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The NextEV NIO EP9 – the supercar of the future

NextEV is not a company that people seem to be particularly familiar with, unless they have been monitoring the nascent Formula E racing series, but this is bound to change. In the automotive world the brand is synonymous with fast technology and uncompromising performance. And the newest NIO EP9 model will skyrocket the company in the ranks of super brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Bugatti.

Unveiled earlier in London, only six NIO EP9s are planned, so only a handful of selected buyers will be able to get their hands on this new supercar. Capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in 2.7 seconds and from 0-200km/h in 7.1 seconds before topping out at 313km/h, the NIO EP9 is a statement of innovative vision and technical and manufacturing prowess.

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Four inbound electric motors and a battery pack that requires water-cooling make the EP9 an all-wheel drive, with a combined output of 1340bhp and a range of 427km (265 miles) before the batteries are spent. They can be recharged in just 45 minutes or even swapped out for replacement units in a matter of minutes.

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NextEV isn’t the only company developing plug-in electric supercars but it is the first one to introduce them into the luxury car segment. The EP9 has lapped the Nürburgring Nordschliefe in seven minutes, 5.12 seconds, earning it the title of the fastest road-legal electric car in the world. Therefore the car should be seen as a statement of intent that showcases what is possible with electric vehicles.

The EP9 will enter production next year by a mass-production electric car that will initially go on sale in China but will be rolled out globally.

Special Speyside Whiskies

Special Speyside Whiskies

Scotland has long been known for its rich traditions in scotch with no other region more widely identified with whisky wizardry than Speyside. As home to more than half the country’s distilleries including the Glenlivet and Glenfiddich, this winter there are many amazing Speyside whiskies to choose from. Here are just some of the highlights that deserve a mention.

1. The Macallan Rare Cask

The Macallan Rare Cask

The Macallan uses a unique blend of Spanish and American oak to forge the sherry casks in which its whisky matures. This brings the flavour that dazzle and delight it is known for. Delicious undertones of dried fruit and delectable caramel and cocoa produce the brand’s distinctive profile. The Rare Cask sells for $300 after it was first released in 2014.

2. The Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve

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This non-age statement single malt is another addition to the Glenrothes’ Reserve Collection.  Aged in sherry and bourbon casks, the Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve (priced at $55) is light in color and body, with subtle citrus notes and lick of vanilla. It has a hint of smokiness but not so much that you forget you’re enjoying a Speyside malt.

3. Glenfarclas 17-Year-OldGlenfarclas 17-Year-Old

The family owned and operated brand has a new palatable blend on offer – the Glenfarclas 17 (priced at $94), which exhibits a strong sherry influence from the first sip—raisins, cinnamon, and nutmeg are front and center nuances, with subtler citrus and sawdust notes. It is perfectly balanced between the concentrated flavors of older barrelings and the smoothness of younger whiskies.

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A $25,000,000 estate Down Under

500 acres of elevated pristine oceanfront land with a spectacular 8 bedroom sandstone manor can be purchased for $25,000,000 in sunny Australia. Well known as one of Australia’s most coveted retreats – Maitraya is a paradise private strip of land, where some of the most exclusive coastal properties reside.  It is located near Nanarup Beach, and is a 20-minute drive from Albany on Western Australias south coast.

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The latest offering on the marker it an ample homestead set on over 222 hectares of breath-taking Western Australian coastline for anyone who wants open spaces, unspoilt wilderness and modern comfort – all in one unforgettable package. Perched on a cliff top, the dramatic and beautifully appointed eight bedroom sandstone homestead boasts 270 degree views over ocean, mountains and nature reserve. A total of 6,000 square metres of living space includes not one but two fully equipped kitchens, a pool, spa, light-filled garden atrium and children’s play area. There is a retractable ceiling in the master bedroom for hours of romantic star-gazing.

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Outdoors, the grounds offer multiple kayaking at the lake-side gazebo, a tennis court, cricket pitch, putting greens, bird hides, a chicken coop and walking trails scattered with wildflowers and artworks. Guests can spot whales, dolphins and kangaroos from the homesteads expansive windows. Private tracks lead to an idyllic swimming beach. The external areas of the property are decorated with sculptures and works of art by famous international artists. There is also a 500 acre pristine bushland area, which is a wildflower paradise in spring.

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Remote, relaxed and completely private, the estate comes with a 5 bedroom Fisherman’s Lodge and 2 bedroom Aviator’s Cottage as well as 900m airstrip & helicopter pad part from the main manor. The retreat has security controlled entry and a private sealed driveway. Owning a piece of paradise has never been more real.

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A reborn legend – the £1million Jaguar XKSS

Car enthusiasts are thrilled with Jaguar’s announcement of manufacturing the nine ‘lost’ XKSS supercars, which were destroyed in fire at Browns Lane factory in Coventry in 1957. Considered to be lost forever, the legendary model will recreate the original XKSS owned by stars including Steve McQueen after Jaguar found the blueprints. Willing buyers who are ready to pay £1m will be able to grab one as early as 2017, which is considerably cheaper than an original at £10m.

Each car roughly takes craftsmen about 10,000 man hours to complete and includes 2,000 rivets. All measurements are in traditional imperial rather than metric form. Originally created as a road-going conversion of the Le Mans-winning D-type racing car, the new vehicle has a streamlined exterior with each of the nine cars sporting period chassis numbers from the original XKSS chassis log.

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The car accelerates from 0 to 60mph in just 5.5 seconds and to 100mph in 13.5 seconds thanks to a 3.4 litre XK straight six engine and helped by its lightweight aluminium body.  What is most striking about the XKSS is that despite advances in technology, aerodynamics and car manufacture – Jaguar engineers have not employed any of these to tweak it, keeping instead the feel and performance as authentic as possible.

The new supercar has been 60 years in the making and is a delightful nod to a simpler time. Drivers will be able to enjoy not only its vintage look but vintage features as well, which are part of the attempt to recreate the original experience.

GTC4Lusso by Ferrari

GTC4Lusso by Ferrari

Ferrari’s old FF model now has a new successor – the Ferrari GTC4Lusso is a more powerful two-door hatchback. For the first time for the brand -the all-wheel drive is paired with rear-wheel steering. The car sports a V-12 engine capable of producing 680 hp, which makes acceleration from zero-to-62-mph possible in a time of 3.4 seconds and reaching a top speed of 208 mph. The GTC4Lusso is more aerodynamic than its predecessor thanks to a new slotted diffuser and a rear spoiler that’s integrated with the hatch. The price for the model is £230,430, which is justified for such a sophisticated, elegant, upmarket model.

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Aside from the subtle but visible exterior changes that see the car looking slicker and more elegant than the FF, the new GTC4Lusso sports more room in its interior. The new design is all about passenger comfort, becoming both more functional and aesthetically pleasing. Bigger pads for the headlight and wiper controls as well as indicators that can be activated by fingers from behind and thumbs at the front make the driving experience superior in every way.

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The new dash design incorporates a ten-inch integrated central screen and a separate display for the passenger, which is a big improvement. The passenger screen has good functionality, allowing people to make phone calls, control music, fiddle with the sat nav and see how fast the driver is actually going. Leather and metal complete the luxurious feel of the cabin, living up to the standard f the brand in terms of style and comfort.

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The Best Auto-Inspired Watches

It’s a universal truth that a superb sports car requires a superb mechanical timepiece to go along with.  So feast your eyes on some of the most technically advanced and elegant auto-inspired watches for 2016.

Baume & Mercier Legendary Drivers Edition Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 Chronograph

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A favourite of vintage car enthusiasts- the Shelby Cobra is the inspiration for the new Baume & Mercier Legendary Drivers Edition Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 Chronograph. Retailing for $4,850, the 44 mm steel timepiece has yellow-and-green accents, horizontal racing stripes, and hour and minute hands styled after the Cobra’s steering wheel. The chronograph counters are designed to evoke cockpit gauges. The model is available in four 15-piece limited editions and each commemorates a legendary racecar driver: Dan Gurney, Ken Miles, Allen Grant, and Dave MacDonald.

Bremont Jaguar MKIII

Bremont Jaguar MKIII

The Bremont Jaguar MKIII timepiece (priced at $4,795), designed by British watchmaker Bremont is an ode to the classic Jaguar E-Type. Fully loaded with accents that evoke the charisma of vintage Jaguars the watch sports a Jaguar heritage logo positioned above the date window at 6 o’clock. The piece comes in a 43 mm steel case on a blue leather strap. Its closed caseback draws inspiration from the E-Type’s wheel-center detailing.

Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition

Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition

Home to the most glamorous racetrack in the world, Monaco is also the place of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, a biennial competition for cars from the prewar period to the 1970s. As the official sponsor of the high-profile event Chopard, debuted the Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition (priced at $6,890). The 44.5 mm chronograph is encased in titanium and steel and available in a limited edition of 500 pieces.

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A home fit for a king – one of Britain’s last moated castles

A historic castle with a moat, 18 bedrooms, a library, billiard room, an old dungeon, three converted turrets and a wine cellar has hit the market for £3 million. The Grade I property has been fully restored and renovated to meet the discerning taste of a wealthy buyer who is looking to combine the regal decorum of the past with the comfortable luxuries of modern life.

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Built in the 13th century, Caverswall Castle has a distinctly medieval feel with its large moat, towering turrets and old dungeon. The fine masonry craftsmanship is amply demonstrated in the stone bridge, the archway in the converted gatehouse as well as throughout the historic building. The interior of the property also includes many medieval references.

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The main house is fully renovated and includes original wood panelling throughout and impressive four poster beds in many of the 11 luxury bedrooms. Its impressive setting is surely going to appeal to a buyer who appreciates the historic relevance of a property.

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With a total of 18,000 square feet – the interior is rich in the wood carving decorations, original stone fireplaces and spectacular furniture. The large rooftop terrace provides sweeping views of the picturesque Stoke-on-Trent countryside. No expense has been spared on the property’s makeover with new luxury fixtures and fittings in the bathrooms and the entrance to the dungeon transformed into a cosy seating area, complete with the original iron staircase.

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Some of the furniture is being sold with the property, although individual items open to separate negotiation to complete the medieval aesthetic of the castle. Fully surrounded by lush gardens and a large moat – the castle boasts unsurpassed privacy for its owner and there are plenty of opportunities for additional outdoor development to install amenities, such as a swimming pool and a tennis court.

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Exclusive look at the Fort Lauderdale Show highlights

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which takes place November 3 to 7, showcases everything from yacht builders and designers to super-yachts and exotic cars for ultra-wealthy buyers. As the largest boat show in the United States, the four-day event boasts VIP experiences at Windward Club like gourmet dining options, meet-and-greets, and an open bar. Private yacht tours for VIP individuals and their guests are available to show them a sneak peek at highly anticipated debuts including Heesen’s 229-foot Galactica Super Nova and Tankoa Yachts’ 228-foot Suerte.

Heesen Yachts Launches Its Largest Boat to Date, the 229-Foot Galactica Super Nova

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Launched in March, the highly anticipated Galactica Super Nova follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, Galactica Star, the 229-foot masterpiece is a fast sporty yacht that makes a statement on the water. It is one of the fastest of its size, relying on the fast-displacement-hull technology pioneered by other Heesen Yachts, allowing it to reach a top speed of 30 knots.

The main deck’s stern boasts a waterfall and a glass-bottomed swimming pool that allows natural light to flood into the beach club below. A touch-and-go helipad doubles as an outdoor cinema, and there are a number of tenders and toys, including an amphibious Quadski.  The Sinot–designed interiors create a real home on the waters with a creamy colour palette; leather, steel, wood, and onyx accents; and a spiraling central staircase and elevator. The new model is expected to be priced in the region of $923.6 million.

Tankoa Yachts’ 228-foot Suerte

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Fashioned by Francesco Paszkowski, Suerte is a colossal vessel with a total length of 69m. Suerte, meaning luck in Spanish, is the first yacht from Italy’s Tankoa shipyard. It sports three decks, a sushi bar, a fireplace, a swimming pool and a helipad, and costs $689,000 for a week.

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A new pocket watch from Hermés

Hermés has long been the epitome of the understated class and timeless charisma of luxury goods that the wealthy are so fond of. Now, the French Maison doesn’t fail to disappoint with a new offering in the form of a transforming pocket watch a rose gold clad in an alligator exterior.

Re-inventing a model that was gifted to the young Jacqueline Hermès in 1912 – the new watch dubbed ‘In the Pocket’ is designed to be worn as a traditional pocket watch or a wristwatch. Available in a 178-piece limited edition, it is the dream-come-true of horse riding aficionados who will no longer have to attach their watches to their clothing or slip them into their pockets.

The rose gold case is fitted with a silver dial with baton-type hands that sweep over pared-down numerals. There is a smaller seconds sub-dial is located at 3 o’clock. The In the Pocket watch is powered by an in-house H1837 automatic movement with a 50-hour power reserve. Its oscillating weight is adorned with the brand’s signature motif “sprinkling of Hs” in a delicate and unobtrusive manner.

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The strap is made of two longer and shorter sections: the plain strap end and the buckle strap end, both hand crafted in the leather-making workshops of La Montre Hermès in Switzerland. Both parts are composed of three layers of leather: alligator; cow leather, which is more durable and robust and a Zermatt calfskin lining. The whole composition balances remarkably on the verge of masculine and feminine, making the In the Pocket watch a suitable piece for both men and women.

Price for the eye-catching piece is 27.000 Euro.

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Britain’s most over-the-top homes for sale

Britain’s long been a top destination for the wealthy who look for a combination of value, location and the clear theme that connects them: expense.

The most-viewed properties of 2016 have a price tag of more than £600,000 and most cost at least £1million, with the most expensive at almost £12million.

A five bedroom maisonette in London’s prestigious South Kensington is on the market for £7,950,000. Situated on one of the most expensive roads in the country – London’s Victoria Road, dubbed Billionaire’s row, the property is the epitome of modern urban style and lavish aesthetics. It is bright and beautifully designed with high ceilings, wooden floors and large windows.

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Another favourite location the wealthy are flocking to is London’s Highgate burrow, where a seven bedroom new build is available for £11,750,000. It boasts biometric locks that use fingerprint technology to gain access in its state-of-the-art security system. French-polished panelled doors are made of American black walnut and complete the look of the property. In total there are five bedrooms and five en-suite bathrooms as well as a large study, kitchen and living room areas.

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£3.75M buys you a spectacular seven bedroom detached house in Bolton. Built to resemble a traditional Georgian manor house, the property comes with a large swimming pool and Jacuzzi in the lower ground floor indoor leisure area. In addition to this the large garden at the back of the house is shaped to accommodate a football pitch.

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The design of Knowsley Manor incorporates wooden beams and staircases, expansive floor-to-ceiling windows and traditional fireplaces to recreate the ambiance of Southern living.