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20th Annual Best of the Best

200+ new autos, watches resorts & more.

Ferrari is engaged in some dark alchemy these days. How else could the 430 Scuderia be both quicker...
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Most Porsches, even the steroid-enhanced 911 GT2, display an air of Teutonic reserve—not sterility...
Oh, to be among the fortunate 500, those quick-witted souls (fewer than one-fifth of whom are...
Huge and heavy, and about as green as offshore drilling, the $341,000 Bentley Brooklands ( www...
Mercedes-Benz’s new and mighty 6.3-liter V-8, built by performance division AMG, has slipped fully...
Finally, a Jaguar that embraces the purity of its past and just might rekindle devotion to a brand...
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At the Lexus LX 570 assembly plant in Yoshiwara, Japan, master craftsmen oversee final fitting and...
The leather-trimmed cabin of the Acura MDX ( www.acura.com ) is a beautiful place to be, even more...
When Gone in Sixty Seconds —a splashy remake of a low-budget 1974 gear-grinder flick of the same...
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Among business-class conveyances, the old-fashioned van is hardly the stuff of CEO daydreams. It is...
Each TLC Icon originates as the bare chassis of a 1958–1983-era Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser, a...
To imply that the stock twin-turbo V-12 engines in the current Mercedes-Benz CL65, S65, and SL65...
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Ducati first tantalized the faithful in 1964 with the Apollo prototype, a virtual Holy Grail for...
Photograph by Michael Lichter
There is a constant battle of sensibilities when creating a custom motorcycle. Appearance...
It may be something of an understatement when Kawasaki describes its all-new sport-touring machine...
Like the Ducati Desmosedici RR, the Suzuki B-King debuted as a prototype long before it became a...
Photograph by Nick Dunmur
A street-only adventure motorcycle, the $11,000 Triumph Tiger 1050 is an intoxicating blend of...
Photograph by Sergio Kurhajec
When Tom Ford returned to fashion last year after a three-year hiatus, he did so in a way that was...
Photograph by Sergio Kurhajec
If soft, natural shoulders, unusually high-notched lapels, and suppressed waists do not make suits...
In 1999, watchmakers Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey left Renaud et Papi with the vision of a new...
Since its launch, Breguet’s open-works La Tradition model has stood as a paean to the original...
In 2005, Parisian jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels presented its Midsummer Night’s Dream high-...
Cristina Wendt-Thévenaz, CEO of Delaneau in Geneva, brings a feminine perspective to Swiss...
Photograph by Dilip Bhatia
When, in 2005, jeweler Viren Bhagat acquired an exceptional 17th-??century, 70-?carat carved...
Known for his collection of rarefied estate jewelry, Lee Siegelson of Siegelson (212.?832.?2666,...
Photograph by Tom Seelbach
Pen maker Montblanc was founded in Hamburg, Germany, in 1906, the same year that jeweler Van Cleef...
Every detail of the Caran d’Ache 1010 (718.482.7500, www.carandache?.com )—from the tiny screw at...
From the guest rooms at the Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, visitors can gaze across Red Square to the...
Photograph by Peter Mealin
Visitors arrive at the Peninsula Tokyo (+81.3.6270.2888, www.peninsula.com ) in green Rolls-Royce...
Robb Report first covered the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya in an October 2004 story that...
The Carlton Hotel (+41.81.836. 70.00, www.carlton-stmoritz.ch ) , a nearly century-old institution...
Photograph by Aidan Bradley
A former gravel quarry near Tacoma, Wash., is not the first place one would expect to find the...
Canadian designer Doug Carrick took both the high road and the low road when building the Carrick...
In 2007, exclusive resorts opened 75 new residences for its members, who now have access to more...
Photograph by Scott Johnson Photography
Since its august 2006 merger with DreamCatcher Retreats and its acquisition of Leading Residences...
At this time last year, Solstice confirmed plans to add two new homes to its eight-property...
The golf course at Los Cabos’ 520-acre El Dorado Golf & Beach Club is a tough act to follow. In...
Photograph by Rachael Boling
Nestled on the eastern shore of Lake Keowee in the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina is the...
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One can say little about Château Cheval Blanc that has not been said already by someone, somewhere...
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By the time I returned from two weeks in Argentina in March of this year, I had become firmly...
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The estate that would become Villa Russiz was Italy’s most forward-looking when it was built in...
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For a champagne lover, witnessing the birth of a new tête de cuvée elicits an excitement on par...
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The legendary Dom Pérignon thought he was drinking stars when he first tasted sparkling wine, and...
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If intelligence is the unique ability to recognize in seeming randomness meaningful patterns not...
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Art, as much as agriculture, furnished the inspiration for Amuse Bouche, a Pomerol-style wine from...
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"The japanese sense of style is the accumulation of long and seriously beautiful aesthetic thought...
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Fine winemaking in Washington State began in earnest with Chateau Ste. Michelle, which owns the...
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The protestant Delamain family fled the Huguenot persecution in 17th-century France and began an...
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Absolut vodka has become a modern classic, thanks not only to its famous and relentlessly inventive...
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If young spirits entrepreneur John Cooper has his finger on the pulse of the liqueur category, it’s...
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Drinking grappa used to be a harsh and caustic exercise—at least until the Nonino family came to...
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This year’s best of the best cigar-tasting event took place at the Shave of Beverly Hills, a modern...
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Although zino cigars are typically made in Honduras, the Platinum Scepter Series is handcrafted by...
Photograph by Eric Laignel
From certain tables in Le Jules Verne, if you are seated facing the right direction and the weather...
Mathias Dahlgren (+46.8.679.35.84, www.mdghs.com ), which opened in May 2007 in Stockholm’s Grand...
An all-in-one tabletop system’s sound might be relatively feeble, but its simplicity can be...
Although the ipod has made music more accessible than ever, the inexpensive audio systems it has...
When German cabinetmaker Poggenpohl entered the U.S. market more than 30 years ago, Americans did...
Although custom cabinetry for kitchens, libraries, and living rooms is still the primary business...
The secret behind German appliance brand Miele’s Honeycomb Care "super large capacity" washer and...
"There’s nothing I hate more than a gorgeous country home with a beautiful yard that someone has...
When the time came to select a name for his company’s newest and most luxurious bedding collection...
Few consider paint a luxury, but Aura, Benjamin Moore’s new line of high-performance interior paint...
Ferrari drivers have long enjoyed the craftsmanship and comfort of Poltrona Frau, the Tolentino,...
Long known for its opulent and contemporary twists on the ancient art of mosaics, Bisazza is now...
Maya Romanoff created his first custom mural in 2003, when architect David Rockwell asked him to...
Peter Finer is a different sort of gun nut. Finer’s late father, an experienced skeet shooter,...
Furniture usually plays only a supporting role at Senger Bamberg Kunsthandel (+49.951.54030, www...
Photograph by Sargentini-Bianchi
One of the details that distinguishes the 184-foot sailing yacht Selene is fairly invisible—...
Photograph by Roger Lean-Vercoe
The Royal Huisman Meteor (+31.?527.24.3131, www.royalhuisman?.com ), a 169-foot gaff schooner,...
Photograph by Klaus Jordan
The proprietors of the 125-foot Hakvoort Perle Bleue (+31.299.651403, www.hakvoort.com ) previously...
Photograph by Fly Pictures
The 171-foot Deniki is the first yacht in the new 171 Limited Editions series from Holland’s Amels...
Photograph by Maurizio Paradisi
The 141-foot, $33 million Emerald Star is hull number one in the CRN 43-Meter Series (+39.71. 5011...
Photograph by Dana Jinkins
The 164-foot Trinity motor yacht Mine Games is making a splash in more ways than one in the...
Go-anywhere, do-anything, expedition-style motor yachts are available for charter, but few cruise...
Photograph by Carlo Borlenghi
With its shiny silver hull and space-age helm chair, the Riva 63' Vertigo is a sleek creature...
When boatbuilders use the term semicustom, they generally refer to a choice of interior decor...
The Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12 turboprop is made to tackle hard work in the world’s more remote...
The "S" in the name of the new Acclaim from Mooney Airplane refers to the craft’s most...
Embraer’s Phenom 100 is often called a very light jet. But if this classification is correct, then...
The XLS jet, Cessna’s best-selling model, has received an impressive update. The company is...
The Hawker 4000 is Hawker Beechcraft’s biggest, fastest jet yet. With two powerful Pratt &...
Photograph by Paul Bowen
The Dassault Falcon 7X (201.?440.6700, www.dassaultfalcon.com ) flies faster, farther, and higher...
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NetJets’ purchase options range from a one-half share of a jet (corresponding to 400 flight hours...
Beauty. A recent dinner party at a private home in the Los Angeles suburb of Brentwood brought me...
Senior editor Sheila Gibson Stoodley, who was in charge of this year’s dining and antiques sections...
Photograph by Stephen Cridland
The 223-foot motor yacht Kismet, from the Lürssen Yachts shipyard in Germany, holds far more than...
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If removing the roof of a car increases your daily vitamin D intake, it usually does so at the cost...
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When Sean Connery tore up a few European switchbacks in a DB5 in 1964’s Goldfinger , the Aston...
Vincent Girardin’s $2.8 million, 67,000-square-foot winemaking facility in Meursault, completed...
Since 1911, when Kansas farmer Clyde Cessna built a wood-and-fabric airplane and flew it from the...
In a cavernous, dimly lit room in an office building in Weymouth, Mass., dozens of people stare at...
Kenny Dichter estimates that he and his partner, Jesse Itzler, were kicked out of Richard Santulli’...
FFor two years now, many of the aviation consultants who assist Robb Report (see page 369) have...
The British monarch who ruled the largest empire in history would no doubt be pleased by the new $...