• Grape escapes: six lesser-known wine destinations worth visiting

    Wine tourism isn’t just expanding – it’s getting more creative in every corner of the globe, with more vine estates than ever wooing oenophiles with luxurious digs and experiences to indulge their grape-driven passions. As always, superb wines and great estates are my first cri...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

  • What's new, hot and headed your way from the Frankfurt Motor Show

    This year at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, automakers showed the heights and depths of their ingenuity. Relatively speaking, of course. Ferrari showed an “entry level” supercar, the US$234,000 Portofino, while Mercedes-Benz showed the ultimate Formula One-inspired car it co...

    POSTED 15 Sep, 2017 1 Comment

  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe is a sportscar for the super-polite

    Subtle, sleek, and hesitant to make bold moves on the road, it's the perfect car for those who want to turn heads – just a little. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe is a very demure sports car. With a long, fluted body and clean, uninterrupted lines, it doesn’t shred the road like th...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

  • Formula One wants to keep Singapore Grand Prix on track

    Formula One sees Singapore as an anchor venue and wants to extend the world’s most popular motorcar-racing series there beyond this year. Negotiations are on with organizers in the city to “continue to bring this great sport to Asia and Singapore,” Formula One Chief Executive O...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2017 3 Comments

  • Preview: what's hot at this week's Frankfurt Motor Show

    A new offering from Mercedes will lead a fleet of exciting, eco-conscious vehicles from European automakers this month in Germany. During the Frankfurt Motor Show (officially called the International Motor Show Germany), the Stuttgart-based automaker will take on McLaren, Aston Martin and Ferrar...

    POSTED 10 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

  • BMW revives electric-vehicle push with low-slung 'i' sedan

    BMW will add a low-slung electric sedan to its stalled “i” sub-brand, part of plans to accelerate the rollout of battery-powered cars to counter Tesla. The four-door model, kept under wraps as BMW showed journalists around its Munich design headquarters on Thursday, is set to go on s...

    POSTED 8 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

  • BMW softens electric i3 city car's boxy look to counter Tesla

    BMW is giving its bug-like i3 electric car a sporty makeover to boost its appeal and counter Tesla as the German carmaker prepares to roll out battery-powered versions of its mainstream lineup. To give it a more conventional look, the updated i3 features a wider track and elongated front end, ma...

    POSTED 4 Sep, 2017 3 Comments

  • Mercedes Maybach concept is a super-stretched convertible

    Tonight, during Monterey Car Week, Mercedes-Benz unveiled its latest concept car: the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet. Like the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept Mercedes unveiled prior to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last year, the Maybach 6 Cabriolet is an electric car that&r...

    POSTED 19 Aug, 2017 3 Comments

  • New BMW Z4 roadster is a shark-nosed stunner

    BMW is adding stylish flourishes such as a shark-nose front end to its trademark Z4 roadster, part of a broader design overhaul aimed at regaining pizazz and hitting back at Mercedes-Benz. A prototype of the BMW Z4 two-seater, presented at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance near San Fr...

    POSTED 18 Aug, 2017 4 Comments

  • Review: Nantou Whisky Distillery OMAR Single Cask

    Ask most whisky drinkers about Taiwanese whisky, and they'll probably respond with "Taiwanese whisky? You mean Kavalan?" Whilst Kavalan undoubtedly produce some incredible Taiwanese whiskies (which we toured here), they're not the only ones. State-owned Nantou Whisky Distillery, in the cent...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2017 0 Comments

  • Seven dive watch myths debunked

    There may be no more misunderstood type of timepiece than the dive watch, which is strange because it is arguably also the most popular kind. Dive watches are loved for their ruggedness, their sporty good looks, and their perceived ability to make almost anyone wearing one a little more like Dir...

    POSTED 16 Aug, 2017 1 Comment

  • The colourful history of the best-selling Porsche 911

    As Porsche celebrates its millionth version of the iconic 911, it's instructive to look back at how much 911 has changed – and how much has remained the same. The specific one millionth Porsche 911 ever built – a bespoke Irish Green Carrera S – rolled off the line back in May a...

    POSTED 14 Aug, 2017 1 Comment

  • Ferrari plans roomy SUV, more electric hybrids

    Ferrari is considering adding a roomy four-seat SUV “utility vehicle” as part of a major expansion push beyond its traditional supercar niche in a bid to double profit by 2022, people familiar with the matter said. The final five-year plan under Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchio...

    POSTED 6 Aug, 2017 1 Comment

  • What a 'chronometer' is, and why it matters to the modern watch

    You don't have to spend much time around watches before you figure out pretty quick that a chronometer is not a chronograph. The latter, of course, is basically a combination of a watch and a stopwatch; the former, at least nowadays, is a watch which – assuming it comes from an ISO-standar...

    POSTED 2 Aug, 2017 0 Comments

  • Tesla Model 3: 500km range, $70,000 price tag?

    Tesla's new Model 3 will boast a long 500km range and a low A$70,000 price tag. Both numbers come from the very top of the EV manufacturer: founder and CEO Elon Musk. Musk outlined the range on a single charge at the unveiling of the Model 3 this weekend, which sets a jaw-dropping new benchmark...

    POSTED 31 Jul, 2017 11 Comments

  • Rolls-Royce unveils the all-new Phantom VIII

    It’s been 14 years since Rolls updated its flagship chariot, and the result is worth the wait. The Phantom VIII is the luxury marque's largest and grandest car ever, born from the same line as those used by Elvis and Queen Elizabeth II, plus myriad tycoons and oligarchs the world over. Unv...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2017 6 Comments

  • Whisky review: Bladnoch Samsara

    Up until recently, the majority of bottlings from Bladnoch you'd see on shelves would be independent bottlings – from the likes of Gordon & Macphail, Duncan Taylor, Adelphi and SMWS amongst others – or older official bottlings, such as Diageo Rare Malts. That all changed in ...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • Geek chic: dress like Steve Jobs (assuming you'd want to...)

    Of the many technological and ­artistic triumphs of the fashion designer Issey Miyake – from his patented pleating to his soulful sculptural forms – his most famous piece of work will end up being the black mock turtleneck indelibly associated with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. ...

    POSTED 21 Jul, 2017 2 Comments

  • Why electric cars are everywhere except right here, right now

    It might seem like there’s more news about electric cars lately than actual electric cars on the road. Tesla took a step toward becoming a mass-producer this month when the US$35,000 Model 3 sedan started rolling off a California assembly line. Volvo said it will begin phasing out cars tha...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2017 4 Comments

  • Visiting Patek Philippe's New York 'Art of Watches' exhibition

    Everyone passionate about watches and clocks is on a first-name basis with Patek Philippe, the Geneva house founded in 1839. These fanatics will require little persuasion to see "The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York 2017," a clumsy title that is in direct opposition to the elegance of the...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • How bartenders are taking the Negroni to new heights

    Forget everything you know about the Negroni. This slightly bitter, aperitif-style classic that was invented roughly a century ago in Italy is getting remade and rethought by the brightest bartenders in Buenos Aires, where all good Italian things eventually get their moment in the sun. “Th...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • First look: Jaguar E-Pace SUV is a luxury soft-roader

    The auto industry may soon be usurped by an anodyne fleet of robo-taxis, but the final days are turning into a bit of a party for petrolheads. In London late Thursday, Jaguar launched its new, junior-varsity SUV. Literally. They had a guy drive it off a twisting ramp, corkscrew in the air and la...

    POSTED 15 Jul, 2017 2 Comments

  • The best cocktails to enjoy when you're flying

    The next time anyone starts bleating that air travel long ago ceased to be something special, I’ve got three words for them: Airbus A380 bar. Admittedly the big double-decker jet is a bit of a whale from the outside – and can worryingly look like a sardine can with wings – but ...

    POSTED 15 Jul, 2017 27 Comments

  • First look: Tesla Model 3

    It's finally here: The Model 3, Tesla's US$35,000 electric gamechanger. A single black Model 3 rolled off the production line Friday with a serial number all its own, kicking off a company-defining six months. The car will belong to Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO and co-founder, who shared images...

    POSTED 13 Jul, 2017 4 Comments

  • Audi reveals new self-driving A8 sedan

    Audi Chief Executive Officer Rupert Stadler, under fire for the luxury-car maker’s role in parent Volkswagen's emissions scandal, is counting on the revamped A8 and other new models to appease his critics. Unveiling the latest version of the US$96,000 flagship sedan in Barcelona – su...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

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