Photokina 2014 highlights

Luxury

A rendering of the V8 Wet Rod

If you're a millionaire who wants the ultimate in opulence for your sea voyages, you get yourself a luxury yacht. However, what about those times when you're just playing around? Currently, you get the same Jet Ski-type thing as everyone else ... although there may soon be an alternative. Yacht designer Kurt Strand has just announced his forthcoming Strand Craft V8 Wet Rod luxury personal watercraft.  Read More

Shangri-La is a new hotel that has opened at the Shard in London

Last month, a new hotel opened at the Shard in London. Shangi-La at the Shard claims to be the tallest hotel in Western Europe, in the tallest building, with the highest champagne bar and the highest swimming pool. Naturally, it seemed only right for Gizmag to visit and give it our seal of approval.  Read More

The Breakwater Chicago floating island would function as a entertainment complex with rest...

A Chicago businessman is floating the idea of an artificial island anchored to the bed of Lake Michigan around a mile off-shore. Launching the crowdfunding campaign today, entrepreneur Beau D'Arcy has high hopes for Breakwater Chicago, an urban getaway that promises to pamper city folk with the five-star service of a luxury resort.  Read More

The Autobahn interior gives passengers a spacious, comfortable ride full of amenities

Airstream is best known for its line of iconic silver-bullet trailers, which includes the International Sterling. If its newly-introduced Autobahn is any indication, it may soon become better known for luxury vans. Revealed at the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter dealer meeting last week, the van offers the utmost in comfortable, luxurious people-moving.  Read More

MSW 115_B showing call alert

Imagine owning an upmarket, 25-jewel, Swiss-movement mechanical watch. Now imagine one that that can display text messages, notify you of incoming calls and let you remotely control your smartphone or tablet. That may seem a bit farfetched, but Kairos Watches aims to combine a luxury mechanical watch with the functionality of a smartwatch in one seamless device.  Read More

The Vertu Signature Touch – high-end specs and luxury build

You might be familiar with English manufacturer Vertu’s previous smartphone efforts, whose price tags routinely do their best to redefine "high-end." However, while the Signature Touch might share the lofty cost of its predecessors, this time around it also packs top shelf specs to match smartphone heavyweights like HTC’s One (M8) or Samsung’s Galaxy S5.  Read More

Leica T with 18-56mm Vario-Elmar-T lens (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag)

The Leica T is a true supermodel of a camera, a masterpiece of design, engineering and machining perfection that begs to be touched and turns the heads of Leica fans and lesser mortals alike. But Leica is adamant that it doesn't make sculptures, and it wants the T judged on its performance. So let's see if its results stand up to its astronomic price tag. Loz Blain spent a week with a compact camera that costs, coincidentally, exactly as much as his car.  Read More

YXT ONE is designed to act as a tender for yachts in the 30 m and 70 m (100 to 230 ft) cla...

The phrase “yacht tender” usually conjures up images of a small, somewhat unassuming launch boat. What generally isn’t expected is something 24 m (78 ft) long that looks like an upmarket tug boat and has never swung from a davit in its life. Designed by Diana Yacht Design and built by LYNX Yachts in Zaandam, the Netherlands, Yacht-X-Tender (YXT ONE) is the first in a new line of bespoke pocket support yachts designed for situations where the main craft isn’t quite big enough to hold all the toys.  Read More

The Cesium 133 prototype currently sports a carbon fiber case, which keeps its weight down...

There are plenty of atomic watches available that can keep time accurately by receiving a radio signal from an atomic clock, but there hasn't ever been a true atomic wristwatch which boasts its own atomic clock. Until now. Enter the Cesium 133 from Bathys Hawaii, an early steel-bodied prototype of which we first spotted in October 2013.  Read More

What's old is new again – the Vicci 6.2 Convertible

Back in 2007, we first heard about the planned US$2 million Natalia supercar. Designed by Palm Springs-based DiMora Motorcar, it's envisioned as the world’s most luxurious and technologically advanced automobile. DiMora is still working on that lofty goal, but in the meantime it's just released a model with a look that brings decidedly lower-tech cars to mind – the 1930s-inspired Vicci 6.2 Convertible.  Read More

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