Private Preview 2004


Innovations and essentials for the coming year.  World class wine collecting part three:  stellar wine cellars.  An advanced look at the latest from: Mercedes-Benz, Bugatti, BMW Motorcyles, Chaumet, Girard-Perregaux, Cigarette, Cunard Line, Ritz-Carlton, Ulysse Nardin, Ermenegildo Zegna.

From This Issue

Appliances: French Connections

“When a design is perfect, it does not age,” says Dominique Facon, senior marketing director of Porcher. She is referring to the company’s Sapho lav—a diminutive white china washbasin that took the design community by storm in the 1980s. “We still sell a ton of them,” she adds. “And there’s no chance I could even […]

Home Electronics: On the Plus Side

Finally, this magazine has a reason to add some T+A to its pages. The German company, which, it should be noted, pronounces its name T plus A (an abbreviation for Theory plus Application), had been building speakers, amplifiers, preamplifiers, and digital components exclusively for Europeans since 1978. Now it has entered the U.S. market with […]

Art: Art Alfresco

When every display space in the house is occupied by artworks, Brigitte Micmacker, co-owner of A New Leaf Gallery in Berkeley, Calif., offers this advice to collectors: Take it outside. “People come to us when they’ve filled the inside of their home with art and they want to fill the outdoor space,” says Micmacker, whose […]

FrontRunners: Get with the Program

The latest controller in the Pronto family from Philips ( controls as many as 13 household systems—including A/V components as well as a home’s thermostat and security system—from its touchscreen, but the feature that sets the iPronto apart from the field is its personal electronic program guide. The integrated EPG updates itself from the Internet […]

Private Preview 2004: Furnishings: Form Follows Fashion

Most furniture collections, like runway fashions, are unveiled in the spring and fall. This year, the two genres share more than seasonal schedules. Furniture is following haute couture—it is made to order, comes in seamless fabrics that drape perfectly, and has silhouettes as sharp as a Brioni suit. After all, your closet should not be […]

The Mod Squad

Beth Edwards Harris and her husband, Brent Harris, had no intention of purchasing the Kaufmann house when they first visited it in 1992—nor could they envision the years and millions of dollars they would spend restoring it. In fact, they were not even aware that the Palm Springs, Calif., residence was on the market. “We’ve […]

Fire & Water

With people spending more time at home, kitchens and baths are beginning to receive the attention they deserve. The size of the rooms and the scale of their fixtures are expanding—as is the number of top architects and interior designers focusing on these all-important comfort zones. Here, we present three kitchens and two bathrooms from […]

Fire & Water: Bright, Light, White

Troy Adams of Studio Becker is best known for his fusion kitchen designs that bring together influences from the East and West. But he agreed to collaborate with a German manufacturer to produce an updated version of the traditional kitchen. “It has all the traditional English elements: a cooking alcove, a mantel with shelves and […]

Fire & Water: Islands in the Steam

On Jupiter Island, light and airy are the bywords, all the better to view the Intracoastal Waterway and South Florida’s palmy vegetation. Architect Kenneth Miller managed to capture that light in a kitchen that both conforms to the long, narrow property and is in keeping with the Craftsman style of the house. “Designing a kitchen […]

Fire & Water: La Dolce Cucina

Tuscans are known for their headstrong love of life, food, language, and all things Tuscan. So why would Pino Luongo—quintessential Florentine, cookbook author, and impresario of New York’s acclaimed Le Madri, Tuscan Square, and Coco Pazzo restaurants—choose the pragmatic German minimalism of a Bulthaup kitchen for the rambling prewar home he shares with his wife […]

Fire & Water: Yen for Zen

A bathroom can be a sanctuary, but it can still be dynamic,” says Bruce T. Linthicum, design director/residential of Marc-Michaels Interior Design. The Florida firm was called to Pennsyl-vania for a client who is a practicing Buddhist and who is establishing wellness centers across the country that integrate Eastern and Western medical practices and holistic […]

Fire & Water: A Precious Jewel Box

The style of the Greenwich, Conn., house, which was built in the 1910s, is Italianate, and that is the theme that interior designer Connie Beale ran with.   When it came to the master bath, which consists of his and her bathrooms and a shared shower, Beale was limited more by the size of the […]

Home Entertainment: Orchestrating a Masterpiece

While moonlighting as an audio-visual consultant, Lewis Lipnick, the contrabassoonist for the National Symphony Orchestra, had designed sound systems for clients including architect Richard Meier and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich. But after he promised a Scottsdale, Ariz., homeowner that he could design and construct the best home theater in the world, he began having doubts. Such […]

Journeys: The Serpent’s Lair

There are no monsoons on the radar as we set out for the wilderness camp of Max Davidson. The remote outpost sits at the tropical north-central edge of Australia, where, in the 1970s, its proprietor made one of the most significant discoveries in the country’s history. The dry sandstone hills of Arnhem Land, Davidson found, […]

FrontRunners: From The Robb Cellar

  Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Shafer’s signature wine, Hillside Select, is precisely that: Handpicked from dry, flinty blocks of shallow volcanic soil in the Stags Leap District, the fruit is smaller and, consequently, of greater flavor intensity, than examples of Cabernet Sauvignon found elsewhere in the Napa Valley, where the earth is richer […]

FrontRunners: Vine Dining

After 14 years of creating cuisine for the annual Boston Wine Festival, Daniel Bruce, executive chef at the Boston Harbor Hotel, is an expert at pairing wine with food. Now he has made the practice a year-round venture by opening Meritage (617.439.3995, (, his signature restaurant in the waterfront hotel. Unlike most restaurants where wine […]

Wine: Castello di Gabbiano

“They always choose the best grapes,” remarks Ivano Reali. “Not the sweetest, not the largest, nor the juiciest—but the best grapes for making wine. They have noses for the Sangiovese. This is perhaps why,” he adds, “they are best appreciated when they are stewed in it.” As we sit in his SUV, Reali, managing director […]

Smoke: Cigars to Dine For

During a recent dinner in Dublin, I was halfway through the polenta with shaved truffles—a specialty at the Tea Room in the Clarence Hotel—when I began to anticipate my after-dinner cigar. A Cuban Romeo y Julieta Cedros and a Sancho Panza were tucked in my cigar case, but I had no intention of lighting either. […]

Dining: Cuisine du Soleil

“Il N’est Pas Fusion,” asserts Yves Garnier, chef de cuisine for La Mer, Oahu’s celebrated French restaurant. If he were in his native Provence and not in Hawaii, Garnier acknowledges, he might not be so vigilantly opposed to the fusion concept. But here at this confluence of cultures, he is determined to remain an island […]

FrontRunners: Select Smoke

  GRAYCLIFF EMERALD, GRAYCLIFF CIGAR CO. Cigar makers have identified more than 75 distinct wrapper shades, but the most recognizable is perhaps candela (Spanish for candle), which is also called double claro (clear or light) or claro claro, because of its startling light-green tincture. The once wildly popular, slightly sweet and mild wrapper became less […]

FrontRunners: Vintners’ Dozen

A limited edition sampling of the stellar Cabernet Sauvignons from Napa Valley’s Stags Leap appellation will be made available in October. The Stags Leap District Winegrowers (707.255.1720, association’s 2003 Appellation Collection will include each of the current Cabernet Sauvignon releases from its 13 member wineries. The so-called vintners’ dozen unites such luminaries as Shafer Vineyards, […]

Leisure: Cuban Cache

In February 1962, on the eve of proclaiming a ban on Cuban imports, John F. Kennedy purportedly ordered his press secretary, Pierre Salinger, to obtain 40 boxes of Petit Upmann cigars. Few at the time—even politicians in the know—could have predicted the enduring impact of the Cuban embargo (or, it would seem, the shrewdness of […]

Leisure: Rare Finds

Long after the age of Al Capone and the speakeasy, when well-heeled imbibers would pony up for cheap bathtub gin served in teacups, the very best spirits continue to elude the worthy seeker who does not know where to look. Procuring vintage cigars proves an even more trying task. Following is a short list of […]

Leisure: Cuban Cache: Time Capsules

Fumar’s collection of rare cigars and spirits includes several historically significant items. Following are some of the highlights. Ramon Allones 100th Anniversary Box (1941): The brand’s namesake, Allones, is credited with originating the decorated cigar box. ($125 per cigar) Maria Mancini’s Free Cuba Tobacco (1959): Made for eight years in Tampa, with Cuban tobacco, the […]

Sport: Horse Feathers

For most travelers, the South Dakota prairie is a place to pass through or over on the way to somewhere else. Bob Tinker would not want it any other way. The fortysomething bird hunting outfitter, with a Stetson that is as much a fixture on his head as the handlebar mustache is over his lip, […]

Golf: Golf Gone Wild

Adjusting her footing while setting up her tee shot at the 297-yard 15th hole, an English tourist was startled to notice a large red drop of what appeared to be blood on the left shoulder of her white golf shirt. Before she could say a word to her partners, another drop splattered on her shoulder, […]

FrontRunners: Steady Recline

The Bigha bicycle (541.738.4340, might be a common sight in Corvallis, Ore., hometown of the company that builds the $3,000 machines, but during a test ride along the shore of Boston’s Charles River, everyone stops to stare at it. It might be the bike’s blinking directionals, or flashing brake lights that command attention. More […]

Wardrobe: A Parisian in America

With novelties such as authentic reproductions of 19th-century French army jackets and cashmere pea coats lined in stripes, Arnys has long attracted nonconformist clients, including Lost Generation icons Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau, and Ernest Hemingway. Now the 70-year-old Parisian men’s haberdashery is exporting its unconventional fashion concepts to the United States. The first step was […]

Jewelry: Heart of Stones

When jeweler Samuel Getz laid eyes on a 77-carat rough aquamarine recently, he imagined a large snowflake glistening in the sun. Without hesitation, he purchased the gem and made it the centerpiece of a pendant. He surrounded the stone with more than 100 diamonds in rhomboid, baguette, and marquise shapes to depict his vision of […]

Watches: An Auction for All Time

René Beyer, the 40-year-old CEO and president of Chronometrie Beyer, cannot pinpoint the year, but it was sometime during the fall of 2000 or 2001 when his late father, Theodor, asked to meet him in the vault of a Swiss bank. As members of a Zurich watch retail dynasty that dates to 1760, the two […]

FrontRunners: In the Pink

British jewelry designer Stephen Webster (212.226.6160, knows that champagne and diamonds make a perfect match. And Dom Pérignon’s Rosé Vintage 1993, a rare champagne that comes of age this year, was the ideal muse for a collection of limited edition jewels inspired by the enticing color and effervescence of the pink bubbly. The showpiece […]

FrontRunners: Shoe Strings

Longtime competitors Ermenegildo Zegna and Salvatore Ferragamo, two of Italy’s most prominent fashion dynasties, have formed a remarkable joint venture to launch a shoe collection that will carry the Zegna (888.880.3462, label. The new designs—which range from sport models priced from $195 to dress shoes for $545—combine the sporty spirit of Zegna clothing with […]

FrontRunners: Spiritual Revival

BULGARI (212.315.9000) has turned back the clock and revived the colorful, bold, and graphic designs from the jewelers’ iconic 1970s collections. “The ’70s embodied an individualistic, exuberant joie de vivre,” says Nicola Bulgari, the company’s vice-chairman. “Women were defining themselves with fashion and jewelry that were outward manifestations of their urge to create their own […]

FrontRunners: Fresh Faced

Men are often creatures of habit, especially when it comes to grooming. This is why Fresh Inc. (800.373.7420,, part of the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton group, looked to the past when developing a modern solution for men’s shaving needs. The Boston company’s new Fresh for Men therapeutic skin care line—including shave cream, face […]

Private Preview 2004: Fashion: Reverse Psychology

Many credit Scottish coat makers with inventing the concept of reversible clothing in the early 1900s. In an attempt to prevent their heavy wool Harris Tweeds from soaking up rain (and with it, excess weight), they added a processed cotton lining that made the garment impervious to water when turned inside out during a downpour. […]

Private Preview 2004: Watches: Worth Waiting For

Oddly enough, precise production schedules almost never apply to complicated watchmaking. Unanticipated technical challenges can make the work frustratingly slow. Fortunately, master watchmakers seem to have a knack for outdoing themselves, ensuring that those who have the patience to wait for an exceptional timepiece will be amply rewarded.   Name That Tune Girard-Perregaux’s Opera Three […]

Private Preview 2004: Jewelry: News Flash

Glistening jewels and the holidays have always gone hand in hand. This year, history and nature are the driving forces behind the most dramatic new jewelry collections. From timeless, classical diamonds set in tiaras and barrettes to mysterious moonstones to organic lava rocks, these exceptional collections reflect rare daring amid a sea of sameness. Once […]

Time: Saxon Angles

Once you have encountered the hopelessly fastidious Swiss, it is easy to understand why they excel at manipulating tiny metal parts. But these days, watch collectors are looking beyond the Swiss to their similarly rigid-jawed neighbors to the north, the Germans. In particular, two relatively new (or rather, newly reconstituted) companies, A. Lange & Söhne […]

Motorcycles: House Rules

Comparing the $22,500 bmw k1200lt exodus to any other motorcycle is an exercise in futility. With the cruiser’s technical sophistication, smooth and crisp handling on straights and hairpins, and luxurious looks, the German heavyweight’s only true counterpart is its four-wheeled sibling: the strong and silky 7 Series. “The coincidence,” says David Robb, BMW’s director of […]

Private Preview 2004: Autos: Superpower Summit

To savor some of the world’s most coveted supercars, visit The lineup would fill an enthusiast’s dream garage: Aston Martin Vanquish, Ferrari F50, Lamborghini Murciélago, Mercedes-Benz E55, Porsche GT2, McLaren F1, and more. Of course, little resemblance remains between the sensual sheet metal that the automakers originally constructed and the twisted hulks they have become. […]

Private Preview 2004 – Motorcycles – Niche and Famous

Every year, manufacturers hone their machines to perform specific tasks, such as long-distance touring, all-out track racing, or casual weekend cruising, and 2004 is no exception. Most of the bikes of the near future do one thing—and do it perfectly. In the following pages, we present a broad collection of niche-tuned bikes that represent this […]

Wheels: Talk of the Town

Before the empty moonlit highway can seduce you to sleep, your car springs into action. Its onboard computer senses your drowsiness and lowers the cabin temperature, maps out a route to the nearest rest area or gas station, and checks for vacancies at local hotels. Then a pleasant but firm voice interrupts the Chopin CD […]

Aircraft: Delta Force

For the first time, a member of the commercial airline fraternity—the companies that prompted the emergence of the private flight industry by delaying flights, losing luggage, and otherwise disrupting the best-laid plans of business travelers and vacationers—is entering the growing private flight membership business. Delta AirElite Business Jets, a corporate charter division of the parent […]

Private Preview 2004: Boating: Power Play

Residents of La Spezia, a navy town on the western coast of northern Italy, have become accustomed to seeing daunting military vessels pass through their waters. Last spring, however, even the jaws of the most jaded dropped at the sight of a 118-foot gunmetal apparition that roared through the Gulf of Genoa at 65 mph. […]

Private Preview 2004: Boating: Fast Fleet

Pushing the Limits A pair of 1,400-hp Sterling engines will give the Outerlimits 47 GTX a top speed of 150 mph, while the company’s new construction method involving an epoxy resin will provide the boat with a ride that is smoother than its predecessors’. Paul Fiore, Outerlimits’ vice president of sales, anticipates that the new […]

From the Editors: A Queen by Any Name

For work order number 534 out of the shipyard, John Brown & Co., Ltd., of Clydebank, Scotland, destiny plotted a course as twisted and sundry as any conceived by Thackeray for the most wanton of his adventuresses. By turns, number 534 would act as a spiritual and economic salve to a nation stripped bare by […]

Wings & Water: Dealing from the Deck

Nascar Winston Cup team owner Felix Sabates becomes the most popular person at Daytona Marina during the February week preceding the Daytona 500, when he hosts nightly dinners and cocktail parties aboard his yacht. The invitees include friends, sponsors, colleagues, and other VIPs of stock car racing. Sabates, who is also co-owner of boatbuilder Trinity […]

Symposium: River Dance

“Oh, we’ve blown up engines, drives, just about everything,” Gary Montano says matter-of-factly as we prepare to board Montano Motorsports, his $750,000 Cigarette speedboat. He gives my life jacket one final tug. “Can you swim?” he asks with a smile. Half an hour later, we are puttering up New York’s Hudson River, poised to ignite […]

Back Page: Her Majesty’s Ship

Since she was launched by her royal namesake in 1969, the Queen Elizabeth 2 has carried on the grand tradition of ocean liners, spiriting passengers across the Atlantic in exquisite and elegant style. Although the QE2 will cede the transatlantic route to her younger sister, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, next year (“The Concorde is Dead. […]