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Luxury

The We5S adds a luxury mechanical timepiece to the iPhone 5

For some time now, the rise of the mobile phone has been seen by many as the death knell of the watch. Why, they ask, would anyone carry around a device that just tells the time when their phone can do that and much more? Smartwatches look set to bring the wristwatch back in style by bringing smartphone functions to a wristwatch form factor, but WATCHe of Switzerland has taken a different approach to combine the two with the We5S – a luxury mechanical watch set in a re-positionable frame designed to fit the iPhone 5.  Read More

The new version of the Numi also includes ambient lighting

The toilet is often referred to as "the throne," and Kohler is almost taking that expression literally with the introduction of its new Numi model. We've already seen the Kohler C3 toilet seat, which was pretty advanced in its own right, but the Numi certainly wears the crown as one of the most feature-packed toilets we've ever seen, and it comes with a US$6,650 price tag to match.  Read More

Cykno appeared at this year's Milan Design Week

During this year’s Milan Design Week, Cykno unveiled its handsome eponymous electric bicycle. The product of a collaboration between Italian advertising mainstays Gianpietro Vigorelli and Riccardo Lorenzini, Cykno aims to stand out in the increasingly crowded e-bike market by offering retro looks and a significant degree of luxury.  Read More

The Mo Ventus luxury house concept from Todd Theodore Fix of FIXd Architecture/Design

Architects are increasingly designing houses which produce as much energy as they consume, which has led to a plethora of innovative sustainable homes, some conventional in design and some decidedly not. The Mo Ventus luxury house concept from Todd Theodore Fix of FIXd Architecture/Design falls squarely in the latter category, with plans that call for retractable screens that regulate heat and light, along with a curved design to harness wind power more efficiently.  Read More

The BMW K1600GTL (Photo: Loz Blain)

The BMW K1600GTL is a luxury mega-tourer. It falls into that category of bikes that has next to zero relevance to me at this point in my riding life cycle, as I've got no current plans to circumnavigate Australia or have a crack at the Saddlesore 1000. And yet I've actually been hanging out to get my hands on one of these things, because it features what I'd call the single coolest innovation I've seen on a motorcycle since I first put aside my prejudices and felt just how good the Piaggio MP3 tilting 3-wheeler is to ride. It's the second coolest thing I've thrown a leg over this week.  Read More

The Kayak 1 – if you have to ask, you can't afford it

Rich folks ... they have their immaculately-appointed yachts and classic wooden motor launches, but they pretty much have to use the same sit-on-top kayaks as the rest of us, right? Not if the Kayak 1 has anything to say about it.  Read More

The Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Woody-Tailgate Trailer adds a touch of class to any tailgate ...

The Neiman Marcus fantasy gift guide is famous for offering extravagant items for the person who has everything – last year's guide included the Jetlev flyer and a special edition McLaren 12c Spider, for example. Also on the list was an item that at first glace might seem a bit pedestrian in comparison – a caravan. But the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Woody-Tailgate Trailer is luxury all the way, unfolding into a luxury rolling bar complete with a giant ice chest and leather appointments that ensure it will add a touch of class to any tailgate party.  Read More

Isbjerget is an apartment complex built on the waterfront of Aarhus in Denmark

Surely no one could, or indeed would, live in a real iceberg as it floated around in the sea. However, living in an apartment that's part of a building inspired by the shape and stature of an iceberg may not be so bad. Isbjerget (the Danish for Iceberg) is an apartment complex built on the waterfront of Aarhus in Denmark, with its unique shape providing sea views for (almost) all residents.  Read More

Bentley's cars are primed for Goodwood

Bentley is taking the "speed" in this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed quite literally. The ultra-luxury marque announced at the Goodwood Press Day this week that it plans to bring a trio of its fastest cars to the hill. It will also host its largest ever exhibition at this July's festival.  Read More

Hyundai's HND-9 high-performance sports coupe concept

Hyundai has released design sketches of its latest concept car ahead of a world premiere at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show later this month.  Read More

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