In our weekly series, we bring you the latest in luxury news around the world. This week’s highlights: Porsche’s latest Cayenne, the Vollebak Island, and a timepiece from a former emperor sold for a staggering amount
Drinking pall mall
Stay at Anantara’s latest property in Ireland. Called The Marker Dublin Hotel, visitors can do more than the stereotypical Guinness binge like taking up a Spice Spoons journey with the hotel’s executive chef, where you’ll get to venture to the nearby seaside fishing village of Howth. Other activities include sailing around Dublin Bay on a fishing boat, encountering playful seals and dolphins and savouring smoked salmon at the family-owned Kish Fish.
Ever wonder what sort of timepiece an emperor of China would wear? That would be a Patek Philippe. Ever wonder what it’ll be like to wear that same watch? Well, we hope you had spare change to spend when the Patek Philippe Ref. 96 Quantieme Lune owned by Emperor Puyi was sold at a staggering US$6.2 million. Discover other items that were sold off at the Imperial Patek Philippe Sale.
With each generation, the Cayenne gets better (as advancement should be). Now Porsche has pushed out its third-generation Cayenne, one that has undergone a comprehensive overhaul. The vehicle has an elevated its powertrain, chassis, design and equipment; a juxtaposition of exhilarating on-road and off-road performance while you enjoy luxurious everyday comfort. Some of the Cayenne highlights include high-def HD Matrix LED Headlights; an air quality system; individual infotainment displays for front passenger; enhanced suspension systems like the Porsche Active Suspension Management and adaptive air suspension. All these within an alluring lewk with a redesigned front end, expressive tail lights and a range of customisable options makes this a very captivating ride to own.
Rebuilding the world
At Vollebak Island is where the future meets sustainability. Designed in collaboration with visionary architect Bjarke Ingels, this groundbreaking project presents a blueprint for living in a world shaped by climate change, space exploration and limited resources. At this carbon-neutral compound that exists off the grid, the buildings are integrated into the island itself, leading to a harmonious ecosystem. Designed to run on geothermal energy, offshore wind, solar power and ground source heat pumps, the energy is stored in Tesla powerwalls. Which goes to prove the adage wrong—that there are benefits in ‘being an island’, isolated from the rest of the world.
A sucker built every minute
Dyson continues to innovate with its announcement of the latest machines. With a focus on automation, advanced software and intelligence, the tech company unveiled six cutting-edge products that re-redefine cleaning performance. From vacuums to air purifiers, we cast our eye on the Dyson 360 Vis Nav robot vacuum. Not only is this Dyson’s next-gen intelligent robot vacuum cleaner, the machine also has six times the suction of any other robot vacuum on the market. As long as it doesn’t dislodge the marble tiles in my abode, this is a machine that is on our Christmas list.
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