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Uploaded by UUID:7953017 at 9/22/2014 11:57 AM

Do your Mile High Club fantasies include getting sauced with a ‘50s-era British pilot and bantering with Pan Am broads? Now’s your chance. 

Shuttlecock’s latest pop-up dinner party, Mile High: Destination London, is landing in Manhattan for its nine-nights-only debut on September 24th.

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British Engineering Excels in McLaren's 650S Spider: Review

McLaren 650S Launch 2014 Ascari

There’s something special about a car that unites an Upper East Side doyenne and a Puerto Rican skater on the same emotional plane.

“That car should be in the movies!” Madame declared in a Greta Garbo voice, her face framed by Hermes silk and pearls. She had walked up to admire its curves one recent afternoon while the car sat parked near 70th Street.

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Uploaded by UUID:7953017 at 9/18/2014 3:11 PM

Mark Buche, 28, is just the type of guy Harley-Davidson (HOG) wants buying its bikes.

He wears vintage selvedge denim and Persol sunglasses. He trims his tawny long hair at an old-style barbershop in Long Beach, California, and camps in Big Sur with his 1975 Honda CB and a few similarly inclined twentysomething friends.

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Tactile Pleasures at the 100% Norway Design Exhibition in London

Uploaded by UUID:7953017 at 9/17/2014 4:34 PM

Today, the 11th edition of the 100% Norway exhibition opened at Tent London as part of the annual London Design Festival. Since 2003, the Norwegian government's envoys in the British capital have worked to create a space for the nation to show off its sensibility and skills. This year, the Bergen Academy of Art and Design was selected to curate a group of products that placed young designers in context with more established names. Emerging from the mix is a focus on textures that encourage you to look with your hands.

Scandinavian design is best known in warmer climes for its use of natural materials in clean, minimal designs, where tactile pleasures are secondary to the "sleek" factor. But not here. At 100% Norway, the featured Nordic designers have created objects that while simple in appearance beg to be touched. Sometimes this is crucial to the object's use and other times it's a temptation. This theme spans extends everything from seating to tableware, wool to metal. Here are three designers that stand out.

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10 Best Sneakers to Wear with Suits (Yes, Suits)

Uploaded by UUID:7953017 at 9/18/2014 10:52 AM

Black cap-toe lace-ups, tan brogues, maybe even a double monk-strap -- most guys have a trusted style of shoe they reach for when dressed in their best pinstripes and checks. But if you're looking to update your working wardrobe, consider rotating in an entirely different kind of lace-up: sneakers. (Corporate scene permitting, of course.) Making many appearances on runways from New York to Milan this year, the streamlined dress-up sneaker has fast become the new workwear staple. Here are 10 ways to pull off the sneaker-clad professional look without looking like a middle school guidance counselor. Or Larry David. Or the unpaid intern. (Unless, of course, you are – in which case, carry on.)

First, some guidelines:

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Uploaded by UUID:7953017 at 9/17/2014 10:27 AM

An 18-karat gold Rolex Datejust that belonged to Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States and famed World War II general, failed to sell today at RR Auction in Boston, Massachusetts. This is certainly one of the most famous Rolex watches of all time, one with real significance for history buffs and watch lovers alike, so it is surprising that it did not make it into the hands of a new collector this afternoon.

The pre-auction chatter about whether or not this would become the most expensive watch ever sold was rendered mute with the fall of the hammer. The bidding started at $100,000 and according to Bobby Livingston, RR Auction Executive Vice President, Public Relations, bidding climbed to around $475,000 before stalling out. This was short of the undisclosed reserve price and the watch hammered unsold. RR Auction will likely reach out to the bidders and private collectors in the coming days in an attempt to find the watch a new owner.

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Uploaded by UUID:7953017 at 9/17/2014 12:04 PM

Hublot has announced its second collaboration with brand ambassador and three-time NBA Champion Dwyane Wade. The Classic Fusion Dwyane Wade has a polished black ceramic case and a generous skeletonized dial. This chronograph is a much more mature watch than the 2011 King Power Dwyane Wade and represents the evolution of Wade's style off the court.

The 45mm Classic Fusion case is slim and the polished black ceramic is accented with 18k gold "H" screws, pusher protectors, and hands, keeping it from looking too stealthy. Wade's red logo at 3 o'clock matches the seconds hand and minute counters, and his signature sits at 6 o'clock in gold too. While you can see the winding rotor of the caliber HUB1155 movement through the sapphire caseback, the view from the front is actually better. The dial has been left mostly open, letting you see the mechanical components at work.

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Uploaded by UUID:7953017 at 9/16/2014 3:44 PM

The finest peach I ate this year was tucked under anise hyssop and basil leaves on a wreck of burrata at The Eddy, delivered by a serene waitress in a backless tank on one of the last hot evenings in September. The fruit was sweet, deep orange, richly textured, and made more exciting with a few tiny shards of crisp chicken skin ($13). It was so good, it made me feel like I’d wasted the end of my summer doing things other than eating peaches.

The Eddy, which opened in May, is a casual little bar and restaurant with a compact menu on a noisy stretch of the East Village. Outside, the sitar player from an Indian restaurant down the street may pace and chain smoke while he talks on the phone between sets, his cigarette smoke wafting through the open windows and messing with the delicious smells from the back kitchen. As the evening wears on, grown men and women will be drawn to the action around the glowing bar and press their shining faces to the long glass windows like children at the zoo. Some of them will come inside: a long-haired bro in short, brightly colored pants and high tops with a woman in a silk romper, a klatch of young women in denim mom shorts and ripped boyfriend jeans. Many tables decide to go for the set menu when they see it’s just $58. It’s called a tasting, but it’s not formal at all, which suits the way a lot of people like to eat: Some plates are shared, some are not, a few things come to the table at once.

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Patrick Dempsey

It’s no secret that Patrick Dempsey likes cars, and that he races them well.

But the depth of his devotion to Porsche in particular is more obscured. It began, in fact, as an 8-year-old kid in Maine visiting a friend’s garage.

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Exclusive Christie's Patek Philippe 175 Auction Preview

Uploaded by UUID:7953017 at 9/15/2014 4:24 PM

To celebrate watchmaker Patek Philippe's 175th anniversary, Christie's is hosting a thematic auction on November 9th at Geneva's Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues. The sale will include 100 lots, including everything from 19th-century enamel pocketwatches to 1980s complicated wristwatches. Here is an exclusive first look at this historic auction, including top lots and preview details.

Patek Philippe 175 is the second thematic auction Christie's has hosted in as many years. And like 2013's Rolex Daytona "Lesson One" sale, we anticipate world records being set, millions being spent on unique watches, and an atmosphere as close to a rock concert as a watch auction can get. There will be twice as many lots, and the potential for things to get crazy will be half the fun.

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