• Amazon Australia to launch tomorrow

    Amazon Australia is expected to go online at 2pm tomorrow, Thursday November 23, marking the company's long-awaited local launch. Australian customers who have become used to buying from Amazon's overseas arms will be keen to check out both the range carried by the online shopping colossus as we...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2017 1 Comment

  • Driving the new Rolls-Royce Phantom is six-star luxury on wheels

    After more than a decade, the historic brand is relaunching its flagship sedan. The result is a US$450,000 hunk of power and opulence. Reaching 7,976 feet above sea level, Switzerland’s spindle-thin Furka Pass is one of the highest mountain roads in the world. Its sheer edges are so abrupt...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2017 0 Comments

  • New headsets turn your inflight movie into an IMAX experience

    On a recent flight to Florida, I’m in row 32, seat B. To my left, a teenager watches Rick and Morty on his iPhone. To my right, a grandma watches Property Brothers on the seat-back TV, sound bleeding from her airline earbuds. Me? I’m catching up on the original Blade Runner, viewing ...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2017 4 Comments

  • New Toyota Century challenges Rolls-Royce, Bentley

    Toyota has just introduced a new Century. And that's a big deal. The Toyota Century is the most exclusive car in Japan. Introduced in 1967 and named for the 100th birthday of company founder Sakichi Toyoda, the Century defines top-tier Japanese luxury: the kind reserved for heads of state, chief...

    POSTED 31 Oct, 2017 4 Comments

  • Porsche 911 GTS review: the purest Porsche experience you can buy

    The manual version of the 2018 Porsche GTS is the most connected, most grounded, and simplest expression of the carmaker’s id – and the purest Porsche experience on the road. When Porsche introduced the manual 911 R last year, it made only 991 of them. The super-tuned monster sold ou...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2017 0 Comments

  • Travel tip: have Amazon deliveries sent to your hotel

    Although Amazon is finally gearing up to launch in Australia, we could see significant differences in both the range and pricing of items available through the local outlet compared to the Amazon mother-ship in the USA. But if you regularly travel to the US, there’s a canny way to access t...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2017 8 Comments

  • 2018 Jaguar F-Type SVR: convertible or coupe?

    The big cat's convertible and coupe versions of the 2018 F-Type SVR both deliver a lot for your money. But one offers a higher level of comfort, convenience, and drive quality. Jaguar’s F-Type has outsold the company’s initial sales expectations and earned critical awards for the loo...

    POSTED 13 Oct, 2017 0 Comments

  • The must-try restaurants opening soon around the world

    If there’s a prime time for restaurants in the northern hemisphere, it’s autumn. Following a slow summer season, chefs and restaurateurs – not to mention wine directors and bartenders – prepare to roll out their most anticipated projects. This particular fall sees the reo...

    POSTED 9 Oct, 2017 0 Comments

  • The world's best caviar now comes from China, not Russia...

    Although no one wants to say it, China is producing some of the most delectable fish eggs available. Mention China alongside almost any food product, and people get nervous. After international incidents involving bleach-soaked meat, antifreeze-laced apple juice, and pine nuts “unfit for ...

    POSTED 6 Oct, 2017 0 Comments

  • Eight ways Maserati can make the 2018 Quattroporte even better

    People love Maserati for its looks and its history, but the brand’s mega-sedan has some flaws to fix. Brits love Maserati. At least, the two Brits I had dinner with Wednesday night in L.A. do. They were so excited to see the latest car I was testing that they waited outside on the sidewal...

    POSTED 4 Oct, 2017 1 Comment

  • Why Volvo's new XC40 compact SUV comes with its own concierge

    Volvo, unveiling its first compact sport utility vehicle, is moving beyond eye-catching design and dashboard gadgetry by offering to eliminate some of the hassles of owning a car. The XC40 will be available across Europe from the end of September for €699 (US$840) per month over a two-year ...

    POSTED 25 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

  • 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

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