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Excellence in Luxury 2016

From apparel and accessories to wines and spirits,
here are the best items of the year


Above left: This single-breasted navy dinner jacket from Kiton features contrasting black lapels and buttons, all in 100 percent cotton velvet—a throwback to the 1956 founding of the Italian menswear powerhouse. ($6,045) 212.813.0272, kiton.it

Ascot Chang’s wing-collar tuxedo shirt is made with cotton from renowned Swiss mill Alumo. ($879) 212.759.3333, ascotchang.com

The silk bow tie from Savile Row’s Huntsman is an example of the historic haberdasher’s precision. ($120) 646.590.2595, huntsmansavilerow.com

Above right, from top: Velvet slippers pair with smoking jackets, but these days the shoe is equally appropriate with a tuxedo or jeans. Jimmy Choo’s baroque-inspired Foxley slipper is crafted from embossed black velvet and adorned with tassels. ($725) 866.524.6687, jimmychoo.com

The multihued embroidery of this Fratelli Rossetti Brera loafer in navy velvet evokes the decorative brocades seen in imperial Russia. ($760) 212.888.5107, fratellirossetti.com

This classic blue velvet tuxedo slipper by Salvatore Ferragamo recalls old Hollywood style popularized by tastemakers such as Cary Grant and Fred Astaire. ($640) 866.337.7242, salvatoreferragamo.com

A.Testoni’s gold-studded tassel loafer is crafted of crocodile, a good choice for casual or formal occasions. ($3,595) 212.399.7733, testoni.com

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Above left: For his Resort 2017 collection, Dennis Basso created sophisticated event wear with a youthful touch. This strapless floor-length gown features an embroidered-lace bodice and silk-chiffon skirt, with a line of beading to define the waist. ($8,500) 212.794.4500, dennisbasso.com

Above right, from top: Christian Louboutin advanced the velvet trend this season with his crimson Mlle Menule pump with a wearable 2-inch heel; it’s finished with a grosgrain bow embellished with crystals. ($895) 212.396.1884, christianlouboutin.com

Jil Sander’s iconic View bag inspires this clutch of the same name, crafted of soft, black calfskin and embellished with silver-thread embroidery. ($1,080), 212.838.6100, jilsander.com

Jimmy Choo’s Cloud clutch is a staple of red carpets and upscale events. For its Cruise 2017 collection, the house created a tactile version in metallic floral lace, adorned with a flocked topknot in platinum and navy. ($2,095) 866.524.6687, jimmychoo.com

Flirty details define Roger Vivier’s Frilly pump in purple leather, from the ruffle that curves across the foot to the Swarovski crystal sphere that adds sparkle on the heel. ($1,395) 212.861.5371, rogervivier.com

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Above left, from top: Graff’s openwork diamond bracelet with 77.41 carats of white diamonds set in 18-karat white gold. (Price upon request) 212.315.9292, graffdiamonds.com

This Tiffany & Co. ring features 18-karat white gold and platinum and a 15.11-carat tanzanite surrounded by diamonds and gemstones. ($85,000) 800.843.3269, tiffany.com

Martin Katz spent several years collecting the marquise-cut Argyle pink diamonds seen in this cuff set in 18-karat white gold. It has 142 pink diamonds surrounded by 1,690 white diamonds, for a total of more than 22 carats. ($290,000) 310.276.7200, martinkatz.com

Chopard’s Imperiale Collection includes this new ring featuring a 21-carat amethyst and .64 carats of white diamonds set in 18-karat white gold. ($14,450) 800.246.7273, chopard.com

This platinum cuff from Tiffany & Co. displays a fern design with 34.96 carats of round brilliant diamonds, 23.70 carats of marquise-cut diamonds and 1.07 carats of pear-shaped diamonds. ($575,000) 800.843.3269, tiffany.com

This 18-karat white gold ring from the Pasquale Bruni Ghirlanda Cupid and Psyche collection features a 47.5-carat London blue topaz surrounded by lotus flowers of white and gray diamonds, totaling 7.29 carats. ($33,020) 917.975.1141, pasqualebruni.com

In this one-of-a-kind ring from Martin Katz a 10.95-carat cushion-cut sapphire in pastel blue is surrounded by more than 128 white diamonds and 64 sapphires, all set in 18-karat white gold. ($66,000) 310.276.7200, martinkatz.com

Graff’s ring presents 25.42 carats of white diamonds set in 18-karat white gold. (Price upon request) 212.315.9292, graffdiamonds.com

The 18-karat white gold Broderie de Camélia bracelet by Chanel features white diamonds, pink and purple sapphires and black spinels. (Price upon request) 800.550.0005, chanel.com

Above right: The settings of this latest necklace from Bulgari’s Divas’ Dream collection are shaped to resemble ancient Roman mosaic tiles. Crafted in 18-karat white gold, the necklace has 29 pear- and round-cut rubies totaling 19.42 carats, one round-cut brilliant .62-carat diamond and 11.65 carats of pavé diamonds. (Price upon request) 800.285.4274, bulgari.com

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Women’s, from top: The limited-edition Lady Arpels Jour Nuit Coccinelles by Van Cleef & Arpels features a pair of ladybugs on a cloisonné enamel dial for day, transitioning to diamond-set flowers for evening. It is set in an 18-karat white gold case with a deep-green alligator strap. ($103,000) 877.826.2533, vancleefarpels.com

This latest addition to the Arceau Millefiori collection by Hermès showcases the intricate millefiori (“a thousand flowers”) glassblowing technique in a 34-mm case of 18-karat white gold, embellished with diamonds on the bezel, and an ultraviolet alligator strap. ($49,500) 800.441.4488, hermes.com

Japanese artist Kiichiro Masumura collaborated with Chopard to create the exceptional lacquer chrysanthemum dial on this L.U.C. XP Urushi timepiece. The 39.5mm, ultrathin watch features a 65-hour power reserve and self-winding mechanical movement in an 18-karat rose gold case. ($24,290) 800.246.7273, chopard.com

The camellia in this limited-edition watch from Chanel’s Mademoiselle Privé collection is rendered in 186 brilliant-cut diamonds surrounding an opal at the center of the dial. (Price upon request) 800.550.0005, chanel.com

Men’s, clockwise from top left: One of only five pieces made exclusively for the U.S. market, Richard Mille’s RM 50-27-01 Suspended Tourbillon Special Edition features a manually wound tourbillon movement with 45-hour power reserve and skeletonized baseplate—all suspended within the NTPT carbon-fiber case. ($800,000) 310.285.9898, richardmille.com

Patek Philippe’s Ref. 5140 Perpetual Calendar with Moon Phases is crafted in 18-karat white gold and has an ebony sunburst dial embellished with diamond hour markers. ($105,910) 212.218.1240, patek.com

Limited to 10 pieces, the Tourbillon Souverain by F.P. Journe features a 40mm case in 18-karat rose gold and a white-gold dial highlighted by the house’s signature Circular Regency pattern. ($177,700) 212.644.5918, fpjourne.com

Porsche Design’s 1919 Datetimer Eternity Black Edition Black & Rubber is inspired by the Porsche 356. The 42mm timepiece is crafted of titanium with a black titanium carbon coating and a black rubber strap. ($3,950) 212.308.1786, porsche-design.us

The Bentley–inspired Breitling B06 Midnight Carbon features a mother-of-pearl dial and a satin-brushed steel case and bezel—with rotating pinion and variable tachymeter. Limited to 500 pieces. ($12,515) 855.999.1884, breitling.com

The lightweight Hublot Big Bang Unico Chronograph Perpetual Calendar features a 45mm case and the brand’s signature scratch-resistant Magic Gold and Black Magic ceramic. Limited to 100 pieces. ($69,500) 646.582.9813, hublot.com

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Above, from left: Brooks Brothers cigar case crafted from Cordovan leather. ($428) 800.274.1815, brooksbrothers.com

The Daniel Marshall Slim Travel Humidor in burl with a humidifier and divider accommodates up to 12 cigars and fits in carry-on luggage. ($295) 800.923.2889, danielmarshall.com

Cartier square lighter featuring a carbon-fiber motif offset with a polished palladium finish. ($1,210) 800.227.8437, cartier.com

These Ian aviators by Morgenthal Frederics, made of gold-tone titanium, have a slightly square shape that looks good on nearly any face shape. ($575) 212.966.0099, morgenthalfrederics.com

This Colibri V-cut cigar cutter has a spring-loaded, stainless steel blade and carbon-fiber finish. ($49) 800.556.7354, colibri.com

The limited-edition NS cigar cutter by Nat Sherman has a lacquer design and an aluminum body with double-guillotine steel blades. ($325) 800.692.4427, natsherman.com

Colibri’s Boss combines a double-guillotine cutter with a triple-jet flame lighter encased in polished gold. ($150) 800.556.7354, colibri.com

The Nat Sherman 85th Anniversary cigar blends Nicaraguan filler and binder with a Dominican wrapper. ($190 for a box of 10) 800.692.4427, natsherman.com

Deluxe black leather Longchamp two-cigar case. ($160) 888.828.8081, longchamp.com

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Above, from left: Montelobos Mezcal Joven’s peppery, dark chocolate taste can be enjoyed on its own or used to enhance a smoky cocktail. ($50) montelobos.com

The Macallan Double Cask reinterprets the distillery’s 12-year-old single malt by maturing in a mix of American and European sherry oak, giving it a creamy, cinnamon taste and long, fruity finish. ($60) themacallan.com

Delicate flowers and greenery comprise Christofle’s elegant Jardin d’Eden pattern on these crystal shot and old-fashioned glasses. (Shot glasses, $200 for a set of four; old-fashioned glasses, $160 for a set of two) 561.833.1978, christofle.com

Glenfiddich releases only 600 bottles a year of its 40 Year Old, a smooth yet intense single malt that tastes of dark, bitter fruit. It comes in the hand-stitched calf leather case seen here and is signed and certified by the distiller. ($4,000) glenfiddich.com

The Balvenie Fifty, Cask 4570 is a rare 50-year-old expression of whisky with a complex vanilla sweetness balanced by subtle spice. Its elegant hand-carved case is made of 49 wooden rings. ($38,000) us.thebalvenie.com

Cognac house Bache Gabrielsen’s new Sérénité Extra blends eaux-de-vie up to 50 years old, giving it a smooth, oaky, vanilla taste. ($200) bache-gabrielsen.com

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Above, from left: Lalique’s handcrafted 100 Points collection features satin-finish ribbing that doesn’t interfere with the color or clarity of the wine within. (Decanter with stopper, $990; Bordeaux glass, $160) 212.355.6550, lalique.com

Champagne Bollinger R.D. 2002 Extra Brut stands out for its powerful and well-balanced flavor. ($300) 914.769.3004, vintuswines.com; champagne-bollinger.com

The Lokoya Howell Mountain 2013 cabernet sauvignon packs delicate notes of wild berries and licorice. ($375) 707.948.1968, lokoya.com

E. Guigal commemorates the 20th anniversary of its restoration of the historic Château d’Ampuis in the Rhône Valley’s Côte-Rôtie with this magnum of the 2012 vintage. ($360) 914.769.3004, vintuswines.com; guigal.com

For four generations, Tommasi has been the leading producer of amarone. Its Ca’ Florian 2008 is bright and full-bodied, with a balsamic essence that pairs well with braised meats. ($135) 914.769.3004, vintuswines.com; tommasiwine.it

The Coravin system lets you pour your prized wines without removing the cork. Its new Model Two Elite comes in red, silver or gold. ($350) coravin.com

Marchese Antinori released this 2013 Della Robbia limited-edition Chianti classico riserva to coincide with the discovery of a relief featuring an Antinori family ancestor by Renaissance artist Giovanni della Robbia. ($100) 212.473.2323, italianwinemerchants.com

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