By Jack Smith

A light mist was blowing over the harbor about 100 miles southwest of Rio de Janeiro j as a speedboat approached the dock. After I climbed in and the boat had pulled away irom the dock, the burbling of the twin Volvos rose in pitch, the vessels nose lifted, and we went S racing out over the open water. Except for the mode of transport and the speed, I could have been Amerigo Vespucci, who landed here at Brazil's Angra dos Reis Cove of the Kings in 1501 and proclaimed it the closest thing to...

Vertu

JMaasa BlmSMm FsM M ii p b toMI couples in bikinis and Speedos reclined on futonlike lounges, nibbling calamari or coquilles St.-Jacques and swigging mojitos, caipirinhas, or Veuve Clicquot beneath their beach umbrellas. It's like a club here, said Bebianno, as he led the way through the indoor-outdoor bar where a deejay played the latest hip-hop hits, which guests listened to through the speakers built into their lounge pillows. This is where the see-and-be-seen crowd goes. To be sure, Rocka...

Jewelry

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Sillam hones his family's legacy. IN THE 1830s, Henri J. Sillam s antecedents achieved renown in Paris for their ability to produce six precision-made swords in a day a talent that earned them the epithet six lames, or six blades, which they eventually adopted as their surname. Over the next 1 SO years, the house of Sillam evolved, shifting its emphasis from making swords to crafting fine jewelry.This history is illustrated in the firm's Trademark, the family's...

For Love or Money

Those who might be inclined to regard this month's selection of his and her gifts for Valentine's Day see Love Matches, page 88 as yet another example of our society 's coarse commercialization would do well to remember that the romantic sentiments we idealize on this particular holiday have long been trafficked in the matrimonial marketplace. In the Europe of past centuries, noble parents routinely bartered their children's hearts ar.d fates to gain political advantage, while in the New World,...

Jules Audemars Extrathin

The new Jules Audemars Extra-thin watch is equipped with the famous 2120 movement measuring just 2.45 millimeters thick. Developed by the Manufacture Audemars Piguet in 1967, this calibre is considered by many specialists as the world's most beautiful self-winding movement. Our watchmakers have lavished extreme care on the finishing and decoration, including on the surfaces that remain hidden from sight. You can even choose to personalize the oscillating weight of the winding system - exactly...

Chronofighter Oversize Gmt British Racing Green

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New York Beverly Hills Bal Harbour Palm Beach

Magazines for All Degas ballerinas go up for bid, and magazines are given a shelf life. Antony Gormley's Domain LX o shelf from Jens Praet's Shredded line. ART SUPPLIES Edgar Degas 1897 pastel-and-charcoal work, Danseuses Jupcs Jaunes, will be a highlight of the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Auction www.christies.com February 9 at Christie's London. The presale value of the work, featuring two young ballerinas, is from 4.7 million to 7.8 million. A week...

Robb Report

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February 2311 Roeb Report

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Turning Spaces Into Places

Dock your iPod Phone or iPad in BeoSound 8. 0' connect an MP3 player, PC or Mac. And let every note, riff, chord, pop, phrase and quirk take your head wherever you want. Visit www.bang-olufsen.com or call 888 311 6572 to start creating your own venue. Chairman amp Chief Executive Officer William J. Curtis Assistant to the Chairman amp CEO Melody L.irsen Senior Vice resident, Group Publisher David Arnold 212.201.1132. darnoW robbrepoft.com Vice President, Associate Publisher Jamie Rllind Senior...

Curtco Vieoia Publication

Invention of the shock-protection device, 1790 Inspired by subscription watches, the radition 7027BR model daringly symbolizes th3 Breguet art of watchmaking through a subtle play on transparency effects and an eminent contemporary architectural design. It highlights ons of Breguet's mcst important inventions, the pare-chute, designed to protect the balance pivots in case of impact, il was the forerunner of all modern shock-absorbing devices. History is still being written Release StoreMags amp...