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contents ● issue 03
Autogenie reveals what Australians like most about buying a new car; architects turn their hand to furniture; ‘orange is the new black’ in accessories and homewares. page 14
Perth scores its own version of the classic board game Monopoly – but no posh addresses in Peppermint Grove make the cut. page 19
WA avant-garde composer Ross Bolleter creates strange and innovative music on ruined pianos. page 20
Artist Helen Norton brings more of her vivid rural-influenced works to Linton & Kay Galleries. page 24
A definite golfing career is on course for Perth International winner Jin Jeong. page 30
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The benefits of staying in two vastly different hotels in Bali’s better area, Seminyak. page 32
Woodlands Wines can boast being one of the first ever harvesters in the now internationally renowned Margaret River region. page 37
New cookbook Smashing Plates presents Mediterranean cuisine with a twist. page 40
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The new BMW 4 Series Coupé embodies the sporty nature of its segment in every aspect of design, performance and dynamics. page 43
Happy birthday to MINI’s designer, Sir Alec Issigonis, plus a new model soon to be unveiled. page 50
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Announcing the arrival of the first of BMW’s ground-breaking all-electric vehicles: the i3 is innovative, efficient and environmentally friendly. page 53
The new electrically powered C evolution fuses riding fun and dynamism on two wheels - with the benefits of zero-emission performance.
Perth designer Mauricio Alpizar is inspired by classic European cinema and vintage Hollywood for his Summer ’14 collection. page 62
If there’s one word that tops Atrium Homes’ list of design and building principles, it’s individuality. page 66
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e recently held the launch of the highly anticipated BMW 4 Series – what is truly a landmark vehicle for BMW. The arrival of the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé heralds the dawn of a new era for the BMW Group. It is a vehicle that has been deemed so important that it has given birth to a completely new Series name. I drove it a couple of weeks ago in the US, and in my personal opinion it is a very special vehicle. It starts the moment you see it. As you will see, it is a stunning vehicle with a dynamic and muscular design that hints at its performance orientation. Its roofline presents an elegant silhouette. The rear flared arches are accentuated which, for the first time ever in BMW, represent the widest part of the car. And don’t think that this is just a rebadged 3 Series. It’s bigger than the 3 Series: longer and wider, with an increased wheel base and track. And it has a lower centre of gravity, too. Designed for performance, the all new BMW 4 Series Coupé is powered by the latest in engine technology and all models are equipped with BMW TwinPower turbo engines boasting exhilarating power and torque figures, yet still returning impressive fuel economy. It is the logical next step forward for the BMW brand and is truly a triumph of design, technology and aesthetics while delivering the essence of the BMW driving experience. We look forward to you test driving the new BMW 4 Series soon as well as the new BMW X5 arriving in the showroom in the next couple of weeks. Thank you, and enjoy this issue of Classique magazine. Happy and safe motoring!
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Auto-matic response New car buying website Autogenie helps take the hassle out of haggling. The site promises to find customers the lowest price on desired makes and models, providing at least three offers within 24 hours and texting/emailing these to a device of your choice. They also promise to have the new auto delivered to your door (well garage door, at least) at no extra cost. Autogenie recently conducted research to find out what Australians like most about buying a new car, with “feeling indulgent and successful” the most popular response (31%), followed by “a sense of reliability” (30%). The survey, which examined the auto buying habits of 450 Australians, found that more than half the respondents went for intangible qualities – like the way a new car makes them feel, and “the thrill of the hunt”. More interestingly, eight per cent simply liked “that new car smell”. Eliza Andrews To try and sniff out a better deal, visit www.autogenie.com.au.
Uma likes a dash of glamour in her apertif The star of Uma Thurman brings to mind several fractured personalities: the kookiness of bob-haired Mia in Pulp Fiction; gun-slinging Emma Peel in The Avengers; sword-yielding Beatrix Kiddo in Kill Bill; even a certain poshness corrupted as Cecile in Dangerous Liaisons. But always there’s a sense of innate glamour. Hence it makes sense for beverage brand Campari to choose Thurman as its calendar icon for 2014. The theme for the new calendar is ‘Worldwide Celebrations’ with each month focusing on a unique festival from around the globe. Uma is depicted, in effect, as a kind of ambassador for various nations, while also giving the good drink a decent plug (for the most part, she’s dressed head-to-toe in matching Campari red). The images were captured by Koto Bolofo, whose innovative portraits and fashion shoots have appeared in many a glamorous fashion magazine and who has also created campaigns for such luxury brands as Louis Vuitton and Dior. Antonino Tati For more Campari Calendar visuals, visit www.campari.com.
De-clutter the garage, Mondrian-style So long as your garage doesn’t have the grease-and-oil-all-over-theplace thing going on, this Mondrian-style cabinet and shelf unit ought to look superb in it. Made by The Great Australian Shelf, customers can purchase standard-sized units or have bespoke cabinets made to measure. All pieces come with a 10-year warranty and prices start from $1,700 (including GST). Eco warranty certified, The Mondrian cabinet is made from sustainably sourced Vertiboard and is coated in Laminex. “It’s like having an original artwork in your house,” tells Great Australian Shelf designer John Lausberg, who has been creating inspired furniture for the better part of a quarter century. Modest for a postmodernist pilferer! AT Visit www.thegreataustralianshelf.com.au to view more fine furniture or phone 0479 159 189 for a quote.
Architects turn their hand to furniture When many of us build homes, we often make the mistake of letting go of pertinent design principles once the bricks and mortar have dried. It’s easy to slip into a more ‘that’ll-do-it’ attitude when it comes to filling a new abode with modular, hence eventually disposable, things. According to new book, Furniture by Architects, the same fundamental principles used in building design can - and should - be applied to fitting and furnishing a property, albeit on a somewhat smaller scale. This casebound tome is a great ambassador of furniture that not only embraces function but carefully considers environment, beauty and context. Featured are 80 projects by top international architects who have extended their talents to furniture design – the likes of which include Zaha Hadid (Z-Chair, pictured bottom left), Foster + Partners (space-economic FLO lights, left) and Emmanuelle Moureaux whose smashingly bright office drawers (right) for German company Schonbuch throw office convention right out the proverbial window. Furniture by Architects is a beautifully illustrated compendium that recalls the adage “it’s not so much what’s on the outside that counts, but what’s on the inside”. Antonino Tati Published by Images Publishing RRP $59.99, casebound.
The prettiest Esky at the picnic There’s no need to worry about getting your food and bevvies mixed up with the Joneses at the next social picnic thanks to this brightly designed family cooler by Lou Harvey. With a height of 25cm, breadth of 45cm, and depth of 22cm, it’s big enough to pack the salads, drinks and then some. Fully insulated and machine washable. EA Available from www.downthatlittlelane.com.au RRP $130.90
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ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK Since getting hooked on the TV series we couldn’t help but be inspired by that brilliant hue that obviously yells ‘summer’. Be warned though: these accessories and wares will clash with a full-on orange jumpsuit. Compiled by Antonino Tati
Hermès Sellier Change Tray Made of porcelain with suede covered base, 21x17cm. $685.00 www.hermes.com.au Sophie Hulme Leather Tote With spacious interior and two slit pockets to store important cards and receipts. Also has an optional strap. $804.00 www.net-a-porter.com
Master Plan 2014 Family Diary Australian-designed but featuring a softtouch Italian fabric cover. Still, it’s the inside that really counts: with a double page view per week, and sectioned everso cleverly. $35.95 www.enwrapped.com.au or www.milestonepress.com.au.
Cassidy Porcelain Lamp Inspired by coral reef, this lamp has a uniquely shaped porcelain body and classic floor shade, height 21” x diameter 14”. $455.00 www.boydblue.com
Hermès ‘Tigre du Bengale’ Printed Beach Towel Made of 100% cotton, 150x90cm. $665.00 www.hermes.com.au
Glass Apothecary Jars In vibrant mandarin orange, great for storing lollies or cookies. From $19.99 www.lifestylehomeandliving.com.au
Marc Newson Unbreakable Drinkware A true synergy of form and function, the curved shapes sit naturally in the
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Amalfi Wall Plates Set of three plates patterned in ’60s styles, diameter 18cm each. $29.00 www.amalfihomewares.com.au
Tykho Radio Designed by Marc Berthier, this splashproof radio is entirely encased in orange silicone, allowing you to use it in the shower, by the pool or at the beach. A rotating antenna doubles as station tuner for frequency search. Such a winning design, it’s now part of MoMA’s permanent collection. $119.00 www.thedesigngiftshop.com
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FREMANTLE MAYOR BRAD PETTITT ON THE NEW MONOPOLY: PERTH EDITION
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erth’s own edition of the classic board game Monopoly recently hit shop shelves, well ahead of other Australian capitals. Melbourne did release an edition in 2007 but this was charity-related and ultimately discontinued. So why Perth before the rest? Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the world’s most isolated city is also the fastest-growing city in Australia and the nation’s strongest performing capital, thanks in no small part to a booming resources industry. Call us yuppies, but a Monopoly board to call our very own simply made sense! Still, it’s not as though high-end streets in posh suburbs like Peppermint Grove and Dalkeith made it onto the board to replace ye olde London addresses of Pall Mall and Mayfair. Rather, the game’s manufacturer Hasbro and its licensee Winning Moves decided it best to keep things, well, generic. “We wanted to avoid all contentiousness of putting posh and low-branded places on there,” says Reid Herbert of Winning Moves. “With a Monopoly board of a regional character we wanted to have all forms of Perth life, whether it’s the beach, shopping, arts, entertainment, or eating out. Basically, we just wanted a great, fun board.” When prompted about the branding that appears on the board – including bold logos for Westpac, ITP and Mix 94.5 – Herbert was surprisingly up-front. “At the end of the day this is all a commercial exercise. It cost a lot of money for us to get it going, and unfortunately without [the big brands’] help we couldn’t have made Perth Monopoly come to fruition.” Check out the list of what did make it onto the board and see if, like us, you figure the likes of Karrinyup Shopping Centre and Enex 100 just may have chipped in a little dosh, too, for the sake of ‘fruition’. Antonino Tati
Monopoly: Perth Edition is available at quality toy stores. Photography by Barbara Bertoli.
WHAT’S ON THE BOARD (figure in brackets denotes value in Monopoly money)
Council House (60), Town Hall (60)
The Light Blues:
Swan River (100), the Bell Tower (100), Fremantle Prison (120)
Patersons Stadium (140), the WACA (140), Perth Arena (160)
Hilarys Boat Harbour (180), Adventure World (180), Sci-Tech (200)
Karrinyup Shopping Centre (220), ENEX 100 (220), Carillon City (240)
Cottesloe Beach (260), Rottnest Island (260), Scarborough Beach (280)
Perth Zoo (300), University of Western Australia (300), Crown Perth (320)
The Dark Blues:
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man Subiaco-born Ross Bolleter is one of Australia’s most renowned avant-garde composers and music improvisers. His instrument of choice is the ‘ruined piano’ on which the options for experimentation APPEAR endless. A piano is said to be ruined (rather than ‘neglected’ or ‘damaged’) when it has been abandoned to the elements and naturally becomes a decaying box that can deliver unpredictable sounds (“dongs, clicks and dedoomps” as Ross refers to them). Not a single note then, except perhaps for the occasional ‘D’, will sound like that which you get from an even-tempered upright piano. The notes that don’t work are at least as interesting as those that do. Classique catches up with Bolleter to discuss HIS MOST innovative and unique musical style. Interview by Antonino Tati
Are you always on the lookout for ruined pianos? Yes. And I find them in garages, abandoned in paddocks, in old pubs – either in the bar, or left to decay in the disused laundry out back. Do you play ruined pianos as you find them, or does it help to sometimes rough them up a little more? I play and record ruined pianos exactly as I find them. This is part of the challenge of improvising: to take the instrument as you find it, 20
and to explore its sounds exactly as they are offered to you. That’s always more than enough. And no, I never willfully damage pianos. A damaged piano isn’t a ruined piano. Do you ever sample notes you perform on a ruined piano, and then feed these through special effects software on the computer? I have done this, but I find that the organic quality of the real instrument with its woodiness, its creaky resonance, and broken keys falling
ARTIST PROFILE CV
Ross Bolleter started his career by practicing improvised music with flautist, Tos Mahoney. He later went on to study music, including theory, history and composition at the University of Western Australia. This re-awoke his interest in the music of composers such as Anton Webern, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Pierre Boulez, whom he had studied as part of his course. He then went on to investigate non-conventional timbral and rhythmic possibilities of the prepared piano. In the last ten years, Bolleter has explored playing with ruined pianos - that is, old pianos that have been found after having been left exposed to the action of time and weather, thus acquiring novel and unexpected musical possibilities. Ross was a member of 1980s indie band, the Blackeyed Susans. As a solo artist, performing on ruined pianos, he has recorded and released 19 CDs, all through the WARPS label which he co-founded with composer Stephen Scott.
away under your fingers, is a good deal more engaging than the digitally sampled version of a ruined piano. What will you be doing for the next CD release to make it different to the previous 19? The next CD will consist entirely of recordings of pianos in nature at Wambyn Olive Farm, Australia’s premier ruined piano sanctuary. To play the pianos you have to find them spread out over the 160 acres of Kim Hack’s and Penny Mossop’s Olive Farm near York, 80kms east of Perth. Kim is the curator of ruined pianos in the sanctuary. His curatorial tasks involve a delicate balance between allowing the pianos to degrade unchecked, and intervening to do such repairs as are necessary to avoid the more precipitous forms of ruin. What pianos will you find in the sanctuary? There is a 19th century British Challen piano engulfed by white ants that have transformed its insides into a gothic cathedral of ingested wood; a Blakely and Thomas, also British, occupied by rats who’ve built their nest in the top, and are no doubt enjoying the resulting high-rise living afforded by this unique location; and a German Lindal piano which resides in a dam, and has been occupied by frogs. If you listen at night, you can hear them jumping about on the strings creating weirdly subtle accompaniments to their croaking. Kim, driving a crane with seven pianos suspended off it, 22
Sometimes the pianoplayer will push down one key, and five or six others go down with it, making for a surprising cluster of harmonics. places them under trees, on rocks, in the bends of streams, on a shed roof, in a dam – where they degrade at their own rate and in their own way.
fantastic exhibition of pictures, tapestry and photographs entitled ‘Piano’, that was based around the themes of ruined piano, and pianos in general.
What inspiration was behind your recent production at the Fremantle Festival? My inspiration came from the Red Centre of Australia, as well as the outback of Western Australia – especially the Murchison district, where the extremes of drought and flood produce great roaring hulks. I told stories from my experiences in these regions, and these in turn inspired the ruined piano improvisations and compositions I performed.
You used to be a member of the Blackeyed Susans, who enjoyed success on the independent charts in Australia. Are you happy to see that ‘indie’ music has flourished and is being embraced by the music-listening public more and more these days? I enjoyed a sweet summer with the Blackeyed Susans, and feel that the album we created Some Births Are Worse Than Murder still stands up well. I’m glad that indie music is flourishing. It takes courage to do your own thing, and great persistence to extend it over twenty-five years. The Blackeyeds are to be congratulated on both counts.
Did your Fremantle Festival performance tie in with any other artists’ productions? In terms of ruined piano, visual artist / photographer Antoinette Carrier presented a
Tell us a little about the label which you are cofounder of? The label is WARPS – that is, the World Association for Ruined Piano Studies. I cofounded the organisation with composer Stephen Scott. The label has focused on music for ruined piano, but also includes work by other composers and improvisers generally working at the experimental end of things. [Contact for interested parties is bolleter@ iinet.net.au]. As for my own work, it has also been released internationally through the labels Emanem, London, and Pogus, New York. You also have a publisher feather in your cap, having released books of poetry and are now working on another book on Zen spirituality. Tell us a little about the new book. It’s called The Five Ranks of Dongshan: Keys To Enlightenment, and it will be published by Wisdom Publications in Autumn next year. Dongshan was a 9th century Chinese Zen master, and this is a book that explores ten verses that he composed on aspects of enlightenment and the path that leads to enlightenment and beyond. ●
Ross Bolleter performed at the Roundhouse as part of the Fremantle Festival in October. During his concerts he told stories while improvising on a battery of ruined pianos. This was to be his final West Australian performance. To purchase Ross’ CDs, visit www.warpsmusic.com.
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ARTIST HELEN NORTON BRINGS MORE OF HER VIVID RURAL-INFLUENCED WORKS TO LINTON & KAY. Story by Antonino Tati
elen Norton never set out to be an artist, yet to look at her broad spectrum of work you would think she had been subliminally studying the masters for ages. But, no, the art career came by chance. At 16, she left home to live in some of the most remote desert locations of Australia with the simple intention to “experience adventure”. From hunting feral animals in the Northern Territory to fishing for sharks off the coast of South Australia, no outdoor challenge appeared too tough for this girl. Amid all the thrill-seeking she met her husband-to-be, whose work obligations in Broome lead to the couple eventually settling northwest and leaving the actionloving Helen with too much time on her hands to simply do nothing. Hence she picked up her very first paintbrush, and the art world has been all the more better for it since. Norton’s paintings are at once raw and vivid, packed with vibrant subjects that jut out of rustic landscapes: characters informing their environment only as much as their hostile settings ultimately bind them. Lost little girls in the company of grand beasts; politicians stuck in the middle of the desert with no PR rep to » [cont. on 29]
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1 - ‘Monument’ 2013, Oil on canvas, 120 x 150 cm 2 - ‘Kangadeer’, Oil on linen, 120 x 150 cm 3 - ‘Prosperity’, Oil on canvas, 150 x 200 cm (signature work from previous exhibition)
art & culture ABOUT LINTON & KAY Linton & Kay exhibit a diverse range of Australian and international visual art, as well as work by early career and emerging artists. Directors Linton Partington and Gary Kay are a dynamic, forward-thinking team who began their partnership in 1998 with the Linton and Kay Fine Art Gallery in Subiaco. In 2012 Linton & Kay opened a second space in the iconic Old Perth Technical School on St Georges Terrace. Situated in one of Perth CBDâ€™s most architecturally significant buildings, it provides a vibrant and dynamic hub for the arts in Perth. Both the fine art gallery in Subiaco and the gallery in Perth City have hosted previous exhibitions by Helen Norton, the most recent of these being Prosperity at the city gallery, and the next being New Works in Subiaco.
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‘Toodeloo’, Oil on canvas, 120 x 150 cm (from previous exhibition Prosperity)
get them out of the rut. It’s like the classic ‘man-versus-nature’ debate, only caught on canvas as a kaleidoscopic tug-o-war that is as profound as it is alluring. The accident you can’t help stare at; the damage there, but also a glimmer of hope for a reversal of incident. In a key piece entitled ‘Golden Eggs’, for example, from her 2012 Prosperity exhibition at Linton & Kay Galleries, a dozen suited-up businessmen sit around a board table contemplating rows of golden eggs as if to be marveling the fruits of the last financial year. Meanwhile, monkeys hover over the men’s shoulders, looking like having emigrated from the intimidating forest in the background. In composition, the work is literally a division of 50% corporate and 50% nature as it begs the question ‘Who is really in control of business here?’. ‘Prosperity’ – the signature work for the exhibition – features a Minotaur as a symbol of deceit (part ‘bull’ in more ways than one), sitting regally, holding a cigar, in front of him a mess of resources and small humans swept under a rug. One human is seen winking at what looks like a bright diamond. On closer inspection, the viewer notices businessmen again – this time struggling on stilts. There’s also a racing car, bulldozer, greying cityscape, even a spilt bucket of red paint in the foreground next to a pair of ruby slippers – the latter possibly borrowed from Dorothy’s own fantasy trip to a different Oz. Norton presented Prosperity as a comment on world debt and unnatural inheritance, referencing “the uncertainty of the mining boom and the unsustainability of debt”. With this subtle critique on the deficits of industry, it is ironic that this woman’s work should find itself on the walls of major corporate and government buildings, including the likes of BHP, Hamersley Iron, Western Metals, and West Australian Parliament House. Like some kind of Trojan tactic, political intent wrapped in sublime beauty has made its way into the corridors of power. Whether this critique influences said businesses remains to be seen… Norton’s more recent works appear less constitutional and more celebratory: nature left to its own devices, if you will. Sure, the surrealist themes are still there, but the subject
and setting are less harshly juxtaposed and more getting along harmoniously. Linton & Kay Galleries once again play host to what will be Norton’s 51st solo exhibition. Aptly titled New Works, the pieces take on a more impressionistic style in comparison to the stark surrealism of previous series. Says Norton: “In these works I try to metaphorically repair the road of awe, by imagining trying to get home through a breathtaking discovery of natural landscapes with long distance views and winding roads in the natural world. I try to forget the truly forgettable and remember where the bookmark is in that long unwritten novel – The Australian Dreaming. Norton seems aware that the nudge-nudge, wink-wink of works in her previous exhibition were enough to get the critical message across, and for now is content to simply celebrate some of the beauty still intact in rural Australia. In her new body of work, she moves away from the idea of having many characters tell the story and instead embraces the landscape itself as optimistic narrative. “I didn’t plan and drive the narrative this time,” tells the artist. “I let the paint have a discussion with images of a long distance landscape; looking out, as if through Ulysses’ eye – caught between the seduction of nature’s raw beauty, and a sense of longing to get back home after long wars. “After abuse and misuse at the hands of political spin doctors, I hope that ‘making stuff up’ is back in the hands of artists for now,” she writes rather cryptically in a statement for New Works, before adding, “I hope we can attempt to re-imagine our country with creative imagery – in our art where it belongs. I’m inspired by that hope.” Soaking in the new works, so are we. ●
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his year’s ISPS Handa Perth International, held once again at the exclusive Lake Karrinyup Country Club, demonstrated the highs and lows experienced by international sportsmen. Australia’s only professional golfing event to be co-sanctioned by the European Tour and PGA Tour of Australia, the ISPS Handa Perth International was the last chance saloon for many European players, needing to make the cut – and some needing a tournament win – to qualify for a 2014 tour card. US golf stars Dustin Johnson and last year’s winner Bo Van Pelt joined the line-up of European and Australian golfers. Johnson attracted much attention not just for his seven PGA Tour wins and his athleticism, but also for having his fiancée Paulina Gretzky – daughter of Canadian ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky – with him in Perth. Johnson came out strong on the first round but fell back in the second and third, before finishing with his strongest round that saw him tying for 12th. West Aussie and winner of back-to-back European Tour events Brett Rumford was a favourite to win and after a strong first round, poor second round and impressive third round, producing 8 birdies, he missed opportunities on the last day and finished outright sixth. Other local lads a lot further down the world rankings gained worldwide attention during the tournament. Busselton’s Brody Ninyette and Mandurah’s Jason Scrivener were stand-outs amongst the tour stars. Ninyette won Round 3 finishing 8-under the card and one shot clear of Rumford in just his second year on the PGA Tour of Australasia. It was only a dropped shot by Ninyette during the final Round that caught him out.
Tournament winner 24-year-old Jin Jeong (pictured), unheard of by most golfing commentators before the Perth event, had mixed results during the week but retained his composure to have a remarkable victory after a playoff with England’s Ross Fisher. Jeong burst onto the golf scene as an amateur in 2010 when he enjoyed two stints as the highest ranked amateur in the world, as well as being the leading amateur at The Open Championship. He turned pro in 2011. “I was nervous and I was shaking but I think I controlled myself pretty well all day. I was struggling quite a bit when I was turning pro, but it was going to happen in the learning circuit I guess. “I had played play-offs in mini tour events, but playing with Ross Fisher in the play-off, who is one of my heroes, that was unbelievable.” Jeong, who has featured on The Challenge Tour this season, had recently progressed through the First Stage of The European Tour Qualifying School, but has now earned a two-year exemption to The European Tour. “I was going to go back to Q School Second Stage, but I guess I don’t have to anymore,” he added. Another winner at the ISPS Handa Perth International was Victoria’s David McKenzie who scored a hole in one. There was no question of the quality of the Lake Karrinyup course, receiving praise from golfers from all sides of the globe. Dustin Johnson said the course was fun to play. “The greens are really firm and they are really fast so you have got to be careful where you hit the ball on your second shots. You don’t want too many downhill putts because it’s hard to stop the ball and
if you miss the green in the wrong side, you’re dead.” David Garland, Director of Tour Operations for The European Tour, said: “It has been another fantastic edition of the ISPS Handa Perth International and our players have had nothing but praise for the outstanding course set-up and facilities at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, as well as the warmth of the unique Aussie welcome we have all received in Perth. The ISPS Handa Perth International, with a prize purse of US$2,000,000, is the richest tour event in Australia. The event was broadcasted globally via European Tour Television for over 1400 hours showcasing Perth and Western Australia to 425 million homes in 67 countries. ●
For event information, more results and news visit www.perthinternational.com. Photography courtesy SMP Images.
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●● 76 kangaroos were seen on course. ●● 16 hectares of grass were mowed twice a day.
●● The green-keeping team consisted of 36 people.
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television cable, and 22 camera towers were used. ●● 600 dozen Titleist practice balls and 4121 tees were used. ●● Players, volunteers and officials consumed some 38,400 Schweppes drinks. ●● Oh, and players and caddies ate 1310 bananas!
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Dichotomous accommodation Classique presents the benefits of staying in two vastly different hotels in one of Baliâ€™s better areas, Seminyak. Story by Antonino Tati
travel THE L HOTEL ‘PAMPER ME’ PACKAGE INCLUDES: ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● ●●
Breakfast Private Ubud day trip with personal butler One-hour spa treatment for two One three-course dinner for two, including two glasses of L house wine Free early check-in and late check-out Free upgrade to next room type Daily complimentary USD 15 F&B credit voucher Daily minibar with beer and soft drinks Daily laundry service for four garments Seminyak beach and shopping shuttle service Gift on departure
hen it comes to the region to stay in Bali, it really has got to be Seminyak. Kuta is just too packed with its boisterous pub-crawlers. Nusa Dua, as beautiful a spot as it is, is too far from the rest of civilisation. Ditto for Ubud, which is best left to those honeymooners desiring total retreat. But that’s not to say there aren’t R&R options in a place as bustling as Seminyak. If it is rest and recuperation you’re after, there are plenty of spacious resorts that offer a quieter ambience and extensive spa facilities, like The Amala. Or, if you’re drawn to a more up-tempo vibe, you can check into a vibrant establishment, like the L Hotel.
‘L’ IS FOR A LITTLE LUXURY
Situated in one of Seminyak’s trendier quarters, L Hotel on Jalan Raya Petitenget offers everything the discerning Bali traveller could want in quality accommodation. While there is a definitive buzz about the place – butlers scurrying along corridors ensuring all is in place; cool music on rotation in the rooftop Luna Bar – once in your room, you can opt to shut the noise out completely and simply chill. The first thing you notice in the popular Luxe Double Suite is the standalone bathtub propped between the bed and bath areas: inviting you to pour in an entire contents of Kiehls bath gel and simply soak up the splendour. Each suite at the L is designed with pragmatism in mind – and a touch of the traditional including pristine marble walls juxtaposed with the more rustic aesthetic of a bespoke handcrafted ceiling ornament – well, monument might be more the word since the ceiling sculpture spans the size of the bed itself. Rich timbers and interchangeable lighting also soften the mood of what might otherwise be immediately branded an ultra-modern hotel. Then there are the dashes of colour in the room’s bedding and lounging that lend each suite a unique ‘pop’ aesthetic. Indeed, the hotel’s manager, when we tell him that L kind of reminds us of a “more intimate W Hotel” tells us he likes to use the analogy of the W being the
THE LOW-DOWN: L HOTEL ●● A half-hour drive from Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) Airport. ●● Offers transfers to and from the airport. ●● Three minutes from Seminyak Square. ●● Offers three suite options: Luxe (Double with bathtub and rain-shower), Legian (Twin & Double with rain-shower), and Lifestyle (Twin & Double with rain-shower). ●● Personalised butler service. ●● Plenty of in-house dining options (casual dining at Luna, casual and formal at Lola, teppanyaki at Kitano, or private dining in Labu and 1908). ●● Renowned for its cleverly themed degustation meals.
‘BMW’ of boutique hotels in Seminyak, whilst L is the ‘MINI Cooper’. Too clever a metaphor for us to argue with, really.
JUST ENOUGH T.T.D. TO FILL YOUR STAY
While L may not offer too much on the facilities side – even its pool is a brief shuttle ride away from the main part of the hotel – it does offer other leisure and wellbeing options that nearby hotels don’t. There are occasional art-house film nights hosted on the rooftop where guests can enjoy a Mojito while catching the latest Almodóvar movie, and cocktail gettogethers every other night where patrons can mingle with handsome strangers or swap war stories with ex-pat staff. On the beauty and wellbeing side of things, L boasts a spa menu that is as extensive as those in Bali’s most reputable resorts. Here you can choose anything from a traditional Balinese massage (Rp 270,000 for 60 minutes, AUD$25) to the scrummilicious sounding Chocolate Body Scrub & Mask Package (Rp 650,000 for 120 minutes, AUD$60). L is actually famous for its diverse list of body exfoliating packages. There is also a Coffee & Mocha Scrub for patrons wanting that extra caffeine lift; a Kemiri Nut Scrub that focuses on, well, giving you a fuller scrub; and a Green Tea Scrub for extra toxin removal (Rp 580,000 each, AUD$50). Sure, these treatments aren’t as inexpensive as the five-bucks-a-massage joints you get down the road, but far more attention-to-detail is provided here as of course is a certain cleanliness – obviously lacking in the grimier, cheaper ‘salons’. For guests wanting to fill the gap between treatments, or shopping for that matter, and dinner with a bit of a pickme-up, L hosts regular high teas from 4.30pm, with canapés crafted by its trusty Cordon Blue Chef, Puja.
WHERE DINING IS AN ADVENTURE IN ITSELF
If there’s one thing we’d immediately give five stars to L for, it’s the hotel’s clever use of the degustation concept in its main restaurant, Lola.
●● In-room amenities include a pillow menu and a seemingly endless supply of Kiehls toiletries. ●● Mod cons include in-suite coffee machine, iPod docking station, LED TV, DVD player, safe, IDD telephone, and complimentary Wi-Fi. ●● Complimentary water and mixers minibar, evening cocktails and canapés all included (payable mini-bar also in-suite). ●● Has two pools, a small one that’s a bit too close to the main restaurant, and a second one that’s a brief shuttle ride from the main part of the hotel. ●● Part of the Small Luxury Hotels portfolio. ●● Has the ‘Mr & Mrs Smith’ stamp of approval.
While Luna upstairs prides itself on a multicultural cuisine – offering everything from Modern European to PanAsian (teppanyaki and tandoor in the one meal, anyone?), Lola downstairs takes a decidedly focused approach to its culinary presentation. During one lunch sitting we enjoyed a satay-themed menu (or the Indonesian spelt ‘sate’) that included quite possibly the most gourmet adaptation of a Nasi Goreng we’d ever sampled, each ingredient clearly visible – as opposed to the Nasi mess we’re used to in factory-belt restaurants in Australia. Even the simpler courses in this particular degustation, like the chicken and potato skewers, are laid out gourmetstyle, the skewers cooking over a hot rock, with various condiments fanned out to provide a rainbow of flavours. After four courses, we were pretty much satay-ed out, but the chef did insist we try the Sate Telor Puyuh (quail eggs) – a delicate enough serve for us to simply nod yes to. The degustation concepts regularly rotate at Lola, so you might want to check ahead of booking what is on the menu for the days that you’re there. Head Chef Yan ensures the Lola a la carte menu is forever changing, utilising the freshest of local and imported produce available. But one item that’s pretty much always on there is his Mushroom Risotto with Truffle Oil. In a word, Mmmmm. ››
BOOKING INFORMATION L Hotel is situated on Jalan Raya Petitenget, No. 8L, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia. Rates start from AUD$290.00 including tax. Mr & Mrs Smith guarantees this rate and are offering a full ‘Pamper Me’ package (see sidebox): For more information or bookings visit www.mrandmrssmith. com or phone 1300 896 627.
THE QUIETER ALTERNATIVE… W
ith a name that in Sanskrit means ‘pure and unspoiled’, the Amala is an oasis of minimalism and tranquillity in itself – so quiet, in fact, that over our two-night stay here, we occasionally forgot we were in the heart of busy Seminyak. Having just spent a couple of nights at vibier L Hotel, it was somewhat of an ironic shock when it came to settling in to the Amala – we just did not know what to do with all the quiet and the time. Up front, then, it’s best said that the Amala is not for the Bali visitor desiring a ‘buzz’ in their accommodation surrounds. Rather, it makes for a perfect retreat – an urban oasis, if you like – more suited to the subdued traveller who prefers to read a good book by the pool. Honeymooners, too, would do well to consider this establishment for their shortlist of where-tostay after the big day.
The villas and studios themselves are beautifully designed – 12 in total including the rather grand ‘Amala Residence’ (see sidebar for details). Each villa and studio has been carefully appointed by the Amala’s owner herself (name withheld; privacy respected) who happens to have been an architect and interior decorator in two previous lives, and has managed to create a stylish urban haven that truly does let you forget about the outside world. In each villa and studio, rustic timber fittings are offset by clean white walls, while outside sits a minimalist Japanesestyle garden complete with outdoor rain showers. There are three main room options: the Spa Villa, Spa Studio, and Pool Villa. We trialled the Spa Studio – a cosy space (to be generous to the lack of space thereof ) that appears to have forsaken interior expanse to allow for the lush courtyard with double outdoor showers. While the perks of booking a Spa Studio aren’t as great as you’d expect (the usual butler service ‘around the clock’ – although we had to wait several hours for something to be delivered from reception, Wi-Fi connectivity, coffee and tea making facilities, and a daily complimentary mini-bar of non-alcoholic beverages – all par for the course in any Bali hotel worth its salt), there is one bonus in a one-hour daily massage included in your stay.
THE HOLISTIC HEART OF IT
At the centre of the Amala’s lush and peaceful grounds is a health spa offering a minimal but practical menu of beauty and massage options. Of course the Traditional Balinese Massage tops the list, 34
literally, but metaphorically the holistic hit here is the ‘Rebalancing Ayurvedic Ritual’ that includes a foot bath, Abhyanga (brisk stroke) massage, bath powder and moisturising treatment. (Yes, we too were surprised to learn that people still use powder after bathing these days). The cost for this 120-minute treatment is just over a million Indonesian Rupia, so about a hundred Aussie dollars. Not bad, actually, considering the blissful results. The spa also offers simpler treatments such as manicures and facials, priding itself on using interesting organic ingredients like combinations of passionfruit and tomato, and carrot and honey. Virtually good enough to eat, then...
Without a doubt, it is the cuisine at the Amala that is its true highlight. ‘Bamboo’, the al fresco restaurant by the main pool, is open for all-day dining. The restaurant’s rotating menu perfectly complements the hotel’s philosophy of achieving “health through harmony”, using organic products and raw foods wherever possible. It’s not surprising to learn from the head chef that many people dine here during detox programs. And here’s something refreshing: diners are given details of ingredients and the estimated amounts of calories, proteins, cholesterol and other elements, so they can eat and drink to maximise the health benefits they’re after. Chef Brandon’s non-alcoholic menu is full of healthy juices and mocktails, including the option of tailor-making your own concoction. And the coffee? Possibly the best we’ve tried in all of Indonesia. While we were disappointed at the lack of coffee-making facilities in our room, the outstanding quality of a grande soy latte at Bamboo certainly made up for it.
LAZING THE DAYS AWAY
True to its ‘retreat’ ethos, there isn’t too much on the things-to-do list at the Amala. Even the pool area seemed desolate for the most part during our stay, save for a water yoga class of two people in progress one morning. But once you’ve enjoyed a couple of very satisfying spa treatments the staff will be able to suggest the odd Bali excursion, with some of the suggested destinations so secret that even the local ex-pat residents aren’t familiar with them. Business doesn’t appear to be high on the Amala agenda, either, with its business centre about the size of a small study room. Whether or not the resort caters to corporate conventions we couldn’t tell, but judging by the tiny business centre, it’s doubtful. The resort does have a generously spaced wellness studio where we’re told occasional classes in meditation, pranayama, and even martial arts are held. In sum, the Amala impresses on all aesthetic accounts, and certainly in the
culinary department. We didn’t get to try much of the spa facilities but we’re pretty certain that if we did, we’d have checked out in as perfectly tranquil a mode as the place itself. ●
BOOKING INFORMATION The Amala is situated on Jalan Kunti 108, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia. Rates start at AUD$234.00 including tax. Mr & Mrs Smith guarantees this rate and are offering a special 4-nights-for-3 package. For more information or bookings visit www.mrandmrssmith.com or phone 1300 896 627.
travel THE LOW-DOWN: THE AMALA ●● A 20-minute drive from Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) Airport.
●● Offers transfers to and from the airport.
●● A hop, skip and jump from
famous Bali Deli - but you wouldn’t know you were near this popular strip, given the hotel’s seclusion. ●● Offers four options in accommodation: Spa Villa (private Jacuzzi and steam shower), Spa Studio (double outdoor rain-shower), Pool Villa (private pool), and Amala Residence (private pool, Jacuzzi, three bedrooms, kitchen, and living and dining areas). ●● Personalised butler service (although very slow compared to the L Hotel, in our experience). ●● One main restaurant: the superb Bamboo with one of the best breakfasts, and possibly the best coffee in Indonesia. ●● Renowned for its serenity: has a ‘no children under 12’ policy that, quote, “allows a couple to really be a couple”. ●● In-room amenities: only the cute handmade soap is worth a mention. ●● Mod cons in the basic studio include a kettle, smallish LED TV, safe, DVD player (though we had to ask twice to have one delivered to the room), and complimentary Wi-Fi. ●● Complimentary ‘water and mixers’ mini-bar. ●● Has one communal pool although it looked like nobody had swum in it for weeks. ●● A member of the ‘Lifestyle Retreats’ portfolio. ●● Has the ‘Mr & Mrs Smith’ stamp of approval.
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Maker’s mark 2013 MARKS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF WOODLA NDS WINES – ONE OF THE FIRST OPER ATORS TO HAR VEST IN THE NOW INTERNATION ALLY RENOWNED MARGARET RIVER REGION. WHILE ‘RUBY’ IS TRA DITIONA LLY PRESENTED TO ACKNOW LEDGE THE MILESTONE OF 40, AS ANTONINO TATI DISCOVERS, IT’S A DIFFERENT KIND OF RED THAT’S NOW GETTING ALL THE ATTENTION…
drink NEW CELLAR DOOR Fresh to Woodlands premises is a new cellar door, which is perfectly positioned so that customers and guests can see the vineyard to the south, the fermenters to the west, and the barrel hall to the north, encompassing the full wine-making process with a 180-degree perspective. Woodlands Cellar Door is open from 11am to 5pm daily, with no appointment necessary, and offers the current range of Woodlands wines for customers to sample as well as presenting unreleased vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon – that primary star of the Watsons/ Woodlands family, but in no way its only stellar selection.
nyone ought to be proud to say they own a vineyard in Margaret River. But to be able to say you were one of the first five operators to ever harvest in this world-renowned wine region – while continuing to today – is indeed a major achievement. David and Heather Watson established Woodlands Wines in 1973 – back when the terms ‘Australian made’ and ‘fine wine’ looked considerably odd side by side; when the word ‘blend’ simply meant ‘to fit in’; and when Margaret River was more a hub for beach bums (possessing one of the highest unemployment rates in Australia in the late ’60s) than the epicentre of quality purveyance and tourism it is today. Amid a laidback, early ’70s ambience, the Watsons set up their first vineyard in the Wilyabrup Valley, southwest of Dunsborough, where the climate and soil were surprisingly similar to those of Bordeaux, France (strange, given the distinct latitudinal positioning of these locations on the world map). A report published by reputable viticulturist, John Gladstones, gave the green light that it was actually possible to harvest the right fruit needed to produce quality, distinguished wines. This finding, together with the Watson’s unique method of dry-growing their grapes and maintaining their yards through organic and traditional methods, lead to a fruitful business – both literally and figuratively. Woodlands came to fame with the release of its 1981 ‘Andrew’ Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was christened so after the birth of the Watsons’ second baby boy, and it went on to win trophies for Best Red at the Perth Wine Show, the Mt Barker Wine Show and the National Wine Show – indeed, the very first wine from Margaret River to receive the latter prestigious trophy. “The Cabernet Sauvignon gets a different name each year in recognition of a family member or friend,” tells Andrew, who joined the family business fulltime in 2005, assisting big brother Stuart in winemaking duties. “We have a few bottles of the ’81 left, actually – and it is still incredible!” 38
In 2007, the Watson family purchased the Woodlands Brook vineyard, located on Puzey Road, also in the Wilyabrup Valley. With Woodlands Brook, the family saw a great opportunity to plant more Cabernet Sauvignon on free draining, south facing Wilyabrup soils. Both vineyards continue to deliver superb, award-winning wines, particularly in the categories of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Merlot blends, and even Chardonnays. Today still, Woodlands varieties are
each planted in their particular location with soil and aspect of the plot dutifully considered. The vineyards’ locales within a valley whose series of gentle slopes alongside tributaries to the Wilyabrup Brook means the natural water system of Margaret River can do its easy-flowing job – but not before all vines are drygrown using a mix of biodynamic and traditional methods. This clever combination of methods not only allows for the production of unique varietals but for cleaner blends when called for.
David and Heather Watson established Woodlands Wines in 1973 – back when the terms ‘Australian made’ and ‘fine wine’ looked considerably odd side by side. WINE MAKER’S NOTE:
2010 ‘Heather Jean’ Cabernet Sauvignon
This Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from the original Woodlands plantings on the south facing slope, which consists of four small plots that receive the greatest number of sunlight hours at Woodlands. The east-west orientation of the vines ensures a slow fruit maturation, and these plots are almost always picked last. The wine is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc that has matured in new French oak for 21 months. The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon has an intense crimson colour. The nose reveals aromas of mixed spices, dark fruits, and toasty French oak. The palate is deep and powerful; showing a ripe spectrum of red to dark fruits combined with star anise, clove and allspice. And the finish is incredibly long, with firm but fine tannins. The Watsons consider this 2010 vintage to be the most complete and complex Cabernet Sauvignon produced at Woodlands. This wine will best be enjoyed from 2025 to 2040.
“I think Dad’s greatest achievement is planting Woodlands to the almost perfect blend,” tells Andrew. “All the right varieties in the right places – so that the wines reflect their site and vintage perfectly.” When asked of the main differences between organic and traditional growing methods, Andrew refers mainly to increased cost and time – both sacrifices needed to be made to produce the perfect wine. “At Woodlands, for example, we don’t spray herbicides or pesticides. Instead, we use machinery that passes under the vines, mulching the natural grasses. This takes weeks, instead of a spray pass that would take a few hours.
“I think that people can sometimes get caught up in dogma [about the connotations of growing crops organically] but we simply want to make the finest and most healthy product.” It is a mission statement that is key in the success of this family business, as is the consistency of careful planting. Woodlands’ premier wine, the Cabernet Sauvignon, is still made from the same planting originally made by David and Heather in 1973. Naturally, it remains one of Andrew’s top picks. “My favourite would have to be the 2010 ‘Heather Jean’ Cabernet Sauvignon – it’s the most powerful wine we make but it’s still not heavy nor too alcoholic,
and the balance is incredible.” Any other particular drops he’s regularly keen to savour? “Our ‘Margaret’ Cabernet Merlot has a more feminine character, and has more exotic characters from the addition of spicy Malbec, and our ‘Chloe’ Chardonnay is beautiful and racy – often taking five years to begin to open up.” Did we mention variety also being key to that Woodlands success? ●
For more information about Woodlands vineyards, current wines and archive wines, visit www.woodlandswines.com.au. 39
Mediterranean cuisine with a twist T
he Greeks and Cypriots are renowned for smashing crockery at celebratory occasions. But never until all the good food is polished off. (Actually, nowadays the crockery is usually clean to start with, but back in ancient times the decadent smashing would follow meals as a display of one’s wealth). And what of Greek and Cypriot cooking itself? Unless you or your friends are of some branch of Hellenic heritage, you could be forgiven for thinking it mainly consisted of kebabs, haloumi and pitta. But it’s so much more than that. Greek cuisine has a long history. Indeed, the very first cookbook was written by Ancient Greek poet Archestratos in 320 BC, so you know these guys have always treated the subject of food most seriously.
In her modern tome, Smashing Plates, Greek/Cypriot chef Maria Elia brings some of the more traditional flavours and ingredients of Greece and Cyprus into the 21st Century while giving them a postmodern twist. The 120 recipes within are the result of a Mediterranean summer spent cooking and experimenting in a tavern owned by her father in the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus. But whilst challenging traditional recipes with her unique take on each dish, one element remains consistent: the use of the freshest produce available, always. From scrumptious vegetarian dishes such as Carrot Keftedes and Tomato and Bean Baklava, to delicious meat and seafood meals (Oregano Marinated Lamb with Feta Curd and Smashed Peas; Courgette Crumbed Squid), and
(Pictured above left) Cauliflower Soup with Broad Beans and (above right) Oregano Marinated Lamb. Photography courtesy Smashing Plates © Maria Elia, 2013 published by Kyle Cathie Limited, London.
delightful sweets (Watermelon Mahalepi and Yoghurt and Apple Cake), Elia’s inventiveness takes Greek and Cypriot cooking to greater, fresher levels. Even the simplest of recipes are packed with goodness and exploding with taste, like the delicious Cauliflower Soup with Broad Beans (pictured); dishes that look like such works of art, they’re virtually too good to eat. Sure enough, though, once you’ve polished off one of these meals, you’ll be licking your dish while nobody’s watching then asking for seconds before any of the plate-smashing kicks in. Antonino Tati
‘Smashing Plates’ is available in hardback through Simon & Schuster Australia, RRp$29.99.
4 series coupÉ
Star quality Representing the fourth generation of BMW’s premium mid-size coupé, the new BMW 4 Series embodies the sporty nature of this segment in every aspect of its design, performance and dynamics.
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he arrival of the new BMW 4 Series Coupé heralds the dawn of a new era for the Bavarian based prestige automotive manufacturer. According to Phil Horton, managing director of BMW Group Australia, the ‘4’ in the model designation signals the outstanding styling and premium positioning of the new model. “The all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé is, quite simply, a beautiful vehicle,” says Mr Horton. “It’s obvious from the first glance that this new coupé possesses the dynamic styling and elegant design worthy of a new BMW Series. “The all-new 4 Series also represents an increase in exclusivity that is reflected in its very high level of standard equipment and innovative cutting edge technology.”
The 4 Series Coupé sets itself apart from its predecessor in every aspect, sporting a clearly more dynamic and muscular design language, substantial technical differentiation and a host of innovative new features. Although displaying a distinct kinship with the BMW 3 Series, the new BMW 4 Series Coupé’s more muscular and purposeful design highlights its dynamic abilities. Exterior features have been designed to highlight the vehicle’s sporty pedigree, starting with a large, wide air-intake in the front apron which accentuates the vehicle’s increased width. The air-intake is capped at both ends by apertures for aerodynamically motivated air-curtains which are complimented by air-breathers located just behind the front wheels.
The BMW 4 Series Coupé’s gently sloping roofline displays a typically elegant silhouette. Below the windows, a prominent double swage line visually reduces over the rear wheels to accentuate flared arches, which now represent the widest part of the car. Further horizontal lines combine with L-shaped tail lights to further reinforce the coupé’s powerfully wide stance from the rear. The new 4 Series Coupé has grown proportionally in comparison to the outgoing model. The overall length has increased by 26 mm to 4,638 mm, width has increased by 43 mm to 1,825 mm and height has decreased by 16 mm to 1,362 mm – these dimensions all combining to enhance the vehicle’s sportier credentials.
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The BMW 4 Series CoupĂŠ sets itself apart from its predecessor in every aspect, sporting a clearly more dynamic and muscular design language, substantial technical differentiation and a host of innovative new features.
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IT’S IN THE DETAILS: Various interior style options for the new BMW 4 Series Coupé
A HIGHER LEVEL OF ACCURACY AND AGILITY While the BMW 4 Series Coupé’s chassis is based on the latest 3 Series sedan, some significant changes have been made to promise a higher level of accuracy and agility. The chassis has been significantly extended, with 50 mm added to the wheel base and substantial increases to the track width: 45 mm extra at the front and a full 80 mm at the rear. Refinements have also been made to the suspension of the vehicle, including finetuning of the springs and damping, axle kinematics and elastokinematics, as well as providing additional strengthening elements in the front section of the car. Powered by the latest in engine technology, the new BMW 4 Series Coupé models are all equipped with BMW TwinPower turbo engines boasting exhilarating power and torque figures, yet still returning impressive fuel economy. At the entry point to the range, the 420d Coupé is equipped with a BMW TwinPower turbo four-cylinder diesel engine producing 135kW of power and 380 Nm of torque. The 420d accelerates to 100km/h in 7.3 seconds and boasts a staggeringly low fuel consumption figure of 4.6 l/100km, with emissions of just 121 grams of CO2 per km. The 428i Coupé features the multi-award winning TwinPower turbo four-cylinder petrol engine, developing 180 kW of power and 350 Nm of torque. This output is enough to nail the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 5.8 seconds while consuming a low 6.4 l/100 km of fuel on the combined cycle. At the top of the range, the prodigious thrust of the 435i Coupé is provided by the much lauded BMW TwinPower turbo in-line six-cylinder petrol engine which pumps out 225 kW and 400 Nm of torque. Reaching 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds, the performance belies the conscientiously frugal fuel consumption and emissions figures of just 7.4 l/100km and 171 g/km of CO2 respectively. These impressive results are achieved in part due to the standard inclusion of the eight-speed Sports Automatic transmission for all BMW 4 Series Coupé models. 46
Additionally, all three models combine ultra-efficient engine and transmission combinations with a suite of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies to achieve exemplary consumption and emissions figures. Each BMW 4 Series Coupé is equipped with Auto Stop/Start, Brake Energy Regeneration, ECO PRO mode and on-demand ancillaries such as electric power steering. The standard equipment list of the entry level 420d Coupé includes, on top of the already mentioned automatic transmission and fuel saving technologies, a level of features more befitting a top-of-therange model. SETTING STANDARDS IN SAFETY, COMFORT & FEATURES The highest level of safety is ensured with the full suite of BMW Dynamic Stability Control systems, six airbags covering all seating positions, Active protection which initiates protective measures if an accident situation is imminent, and a powerful braking system with front and rear inner vented discs. Driver awareness and visibility is well served by the standard front and rear Park Distance Control (PDC) rear view camera, Bi-Xenon headlights with auto headlight control and rain sensor, as well as an anti-dazzle interior rear view mirror. The comfort of occupants is guaranteed, thanks to the two-zone automatic climate control system, heat/sun protection glazing of the windows, full electric sports seats with memory function for driver and front passenger, Dakota leather upholstery and a range of versatile storage options throughout the car including 60:40 split fold rear seats and bottle holders in the front door pockets. Accompanying the six-speaker audio system with auxiliary in and USB connection is the standard navigation system Business, extended contents for the instrument cluster and convenience telephony with extended smartphone connectivity which allows extended Bluetooth functionality such as audio streaming and pairing of multiple devices. At the middle of the range, the 428i Coupé is further enhanced with the
addition of anti-dazzle functions for interior and exterior mirrors, electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger seats, and an upgrade to the nine-speaker HiFi loudspeaker system over that of the 420d Coupé. Adaptive M suspension, which lowers ride height by 10 mm and provides adaptable damping, and the Navigation system Professional which upgrades to an 8.8” display, DVD drive and 20Gb hard drive for music storage as well as internet functionality, have also made their way onto the standard specification list to further enhance the value of this model. Both the 420d and 428i Coupés also include either the ‘Sport Line’ or ‘Luxury Line’ as standard. Both of these standard packages are designed to create a specific character for the car. The ‘Sport Line’ features specific highgloss black for the front and rear bumper trims, kidney grille, b-pillar trims and window recess covers with a black chrome trim for the exhaust tip. The interior is also characterised with chrome pearl grey surrounds on air-conditioning and radio controls, sport leather steering wheel with red contrast stitching, high-gloss black interior trim with coral red accent lines and the choice of black leather upholstery with red stitching or coral red upholstery with black stitching. The 420d Coupé will also receive 18-inch double spoke style alloy wheels with the 428i Coupé getting 19inch alloy rims in star-spoke styling. The ‘Luxury Line’ uses similar trim elements to create an entirely different character. Exclusive chrome trims now feature on the front and rear bumper, kidney grille and exhaust tip, and the Line also offers alternative upholstery colours of saddle brown with extended trim colour, Veneto beige or black. Wheel sizes stay the same for the respective models but get a different styling with 18-inch multi-spoke style for the 420d Coupé and 19-inch for the 428i Coupé. The range topping 435i Coupé comes further equipped with features that support its high-end positioning within the line-up. The combination of standard M adaptive suspension, variable sport steering and high performance fixed calliper ››
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four-pot brake system on the front substantially enhance the dynamics and agility of this model. Additional features such as the inclusion of a standard M Sport package – which comprises19-inch M double-spoke alloy wheels, M aerodynamics package, M leather steering wheel and a host of exclusive M Sports package trim features such as kidney grille with nine bars in high-gloss black and BMW individual roof-liner in anthracite - serves to further reflect the sporty pedigree and dynamic nature of this 435i Coupé. The 435i Coupé also includes features 48
The new BMW 4 Series Coupé is now available in Australian showrooms Pricing Australian MRLP* $73,200 BMW 420d Coupé. $86,500 BMW 428¡ Coupé. $108,500 BMW435¡ Coupé. such as Comfort Access and a 16-speaker 600W digitally amplified harman/kardon surround sound system, which substantially enhances the high customer value of the vehicle.
*Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) - if applicable, but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges, which are additional and vary between dealers and States/Territories. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW dealer for all pricing inquiries.
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n November 18 MINI celebrated the 107th birthday of its creator, Sir Alec Issigonis. As a homage to the man behind one of the world’s most iconic small cars, a new model MINI was revealed at the company’s plant in Oxford, England. At the time of going to press, even we were in the dark about what the brandspanking new model would look like, but we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled online as all will be revealed in early 2014. Two further exhibitions premiered in November: one at the Los Angeles Motor
Show in California, the other at the Tokyo Motor Show, Japan, where the limelight shone on the new star of the premium small car segment. With the debut of the MINI in 1959, it is no exaggeration to say that Sir Alec revolutionised the automobile industry. A transversely mounted engine, front wheel drive, wheels set in all four corners and an advanced undercarriage not only delivered unparalleled cabin space for passengers and luggage on a small footprint, but also exceptional driving agility. The concepts Sir Alec introduced in
the MINI became the foundation for many generations of small and compact cars. In their most modern form, those principals will continue to live on in the new MINI. Completely new engines and chassis technologies, MINI Connected innovations and refined premium quality will make it the new benchmark for driving enjoyment in its class. ●
The new MINI will BE on sale in the first quarter of 2014.
Happy birthday to MINIâ€™s daddy (with a new model soon to be unveiled)
Electric dreams… finally a reality In October, BMW Group Australia proudly announced the arrival of the first of their ground-breaking all-electric vehicles, the BMW ¡3. Released under the company’s new sub-brand, BMW ¡, the pre-production vehicle was air-freighted to Australia to begin a packed schedule of appearances at events designed to generate awareness of the future-oriented small car.
ccording to Managing Director of BMW Group Australia, Phil Horton, the BMW i sub-brand is the most compelling concept for electric mobility designed by an automotive manufacturer to date. “The new BMW i sub-brand stands for visionary vehicles, like the BMW i3, as well as a host of innovative mobility services designed to be efficient and environmentally friendly,” says Norton. While the consumer launch of the BMW i3 is still several months away, the company received such strong enquiry from potential customers that it decided to commence preview events early. Along with innovative vehicle concepts, the BMW i sub-brand represents inspiring design and a new understanding of premium that is strongly defined by sustainability. Dubbed “born electric", the BMW i3 is the first-ever electric vehicle to be conceived and custom built under the auspices of the new BMW i sub-brand, and utilises cutting edge, light-weight components and innovative production processes. With excellent performance characteristics and agile dynamics, the i3 presents low-emission mobility in a premium car package that clearly demonstrates BMW’s customary sporting capability. The BMW i3 is based on a new kind of vehicle architecture - the LifeDrive concept - which includes a ‘Life’ cell 54
or passenger compartment made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), and a ‘Drive’ cell or chassis and drive train formed from lightweight and aluminium materials. Its electric motor develops an output of 125 kW with power supplied by a lithium-ion battery pack mounted in a low, central position in the car’s under body. The BMW i3 weighs just 1,195 kilograms (DIN kerb weight) and offers a range of 130 to 160 kms in everyday driving. This can be increased to a maximum 300 kilometres if the two-cylinder range extender combustion engine is specified. A signature theme of the BMW i brand is sustainability, and this is portrayed in all aspects of the vehicle’s production and component sourcing. The carbon fibres for the passenger cell are manufactured at Moses Lake in the USA using hydro power alone, while the energy required for production of BMW i cars at the BMW Plant in Leipzig, Germany is generated 100 per cent by purpose-built wind turbines. On its release in Australia in 2014, the BMW i3 will showcase selected driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive and the company’s 360° ELECTRIC services – all developed specially for BMW i.
A new era in electric mobility
The world, and with it the sphere of personal mobility, is in a state of ecological, economic and social upheaval. Global developments such as climate change, dwindling resources, and increasing urbanisation all call for fresh solutions. BMW i is finding those solutions. The brand stands for visionary vehicle concepts, inspiring design and a new understanding of premium that is strongly defined by sustainability. In the BMW i3 – the first series-produced model by BMW i – zero-emission mobility in a premium car package proves to be a recipe for pure driving pleasure. The first BMW Group model running on electric power alone offers customers totally new and ground-breaking ways to experience driving pleasure, sustainability and connectivity on city roads. The visionary design of the i3 showcases both BMW’s customary sporting capability and the efficiency of a fourseater with authentic clarity. Its innovative vehicle concept, including a passenger compartment made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), combines lightness, stability and safety with extraordinary spaciousness. The significantly lower centre of gravity of the i3 – the result of the low, central placement of the battery units – and even weight distribution make an additional contribution to the car’s agile handling.
The battery gives the car a range in everyday conditions of 130 to 160 kilometres when fully charged from a conventional domestic power socket, BMW i Wallbox or public charging station. The electric motor powering the BMW i3 generates a maximum output of 125 kW and peak torque of 250 Newton metres. Its instantaneous power flows to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission. The motor sources its energy from lithium-ion storage cells integrated into the car’s underfloor section.
BMW i: a new brand, a new understanding of premium
Already a globally successful manufacturer of premium vehicles, the BMW Group is also set to play a leading and ground-breaking role in shaping the face of personal mobility in the future. Research and development work carried out since 2007 as part of project i has laid the foundations for sustainable mobility solutions influenced by environmental, economic and social change around the world. The BMW Group is pursuing an integrated approach, as embodied by the new BMW i brand, in its drive to achieve the necessary balance between individual needs and the global mobility requirements of the future. The BMW i3 is the world’s first premium car designed from the ground up to be
powered by an electric drive system. The result is hallmark BMW driving pleasure, delivered with zero emissions and an engaging intensity unmatched by any other electrically powered vehicle. Like the i3’s unique vehicle architecture – based around the LifeDrive structure, with its CFRP passenger cell and aluminium module encompassing the powertrain, battery and chassis – the power electronics, electric motor, and high-voltage lithium-ion battery (although the cells are externally sourced) have been developed independently by the BMW Group under its BMW eDrive programme. This ensures that BMW’s time-honoured Sheer Driving Pleasure is also a central feature of the BMW i3. The use of lightweight, durable and crash-safe CFRP on this scale is unique in volume car production. And thanks to its weight-reducing properties, the BMW i3 is no heavier than a comparable vehicle with a conventional drive system and full fuel tank. Its DIN kerb weight stands at 1,195 kilograms – including a highvoltage battery that allows the driver to enjoy both sporting performance attributes and an operating range sufficient for everyday use.
Agility, innovation, sustainability
The LifeDrive architecture and BMW eDrive drive technology allow an
exceptional degree of freedom in terms of design. The appearance of the BMW i3 is as memorable as the feeling of space and driving experience on board. A body measuring 3,999 millimetres in length, 1,775 mm wide and 1,578 mm in height, gives the BMW i3 distinctive proportions whose dynamism and compact characteristics underline the car’s agility in urban use. The short overhangs of the BMW i3 are also a clear pointer to its nimble driving characteristics. Large glass surfaces imbue the i3 with a compelling lightness and, together with its visible carbon structures, provide a window into the car’s low-weight design. The use of the light yet extremely rigid material CFRP in the construction of the passenger compartment allows it to dispense with B-pillars, making access to the two rows of seats extremely easy. One of the signature features of BMW i models is their ‘black belt’, which extends from the bonnet over the roof and into the rear of the car. Another product of the stand-alone BMW i design language is the ‘stream flow’ sweep of the side contours, which allows larger side window surfaces at the rear and thereby magnifies the generous feeling of space inside the car. The front-end design of the BMW i3 is defined by a powerfully contoured apron, by the distinctive interpretation of the BMW kidney grille as an enclosed 55
A signature theme of the BMW ¡ brand is sustainability, and this is portrayed in all aspects of the vehicle’s production and component sourcing. element, and by headlights bordered with U-shaped LED light units. The U-shaped LED rear lights are integrated as “floating” elements into the large, fully glazed tailgate. Opposing ‘coach’ doors, coupled with the absence of B-pillars and the centre tunnel normally found in conventional vehicles, form the basis for the unusually high degree of spaciousness and freedom of movement inside the BMW i3 (given its compact exterior dimensions). The lines and surface sculpting of the cockpit and door trim accentuate the impression of lightness and contemporary functionality. The mixture of naturally treated leather, wood, wool and other renewable and recycled raw materials ensures that the premium character of the BMW i3 – complemented by the extra allure of impressive sustainability – is something you can both see and feel. The BMW i3 is fitted with lightweight seats featuring extremely slim backrests. A slightly raised seating position optimises the driver’s view over city traffic. The gear selector and start/stop switch share a control element projecting from the steering column. Both the instrument cluster and the iDrive operating system’s Control Display come in freestanding display form. The BMW i3 can be ordered with exterior paintwork in a choice of nonmetallic and metallic colours, all of which present an eye-catching contrast to the black belt. LifeDrive architecture and BMW eDrive: a commitment to electric driving pleasure. The familiar sense of driving pleasure embodied by the BMW i3 is the result of a rigorously implemented overall concept, part of which has involved creating the optimum balance of weight, performance and range for urban mobility. The key elements here are the LifeDrive architecture and BMW eDrive technology. The use of lightweight CFRP for the passenger cell cancels out the extra weight contributed by the lithium-ion battery, while the low, central positioning of the battery pack enhances the car’s agility 56
thanks to perfectly balanced 50:50 weight distribution. Additionally, the electric motor mounted in close proximity to the driven rear axle offers unique performance characteristics for this type of drive system as well as providing unbeatable traction. The standard 19-inch forged lightalloy wheels of the BMW i3 are ultralightweight yet also boast outstanding torsional stiffness. The wheels are fitted with low rolling resistance tyres in 155/70 R19 format, their bespoke, relatively narrow dimensions providing an ideal combination of lower drag and a contact area designed for dynamic cornering. The driving characteristics of the BMW i3 are dominated by its manoeuvrability – a direct response to the demands of city driving. The instantaneous power delivery of the electric motor, allied to the car’s stiff suspension set-up, precise steering and impressively small turning circle (9.86 metres), produces a typically BMW take on electric mobility. The electric motor generates output of 125 kW and peak torque of 250 Newton metres, which is on tap from the word go. The motor weighs just 50 kilograms and boasts power density and responsiveness unprecedented in the world of electric mobility. The specific construction of the hybrid synchronous electric motor, developed exclusively for the BMW i3, maintains a linear flow of power into the higher reaches of the rev range. The BMW i3 sprints from 0 to 60 km/h in a mere 3.7 seconds and 0 to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds. The single-pedal control concept in the BMW i3 – configured by the BMW Group’s drive system development engineers – also contributes to the engaging driving experience. Recuperation mode is activated the moment the driver takes his foot off the accelerator. The electric motor switches from drive to generator mode, feeding power into the lithium-ion battery. At the same time, it generates a precisely controllable braking effect. This recuperation is speedsensitive, which means the car “coasts” with maximum efficiency at high speeds and generates a strong braking effect at low speeds.
The lithium-ion battery enables the BMW i3 to achieve a range of 130 to 160 kilometres in everyday driving. This rises by around 20 kilometres in ECO PRO mode and by the same distance again in ECO PRO+ mode. If desired, the BMW i3 is also available with a range-extender engine, which maintains the charge of the lithium-ion battery at a constant level while on the move as soon as it dips below a specified value. This role is performed by a 650 cc two-cylinder petrol engine developing 25 kW and mounted immediately adjacent to the electric motor above the rear axle. The range extender increases the car’s maximum range in day-to-day driving to around 300 kilometres.
safety: protection in all situations
The horizontally split LifeDrive architecture, consisting of two separate, independent modules, is similar in principle to a body-on-frame design. While the aluminium Drive module – the chassis – provides the vehicle’s sturdy foundation, and incorporates the battery, the drive system and the basic structural and crash functions, the Life module consists mainly of a high-strength, ultra-lightweight CFRP passenger cell. The high-strength passenger cell, in conjunction with intelligent distribution and absorption of impact forces, provides optimal standards of occupant protection. Even in a 64 km/h offset frontal impact, the extremely rigid material of the passenger cell ensures that the occupant survival space is not compromised, while aluminium crash structures in the front and rear of the Drive module provide additional protection. As a result, deformation of the body in an impact is actually less than for a comparable sheet-steel body. In a pole impact and side impact, the CFRP body demonstrates exceptional energy-absorbing capabilities. Despite the high impact forces and the fact that they are concentrated in relatively small areas, the material suffers only minor deformation. These outstanding qualities provide optimal protection not only for passengers
INTEGRATED APPROACH 360° ELECTRIC provides an all-encompassing energy supply and mobility solution. The aim in determining the range of the BMW i3 was to ensure that customers could cover their typical energy needs by charging the car two or three times per week. The studies carried out as part of project i – involving more than 1,000 participants and conducted over some 20 million kilometres – revealed that the average daily distance covered was around 45 kilometres. Customers can charge their cars using either the wallbox supplied by BMW i or a conventional domestic power socket. BMW Group Australia is finalising the availability of 360° ELECTRIC features on the BMW i3. More information will be available closer to launch.
but also for the high-voltage battery. In the side impact test, pole penetration does not extend as far as the battery. The world’s first fully networked electrically powered car, courtesy of BMW ConnectedDrive. The BMW i3 is the world’s first fully networked electrically powered car. No other model boasts such far-reaching exchange of information between the vehicle, its driver and the outside world. A SIM card fitted as standard in the BMW i3 is the key that unlocks the BMW ConnectedDrive services – in their recalibrated 2013 guise – available to the new electric model.
Sustainability throughout the value chain
The revolutionary character of the BMW i3 is based on an overall concept which has been systematically designed from the ground up to provide sustainable mobility, and incorporates an unusually large number of technical features geared towards maximum efficiency. The new concept in premium mobility embodied by BMW i – “next premium” – is however, not just focused on the vehicle itself. When it comes to the choice of 58
materials, the production process, the supply chain and recycling, the BMW i3 likewise sets unrivalled standards for sustainability in the automotive industry. The BMW Group production network also builds the BMW i3’s electric motor and battery. At its Dingolfing and Landshut plants in Lower Bavaria, the BMW Group has created a ‘competence network’ for electric mobility. The BMW plant in Dingolfing produces the battery, the transmission and the aluminium Drive module structure, while the BMW Landshut plant produces CFRP components for the Life module, plastic exterior parts, castings and the cockpit of the BMW i3. The lightweight design strategy specially developed for BMW i models makes extensive use of the lightweight, corrosion-proof and crash-resistant hightech material CFRP. CFRP components are around 50 per cent lighter than corresponding steel components with comparable properties. In this field, the BMW Group is breaking new ground – both in the use of this innovative material and in its manufacture and processing. The production of the BMW i3 sets new standards in environmental
protection and consumes around 50 per cent less energy and around 70 per cent less water in comparison with the current average figures for production in the BMW Group, which are already extremely efficient. All the electricity used to produce the BMW i models at the Leipzig plant is wind-generated and therefore 100 per cent renewable. This is the first time an automobile manufacturing plant in Germany has installed wind turbines on site to directly power production. Likewise, all the energy used in carbon fibre production in Moses Lake is entirely derived from renewable, locally generated hydroelectric power and is therefore completely carbon-free. BMW i is thus achieving the goal it envisaged at the outset: compared to the World Green Car of the Year 2008 – the BMW 118d – the BMW i3’s carbon footprint is around a third smaller. And if the customer runs the BMW i3 on power generated from renewable sources, its performance is 50 per cent better again. ●
Specifications and pricing for the BMW ¡3 will be released closer to the vehicle’s customer launch date.
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Dynamic riding with zero emissions
he arrival of the new C evolution marks the start of a new chapter in the urban mobility segment for BMW Motorrad. The two conventionally powered maxi scooter models – the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT – already succeed in combining the superb ride qualities of a motorcycle with the specific agility of a scooter and the design’s inherent comfort. The new electrically powered C evolution now goes even further by fusing riding fun and dynamism with the benefits of zero-emission performance to create a whole new experience on two wheels. In keeping with the BMW Group’s sustainability strategy, BMW Motorrad is taking a fully committed approach to electric mobility. As with BMW i, development of the C evolution revolved around creating a visionary vehicle concept offering maximum everyday practicality and an inspirational design. AN ELECTRIC RIDE AT HIGH RANGE The C evolution is powered by a drive -train swing arm with liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous motor via a toothed belt and ring gearing. The rated power output is 11 kW, with a peak output of 35 kW. This enables the C evolution to achieve a top speed of 120 km/h (electronically limited) and gives it better acceleration than some maxi scooters powered by engines with displacements of 600 cc or more. The generous 8 kWh capacity of the air-cooled lithium-ion high-voltage battery allows the twowheeler to cover a range of up to 100 kilometres before it needs to be charged from any domestic mains supply. When plugged in to a standard 220V domestic socket with a 12A charge current, recharging fully from empty takes around four hours (with 220V / 16A = 3 h). FOUR RIDE MODES BMW Motorrad has opted for a form of energy regeneration for the C evolution that has never before been seen on singletrack vehicles. Recuperation takes place automatically both when coasting with the throttle closed and when braking. Riders of the C evolution can set their preferred mix of dynamic performance
and efficiency by selecting from the four ride modes. In Road mode, for instance, they have at their disposal maximum acceleration, approximately 50 per cent energy regeneration when coasting and full regeneration when braking. In Eco Pro mode, meanwhile, acceleration and therefore energy consumption are restricted, while the maximum possible amount of energy is recuperated. Sail mode suppresses recuperation while coasting, allowing the C evolution to glide along virtually free of any braking effect when the throttle is released. And for an added touch of dynamism, Dynamic mode combines full accelerating power with a high degree of recuperation. SUPREME SAFETY As part of the BMW Group, BMW Motorrad was able to harness synergies with BMW Automobile during development of the C evolution. Besides adopting the same energy storage modules and electronic componentry used in the BMW i3, this was particularly beneficial for electrical safety, which is to passenger car standard. The C evolution is the first electrically powered two-wheeler to meet the ISO 26262 standard for functional safety and the ECE R100 standard governing highvoltage safety, both of which have been ratified by the leading carmakers. As far as the chassis is concerned, the C evolution no longer has a main frame in the conventional sense. The central component here is the battery casing made from diecast aluminium, which has a steering head support made from steel tubing attached to it at the front and, at the rear, the single-sided swing arm as well as a rear frame, also made from steel tubing. The task of wheel suspension and damping is performed by an upside-down telehydraulic fork at the front and a spring strut mounted on the left at the rear. As on all vehicles from BMW Motorrad, the C evolution comes equipped with safetyboosting ABS together with powerful disc brakes as standard. SUPERIOR TRACTION CONTROL The new C evolution is available with Torque Control Assist (TCA), which works in a similar way to the Automatic
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• Innovative electric drive system via drivetrain swing arm with liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous motor, toothed belt and ring gearing. • Rated power output 11 kW (homologated according to ECE R85) and 35 kW peak output. • Maximum torque 72 Nm (53 lb-ft). • Top speed 120 km/h (75 mph). • Acceleration 0 – 50 km/h (31 mph) in 2.7 s. • Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 s. • High range of 100 kilometres (62 miles) in practical operation. • Four ride modes available to choose from: Road, Eco Pro, Sail and Dynamic. • Reversing aid for supremely easy manoeuvring. • Torque Control Assist (TCA).
Stability Control feature on BMW motorcycles with combustion engines. TCA limits the motor’s torque depending on the slip at the rear wheel. To ensure optimum controllability of the drive torque for the rider, the electric motor’s control electronics monitor the rear wheel speed and reduce the drive torque if a certain plausibility threshold is exceeded. TCA is a particularly useful aid for the rider when starting off and prevents uncontrolled spinning of the rear wheel on road surfaces with reduced grip (eg: wet, smoothed tarmac). The Torque Control Assist additionally serves to stop the rear wheel from skidding when a sharp rate of recuperation produces a correspondingly high level of drag torque, especially on slippery road surfaces. OTHER FEATURES A host of other features further underline the innovative character of the C evolution. It is equipped with a reversing aid, for instance, that enables easy manoeuvring at walking pace. There is also a first in the form of an LED daytime running light, which additionally dims to double as the sidelight. And for added comfort on cold days, there are heated handlebar grips. A large TFT colour display in the instrument cluster offers a wealth of information. Apart from the current speed, the rider is also kept informed of data such as the average consumption in kWh/100 km, total power consumption, battery charge status in kWh, average speed, voltage of the on-board electrical system and the high-voltage system, as well as the remaining range in kilometres taking into account the selected ride mode. A bar graph furthermore indicates the current level of energy draw or regeneration. Last but not least, the C evolution also charts new territory in terms of styling and colour scheme. Design-wise, the C evolution fits harmoniously into the BMW Motorrad family, while the colour combination of Light White non-metallic and Electric Green symbolises its ability to blend maximum eco-friendliness with superb dynamic performance. ●
• High-voltage battery with high capacity of 8 kWh and innovative air cooling. • Intelligent recuperation when coasting and when braking. • Recharged from the domestic mains supply. • Takes just 4 hours to charge to 100 % capacity at 220V / 12A (220V / 16A = 3 h). • Synergies with BMW Automobile harnessed during development. • Electrical safety to passenger car standards. • Hybrid chassis with agile handling due to low centre of gravity. • Powerful braking system with ABS. • Large TFT colour display. • LED daytime running light and sidelight. • Inspirational colour scheme and design.
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t was in 2009 that designer Mauricio Alpizar first had his garments picked up and praised by avid fashion buyers and fashion media alike. Back then the moniker Gossip could be spotted on the swing-tags, and sure enough, word spread like wildfire throughout the pockets of Sydney’s ‘hipper’ suburbs: Surry Hills, Potts Point, Paddington and Darlinghurst. But even in these fashion-forward hubs, some of the more couture-esque elements of Gossip proved too decadent for inner-city socialising, perhaps even too difficult to dry-clean (the designer was famous for his frills). Hence Alpizar realised the call for a few changes. First came a move back to Perth, the city he initially christened a second home away from his birthplace Costa Rica back in 1994. Five years later, he moved to Sydney to spend several years in Sin City careering from one workplace to the next (often in the same week; read dancer-slash-choreographer-slash-privatechef-slash-personal-trainer) only to fixate on fashion fulltime at the tail-end of last decade. With the return move to Perth, and the decision to be in fashion for good, Alpizar focused on those two 'F's that are imperative to the craft: form and function. Gone were the intricately-frilled gowns and traditionally-tailored boleros, and in their place a more pared-back collection of practical pieces, their shapes lifted from glamorous icons of the 1940s, like Ava Gardner and Rita Hayworth. The overhaul in aesthetic lead to a change in label name, with the debut release of Mauricio Alpizar arriving in time for Australian Winter 2012. The designer’s “marriage of variety and pragmatism” – as one publication referred to it – made perfect sense for his next step: international exposure.
Perth-based fashion designer Mauricio Alpizar delivers a summer collection that draws influences from the golden days of European cinema and vintage Hollywood, while still appearing very here and now. Story by Antonino Tati Photography by Shift Creative Additional photography by Monique Ceccato (at Little Miss Mon Bon)
fashion As any Aussie creative will tell you, it’s better to make it overseas and bring the success back home, then to grow slowly here only to suddenly be hit with the inevitable Tall Poppy Syndrome. Invitations to appear on three overseas runways kept the boy busy throughout most of 2012 – with the Mauricio Alpizar collection debuting at New York Fashion Week in September for the northern Spring of 2013. A highlight on the international fashion calendar, this event was bookended by appearances at both Costa Rica Fashion Week and Fiji Fashion Week, the former being his birth home and naturally seeing him treated like the prodigal son done very good indeed. Now the collections began to take on a more multicultural influence. Summer 2013 saw a host of semi-sheer dresses cut in the softest of fabrics (batiste, chiffon, organic cottons) and printed in the most vivid of colours and patterns, their silhouettes again lifted from glamorous icons of decades past and the globe over. Since March this year, Mauricio has kept busy working on Summer 2014 which, according to the designer, takes its cues from classic European film and vintage Hollywood glamour. Says Alpizar, “I looked to icons of glamour in its original, truest form. Stars like Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Maria Félix, all the way through to Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. Together, the inspiration and unique styles of these women – from the Mediterranean and beyond – has seen the collection evolve into a very multicultural one.” In conjunction with Perth fashion outlet Angel Hearts, Alpizar hosted a charity event in October – dubbed A Summer Affair, held at Chrissie Parrott Dance Studios in Maylands. Here, guests were not only treated to a preview of Summer 2014 but to a series of extraordinary performances by some of Perth’s most renowned dance talent. Once you get to know the designer, the dance connection becomes obvious: Mauricio used to dance professionally himself, until a neck injury two years ago put a pause on the salsa, tango and merengue. But back to the here and now. At the Chrissie Parrott-linked event, one Amazonian performer took on the persona of Fergie’s Eurocentric character ‘Sabrina’ from the film Nine, to deliver a fabulous rendition of the song Be Italian, which tied in rather nicely with the collection’s subtitle: ‘La Bella Roma’. The event included an element of couture, where one-off pieces were sent down the runway in silent auction, each inspired by a classic Hollywood diva. The auction raised money in support of the Bali Street Kids Organisation, an orphanage and school in Denpasar close to Mauricio’s heart. Since much of the designer’s manufacturing is done in Indonesia, he naturally feels it’s important “to give back to the community there”. 64
So what makes up the new collection? Well there’s kaleidoscopically printed poplin for the more adventurous at heart; pantsuits in Rorschach prints for the girl who doesn’t mind a little psychoanalysis on her new outfit; and baby-doll dresses in glorious coral hues, keeping things elegant and simple. For a more classic touch, there are marble-print satins and rayons in pinks, blues and pared-back greys, and even silk laces and linens in obligatory black. One thing is for certain: there’s a look in the new collection to suit just about every girl with a penchant for the bold and the feminine...
makes something so simple appear elegant and sophisticated. Also, the mix of colour with black lace in this collection takes me to the streets of Rome.
Tell us about the inspiration behind your Summer 2014 collection; it looks very European influenced. I became infatuated with European/ Latino cinema – especially from the 1950s; the way those women presented themselves was so classic and feminine. My main muse was Sophia Loren – she represents everything I love in a woman: strength; femininity; directness. And I’ve always loved her image – the way she
Who are some classic and contemporary designers that you most admire? Coco Chanel – to me she was probably the most influential designer of all time. She was able to change a whole decade of fashion, from dresses to pants that made a woman feel, well... more powerful. She was a great feminist with an amazing influence on politics. And then Mr Alexander McQueen. He always thought ‘big’ and out of the comfort zone, especially when
You mentioned qualities like ‘strength’ and ‘directness’ there. How would you describe the Mauricio Alpizar woman? I like to dress a woman who knows her figure, who is not afraid to be the centre of attention wherever she goes. She is intelligent, sophisticated and passionate. She is anyone from an elegant house wife to a modern business leader. And she’s a woman who knows what she wants and who’ll go right out and get it.
fashion What is your connection with online fashion boutique Angel Hearts? I was lucky to meet Rita Bryson of Angel Hearts, who has taken me under her wing to create the concept of a private showroom along with an online boutique. She’s been in the industry for many years and has lots of passion for it. You’ve previously shown at New York Fashion Week, as well as Costa Rica Fashion Week and Fiji Fashion Week. How different are the scenes in these places compared to the scene in Perth? Ah, very different! Costa Rica is my home country so my reception there was very welcoming and the event quite easygoing. Fiji was fun; they’re warm and friendly and they get so excited about fashion. The director put in such effort to let the world know just how much talent their small country has to offer. And New York, woah! I was over the moon to see how many people were supportive of my label there. Will you be branching out more into accessories in the near future? I’ve designed some handbags and am looking forward to doing a collaboration with Natasha Zamora at Zamora Shoes. Creating the perfect shoe for my next collection would be great; I love a good pair of heels! My assistant Jacqueline designed all the earrings that were worn during A Summer Affair; her small collection will be available online through Angel Hearts. Why do you think fashion designers themselves often wear black? Is it because they don’t want to appear biased, or are they just sick of seeing prints and colour all the time? Maybe they like to look skinny… I don’t know. To me orange is the new black! putting on fashion shows. As a past dancer and choreographer, I love being creative in my shows, so when you see how he showcased his amazing and unique work, it inspires you. Also he took graphic prints to a whole new level. Would you agree that Australian designers are influencing overseas trends more and more today? Of course. It’s all about being in the moment, and Australia is one of those places that people are intrigued about right now. There are a lot of fresh and interesting designs coming from Australia, and it makes me happy to see our talent here – not only in fashion, but in the arts – influencing overseas talent. You recently launched your Summer collection with a huge event at the Chrissie Parrott Dance Studios in Perth. Do you see dance as an art-from that connects well with your label? Oh my god, yes! I think all kinds of art-
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(top:) Riding along on a pushbike honey... (above left:) Dancers getting into the European theme at the launch of Mauricio Alpizar Summer 2014. (above:) The designer flanked by models during the Summer ‘14 runway close.
Great title for a TV show. Hey, if you weren’t creating fashion right now, what would you be doing? A cooking/talk show.
forms can be influences, but dance is so close to my heart. I love how dance and dancers can make your fabric and designs come alive. As I mentioned before, I was a dancer myself, and fashion and dance are a great combination.
The Bali Street Kids Organisation is a charity that’s close to your heart. How will you be assisting the organisation? We’re aiming to attain the funds necessary to rebuild infrastructure damaged at the orphanage during the last flood season. Additional money raised will help with essential medical treatment for the 40 children currently living under The Bali Street Kids Project. ●
Why did you stop dancing? Unfortunately I had a bad neck injury, and professsional dance is off the books for the moment. But I can still mix both fashion and dance in different, creative ways. Actually, Chrissie Parrott asked me if I would like to work in a production with her and I am glad to have created something amazing with such a talented choreographer.
For more information or to donate to the Bali Street Kids Organisation, visit www.ykpa.org. To view Mauricio Alpizar’s collections, visit www.mauricioalpizar.com.au or phone 0431 085 848. Alternatively, visit www.angelhearts.com.au or contact the Angel Hearts showroom on (08) 9271 0946. 65
f there’s one word that tops Atrium Homes’ list of design and building principles, its individuality. Atrium Homes themselves stand out as unique, of course, in an industry not averse to cookie-cutting and copycatting, but it is the individuality of each client that is even more important to these home builders. “We’re not about project home building,” tells Rod Dawes, Sales Manager for Atrium Homes. “Picking from a standard plan is not what we do. We’re more into specialty; with personal service and upmarket finishes. We build up to 60 homes a year, not 600 a year, so we deliver on that personal service.” Everyone knows that a home – whether it is a first, second or third property – will likely be an individual’s or couple’s most valuable asset, in fact very likely to be the most valuable so long as you’re not in the market for a super-yacht or a private jet. Getting that home built just right, then, is imperative, and being careful when tailoring your home to suit you and your family’s needs and wants is paramount. “It doesn’t pay to assume that a client wants this or that,” says Rod. “We’re not imposing ideas onto people; people come to us with their ideas and we interpret these ideas into a house that works for them. The homes we build are individually designed to suit the client.” Indeed, classical/traditional or modern/progressive, Atrium have been making beautiful homes for enough years to wholly
understand and appreciate all tastes and styles: 23 years of experience under the Atrium brand, and just as many under the Marcolina family – who are still hands-on in the business three generations on. FROM SPECIFICATION TO MODIFICATION… Many of Atrium Homes’ clients return to the company to commission it to create a second or third home – such is the high number of testimonials. But Atrium understands some individuals and families might be building a home for the first time and so offer a certain guidance that educates rather than intimidates. The process is really quite simple: Atrium works with you to gauge specifications such as land size and earth level, and looking at all aspects of zoning. These elements naturally affect what you may or may not be able to design. Following a site visit, Atrium then devises together with the client a list of ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’, developing a concept plan that will be converted to a preliminary design sketch, evolving into an initial concept drawing complete with pricing and specification. Usually the process involves a first draft and a number of modifications, until the client is satisfied. “People come to us because they expect a certain quality,” tells Rod. “We don’t take shortcuts, and we build a client’s home like we’re building it for one of us. ››
MORE OPTIONS IN DESIGN Atrium Homes’ award-winning PreDesigned Series offers a beautiful selection of family homes in both single and two-storey designs. Any of these can be built with your choice of external appearance: Federation, Tuscany, Provincial or Contemporary. In addition, floor plan layouts can be varied to suit individual needs. The Atrium Design Studio creates homes of distinction and character to even greater levels, delivering luxury residences that represent an excellent investment in quality living. Utilising award-winning designers, Atrium Homes are able to personally cater for variations on existing designs or to meet individual requirements. All the building components, hardware and accessories are obtained from reputable and respected suppliers and manufacturers in order to maintain an exceptional standard from start to finish. SPECIAL TOUCHES Atrium pride themselves on attention to detail, right up to a home’s finishing touches. Where some home builders may become somewhat lax once the bricks and mortar have dried, Atrium continue to strive for the best in results, right up to the perfect finish. You simply need to visit one of Atrium’s display homes to appreciate the standard of finish provided. To view the range of Atrium Homes and to find the locations of displays, visit their website www.atrium-homes.com.au. Again, it all goes back to a principle laid in stone 45 years ago when Wilhem Marcolina Senior began designing and building, dedicating his efforts, time and resources to achieving excellence. Today Atrium continues to provide clients with a quality product through three key elements: construction techniques, attention to detail and pride in workmanship. ● For more information contact Atrium Homes Head Office: Suite 1, 88 Catalano Circuit, Canning Vale WA 6155 Phone: (08) 9455 7888 Facsimile: (08) 9455 7588 Web: www.atrium-homes.com.au 69
THAT EXTRA MILE
Lap of luxury Private jet travel offers plenty of benefits for the practised globe-trotter, not least of all personalised treatment. Classique chats with Quynh Nguyen of Captain’s Choice about the perks and privileges that finally lend genuine meaning to the term ‘jet setter’.
THAT EXTRA MILE wellbeing, especially in a country they have yet to visit. And tell us about the ‘Wonders of China’ package. Are there some secret spots to be uncovered? We’re glad the Terracotta Warriors in Xian are no longer a secret and were discovered in 1974 or else we wouldn’t be able to view them on the VIP platform! It’s definitely a highlight and on every traveller’s bucket list. On our cruise along the Yangtze River, we give guests the option to visit remote communities and mingle with the locals. And in Shanghai, shopaholics can embark on a personalised shopping tour to seek bargains.
How much of a vacation can Captain’s Choice plan for a client, so as the client might avoid the hassles of holiday planning? Obviously it’s more than just booking clients a jet? At Captain’s Choice we offer all inclusive tours, which means with one simple call, we can book a guest’s holiday. This includes their airfare, accommodation, sightseeing, meals and drinks, tipping, taxes, transfers, and travel insurance. We also offer pre and post tours. And should a guest wish to depart earlier, or return later, we are more than happy to book their travel needs. If a client needs to catch a connecting flight once they’ve landed via private jet at their first destination, do they receive any benefits - like you might if you were booking under First or Business Class? Our private jet tours includes connecting commercial flights to meet the private jet whether it’s in China or India. Guests who choose to fly First and Business Class will receive the benefits from these commercial airlines. Once they are on tour with our private jet, it’ll be VIP treatment all the way. Do clients still need to go through the usual flight procedures, like filling in customs papers? Where customs forms are required to be filled in, the usual procedures apply, but where we can, we expedite customs and immigration procedures by avoiding long queues. On one of our previous private jet tours, there was a customs officer onboard processing everyone’s forms so by the time the jet landed, guests could disembark and have more time to enjoy their holiday.
How does Captain’s Choice help clients with the four ‘T’s that you mentioned: taxes, transfers, travel insurance, and tipping? The four ‘T’s are all included in the tour price, even travel insurance, provided the insurer’s terms and conditions are met. Tell us a little about some of the great packages on offer, perhaps starting with ‘The Silk Road & Beyond’. We have been operating The Silk Road by private train for a number of years and it has become a perennial favourite amongst our guests. There was demand for a similar tour by private jet so we have privately chartered an Airbus A319 CJ aircraft for 44 guests. There’s no better way to follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Marco Polo to explore one of the oldest and most important trade routes in history. Then there is the ‘Exotic India & The Mountain Kingdoms’ package. What benefits would Captain’s Choice clients have over general visitors to India and the Himalayas? Travellers that have not been to this part of the world may be concerned about the reliability of internal flights but with our private jet, we can fly directly from one city to the next with ease. For an itinerary like this, it’ll be challenging for the independent traveller to get to know these countries in depth as they’re likely to get to know airports in depth more. On all Captains’ Choice tours, a doctor accompanies the tour and is also there to assist our Tour Escort Team. Having a doctor available 24 hours is reassuring for our guests who may have concerns about their
Does Captain’s Choice offer interstate jet travel? For a tour closer to home, Captain’s Choice also operates in our very own backyard. In 2014 and 2015, guests will board a 30-seater plane and explore the Southern Islands of Australia including Flinders Island, King Island and Kangaroo Island. Guests will also visit Hobart, Strahan and Mildura and a major highlight will be our exclusive use of Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island - a luxurious experience and gastronomic delight too! What about pricing; what is the cost of a typical Captain’s Choice Private Jet Travel package? The tours start from $36,915 per person twin share, which includes economy class connecting flights and private jet travel. First and Business Class connection flights are also available. For solo guests, we have a reasonable single supplement. Solo travellers actually make up 40% of total guests on each Captain’s Choice tour; it’s a fantastic way to meet fellow likeminded travellers and become friends along the way. Also, our Tour Escort Team is on hand to ensure our solo guests are never alone. Finally, what would you say are the three main benefits of private jet travel? Firstly, direct flights – we benefit from being able to plan the route and provide direct flights during the day. It eliminates having to rely on internal flights so as to give travellers more time on the ground exploring. Secondly, expedited customs and immigration procedures – no one likes to line up to go through immigration, so where we can, we avoid the queues. And of course, ease of travel – guests are welcomed back onboard by the same crew together with our Tour Escort Team, while internal flights are eliminated, and there’s extra luggage allowance. Suffice to say, the level of personalised service is paramount, and it is one of the most luxurious ways to travel! ●
For more information and inspiration, visit www.captainschoice.com.au or freecall 1800 650 738.
The Drive of My Life What car do you drive? BMW 6 Series.
What was your first car and did you love IT or LOATHe it? It was a Ford Zephyr Ute and I was very proud of it – being a country boy!
What’s your biggest driving bug bear? It annoys me that people would rather cut off their arm than let you change lanes. A little more manners on the road would be good.
Have you ever gone on a road trip, AND if so where to and with whoM? I went on a big road trip across the top of Australia with my horse trainer and good friend Allan MacPherson – and it was one of the best experiences I’ve had in the Aussie outback.
What’s on your long-distance driving playlist? There’s no denying it, businessman Rick Hart is one clever all-rounder. Commencing retail trading of electrical appliances in 1975, within four short years he was already seeing the Rick Hart brand becoming a household name – quite literally, considering his wares were filling up Perth homes like nobody’s business. In 2005, he sold the Rick Hart Group to Clive Peeters Limited prior to the latter’s public listing on the Australian Stock Exchange, and only to see the company subsequently acquired by Harvey Norman in 2010. Enjoying taking off his business hat on occasion, in 2002, Hart was appointed president of the Fremantle Football Club, a position he held until the end of the 2009 AFL season. Still a big footy follower, and a fan of beautiful automobiles, we put the usual ‘Drive Of My Life’ questions to the man…
Country music and my favourite Irish folk singer Daniel O’Donnell, much to the chagrin of my passengers I must say! [Actually, O’Donnell was the first artist to have a different album in the UK charts every year for 25 consecutive years – so he must be alright].
What plans do you have for early 2014? I want to settle back into a consolidation phase of business, and I’d like to keep looking out for a nice racehorse.
Could you sum up the kind of driver you are in three words? Fast and furious. Well, not really…
sheer living pleasure.
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