Ten speedy toys and trips we’re chasing right now
Our editors share their flights of fancy for all things fast and furious. See all 10 of their selections here.
Have a need for speed? So do we. This month, our editors share their flights of fancy for all things fast and furious, from a souped-up Shelby to Switzerland’s mighty ski slopes. See all 10 of their selections here.
Military agencies favour rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) for their high speed and high buoyancy. The leisure RIBs that Christian Grande designs for Sacs Marine (sacsmarine.it) upgrade the genre with sleek styling and plush living spaces. His latest, the Rebel 47 (from about $US670,000 or about $A876,000), can reach up to 50 knots when equipped with a pair of 550 hp engines. - Larry Bean
From February 17 through 21, drivers can go dashing through the snow in Lamborghini’s 520kW Aventador (lamborghini.com) during the marque’s Twelve Hours of Livigno winter-driving courses in the Italian Alps. The tracks are set for the season’s short days, offering illumination for raging bulls who wish to race well into the night. - Viju Mathew
Every winter, Switzerland’s snowcapped mountains become the backdrop for White Turf (whiteturf.ch), a horse-racing extravaganza that takes place on frozen Lake St Moritz. Over three consecutive weekends starting February 12, spectators can bet on speedy steeds and sample gourmet food. - Rebekah Bell
The new Hublot Big Bang Ferrari (hublot.com) pays tribute to the Italian supercar maker with sinuous curves and auto-inspired details. A significant reimagining of Hublot’s signature Big Bang model, the limited-edition watch (priced from $US26,200, or about $A34,275) features a tachymeter-inspired seconds counter and a dashboard-style date display. - James D. Malcolmson
I get my speed fix on the slopes, and this month that means the Alpine Skiing World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland (February 6–19). After watching Mikaela Shiffrin shred the competition, I’d head to Stuben, Austria, to stay at the new House HannesSchneider (househannesschneider.at), at the base of what is now the world’s fifth-largest ski area. - Bruce Wallin
One downside to the craft-cocktail movement is that it can take 20 minutes to craft said cocktail. When speed is of the essence, I reach for one of a new breed of premium packaged cocktails, such as Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock and Rye old-fashioned
(drinkslowandlow.com) or High West Distillery’s Barreled Boulevardier (highwest.com). - Janice O’Leary
Classic Recreations’ Pro-Touring Shelby G.T. 350CR (classicrecreations.com) begins with a 1966 Mustang fastback and ends with a pro-touring version of the original. New for this winter, the revamped muscle car features a 5.0-litre V8 engine, advanced suspension, new wheels, and modern infotainment. Each car gains entry into the official Shelby Registry. - Robert Ross
Whether you’re skiing down the slopes or navigating the urban streets, Moncler Grenoble’s (moncler.com) Praz Giubbotto jacket ($US1830 or about $A2395) pairs warmth and comfort with extras like a zip pocket with a cable output for headphones. Stylish and practical, the jacket has a removable hood and is filled with down to keep you insulated. - Jill Newman
I love how quickly and effortlessly Michael Sieger’s Seven porcelain pieces (sieger-germany.com) bring smart style to the table, and how fast they clean up after dinner. Handmade in Germany by Fürstenberg,the septet is multifunctional—plates are lids, an espresso cup holds dip or dessert, a pasta bowl serves bread—and dishwasher safe. - Lori Bryan
Time is everything with wine, but for newly released reds, the Peugeot Clef du Vin ($US50 or about $A65, peugeot-saveurs.com) can speed up the ageing process. One second of contact per 50 mL supposedly ages the wine a year. The effects don’t entirely replicate those of true cellaring, but the Clef does soften tannins, bringing more of the flavours forward. - Brett Anderson
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