Location, location, location—for real estate or otherwise, the right location attracts. So was the case for the presentation of the spring/summer collection of Stefano Ricci. Against the imposing backdrop of the marble quarries of Carrara, the Florentine fashion brand continued its tradition of presenting collections in alluring locations.

On a quiet street in the heart of the antiques district of Paris’ Left Bank resides a bookshop full of treasured tomes. Librairie 7L, founded by Karl Lagerfeld, is a haven of creativity. Books dedicated to photography, architecture, modern and contemporary art, fashion, industrial design, gardening, and ceramics line the shelves.

The Apuan Alps, a mountain range in Tuscany’s Massa Carrara and Lucca regions, is where marble is extracted and where artists, sculptors, and designers find inspiration and materials to work with. It is also the place, specifically the quarries of Henraux, where Michelangelo sourced his marble.

Il Tornabuoni, whose 62 rooms and suites complete the historic Palazzo Minerbetti, is full Renaissance maximalist: jewel tones cover walls and ceilings, and velvet is everywhere. There’s a certain dolce vita overall.

The latest Gucci novelty is Gucci Giardino 25, a café and cocktail bar open on Valentine’s Day in Piazza Signoria, adjacent to the multi-disciplinary Gucci Garden. Part Italian shop, part French bistro, Gucci Giardino 25 is designed in the likeness of Michele’s Gucci: wildly spectacular.

With the Rolex novelties presentation now online as a part of the Watches and Wonders digital platform, the thought was, might the website crash?

At a time when habits and assumptions have been upended, living must mean something much deeper than ticking boxes. Take a deep dive with NUVO.

Set in the verdant Loire Valley vineyards, rambling over acre after acre of dense woodlands, is Les Sources de Cheverny, a private estate comprising traditional stone houses, winery, spa, and 18th-century Château du Breuil, which opened its gates this past September.

In the company of Geneva’s municipal authorities, 17 watch brands are taking part in the event exhibiting novelties on a by-appointment basis.

We’re almost there: fall. Last year at this time, the arrival of fall was the passing of another season. This year, living through a pandemic and getting this far feels medal-worthy.

Chanel’s J12—the ceramic unisex timepiece—was a revolution when it first launched in 2000, and it has since become an icon of 21st-century watchmaking.

Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani, the design director for Bulgari Watches Design Center, unveiled the Bulgari Octo Finissimo timepiece at Baselworld earlier this year, but what makes him tick? We sat down with him to find out.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: A blanket of yellow covers the rolling hills of Corsica, France’s island of beauty, creating a scent that drifts far out to the sea. The arid maquis is densely layered with myrtle, rosemary, thyme, sage, and cork oak; alongside this fragrant scrubland are fields of immortelle, a vivid yellow flower that mingles mightily.

Nestled in London’s Knightsbridge district, the Berkeley has been a landmark fixture since the turn of the century. The context of the hotel’s location, mere steps from Hyde Park, makes staying here a classic British experience.

Every day makes for a good day to honour mom, but on the calendar-specified Mother’s Day why not bestow on her a special timepiece. Give mom the gift of time; fact is, she always has time for you.

The classic blue-and-white striped top introduced into fashion by Coco Chanel originates in Brittany, France—where Armor-Lux continues to produce the effortlessly chic look.

It is estimated that 60 per cent of the world’s coral reefs will be depleted over the next 30 years but the news isn’t all doom and gloom.

The anti-aging elixir with humble origins and the model that launched it into the spotlight.

A presbytery turned contemporary art centre in Plateau-Mont-Royal offers a gallery and education space for Montreal creatives.

Follow the story of life from the very beginning. The Willner Madge Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum holds fossils dug from Canadian soil, spanning back nearly 4 billion years.

Discover the land of Celtic legend and lore, from the wind-ruffled moorland to the cliff-side shores of Brittany, France.

A romantic rendezvous needn’t encompass flowers or chocolates—they don’t last. Why not give the gift of time with distinctive watches that say, “I love you” until the end of time.

FROM THE ARCHIVE:Napa Valley was the chosen location for the launch of the Kobe Bryant Hublot watch, Vino. This is the second timepiece Hublot has produced with the basketball legend, after the success of the King Power Black Mamba Chronograph.

Happening in Montreal now until January 31, the artfully curated Museum in Motion is a travelling exhibit of impressive Tag Heuer timepieces.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: In the world of baking, panettone is a perplexity. It has produced a precipice of untold awe, anxiety, and failure in many pastry chefs attempting it.

Baur au Lac’s neo-classical façade hints at the old fashioned glamour that awaits inside, where kings and queens have rubbed shoulders with composers, artists, and silver screen stars.

The clamshell-shaped dainty, admired for its texture and subtle sweetness, is filled with ricotta and named for its overlapping layers of paper-thin pastry.

The dedicated home collection is a riot of botanical prints, animal motifs, and bright colours that wink at the Florentine fashion house’s maximalist aesthetic.

This year marks the 40th anniversary and 11th edition of the wildly popular French maritime event.

The brand’s scientists focused on molecular technology, and their innovations came to define Valmont as a leader in creating products that work to improve skin at the cellular level.

The making of an ultra-thin watch is not a shrinking of an existing model, but a notable undertaking—and Bulgari effectively demonstrates why it continues as best in class.

Renowned Italian cabinetry design by Scavolini comes to Toronto’s new luxury development, the Selby.

The Toronto-based apparel brand whose pursuit of creating the perfect T-shirt became much more than a singular accomplishment.

The Italian fashion house unveils a multilevel galleria that is part exhibition space, part retail space, part dining space.

Swiss watchmakers are creating their own rainbows using diamonds and gemstones to speak volumes about colour.

Ferris Wheel Press is set to become Canada’s illustrious purveyor of stationery, fountain pens, inks, and notebooks.

Set deep in the Yucatán jungle, among Mayan ruins and sacred sites, Chablé is a more modern Mexican temple—the kind built for relaxation.

The British multinational financial institution has rolled out a lifestyle program alongside its private banking and wealth management services.

Simon Holloway, creative director of Agnona, manifests an affinity for the particularly Italian way of blending the traditional with the contemporary.

North Vosges Regional Park in northeastern France is the fairy-tale setting and forest home of Saint-Louis, the country’s oldest and most venerable cristallerie.

The latest expression in Glenfiddich’s Experimental Series, designed to inspire unusual and unexpected whiskies, draws inspiration from Canada.

This year, not one but three new expressions of champagne hit the market at the same time.

For more than a century, in a large studio on Via Garibaldi in Rome’s Trastevere district, the hands of masterful artisans have moved across glass like those of musicians playing their instruments.

In the small town of Gragnano, Italy, members of the Zampino family are custodians of a nation’s pasta tradition.

In 2006, Alexander Vik purchased 11,000 acres of undeveloped land in Chile’s Millahue Valley to create a winery where nothing had been before. His goal? “To enter the great pantheon of wines in the world.”

A new 396-page book from Kim Bozak and Rita Field-Marsham celebrates Canadians who embody freedom and expression.

With Belvedere Bespoke—once reserved for the likes of one-name wonders (think Drake, Madonna, LeBron)—cocktail lovers can now customize their own Silver Saber.

With its remote location halfway between capital city San José and the Nicaraguan border to the north, Nayara Springs specializes in seclusion.

Staying at Gran Meliá Rome is like being an external insider—in the know, yet choosing to look on from a distinctly advantageous perch.

A few years ago, Aperol and Prosecco was very much an Italian thing. Fast-forward to today, and the Aperol Spritz is on its way to becoming the world’s aperitivo.

Part coffee bar, part pop-up retail space, part art gallery, and part automobile showroom, Cadillac House is a place to socialize—not a place to sell cars.

Alessandro Pavia and Lycia Giola are a husband-and-wife team of art restorers.

The lives and work of artisans at the forefront of the American craft movement.

Embrace the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic medicine among India’s rugged Aravalli Range.