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Peat-Driven Whisky from Laphroaig

Age and oak have brilliantly enriched the deep nuances of a beloved classic Islay single malt. As Laphroaig is celebrating its 202nd birthday this year, the venerable Islay distillery is re-inventing tradition. The team, led by distillery manager John Campbell, has been experimenting tirelessly with aging its distinctively peaty whisky. In addition to PX sherry hogsheads and virgin American oak, they have turned to triple maturation and quarter-size casks, and managed to produce a range of 11 core whiskies, along with a few limited-edition expressions. And they are a taste to behold.

Now, whiskey will no longer be judged on the sole basis of how long it has spent in the barrel. With the exception of Laphroaig’s flagship 10-year-old bottling and a hard-to-find 25 year old, the new range is entirely NAS (no age statement). This is an indicator that at least some of the blend is younger than the other whiskies included. With more and more NAS single malts being released—many of which still fall under the category of high-quality whiskies. But a significant age is something that is hard to replicate.

The newly released Laphroaig 27 Year Old is priced at $750 per bottle. It was matured in a combination of refill hogsheads, ex-bourbon casks, and refill quarter casks—and bottled at a tame 83.4 proof. The result is a rich, deep, multi-layered flavour that stands out from the vast majority of younger malts. Time tends to soften a peated whisky but the flavour remains unaltered. The smoke and peat are still present, along with a classic undernote and salty-sea-air finish. But it’s achieved a gentler and rounder texture than a typical Laphroaig, with sweet honey and hints of citrus costarring in the production.

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Miami’s New $20,000-Per-Night Penthouse

Lavish Sunny Isles Beach is one of Miami’s most luxurious and sought-after neighborhoods, offering white sandy beaches, world-renowned restaurants, and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Recently, a frenzy of modern residential towers and opulent hotel accommodations have been redefining its skyline. Ahead of other developments is Acqualina Resort & Spa, known for its sold-out Mansions at Acqualina, its Karl Lagerfeld–designed Estates at Acqualina, and, its brand new 7,725-square-foot hotel Penthouse 46.

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Located on the 46th floor of Acqualina’s 51-story resort tower, the bespoke penthouse is built around its 360-degree ocean and Intercoastal views. It boasts a modern and superbly elegant décor throughout that effortlessly channels the tranquillity of the sea below. The spacious oceanfront terrace is fitted with plush lounge furniture, a saltwater swimming pool, a living wall, a TV, a summer kitchen, and a dining table for a party of eight.

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The spectacular views follow guests inside with floor-to-ceiling windows and a simple color palette of neutrals and dark grays. A strong Miami vibe can be seen in the interior with playful touches in every room. A 10-person wooden dining table rests atop a coral pony-hair rug. The bar is fitted with a striking agate countertop backlit with LED bulbs, and the extravagant entrance sprawls off a private foyer and sparkles with a silver-leaf ceiling.

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The price of Miami’s newest accommodation starts at $20,000 per night and is well worth every cent. The five-bedroom suite includes a poolside cabana guest house for a truly VIP experience. It is one suite that outshines all others in comfort, style and exclusivity.

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Ferrari’s new £3MILLION FXX-K Evo hypercar

Ferrari debuted the extreme FXX-K Evoluzione track-only hypercar – the most expensive model on the market for the whooping £3million. This far exceeds the price tag of Bugatti – the current title holder of the world’s most expensive car.

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Named FXX-K Evo, the new model is based on the £1million road-legal LaFerrari – and is the ultimate Top Trumps model. It is just as powerful as Ferrari’s current Formula One car. Its 6.3-litre V12 engine uses the same petrol-electric Kinetic Energy Recovery System – also known as KERS – that F1 machines have been fitted with in recent years.

The combination of two power sources generates a staggering 1,036bhp. Coupled with the new extreme looks, the FXX-K Evo is a real head-turner. Its sharpened and flared piece of bodywork boasts a win-profile rear spoiler, two side wings and a central fin to produce incredible levels of pin-it-to-the-road grip.

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In addition to updated aerodynamics, a whopping 640kg of downforce at a speed of 124mph is generated. In its current configuration, the FXX-K Evo is deemed far too extreme to be fitted with number plates, restricting owners to only using it in competition events or driving days at race circuits.
What’s even more, Ferrari hand-picks the owners of the FXX range, and the new model will initially be offered only to existing FXX-K customers who want to upgrade from their current 1,000bhp-hypercar.

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£3million may seem a bit extreme for a car that can’t even be driven off the track, but millionaires and billionaires are already showing interest in upgrading on the non-Evoluzione model – of which around 40 were made – or choose one of the handful of all-new models that will be built to Evo specification. Owners will be able to work in tandem with Ferrari’s design team to customize the interior for a truly unique driving experience.

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Exclusive Look Inside the Azimut Grande 35 Metri

Achille Salvagni has taken the interior design aboard Azimut’s Grande 35 Metri yacht to a new level of sophistication. The result is a yin-yang ambiance, focused on using the yacht’s large volumes to maximize social spaces. In addition to the largest flybridge in its class the line of luxury yachts is known for, now a generous beach club and a 330-squarefoot gathering area are fitted on the foredeck. Righini also gave the 35 Metri an aggressive profile defined by angles and straight edges. It not only carries Azimut’s traditional DNA, but pushes the design forward to a new level.

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The Achille Salvagni interior is abundant in interior spaces, translating the very square, vertical look into a smoother, softer environment.
In addition to custom furniture, cabinets, and lamps, the walls, ceilings, and other décor have been completely reshaped. In the saloon, a circular sofa sits on a circular rug. The overhead lights are fitted into the ceilings, almost like natural appendages. Bronze elements and mahogany blend organically into the interior.

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The unorthodox design is a sharp swerve away from Azimut’s signature design, but has received warm welcome as the yacht’s new look. The new identity for this yacht has already sold a dozen models. It is soft and elegant in all the best unconventional ways. Natural light streams through the full-height windows in the saloon to its best effect, allowing it to highlight the few dark wood panels on the walls. Salvagni’s signature touch is also evident everywhere in his own signature chairs, lamps, and cabinets. His custom design has paid off handsomely for what is essentially a semi-custom yacht.

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That simple bespoke design carries across the interior to the owner’s suite and en-suite bathroom. The most striking feature on the Azimut 35 Metri is the curving, three-floor staircase with backlit onyx steps. A staircase on a yacht of this size is a rare sight.
The Azimut Grande 35 Metri will make its U.S. debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

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Singapore’s $80 Million Penthouse

Vertical cities are the new rave in the world of the ultra-rich as they have everything in one place – from fine-dining restaurants to movie theaters to offices and luxurious SPAs. Now, Singapore is joining the craze with its new Tanjong Pagar Centre. The architectural marvel of glass and steel is Singapore’s tallest building at roughly 950 feet and plays host to 3 Wallich Street. Lucky buyers can snap a super penthouse that is both the largest nonland residence and the highest point in Singapore. But it doesn’t come cheap.

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The modern triplex consists of 21,100 square feet and sits on the 62nd through 64th floors. It is equipped with five bedrooms, six full baths, and three half-baths. Natural light floods the penthouse, streaming from floor-to-ceiling windows that make up nearly every wall. The residence boasts some unique services offered from expert architects and designers who can tailor the space to the owner’s exact tastes and specifications. Marble floors and high-end appliances are just some of the luxurious additions that make the property into a real estate haven.

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A large terrace reveals sweeping views over the city and there is an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. Other amenities include a private elevator, state-of-the-art security systems, a fitness centre, an entertainment space, and a private wine cellar. GuocoLand’s concierge team is on-call 24/7 if owners want to book a private jet or charter a yacht for a weekend jaunt on the water.

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The exclusive property is listed through Sotheby’s International Realty. Priced at $80 million, the penthouse includes access to the services and restaurants at the Sofitel Singapore City Centre, which is also positioned within the vertical city.

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BMW debuts a One-of-a-Kind Car Inspired by Yacht Maker Nautor’s Swan

Saint Tropez’s Voiles de Saint-Tropez, one of the last major international regattas of the season, is in full swing and thousands of yachting enthusiast got a sneak peek of the one-off BMW crafted from the powerful M760 Li. Sporting bright chrome work, “the Swan” sparkles in Damask Red, a metallic version of a well-aged Bordeaux.

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The car is the result of the collaboration between BMW’s Individual bespoke division and Nautor’s Swan, one of the world’s most prestigious yacht makers. Its release marks the 25th anniversary of BMW Individual, which was spawned after fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld asked BMW to put a fax machine in his car, and requested an interior trim to match the lining of his briefcase. This marked the beginning of a long line of customized vehicles for hundreds of wealthy customers.

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The M760Li’s silky V12 helps the vehicle sail away like a luxury yacht. In terms of performance, the model resembles the V8-powered Alpina B7 (also built from the newest BMW 7 Series), but there is something stately and unmistakably elegant about cruising with 610 hp and 12 cylinders under the hood.

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The interior of the Swan boasts Criollo Brown merino leather, a colour BMW had sent from its U.S. factory in Spartanburg, S.C. (where it’s offered as an option on X5 and X6 SUVs). Attention to detail goes far beyond with even the B-pillars wrapped in leather. Braided leather piping is woven by hand at a rate of one meter per hour. The most noticeable nautical touch is the oak slatted floor mats from the same wood found inside Nautor’s Swan’s yachts. The swan logo is embroidered on the front headrests and plush leather pillows on the rear seats.

BMW customers can customize any model starting with the 3 Series and up. There are 25 different colours of leather, numerous fabrics, 120 paints (including a wide range of matte colours), and any other special requests. Trims can also be customized.

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Patrón’s Best and Rarest Tequila Yet

Less than 3000 thousand bottled of Patrón’s Best and Rarest Tequila Yet are available worldwide for purchase and interested buyers are already lining up to own one.

Patrón $7,500 en Lalique Serie 2 offers a fresh perspective on the design and the tequila. Instead of sticking to the classic bottle shape, the Serie 2 bottle draws its inspiration from the agave plant the tequila is made from. The end result is a tall, elegant decanter with an Art Deco feel, which is capped with an amber-hued crystal stopper to match the delectable tequila inside.

Patrón has long been revered as a brand everyone knows, responsible for elevating the reputation of tequila to a sipping spirit as respected as the finest whiskies and Cognacs. Patrón’s squat glass bottle even came be synonymous with quality tequila. So the brand’s daring attempt at creating a special limited-edition package comes as no surprise. Through a painstaking collaboration with Lalique, the premiere French design house for fine crystal. Patrón en Lalique Serie 1, was released in 2015. It was a stunning, handmade crystal take on the classic Patrón bottle containing a bespoke extra añejo tequila created by master distiller Francisco Alcaraz.

Now, the series 2 boasts a new look, as well as taste with the tequila blended especially for the Serie 2 release. The blend, is different from anything tequilero Alcaraz has produced so far. It has been aged up to 7 years, where a typical extra añejo is aged only 4 years. Aging has occurred in French and American oak with additional aging time in Spanish ex-sherry casks. The end result is a rich and fruity tequila with a noticeable sherry influence of orange and raisins. Notes of agave, vanilla, and honey accompany the main streaks. Dry sherry nuances show up again along with hints of oak on the long, smooth finish. Only 299 hand-numbered bottles of the Serie 2 were hand-made at the Lalique workshop in Alsace, France, although a total of 3000 bottles of the Serie 2 are available for purchase.

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Huawei’s premium smartphone with a Porsche design

The second largest phone manufacturer in the world, Huawei has entered the luxury market with a bang.
Huawei—China’s leading smartphone maker—has finally managed to eclipse Apple in sales. Now, the company has announced its Mate 10 line, the most luxurious of which was created in collaboration with Porsche Design.

The Porsche Design Mate 10 boasts an extra-large screen (6 inches) that extends nearly edge to edge. Its front and rear parts are completely covered in glass. There is a fingerprint reader positioned on the back of the phone for easy unlocking. It’s also equipped with two rear-facing Leica-developed cameras (a 20-megapixel monochromatic camera and a 12-megapixel colour camera) that can quickly recognize faces and other objects, as well as the type of scene being photographed, and adjust settings accordingly in real time. Perhaps the most significant feature of the Mate 10 line is its dedicated neural network processing unit (NPU).

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The Kirin-made NPU was designed specifically to support artificial intelligence–based features. This gives the phone the ability to do things like analyse user behaviour to optimize performance and predict the phone’s most efficient operating mode. AI processing can be done right on the phone, instead of accessing cloud-based services unlike Siri, which speeds function execution. As the phone doesn’t rely as much on an internet connection, this means fewer privacy concerns. The Mate 10’s real-time translator is another striking feature, which can instantly translate text and voice into more than 50 languages.

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The Porsche Design version of the Mate 10 includes some cosmetic flourishes that elevate it above its stablemates. It comes in an exclusive colour—Diamond Black. It ditches the glossy strip that runs across the back of the standard edition. There is a custom user interface created by Porsche Design, and has twice as much onboard memory (256 gigabytes) as the Mate 10 Pro version. It comes with a leather flip case and a USB-to-stereo jack adapter.

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The Porsche Design Mate 10 is available for pre-order now for $1,645 and will be released in December.

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Rolls-Royce’s latest addition to its Phantom lineage

The newest addition to the Rolls-Royce Phantom range is every bit as exquisite as its predecessors. Carrying on the Phantom’s legacy as “the best car in the world” —the Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII introduces fresh styling, an all-new platform, advanced technology, and greater levels of luxury than ever before.

Rolls-Royce calls its new scalable platform the “Architecture of Luxury.” It is named the Phantom VIII, and the luxury U.K. automaker is expected to apply its all-aluminum spaceframe underpinnings to the upcoming Cullinan SUV and the next Ghost, Wraith, and Dawn. Nearly 30% more rigid than the Phantom VII’s platform, the new design will focus on ride, acoustic, and seat comfort, in addition to exterior presence and interior space.

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Protecting the lineage and brand integrity of Rolls-Royce without compromise, the new model is paired with the new chassis in the latest generation self-leveling air suspension, four-wheel steering, stability control, a new double-wishbone front axle, and 5-link rear axle.

With this new Phantom, Rolls-Royce has managed to build the “most silent motor car in the world.” The premium sedan features more than 286 pounds of sound insulation, two-layer glazing, massive cast-aluminium joints, and high absorption materials. This makes the new Phantom is 10-percent quieter than its predecessor at 62 mph.

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A brand new V12 motor facilitates quiet, robust thrust. A twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V12 produces 563 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. There is also a Satellite Aided Transmission (SAT) in combination with a ZF eight-speed gearbox for smooth, fluid power.

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The Phantom delivers on the electronics front as well, using the largest electronic architecture (ECU) of any BMW Group model. Some of its key features include Alertness Assistant, a four-camera system with Panoramic View, all-round visibility including helicopter view, Night Vision and Vision Assist, Active Cruise Control, collision warning, pedestrian warning, cross-traffic warning, lane departure and lane change warning, an industry leading 7×3 High-resolution head-up display, Wi-Fi hot spot, and of course the latest navigation and entertainment systems. This makes it the most advanced Rolls-Royce to date.

Price for the eighth generation Rolls-Royce Phantom is yet to be revealed. While it does not look dramatically different from its predecessor, every element of its plush interior, incredible powertrain, and tranquil ride quality has been improved to deliver one superb driving experience.

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The New MB&F LM Split

The newest creation from the MB&F ‘Legacy Machine’ line is s a masterstroke of horological compartmentalization and this is not an exaggeration. Its price is just as head-turning as its revolutionary design and bespoke craftsmanship. The MB&F LM Split Escapement retails for $79,000, but is worth every dollar.

It made its debut in 2011 and since then the Legacy Machine range has perfected its complexity without deviating from its core characteristics: manual winding, traditional finishing, round case, huge domed crystal, and a 2.5 Hz balance suspended by a wishbone-shaped cock. The Split Escapement is in a class of its own compared to the last Legacy Machine (the Perpetual).

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There is something unique in the Stephen McDonnell–designed movement. Unlike its predecessors, the Perpetual has chosen to extend right through the movement, and fix the escapement to the back. This configuration was unique for a wristwatch, and it worked well on either side of the watch.

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Now, for the design of the LM Split Escapement, MB&F has worked once again with McDonnell with the intent to simplify and distil this concept into a still purer form. The balance staff extends a full 11.78 mm from the balance wheel to the impulse jewel. This receives its impulse from a lever and escape wheel on the back of the movement. Unlike the Perpetual, the hand-burnished dial of the Split Escapement has enough space to display its timekeeping, date, and 72-hour power-reserve dials. The burnish brush treatment of the dial reflects this space by delivering “a wider, more diffuse frosted finish” than more commonly used in order “to accommodate the larger area.”

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This is what makes the Split Escapement a horological masterpiece. The watch is a juxtaposition of isolation and space. These components are separated into categories: The regulation and timekeeping can be found on the front, and the power, transmission, and distribution are placed on the back. The unique layout of the movement complements the generous space beneath its soaring sapphire firmament, allowing for these categories to occupy large areas of their own real estate.