If your hard-top GT isn't letting you feel the wind in your hair, a solution may be around the corner. Bentley's has unveiled its new Grand Convertible, which it hopes will redefine the luxury of open air driving. The car is currently a concept, but will go into production if there is sufficient demand.
In designing the new Flash Cat 67SC, Spain's Flash Catamarans has attempted to redefine the shape and packaging of the large, dual-hulled vessel. To do so, it's lifted the cabin space out from its stuffy confines below deck, offering an open, airy interior with big picture-window views out to sea. The wide, above-deck design also provides better accessibility for disabled passengers.
Ultra-luxury brand Rolls-Royce has updated its "entry level" model with the release of the Ghost Series II. Targeted at a younger, entrepreneurial market, and more of a driver's car than a chauffeur's, the new Ghost gets a subtle facelift, an upgraded interior and a more affordable price tag, even if you're still talking the kind of dollars that would get you a nice bit of real estate. Technology-wise, the Ghost receives a number of updates, including headlights that automatically adjust so your high beams don't dazzle oncoming drivers, and a GPS-aided transmission that reads the road ahead and pre-selects the best gear for an upcoming hill or corner. Gizmag spoke to Sven Ritter, General Manager of Asia Pacific, about the new car, the brand's record setting sales run and the reasons why only high-altitude bulls get to donate their leather to a Rolls-Royce interior.
Luxury goods can be a bit of a vicious circle. You buy an expensive wristwatch and you need a safe
to keep it in, and if you buy a brace of bespoke shotguns from a prestigious firm of English gunsmiths, you need a suitable set of wheels to carry them to the grouse shoot. Case in point is the Holland & Holland Range Rover, which is designed by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) to act as luxury ride wrapped around a specially engineered gun case
When watchmaking collides with childhood memories, it usually ends with something along the lines of Mickey Mouse. But when Maximilian Büsse of MB&F was inspired by the 1970s cartoon character Captain Future, the result was Horological Machine No.6 (HM6) "Space Pirate." This luxury bit of haute horlogerie not only reflects the style of an outer space adventurer’s ship, but is also piece of high-tech mechanical watchmaking with 475 components – 80 in the case alone.
Over its 84-year history, Pininfarina has designed breath-taking cars for the likes of Ferrari
, and Alfa Romeo
. Starting in the 1980s, however, the Italian design firm began branching out into other types
of products. Now, it's offering its own house-brand e-bike – the Pininfarina Fuoriserie.
Latvian builder of the world's most outlandish armored vehicles, Dartz
, is back, this time with its very first "spy car." The Prombron Black Shark is a battle-ready armored SUV built atop a Mercedes AMG GL platform. It offers up to 1,500 bhp of roaring engine output combined with a unique scaly look and opulent interior. Even before the questionable customization choices that Dartz's mega-millionaire customers will undoubtedly add, the Black Shark is one of the world's most ostentatious vehicles.
For just over a decade, Sunreef has been building super yacht catamarans, including last year's 80 Carbon Line
and the One Fifty
, which was billed as the world's biggest luxury catamaran when we covered it in 2008. While large and luxurious, its line of seagoing vessels isn't necessarily the pinnacle of speed. Sunreef is set on changing that, injecting a serious mph upgrade by pulling its dual hulls out of the water with a new retractable hydrofoil system.
Among all of the exciting cars on the floor at the Paris Motor Show
, some of the best came from French manufacturers making the most of their home-ground advantage
. Citroën used its stand to display a luxurious concept of what its future flagship could look like. Safe to say, the future looks bright.
Digital watches may have progressed to the point where you can get one as accurate as a marine chronometer for a dollar, but mechanical timepieces still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Case in point is the Montblanc Metamorphosis II. At the press of a slider, it undergoes a complex mechanical ballet that converts it in look and function from a conventional luxury watch to a precision chronograph, by opening itself up to display a new set of dials.