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HELLCAT REDEYE

By Anthony Sovinsky × Vaughn Lowery

The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is powerful in every sense of the word. Its first introduction in 2015 known simply as ‘The Hellcat’ instantly gained notoriety amongst car enthusiasts as being the most powerful muscle in the world. Magnificently and aggressively styled it came off the lot ready to rock with 707hp and 650 lb-ft torque powered by a 6.2L supercharged V8 that roared like the king of the jungle. Having that many pony’s is an acquired taste. Even with the base model challengers being as popular as they are, seeing a Hellcat on the road is camera worthy.

Then Dodge introduced the Challenger SRT Demon in 2018 that produced a whomping 840hp while somehow still being street legal. However, the ‘Demon’ was a limited release with just 3300 units in the US and currently all accounted for. Good luck seeing this monstrosity on the road.

Now comes the 2019 Dodge Challenger Redeye. It’s a Hellcat that has been possessed by the Demon resulting in its name. It inherited many components from the Demon’s build; most notably, a variety of drivetrain components that help it withstand its power output. With the only difference being less airflow, it’s able to crank out 797hp and 707 lb-ft of torque. Distinguishing the Redeye is it’s fully functional dual snorkel hood, widebody kit, red paint job and air inlets on both headlights. Its firm stance is made complete by 305’s on all four corners. This also allows more ground contact for the vehicle to transfer its power into forward motion.

The interior features two race inspired bucket seats up front with the ‘Hellcat’ badge stitched into the back rest. This provides added curb appeal as the logos can be seen through the windshield by pedestrians. In addition, the backseats have been deleted for further weight savings; most of the weight savings coming from not being able to have back seat passengers.

Furthermore, the infotainment system is similar to models prior. Capabilities include apple car play, navigation, drive modes and performance tuning to name a few.

The Hellcat Redeye is truly a sight to see while delivering a great value per dollar for horsepower. Base price tagged at $72,745 while fully loaded can hike it in to the $80,000 range.

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RENEGADE D110

Meet RENEGADE D110: Arkonik’s newest Edition is all about defying convention

RENEGADE is an armour clad rebel breaking out from the traditional Defender mould. Its top spec details include a bespoke Ruskin interior trim, Defender nudge bar and KBX® grille accentuated by Java Black and Corris Grey paintwork. Wideboy wheel arches, raptor-coated roll cage and bead locked alloys give this D110 a menacing vibe, fit for survival against any odds.

“Making something old new again brings with it a character and authenticity that seems lost in late model Land Rovers. What could be better than a bespoke, off-road Renaissance vehicle? I plan to use my Defender for harsh winter driving conditions and adventures in the wilderness with family and friends.” Mr Cairo | Owner

 

1) Exterior: Corris Grey body with Java Black roof, Puma bonnet & wideboy wheel arches | Land Rover Defender A-frame nudge bar with LED spotlights | Twin-Cat LED headlights | KBX grille & wing-top vents | Java Black chequer plate | Safety Devices roll cage with basket roof rack and x4 spotlights | Raptor-coated Mach 5 16″ alloys with bead locks | BFGoodrich® AT KO2 tyres | Ebony Fire & Ice side steps | Raptor-coated steering & front differential guard | Rear LED work lamp |NAS rear step

 

2) Interior: Black Super Soft leather trim by Ruskin Inside™ | Heated Elite Sports seats with centre lock box | 3 premium high back heated centre row seats | Matching leather door cards | 2 lock & fold forward facing seats in load area | Black suede headlining | Arkon X black leather steering wheel | Brushed alloy gear knobs | Alloy gauge surrounds & door furniture | Heated windscreen & wing mirrors | Ice white LED lighting package | Pioneer® Premium sound system with Apple® CarPlay & reversing camera | Air conditioning

FREDERICKSBURG

By Alexandria Baiz × Vaughn Lowery

Fredericksburg, Texas the destination of historical sites and culture welcomes us. With the hidden treasures of food, wine and goods the Texas Hill Country is a must-visit.

Beginning with a stay at the one and only Hanger Hotel. This hotel has a WWII hangar of the romantic 1940’s to it’s design with fine woods and custom carpets. Famous for the Observation Deck on the second floor with views adjacent to the airport to see the planes come and go from one end of the runway to the end.

Later a stop to the Pioneer Museum Complex preserved from the 19th century German Pioneer days. In the mid-1840s Germans faced every obstacle to come to Texas and create a unique German colony in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. The Museum strives to preserve and tell this story. With a combination museum and historical site, it reaches over 3.5 acres on Main Street in downtown Fredericksburg.

Dinner at Das Peach Haus that houses delicious jams, jellies and sauces made by Fischer and Wieser Speciality Foods. The Historic roadside fruit stand offers gourmet products with unique flavor combinations. The Tasting Room offers tastings from two Texas wineries, which change out every two months. Vintage wines are paired with international assortment of cured meats and cheeses. Fischer and Wieser include more than 70-award-winning products, which each inspire culinary adventures around the world by being able to purchase online.

Clear River Pecan does things differently with hot-from-the-oven baked goods, homemade ice cream and house deli. Homemade ice cream with high-quality ingredients has been voted as the third best ice cream in Texas. For a bite to eat the deli and salad selection is notable with house favorites like the Chipotle Ranch Chicken Wrap. Fresh baked goods can satisfy any sweet tooth with an Apple Strudel, Peach Cobbler and everything in between.

Tour at the George H.W. Bush Gallery at The National Museum of the Pacific War dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theater in World War II. The Museum is noted for its historic materials with iconic elements of the Pacific War era. Guided tours debut the newly renovated Pacific Combat Zone, a realistic environment for a deep understanding of the momentous struggle between Allied Forces and Japanese forces.

For lunch we enjoy an Arts District Stroll through the Peach Tree Gift Gallery and Tea Room. With the Cottage style restaurant, you will find a combination of fresh, homemade breads, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts. For over 39 years this family owned business has been a destination in Fredericksburg, because of the seasonal fruits and vegetables they use.

After lunch, we took an art tour through the streets of Fredericksburg to meet with the area’s top galleries. Insight Gallery represents the cities artists and sculptors that today work on landscape, figurative, impressionistic, still life, wildlife and western art. The Good ART Company is beautiful with a contemporary fusion in a restored 4,000+ square foot historical building with high ceilings and limestone walls. The gallery features an array of genres with some of the best regional, national, and international artists. Koch Gallery owned and operated by Bert E. Koch a trader/broker for traditional, contemporary and modern Native American Art. For over 30 years it continues its long tradition of providing important works of art from all major cultural regions in North America. Artisans Gallery makes your artistic dreams reality with unique pieces that come in every medium, size and price range. RS Hanna a jewel for fine arts with original works of acclaimed artists. Workings range from oil, watercolor, bronze and wood. Gallery 330 is the newest addition to the art scene representing contemporary established artists whose works include sculpture, painting and prints, serigraphs and watercolors.

The Holiday Wine Trail takes us to Texas’s countryside to travel along Wine Road 290 with visit to award winning wineries.

The trail begins at Stout’s Trattoria at Grape Creek Vineyards a 100-acre vineyard estate. With oaks and vines surrounding the tasting rooms there is a romantic Tuscan setting that is truly unforgettable. The Vineyards have won over 100 medals in the last two years for their wines.

In the heart of the Texas Hill Country, 4.0 Cellars offers a relaxing and elegant setting to discover the infamous Texas Wines. In a private tasting room we enjoy a wine and chocolate pairing. With four award-winning chocolate truffles from local chocolatier with four carefully selected dry red wines.

Dinner at August E’s, known for it’s organic produce and superb local suppliers. August E inspired by his Thai roots and years in various culinary pursuits throughout the world has created a Nouveau Texas Cuisine. Utilizing ingredients like: Niman ranch Natural Premium Aged Angus steaks and local farmers fruits and vegetables year round. Menu specials change seasonally based on the creative mood of Chef Leu like duck from Maple Leaf Farms and Sashimi Grade Fish.

A favorite in the Texas Hill, we enjoy dinner at Otto’s German Bistro. Menu changes weekly with the season so each visit is an exciting adventure. Dedicated to local, organic produce ingredients that are always fresh and the highest quality.

We enjoy breakfast at Java Ranch a locally owned coffee stop. The ranch serves the finest hot or iced coffee drinks anywhere including lattes, cappuccinos, Hill Country roasted brewed coffee, Americanos and mochas. To start the day off we dive in a breakfast taco or kolaches, house favorites.

We take a visit to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park for a “Texas style” morning. During his administration, Johnson signed more education bills into law than any other president. In respect to that we see his first school where he signed the landmark Elementary and Secondary Education act of 1965. Other stops include the family cemetery and the LBJ Ranch Show.

In the afternoon we endow in lunch and a beer tasting at Altstadt Brewery Fredericksburg’s newest brewery an authentic Bavarian brewery. Dedicated to creating the purest drinking beers the 120-acre old world destination features a fine dining restaurant, brewery tours and a beautiful venue. Brewery exclusives include traditional brews like Schwarzbier, a traditional German “Black Beer.”

With over 150 specialty shops, shopping is one of the primary reasons visitors come to Fredericksburg. In store we see everything from clothing, upscale home accessories, to unique collectibles and more perfect items for holiday shopping. Blackchalk Home and Laundry originally an old laundromat had been transformed into an electric home goods store. The hip store features gifts, kitchen goods, and one of a kind rugs. The infamous Christmas Store open year round specializes in collectibles. For collectors, this store is paradise with Department 56 miniature villages and Christopher Radko blown glass ornaments. The Hill Country Outfitters and The Grasshopper offer products to fit the hill country lifestyle in downtown Fredericksburg. Brands like Ugg and The North Face are housed in the Outfitters. The Narrow Path Tasting Room inside is an intimate space with French cafe feelings in the air.

To continue the Holiday Wine Trail, a stop at Signor Vineyard in the rolling hills of Central Texas. Where the Pedernales River meets Grape Creek, established by a friendship spanning three generations of two Texas families. Their focus is growing premium varietal fruit with soulful wines reflective of the unique terroir.

Our stay is perfect timing for the Fredericksburg’s 61st Annual Holiday Home Tour. A self guided tour showcasing unique local homes decorated in their holiday finest. With more than 22 vendors each year selling personal gifts, homemade foods and holiday items.

For dinner we dine at Navajo Grill, which encompasses an unusual blend of Hill Country craftsman design. Enjoying Southern cuisine composed with old and New Mexican flavors with a touch of Creole & Caribbean influences. Specialties like the Sunday Chicken Fried Steak dinner are served with housemade sauces and dressings.

After dinner drinks at Elk Store Winery & Distillery. Since 1895 the business has carried a family tradition that pays homage to the spirit of realizing the American Dream. In the footsteps of their great grandfather Todd Smajstrla along with Scott Hladky, produced moonshine, gin, rum, and whiskey. Since then, the business serves Incredible wines from all over the world. Along with small batches of handmade liquors by the bottle or cocktails.

Dinner at Rathskeller a full-service breakfast, lunch and dinner spot in downtown Fredericksburg. The menu selection is extremely versatile featuring German dishes and daily specials. On Friday and Saturday nights enjoy live music that house the restaurant.

Nothing better than the taste of handmade tortillas for breakfast at Hilda’s Tortillas. Hilda’s is a small family owned and operated business. Specializing in authentic Mexican fare their breakfast tacos and burritos are a must try. Twice a week 300 or more pounds of tortilla chips are produced within the restaurant.

For some fresh air we bike the quiet country backroads with Jack and Adams Bicycles. At Jack and Adams you can rent out Road, Tri-bike, Cruisers and even kid bicycles and accessories from a variety of brands. The Hill Country scenes with its rolling hills and panoramic views, is considered the cycling capital of Texas.

In addition to the speciality shops we visited above there is a collection of shops specializing in different festive treats. Emma + Ollie bakeshop takes classic treats we grew up loving and elevated them. The shop prides themselves on using only fresh ingredients; no processed foods, no artificial sweeteners, just pure dessert. The founders Emma and Ollie wanted the shop to feel as if customers stepped into an upscaled version of their own grandma’s kitchen. Chocolat store creator, Lecia Duke, was the first to introduce European-Style, liquid centered chocolate in the U.S. The truffle chocolates are of course a house favorite as the delicate shell gives way to the pure liquid flavor casades in your mouth. In addition there is also colette’s, creams, silk fudges, nut clusters, barks, and caramels. Fredericksburg Pecan Company provides fine quality of pecan products grown in the Texas Hill Country. Owners are dedicated to providing excellent quality pecans available for online order at reasonable prices with the best customer service. Pecans are flavored and glossed in everything from pecan brittle to pecan coffee.

Rustlin Rob’s Texas Gourmet Food is not your ordinary gourmet food, not limited to people who cook but to “foodies” of all ages. The store is enjoyable because it caters to anyone who loves to eat. With over 350 gourmet foods we can sample from ranging from peanut butters, mustards, bread mixes, and some 5 Alarm hot sauces.

Fredericksburg Pie Company mission is to serve pie that is as good as, or better than your mothers or grandmothers made. In store pies are made from scratch and selections change daily with up to 20 kinds of pie. While here, we enjoy an option of coffee, milk, and more with our slice of pie and even a book selection. Sugar free pies are also available with a call in a day before.

Lunch at the Farm Haus Bistro in the Fredericksburg Herb Farm, with an American menu with French and Italian influences. Owners Dick and Rosemary Estenson take us on a tour of the B&B Cottages based upon the design of the early historic Fredericksburg “Sunday Houses. These houses are inspired by German settlers who built these small “city houses” to use on the weekends to buy provisions and attend Sunday church. We also visit the Nature Spa area dedicated to a truly unique relaxing experience.

Exploring Main Street is incredible when we can enjoy Eisban, an outdoor ice skating on real ice. Alongside Marketplace and the Christmas Pyramid. Afterwards a trip to Luckenbach, Texas made famous by Waylon Jennings’ and Willie Nelson’s 1976 classic country hit.

For our last destination Dinner and wine pairing at local Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant. Chef/Owner Ross Burtwell’s wish is to create a lasting impression of culinary craft where guest feel at home. Known for his speciality in preparing the freshest seafood, Certified Angus Beef, wild game and ranch fare. The wine selection is also superb with over 75 selections from around the State of Texas. Tripadvisor has ranked the restaurant Top 10 in the nation and we know why.

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LEXUS UX

Lexus Designs First-Ever UX for the Modern Urban Explorer

National marketing campaign titled “The New Frontier” debuts dynamic, city-centric crossover

Today Lexus unveils a new marketing campaign to launch the first-ever 2019 UX, a luxury compact crossover. Originally released as a concept in 2016, the UX was deliberately designed and engineered for the city and the “modern urban explorer” — those seeking a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on luxury driving; buyers with an imaginative lifestyle who explore, experiment and defy.

The campaign embodies the notion that cities are the new frontier of American culture — a canvas for experimentation and creativity in all corners, from new ideas in fashion, food and architecture to artistic expression. It’s a place where pioneering people and ideas create the inventive and visionary; where exploration of the city is an exploration of oneself.

“The spots highlight how our new crossover reflects the city from every angle and is made to conquer today’s frontiers,” said Cooper Ericksen, Lexus vice president of marketing. “Combining cutting-edge craftsmanship, seamless connectivity and bold design, the UX is the perfect intersection of form and function.”

 “Plant a Flag,” the hero TV spot, begins airing nationally today. The commercial features a modern city, a territory where progress, innovation and adventure await those who are brave enough to explore. Opening with a bold, orange crossover driving through a dark, mysterious metropolis, the camera changes perspectives and viewers realize the UX isn’t driving horizontally on the road. It’s driving vertically up the side of a skyscraper — revealing that the city around us is the new frontier, and the UX is the crossover crafted to conquer it. A second, complimentary TV spot, “A Different Frontier,” shows how the UX wasn’t just made for the city — it was made from the city. As the UX makes its way through city streets, the spot highlights how the architecture of urban environments uniquely shaped and inspired the design, technology and engineering of Lexus’ newest luxury utility vehicle.

Multicultural spots were also created for Black, Hispanic and LGBTQ audiences, all directed by renowned film and music video director Joseph Kahn. “The New Renaissance” will air on TV One and BET, with targeted Prime programming. “Mission: Possible” will run across top national Hispanic networks such as Univision, CNN en Español, Telemundo, Univision Deportes and Discovery en Español. The LGBTQ digital video, “One of a Kind,” will have presence on sites like OUT, Advocate, Passport, Revry, Gay Ad Network and Edge Media. Traditional and non-traditional media formats such as in-language digital, social, paid search and Connected TV will target Chinese, Korean and Asian Indian audiences, showcasing adaptations and translations of the general market creative.

The general market TV spots will air during prime time, cable, late night and sports programming, and during cultural milestones such as The Academy Awards and NFL Playoffs. Full-page color print ads will run in top-tier lifestyle, travel, wellness and auto publications, such as GQ, Food & Wine, AFAR, Real Simple, Car and Driver, and more. The UX will have strong digital presence through online videos and banners across all major social media platforms and popular sites like VICE, Bustle and Vox Media. Lexus will target on-the-go consumers with sponsored audio content on Spotify playlists and integrations within key NPR podcasts. Out-of-home placements will reach audiences in unexpected spaces such as movie theatres, airports, elevators and fitness centers in key markets.

To extend the reach of the campaign, Lexus is partnering with key media entities to produce custom content focused around the first-ever UX. Through a collaboration with Givewith and Beautify Earth, three local artists will help revamp an urban community with the development of engaging art murals around Los Angeles this January. Over the next six weeks, Bustle will release video content featuring seven women pioneers transforming their industries and cities — including Lexus UX Chief Engineer Chika Kako. A partnership with Vox Media’s “Explainer” series this January will examine the ever-changing nature of city streets through product-focused videos. Lexus and VICE will produce a documentary photo series, featuring people that have taken ideas originally conceived for the great outdoors and adapted them to work in the urban landscape, inherently drawing a connection to the UX. Additional content partnerships with National Geographic and Discovery Network will launch later this month.

The UX is on sale in dealerships now. Consumers have a choice between the UX 200 and hybrid UX 250h with all-wheel drive, both available in F SPORT. For more information on the first-ever UX, click here.

Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 241 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.

I-PACE

Jaguar I-Pace: One for the History Books

By Jake Porter × Vaughn Lowery

Possibly no one expected Jaguar to start producing and manufacturing electric vehicles. However, with the rapid onset of consumers searching for an influx of electric powered automobiles, it is not surprising the illustrious British brand provided its very first, all-electric vehicle. Moreover, to the world’s surprise, the antecessor to the Tesla’s Model X, did not emerge from one of the top European mega brands such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or Audi. Instead the Whitley, Coventry based Jaguar Land Rover, which has been manufacturing gasoline vehicles for over 80 years, has now effortlessly executed a lavish battery-only SUV.

The brand new Jaguar I-Pace is like no other. Once only rivaled by the Tesla Model X, this fully electric SUV is one of the first of its kind due to its groundbreaking features. First of all, compared to the majority of other electric vehicles on the market today, the I-Pace is powered by a 90 kilowatt hour battery that delivers an exceptional 240 mile range, which could outrun over 90% of the fully electric vehicles on the road today. The one-of-a-kind battery has a superb charge time. A typical kW DC charger can power the vehicle 0%-80% in 85 minutes.

Secondly, the I-Pace’s near silent acceleration and smooth braking are just a couple of the safety features included in the vehicle. The general handling of the vehicle and cornering ability only adds to the value of the car by creating a smooth, highly controlled turn on any surface. In addition, the stiff steering makes the car feel heavy and capable. The wider 22” tires along with all-wheel drive allows the SUV to claw windy roads with ease. The two different breaking modes included in the Default Regenerative Breaking system regenerate energy by efficiently converting available kinetic energy to electricity to charge the battery and extend the range. By selecting the “High” regenerative mode as opposed to the “Low” regenerative mode, it enables an intuitive single pedal driving in many conditions. Hood scoop, flush retractable door handles and back spoiler enhance air flow with a .29 drag coefficient. This feature tops many sports sedans and cars in their stable.

The I-PACE also includes a 3-mode system which alters the driving experience. Specifically, the modes of the vehicle including “Dynamic Mode,” “Comfort Mode” and “Eco Mode” – each of which accurately controls the vehicle in a different way. Dynamic Mode sharpens the throttle and steering responses, while firming up the suspension system for more precise handling. While the Comfort Mode can be used for less-spirited or day-to-day driving, the Eco mode reduces battery load by adjusting the climate of the battery cells with safely heating or cooling while eliminating any other non-essential systems. Each mode, changes the color of the ambient lighting inside the vehicle. These modes are yet another wonderful feature that adds to the pleasant user experience.

Furthermore, the vehicle’s exhilarating driving dynamics with its 394 horsepower and 512 lb-ft torque, produced by its twin electric motors (one at each axle), and its AWD, provide an experience that many drivers will enjoy.

The car is packed with ample road presence and turns heads wherever you go. Its bold, muscular, yet sensual lines make it aesthetically pleasing. This is a true driver’s car.

The Interior

Inside the cabin, the I-Pace comes loaded with an abundance of technology and safety features. Top notch infotainment system alongside of impressive appointments will impress most who step inside. The tempered glass and massive panoramic sunroof create an even more roomier and cozy environment for stargazing. The 825 watt Meridian sound system provides a concert-like experience. Of course, the vehicle also includes interior control panels and digital dials that are all extremely simple and easy to operate.

Comfort and Storage

Beyond it’s impressive all-electric range, its spacious and elegant cabin provide comfort for up to 5 people with ergonomic seating with ample storage in the trunk and, as an added feature, the I-Pace also sports space under the hood as well (aka a frunk). All in all, the total storage rivals that of today’s minivans. This attribute makes the I-Pace great for small families.

Conclusion

The Jaguar I-Pace is one for the history books. The vehicle is extremely difficult to find fault with. It truly has the appearance and spirit of a Jaguar. The comfort and the technology inside the car, as well as its sleek design, create a versatile vehicle perfect for an urban excursion or a local road trip. At $93,000 fully loaded, it’s a force to be reckoned with. This extremely driver intuitive elegantly designed SUV is perfect for a modern family and/or a top level executive.

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Top 7 Luxury Items Every Man Should Aspire to Own

No matter where you are in life, what kind of job you have, or what your style is, there are some luxury items that you, as a man, should aspire to own. Many people think that others own luxury items simply for the sake of owning luxury items. However, luxury items serve a much bigger purpose.

When you own the right luxury items, you feel better about yourself. You feel more confident, sophisticated, and ready to take on the world. The right luxury items will make others see you as someone who knows what he wants in life and isn’t afraid to chase after it.

Plus, luxury items are luxury because of their quality and value. They’re something you can make use of again and again throughout your lifetime, without ever looking “outdated”.

So, what luxury items should you have on your wishlist? Read on to learn about 7 luxury items every man should aspire to own.

1. A Luxury Watch

While many people view the suit as the ultimate gentlemen’s luxury item, we’d argue that a luxury watch is just as important. After all, you can add a luxury watch to pretty much any outfit in order to look classier. Watches communicate to the world that you mean business, and you’re not afraid to show it. Plus, watches are a great investment because, if you take care of them, they never depreciate in value. Make sure you select your luxury watch with great care, as you want it to be something that you’ll love wearing almost everywhere you go and with almost any outfit. You should consider what color you want your watch to be, as well as what materials and sizes you like. You’ll also want to think about the functions you want your watch to have. For example, some of these Rolex watches for sale are water-resistant, and therefore also work as dive watches.

2. A Tailored Suit

A tailored suit is one of the first luxury items you should aspire to own if you don’t already, as it’s one that is extremely functional. Whether you are attending a formal party or walking into a business meeting, the suit you wear can totally change the way people view you. You can buy all the manufactured suits you want, but nothing will ever top the look of a well-fitted, tailored suit. Once you slip your suit on for the first time, you’ll know exactly what we mean.

3. Piece of Art

Even if you’re not the “artsy” type, you should still own a high-quality piece of art, be it a painting, sculpture, or photograph.

The right piece of art shows the world that you have refined tastes, that you’re worldly, and that you’re a well-rounded individual. Plus, a piece of art can be an excellent conversation starter. The piece of art you choose can say a lot about your style. And if you’re just starting to put together the look of your place, a piece of art can serve as a great foundation for styling the rest of your home.

4. First Edition of Your Favorite Book

A first edition of your favorite book is much like a piece of art, in that it shows people you’re both worldly and well-rounded. It’s especially impressive because it shows friends, family, partners, and whoever else that you have a loyalty to something, and that you have the dedication it takes to tracking that something down. While a first edition exudes plenty of luxury on its own, it looks best when it’s amongst other books, perhaps sitting on a hand-carved wooden bookshelf.

5. Something Leather

Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting that you try and pull off leather pants. (Although if you can, go for it.) But, we do think it’s important that every man aspires to own a luxurious leather item. There is a leather item out there for everyone’s taste and goals.

For example, if you want to impress people when you walk into a business meeting, go for a leather briefcase. Not only is a leather briefcase sophisticated, but it is also extremely functional, in that it will prevent you from trying to stuff your pockets every morning with your wallet, keys, etc. For those men who want something a little edgier, a leather jacket is a great idea. Trust us, you don’t have to own a motorcycle to pull off a leather jacket. While you can certainly go for the biker look by wearing a white tee and jeans, you can also pair a leather jacket with pretty much any basic tee to make your look more luxurious. A third leather item that you should aspire to own is a leather passport book. Even though it’s not an everyday item, a leather passport is perfect for when you want to take your luxurious style on the road. Plus, covering your passport in quality leather shows the world that you know how to take care of your things.

6. A Cocktail Set

If you’re looking for something luxurious that you can use to entertain guests, a cocktail set is your answer. Even if you’re not a pro yet at slingin’ cocktails, a luxury cocktail set will at least show your guests that you’re serious about entertaining. Make sure your cocktail set has all the staples: a martini shaker, strainers, muddlers, jiggers, stirring spoons, and pourers. With these items, you’ll be able to make pretty much any drink that’s requested.

7. Writing Desk

If there’s one piece of furniture that screams luxury, it’s a nice writing desk.

Sitting at your writing desk is way more luxurious than sitting on the couch with your laptop propped up on your knees. Plus, writing desks can help increase your productivity. For the ultimate luxury, buy a writing desk that is hand carved out of wood. So, there you have it, the 7 luxury items every man should aspire to own. Is there something on this list that you’re already saving up for? Let us know in the comments below.

Land Rover Provides Behind the Scenes Look into Galactic Flight

Land Rover have revealed a special ‘behind the scenes’ peek into
Virgin Galactic’s operation, following its historic flight into space last week.
The space line travelled 51.4 miles above Earth, a feat it wouldn’t have achieved
without undergoing thorough testing and preparation over the last few months. Land
Rover have been a relied-upon figure in the operational process for Virgin Galactic,
with Land Rover’s fleet of vehicles becoming a part of daily life for the space team.
The partnership between Land Rover and Virgin Galactic was for formed back in 2014,
with both sharing visions of pioneering spirit, technological innovation and sense of
adventure. The togetherness illustrates the commitment that both brands share to
iconic design and engineering excellence, and a desire to push the boundaries of travel
for the next generation.

Check out the link below https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zsTXsXCJRM

BEST CAR × WORLD NOMINEES

REVEALED: EIGHT NOMINEES COMPETING TO BE CROWNED THE BEST CAR
IN THE WORLD 

The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award winner will be announced at The Peninsula Paris this February, as chosen by a panel of judges including newcomers Laurence Graff and Peter Marino 


Eight stunning ‘Best of Show’ winners from top concours around the world have been revealed as nominees for the coveted
 The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award.The cars in contention for the 2018 award will now be carefully reviewed by 26 respected judges, all of whom are leaders in their fields of expertise.

A celebration of automotive excellence

The award, now in its fourth year, brings together the finest classic cars in the world to compete for the title of most exceptional car. “My fellow co-founders and I created this award because of our shared passion for motorcars; a passion which I believe lives in many of us from a young age,” said The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited. “This shared interest is what makes the award so special – it has the ability not only to unite friends through common interests, but also remind us of that first spark of excitement at the wonder of motorcars.”

 

The nominated vehicles are as follows:

·         1929 Duesenberg J/SJ Convertible by Murphy, Updated by Bohman: Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

·         1956 Ferrari 250 GT Coupé by Zagato: Cavallino Classic

·         1958 Ferrari 335 S Spyder by Scaglietti: Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

·         1928 Mercedes-Benz 680 S ‘Boat Tail’ Roadster by Barker: Concours of Elegance Hampton Court Palace

·         1972 Monteverdi 375L High Speed by Fissore: Goodwood Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance

·         1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Berlinetta by Touring: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

·         1953 Lancia Aurelia PF200C Spider by Pinin Farina: The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

·         1933 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster by Jean Bugatti: Salon Privé

 

An esteemed judging panel

This year sees two new additions to the existing panel of 24 judges: Laurence Graff and Peter Marino.

Laurence Graff is said to have handled more rare and historic stones than any other diamantaire. One of his most recent acquisitions is the 1,109 carat Lesedi La Rona, the largest rough diamond discovered in more than a century, and a true miracle of nature. Since he founded the business in 1960, Graff has grown to become one of the pre-eminent jewellery houses in the world, and in June 2013 was awarded an OBE for his services to jewellery.

Peter Marino, FAIA, is the principal of Peter Marino Architect PLLC, the New York–based architecture firm founded in 1978. Marino’s work includes award-winning residential, cultural, hospitality and luxury retail projects worldwide, and is currently supporting with two of The Peninsula Hotels’ projects under development: The Peninsula London and The Peninsula Yangon. Regarded for his cultural contributions, Marino was recently named an Officer de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture. A keen motorcyclist, Marino owns a KTM Superduke 1290R and a Triumph Speed Triple.

A ‘Palace’-certified venue

The big reveal will once again take place at The Peninsula Paris, on 7 February 2019. Last year’s winning Bugatti emerged from behind the doors of a 10 x 6-foot purpose-built box, illuminated by flashing halogen lights. Those lucky enough to attend this year’s announcement will once again be treated to a climatic reveal and in-person viewing – the content of dreams for automotive aficionados.

LOEWE × ‘CHANCE ENCOUNTERS IV’ EXHIBITION

LOEWE Foundation’s Chance Encounters IV exhibition opening took place last night with works by Anne Low, Andrea Büttner, and Ian Godfrey on display at the LOEWE store in the Miami Design District. Artist Anne Low joined LOEWE Creative Director Jonathan Anderson to celebrate the fourth series; guests in attendance included Boris Izaguirre, Caroline Daur, Casey Spooner, Craig Robins, Chloe Wise, Danié Gómez-Ortigoza, Gracie Mansion, Nicole Warne, Pari Ehsan, and Stefano Tonchi.

 

The works will be exhibited from December 4th – January 31st at the LOEWE Miami Design District store.

CASIO G-SHOCK LUXURY COLLECTION

CASIO G-SHOCK ADDS TO MEN’S LUXURY MT-G COLLECTION WITH TWO NEW CONNECTED TIMEPIECES

Latest Models Feature Colorful Accents on Band Backside and Bluetooth Capabilities

Casio G-SHOCK announces the addition of two new timepieces to the luxury men’s MT-G collection. Featuring Bluetooth connectivity, the latest models also boast colorful accents of red (MTGB1000D-1A) and blue (MTGB1000BD-1A) on the backside of the band, as well as a new band and case structure.

One of G-SHOCK’s premium men’s collections, the MT-G is created to add a hint of sophistication to any upscale look. With a sleek, all-metal band, the watch comes in silver with dark red accents on the face and backside of the band, as well as in dark gray with blue accents on the face and backside of the band – reflecting shades often found in fall / winter for an accessory that can be paired with any cold-weather wardrobe.

The latest men’s models to feature G-SHOCK’s Bluetooth connectivity, which pairs with the G-SHOCK Connected App for accurate timekeeping, the timepieces also boast premium features found within all MT-G models, including Triple G Resist to guard against shock, vibration and centrifugal forces, and sapphire crystal to enhance scratch resistance.

G-SHOCK’s legendary Two-Way Time Sync technology, which combines self-adjusting atomic timekeeping for an accurate hour / date display virtually anywhere on the globe, along with tough solar technology for self-charging capabilities, is also included.

Each model also comes equipped with G-SHOCK technology including:

  • 200M water resistance and shock resistance
  • Super Illuminator
  • Dual Dial Display
  • Full Auto LED Light
  • Stopwatch and countdown timer
  • Daily Alarm
  • Full auto calendar
  • World time (39 TZ + 27 cities)
  • 51.7mm case

The MTGB1000D-1A and MTGB1000BD-1A will retail for $900 and $1,000 and will be available for purchase beginning in November 2018 at standard G-SHOCK retailers including Macy’s, the G-SHOCK Soho Store, and gshock.com.

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About G-SHOCK

CASIO’s shock-resistant G-SHOCK watch is synonymous with toughness, born from the developer Mr. Ibe’s dream of ‘creating a watch that never breaks’. Over 200 handmade samples were created and tested to destruction until finally in 1983 the first, now iconic G-SHOCK hit the streets of Japan and began to establish itself as ‘the toughest watch of all time’. Each watch encompasses the 7 elements; electric shock resistance, gravity resistance, low temperature resistance, vibration resistance, water resistance, shock resistance and toughness. The watch is packed with Casio innovations and technologies to prevent it from suffering direct shock; this includes internal components protected with urethane and suspended timekeeping modules inside the watch structure. Since its launch, G-SHOCK has continued to evolve, continuing to support on Mr. Ibe’s mantra “never, never give up.”www.gshock.com

About Casio America, Inc.

Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casio.com