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Chevrolet have unveiled how much it’s going to cost to snap up the new Corvette they claim is the ‘most powerful and technologically advanced model in the iconic car’s 62-year history’.

The 2015 Corvette Z06 is getting a suggested retail price tag of $78,995, while the convertible version will retail for $83,995.

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Hardly short change but given the bold claims from the American car manufacturer, the price-tag seems entirely justified.

And of course as with any luxury supercar, this figure can easily be pushed north of $100,000 with a number of performance and visual enhancements.

Some of these include  the  $2,995 Carbon-Fiber Ground Effects Package, which adds extra cutting-edge aerodynamic downforce for stability and high speeds by adding a carbon-fibre front splitter, rocker panels, and a large rear spoiler.

Petrolheads can pick up the Z06 in various trims with a variety of customizable features including premium Package with leather-wrapped interior, aero-enhancing carbon-fiber ground effects package, performance Data Recorder and navigation.

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For the more sporty, they can opt for competition sport seats in leather or sueded microfiber, carbon-fiber interior trim and carbon-fiber convertible tonneau cover inserts, visible carbon-fiber roof panel (coupe) and tintcoat exterior colors and a number of available wheel finishes and brake caliper colours.

For some, all the extras will be simply unnecessary. What they will care about is what powers this beastly machine, and they won’t be disappointed.

The Z06 is powered with a supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine that has been rated at 650hp and 650lb-ft of torque.

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It features many of the same components found on the Stingray such as direct injection and Active Fuel Management.

Harlan Charles, Corvette product and marketing manager, says the 2015 Corvette Z06’s performance and technical capabilities place it in the elite fraternity of supercars.

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One of the finest female chefs in the world and the only three-star woman chef in France is set to try and conquer the Big Apple with the introduction of two new restaurants next year.

Anne-Sophie Pic, one of top five women chefs in the world, was named best female chef in 2011 at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards run by British magazine Restaurant.

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The world famous chef will open a new spot on the ground floor at 510 Madison Avenue and then a MetCafe and on the second floor.

MetCafe will by an extension of the popular ‘Dame de Pic’, which opened in Paris two years ago.

Anne-Sophie  told AFP the first restaurant will be a gastronomic restaurant with 50 covers, between a chic bistro and a three-star restaurant.

Despite her pedigree, success in the Big Apple is not guaranteed, and is certainly not without financial risk neither.

Thousands of restaurants occupy New York, and renting a piece of that pie doesn’t come cheap.

However the move to New York is one close to her heart, as the three-star chef called the city her home when she was a student, and regularly visits with her husband, Davis Sinapian.

Davis runs business side of things, leaving his wife to concentrate on what she does best – the food.

Between them, they own five restaurants, and employ around 200 people. This will rise dramatically to around 300 with the opening of the New York restaurants.

Among them, the pair own the one-star Dame de Pic in Paris and a two-star restaurant in Lausanne.

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But their flagship restaurant is undoubtedly, Maison Pic, which Anne-Sophie inherited after her father died, is where her three stars have been earned.

She took over Maison Pic, based in the south eastern French town of Valence, in 1998 after it was downgraded to two stars. She reclaimed the third star in 2007.

The 45-year-old comes from a long line of lauded chefs.

Her grandfather Andre won three Michelin stars for Maison Pic in 1934 and her father Jacques was made a three-star chef in 1973.

While the New York project is very high on the agenda, Anne-Sophie will remain at the Maison Pic, where  she will be investing €3 million on a glass kitchen and a 60-square-meter laboratory kitchen.

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A handpicked team will take care of the New York restaurants, though the three-star chef will shape the menu.

 

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This year Mercedes-Benz has broken the mould to deliver their flagship S-Class Coupe with far more va va voom than its predecessors.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is traditionally a rather conservative affair as far as luxury cars go.

But the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is a big departure from those that have gone before, displaying an edge that is perhaps typically lacking in past models.

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The S550 ($119,900) and S63 AMG ($160,900) both display a look and feel that goes far beyond anything Mercedes has delivered in the past.

The new S-Class Coupes respond effortlessly at moderate speeds, and putting your foot down reveals smooth but powerful acceleration.

Both models display impressive acceleration, with the S550 packing 449 hp, and the S63 AMG delivering an even more impressive  577 hp S63.

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The S63 AMG also packs 664 ft lbs of torque and stronger suspension than the S550.

Mercedes say the S63 can reach 0-60 mph in only 3.9 seconds, aided by all-wheel drive, which minimizes wheel spin. This feature is typically standard on most of the S-Class Coupe models.

Both models intentionally allow some of the twin-turbocharged V-8 engine’s exhaust note to be audible within the cabin, which helps further create a sporty atmosphere in the car.

Inside, luxury hasn’t been compromised for the new sporty feel.

Both models come in quilted leather, elegant wood surfaces, and matte-aluminium switchgear. And as a neat touch, the cabins stay smelling fresh from perfume that’s fed into the air conditioning system.

On the cockpit, a new dial-and-touchpad-operated interface ties everything together nicely,  though at times the menu system can seem overly complicated.

If that doesn’t sound luxurious enough, options are aplenty for those who want to ramp up the luxury levels.

These include multi-contour seats with a hot-stone massage feature and heated armrests.

The cars also come with Magic Sky Control, which electronically changes the transparency of the sunroof glass.

For those who want an extra little luxuries touch, they can opt to deck out their new car with headlights decked out in 47 Swarovski crystals each.

The cars’ exteriors draw styling cues from the recently redesigned S-Class sedan, with gentler curves that look like something that may have come out of Italy as opposed to Germany.

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Of course if you don’t mind waiting a few more months, and if you have the extra cash, the S65 AMG Coupe ($230,900), will add an active-leaning suspension and a 621 hp twin-turbocharged V-12.

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W Hotels have promised to ‘rock the empire’ with their new luxury hotel in Beijing.

W Beijing – Chang’an, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, is inspired by Beijing’s storied traditions.

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The hotel brings the W brand’s modern luxury, vibrant energy, cutting edge design, and Whatever/Whenever service philosophy to China’s capital.

W Beijing – Chang’an is the 45th W Hotel worldwide and the second W Hotel in mainland China after W Guangzhou.

W Hotels say the opening of W Beijing – Chang’an is a milestone in the W brand’s dramatic growth around the globe, and believe it will set a new scene in the Capital.

Their president, Qian Jin, says the cutting edge hotel will ‘raise the bar on stylish luxury accommodations in the heart of the city’.

W Beijing is situated on Chang’an Avenue, which holds many of Beijing’s most iconic monuments and buildings including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the headquarters of the Central Bank of China.

It is also home to the National Museum of China, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Silk Market, Beijing Concert Hall, and prestigious Diplomat District.

W Beijing – Chang’an’s is the latest building to add to that list.

Its stunning design was brought to life by award-winning global architecture practice RTKL and Hong Kong-based interior design firm AB Concepts.

The cutting-edge hotel consists of 349 stylish and spacious guest rooms and suites, featuring state-of-the art fittings.

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These include a digital tablet that controls the room’s lighting and mood, a 48” LED TV and Bluetooth sound system.

All of the suites come with a JBL home theatre system and Bose portable speakers.

Guestrooms include the signature W bed, exceptional bath amenities,  fully stocked Mix Bar (the W and a round bathtub in king bed rooms and suites.

If you want your trip to be that extra bit luxurious, then you could always opt for the Extreme WOW Suite, W Hotels’ take on the traditional Presidential Suite.

The WOW Suite features 345 square meters, including a living room and 90 square meters of space leaving plenty of room for guests.

The stunning suite also comes with a state-of-the-art 76” UED Samsung TV in the living room, a two-meter wide circular bed and Jacuzzi by a ceiling-to-floor window.

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The luxury hotel is the latest addition to Starwood’s growing portfolio of nearly 140 operating hotels in Greater China.

And the luxury hotel company have more than 130 more in the pipeline, with seven W Hotels set to open within the next five years in China.

 

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Cartier has unveiled the latest iteration of its iconic 1967 Crash watch.

Cartier’s Crash is one of the most eye-catching models in its entire history, and firmly stands with the best timepieces they have ever produced including the Santos-Dumant, the first true wristwatch.

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Much like the watch itself, the origin of the Crash timepiece is somewhat twisted.

Though this has never been confirmed, the iconic design was supposedly inspired by the mangled wreckage of a Baignoire Allongée, the original Crash was released by Cartier of London in 1967.

In that particular time, Cartier had independently run houses in London, New York and Paris.

Officially, the watch was inspired by the work of Salvador Dali, but the real inspiration was more than likely a mixture of the stories.

The watch was brought to life when  client entrusted a damaged Cartier watch to the head of the London subsidiary.

He found himself captivated by this never-before-seen design, and decided to incorporate the design into the vocabulary of Cartier’s watch shapes.

With its unusual dial, the Crash soon became a collector’s watch and was produced in a number of very limited editions.

Signed Cartier London, the Crash used a Jaeger-LeCoultre oval movement, but had slightly heavier numerals and an a slightly thicker bezel.

The watch had just the right amount of tension in the design to make it an instant classic.

A number of models have been produced since, which brings us to the latest version. The latest in the Crash line has seen the entire movement rethought.

The dial has been completely skeletonised and is covered with oversized Roman numerals that reveal the movement beneath, topped off with blued-steel, sword-shaped hands complete the dial.

The Roman numerals are also skeletonised bridges which provide the support for the calibre.

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Through the transparent case back, the gear trains of the calibre 9618 MC with manual winding is displayed in all its glory. The gear trains beats at 28 800 alt/h and offers 3 days power-reserve.

This calibre was designed from the outset as an openwork movement and conceived to achieve the best effect in terms of arrangement and aesthetics.

The movement also a displays a large number of surfaces which have all benefited from a Fine Watchmaking finish.

It’s an interesting take on a classic, perhaps the most interesting since the original inception.

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The case is in platinum and is expected to be in the region of £50,000.

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