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Burlington Arcade In the 200th year of the world-famous luxury shopping arcade in Mayfair, Burlington Arcade has announced the arrival of new brands to its hallowed hall this Christmas – Annoushka, Baudoin & Lange, Christian Louboutin, Harrods and MOU London. Cementing its position as the world’s oldest and most luxurious shopping destination, Burlington Arcade introduces the new boutiques to bring a mix of sought-after footwear, jewellery and accessory brands, to the centre of Mayfair. The new boutiques will bring a personal shopping experience in a luxurious setting and will offer unique designs, created especially for the arcade for its 200th year. Harrods will truly bring the Christmas magic of the Knightsbridge store to No. 6 Burlington Arcade this year, with the Kingdom of

Christmas, a Harrods pop-up retailing the store’s iconic Christmas Hampers, Christmas food offer and a range of Harrods decorations and gifts, as well as the Harrods 2019 Christmas bear. The pop-up will remain open for the entirety of the key Christmas shopping period. To celebrate the launch of the pop-up, Harrods has created an exclusive Christmas decoration to mark the occasion, as well as a carefully curated Christmas Hamper comprising products from across Harrods famous food halls, also exclusive to the pop-up. The opening of the first Harrods Christmas shop in Burlington Arcade is the perfect prelude to the launch of the Burlington 200th Christmas celebrations. The launch will be marked by the switching on of the exquisite Christmas lights with a month of events and instore activity.

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INTRODUCING OUR NEW COLLECTION OF LUXURY CURTAINS AND ROMAN BLINDS Working with Harlequin, renowned for their bold use of colour, pattern and design, we have curated a stunning collection of curtains and romans, available with our bespoke service. Book your in-home design consultation: 0800 688 8118 or visit thomas-sanderson.co.uk


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CONTENTS 10 Sustainable Dining Borough Market brings a new healthy dose of sustainable dining. 14 Festive Treats A selection of advent calendars and hampers to treat loved ones...or yourself. 16 Military Moments Some of the best watch brands take inspiration from historic military pieces and bring them into the now. 20 Space Travel Okay, not literally, but Urwerk have created a timepiece that will make you feel like you are capable of it. 24 Beauty Buys It is essential to take care of the most fundamental part of beauty, your skin, and these products should help.

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34 Travel - Dubrovnik This year-round destination shows off its location and sights in fantastic fashion.


46 Review - Harry’s Everyone knows, there’s better way to warm up than with a nice plate of truffle and cheese pasta. 49 Toyota - GR Supra Has the king of the streets returned? There’s only one way to find out. 56 Aston Martin - Vantage The British marque breaks through the mundane with a show stopper. 64 One Million Pound Club Property may be suffering, but the £1mil+ club appears to be holding firm.

40 Perfect For Your Palate Tis the season. The summer terraces are no more, only to be replaced with warming winter versions! 43 Review - Norma Take a pinch of North Africa, a sprinkle of Italy and what do you get? Flavour.

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Illuminating Eccleston Yards Eccleston Yards will illuminate its courtyard with a multisensory light installation, titled ‘Wave’. The installation will debut at the London destination from 28 November 2019 - 11 January 2020, and has been created by internationally renowned artists, Squidsoup. 500 individually suspended orbs, each with a unique voice, ‘Wave’ is an all-encompassing, immersive experience that will light up Eccleston Yards and contribute to a calming energy balance for the visitor - synonymous with the wellbeing ethos of Eccleston Yards. The vibrations projected by the different orbs will help energise the body (orange), stimulate happiness (yellow), and calm the heart rate (blue). Perfect for the hectic festive season head down for a calming experience. Eccleston Yards, off Eccleston Pl, London SW1W 9AZ | mayfairandbelgravia.com/eccleston-yards

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THE BOROUGH MARKET KITCHEN Borough Market Comes of Age With a Brand New Sustainable Dining Space

21 years on from the rebirth of Borough Market as a retail market and important international food destination, the Market is celebrating its coming of age with a brand new look. Launching during w/c 11th November, the next stage in Borough Market’s evolution will see over 20 new traders opening in an expanded produce zone and the arrival of ‘The Borough Market Kitchen’ a new large, communal, seated dining space serving up delicious hot and cold dishes from 20 stands, including Mei Mei, JUMA Kitchen, Mimo and Brindisa Kitchen - all prepared with fresh ingredients sourced from the Market’s traders. Fresh, seasonal produce remains at the heart of Borough Market, and the expanded produce zone will enable shoppers to discover the best fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, dairy and baked goods, along with some unique and innovative ingredients from the Market’s expert traders. An exciting range of new and

existing traders will move into the Green Market area, as well as maintaining their current location at Three Crown Square. The new Borough Market Kitchen will allow locals and visitors to sit down at communal tables to take a break, share high quality freshly prepared food, and get inspiration from the 20 diverse food traders on different ways to use the produce on sale in the Market. Continuing Borough Market’s commitment to sustainability, The Borough Market Kitchen will be entirely plastic-free, with tables and seating constructed from recycled materials. The Borough Market Kitchen will be open between 10am and 5pm (Mon-Thursday, Saturday) and 10am-6pm (Friday) and is located in Jubilee Place, the Market’s current wholesale area. Once the kitchen closes for the day, Jubilee Place will revert back to wholesale operations.

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S K AT E a t S o m e rs e t H o u s e w i t h Fo r t n u m a n d M a s o n Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum and Mason returns to the capital with unrivalled skating, groundbreaking music, seasonal shopping and delicious food and drink. The magnificent rink, complete with a huge 40ft Fortnum & Mason Christmas tree, will be in the courtyard until Sunday 12 January. Highlights from this year’s event diary include Skate School for adults and Polar Bear Club or children, lively evening DJ sets at Skate Lates, a brand new exhibition 24/7, the Fortnum Lodge featuring luxurious gifts from the Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade, and the ring-side Skate Lounge featuring indulgent treats from Baileys, including Baileys Chocolate Reindeer Cocktails. Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA | For tickets, visit somersethouse.org.uk


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Skate & Dine London’s Natural History Museum Ice Rink returns this month for the 2019 festive season. Set against the beautiful backdrop of one of capital’s most iconic landmarks, skaters can take to the ice all through the winter, until Sunday 12 January 2020. A perfect festive day out, the rink welcomes all ages and abilities, with over 200,000 people from all over the world donning their skates and getting on the ice last year alone. This year the sparkling spectacle, located along South Kensington’s twinkling tree-lined streets will be topped off with a magnificent 30ft Christmas tree. Also returning this year, The Café Bar is on hand for all sorts of delicious seasonal treats and provides the perfect place to warm up out of the winter chill. Plus, Acoustic Lates, presented by

Ticketmaster at the Natural History Museum, to present a series of free and intimate acoustic performances in the Café Bar. The series will run through to 19 December and features some of the best new and emerging musical talent currently in the UK. Guests to this year’s rink, can also discover and purchase Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb in a limited edition design. Personalise your gift for your loved one with engraving opportunites before joiing fellow skaters under the Flowerbomb tree every Friday for a pink themed skate at the weekly ‘Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Flower Hour’. A brand that embodies the holiday season spirit, Viktor&Rolf are thrilled to be partnering with the Natural History Museum to bring this year’s holiday spirit to life.

Book tickets for the Natural History Museum Ice Rink via www.nhmskating.com or call 0844 847 1576. For group bookings including schools call 0844 847 1575.


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For those travelling from outside London, the official hotel partner, Edwardian Hotels London’s South Kensington Radisson Blu Edwardian, is offering an exclusive skate and dine package at their in-house restaurant ‘Scoff & Banter’. New delights on the seasonal menu, available daily between 2pm and 4:30pm, include an exquisite selection of homemade finger sandwiches on artisan bread and winter-inspired pastries. The new festive treats include Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese on Sour Cherry Bread, Rare Roast Beef with Horseradish Mayonnaise & Baby Watercress on Brioche, Organic Lemon-roasted, Corn-fed

Chicken with Truffle Mayonnaise on Potato & Rosemary Bread and Robata-grilled Courgette with Basil Pesto on Sourdough. Scoff & Banter Kensington’s ‘Skate & Dine’ Afternoon Tea package will be available until 12th January 2020, with tickets priced from £38.50. Also available at Scoff & Banter Kensington this festive season will be Skate & Dine Two-course Meal (from £28.50), Three-course Meal (from £33.50) or Winter Cocktails & Small Plates (from £39.50) packages.

Scoff & Banter Kensington 68-86 Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BT scoffandbanter.com/kensington


The festive Niederegger marzipan advent calendar features 24 windows packed with marzipan treats, truffles and pralines. You cannot get any more festive than this.

Nestled in an elegant gift set, painted in black & gold and decorated with silver stars, this Noël Sublime advent calendar beholds 25 teainspired Mariage Frères treats to make the countdown to the holidays all the more pleasant. The clock, symbolised by a hanging Christmas ornament, ticks while imaginary windows, opening day after day, glimmer under the guiding light of the Star of Bethlehem.

Niederegger Santa Advent Calendar £35.00 from Niederegger. Available at Selfridges and John Lewis.

Launching their first ever advent calendar, Missoma bring a stunning selection of 12 of the best selling jewellery pieces in the 12 Days to Shine advent calendar to make your festive period sparkle. 12 Days to Shine Advent Calendar £395.00 from Missoma. Available at missoma.com

Noël Sublime £39.00 from Mariage Frères. Available at mariagefreres.com

The Gin & Tonic Advent Calendar features a colourful floral design, concealing 12x50ml bottles of hand-picked craft and premium gin and 12x150ml cans of Fever-Tree tonic waters in a variety of complimenting flavours, hidden behind each door. The perfect festive gift for G&T lovers, who can enjoy twelve perfectly paired G&Ts in the countdown to Christmas, making each day a little more special. The Gin & Tonic Advent Calendar £60.00 from Fever-Tree. Available from Waitrose; Waitrose Cellar; waitrose.com and ocado.com

Count down the days with Jo Loves thanks to this luxurious selection of 24 deluxe miniature products and a big reveal on 25th. Jo Loves Advent Calendar £450.00 from Jo Loves. joloves.com

Christmas Treats Best of Sussex Multi-award winning food shop, The Hungry Guest  has created the finest of gourmet hampers, the ‘Best of Sussex Christmas Hamper,’ filled with only the best, locally sourced premium products found in Sussex. The Hungry Guest, located in Petworth is a charming hidden gem in the West Sussex countryside, surrounded by some of the country’s best vineyards, farms and Estates. From Nyetimber Classic Cuvee Sparkling Wine, to a selection of Goodwood cheese and award winning Hungry Guest brownies, this hamper has something for every foodie to indulge in.   The Best of Sussex Christmas Hamper £445.00 (plus £20.00 delivery. UK only) from The Hungry Guest. Available from shop.thehungryguest.com


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Fabulously Fenwick From drinks for making toasts to the ones that accompany your morning toast, this is all you need for a very Fenwick Christmas. From flaky mince pies and hand-blended tea for visiting guests to chutney to brighten up any Boxing Day, Fenwick have crafted everything you need for your seasonal gatherings. Complete with bespoke illustrations for Fenwick by esteemed artist Julie Verhoeven, these fabulously festive picks make for a fantastic Christmas gift or centrepiece for your own celebrations. Fabulously Fenwick Hamper £120.00 from Fenwick. fenwick.co.uk

Best of Selfridges Christmas feasting Selfridges style with a blow-the-budget hamper brimming with every festive favourite around. A spread for true foodies, this hamper includes a whole leg of Jamon Iberico, delicacies such as Beluga Caviar and truffle honey, fresh cheeses and a range of fine wines and tipples, all carefully selected by Selfridges in-house experts. Best of Selfridges Hamper £5,000.00 from Selfridges. selfridges.com

The hamper of all hampers from Partridges bringing a combination of the finest foods, spirits and wines to create a truly spectacular selection, perfect for those who mean the most to you. What’s more, delivery is free of charge in a host of London postcodes (visit partridges.co.uk for information) or for a small fee the hampers can be delivered throughout the UK and overseas. Partridges Buckingham Hamper £500.00 from Partridges. Available at Partridges of Sloane Square; Partridges of Kensington and by email - orders@ partridges.co.uk. partridges.co.uk


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New Era for the Avenger No watch brand in the world has a more impressive and enduring link to aviation than Breitling. The brand provided onboard clocks and other key pieces of equipment for airplanes in the 1930s and 1940s, an era that inspired the modern retro design of the Aviator 8 collection. In the ‘50s and ‘60s, the Navitimer became the ultimate watch for pilots and remains an important part of Breitling’s collection today. Even in the golden age of commercial flight during the ‘60s and ‘70s, some of the most prestigious international airlines relied on Breitling’s onboard clocks while their crews counted on their Breitling watches. Breitling was even there at the dawn of manned space travel: on May 24, 1962, US astronaut Scott Carpenter wore a Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute, made at his own request, on his Mercury space flight, making it the very first Swiss wrist chronograph in space. The Avenger originally debuted in 2001, and with the relaunch, Breitling has updated the collection and positioned it in a proud and unique place in its Air brand universe. The new collection represents nothing less than the transition of one of Breitling’s boldest collections into the era of modern aviation. The Avenger has clearly staked out its own territory at Breitling. breitling.com

It introduces the modern performance-inspired pilot’s watch with pure Breitling DNA to the next generation of men and women of action, purpose, and style. These committed individuals, from pioneering pilots and commercial aviation leaders to influencers and style-drivers, appreciate strikingly fresh watches that still respect the brand’s design codes. Every day, they challenge the ordinary with their exploits in the air, from space travel to precision aerial performance and the new-age challenge of drone competitions. To coincide with the launch of this new Avenger collection, Breitling has assembled a new Aviation Pioneers Squad as part of its #squadonamission campaign, made up of three remarkable individuals who represent different airborne disciplines but all define an incredible new age of adventure in the air: Scott Kelly, Rocío González Torres, and Luke Bannister. These accomplished aerial specialists represent different generations and bring incredibly varied experiences to the Squad. Scott Kelly spent a year of his life looking down at the Earth from the International Space Station (ISS). Commandant Rocío González Torres has logged more than 1000 hours of flight time in a fighter jet and is proud to be a role model for girls and young women determined


to conquer the skies. Finally, Luke Bannister excels in a whole new aviation discipline; he won his first World Drone Championship at the age of 15, and has been on a winning course ever since. There are a whole host of new pieces being released as part of the collection, but there is now arguing with a twist on the clasic. The Breitling Avenger Chronograph 45 is the ultimate classic pilot’s watch. It has a 45 mm stainless-steel case with a unidirectional ratcheted bezel and is available with either a black or blue dial. The models with black dials are presented on either a stainlesssteel bracelet with a folding clasp or an anthracite leather military strap with your choice of a pin or folding buckle. The Avenger Chronograph 45 watches with blue dials feature a stainless-steel bracelet with a folding clasp or a blue leather military strap with a pin or folding buckle. Powered by a self-winding Breitling Caliber 13 mechanical chronograph movement, it has a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. Its hands and indexes are coated with Super-LumiNova®, a luminescent material that offers optimal legibility in all lighting conditions. Its subdials are located in the 12 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock positions and there is a date window at 3 o’clock. The COSCcertified chronometer is water resistant to 30 bar/300 meters. The Avenger Chronograph 45 Night Mission brings a unique twist on the classic with a rugged but lightweight 45 mm case made of DLC-coated titanium. Its unidirectional ratcheted bezel and caseback are crafted from the same material. It is available with either a black dial and an anthracite leather military strap with a pin or folding buckle or with a green dial and a khaki-green leather military strap with a pin or folding buckle. The SuperLumiNova®-coated hands and the “stenciled” Arabic numerals make the dial easy to read even in limited lighting conditions. Visit breitling.com to find out more about the new collection.

Limited Edition Hawker Hurricane This limited edition run commemorating the epic Battle of Britain, which perhaps stands as the most seminal moment of air combat during the Second World War, is a labour of design and detail that has taken more than a year of meticulous research, design and production. The many details inherent inside the 4046 make this more than a timepiece. It is in part a wearable testament to the Battle itself. The 43mm diameter case is a classic vintage pilot watch shape replete with genuine scratch resistant sapphire lens and coin edged crown. Carefully hand polished on the bezel for an elegant and high-end look. With 1963 aircraft involved in the Battle of Britain, the decision was made to produce exactly 1963 pieces which represent each aircraft and the fearless pilots who manned them. Running the left side of the case is an individually applied plate that is hand inscribed with each watches unique run number. Each owner of this timepiece will belong to a very select group of watch fans and collectors. Along the right side of the case is the marking RF D. The RF referring to the famed Polish 303 squadron which was the highest scoring Hurricane squadron

during the Battle of Britain. The flared coin edged crown has a vintage like machined look and is topped with an engraved roundel completing the side view of the case which mimics the side view of the Hurricanes. The dial is an intriguing mix of depth and detail. The base panel captures the concentric circles outline of the RAF upon a three armed panel which lifts the 12, 4 and 8 hour indexes. A raised tension ring demarcates the minutes with the lower layer embossed with a subtle horizontal pattern indicating 5 minute intervals in vintage 1940s typography. The hour and minute hands take obvious reference from the propellers found on the Hurricane down to the contrasting blade tips painted on. The see-through exhibition caseback gives view to the workhorse reliability of the Miyota 8215, 21 jewel self-winding automatic movement that has been painstakingly customised with a cutaway rotor in the shape of a Hurricane. The Hurricane 4046 comes strapped with a beautifully supple double lined leather Nato strap and is boxed in the AVI-8 iconic field box style packaging alongside an extra nylon Nato for extra versatility. avi-8.co.uk


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Military Grade The British watch brand, Christopher Ward, has unveiled a three-piece watch collection bearing official UK Armed Forces Insignia.

The first Military Collection under the Christopher Ward name, honouring each Service within the UK Armed Forces features the C65 Dartmouth, C65 Sandhurst and C65 Cranwell, with each design influenced by post-war military watches commissioned for the UK Armed Forces in the second half of the 20th Century and are named after the training academy of each of the three Services. Incorporating the vintage DNA of Christopher Ward’s Tridents and chronometer-certified movements, each design bears Christopher Ward’s C65 ‘light-catcher’ case and detailed, Heraldic badge-engraved backplates. Mike France, CEO and Co-founder of Christopher Ward, comments: “Entrusted with the protection of the United Kingdom, its overseas territories and Crown dependencies, as well as supporting international peacekeeping, the UK Armed Forces stand as a beacon of bravery and professionalism in an everevolving world. We’re incredibly proud to add this new, publicly available collection to our decade-long experience in making bespoke watches for UK Armed Forces personnel.  Representing the three military Services, each of whom rely upon absolute accuracy, we knew we wanted chronometer-certified movements; our interpretation of each design has been a journey of fascination and emotion as we have uncovered post-war stories from each Armed Service.  Christopher Ward’s Military collection delivers world-class levels of timekeeping and design, with each piece adhering to the most stringent technical standards and meticulous levels of precision.” C65 Dartmouth Series 1: Named after the Royal Navy’s Dartmouth-based training academy, Britannia Royal Naval College, the C65 Dartmouth Series 1 pays homage to the Naval Service. The design is inspired by the Omega Seamaster 300 ‘Big Triangle’ - a Ministry of Defence - commissioned piece initially known as the Royal Navy 0552 that launched in 1967. The Dartmouth inherits an aesthetic and features indicative of that iconic period, with the most obvious connection the ‘wedge’ index present at 12 o’clock. This wedge, along with the remainder of its tapering indexes, have been raised, polished and filled with white T-C1 Super-LumiNova®; printed markers are present around the minuterie.

The unidirectional and lumed aluminium bezel features the blue and white colour scheme of the Dartmouth’s dial, complete with another triangle and Arabic numerals, whilst the backplate is engraved with Royal Navy Naval crown insignia. Featuring the C65 collection’s 41mm ‘light-catcher’ case, which blends brushed and polished surfaces with lines that arc towards a central ‘waist’, the C65 Dartmouth recalls the lithe diver watches worn 50 years ago - complete with glass box crystal and 150m water resistance. The new C65 Dartmouth Series 1 is available on three quickrelease strap options including a premium quality canvas webbing strap with Christopher Ward buckle, a marine-grade stainless steel bracelet with micro-adjustable ratchet clasp, vintage oak leather strap with buckle, and Cordura® and rubber hybrid waterproof strap with Christopher Ward buckle. C65 Sandhurst Series 1: A watch indebted to the rough-andready ground operations of the British Army; the C65 Sandhurst Series 1 takes its name from the acclaimed Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, in Berkshire. The C65 Sandhurst is inspired by the design and legibility of the Smiths W10, a 35mm watch issued to the British Army in 1967 designed for speed of use during operations.

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Using a textured black dial as its foundation, Arabic numerals printed with white TC-1 Super-LumiNova® sit within a printed outer white minute track. Old Radium Super-LumiNova® has been applied to rectangular indexes located at each quarter hour interval, along with five minute-positioned dots and an additional triangle at 12 o’clock. The Heraldic badge of the British Army has been intricately engraved into the Sandhurst’s backplate, while the omission of a bezel mimics the look of the Smiths W10. The design also features a push-in crown engraved with Christopher Ward’s twin flag emblem. The new C65 Sandhurst Series 1 is available on three quickrelease strap options including a vintage finish camel coloured leather strap with hand-sewn whip stitch, a marine-grade stainless steel bracelet with micro-adjustable ratchet clasp, and premiumquality canvas webbing strap with Christopher Ward buckle. C65 Cranwell Series 1: Citing the world’s first air academy, Royal Air Force College Cranwell, as its namesake, the C65 Cranwell shares elements with two classic models from the mid20th century: the Jaeger-LeCoultre Mark XI and IWC Mark XI, specification 6B/346. Released in 1949, both were commissioned

by the UK’s Ministry of Defence following the Second World War to help RAF pilots improve accuracy during their operations. Whilst taking aesthetic inspiration from the two watches before it, the C65 Cranwell Series 1 has been updated to reflect the best of today’s technical standards. Bestowing a military feel, the Cranwell has replaced conventional 12-hour numerals with white Super-LumiNova®-coated minute numerals, ensuring excellent levels of visibility. Old Radium has also been applied to indexes every quarter hour and a triangle at 12 o’clock. A graceful 41mm ‘light-catcher’ case provides scope for the distinctive decoration of its backplate, where the Royal Air Force’s iconic Heraldic badge takes pride of place. The level of detail of its deep-stamped backplate is equaled across the remainder of the case, where brushed and polished facets are emphasised by delicately contouring lines that run from its central ‘waist’ section down to its gently inclining lugs. The new C65 Cranwell Series 1 is available on three quickrelease strap options including a marine-grade stainless steel bracelet with micro-adjustable ratchet clasp, a premium quality canvas webbing strap and a vintage finish leather strap with handsewn whip stitch.

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URWERK UR-100 SpaceTime

The UR-100 takes you on a journey through both time and space, two concepts at the very core of URWERK.

Using its orbiting satellite hours and minute hands, the UR100 displays both time (hours and minutes) and space (distance travelled), merging these two concepts in the creation of the allnew UR-100 SpaceTime. The UR-100 SpaceTime features URWERK’s iconic orbital hour satellites, differing however in one significant way. Rather than the red-arrow-tipped minute pointers on the hour satellites disappearing after 60 minutes when replaced by the next, the UR-100 minute arrow passes beneath and between subsidiary dials, reappearing to display intriguing new astronomical indications: distance travelled on Earth and distance travelled by Earth. The first indicator at 10 o’clock evaluates the distance in kilometers that you have travelled on the Earth without even leaving your desk! It is based on the average speed of the rotation of the Earth on its axis at the equator, covering a distance of 555 km every 20 minutes. Directly opposite at 2 o’clock, the same hand - well it looks like the same hand, but is actually one of three - continues its journey to another celestial indication featuring the distance the Earth has travelled in its orbit around the sun - a journey spanning some 35,740 km every 20 minutes. The UR-100 simultaneously presents three different space-time realities, providing a thought-provoking reminder of our voyage through time and space. “For me, watches have a philosophical dimension. They are a physical and abstract reproduction of our situation on Earth, with the dial representing the equator, simultaneously in constant motion while seemingly stationary for us,” says Martin Frei, chief designer and co-founder of URWERK. Felix Baumgartner, master watchmaker and the other co-founder of URWERK agrees: “We live in a universe governed by three dimensions - time, rotation, and orbit - that we attempt to measure and master, but what escapes us is this notion of spacetime.” Powering the UR-100 SpaceTime is the automatic Caliber 12.01, with baseplates in ARCAP and a power urwerk.com

reserve of 48 hours. The automatic winding rotor is regulated by a flat turbine, the Windfänger (Swiss German for “air trap”) that minimizes shocks to the rotor bearing and reduces over-winding and wear and tear. The rotor, which is partially supported on its periphery by the flat turbine, also has a larger diameter, resulting in a lower mass and therefore less wear.


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R A D A R As the first watch brand to adopt a bespoke approach in partnership with the leading watch customiser, Zenith and Bamford Watch Department have come together to unveil a collaborative special edition available exclusively for Zenith boutiques - the Chronomaster El Primero Radar. The Chronomaster El Primero Radar, limited to just 50 pieces, draws inspiration from Zenith’s archive pieces, while looking steadfast to the future. During one of George Bamford’s first visits to the Zenith manufacture, he stumbled upon a pocket watch from 1916 that left a lasting impression on him. It featured striking red accents all over the dial, and would become the main source of inspiration for the Radar series. But rather than simply recreating the past, Bamford took this design cue to create a Chronomaster El Primero with a distinctly retro-futuristic aesthetic. The Radar reimagines the signature Zenith chronograph in a striking new manner, keeping the essentials while introducing new design codes. For one, the stainless steel case is given a matte finish all over, including the crown and pushers. The El Primero tricompax dial with oversized counters is revisited with a few unique twists, fashioned in a burnt brown hue that darkens towards the edge for a striking visual impact. Sharply contrasting around its periphery is a white tachymeter scale, with a radial design, featured

in numerous historical El Primero watches. Each of the three chronograph subdials is different, further highlighting the uniqueness of this collaborative series. On the left, the small seconds display features concentric circles that recall the design of some of George Bamford’s favourite vintage Zenith watches. The chronograph hour totalizer at 6 o’clock features a more traditional Chronomaster design, while the minutes counter at 3 o’clock befits the Radar name with its bold red register that glows in the dark with SuperLuminova for a “night vision” effect. As George Bamford puts it, “the little lines inside the subdial represent the negative of the star, the missing elements of a star, as if a star was sitting in the middle. This is something that really inspired me”. In this way, the subdial creates a pattern that subtly evokes the Zenith star. The finishing touch that truly sets the Chronomaster El Primero Radar apart and emphasizes the theme is the strap, made of rubber with a cordura effect on top. With a vintage vibe yet modern construction, the strap features double stitching with red threads, something of an obsession for George Bamford. Available from November exclusively at Zenith boutiques only, this limited edition series comes with complimentary first maintenance service.

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Fresh Faced Deeply exfoliating and perfect during the party season, this clever mask from skin care specialist Dr Maryam Zamani’s MZ Skin brand contains a 10% concentrate fruit acid complex to stimulate cell turnover, refine pores and eliminate pigmentation to leave skin brighter and visibly radiant. Fine lines and wrinkles are reduced for a more luminous complexion

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Radiance & Renewal Instant Clarity Refining Mask, 100ml £115.00 from MZ SKIN. Available at net-aporter.com. mzskin.com

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The one-stop workout studio for you face, FaceGym is a must-visit for those looking for an alternative to invasive surgery. Sleek and contemporary, the state-of-the-art studio is in prime position on St. John’s Wood High Street is the latest to join the brand’s other locations in King’s Road Chelsea, Selfridges Oxford Street, King’s Cross and Saks Fifth Avenue New York. The only gym studio for your face, the well-equipped trainers perform a wide range of workouts - blending cutting-edge technology with high performance skincare products to instantly lift, sculpt, tone and tighten the facial muscles. Founded by beauty journalist and Financial Times Spa Junkie columnist Inge Theron, the non-invasive treatments target the face’s 40 forgotten muscles using powerful, and strangely enjoyable high energy knuckling movements and whipping strokes to stimulate blood circulation, collagen production and cell renewal. With a menu of workouts available for everyone and all skin types, you can choose to add on a range of technologies from varying lights and lasers to radio frequency and cryotherapy, to really personalise the treatment. Visitors to the St. John’s Wood studio also have the opportunity to blend a custom Training Serum at the FaceGym Make It Bar featuring vegan, cold pressed oils to produce natural skincare based on the premise of it being used in workouts or for unique gifting. With four workout chairs as well as a private room, the studio is also a fabulous place to learn about top-selling niche skincare brands from around the world with the latest tools and technologies. Try the signature electrical and rediscover your cheekbones thanks to the use of the unique FaceGym Pro device to stimulate muscles, contour cheekbones and restore skin’s elasticity. Signature Electrical 40 minutes £85.00. FaceGym, 41 St. John’s Wood High Street, London NW8 7NJ 020 7586 5568 | facegym.com

Infused with rose petals and natural oils, this biodegradable Hydrogel Mask nourishes and hydrates the skin while the beautifully relaxing scent of rose calms the mind. Skin is left soothed and glowing. Rose Glowing Potion, 4 masks £84.50 from Maskolgist. maskologist.com

Packed with 34 natural botanicals and essential oils to tackle a range of skincare problems such as dehydration, fine lines and dullness, Venn’s Advanced Multi-Perfecting Red Oil Serum helps improve skin’s elasticity and firmness over time thanks to the advanced vegan formula of Korean Angelica Root, Rosehip Berry and Boswellia Serrata. Advanced Multi-Perfecting Red Oil Serum, 30ml £95.00 from VENN. Available at net-a-porter.com


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World-famous for their exquisite foundations and concealers, Clé de Peau Beauté, the global luxury brand from Shiseido Cosmetics, has opened in Harrods, as a European exclusive. Long awaited for it’s UK release, the cult complexion range is adored by Make Up Artists and celebrities alike, with products found in kits backstage at Fashion Weeks and on shoots around the Globe, thanks to the unique formulas that deliver radiance and luminosity. Musttry hero complexion products include the Correcting Cream Veil SPF 21, the Radiant Fluid Foundation SPF 24 and the super long-lasting Concealer SPF 25.

The key to any healthy beauty regime is taking care of the foundation, your skin, and no time is this more important than during the cold winter months to come.

This scientifically-advanced super serum from Aurelia Probiotic Skincare contains pure crystallised CBD isolate for its powerful antiinflammatory benefits, to boost hydration, stimulate collagen, plump skin and reduce wrinkles for dewy, glowing skin instantly. Made from pure CBD crystals instead of CBD oil, this CBD is expertly isolated and purified from the female hemp plant, forming crystals which can be used at exacting, effective amounts as opposed to simply using CBD oil, which tends to be highly diluted when used in skincare formulas and contains impurities from the extraction process. Aurelia Probiotic Skincare is one of the first brands to pioneer the use of CBD in this way and complexions benefit from a softer, more radiant glow with regular use.

Correcting Cream Veil SPF 21 £60.00; Radiant Fluid Foundation SPF 24 £105.00; and The Concealer SPF 25 £55.00 from Clé de Peau Beauté. Available at Harrods and harrods.com

This ultra-firming moisturising neck cream is designed for the specific needs of the delicate skin around the neck and décolleté. The unique combination of Alguronic Acid, together with a protein and peptide complex, visibly tightens and lifts leaving skin smoother and more even. Elevate Firming and Lifting Neck Cream, 60ml £78.00 Algenist available at lookfantastic.com

CBD Super Serum £64.00 from Aurelia Probiotic Skincare. aureliaskincare.com

Clinically proven, this Ultra Smart Pro Collagen Aqua Infusion moisture mask from Elemis delivers layers of hydration to help protect the skin’s moisture barrier, for a complexion that looks smoother and firmer, for visibly transformative results in 28 days. Ultra Smart Pro-Collagen Aqua Infusion Mask, 50ml £120.00 from Elemis. elemis.com

Banish bags and dark circles with Glamglow’s new Brighteyes Illuminating Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream. Delivering visible results, while protecting the delicate eye area, the highly infused blend of hyaluronic acid and caffeine smooths and awakens the eye area, erasing the look of fine lines to help eyes look brighter. Brighteyes Illuminating Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream £29.00 from GLAMGLOW. Available at glamglow.co.uk and lookfantastic.com. Nationwide from 1st December.


Often considered a chore, makeup removal has instantly become a pleasure thanks to the new cleansing collection from Chanel. Offering the absolute quintessence of Chanel skincare, the Sublimage line brings a new collection that transcends the art of skin cleansing. This is more than a cleansing ritual, it provides an opportunity to enjoy a peaceful moment morning and evening. With its diverse and divine textures, the collection invites you to savour this necessary and otherwise annoying step in your routine by indulging in it a little. The Sublimage Collection features four options, to combine or not, in order to personalise your ritual according to your needs and desires. Each product of the collection acts as a first essential skincare step, with the same result - soft, healthy and extremely comfortable skin. Giving a pure, fresh and incredibly luminous complexion, your skin will get a fresh new start every day. Sublimage le Savon de Soin, Radiance-Revealing Rich Cleansing Soap £80.00; Sublimage Les Grains de Vanille, Purifying and Radiance-Revealing Vanilla Seed Face Scrub £105.00; Sublimage L’Huile-en-Gel de Démaquillage, Ultimate Comfort and Radiance-Revealing Gel-to-Oil Cleanser £85.00; and Sublimage L’Eau de Démaquillage, Refreshing and Radiance-Revealing Cleansing Water £85.00 from Chanel. chanel.com


r ou y on p u h s e u m r i B eauty Reg B Amanda Harrington’s 3 Step Face Set contains the three products you need in order to create a perfect and natural sun-kissed glow on your face. Including a Pre-Colour Primer, Face Mist and The Face Lifter Brush, this handy set is packed full of ingredients that illuminate, hydrate and perfect the skin. Buff and contour the collagen infused mist into the skin using the angled brush for the perfect finish. Available in three shades to cover all skin tones. The Face Set - Natural Honey £65.00 from Amanda Harrington. Available at Harvey Nichols.

Complexion-correcting, and providing radiant coverage, the Foundation Balm by Kevyn Aucoin can be buffed on with its custom brush for easy application, blurring imperfections and blending seamlessly on the skin. Infused with hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and avocado oil, skin is left looking hydrated and healthy. The Foundation Balm £42.00 from Kevyn Aucoin. Available at Harrods and harrods.com

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travel Idyllic Adriatic Coastal Escape Renowned the world over for its stunning scenery, historical walled old town and of course, the Game of Thrones series, Dubrovnik has everything you need for a healthy dose of culture whilst enjoying a relaxing escape to the truly beautiful Adriatic coastal destination.


LISBON

AlmaLusa

An historic boutique hotel stay nestled right in the heart of the vibrant city of Lisbon. AlmaLusa Baixa / Chiado, Praça do Município, 21, Lisboa, 1100-365 Portugal


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From the famed pastel de natas to the ornate Santa Justa elevator, boasting views over the old part of the city, cosmopolitan Portuguese capital Lisbon is a must-visit. Lisbon is perfectly positioned to offer travellers both a memorable city escape, but also choice of a wide array of fabulous day trips to wineries, countryside farmhouses, stunning beaches, and the mountains. You can reach the beaches of thee Algarve in around 2 hours driving. Meaning during the summer you can even combine a wonderful city break with dolphin spotting boat trips at the beach. Back in the capital, the vibrant atmosphere makes Lisbon a great all-year-round destination with great hidden food spots, trendy bars, pretty boutiques, and endless churches and scenic spots overlooking the rather staggered terracotta rooftops below.

The city is rather hilly with many cobbled streets, especially in the old town. It’s the perfect place to get lost exploring while soaking up the city’s unique charm. Be sure to head over to the Miradouro De Santa Luzia to enjoy spectacular views over the river and Alfama. The café on the terrace is the perfect location to enjoy a glass of Portuguese green wine before climbing the hill to the castle Sao Jorge nearby. On the way you pass pretty tiled houses, unique boutiques and charming restaurants. Conveniently located and an ideal base for many of Lisbon’s main tourist attractions, AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado is a beautiful boutique hotel in the town hall square, Praça do Município. Located just a two minute walk from the Tagus riverbank, the hotel is perfectly placed for a long stroll around Lisbon’s stunning old town, iconic cathedral and Castelo de Sao Jorge.

+351 212 697 440 | reservas@almalusahotels.com | almalusahotels.com


The charming 28-room hotel effortlessly blends traditional Portuguese features and craftmanship with chic, contemporary design. Housed in an 18th-century building, that was once the site of Lisbon’s army arsenal, the boutique hotel still boasts many of the building’s original features. Expect original tiles on the wooden staircase, and cool flagstone flooring in the reception. Quiet yet close enough to all the action, with stunning views onto the neoclassical buildings of the square, including the impressive City Hall, AlmaLusa really is the perfect hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Each of the spacious 28 rooms boast large supremely comfortable beds; generously sized bathrooms with luxurious Castelbel Skin products; HD TV’s; Delta Coffee and Tea Station with daily replacements and complimentary 4G smartphone access with 30 minutes international calls per day and internet, as well as the AlmaLusa App with recommendations and reservation services. A range of suites are also available boasting dining areas, and an in-room kitchenette with Electrolux microwave, dishwasher and fridge, making them perfect for longer visits to Lisbon. The hotel also boasts an authentic Portuguese restaurant, Delfina. With an all day menu, serving fresh and seasonal Portuguese inspired cuisine, guests are invited to try a whole host of regional dishes and wines in a relaxed atmosphere. Menu highlights include Fettuccini Alla Pescatore with shrimp, clams and mussels; Black Pork; traditional Codfish A Bras; and Catch of the Day from the Ribeira Market. Wash it down with one of the many wines from the hotel’s

partnership with Portuguese winemakers - Sogrape; before finishing with the flourless 70% cocoa cake for dessert. The famous trams, buses, taxis and city bikes make it easy to explore the capital with ease and there is certainly plenty to see. Make the most of AlmaLusa’s knowledgeable concierge team and see the hidden gems of the city such as the magnificent street art, Lisbon’s Jewish heritage; and the many foodie highlights; vineyard day tours; and cycling excursions. The friendly team are more than happy to help with suggestions that will have you quickly wanting to return to the vibrant capital. Doubles at AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado start from 165EUR per night.

AlmaLusa, Praça do Município, 21, Lisboa, 1100-365 Portugal | +351 212 697 440 | reservas@almalusahotels.com | almalusahotels.com


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HAMILTON PRINCESS - FAIRMONT’S LUXURY BERMUDA HOTEL Overlooking the stunning blue waters of Hamilton Harbour sits the Grand Dame of luxur y Bermuda resor ts, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club. With panoramic views of the water, sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful yachts passing by at this Bermuda hotel. Where histor y meets modern sensibilit y, experience Bermuda’s only luxur y urban resort. An urban oasis featuring beautifully appointed guest rooms; a stunning infinit y edge resor t pool with uninterrupted views of Hamilton Harbour.

PERFECT FOR COUPLES OR FAMILIES With its stunning harbour front setting, guests enjoy all the benefits of being close to Hamilton’s shops, restaurants and transpor t links. Whilst their idyllic private south shore beach club offers private cabanas, spa treatments, tennis, restaurant and complimentar y kayaks/paddleboards.

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DUBROVNIK

Thanks to its location on the Dalmatian coast, in the extreme south of Croatia, Dubrovnik enjoys beautiful Mediterranean sunshine for much of the year, making this very much a year-round destination. Renowned as one of the world’s most magnificent walled cities and fondly known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, the stunning 6th-century Old Town is truly a sight to behold. This famed city has received further interest following its use as the location of a number of scenes from the iconic Game of Thrones series, with much of the filming taking place in within this historic site. If you are a fan, there are numerous tours on offer to explore the incredible set locations used and equally if you are one of the few who haven’t subjected hours to the screen, it is a fantastic way to take in the Old Town and see some of the places you might otherwise pass by. Wander the bustling boutiques, markets and bars, before enjoying a hearty lunch of freshly caught seafood and a long walk along the iconic walls. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town and its towering walls rise above the central 13th-century main street and there are plenty of passageways and staircases to explore. It’s a fantastic way to avoid feeling guilty for eating all the delicious seafood as there are some long and steep staircases to tackle should you so choose. It will also help you justify indulging in one of the many superb ice cream parlours dotted throughout the Old Town. Offering every flavour under the sun, it is the perfect way to refresh and cool down after your exploration. Outside the old walls, the cable car, which rides up to Mount Srđ, offers spectacular views of Dubrovnik and beyond, with the beautiful turquoise waters stretching out as far as the eye can see. If the view isn’t quite enough to quench your thirst, then you can head back down to the Old Town Harbour and jump on a boat to enjoy the water a little closer. A regular ferry will take you across to the supposedly cursed island of Lokrum - which also features on some Game of Thrones tours which is only open during the day, but affords a worthy trip to either explore or relax. Cursed or not, the stunning scenery of rocky beaches, lush greenery and the Adriatic Sea will make the visit one to remember. You can enjoy a long walk, take pictures of the peacocks - the island’s only inhabitants explore the Benedictine monastery or even the Game of Thrones centre - it’s well worth the day trip. The origins of the Croatian language and its classic literature can be traced back to Dubrovnik, and the city remains an epicentre of culture, art, music and science. It also makes the perfect starting point for exploring the rest of Croatia’s charming beaches and idyllic islands. adriaticluxuryhotels.com | croatia.hr


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Pearl of The Adriatic

Overlooking the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik’s enchanting charm isn’t the only thing on offer, there’s plenty to see and do.


DUBROVNIK A short stroll from the tourist sights, Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik is a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of the magical city whilst still offering the same stunning views of the Adriatic and its own little oasis on the coast. Beautifully modern with a cool resort feel, the stunning hotel has been recently refurbished to incorporate wonderfully light, contemporary interiors with magnificent sea views. Tucked away in a peaceful bay, carved into the cliffside, the five-star, luxury boutique hotel makes the most of its enviable location with fantastic floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the vast Adriatic and flooding every space with light. Step into the spacious lobby from the glass fronted street entrance and you get your first glimpse of the hotel’s incredible view. From here, the hotel stretches down the cliff face moving through restaurants, rooms and the spa before culminating in the beachside terrace with access to the tranquil, secluded bay waters. The luxuriously modern rooms and suites - 91 rooms, 14 of which are suites - have been beautifully refurbished with a clean and contemporary style that is instantly soothing to the eye, creating a calm and tranquil space to relax in and is more than fitting against the turquoise blue backdrop. Not only can guests admire the breath-taking views of the Adriatic seafront from private balconies, the neutral toned rooms boast a range of luxurious textiles and furnishings in complementing shades of beige, stone and soft grey. With eight room types, there is something for everyone to suit all budgets, and each room boasts free WiFi and luxurious L’Occitane toiletries. Back in the rest of the hotel, the Energy Clinic wellness & spa has everything you need for a relaxing morning or afternoon. There’s a jacuzzi, Finnish sauna, steam room, experience showers, and a large pool with views out to the glistening sea. An extensive treatment list is also available which varies from luxurious Sisley Paris treatments to signature massages and scrubs.

Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik, Pera Čingrije 7, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia


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At the base of the cliffs, and accessed via lift, is a peaceful pebble beach complete with a beautiful sun-deck and beachside restaurant, Nevera. Set inside an atmospheric cave with a stunning beach terrace, here you can sample some of the best Dalmatian fish, seafood and salads in Dubrovnik, freshly caught from the surrounding islands and expertly matched with Croatia’s most exclusive wines such as Pošip and Dingač. After your light lunch, why not retire back to your sun lounger for some more relaxation.

Breakfast is equally enjoyable, set up the cliffside, the Vapor Restaurant host a sprawling buffet with your choice of hot dish overlooking that stunning cove. You can also indulge in some contemporary fine dining of an evening at this Michelin Guide restaurant. Some facilities at the hotel are seasonal such as Nevera, so check before booking. Double rooms at Hotel Bellevue start from €351 approximately £301 per night.

+385 20330 000 | reservations@alh.hr | adriaticluxuryhotels.com


The Great British Escape Stoke Park is a luxury 5 AA Red Star Hotel, Spa and Country Club set within 300 acres of beautiful parkland and offers world-class sporting and leisure facilities.

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49 Bedrooms and Suites Award winning Spa 27 hole Championship Golf Course 3 Restaurants and Bars, including Humphry’s (3 AA Rosette, fine dining) 13 Tennis Courts (indoor, grass and artificial clay) Indoor Pool State of the art Gym with Fitness, Hot Yoga and Spinning Studios hosting up to 50 classes per week Crèche Games Room

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35 minutes from London, 7 miles from Heathrow Airport and a short drive from Windsor makes Stoke Park an ideal location and perfect setting for stopovers and luxury breaks. For more information or to book, please contact our Reservations Team on 01753 717172 or email reservations@stokepark.com


Italy Meets North Africa Nestled down Charlotte Street, Norma brings a unique menu of flavours taking influence from both Italy and North Africa to create a culinary experience you won’t want to miss. Fresh seasonal produce and distinctive combinations make for an exciting menu.

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Rosewood Winter Terrace On November 7th, Rosewood London will launch its highly anticipated winter terrace - The Elyx Chalet at Rosewood London - in partnership with world-renowned luxury vodka brand, Absolut Elyx. Open until February 29th, the hotel’s spectacular courtyard will be transformed into the snowy and enchanted winter wonderland of Southern Sweden, in the heart of central London. Guests to the terrace can enjoy seasonal cooking and beautiful cocktails in a magical setting. Traditional fir trees will align Chalet, laced with fairy lights and delicately dusted with snow, while inside, thoughtful details - such as snow globe effect porthole windows, and luxurious touches will immerse guests in the look and feel of snowy Sweden. Handmade copper touches and ornaments pay homage to the vintage copper column still where Absolut Elyx’s luxury spirit has been made entirely by hand since 1921. Guest can enjoy an array of Swedish-inspired hot and cold drinks from the Glögg, Absolut Elyx’s creative twist on a mulled wine; mixing red wine, port and spices; to Tomte’s Nectar (‘Tomte’ being a mythological Swedish character), served in a copper gnome-shaped glass combining Absolut Elyx with Apricot Brandy, Blackberry Sherbert and Ginger Ale. Unique to the menu will also be a Taiga Old Fashioned with Porcini Mushroom infused whisky, Oak Smoke and Black Walnut Bitters, garnished with Douglas Fir to heighten the sense of being in a real winter forest. Holborn Dining Room’s Executive Head Chef Calum Franklin will serve a menu of winter dishes, some with a Swedish twist, to pair perfectly with the Absolut Elyx cocktail menu. Visitors can choose from an array of both sweet and savoury menu options, served until late, including Jersey Rock oysters; Monkshill farm scotch egg with caper mayonnaise; and Gin cured salmon, pickled cucumber and soda bread. The Elyx Chalet at Rosewood London is open from 4pm until late from November 7th - February 29th. rosewoodhotels.com

New Cocktail Menu at The Coral Room Like a story book of postcards, you can now sip your way around the England with the new menu at The Coral Room. Taking you to well known spots via the moors, meadows, seas and spires of the country, each cocktails combines a host of local ingredients from Kentish cobnuts and Bramley apples to violet and rhubarb. The landscape and history of fourteen destinations come to life with every sip. Beautifully illustrated in the menu and presented in the glass, innovative highlights include the Bloomsbury Blush made with Belsezar Rosé, Crème De Pêche, Muyu Jasmine Verte, Ridgeview Bloomsbury Sparkling Wine; and the creamy Garden Party, Absolut Elyx Vodka, Banana, Diplomático Planas Rum, Crème De Banana, Cream Caramel, Tonka Bean Bitters, Rainbow Dust.

The Coral Room 16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3NN | thecoralroom.co.uk


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Savage Schloss Launching on Saturday 2 November, Savage Schloss at the Savage Garden will bring all the crazy fun of a ski lodge in the Austrian Alps to London. Ride up in the gondola lift from the lobby and step into the après playground complete with fresh snow every day. Winter games like Virtual Reality skiing and air hockey will keep White Out Schlossers entertained day and night. During the daytime, guests can enjoy a traditional cosy Skihütte atmosphere complete with gingham curtains, boozy hot chocolate and Austrian-inspired comfort food including indulgent cheesy Raclette. By night the bar will transform into a bench stomping, Schnapps drinking playground with Steins of beer, champagne by Bollinger and Ayala. In addition, Savage Schloss will be offering free German lessons to guests to give them some handy phrases that will trip off the tongue next ski holiday or to try out on the night. The pop-up will run throughout the winter until March 2020, and is open to guests on weekends, and is available for exclusive hire. savagegarden.co.uk

Taste London: Festive Edition Each November, 30,000 hungry foodies kick off the festive season in style at Taste! East London’s Tobacco Dock will be transformed this month into a food-and-fun-filled wonderland, with festive tipples to die for and all the shopping you need to get sorted in time for Christmas. Here, you can sample signature dishes from 20+ of the capital’s latest, greatest and most exciting restaurants, as well as some brand-new ones they’ve created exclusively for Taste. Restaurants participating include Hoppers, XU, Burger and Lobster and Wild Rice. There will also be a whole host of chefs cooking up a storm in front of guests with the likes of James Cochran and Ali Borer; and a number of workshops, tastings, masterclasses and more. Taste of London will take place from 21 -24 November | london.tastefestivals.com

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NORMA Situated in the culinary hotspot of Fitzrovia, Norma at number eight Charlotte Street brings flavours of Southern Italy and Northern Africa together in this cosy restaurant with an interior design inspired by the two regions. Mosaic adorned archways and glassware combine to create a vibrant yet intimate space complete with appropriately styled and comfortably plush booths. As engaging as this interior is however, you’re really interested in what comes out of the kitchen. Using fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce from Italy and Britain, the ever changing menu is designed to deliver stunning and often surprising flavour combinations in a way that shows off these excellent ingredients. The spectacular Crudo Bar sits at the heart of this restaurant, offering up seasonal raw seafood with a host of flavour profiles to be enjoyed as part of your meal or on its own with an equally delicious glass of wine from the extensive menu perhaps. Dishes such as the red prawns with rosemary and orange provide an intriguing flavour combination that you have likely never tried, but works beautifully with this visually striking option. Oysters, clams and hake all feature on the current menu with plenty of choice and regularly changing ingredients, you will never be stuck for something to enjoy. Try not to indulge too heavily on the raw selection though as there is more than enough on the rest of the a la carte menu to fill you up. Dishes are split between antipasti, pasta and large plates, but make sure you make the right choices dependent on how hungry you are. If ravenous, sample something from each and suffer the consequences of a very full

stomach after, otherwise, it would be wise to opt for an antipasti dish per person and either a large portion of pasta or large plate each. This will be more than sufficient to fill any hole you may have, certainly if you have your sights set on the inviting dessert menu. Antipasti includes the likes of a huge saffron arancini with wild mushrooms and Parmesan and rose veal with smoked eel mayonnaise and pickled carrots, while the star of the show - the pasta - is offered up in a manner of styles. The vegetation pasta alla Norma packs fresh flavours and classic Italian style while the truly delicious fresh strozzapreti with pork, anchovy and orange ragu with fresh mint is an absolute must. This unique flavour combination is exceptional and will leave you wondering why you never had orange and mint pasta before. If you choose to delve into the large plate selection, you can enjoy options such as roasted pumpkin stuffed with pumpkin and truffle risotto and toasted hazelnuts or the perfectly cooked and flavourful roasted North Sea hake with delica pumpkin, nduja and pickled tomatoes. Finding room for some dessert regardless of how long you need to recover from the rest of the meal - is a must. Homemade cannoli, plum and rose water cake with whipped mascarpone and brioche with salted caramel ice cream and bitter chocolate sauce are all just a precursor to the main attraction The chocolate cake to share. Chocolate, walnut and coffee cake with a marsala ice cream make for the perfect end to your Italian, African culinary journey.

NORMA, 8 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2LS | 020 3995 6224 | normalondon.com


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STICKY MANGO Nestled away just moments from the vibrant South Bank and Waterloo Station, this hidden gem is one that is not to be missed. Delivering a dining ethos and flavours from chef owner Peter Lloyd, the relaxed atmosphere and three level layout offers up the perfect destination for a casual dining delight. With a menu designed for sharing - allowing you to enjoy even more of the dishes - featuring flavours from across South East Asia, taking inspiration from Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, this is the ideal spot for a relaxed meal with friends, romantic dinner for two or even an enjoyable, flavourfilled business meeting. You can expect to enjoy authentic ingredients in a whole new way with this exciting menu. Some firm favourites will be apparant as you scour the extensive options, however, each and every dish has been developed to deliver Lloyd's unique take. Sweet, sour, salty and umami flavours are all beautifully balanced throughout the menu providing a taste sensation with every bite. Indulge in small plates including classic dishes such as chicken satay with crispy chicken skin, cucumber, peanut and tamarind dipping sauce or opt for something a little more unique with the likes of chicken and shrimp Nam rolls with gem lettuce, fragrant herbs and nước chấm dipping sauce. As you continue to explore the menu, more and more unique

flavours come to light and the beauty of this menu comes into its own. The stunning Indonesian style sea bass grilled in banana leaf with pickled vegetables and lime is a must, while the unfathomably tender char-grilled 28 days aged rib eye with nam jim jaew sauce is undoubtedly a star dish. Such an extensive menu with so many tempting options is often hard to navigate. Thankfully, you can also choose to dine over a signature tasting menu which offers up a selection of dishes from across the menu allowing you to simply sit back, indulge and enjoy.

Sticky Mango, 33 Coin Street, London, SE1 9NR | 020 7928 4554 | stickymango.co.uk


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TRUFFLE at HARRY'S Located in St Christopher’s Place, just a stone’s throw from Selfridges and Oxford Street, stylish Harry’s Bar is a glamorous 1960’s style restaurant serving up an array of hearty and delicious Italian cuisine. Offering 150 covers, the stylish space, which was inspired by its namesake Mayfair private members club in the 70s, boasts sumptuous banquette seating, a large wood panelled bar and bright, colourful artwork with a nod to mid-century Italian glamour adorning the walls. Together with ambient lighting, the dining room creates an unrivalled atmosphere of relaxed luxury. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all the ingredients have been carefully sourced from specialists in their field, working directly with Italian suppliers and importers. Harry’s own special blend olive oil is from organic olives grown on an agriculturally sustainable estate in hills of Maremma, where the olive trees are tended with the greatest care. Menu highlights include the delectable Harry’s Truffle Tagliolini, a creamy blend of gratinated Tagliolini pasta with truffle, parmesan and cream; and Harry’s Spaghetti Seafood, comprising of prawns, squid, clams, mussels, datterini tomatoes, garlic, chilli and parsley.

Notable fish and meat dishes include the Bistecca di Manzo ribeye; Harry’s Veal Parmesan; and Tonno Alla Griglia, Chargrilled tuna steak served with cannellini beans and a warm tomato, black olive, Amalfi lemon and basil salsa. Of course, it wouldn’t be an Italian menu without an array of fresh salads, the Buffalo mozzarella Insalata Caprese is a favourite,

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and freshly made pizzas. The team makes the pizzas from handstretched dough made from a mixture of different Italian flours before proving it for 72 hours to maximise the flavour for a light and crisp crust, finished with classic toppings. For dessert, the giant profiteroles or classic Tiramisu are worthy choices. To wash it all down, Harry’s Bar offers an extensive wine list and wide range of Italian Botanical G&T’s. For those who only fancy a light bite, guests to the terrace can enjoy a special Cicchetti menu that’s perfect with a coffee or one of the many innovative cocktails. To celebrate the start of truffle season, new Executive Chef, Simon Gregory (formally Group Executive Chef at the Gordan Ramsay Group) has created four indulgent limited-edition white truffle dishes. Dishes include a white truffle risotto with carnaroli rice, parmesan and butter, a white-based truffle pizza with wild mushrooms and mascarpone and a creamy white truffle burrata lathered in Harry’s olive oil. Each dish is priced at £30. Harry’s Bar’s limited-edition white truffle menu is available now until January.

Ugly Butterfly, a sustainable casual restaurant, Champagne bar and sustainability conversation hub, is to open on the King’s Road, Chelsea, on Wednesday November 13th 2019. Aiming to demonstrate that zero-waste can be luxurious, and creating something beautiful from ingredients which are usually thrown out, Ugly Butterfly represents the second generation in sustainable hospitality, and is a collaboration between awardwinning chef and restaurateur Adam Handling; Cadogan, the long-term family business that owns and manages part of Chelsea; Quintessentially Foundation - the award-winning and grant-giving arm of Quintessentially Group, providing funding and building awareness for UK registered charities; and The Felix Project, a London-based charity which collects surplus food from food industry suppliers, and delivers it to local charities and primary schools to help feed vulnerable people. Open for walk-in diners from lunch time until the late evening from Wednesday to Sunday, Ugly Butterfly will offer an exciting and delicious menu of snacks and small plates, served alongside a Champagne list - by the glass - from the region’s top wine makers. The interiors have been created using up-cycled and re-utilised materials throughout. All dishes will be made from the parts of ingredients that are usually discarded as waste, most of which will come from Adam Handling Chelsea, with an emphasis on the four most-wasted foods; bread, milk, eggs and bananas. As well as providing a great place to eat and drink, Ugly

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Butterfly will become a hub for business and community sustainability initiatives to be promoted and supported, with pioneers in sustainable food and drink, restaurants, fashion, technology, and art and craft, holding free conversations and creating experiences for dropin diners twice a week, on Wednesday and Sunday evenings at 7.00pm. The conversations will include talks from Mike Robinson, leading game chef, founder of The Woodsman, co-owner of the Harwood Arms and a wild food specialist, and Steve Bannatyne of The Wood Store, sellers of recycled and reclaimed wood and creators of most of the up-cycled handmade furniture at Ugly Butterfly. The menus include some daring dishes created by Adam Handling and his team at Adam Handling Chelsea (located at the Belmond Cadogan hotel on Sloane Street), such as deboned crispy fried chicken feet with caviar; Adam Handling’s iconic cheese doughnuts made with left-overs from the cheeseboard; banana bread and chicken butter; lobster shell soup; broccoli stalk Caesar salad; retired dairy cow tartare, crispy potato peelings; reformed doughnuts (made with leftover bread) and overripe fruit jam. 2.5% of the takings will be donated to The Felix Project to support their many projects fighting food waste, and two dishes on the menu will use Feast Fairly pullet eggs which are usually disposed of due to their small size. Funds from Feast Fairly egg sales are donated to The Felix Project. Adam Handling says: “This is such an exciting collaboration. Across my restaurants and bars we have a strong commitment to achieving zero waste and in setting up Ugly Butterfly, we can help to move the sustainability agenda forward even further by bringing together the pioneers in sustainable food and drink, fashion, business, furnishings, technology, arts and crafts and giving them a home for some really interesting discussions. We want everyone to be able to drop in for some really tasty food, and delicious Champagne, and to contribute to building awareness of how we can live our lives, every day, on a more sustainable basis.”

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Return of a Star Cutting ties with the Celica name in the late eighties, the story of the Supra as we know it began. Maintaining its rear-wheel-drive layout and enjoying every increasing power during its generational progression, the Supra came into its own with its most famous - for now - fourth generation iteration. Claiming impressive performance figures as well as one of the best braking abilites of any production vehicle in the late nineties, the Supra became a firm favourite amongst the growing tuner crowd and eventually shot to fame in the first cinematic outing for the Fast and Furious franchise just a year before production would cease in 2002. Laying dormant ever since, the Supra name has finally returned to the streets with the stunning fifth generation offering. Managing to maintain the distinctive long nose, sleek body and short rear end while delivering a modern coupe aesthetic more than happy to show itself in even the most expensive of circles, this is a car that has a lot to live up to. In order to get the most out of this car and to reduce production time and cost, Toyota took the measured decision to collaborate with BMW who happen to already produce a coupe with sufficiently adequate performance figures of its own - the Z4.

Working off of the well established platform that has been used and improved on by BMW since 2015, the rate of development for the all-new GR (Gazoo Racing) Supra became somewhat swifter. Sticking with the front engine, rear-wheel-drive setup synonymous with the Supra name, the latest generation picks up right where its predecessor left and harnesses over 40 years of history. Performance focused with a healthy - some might say exaggerated - dose of sports coupe style, the GR Supra means business.

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Boasting a silky smooth yet undeniably potent 3.0-litre twinscroll turbocharged in-line 6 cylinder engine, you immediately get a sense of this cars intentions. A more than adequate 335 hp and impressive 500 Nm of torque are enough to propel this 1,500 kg sportster to sixty-two in just over four seconds and hit a governed top speed of 155 mph. However, it's not just about the power with this car. Yes, history suggests that it was necessary for the new Supra to provide a platform with a little more under the bonnet than its GT86 sister, but if you look back, that same history indicates the need for a responsive, agile machine that is comfortable on any road, not just the drag strip. Fortunately, the collaboration idea seems to have paid off. Utilising the engineering expertise of two of the worlds biggest automotive names appears to have its benefits, delivering a package that few others are able to compete with. Despite its impressive performance, comfort has not been compromised, allowing you to enjoy this car as an everyday driver should you so wish - as long as you don't expect to carry any children...or dogs as you will struggle to squeeze them into the two-seat cabin. Equally, the interior space has been designed with driver and passenger in mind. This is not a stripped out track car - although they have produced one of those in the shape of their GT4 racer - instead, it comes with all the creature comforts you would expect from any ÂŁ54,000 car whether they are noticably from the BMW factory or not. Taking a host of features from the German stable, the GR Supra cabin is not only comfortable, but incredibly simple

to navigate whilst driving. As anyone who has driven a sports focused BMW will have experienced, they know how to make a transmission and thankfully this is another smart move in Toyota's collaboration that has paid in abundance. Undetectibly smooth through gradual acceleration with razor sharp response under a heavier right foot, the 8-speed sports automatic is the perfect accompaniment to this engine, working in harmony to produce the smoothest of rides under any given circumstance. This is one of those cars that has a lot to live up to, not just for the name, but for the long history before it, yet Toyota have not been phased in the slightest here. Every aspect of the latest edition is better than the previous and not simply from a technology advancement, timescale angle. The design and engineering behind this car has combined to create a truly spectacular machine for its price tag. If you find yourself in a position where rear seats are not a necessity, there will be few other options you could find that will compete on the same level as this. From an aesthetic stand point, they have hit the nail on the head. Continuation of styling cues toyota.co.uk


YOUR DRIVE from the previous generation while firmly shifting the design towards the future with aggressive detailing, exaggerated features and that distinctive double-bubble roof harking back to the 2000GT. A blend of sharp lines and curved features are perfectly balanced to complete this cars visual appeal and appealing it is. Small in posture but big in character, this is a car you will enjoy more and more as you experience it and will likely stick around longer than you might expect as you definitely won't want to give it up too quickly. Balance is the key word with this car. Not only has the production been balanced between two brands to ensure the product is the best it can be, but everything about the car itself is balanced. Poised to deliver the best driving experience regardless of the desire to go fast or otherwise, the GR Supra is ready to take you to the shops in style or make sure you look good while steaming around a track. It is ready for every eventuality, which, for a car of this calibre and style is very surprising indeed. Thanks to its design with the low, wide stance and sleek profile along with the relatively low weight it carries, this car's all-round performance is undeniably excellent. Corners are soaked up whether you're enjoying some long, winding country roads or test its abilities on some sharp, technical turns with the steering playing a major role. Incredibly responsive and offering desirable feel through the wheel, you know exactly what's going on and exactly how hard you can push this little coupe before it decides to bite back, but you'll have to be going some to get close to that.

When in the planning phase, bosses at Toyota were told four seats are better than two. They didn't listen. And thank goodness for that. The two seat coupe club is not a big one and certainly not with this kind of price tag to performance ratio, but the GR Supra is a very welcome addition indeed and one that will likely make others consider their future decisions when it comes to the question of four or two.

TOYOTA GR SUPRA PRO Engine 3.0-Litre Turbocharged 6-Cylinder Power (hp) 335 Torque (Nm) 500 0-62mph (secs) 4.3 Max Speed (mph) 155 (governed) Transmission 8-Speed Sports Automatic Fuel Consumption (mpg) 34.5 Carbon Dioxide Emissions (g/km) 170 Price (from) ÂŁ54,000

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Breakneck Braking Very few cars make it on to the road in this state despite every entry into endurance racing requiring a production base from which to start. Ferrari, McLaren, even Audi each run endurance racers derived from production examples yet this is an altogether different beast. Developed specifically for their return to Le Mans, Ford are building just 1000 examples of this car for public purchase to adhere to regulations. As a result, the usual creature comforts you would expect from a ÂŁ400,000 plus supercar do not come as standard. Instead, what you get if you are lucky enough to have been allocated one of these rare cars is a road legal racing machine that packs a serious punch. Delivering 655 PS and equally impressive 750 Nm of torque, this car has more than enough resting over the rear axle to propel you down the road, but that's not this car's most impressive feature. When travelling at speed, you need to make sure you can turn and stop as necessary, and that's where this car come into its own. The sharp, angular lines are not just to make the GT look aggressive,

they have been specifically designed from the ground up to produce the most aerodynamic package possible. The result, downforce in abundance - especially when you slip it into 'Track' mode, immediately reducing the ride height by 50mm - and cornering to rival anything else on the road. What's more, the combination of enormous carbon ceramic brakes and that vast rear spoiler which acts as a wind brake deliver stopping power beyond imagination. You will want to make sure you're wearing that race harness and maybe even some goggles, just to make sure your eyes don't fall completely out of their sockets. This is a race car that the select few have the opportunity to own and drive on the road. Everything about it has been developed with racing in mind which is important to remember when you get in to the sparse cabin. You won't find anything else available from a factory that can offer you this kind of driving experience, so it's no surprise that the price tag puts most of its peers in the 'reasonably priced' category. But then again, who wants to settle for reasonable? ford.co.uk


FOCUS ST Performance technology from Ford is available to the general public and at a much more affordable price than their range topping GT. The latest allnew Focus ST brings tack-day performance along with the everyday usability customers have come to expect. Developed under the guidance of Ford Performance, this car has been built with driving in mind, and it shows. From the latest generation 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine with its all-aluminium construction - packing 280 PS and 420 Nm of torque - to the sculpted Recaro bucket seats aimed at keeping you safely in place whilst enjoying all the driving technology under the bonnet. Bringing selectable drive mode technology for the first time, the new Focus ST offers up adaptive characteristics to suit every scenario. Slippery/Wet, Normal, Sport and - for models equipped with the Performance Pack - Track Drive Modes adjust the electronic limited-slip differential, continuously controlled damping, electric power-assisted steering, throttle mapping, automatic transmission shift scheduling, electronic stability control, electronic sound enhancement and climate settings to provide you with the perfect setup in any given situation. This is a system that has been developed with performance in mind, not simply added to the car to keep up appearances. And once you get it on to the track that becomes ever more apparent. Delivering performance that rivals the current RS iteration, this is not a car to be scoffed at, especially when you consider the subÂŁ32,000 starting price tag.

Body Carbon Fibre Monocoque Engine 3.5-Litre Twin-Turbo EcoBoost V6 Power (PS) 655 Torque (Nm) 750 0-60mph (secs) < 3.0 Max Speed (mph) 216 60-0mph (metres) 27.7 Drivetrain RWD with Limited-Slip Differential Transmission 7-Speed Getrag Dual Clutch Availability

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V8 Powered Merc Import Left-Hand Drive 560 SL import from Mercedes-Benz packing a potent V8.

The 107 series Mercedes-Benz SL is a two-seater car with detachable roof and was the only roadster to be produced by the marque throughout its run from 1971 to 1989. Topping the series was the 560 SL which was reserved for the US, Japanese and Australian markets and produced from '86 to '89. Packing a huge 5.6-litre V8 engine, this car took the place of the otherwise vacant 500 SL which was unavailable to US customers. This example has made its way to the UK sporting its original left-hand-drive setup and finished in Nautic Blue coachwork with dark blue leather interior. Complete with matching dark blue soft top and hard top, you can make the most of this car whatever the weather. Mercedes' 560 SL featured a host of changes from the UK available 500 SL resulting from unique US regulations meaning extended bumpers and distinctive headlights as well as an automatic gearbox for this well maintained, very dry example. Chelsea Cars, 59-61 Armoury Way, London SW18 1JZ | 020 8870 9977 | sales@chelseacars.com | chelseacars.com


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Pocket Sized Punch Luxurious British marque Aston Martin have struggled for a number of years in an ever competitive market to make a substantial mark. Now, there's no denying that the brand has returned to its roots with a stunning collection of cars that finally deliver something a little different and the all-new Vantage offers up the epitome of this new and improved Aston Martin. Inspired by the racing arm and intent on delivering a driving experience like no other, the team had a serious job to do, but it appears to have paid off, in a big way. On first look, the design team have taken the iconic AM styling cues and thrust them firmly into today's aesthetic. The shaped

front grille synonymous with the brand has been adapted to created a vast gaping 'mouth' integrated with an equally apparent front splitter to help with the down-force which is contrasted with smooth, sleek lines running across the bonnet and beyond. Distinctive features have been introduced along the body with a sharply designed intake and beautifully shaped side window which raises towards the back to exaggerate the wide, powerful aesthetic of the rear arches. The rear end hasn't been forgotten either. A striking tail light setup follows the rear spoiler line mirroring that iconic front grille shape while the quad exhaust system and rear diffuser further illustrate this cars performance credentials.

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And credentials it has, in buckets. Hidden under that sweeping bonnet sits the impressive 4.0-litre twin turbocharged V8 AMG unit from Mercedes, so there's no need to worry over reliability issues that have previously caused some concern and you certainly don't need to worry about performance problems. Set low and as far back in the chassis as possible to create a perfect 50:50 weight distribution and packing over 500hp with a whopping 685Nm of torque, you can be sure to leave the line in sufficiently swift fashion. Zero to sixty-two mph occurs in just 3.6 seconds - not the quickest in the sector, but you're not going to notice too much in real-world driving - and a top speed of 195 mph ensures that you can keep up with the pack. It's not all about speed though, and this car demonstrates that in a spectacular way. They have always been renowned for crafting beautiful cars, and this is no different, but now, the design and engineering teams have clearly worked very closely to create a car that takes both the form and function up to the next level. That front splitter and rear diffuser combination doesn't just look incredible, it serves important purpose in keeping this car on track. Delivering substantial down-force - something that is a rare occurrence on most production vehicles - the Vantage sticks to the ground like glue. Sharp, pointed and very deliberate cornering results utilising the car's incredibly low, wide platform and impressive chassis. Alongside this, the new electronic rear differential which is linked to the stability control system, continuously measures the car's behaviour and reacts accordingly giving you even more straight-line stability and cornering performance.

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'Every aspect works in perfect harmony delivering a package that is hard to come by.'


ASTON MARTIN The Vantage is all about balance. From the fundamental base, the chassis, which comes in the form of the latest generation bonded aluminium structure first seen on the DB11 that has been adapted and improved to suit this car - with a total of 70 per cent new components - to the fine balance of performance and style. Every aspect works in perfect harmony delivering a package that is hard to come by. Granted, it doesn't pack the same level of performance as some of its competitors, but then, you would be hard pushed to find one that looks quite as good as this and provide such high levels of quality. One look at the interior and you could be mistaken into thinking you had just entered a concept model for a Mars explorer. Such an outlandish design would look out of place anywhere other than the interior of this car, but here, it is ideally suited to compliment that futuristic exterior aesthetic. A striking central console houses everything you need from the welcome return of Aston Martin's clean and simple gear selection and ignition button setup, to the conveniently positioned infotainment selection system with interactive touch pad and scroll wheel. An array of buttons and switchgear feature too, allowing you to easily control climate settings and heated seats - a winter must-have. Continue up and two prominent centralised air vents protrude from the dash providing a substantial whack of warm - or cold - air should you so choose while the

8" LCD screen rests within the plush console at a suitable viewing height for ease of use while driving. This design ethos isn't just reserved for the centre console however. Glance across to the right and your eyes set their sights on a uniquely shaped steering wheel which clearly takes a little inspiration from the motorsport world, but brings it into an equally luxurious, leather-bound setting complete with handy switchgear. As a result of the cars incredibly low stance, the driving position is always going to be equally low, but the comfortable, encompassing bucket seats are on hand to ensure you feel suitably secure whilst driving, or enjoy a ride in the passenger seat. Leather and luxuriously soft Alcantara combine to create a comfortable, high quality, inviting interior space that you would expect from any ÂŁ100k plus car while flashes of optional carbon fibre integrate

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seamlessly to add an unmistakably sporty appeal to this otherwise cosy space. Despite being an outright two-seater, it is also functional as an everyday car thanks to the surprising 350-litre boot space. Shopping becomes a breeze and trips to the golf club don't have to be compromised. On top of that, the silky smooth 8-speed ZF transmission works to provide as efficient a ride as possible affording a combined consumption figure of 27.4 mpg, meaning you can enjoy the ride without having to constantly fill up relatively speaking. Of course, you will find yourself running at a considerable lower level when you inevitably press your right foot a little harder, but no one will judge you for that. The pleasure it brings and sound from that quad exhaust it delivers are undeniably worth it. Aston Martin have been through considerable turmoil, but this new Vantage is a clear demonstration that they are coming out the other side all the better for it. Improvements across the board have combined to create a true track oriented car for the road. Taking inspiration and knowledge from the race world and bringing it into production form, this is a car that packs a serious punch both in the performance department and the style. Whether you opt for one of the striking, unusal colour options available or not, heads will turn wherever you are thanks to both the unmistakably Aston Martin tone from the exhaust and those imposing, aggressive and outright stunning design features.

ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE Engine 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 Power (hp) 503 Torque (Nm) 685 0-62mph (secs) 3.6 Max Speed (mph) 195 Transmission 8-speed ZF Automatic Fuel Consumption (mpg) 27.4 Carbon Dioxide Emissions (g/km) 236 Price (from) ÂŁ120,900

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