Ultimate City Escapes: Heavy Mettle

The members of black sabbath are better known for trashing hotel rooms than for decorating them, but in the Sorrento Hotel’s Music Suite, a poster signed by Ozzy Osbourne and his heavy metal cohorts crowns the head of the bed. The poster—which complements the room’s displays of gold and platinum records, a guitar signed (not […]

Collectibles: A Bid for Greatness

At some point after his retirement from baseball, Joe DiMaggio made it a stipulation that he always be introduced at public appearances as the “greatest living ballplayer.” Fans of his Boston Red Sox adversary, Ted Williams, might have disputed the designation. The rivalry between the two legends came to a head in 1947, when the […]

FrontRunners: Double Dutch

Netherlands-based vehicle builders Koga-Miyata ( and Spyker Cars ( have paired to produce a two-wheeled treat: the Aeroblade, a titanium-frame sport bicycle modeled after Spyker’s C8 Spyder GT2R racecar. Koga, which has crafted performance bikes at its factory in Heerenveen for more than 30 years, based the Aeroblade’s design and color scheme on those of […]

FrontRunner: Into Thin Air

To prepare his body for the stress of ascending Mexico’s Orizaba (18,700 feet) and Iztaccihuatl (17,340 feet) volcanoes in a five-day span last year, Explorers Club president Richard Wiese simply showed up for work. There, in his office at the Manhattan-based adventure and research society, Wiese confined himself to a 9-by-7-by-7-foot aluminum and vinyl altitude […]

FrontRunner: Shark Week

San Francisco–based Shark Diver (888.405.3268, has been dropping clients into Great White–infested waters off the Mexican coast for more than five years. This summer, the tour provider and outfitter acquired the M/Y Kayana, a 120-foot Vosper Thornycraft vessel designed by the late Jon Bannenberg, to transport thrill-seekers to the murky marine environment in comfort […]

FrontRunners: Rioja Original

Camilo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal, stirred Spanish oenology in the mid-19th century by importing French vines and Bordeaux-style winemaking techniques to his native Elciego, in the heart of Rioja. In accordance with the pioneering spirit of its founder, the Marqués de Riscal winery (+34.945.60.60.00, has enlisted American architect Frank Gehry to […]

FrontRunners: Fast Talker

To address the aesthetic monotony of the mobile phone, Motorola enlisted an Italian design company renowned for its Ferrari silhouettes to shape the new Pininfarina Limited Edition Motorola i833 phone ($599), a silvery, sports car–inspired flip phone available exclusively at Bloomingdale’s (866.593.2540, Pininfarina, the coachbuilder behind virtually every modern Ferrari, based the i833 on […]