I’m sitting window on a CRJ200 to Palm Springs (CA) waiting for the crew to finish loading. I grab the American Way Magazine from the seat back in front of me and open to an anecdote on Sinatra and fashion. “Sinatra absolutely hated brown,” it said. “Orange was the happiest color,” he said.
As absurd as it seems, yes, you read that headline right. Louis Vuitton, the world-famous luxury fashion brand, has tapped Lightning, the heroine of Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIII series, as their latest model in a new advertising campaign. To be clear, this is not a real human model that was made up with pink hair to resemble the video game character, but the actual digital creation rendered with fashion items such as expensive handbags.
Acura may be caught up in 2017 NSX excitement right now, but that doesn't mean it hasn't been thinking about what to do with its more mainstream sedans. Honda's luxury arm isn't quite ready to show us the replacements to the TLX and ILX yet, but it is promising a hint of what we might expect with a concept car pencilled in for the North American International Auto Show in January.
Luxury watchmaker Breitling, most known for their aviation-related mechanical watches, has made its first entry into the smartwatch market. The company has just released its Exospace B55 timepiece, a "connected watch" that focuses on smartwatch-like notifications over running full-blown apps like the Apple Watch or Samsung Gear S2. This strategy sees Breitling joining other traditional watchmakers like TAG Heuer and Fossil in appealing to those who would still prefer wearing standard timepieces.
The "four-door luxury coupe" might have seemed like an odd fad initially, but its matured into a legitimate segment. Audi's take on the category, the 2016 S7, has an excellent starting point in the shape of the slinky A7, ramping up the curb appeal with bigger wheels and more aggressive strolling front and rear. Nothing too outré, mind, but enough to single the car out as something special.
If you've been waiting for a luxury convertible with enough power to rip the hair from your scalp, wait no more: Mercedes-AMG has you covered. Mustering a frankly indecent 737 lb-ft. of torque, Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet mixes together four seats, a fabric hood, and a huge 6.0-liter V12 engine.
Audi isn't ready to let the public loose in its autonomous cars, but the robo-racers are donating safety tech en-masse to the 2017 Audi Q7. The new luxury SUV not only gains a sharp new suit and an interior borrowing heavily from the classy A8 sedan, but packs the sort of auto-braking, road-following, pedestrian-spotting gadgetry that not long ago was science-fiction.
Volvo's new 2017 S90 isn't just the Swedish riposte to German luxury sedans, but a thoroughly Scandinavian take on increasingly intelligent cars. Unveiled earlier this week, the new car debuts the next significant step on Volvo's path to true autonomous driving, dubbed Pilot Assist.
What do you do when a Bugatti car isn't sufficiently rare and expensive to single you out? You buy a Bugatti boat instead. The supercar manufacturer has taken just enough time out from working on the upcoming Chiron to team with motor yacht builder Palmer Johnson, and the result is the Niniette series, a line of open carbon-fiber sport yachts.
The droid BB-8 is turning out to be one of the early stars of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the toy from Sphero, which actually rolls around on its own, has become one of the must-have gifts this holiday season. Trouble is, they're so hard to find at this point, it'd probably be easier to get a hold of this gold and diamond version. Yep, you read that right, an ultra luxury BB-8 made with gold and diamonds has been created by Kay Jewelers.