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.

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.”

The latest venture from Mission Hill Family Estate proprietor Anthony von Mandl is a winery created in honour of his late father.

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.

Alan Faena has master-planned an arts, entertainment, and residential development that spans six city blocks along the Mid-Beach area of Miami Beach to create a utopian city-within-a-city: the Faena District.

LVMH properties, Berluti and Krug, collaborate for the creation of limited edition bags designed to hold the respective brands’ coveted champagne and shoes.

The Gansevoort’s newest outpost in the Caribbean brings a Miami sensibility to the DR—über-cool, look-at-me digs.

Richard Ginori’s tableware epitomizes Italian excellence as some of the finest porcelain the world over. The company is a grand combination of industry and craftsmanship wrapped in a rich history of good taste.

No one figures more prominently in the history and development of Whistler Blackcomb than Hugh Smythe, having played a role in almost all of the key moments of its development.

Australian winemaker Penfolds collaborates with Saint-Louis on a project to celebrate the winery’s latest release: its 2012 Grange in the very limited edition Imperial size (a six-litre bottle).

You’ve heard it said many times: “No two snowflakes are alike.” It’s the same with ski resorts. Some are large, some are small, some are friendly, others impersonal. Some push the limits of the best skiers while others make them yawn. But like the humble snowflakes on which they depend, each resort has its own personality.

The Piovano family are Roman restorers, specializing in carving, gilding, micromosaics, engraving, and sculpting.

From the frilly fascinator to the 1920s-style wool cloche, each piece from Antica Manifattura Cappelli is made to measure and Made in Italy.

FROM THE ARCHIVE:Native American folklore is woven into Arizona’s history, and tales of pusillanimous villains and heroic outlaws abound from the cowboy years, making the state a real-life adventure land.

Miraval provides choose-as-you-please rejuvenation. No matter how one decides to spend their time, ocean views and sound of rolling waves make for a paradisiacal backdrop to a luxurious escape.

The natural world seems larger than life in Washington State, where towering conifers drip with lush green mosses and volcanoes sit quietly.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Swiss watchmaker Omega holds the coveted role of official timekeeper for the Olympic Games, and it has an array of high-tech innovations to make sure its results are absolutely and unquestionably accurate.

The Conservatorium Hotel, a melding of ancient and ultra-modern, falls not far short of perfect.

Meditation is one of those things that has intrigued me for a while. I’m not one for the Zen life: too impatient for yoga, too hungry for juice cleanses, too Italian not to drink lots of wine.

There is a growing emphasis on meditation’s benefits for mental balance and well-being and the St. Regis Bahia Beach resort in Puerto Rico has tapped into the mindfulness of travel offering the Be Here, Be Now program.

A spa is a spa is a spa. Once upon a time that was the case but today, the spa has been elevated to revered status and the hotel spa, a class of distinction.

It is more than using the right cleanser and moisturizer. It is more than exfoliation and masking. It is more than a genetic difference. It’s a lifestyle.

There is bread. And then there is bread. There is espresso. And then there is espresso.