• 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

  • 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

  • Whisky review: The Macallan 12yo Double Cask

    There's been an undeniable 'non-age statement' trend in the whisky industry over the past few years, with many distilleries increasing the range and volume of their NAS whiskies. Sometimes this replaces age-statement counterparts in certain markets (like Glenlivet's Founders Reserve, which has r...

    POSTED 7 Jul, 2017 2 Comments

  • BMW reveals all-new 2018 X3

    The BMW X3 blurs the line between an SUV and a wagon, but despite this – or perhaps because of it – the model has been a popular seller for the German manufacturer, selling over 1.5 million units since its launch in 2003. Now BMW has unveiled details on the next generation X3, which ...

    POSTED 3 Jul, 2017 2 Comments

  • McLaren's 570S Spider preps the path to a hybrid electric future

    McLaren is rolling out a new convertible sports car, the second vehicle in a record product push designed to yield the funds needed to help the British manufacturer make the jump to electric and hybrid vehicles. The McLaren 570S Spider, a low-slung two-seater unveiled Thursday at the Goodwood Fe...

    POSTED 30 Jun, 2017 0 Comments

  • Whisky review: Sweden's Mackmyra 10 Year Old

    Think of Sweden, and whisky is not what comes to mind. Ikea, ABBA and Volvo, certainly. But a single malt whisky, not so much. Yet Mackmyra is such a beast: a 'new world whisky' from Sweden which has just produced its first 10 year old single malt. Bottled at 46.1%, Mackmyra Ten Years was age...

    POSTED 16 Jun, 2017 1 Comment

  • IWC Ingenieur Chronograph 50th Anniversary of Mercedes-AMG

    Longtime sponsor of the Mercedes-AMG Team at the gruelling 24 hour Nürburgring Race, IWC is commemorating the 50th anniversary of Mercedes-AMG with a stunning GT-styled skew of its Ingenieur Chronograph in a limited edition of just 250 pieces. The story Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Me...

    POSTED 5 Jun, 2017 2 Comments

  • 2017 Acura NSX is the elite supercar no-one is talking about

    The 2017 Acura NSXs have been on the road for a year now, but chances are, you haven’t seen one. It’s been delayed and ignored, and it suffers from a weak public image because of its association with the hordes of forgettable Acuras out there. That’s too bad. Because after test...

    POSTED 3 Jun, 2017 0 Comments

  • Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin 2017: a strange, sweet, spicy drop

    With World Gin Day approaching – mark your calendars, it's Saturday June 10 – Victorian distillery Four Pillars is releasing its uniquely Australian 'Bloody Shiraz' gin onto the global stage. The name is both a tip of the slouch hat to Aussie vernacular as well as the way that...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2017 2 Comments

  • Want to make the perfect martini? Stir it for exactly 40 seconds

    Francois Thibault, the cellar master of Grey Goose vodka, is a renaissance man in alcohol circles. He graduated from the University of Bordeaux II with a degree in winemaking in 1982, and was known for his work at cognac maker H. Mounier when he was hired by Sidney Frank, the billionaire entrepre...

    POSTED 24 May, 2017 4 Comments

  • Top concierges share the secrets of Asia's busiest cities

    The word concierge has a murky etymology, but Les Clefs d'Or – the international association of concierges – prefers the French derivation, comte des cierges, or "keeper of the candles". Dating back to feudal times, he was the man responsible for lighting a palace and catering to the...

    POSTED 20 May, 2017 0 Comments

  • Driven: BMW M240i Convertible

    BMW’s 2-Series range offers drivers sporting thrills in a compact package – with equipment and engine changes this year that replace the previous M235i, we put the new M240i Convertible to the test.   Exterior While the M240i Convertible replaces last year’s M235i, the ex...

    POSTED 3 May, 2017 2 Comments

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