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Home Electronics: Panel Discussion

When you think of speakers, you probably picture a box. Whether its casing has a natural wood veneer or is painted a glossy black, or whether the grille protecting the drive units is cloth or foam, the image is still Cubist. And regardless of its appearance, its technology will be almost identical to those of […]

FrontRunners: Aerial Stunts

Ribbon speakers produce the upper frequencies—the most important segment of the sound spectrum—with superb speed and clarity, which is exactly why Michael Kelly is partial to them. The president and chief designer of Aerial Acoustics (www­ also understands that they do a poor job of re-creating lower frequencies. Therefore, for the new Model 20T loudspeaker, Kelly […]

Robb Design Portfolio: Check Mate

Some mind games—such as chess or backgammon—are eternally entertaining. Chess sets themselves are often treated as works of art. Meissen has produced sets for the past three centuries that intrigue and delight, and a limited-edition reintroduction of Sea World, one of the company’s most whimsical designs, is a standout this spring. Designed by Max Esser […]

FrontRunners: Villa With A View

Monaco’s Villa La Vigie, which at various times was home to Karl Lagerfeld and to Princess Caroline, is now available for weekly, monthly, or year-round rental. From its prominent promontory perch, the three-story, elegantly furnished villa overlooks the Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel, with views beyond to Monte Carlo and the Mediterranean. The Société des Bains de […]

FrontRunners: Arctic Adventures

Adventurers with a yen for Arctic exploration have a couple of options for consideration this summer. Lands of the Midnight Sun is a three-week trip that links far-flung, far-north destinations by private jet for just 60 passengers, and is offered by TCS Expeditions (800.727.7477, Participants will gather in Boston on June 25 for departure, […]

From The Editor: The Art of Escape

All of us imagine a place to unwind—a theoretical oasis of serenity in a world of tumult about which, during the less frenetic interludes of our daily routines, we sometimes dream: an ideal environment, free of any unpleasant reminders (such as cell phones, contracts, or tax attorneys) of the quotidian, the commonplace, the crude. Such […]

Personal Technology: See Here

The winning squad in last year’s World Series of Birding, an annual competition in which more than 50 teams vie to spot the most bird species in 24 hours, admits that it had an edge: killer binoculars. “Our Swarovski binoculars are very good at light gathering, so after dark we can scan for owls on snags,” […]

FrontRunners: Gold Smoke

Much like the finest wines, the Macanudo Gold Label ( can be made only after an exceptional harvest. The limited-production cigar owes its sweet delicate taste and lightly veined wrapper to one of the best Connecticut shade crops in a decade. Traditionally, Macanudo’s Connecticut shade wrappers are taken from the fourth, fifth, and sixth primings […]

From the Robb Cellar

Lancaster Estate Nicole’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Best known for its Proprietary Red, the Alexander Valley estate produced a mere 150 cases of this exquisite single-vineyard reserve Cabernet Sauvignon in 1999. Intensely balanced with tremendous breadth of flavor (from black cherry to savory cedar), this tightly structured, vibrant cabernet lingers long, enveloping the palette. ($100) […]

Back Page: The Future Was Then

If it were possible to accurately, consistently foretell the future, day-trading would still be a viable profession and operating a casino would not be. By now, were we not supposed to be piloting flying cars, eating food pills for lunch, and letting our robot butlers handle the household chores? (Perhaps those are not the best […]

FrontRunners: Ebony And Ivory

Last year, Catherine Zadeh (212.274.9984, added an unexpected natural element to her fanciful collection of sterling silver and 18-karat gold cuff links by integrating a bit of water buffalo horn into the mix. This season, the Iranian-born, New York–based accessories designer takes her quest for the exotic a little deeper into the African jungle […]

FrontRunners: Flax of Life

Linen, the world’s oldest known cloth, never wore so well as it does in Loro Piana’s (212.980.7961) spring collection of linen pants ($435) and shirts ($335). In its quest for the ultimate linen, Loro Piana traveled to the Upperlands of Northern Ireland, where the fine, high-density cloth is still produced on slow-moving, century-old looms that […]

Health & Grooming: Head Strong

Rodolfo Valentin may have the requisite foreign accent, but he is not your typical celebrity hair stylist, or designer, as they prefer to be called now. Rather than apply a signature cut, he instead follows his client’s physical and emotional cues to determine a style that flatters not only appearance but character as well. “I […]

Earthly Delights

Like a breathtaking sunset, an exquisite orchid, or a fresh snowfall, an exceptional gemstone is the awe-inspiring product of Mother Nature. This season, a refreshing array of exotic stones in shades of icy blue, feminine pink, and juicy orange makes traditional emeralds, rubies, and sapphires appear almost dowdy. Even naturally luminous pearls break free from […]

Great Escapists

You don’t need a compass to recognize that the concept of mobility is the prevailing undercurrent for spring fashion. From suits and sportswear in natural, wrinkle-resistant cloths to retro-inspired resort wear to updated nautical and adventure gear, menswear is exploring new territories. For instance, suitmakers Ermenegildo Zegna, Belvest, and Cantarelli clearly did not have the […]

Symposium: Crossed Signals

While many porschephiles are upset about the new Cayenne SUV, their ire is not focused on any shortcomings that the vehicle might exhibit. Instead, they decry its very existence. The Cayenne is Porsche’s first attempt at a family-friendly vehicle, and that is precisely the problem. Porsche drivers do not want to see their beloved marque […]

Autos: Lucky Seven

Of the 700 functions that BMW’s iDrive mechanism can control, only one is regularly employed by the average 7 Series owner; the remaining 99.6 percent of the system’s capabilities tend to be ignored. “The majority of customers utilize iDrive like you’d expect: for changing radio stations,” says Tom Purves, president of BMW North America. “They […]

Motorcycles: Corner Carving Carnivore

In 1989, the Campagna T-Rex made a dubious debut. A driver took the three-wheeled machine for test laps around a Canadian racetrack, and 10 minutes into the ride, he ran the vehicle off the course and destroyed it. It seemed as if the T-Rex was on a fast path toward extinction. However, T-Rex inventor Daniel […]

Designs of the Times

Designing a yacht is no big feat, says an architect who will remain unnamed to spare him the fury of boating professionals. “Space is space,” he says. A yacht is little more than a floating house, he argues, and hardly an architectural wonder.   Designer Luiz de Basto, whose yachts have been nominated three times […]

Wealth Management: It’s OK to Say No

Patricia Poitras does not feel guilty anymore. When charities approach her foundation for donations, she bases her response on two simple yes-or-no questions. If the answers are no, Poitras graciously declines the request without any pangs of remorse or second-guessing her conscience. She did not always follow this strategy, though. About 20 years ago, she […]

Feature: The Top 10 New Resorts for 2003

As with wines, many of us stick to what we know: Just as we cling to our Silver Oak, our Pétrus, our Phelps Insignia, so do we adhere, in the case of resorts, to the safe, the familiar, the comfortable. Season after season, we return to the selfsame watering holes, the tried-and-true spas, the well-worn, […]

The Top 10 New Resorts for 2003: Banyan Tree, Seychelles

Here in the remote Seychelles Islands off the African coast, you’ll find crystal waters, coral reefs, verdant gardens, palm tree–fringed coastline, and unspoiled white-sand beaches. This tropical paradise on the southwestern coast of Mahé Island emanates romance and exotic allure. Each of the 36 spacious, secluded villas offers majestic unimpeded views of the Indian Ocean, […]

The Top 10 New Resorts for 2003: Esperanza, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Reminiscent of a tranquil Mexican village, Esperanza—the newest Auberge resort—combines Baja’s relaxed sensibilities with five-star luxury. Its warm-hued, palapa-roofed casitas, winding stone pathways, outdoor restaurants, and indoor/outdoor spa spread across 17 lush acres overlooking the Sea of Cortez. The most exertion you will undertake will be in the decision-making arena: Shall you have your massage […]

Sport: Mane Attraction

It takes only a short stroll along Middleburg’s leafy streets to confirm that you have arrived in one of America’s equestrian capitals. Washington Street, the main road of this 18th-century Virginia village, is lined with shops dense with the scent of fine leather from boots, saddles, and riding gear. Other shops, such as the Finicky […]

Travel: Quiet Time

Chetek, Wis., might not be the first place that leaps to mind when you are mulling over romantic getaway spots, but it happens to be home to the only Midwestern resort that has earned membership in the prestigious Relais & Chateaux hotel and resort group. Canoe Bay is not easy to get to (two hours’ […]

Smoke: Gathering Smoke

A couple of years ago, I was browsing at a flea market on London’s Portobello Road when a sterling silver cigar case caught my eye. Its square corners were the first clue that it had not been made for the panatella-shaped cigars that have been popular since the late 1800s. Indeed, it was hallmarked 1854, making […]

Spirits: Portable Potables

In 1957, acclaimed entertainer and Rat Pack mainstay Sammy Davis Jr. placed a special order with Hermès of Paris. A devout cocktail enthusiast who spent much of the year on the road between engagements, Davis required a portable travel bar that would keep his favorite libations within easy mixing distance. The bar was to be no […]

The Top 10 New Resorts for 2003: Island Explorer at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives, Kuda Huraa

Test your sea legs on the newly launched Island Explorer at the Four Seasons’ 12-acre private island resort. The unique cruise experience—limited to 22 passengers—presents a rare opportunity for water enthusiasts, nature lovers, and adventurers to visit remote shores, view spectacular scenery, and discover rarely visited dive and snorkeling sites while enjoying Four Seasons service, […]

The Top 10 New Resorts for 2003: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

For more than 100 years, princes and princesses, maharajas and sultans, presidents and prime ministers have visited this London landmark. Royal family members have been frequent guests: Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret learned to dance in the ballroom; Prince Philip hosted polo parties here; Princess Anne and Prince Charles came to tea. And today, the […]

The Top 10 New Resorts for 2003: The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa, Dana Point, California

Forget Southern California casual: From its majestic artwork to its Mediterranean ambience and Tuscan-inspired architecture, this resort evokes the grandeur and grace of a Renaissance painting. Soaring palm trees, elegant fountains, and flower-filled courtyards greet your arrival. Step inside to gleaming marble floors, mosaic tile accents, massive crystal chandeliers, and sweeping staircases. But despite the […]

Boating: Bahamian Rhapsody

As its second edition approaches, the International Yacht & Jet Show already has a legend attached to it. The story goes that a Scottish gentleman was enjoying his vacation in the Bahamas last April, and after gambling (presumably with some degree of success) in the casino at Atlantis, the Paradise Island resort, he decided to […]

Appliances: The Küppersbusch Cometh

Küppersbusch (kewp-puhrs-boosh), a deluxe line of ultrasleek cooktops and ovens, is the latest of Germany’s superbly engineered kitchen appliances to reach the United States. Based in the Ruhr Valley, Küppersbusch has been supplying “cookers” to Europe since 1875, when it built coal-fired enamel stoves for home use. Eventually, the company added electric and gas models, […]

Watches: Ahead of his Time

Would you buy a watch from a designer whose work was thrown out of Switzerland’s most prestigious exhibition? For many watch enthusiasts, whether they realize it or not, the answer is yes.   The offbeat flair of Gérald Charles Genta, a pioneering—and perhaps the most daring—designer in watchmaking, has not always sat well with the […]

Leisure: Fare Thee Well

When art dealer Otto Naumann was ready to bring to market his finest acquisition, a $40 million Rembrandt painting of the goddess Minerva, he knew exactly where the grand unveiling should take place. He did not take it to Paris or London, nor did he stay home in New York. Instead, he waited for the […]

Wings & Water: Jet Revenue Stream

The numbers do not lie to Jim Ferraro, a product liability lawyer from Miami, Fla. For him at least, one-eighth of 8 million equals more than 6 million. That is to say, Ferraro has determined that he can save money by giving up his one-eighth share of an $8 million Hawker 800XP and instead purchasing […]