audemars Piguet’s mild-mannered CEO, says he never intended to supplant traditional Swiss design when he tasked the watchmakers at complication specialty house Renaud et Papi
As Audemars Piguet advances mechanical watchmaking, the Le Brassus manufacture quietly continues to practice its established métier in jewelry watches.
Working his coa—a long-handled knife with a flat, moon-shaped blade—a jimadore hacks swordlike leaves from agave plants, revealing in each a 60-pound heart that resembles a massi
Throughout his visits to the Wilderness Safaris camps in southern Africa, says senior correspondent Jack Smith, he could not contain his primal sense of self-preservation.
If you can pick up the Super Bowl XL Opus, you might be able to secure a spot on one of the teams playing in the February 4 game.
Many golfers have surveyed the glacial pace of play ahead of them and fantasized about building their own courses.
Lorraine Schwartz arrived at a recent Christie’s jewelry auction in New York City wearing a long strand of large lavender jade beads, a chunky ivory bangle embedded with rubies, and a gray diamo
The minimalist Golden Bridge watch line from Corum (www.corum.ch) is exploring its extravagant side.
Opposites Attract And last, from our Fashion Statement Department: The Japanese jeans manufacturer Evisu (www.evisu.com) has p
Fashion designer and wardrobe consultant Jack Simpson has long been an enthusiast of 1940s-era fashion and pop culture, particularly the works of Alberto Vargas, a Peruvian-born airbrush artist.
Soon after Errett Loban Cord purchased the Duesen-berg company from brothers Fred and August Duesenberg in 1926, he produced an extraordinary series of high-speed touring cars.
To demonstrate how well the Vectrix handles, Dana DeCosta weaves the electric maxi-scooter along a coastal road.
It may be true that, as a BMW spokesman says, the M6 convertible will appeal to the car enthusiast who really appreciates performance, someone who also is an aficionado of airplanes, watches, and
In his Rancho Dominguez, Calif., office, Joe Gonzalez displays an exceedingly rare 1927 Packard that is one of only four surviving examples of its type.
The latest Mondial de l’Automobile—known outside of France as the Paris Motor Show—was genteel, distingué, très chic, and very French.
Ted Fontaine, founder of the Friendship Yacht Co. of Portsmouth, R.I.
For an Allied pilot in World War II, few sights were as fearsome as that of the German Messerschmitt Me 262, a speedy jet fighter known as the Swallow (because it is shaped like one).
Moments after the Concorde had swept past the tens of thousands of spectators gathered for the 1973 Paris Air Show finale, the similarly delta-winged and needle-nosed Tu-144 roared low over Le B
In the sky above the Kalahari Desert, near the Jwaneng diamond mine in south central Botswana, one occasionally may spot an airship the length of a football field.
During the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s, Soviet spacecraft returning from their missions landed in Siberia—and then the cosmonauts who had man
In a building resembling an aircraft hangar, dozens of men clamber over an object as large as a house.
Ulysse Nardin received an early, though not immediately apparent, head start in the watch industry’s recent technology race.
If BMW motorcycles were cars, they would be Porsche 911s.
What a difference pressing a button can make.
On a bluff overlooking Bali’s rugged Bukit peninsula, a chorus of men in black-and-white-check sarongs sit in a circle and chant in unison as a tangerine sun sinks into the Indian Ocean.
Bulgari may be headquartered in Rome, but its watchmaking ambitions rival those of any Swiss brand.
Something about this Pershing 90 is different.
An interview with Nicola Bulgari cannot be contained to a q uestion-and-answer format. With his enthusiasm and candor he instantly engages me in an impromptu, fast-paced conversation.
Only a truly incredible stone is given a name to mark its place in gemological history. Two years ago, a miner in Sri Lanka uncovered such a gem, a 600-plus-carat sapphire.
Not far from Vumbura Plains, a posh safari camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, Grant Harris is wheeling his Land Rover through a herd of a dozen elephants that have emerged from behind a stand of t
During a group visit to Kiton’s Naples, Italy, factory in 2001, one of the guests questioned whether the suit being shown was among the world’s finest.
Ruckomechi Camp, Zimbabwe
As the lights dim at Disneyland’s Honda ASIMO Theater in Anaheim, Calif., a blue curtain rises to reveal what appears to be the set of a sitcom.
Wilderness Safaris was still in its infancy when the company demonstrated its philanthropic bent.
Some would argue that the Dino is the most beautiful sports car ever made, and it is an argument that is difficult to counter.
In 1913, Kohler hired Frederick Jr. and John Olmsted, sons of the designer of New York’s Central Park, to devise a 50-year plan for the company’s namesake village in Wisconsin.
Our archetypal image of a radical is often at odds with reality, as early American history demonstrates: Revolution on this continent was fueled, initially, not by ideals heated to a fevered pitch
Sitting in a private study in the corporate offices of the company his grandfather founded in 1873, Herbert Kohler Jr. appears very much the magnate of modern industry that he is.
Big Ben Roethlisberger no doubt wishes he had been wearing a helmet when his Suzuki Hayabusa sport bike famously met the business end of a Chrysler New Yorker last summer.
Five years ago, Honda Motor Co. engineer Michimasa Fujino wrote a technical paper in which he described a small jet with a bizarre design.
Hype suffuses the hospitality business, but the Keating hotel in San Diego is indeed—as its promoters claim—unique.
For years after its introduction, the 1600 Spider represented the defining design of Alfa Romeo.
Ciro Paone’s face beamed as he posed between a double-breasted marine blue navy suit and a morning suit that once belonged to Edward VIII, the Duke of Windsor.