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Buying Fine Art and Antiques

Buying Art In June 2007, London-based artist Damien Hirst sold For the Love of God for $100 million, creating the latest example of alpha in the already alpha-rich art market. Considering Hirst himself once quipped, “Art is the most fabulous currency,” it isn’t surprising he created an object that interplays art and commerce, a theme […]

Connoisseur’s Guide to Selecting a Smartphone

If there were any doubts about the IQ of today’s smartphones, they were expunged by a recent experience: Having spent countless hours over two weeks trying to get a new Windows Vista PC and Outlook 2007 to work with our corporate e-mail, we expected similar difficulties repeating the task with a then-new BlackBerry 8830. To […]

Bilbao, Spain

Cooking is a way of life in Bilbao, so much so that the city contains several gastronomical societies (formed mostly of men and numbering anywhere from 20 to 100 members). These societies often take over an empty building, add an industrial kitchen, some tables and chairs, and meet a couple of times a week to cook, […]

Selecting the Perfect Travel Consultant or Provider

If a couple or family had 15 days to travel anywhere in the world, where should they go and what should they do? Robb Report posed that question and many others to dozens of travel consultants and providers in order to choose “The Perfect 10”, a compilation of 10 ultimate itineraries that we featured in […]

Connoisseur’s Guide to Home Theater Systems

Most of today’s advanced home theater systems are designed and built by custom electronics installation firms. Such a firm can, if asked, provide a turnkey home theater with little involvement on the homeowner’s part. However, great home theaters are usually the result of close collaboration between the custom installation firm and the client. The budding […]

Six Characteristics of a Good Pen

Once you’ve written with a high-quality writing instrument, there is no going back to the average pen. The feel of a well-made pen in the hand and the smoothness of its stroke on the page is a tangible luxury. For those seeking a fine writing instrument, here are six key features to consider. Look for […]

Connoisseur’s Guide to Chartering a Yacht

Choosing a charter yacht can be one of the most liberating experiences in travel. Unlike resorts or cruise ships, which come with prepackaged deals and itineraries, charter yachts come in countless shapes and sizes with crews ready to custom design a week or more onboard to your specific taste and desires. The biggest mistake that […]

Connoisseur’s Guide to Collecting Fine Wine

Genuine collectors thrive on an invigorating blend of passion and discipline. Their collections are purposefully designed, and exhibit a pronounced sense of order. True collectors do not merely create a cellar and stock it; they carefully select their wines according to their developed interests. Beginners should spend a few years enjoying a wide variety of […]

Connoisseur’s Guide to Buying a Yacht

Buying a yacht is a process that can take days, months, or even years. There are countless new and brokerage models available, some built on a production scale and others custom designed. You can pay hundreds of thousands or tens of millions of dollars depending on the quality, size and personalization you desire. Whether you […]

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