Private travel issue: Bali, Miami, Greece, St. Barts, Napa Valley & more. Plus, Africa by private jet, Audi's new R8 V-12 diesel and Britain's watchmaking boom.
During an interview last fall with 60 Minutes, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tom Perkins declined to put a price tag on the construction of his prized Maltese Falcon, the worl
No one who has seen Jack Nicklaus stand over a putt would ever doubt the deliberate and considered nature of his game.
Domenico Vacca is a colorful individual: When he opened his signature store next door to Cipriani in Manhattan in May 2002, he aimed to offer American men the opportunity to own the same handmade,
If a good vacation gets you away from it all, an ultimate vacation should deliver you to another realm.
An eminent London diamond merchant since 1789, Backes & Strauss approaches the wristwatch as a piece of fine jewelry.
While refurbishing stopwatches and dashboard rally timers in vintage sports cars, Manchester-trained watchmaker Ian Walsh, founder of IWI (Ian Walsh International) Watches, was impressed by their
When brothers and professional aviators Nick and Giles English launched a collection of watches in memory of their RAF pilot father, Euan, in 2007, they insisted that their Bremont timepieces had
With its resiliency, its ability to bend without breaking, the Ometepe tobacco leaf is analogous to Nicaragua’s cigar industry, which has withstood many challenges in recent years.
Nicaragua’s nutrient-rich soil produces tobaccos for some of the world’s most flavorful cigars.
Those who follow the watch world closely may have noticed the reemergence of several of the British masters, among them Dent and Arnold & Son.
Salon-goers in 18th-century France frequently played loto, which most Americans know as bingo.
This summer, adventure cruise company Quark Expeditions (www.quarkexpeditions.com) is launching the Russian-built ice
Similar to other timepieces of its genre, the new Girard-Perregaux Bi-Axial Tourbillon (www.girard-perregaux?.com) o
1947 Triumph 1800 Roadster.
Tyrants and tycoons must also have their hideaways. Those who run the world, after all, must occasionally have their vacations from it.
Burgundy’s byzantine labeling conventions have their origins in Napoleonic law, which prohibited primogeniture, requiring instead that siblings inherit equally.
The Gulfstream G650 (www.gulfstream.com) soon will supplant the G550 as the company’s—if not the world’s—top-of-the-line bu
Avo Uvezian’s birthday has become a cause for celebration among cigar smokers. Uvezian, who founded Avo Cigars, has marked each of his birthdays since 2001 by creating a limited-edition cigar.
For very practical reasons, aircraft interiors are made of light, durable materials that happen to be rather dull and utilitarian.
During family gatherings at his hilltop vacation home on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, Stew Leonard, a 78-year-old Connecticut businessman, likes to take his guests boating.
In recent years, no marque has won more Le Mans–series endurance races than Audi.
Considering all his outward reverence for tradition and history, today’s golfer has few practical throwback options on the course.
For his love of water, not wine, Diogo Vaz Guedes, founder of the Aquapura hotel group, selected Portugal’s Douro River Valley as the location for his firm’s first resort.
The city of Reims has a heart of stone: its cathedral. This imposing structure for centuries received the ascending French kings, whose heads, by tradition, were crowned beneath its vast vaults.
More than just the menu is seasonal at Park Avenue Summer; the entire restaurant changes with the calendar.
Last December, at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale in New York, the auctioneer’s gavel came down on an astonishing bid of $82,000 for a pair of earrings made of baroque keshi pearls and diamonds
Ultimately, the ceramics simply became too big.
Bobby Dekeyser’s career in professional soccer ended in 1990 when, during a heated match, someone kicked him in the face—hard—with a cleated shoe.
Britannia ruled the waves thanks to the finely jeweled bearings of the marine chronometer.
Four friends travel from Los Angeles to Bali, Indonesia, for a 10-day surfing trip.
Three couples travel from New York City to St. Helena, Calif., for a weeklong culinary vacation in wine country.
An extended family—two grandparents, three couples, and four young children—travels from Chicago to Corfu, Greece, their base for a two-week yachting trip in the Greek islands.
Two families—four adults and three children—plus a nanny travel from Boston to Deer Valley, Utah, for a ski vacation.
A family of four from Greenwich, Conn., travels to the French West Indies island of St. Barts for a two-week vacation on land and at sea.
Two families—four adults and five children—travel from Washington, D.C., to Costa Rica for a two-week eco-adventure and yachting retreat.
TCS Expeditions (800.727.7477, www?.tcsexpeditions.com) will offer its own version of an Atlantic Rim journey in January.
Aviation consultants are a fairly new breed. Bill Quinn, a consultant based in Portsmouth, N.H., remembers that just a generation ago, people rarely used them.
Mercedes-Benz never snoozes.
The only way to get from Nicaragua’s capital of Managua to the town of Estelí, the production center of the country’s cigar industry, is to drive northward along the twisting, two-lane CA-1, the C
Golf first came to Morocco in 1914, when Sultan Abdelaziz, who had ruled the country from 1894 to 1908, commissioned a pair of British golf architects, Henry Cotton and Frank Pennink, to design an
The Spire (www.martinlogan.com)—a new, ultrathin, floor-standing speaker from MartinLogan—offers a dynamic range of sound
The Saleen S5S Raptor (www.saleen.com)—a 650 hp sports car that made its first public appearance at the New York International
A couple travels from Houston to Miami for a weeklong shopping and yachting trip during the annual Art Basel Miami Beach show in December.
Each time the king pauses for a breath, the man next to him says “jhoom” in a voice that could make Barry White sound like a soprano.
However strange and exotic the setting may be to Westerners, Morocco holds few if any untoward surprises for most golfers.