Focal-JMLab is a French company with over 30 years of experience in the design and manufacturing of high-fidelity audio systems. Their most important creation is the Grande Utopia, regarded as some of the best loudspeakers in the world. Previous models were groundbreaking in their own way, with the W cones and pure Beryllium tweeter marking a sizeable leap forward in audio technology. The Grande Utopia goes one step further, with its Electro-Magnet (EM) woofer, providing the driver with extra power and increased efficiency, without compromising in sound quality. The Grande Utopia EM is a product that keeps Focal on the cutting-edge of
Luxury hotel chain Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has recently opened a new 289-room retreat in Lhasa, Tibet. It’s only fitting that the brand has finally come to the Himalayas, since the mythical paradise on earth of Shangri-La is supposed to be set somewhere in these mountains. The hotel offers 262 stylish guestrooms and 17 spacious suites, each offering generous living spaces and luxurious amenities. The theme of these accommodations is clearly Tibetan, with local culture, dress, and art being proudly showcased, which makes staying here quite a cultural experience as well. Then, of course, there’s the wonderful view of the nearby gardens,
Aston Martin has recently revealed the technical specs for the Vantage GT, a move coinciding with the model’s debut at the New York Auto Show. Powered by a 4.7-liter V8 engine that develops 430 bhp at 7,300 rpm, the Aston Martin Vantage GT can go from 0 to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds and reach of top speed of 190 mph. The model comes with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed Sportshift II automated manual transmission. In order to get as much out of the engine as possible, Aston Martin has equipped the Vantage GT with a valved air intake system,
This year, for the third time in a row, Krug Champagne is hosting one of their prestigious Krug en Capitale events. This edition will be held at the iconic Plaza Athénée, a luxurious setting made even more exclusive by the fact that it is still undergoing renovations and is only scheduled for reopening in the summer. New-York based French musician and installation artist Sébastien Léon is responsible for redecorating the hotel’s top floor, creating a unique musical sculpture – The Cariloen- inspired by Krug Champagne bottles, for the occasion. The designer has also added his special touch to 150 meters of corridors
German tuning company DMC unveiled the 458 Estremo back in November. Now, it has finally received a companion – a twin bike created by custom motorcycle maker No-Limit-Custom. The modified Italia is one of 15 units made by DMC and features a red and black theme and yellow brake calipers, similar to the bike. Both vehicles are being showcased at the 2014 Top Marques Monaco. The 458 created by DMC boasts a wide range of hardware upgrades, things like a sports exhaust system, air filter and remapped ECU, which have had the effect of raising the output of the V8 4.5-liter engine
You might remember that Icelandic volcano with the impossible name that disrupted air traffic throughout the Northern hemisphere for a few months back in 2010 – Eyjafjallajökull. As a tribute to Mother Nature’s awesome power, Swiss luxury watchmaker Jerome Romain has created a new timepiece – the Eyjafjallajökull-Evo. Part of the Eyjafjallajökull-DNA collection, this remarkable watch comes in a vintage-looking 43 mm case made from black PVD-coated steel. This unique piece features a few volcanic-themed elements, like the lava stone used at the base of the dial, with a crack on its left side from which lava seems to seep out. The
Cappadocia is one of those places you have to see to believe. Its otherworldly beauty stems from its secludedness, as well as its unique landscape, most notably those fairy chimneys the region is actually famous for. Argos in Cappadocia is a luxurious hotel that fits in perfectly with all of this, while also providing its guests with top-notch accommodations and excellent services. The hotel itself is set in the very heart of Cappadocia, in the old Uçhisar village, on the site of an ancient monastery which has been renovated to meet the highest standards of luxury and comfort discerning travelers would expect.
The location of Villa Ascosa (or Hidden Villa) is not exactly a secret – perched on top a hill overlooking Austin Hill Country. Yet this remarkable mansion does offer great privacy, as well as a sense of being in another place, at another time, making it worthy of a closer look. Sitting in the middle of a 4.5-acre property, it is surrounded by fig, peach, persimmon and lemon trees, offering an enchanting setting just 10 minutes away from downtown Austin. With all its classic charm, Villa Ascosa does incorporate contemporary technology as well, in its attempt to be as modern and comfortable