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The wise way to buy whisky
Whisky connoiseurs need to look before they leap into buying their favorite liquor at auction or in a private sale. As has happened in every category of collectibles, counterfeiting is on the rise. In just the past few weeks, Alice Lascelles reports, an arrest was...  more
A Week on the Wrist: The Panthère de Cartier
It is a risky business, recreating a brand icon. Comparisons are inevitable and not always flattering. In the case of the Panthère de Cartier, though, revived after almost 15 years, the company may have satisfied fans and new customers alike. That is what Hodinkee...  more
Meet Rémy Martin’s 100-year-old luxury icon
Like a legacy for a future generation, Rémy Martin's Louis XIII cognac is aged for 100 years, distilled down to a rich essence of Grande Champagne eaux de vie. It would be found on top of the top shelf in the best bars and restaurants. In this article for Spear's WMS,...  more
How to buy luxury watches for less
It seems to be an open secret that fewer people are paying retail prices for high-end watches. The growth of the gray market, as it is known, comes from too many watches and too few buyers, Stacy Perman says. “Websites like Jomashop.com advertise Omega Speedmasters at...  more
The car marques turning themselves into luxury lifestyle brands
It is either a brilliant brand extension or marketing gone wildly out of control, but the Porsche Design Tower in Miami is just one of a number of similar projects car companies have developed recently. How To Spend It car editor Simon de Burton calls it “a shake-up in...  more
A Week on the Wrist: the Greubel Forsey GMT
Looking very little like a conventional watch, Greubel Forsey's GMT is a conversation piece for your wrist. Hodinkee editor Jack Forster had the opportunity to try one out for a week and reports that it wasn’t what he expected. “The funny thing about wearing the GMT...  more
The ultimate egg hunt
Fabergé Imperial Easter eggs—just 50 were made—are among the most coveted products of the pre-Revolutionary jeweler, valued in the multimillions of any currency. Less well known, but stunningly beautiful, are Fabergé’s Easter Egg pendants, highlighted by Sophie...  more
Luxury emergency? Now you can get Gucci delivered in 90 minutes
Luxury retail has been a bastion of the high-touch approach, with personalized service as the norm. But, ready or not, high-tech is coming. Farfetch, a technology provider that has worked with shoe genius Manolo Blahnik, is adding its “Store of the Future” capability...  more
The smarter way to invest in art
Collecting art is not the best way to invest, unless you think that art is an alternative asset. For a layperson, there are too many ways to lose money on an illiquid item. That being said, Bloomberg art editor James Tarmy has some suggestions for taking a contrarian...  more
Luxury travel redefined: New Tokyo hotel gives you real taste of Japanese culture
“Tokyo is one of the world’s great cities, especially for tourists, with vibrancy, culture, amazing food, and plenty of exotic flair. It also has a slew of top luxury hotels, and all the big brands are represented,” travel Larry Olmsted says. "But travelers today...  more
Photography: A gateway to collecting
Photography was late to be validated by art historians and the art market, and still lags behind painting in auction results. For a collector, this means that a significant collection of the best examples can be assembled for a fraction of a comparable painting or...  more
How good an investment is a classic Porsche 911?
Love it or be unimpressed by it, no other car looks remotely like a Porsche 911. With its four-eyed front end and streamlined design, its beauty may only be in the eye of the beholder, but many of those beholders are collectors who are eager to add rare examples to...  more
Revisiting three modern perfume classics
The perfume business is founded on novelty—close to one thousand perfumes are introduced each year—but consumers can set their own pace and return to enduring scents of the past. One of the best known is Chanel No. 5, which has taken on iconic status since it was...  more
See all the world’s greatest places in one month on a flying cruise
If you want to check off a chunk of your travel bucket list in a hurry, escorted private jet tours are the answer, promising around-the-world trips in style. And the options are increasing. Along with Los Angeles-based Crystal Cruises, “Luxury hotel companies from...  more
Rums of comfort: The seductive spirit is back
Rum may not have quite the cachet of single malt whiskey but it is the basis for many well-regarded cocktails. There is also a similar tradition of artisanal makers, found throughout the Caribbean. Jonathan Ray took on the task of visiting rum distilleries on a...  more
Hands On: The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold
Attendees at the recent Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva saw dozens of new watches from 30 exhibitors, including several from Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak line. Of all the watches she saw, inspected, and tried on, the Royal Oak Frosted Gold...  more
Preservation of your art collection
Whether you think of the art you own as an investment or as a collection of beloved objects—or both—they should be protected. Adequate insurance is essential but every collector should know basic conservation practices. Beyond minimizing direct sunlight and...  more
5 big travel mistakes you might be making
Travel writer Larry Olmsted has been there and done that, multiple times. With nearly 25 years' experience writing about luxury travel, he's been to most of the popular places and many of the out-of-the-way destinations travelers visit. He has also heard “the same...  more
Making waves: A new breed of stylish, innovative cruise ship
For those who imagine a cruise is like being trapped on a floating tour bus, Celebrity Cruises thinks you will appreciate its luxury alternative, Celebrity Edge. Celebrity Edge is, Tara Wilkinson says, “claimed to be the most innovative ship of its kind, aimed at the...  more
It’s not trendy, but this is the best deal in art right now
Bloomberg art editor James Tarmy has some advice for collectors: “The first rule of collecting is that you should like what you get. You’ll be living with it, after all.” The next rule is, “If you’re looking for a return on your art purchase, look for art that is out...  more
A master sommelier’s list of top wine regions to visit now
“Wine travel may well be the ultimate edu-vacation,” travel writer Katie Bell says, and it is difficult to disagree with her when she asks, “who doesn’t love ‘learning’ about rosé sitting on a sunny patio in Provence? Even the sommeliers preach the virtues of getting...  more
Bentley’s first-ever electric concept car is a luxury fever dream
After 87 years, the Geneva International Motor Show is well-established as a showcase for all the latest models, most of which are announced well in advance. Bentley took a different approach this year, surprising attendees with an electric concept car on opening day...  more
Mark Viner: A musical autobiography
I'll start at the beginning. I think it's fair to say that my entire musical upbringing was an unusual one. I am not from a musical family and was a late starter. I started playing the piano at the age of 11 (three months before my 12th birthday, if I'm not mistaken)....  more
Organic alchemy: Raw, rustic jewelry
“There is a movement, picking up steam, that celebrates jewelry in an organic style,” jewelry designer and blogger Monica Stephenson says. “This is not an old-school ideal of precision and alignment, polish and perfection, down to the inclusion-free gemstones so...  more
Collector’s World: Paul Maudsley
For a watch collector, overseeing the ultimate watch department of a major auction house would be a kid in a candy store situation. Phillips’ International Watch Specialist, Paul Maudsley, is that candy-store dweller, a life-long collector who has “handled over 30...  more
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