• Flying high: IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII

    Taking flight at this year’s annual SIHH Geneva watchfest, IWC's Mark XVIII – or, more simply put, the '18' – is the latest generation of what was once famously described as “every non-pilot’s favourite pilot’s watch.” No preening pretender, the Mark X...

    POSTED 14 Oct, 2016 3 Comments

  • Driving impressions: BMW i3 94Ah

    It will be 24 years before electric vehicles outstrip their fuel consuming cousins in sales, according to projections by BMW. However, if you’re not willing to wait that long they have been selling two futuristic electric vehicles since 2013 – the compact i3, and the i8 hybrid superca...

    POSTED 13 Oct, 2016 0 Comments

  • Whisky notes: Johnnie Walker Blenders' Batch Red Rye Finish

    Let me start with a confession: despite my fondness for cocktails, I've only begun to drink whisky in the past year. It's been an enjoyable start, nudged forward with shots of tutelage from fellow journalists (of course!), frequent flyers and AusBT's resident whisky expert Martin Eber. The upsi...

    POSTED 11 Oct, 2016 1 Comment

  • Introducing the Mercedes-Benz C350 e plug-in hybrid

    The Mercedes-Benz C350 e brings the efficiency of plug-in hybrid technology to the German marque’s impressive C-Class range. This article is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz. How do you make the best-selling Mercedes-Benz C Class even better? The answer may be less obvious than you think. ...

    POSTED 7 Oct, 2016 0 Comments

  • Art deco elegance: the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso collection

    Few timepieces are as iconic as the Reverso, nor as durable. Despite a storied 85 years since its creation in 1931, its rectangular form has seen scores of editions, re-editions and re-imaginings from luxury Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre, without ever straying from its timeless design. Th...

    POSTED 30 Sep, 2016 3 Comments

  • Whisky review: Westland American Single Malt Whiskey

    Mention "American Whiskey" to many people and you're likely to get a response along the lines of "Oh, you mean Bourbon?". They're the people who will never have heard of Seattle's Westland Distillery, which produces a range of single malts (and single cask expressions) drawing on the natural and...

    POSTED 29 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Deluxe droptop: new Mercedes-Benz SLC convertible

    The newest open-air Benz is fun, fast and – here's a surprise – affordable, certainly more so than you’d expect from the German marque. $70,900 (excluding dealer and on-road costs) will get you behind the wheel of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC, which is now rolling ...

    POSTED 27 Sep, 2016 2 Comments

  • How to get an international driver's licence

    Renting cars abroad can be a great way to get around on business trips, but even though you may already have an Australian driver's licence, many countries also require you to carry a separate International Driving Permit, or IDP. An IDP doesn’t replace your traditional Australian licence ...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2016 8 Comments

  • Black beauty: TAG Heuer 2016 Heuer Monza

    TAG Heuer's 2016 Heuer Monza commemorates the 40th anniversary of the original Heuer Monza, issued in 1976 to celebrate Niki Lauda's victory in the 1975 F1 World Championship. Lauda’s victory was sealed on the track at Monza in his team’s new 312T Ferrari, of which the Swiss watchm...

    POSTED 23 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Audi reveals new A5 and S5 Sportback

    Audi’s penchant for splitting and splintering its line-up is often bewildering. It’s an approach which might seem the exact opposite of fabled Teutonic efficiency – but if that means there’s an Audi for almost every potential buyer, then it’s efficiency elevated int...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2016 1 Comment

  • Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid range offers the best of both worlds

    The Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid range combines electric and petrol engines to reduce fuel consumption without compromise. The result: no range anxiety on those longer trips, impressive performance figures, and reduced emissions and fuel consumption – all without diluting the Mercedes-Benz&...

    POSTED 16 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Electric blue: BMW

    Created as an inner-city electric runabout, BMW’s i3 can now run quite a bit further. An update to the catchy-looking EV squeezes higher capacity cells into the same-sized battery bay, boosting the maximum range from 190km to 300km. BMW reckons that means an easy and anxiety-free 200km ...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • 2017 Nissan GT-R: the racer refined

    MOTORING | Ten years after it first roared from blueprint to bitumen, Nissan's musclebound coupe has been sent to finishing school. Fortunately, this hasn’t meant the finish of the GT-R’s days as a high-performance sports car. There’s just a new sheen of sophistication above ...

    POSTED 6 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Whisky review: Johnnie Walker Explorers Club Collection, The Gold Route

    Whisky remains one of the most popular duty-free indulgences, and many brands release travel retail specials sold exclusively through airport duty-free stores. One of these is the aptly-named Johnnie Walker Explorers' Club Collection: a trio of blended scotch whiskies with adventure at heart. ...

    POSTED 31 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • New Mercedes-Benz E-Class has more lines of computer code than an Airbus A380

    MOTORING | As cars become increasingly smarter, it was inevitable that they’d close the ‘intelligence gap’ to modern marvels such as the Airbus A380 superjumbo. And in the case of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan, that’s entirely appropriate – given that this sop...

    POSTED 30 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • Whisky review: Lagavulin 8 year old

    If you know whisky then you'll know Lagavulin – it's a go-to Islay single malt when the evening invites you to linger over a smooth shot of Lagavulin 16's trademark smokey peat. Now Laga has a little brother, in the form of this 8 year old "200th Anniversary" edition sold in the trave...

    POSTED 11 Aug, 2016 1 Comment

  • How to buy a San Francisco Clipper card

    Flying into San Francisco? A Clipper card makes it much easier to get around on the city's trains, trams and cable cars. Instead of fishing around for notes and change or standing in line at ticket machines, this prepaid public transport card gives you tap-and-go convenience. There's a US$3 p...

    POSTED 30 Jun, 2016 1 Comment

  • Bose cuts the cord with wireless noise-cancelling headphones

    Bose isn't the only name in noise-cancelling headphones, but it's got sufficient mindshare and marketshare to make the brand's QuietComfort series near-essential kit for the business traveller and frequent flyer. All that's been missing from the mix is the option to go wireless – and ...

    POSTED 8 Jun, 2016 11 Comments

  • AusBT reader event: whisky tour & tasting at Archie Rose distillery

    If you like whisky, you'll love the opportunity to join us for a unique evening at boutique Sydney distillery and bar Archie Rose. Australian Business Traveller has arranged an exclusive tour through the Archie Rose distillery at Rosebery (just 5km south of the Sydney CBD) where you'll lear...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2016 0 Comments

  • Whisky review: Ardbeg 'Dark Cove' Committee Release

    Ardbeg hails from a Scotch whisky distillery of the same name, on the south coast of the isle of Islay and not far from the home of Laphroaig – in fact, both distilleries were officially founded in 1815. And being Islay single malts, they both share that characteristically bold, smoky, pea...

    POSTED 3 Jun, 2016 0 Comments

  • Whisky review: Teeling's The Revival 15 Year Old Single Malt

    Teeling is a name you may not be familiar with in the world of whisky, but trust us – you should get to know it better, especially if you enjoy whiskies with a unique character all their own. The independent Dublin-based family business is all about small batch bottling from selected casks...

    POSTED 26 May, 2016 0 Comments

  • Whisky review: Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016

    The Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 is perhaps one of this year's most-hyped releases. Its 2013 predecessor was widely praised, which only helped to build demand – and expectations – for the 2016 edition. That this is a limited release of just 5,000 bottles fuelled the hype, with retailers...

    POSTED 12 May, 2016 0 Comments

  • Travel your way: the DIY airline amenity kit

    Airline amenity kits are one of the many treats awaiting any flyer on admittance to the pointy end of the plane. But as you clock up those miles above the clouds, in business class and even in first class, your own bespoke amenity kit begins to take its own shape, and will over time become the p...

    POSTED 12 May, 2016 9 Comments

  • Whisky reviews: The Singleton of Glen Ord, Dufftown

    The Singleton is not a single distillery, but rather a brand which represents the single malts of multiple distilleries. One of these is Glen Ord, on the edge of the Black Isle peninsula in the Scottish Highlands west of Inverness, and best known for its namesake 12 year old single malt. Anothe...

    POSTED 5 May, 2016 2 Comments

  • Whisky review: GlenDronach 12, 15, 18 and 31 Grandeur

    GlenDronach enjoys a cult following amongst whisky lovers, and it's not hard to see why. While other distilleries previously known for their 'sherry bombs' have branched out into other casks for ageing their whisky (mostly Bourbon), GlenDronach has remained true to its roots and continued to foc...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2016 0 Comments

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