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The Perfect Cup

Food and Drink

The Perfect Cup

Terra Kaffe’s espresso machine elevates your morning ritual with the press of a...

The Hoodie of the Future


The Hoodie of the Future

British clothier Vollebak makes garments for today’s superhero.

A Classic Martini

Wine and Spirits

A Classic Martini

A drink from New York City’s Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel

Mont Blanc is the highest peak in Western Europe. It's also the name behind the iconic black lacquered fountain pen. To celebrate its 100th birthday, the Swiss company has added a new piece to its collection of wildly coveted limited-edition pens. At $173,000, there isn't exactly a popular demand for the Mountain Massif—only three were made. That, of course, was hardly the intention. Some 1,300 teeny-tiny diamonds were used to re-create an alpine silhouette along the white gold- and-transparent aqua glass casing; another 123 blue diamonds mimic the range's glaciers. And in place of Montblanc's familiar lacquered white star, a diamond cut in the shape of that emblem floats luxuriously in the cap. We wonder, would Dorothy Parker, equipped with such a pen, have complained that the labors of writing were so taxing that she had to lie down after writing a postcard? Available by special order at 908-508-2303.


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