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Off the Map Travel itineraries in Norway for a ev supercar road trip via 360 Magazine

Porsche Road Trip

NEW! EXPLORE THE NORWEGIAN FJORDS AND MOUNTAINS ON AN ELECTRIC SUPERCAR ROAD TRIP

Weeklong program is an eco-sensitive, road-tripping adventure in a Porsche

If you’re a fan of adventure and luxury cars, this new supercar driving program is for you. Adding the glide of a luxury electric car, you’ll travel through Norwegian fjords and the Sunnmore Alps on a supercar road trip, enjoying empty open roads and breathtaking scenery behind the wheel of an electric Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.  The route is pre-programmed; you do the driving.

Driving the roads along mountain passes, bridges and labyrinthine tunnels will amp up the adrenaline for any driving enthusiast. And this time, it’s done in the most sustainable, exhilarating fashion: in an electric supercar of the highest renown.

The seven-day Drive the Fjords supercar adventure —  available on June 12; August  7; and September 4, 11, 18 — has been created by specialist travel company Off the Map Travel to showcase Norway’s National Tourist Routes in the Fjords in the most exciting way.  Should you decide to go for the ultimate splurge, a private version of the program is also available.

Delivering a racetrack experience along the edge of the fjords, the emission-free electric supercar Porsche comes equipped with pre-programmed routes that journey through Norway’s stunning fjords and mountains.

The Porsche has room to hold everything needed for the six-day trip and smoothly handles the winding mountain and forest routes that have inspired Norwegian folklore. Set the car on cruise control, feel the power, and take in the ever-changing scenery outside.

You’ll enjoy a night in the art nouveau town of Alesund, where a boat ride among the fjords provides an extra sense of adventure. A night in a traditional Sami tent deep in the pine forests plus all hotel accommodations along the route support the program’s sustainability emphasis. All provide eco-toiletries in the rooms, locally sourced produce in the restaurants, and use only electric or hybrid vehicles. Onsite chargers are provided for your vehicle.

“We created this program for guests to travel through the stunning Norwegian fjords in a stylish and comfortable manner without impacting the environment,” commented Jonny Cooper, founder of Off the Map Travel.

Inclusions

The adventure aspect of the trip is paramount. Travelers will journey along the spectacular Atlantic Road known as “the road across the sea” with its imposing seven bridges and network of tunnels, travel deep into the magnificent mountains to the Troll Wall, the largest rock wall in Europe; take a ferry into the gaping Geiranger fjord; journey up a gondola for the views of the North Atlantic; and experience the fjords from the sky in a private helicopter.

The cutting-edge electric supercar achieves 283 miles on a charge and has a built-in “charging planner” that calculates the optimum route based on your charge status.

The menu each day features the region’s best local cuisine including seafood from hyper-local purveyors.

The seven-day, six-night drive the fjords itinerary is priced from £7899 per person ($9747 USD at the time of this writing) including all meals and accomodations, based on double occupancy; with accommodations in Brosundet, Storfjord and Union Oye; transfers; all activities; and use of the electric Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo. Flights are additional.

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Full itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Alesund. From the window of your aircraft, you’ll see the crystal clear fjords and jagged peaks of the Sunnmore Alps. Transfer from the airport to the art nouveau town of Alesund to check into Hotel Brosundet. Once settled, you will board a boat and head out into the fjords to Flatsea lighthouse. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the lighthouse and make use of the jacuzzi and sauna before heading back to your hotel for dinner in Apotekergata No. 5.

Day 2: In the morning, check out and meet your driver who will take you to Hotel Storfjord in the town of Storfjord. Enjoy a welcome cocktail at the Lavvu, a traditional Sami tent set deep in the pine forests surrounding the hotel. Take in your surroundings and learn about some of the highlights of the trip ahead. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing and maybe head to the spa.

Day 3: After breakfast begin your personal driving adventure along the North Atlantic Overpass. Drive north toward the Atlantic Ocean Road. Your car will be packed with a delicious Storfjord picnic basket complete with local cheese, meats, berries and sparkling wine. Arrive at a dramatic overpass that is a marvel of engineering: your car will appear to fly over the Atlantic as you wind from island to island. The scenery is breath-taking and you can find a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy your picnic. On the return journey, take in the Sunmore peaks dotting the horizon. This will be your playground for the next few days as you adventure deeper into the fjords.

Day 4: Head to the mountains of Romsdal. The first stop will be at the Troll wall, the highest rock wall in Europe. Enjoy pastries packed by the kitchen and continue deeper into the mountains where the Trollstigen will appear with a winding road up to the summit. This is one of the most magnificent vantage points in Norway. Descend the Valdel Valley which will lead you back to the fjords. A ferry to Stranda offers a glimpse of things to come as the fjords get narrower and deeper. Pause at the view point between the tunnels and stare directly into the gaping chasm of the Geiranger fjord. The final destination is Union Oye – an historic royal oasis at the end of the valley. Check in and enjoy a delicious dinner before relaxing in the evening.

Day 5: After a night’s rest and breakfast of local produce, take the quiet roads winding towards the west and leave the fjords behind you. Before long you will trace the coastline towards Stryn, the perfect spot for lunch and a journey on a gondola to take in the views over the North Atlantic. As you head further inland, the fjord hamlet of Geiranger will come into view. Board the ferry, sit back and enjoy a cruise through the grandest fjord of them all with waterfalls cascading off the mountains. Disembark at Hellesylt and drive to Union Oye.

Day 6: A visit to the Sunmore region celebrates the seafood heritage of the region. You’ll visit an island off the west coast for a five-course seafood menu. On the return journey, skirt Storfjord as you arrive back for your final meal.

Day 7: For the final morning you’ll say farewell to you luxe Porsche supercar and take to the skies for an aerial tour of the roads you have been driving on. This trip provides an immersive experience as the helicopter weaves in and out of the fjords high over the mountain peaks. At the end, a private driver will transport you to Alesund Vigra airport for your departure.

OFF THE MAP TRAVEL

The team at Off the Map Travel works with experiences and destinations that allow people to explore hidden wonders of our planet. Specializing in Soft Adventure OTMT creates tailor-made holiday itineraries offering authentic experiences not offered by many larger travel companies.  For more information on Off the Map Travel itineraries vist HERE.

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*Photos: Marius Beck Dahle

Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II via 360 MAGAZINE

Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II

“Phantom occupies an unrivalled position at the very apex of the luxury world. As our pinnacle product, it represents the very best of Rolls-Royce design, engineering and craftsmanship – a perfect blend of vision, creativity, the finest materials, skill, patience and precision. With Phantom Series II, we have retained and carefully protected everything our clients’ love about this superlative and luxurious item; subtle, yet meaningful enhancements reflect their evolving tastes and requirements.

“Phantom has always been viewed as the ‘best car in the world’: our Bespoke capabilities mean that, for our clients, it can be the best car for their world, too.”

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce products enjoy an expansive lifetime, ultimately becoming timeless expressions of good taste, beauty and luxurious perfection. Phantom occupies a unique, pinnacle position in this regard, being revered for its timeless elegance.

The eighth-generation of Phantom was presented in 2017. In creating the new expression, Rolls-Royce designers and engineers have been guided by the requests of clients, who have implored Rolls-Royce not to make any major changes to an already iconic motor car. In answer to these client demands, only the lightest of design touches, embellishments, and adaptations have been incorporated. Indeed, it is not about what should be changed, but in fact, what should be preserved and protected.

A NEW EXPRESSION

The most obvious and important feature to be retained is Phantom’s commanding presence, enhanced by a new polished horizontal line between the daytime running lights above the Pantheon Grille.

A subtle geometric change to the Pantheon Grille makes the ‘RR’ Badge of Honour and Spirit of Ecstasy mascot more prominent

The grille itself is now illuminated, a feature debuted and popularised in Ghost.

The headlights are graced with intricate laser-cut bezel starlights, creating a visual connection with the Starlight Headliner inside.

The silhouette preserves the elegant key lines running from the Spirit of Ecstasy to the tapering rear tail.

The side profile is enhanced with a suite of new wheels. A 3D, milled, stainless steel wheel with triangular facets, a truly elegant disc wheel, recalling the romance of 1920’s Rolls-Royce motor cars produced in both polished stainless steel and black lacquer

Phantom’s sumptuous interior remains almost unaltered: the steering wheel has been made slightly thicker, providing a more connected and immediate point of contact for the owner-driver.

Phantom attracts an elite stratum of clients. Phantom attracts the most ambitious and challenging Bespoke commissions ever undertaken by Rolls-Royce.

There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ Phantom client. Spanning the ‘poles of luxury’, they may be ever-younger or older, modern or traditional, self-made or from long-established wealth.

Their commissions reflect a full spectrum of interests and influences.

The eighth-generation Phantom has been designed to offer a ‘blank canvas’ for Bespoke personalisation.

“The subtle changes we have made for the new Phantom Series II have all been minutely considered and meticulously executed. As Sir Henry Royce himself said: ‘Small things make perfection, but perfection is no small thing’,” Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

PHANTOM PLATINO: THE RETURN OF FINE TEXTILES

To mark the introduction of Phantom Series II and to illustrate Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke capability, the marque has created a new Bespoke masterpiece, Phantom Platino, named after the silver-white finish of the coveted and precious metal, platinum.

Phantom Platino continues Rolls-Royce’s exploration into fabric interiors, a story which began in 2015 with the launch of Serenity, a truly Bespoke Phantom with a hand-painted, hand-embroidered silk interior.

Heralding the next step in this significant journey, Phantom Platino introduces materials other than leather, an area of exploration for Rolls-Royce and a move that demonstrates a greater acceptance of alternative interior upholsteries.

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Jlf architecture legacy houses in Jackson Hole, Wyoming via 360 magazine.

JLF ARCHITECTS

JLF Architects Announces May 2022 Release of New Book “Foundations” Published by Rizzoli and Featuring 16 Stunning Legacy Houses

JLF Architects’ announces the publication of “Foundations: Houses by JLF Architects” (Rizzoli New York), debuting on May 3, 2022, and offering an in-depth look at 16 spectacular homes designed by the Bozeman, Montana-based firm in Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Idaho and New York. The 256-page coffee-table book, already receiving media acclaim, features 200 photographs of JLF-designed houses, thoughtfully sited amid breathtaking scenery and rooted in regional history, materials and methods.

JLF Architects announces the May 3, 2022, publication of the firm’s new book “Foundations: Houses by JLF Architects.” Published by Rizzoli New York, written by Seabring Davis with JLF Design Build and with some 200 photographs by Audrey Hall, “Foundations” highlights 16 stunning JLF-designed houses set amid remarkable scenery in the mountains, on the water, in the forest and the foothills of Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Idaho and New York.

“Breathtaking houses that are built lovingly with noble materials and heritage methods, always presented in profound conversation with nature,” writes Rizzoli about the book, which has already received accolades from “BigLife” magazine in a feature on the “Modern Artifact” Park City house from the book in its recent Spring 2022 issue. And “Big Sky Journal HOME” applauds JLF Architects as the “esteemed firm [that] brings decades of experience to bear on rustic and modern design solutions” in its review of the book.

From their first project some 40 years ago, challenged with creating a Montana cabin to match existing log structures on a century-old homestead property, JLF pioneered the idea of reusing old materials. “Reclaiming the wood and rebuilding it into a new form kindled a movement in American architecture,” they write in the introduction to “Foundations.” “The early work stirred a revival of craft that launched JLF’s time-honored design-build philosophy … The authenticity of materials with their natural blemishes worn by axes, adzes, boot heels, horse hooves, and the elements seemed to belong to the Montana landscape. The buildings appeared as if they had always been there, enduring and timeless.”

JLF has taken its history-rich designs in increasingly contemporary directions in recent years, continually pushing its own limits to lead the way in what has become known as Rustic Modern or Mountain Modern design. Bringing a fresh contemporary approach to Old-World materials and methods, these JLF legacy houses retain the connections to regional history and the land that resonate deeply with homeowners, combining the highest level of artisanal craftsmanship with up-to-the-minute sustainable technology. As “Foundations” states, “Building a legacy house – large or small – with purpose is the definitive reward … we build houses that weather time, traditions, trends, and generations with practical grace.”

“BigLife” spotlights a spectacular Park City, Utah, project by JLF in “Building Dreams.” Appropriately featured in the magazine’s PLACE section, it recognizes the firm’s commitment to designing in concert with specific history and landscape since that first cabin design in 1979, which it calls “an origin story of resourcefulness and a pitch-perfect sense of place.” “BigLife” writes, “JLF has become renowned for the way that their projects are at home in their environs,” adding that the Park City house “perfectly marries the authenticity of place with a modern sensibility” and that the new book “Foundations” “offers insight into the intentionality that goes into each JLF project.”

“Big Sky Journal” reviews “Foundations” in its just-out popular annual HOME issue, writing of JLF Architects “working to build in partnership with the land through environmentally responsible, artful design” and sharing a quote from the new book to summarize the philosophy of the firm that has become known for creating “brand-new 100-year-old houses”: “The most sustainable thing we can do is design a house that will still be here in a hundred years, a place where people can gather for generations to come.”

“Foundations: Houses by JLF Architects” includes a foreword by writer, filmmaker and conservationist John Heminway, who similarly captures the mystique of a JLF house: “A home should be right in every way. It should impress, not through grandeur but through simplicity, authority, and grace. Ideally, it is located, designed, and crafted so thoughtfully that it appears the only imaginable structure for the landscape. Let others erect castles, as long as JLF can build you a home where, inside and out, you will feel better, be better … the home of the heart.”

About JLF Architects:

With over 40 years of experience, JLF Architects, pioneers in building houses with reclaimed antique timber and indigenous stone, continue as leaders in creating sustainable legacy houses that contrast rustic materials with the best of contemporary design. The award-winning Bozeman, Montana-based firm with offices in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Park City, Utah, applies distinctive solutions and Old-World techniques to create place-based houses closely aligned with the natural world and honoring history, from the Rocky Mountains to the Eastern Seaboard. Winners of “Mountain Living” Home of the Year, the JLF Architects and Big-D Signature design-build team unites passionate architects with dedicated builders to enable the collective imagination of visionary artisans working with visionary clients. For more information go HERE and follow JLF on Instagram and Pinterest.

Rolls-Royce Phantom design history via 360 MAGAZINE

Rolls-Royce Reflects

ROLLS-ROYCE REFLECTS ON ITS PINNACLE PRODUCT 

TO MARK 118TH ANNIVERSARY

  • Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrates the 118th anniversary of the historic first meeting between Henry Royce and The Hon. Charles Stewart Rolls – which took place on 4 May 1904
  • The company they founded together created ‘the best car in the world’, a position still occupied today by the marque’s products
  • Phantom, Rolls-Royce’s pinnacle product, has continued to evolve technically, aesthetically and dynamically to maintain its pre-eminence in the Rolls-Royce offering, and in the world of luxury
  • The eighth generation of Phantom reflects Royce’s held conviction that “small things make perfection, but perfection is no small thing”.

“As we reflect on Phantom’s remarkable heritage, I am struck by the unique place it occupies in the hearts and minds of our most demanding Rolls-Royce clients. Phantom is the beneficiary of the most ambitious forms of Rolls-Royce Bespoke, transforming into whatever our clients want it to be. Indeed, Phantom is not only the ‘best car in the world’, but the best car for them in their world.” 

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars marks the 118th anniversary of the first meeting between its founders, Henry Royce and The Hon. Charles Stewart Rolls at the Midland Hotel, Manchester, England in 1904.

Through the combination of Royce’s engineering genius and Rolls’ talent for promotion, their company soon became recognised as the maker of ‘the best car in the world’ – a title that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars proudly retains more than a century later. 

Today, the marque’s pinnacle product – Phantom – is the ultimate expression of Bespoke luxury designed and handmade at the Home of Rolls-Royce, Goodwood. As part of its annual reflections on its origins and unique heritage, Rolls-Royce looks back through Phantom’s lineage, exploring how its namesakes evolved over the years to remain consistently at the apex of the Rolls-Royce offering.

THE ORIGINS OF EXCELLENCE

In the automotive industry’s earliest days, luxury car makers produced only the mechanical components (engine, transmission, chassis and so on) known as a rolling chassis, which underpinned the car. The bodies were designed and constructed by independent coachbuilders to the customer’s specification. 

For manufacturers, including Rolls-Royce, improvements in design and engineering were directed almost entirely towards technical aspects of the car’s performance. These included reliability, hill-climbing capability, ease of control and a set of ride quality attributes still known collectively as noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). 

From the outset, Phantom earned the title ‘the best car in the world’ through the superior quality and designs of the rolling chassis – the finest platform on which coachbuilders could reach the very apex of their craft.

REDRAWING TECHNICAL BOUNDARIES

The Phantom family was born in 1925 when Rolls-Royce launched Phantom I. With its massive low-range torque, cutting-edge technology and ‘Magic Carpet Ride’, the new model immediately established the fundamental traits that would define the family for the next 100 years. Then, as now, Rolls-Royce declined to rest on its laurels, and by 1929, its successor was ready for the market. 

Phantom II represented another step-change in engineering and technology. In 1930, the company unveiled the Phantom II Continental, which gave customers a choice of a more performance-orientated model for those who preferred to drive themselves. The ‘standard’ longer-wheelbase car was retained for chauffeur-driven use. This practice set the precedent for today’s Phantom and Phantom Extended.

THE NEED FOR SPEED

While the new Continental could attain speeds up to 95mph, it was still not as fast as some of its rivals. The company decided to resolve the matter once and for all. In 1934, applying its proven experience with aero engines, it developed a new 7.3-litre V12 engine, mounted on a new chassis. The resulting Phantom III, when fitted with lightweight coachwork, was capable of exceeding 100mph.  

In 1939, Rolls-Royce produced an experimental car, nicknamed ‘The Scalded Cat’. In later years, this car was often loaned to influential individuals, including HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke was so impressed that he persuaded Rolls-Royce to build him a more formal version; the marque obliged with the first Phantom IV, delivered in July 1950. The car remains on front-line (albeit reduced) duty at The Royal Mews, under its pre-delivery codename, Maharajah. Though originally intended as a one-off, 18 Phantom IV cars were completed: 17 were sumptuously appointed commissions for other royalty and heads of state; the other, somewhat bizarrely, was built as a pick-up truck for use by Rolls-Royce as transport and on-the-road component testing.

A FINAL FLOURISH

In 1959, the marque launched Phantom V, equipped with its most up-to-date V8 engine. In 1967, the car underwent subtle technical changes that were deemed, at the very last minute, sufficient to justify its redesignation as Phantom VI.

By 1968 the only true coachbuilder left in Britain was Rolls-Royce’s own in-house company, Mulliner Park Ward. These magnificent cars soldiered on through the mid-1980s, until production dwindled to a mere two or three cars a year, and finally ceased altogether in 1992.

BRINGING VISIONS TO LIFE

Every generation up to Phantom VI was essentially a rolling chassis. The bodies were built to the owner’s individual requirements by some of the most famous and prestigious names in British and European coachbuilding. 

While this was normal practice in the luxury automotive world, Phantom stood apart through its ability – thanks to Royce’s engineering genius and the excellence of the chassis’ components and construction – to carry coachwork of the very finest quality, weight and complexity.

At every stage in Phantom’s development, owners exploited its potential to the full, creating some of the most magnificent, eye-catching and radical motor cars ever to grace the road. And since the chassis and body were separate, it was possible for a subsequent owner to change the car’s appearance to suit their own taste and requirements. 

Many Phantoms took on more than one guise over their long, often globe-trotting lives: in some cases, they were merely repainted; in others, the whole car was rebuilt from the chassis upwards, taking on an entirely new form and character. And for all their extraordinary diversity, every one of the examples shown below is a true Rolls-Royce in terms of its underlying engineering, materials and construction, performance, ride quality and comfort – and, above all, in being exactly as the owner wanted it. 

1930 Phantom II (62GY)

This handsome Phantom II was coachbuilt by Hooper of London with a Dual Cowl Tourer body. At the request of the owner, a wealthy timber merchant from Texas, 50 additions were specified with touring intentions. These include a larger fuel tank, louvered bonnet and radiator two inches taller than standard. The car was originally purchased for the owner’s honeymoon and went on to tour the Continent extensively until 1939. The present custodian acquired the car in 1998 and has since won prestigious awards including the Louis Vuitton Classic Parfums Givenchy Trophy pre-war tourers and Most Sporting Tourer in the Biarritz Concours.

1933 Phantom II Continental (55MW)

This ‘concealed-head boat body’ was a speciality of coachbuilder Park Ward. Its main feature was the compact folding hood that, when fully retracted, was entirely concealed under the rear deck, giving the coachwork its distinctive uninterrupted line. The original upholstery was textured pigskin.

Source: ‘Park Ward The Innovative Coachbuilder’ by Malcolm Tucker.

1933 Phantom Ill (3BT103) 

This rare two-door sedanca coupé was coachbuilt by HJ Mulliner for Apsley Cherry-Garrard, one of the surviving members of Captain Scott’s last, fateful expedition to the South Pole in 1912. The car was originally finished in Primrose Yellow with a dyed Vaulmol leather interior; in the late 1940s it was repainted in black. The car was briefly owned by the legendary actor Sir Ralph Richardson; it then spent time in Wales and the USA before returning to the UK in the late 70s / early 80s. It sat neglected in a barn until 2018 when it was bought by its present owner, and has now been painstakingly restored using many authentic components, including original numbered engine parts. 

Source: Alpine Eagle Ltd.

1937 Phantom III (3BT85)

London coachbuilder Hooper & Co built several bodies in this striking saloon-with-division style, which looks fast even when standing still thanks to its semi-razor edge styling and swooping curves. The art-deco chrome-plated flashes to the body and wings simply enhance the sense of kinetic energy.

Source: ‘The Spectre Arises’ by Steve Stuckey.

1965 Phantom V (5VD63)

This Phantom was originally owned by Wing Commander Patrick Barthropp. In 1968, John Lennon purchased the car from Barthropp coinciding with the launch of The Beatles’ White Album. In September 1969 he sold the car to Allen Klein, an American businessman. 

The car appeared in the Oscar-winning film Georgy Girl (1966), the classic Let It Be (1970), starring The Beatles, Performance (1970), featuring Mick Jagger, and then prominently featured in The Greek Tycoon (1978) starring Anthony Quinn. 

In 2016 after extensive restoration, Jody Klein, a longtime Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club member brought the car to the Concurs d’Elegance, Lincolnshire, where it was awarded first place for Best In Class.

The car currently resides in the United Kingdom.

Source: Photographs courtesy of ABKCO © 2022. All rights reserved.

1966 Phantom VI (5LVF65)

James Young, established in 1863, is renowned for creating some of the most elegant coachwork to ever grace a motor car chassis. Perhaps the pinnacle of their achievements was realised in their PV23 design, developed especially for the Rolls-Royce Phantom V chassis, with 22 such bodies being built.

This model was usually finished in black, but for 5LVF65 the lighter shade of Ivory further enhances the classic elegance of every curve and line from the pen of its acclaimed designer, A. F. McNeil.

The interior contains a remarkably spacious rear compartment, with the finest cabinetry work below the division glass. Champagne cloth to the rear compartment is chosen for greater comfort than the similarly coloured and more resilient leather that the chauffeur would enjoy.

Source: P&A Wood.

2015 Phantom VII (Serenity Phantom)

Rolls-Royce created this magnificent Bespoke Phantom VII Extended for its display at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Inspired by opulent motor cars made for international royalty in the early 1900s, the rear passenger cabin is finished in a unique Smoke Green raw silk, specially handwoven and decorated with hand-embroidered and hand-painted Chinoiserie blossom motifs that took up to 600 hours to complete. The design also appears in the fascia and marquetry inlays in the rear doors; smoked cherrywood and bamboo elements, and details echoing the raked gravel in Japanese gardens complete the interior’s calm, natural ambiance. At the time, the Mother of Pearl exterior paint finish was the most complex – and expensive – the marque had ever produced.

2021 Phantom VIII (Phantom Oribe)

A unique collaboration saw the House of Rolls-Royce and the House of Hermès co-create a Bespoke Phantom for Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa. Named Phantom Oribe, the motor car features a Bespoke two-tone exterior finish, inspired by the client’s world-class collection of ancient Japanese ceramics, Oribe ware. In an unusual move, the Rolls-Royce paint was made available for use on the client’s private jet that the Phantom is paired with.

The interior is finished predominantly in Hermès Enea Green leather. The Gallery features an artwork based on a design by the celebrated French artist and illustrator Pierre Péron (1905–1988), who created many of Hermès’ iconic scarves.

AN ICON REBORN

At one minute past midnight, on 1 January 2003, the first Phantom VII was handed over to its new owner – the first motor car to be produced at the brand-new Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, West Sussex, England. A thoroughly modern interpretation of the marque’s signature lines and proportions, as first set down by Sir Henry Royce himself, it was built entirely in-house by Rolls-Royce, with monocoque bodywork to a standard design rather than coachbuilt. In one important sense, however, it retained a link with its heritage, in that every car was hand-built by a team of skilled craftspeople. Furthermore, the marque’s Bespoke programme meant Phantom was effectively a canvas upon which patrons could realise their own visions and desires. 

Over its 13-year lifespan, Phantom VII cemented Rolls-Royce as the world’s pre-eminent superluxury motor manufacturer, and its own place as the marque’s pinnacle product. But just like their predecessors, Rolls-Royce’s designers and engineers understood that perfection is a moving target: that Phantom was never ‘done.’

In 2016, Rolls-Royce presented Phantom VIII. This was the first Rolls-Royce to be built on the marque’s proprietary Architecture of Luxury, an all-aluminium spaceframe designed to underpin every future motor car produced at Goodwood.

Phantom VIII was specifically designed to be the ultimate platform for Bespoke commissions. This has resulted in some of the most technically ambitious and challenging projects ever undertaken by the marque’s designers, engineers and specialist craftspeople. It is also the only Rolls-Royce model to feature the Gallery – an uninterrupted swathe of glass that runs the full width of the fascia, behind which the client can display a commissioned work of art or design. 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Phantom: NEDCcorr (combined) CO2 emission: 329-328 g/km; Fuel consumption: 19.5-19.6 mpg / 14.5-14.4 l/100km. WLTP (combined) CO2 emission: 356-341 g/km; Fuel consumption: 18.0-18.8 mpg / 15.7-15.0 l/100km.
  • Phantom Extended: NEDCcorr (combined) CO2 emission: 330-328 g/km; Fuel consumption: 19.5 mpg / 14.5 l/100km. WLTP (combined) CO2 emission: 361-344 g/km; Fuel consumption: 17.8-18.6 mpg / 15.9-15.2 l/100km.

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Mclaren Racing Extreme E at NYSE in NYC via Vaughn Lowery and 360 MAGAZINE

MCLAREN × NYSE

McLaren Racing and Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE), a leading global provider of data, technology, and market infrastructure, today announced the  launch of a multi-year partnership as ICE becomes an Official Partner of the McLaren MX Extreme E Team. The partnership takes further shape today in front of the New York Stock Exchange, the iconic American institution, and an ICE exchange.

To launch the partnership that links two brands driven by data and technology, the Number 58 McLaren Extreme E race car will appear outside the NYSE on the morning of Tuesday 12 April. McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown, McLaren MX Extreme E Driver Tanner Foust, and McLaren Racing Senior Principal Race Engineer Leena Gade will also be participating in a news conference and other activities at  the  Exchange, including the ringing of the iconic NYSE Closing Bell.

The Extreme E car will sit just feet away from the revered Fearless Girl statue, installed in New York City ahead of International Women’s Day in 2017. Representing the role of women in leadership, the statue mirrors the values of the Extreme E race series which mandates male and female driver line-ups, as well as McLaren’s and ICE’s commitment to accelerating diversity, equality, and inclusion.

ICE’s partnership with the McLaren MX Extreme E team is the  next chapter  in a growing relationship in which Zak Brown is current ly appearing in an ICE advertising campaign, “Make the Connection,” focusing on using data as a competitive advantage.

From the 2022 Extreme E season, ICE’s logo will be represented on the chassis side and roof of the McLaren MX Extreme E car, and on the  racing overalls and helmets of Tanner and his team-mate Emma Gilmour, starting with the recent race in Saudi Arabia.

Zak Brown, CEO, Mclaren Racing, said:

“Partnering with a leading global name in financial markets like ICE is a fantastic moment for McLaren Racing. Like us, ICE targets authentic brand engagement driven by data and technology, and we look forward to joining them at the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate this new partnership.”

“ICE aligns with our commitment to sustainability, including DE&I. This makes Extreme E a perfect platform to carry our partnership and raise awareness of the impact of climate change, while promoting a more level playing field for gender equality.”

Jeff Sprecher, Founder, Chair and CEO, ICE, said:

“I’ve been a fan of Zak Brown and McLaren Racing for years, and our team could not be more excited about becoming an Official Partner of the McLaren Extreme E Team.”

“ICE and McLaren are both driven by the use of data and technology to create competitive advantage. We look  forward to collaborating with McLaren Racing, not only to make an impact in the thrilling all-electric Extreme E championsh ip, but also to join the leadership effort in the development of sustainable technology.”

Official site HERE.

Listen to Vaughn Lowery speak with McLaren Racing’s pro racer Tanner Foust and engineer Leena Gade at the NYSE HERE.

Mclaren at NYSE press conference held by Zak Brown and Tanner Foust in New York City via Vaughn Lowery and 360 MAGAZINE
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TOP SHADES

Everyone knows that a pair of sunglasses can elevate one’s entire presence. You’ve seen it before; the most mysterious and chilled individuals always seem to be donning a pair of fashionable shades. Whether you’re wearing them to block out the sun or the haters, we’ve assembled the most high-fashion, chic shades on the market today. And many of them, do not require eye exams.

9Five

The elaborate, exclusive eyewear collection at 9Five radiates pure luxury. With many styles sporting 24K gold plated steel, these shades will have you feeling that twenty-four karat magic. Offering polarized, clean les and prescription shade choices, 9Five has something suited best for you eyewear needs.

Aperçu

The Aperçu brand is named after the French verb APERÇEVOIR, to perceive. Implying a meaning of “a flash of insight,” the name of these shade exemplifies that self-expression is powerful and a key part of our daily life. Displaying high-fashion styles and designs of your choice shades, a pair of Aperçu’s will elevate your wardrobe.

Carrera

Designed in Italy emulating Italian style comes Carrera’s eyewear collection. The distinctive personality of a pair of Carrera shades is sure to captivate any room you step in. Sporting athletic to casual styles with impeccable quality, a pair of Carrera’s are indeed in their own lane.

Celine

With a variety of high-fashion pieces comes Celine’s sunglasses selection. When we say a selection, we mean a SELECTION. Ranging from oversized, cat eye, round, square and even more styles, Celine is sure to have something that appeals to your personality. The fully equipped range of sunglasses in Celine’s collection ensures high fashion freshness.

Fendi

From the Italian luxury fashion house comes Fendi eyewear. The sunglasses collection from Fendi showcases timeless, luxurious pieces. Sporting unique features such as unconventional lens colors with dynamic FF branding, Fendi shades are one-of-a-kind.

Gentle Monster

The Korean eyewear brand of Gentle Monster mimics the meaning of their name in each pair of shades in their collection. ‘Gentle,’ meaning modest yet wearable stand opposed to the ‘Monster,’ meaning of attitude paired with individuality. These avant-garde shades are eye catching and will uplift your entire presence.

Gucci

There’s only one way to illustrate the Gucci eyewear collection; bold. With such profound styles from the aviator to Hollywood-favorite, Gucci’s eyewear is striking and distinct. Fit for those who love to stand out amongst a crowd, Gucci gives you just that and more.

Kate Spade

Notarized for the brands cool and quirky essence, Kate Space shades are no different. The sunglasses available in Kate Spade’s collection, too, offer a conventional feel paired with a modern-day ambiance. Regarded as true elegance, the Kate Spade shades emulate a rare experience.

Linda Farrow

With an eclectic range of sunglasses comes the outstanding Linda Farrow collection. A selection of punchy colors and distinguishing designs, Linda Farrow shades are stand out pieces. With reminiscent, vintage styles to cutting-edge, modern designs, Linda Farrow is one of the most exhilarating and cutting-edge brands in fashion today.

Louis Vuitton

The Louis Vuitton shade collection offers shades for those in search of styles ranging from subtle to statement. The frames of the sunglasses are sure to compliment your face form, no matter the pair! Commonly worn by popular rap star El Alfa El Jefe, snatch up a pair of Louis Vuitton shades to be styled like the stars.

Prada

Prided on the impeccable crafting of their works, Prada never fails to embark on their contemporary promise. Prada shades are exceptionally popular, you’ve probably even seen them on your go-to form of social media a time or two. Although Prada is known for their essential, all-black sunglasses, the brand has a selection of styles, colors and constructions to choose from that you’ll just have to have.

Privé Revaux

Founded on the idea that luxury eyewear should be inexpensive and accessible to all comes Privé Revaux eyewear. Creative directors’ celebrity stylists Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haeen have worked with some of the most esteemed in the entertainment industry, and now they work for YOU! The team works to ensure that you’ll find the picture-perfect pair of shades that fits both your creative style and face shape.

Raen

Inspired by the brand’s home of Oceanside, California, Raen shades imitate the free-spirited and creative vibe of the California coast. Presently now just north of San Diego, these shades pull out everything that you love about the coast, an impeccable blend of surf, sun and culture. Handmade to ensure fit, comfort and durability, Raen shades are a flawless choice of shades for the eccentric.

Ray-Ban

We all know and admire the classic styles that come from the notorious sunglasses brand, Ray-Ban. Whether you’re looking for their iconic, immediately familiar designs like the Aviator of Wayfarer, or something a little bit fresher and more distinctive, Ray-Bans has got you covered. Available in an assortment of frame styles and lens choices, you’ll be sure to find a pair suitable for your taste.

Saint Owen

Saint Owen furthers the space of eyewear, continuously combining cutting edge designs with attentiveness. Handcrafted in Italy and Japan, Saint Owen shades are produced by the best of the best. Showcasing the use of distinctive highlights, like ceramic nose pads and stainless-steel hinges, Saint Owen sunglasses are a step above the rest.

T HENRI

Handmade from 18K Gold and titanium materials, the T HENRI eyewear collection displays the renowned, celebrated view of the T HENRI company. This ultra-luxury eyewear brand aims to produce shades tailored for the elite lifestyle. T HENRI pieces are handcrafted to precision, with inspiration from vintage supercars.

Tom Ford

Pure sophistication pours out of Tom Ford shades. Noteworthy for their standard bold structuring, the sunglasses made a statement without a word. Offered in several edgy styles and colors, Tom Ford shades are a showstopper.

Tory Burch

Defined by traditional sensibility, Tory Burch sunglasses push the envelope for eyewear. These shades sport geometrical shapes, printed patterning and rare lens capabilities. You’ll want to snatch up a pair of these unparalleled sunglasses.

Versace

Glamour, extravagance and modernity; this is how we exemplify Versace sunglasses. With wide-ranging styles that go from simplistic to extraordinary, this eyewear collection has an array of high-fashion pieces. Available, too, in diverse color pallets, Versace appeals to the chic.

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Louis Vuitton Men’s Pre-Fall 2022 collection via Rachael Cortese (Gnazzo Group) for use by 360 Magazine

Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall

Louis Vuitton’s Men’s and Women’s Pre-Fall 2022 collections remind us of why we admire the luxury fashion house.

The Women’s Pre-Fall 2022 collection showcases an array of accessories platforming bold color stories and ready-to-wear pieces. Whether you’re in search of a scarf, new pair of shoes or sunglasses, Lous Vuitton will have the perfect accessory to add to your luxe collection. Check out some of the stunning new handbags.

The Pre-Fall 2022 Men’s Daybreak Capsule Collection dives deeper into spring fashions and was designed by the late Virgil Abloh. Standing as the second part to the Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2022 Men’s Collection, Abloh’s collection personifies his style and methodology as Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Artistic Director.

Regarding the collection, Abloh explained, “My philosophy is very much informed by the clothes that people actually wear. What I do is an analysis of a generation: what do people buy and why do they wear it? That question naturally creates an equal interest in tradition as it does in changing tradition. But it’s also about challenging myself and exploring different land. That is creative freedom.”

Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2022 Men’s Daybreak Capsule Collection

Louis Vuitton Men’s Pre-Fall 2022 collection via Rachael Cortese (Gnazzo Group) for use by 360 Magazine
Louis Vuitton Men’s Pre-Fall 2022 collection via Rachael Cortese (Gnazzo Group) for use by 360 Magazine
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Lamborghini Unveils New Design Aesthetic

Lamborghini Introduces New Interior and Exterior for Dallas Showroom

Redesigned space features full product portfolio, state-of-the-art configuration room and one of the brand’s largest service centers in the United States

Sant ’Agata Bolognese/Dallas, TX, 11 April 2022 – Automobili Lamborghini announces the expansion of the Lamborghini Dallas showroom. The new storefront boasts a sleek modern style and additional amenities that provide an elevated customer experience.

Clean lines, hexagonal shapes and a diffusion of light and color are used throughout this 15,875 square-foot facility. Customers can expect to see the full lineup of Lamborghini models displayed on the showroom floor, including the Urus Super SUV, race-inspired V10 Huracán STO and limited-production V12 Aventador Ultimae.

Further enhancing the 360-degree customer experience is a state-of-the-art Ad Personam room. This new configuration room features an extensive range of exterior and interior finishes for complete vehicle customization, including special paint colors, soft leathers and carbon fiber accents. The showroom also includes a dedicated space for Collezione Automobili Lamborghini clothing and accessories, available for purchase in store or online, along with a lounge for customer use.

Along with the showroom, the service center has been expanded to encompass the old storefront, making Lamborghini Dallas one of the brand’s largest service centers in the country, including 20 service bays, top-of-the-line alignment rack and tire installation machine.

“2021 was an impressive year for Lamborghini sales in Texas and we expect this increase in growth to continue into 2022,” said Stephan Winkelmann, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The investment by Lamborghini Dallas in the new showroom design and expansion will help support this demand, while offering new and existing customers the true Lamborghini experience.”

The United States remains the largest single market globally with a total of 2,472 vehicles delivered in 2021, which is an increase of 11% over 2020. Texas plays a key role in this success, as it is a top performing market, making up 11% of sales in the country in 2021.

Serving the sprawling Dallas-Fort Worth community since 2003, Lamborghini Dallas has been the DealerRater Lamborghini Dealer of the Year in the United States for 11 consecutive years. Lamborghini Dallas is part of Boardwalk Auto Group, one of the premier automotive groups in North America. Lamborghini Dallas is located at 601 S Central Expressway in Richardson, Texas. For more information, vist HERE.

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Behold, Bespoke – Livby

Saturday, March 26, Livby cultivated a one-in-a-lifetime style fashion experience at the Livby House of Style hosted by stylist Mimi Cuttrell at an exclusive, luxury residence in Beverly Hills. The event set out to celebrate the brand’s newfound concept sure to change the world of online shopping forever.

Transforming the once bland scene of e-commerce, Livby Inc. promises to upgrade the US fashion market with a new age livestream video sale platform. As livestream e-commerce has already taken off internationally in locations like Asia, projections estimate that virtual shopping in the United States will soon, also, be elevated to such distinction.

Livby’s lead investor and CFO Yorick Evans-Freke spoke on the uniqueness of the company’s new approach to traditional shopping methods, stating,From concept to execution, Livby is the first of its kind. Far from a typical investment, Livby is a true disrupter in a world desensitized to the term. As the live e-commerce revolution makes the leap from China to the US, Livby is the most investable play.”

The launch party was full of appointment-only previews and styling experiences creating a luxurious fashion event like the new platform that Livby has been working on. The guest list included top influencers, celebrities and fashion/beauty pioneers that help to elevate the fashion industry day in and day out. These innovators in the fashion industry play an integral part in Livby’s new e-commerce platform, too.

Providing insight on the formatting of the new platform, Livby’s Founder and CEO Shai Sudry simplified the workings of the new program, stating, “It’s as if the mall and social media marketing collided. Livby provides a seamless shopping experience from the first touchpoint to the last. We’re transcending fashion for the next generation of customers.”

The innovative concept generated by Livby is perfect for consumers in search of a new, fresh approach to shopping. The brand-new technology will showcase a platform allowing users to feel fully immersed in a shopping experience aside their most beloved influencers and fashion icons.

At the forefront of Livby’s new strategy is Madison Nagle, leading approaches with the executive team. Before landing this position, Nagle worked with top fashion companies like Revolve, Guess and even at Harvard University, where she graduated from, leading sustainability marketing projects.

Through collaborations with their esteemed team of professionals, Livby has created a collaborative platform that combines the top upcoming industries affecting the fashion industry today – Influencer marketing, E-Commerce and Livestreaming.

Livby has adapted the early QVC/HSN live-sale formatting with a more modern, Gen-Z approach. Their business model follows a commission-based structure, like eBay or 1stDibs. Renowned as the first company to cultivate such a platform, Livby Inc. offers a unique and admirable shopping experience with your favorite influencers.

So, how does it work?

An influencer agrees to conduct a live sale with a brand while setting their commission with the messaging and commission-slider features on the Livby app.

The brand and associated influencer encourage their followers to take part in the live sale via social media. If interested, consumers can create their own profile while adding payment details and viewing live sales.

After registration is completed, users get notifications relating to times and products in a specific livestream sale. Users tune in, can live message with an influencer throughout the sale and have the option to purchase conveniently with a click of one button on their device.

After the sale is complete, live video from the livestream is archive onto the app where prospective customers can re-watch and purchase at their convenience while stock persists. That’s it; it’s that simple!

Throughout the in-person experience, guests had the opportunity to take part in one-on-one meetings with stylist Mimi herself. Known for her red carpet and street style looks on esteemed celebrities such as Gigi and Bella Hadid, Ariana Grande, Lily Rose Depp, Madelyn Cline and Iris Law, Mimi is based in both New York and Los Angeles working for the crème of the crop across a scope of industries.

Throughout the personal styling sessions, some of the hottest brands right now were available, such as Aureum, Cult Naked, Dolce Vita, E.B. Denim, For Love and Lemons, Heart of Sun, Jaded London, Lack of Color, Lu Goldie, Montce, Réalisation Par, and Revice denim. It’s safe to say that guests were more than taken care of at the private event cultivated by Livby.

While not consulting with Mimi, guests were pampered with beauty/wellness activations conveniently set poolside. TYS Beauty refreshed guests while crafting beautiful brows and nails, and even had in-fad tooth gems to add opulent, modern touches. Pause Studio helped cleanse guests with their assortment of IV drips, wellness shots and lymphatic drainage techniques, while Jessica Stone cultivated soothing, introspective tarot card readings.

Samples from brands such as Benefit, Elaluz, Hum, Inked by Dani, Trademark Beauty, Artha and Versed were additionally offered at the event. Whether you were in search of a little beauty reset, or just some well-deserved self-care time, the activations had everything you could have been in search of.

After enjoying the beauty/wellness activations, guests were encouraged to treat themselves with personalized sips and bites provided by Decada, Sunny Vodka, El Cristiano Tequila, Hampton Water, Poppi, PATH Water, Caliwater, Sugar Taco, Craigs Vegan and a personal Sushi Chef.

Nagle spoke to the advancements and shifts that are coming in the fashion industry, while stating, “We live in a world where experiential retail is valued more than ever. With the rise of digital commerce, livestream shopping is quickly becoming the future of fashion retail. The virtual commerce technology that Livby offers allows brands and influencers to take back creativity and control. Now is the time for brands to become digitally savvy and adapt.”

Livby House of Style Launch Party press images via BFA for use by 360 MAGAZINE
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Livby House of Style Launch Party press images via BFA for use by 360 MAGAZINE
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Livby House of Style Launch Party press images via BFA for use by 360 MAGAZINE
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AeroMobil

AeroMobil: The World’s First Flying Car

By Krish Narsinghani

As of late, 360 Magazine, had the opportunity to sit down with AeroMobil’s Chief Commercial Officer, Karl Hermanns, to discuss the first ever vehicle to fly and drive, the AeroMobil 4.0. The 360 team witnessed its beauty in-person and sat in the two-passenger cockpit whilst asking all the burnings questions that would be flying through one’s head. No pun intended.

Coming from the luxury brand and art space, Hermanns, was recently onboarded to strategize the launch plans and release for later this year. Currently in the soft launch phase, the world can expect the Aeromobil to be available for pre-order later this year and delivered to the first customers in 2024. With hundreds of hours of flight testing, the prototype is currently in Europe.

“We’ve all seen flying cars in movies and Science-Fiction for years and years. It’s finally real and will be in the sky two years from now… it’s an engineering miracle,” Hermanns pointed.

The 4.0 model number attached to the name stems from the 4th iteration of design for the craft – it’s been in development for about ten years. Each iteration has advanced the aerodynamics, technology and overall flight experience. For hundreds of years, it’s been impossible to get the science right but the engineering team, based in Europe, have solved travel hybridity for the first time. An engineer from the team was on-site and explained that the hardest challenge was getting the weight and proportions right of the two-ton beast to ensure proper takeoff when thinking of adding two passengers, fuel and baggage.

From an opening glance, the model screams Back to the Future. With wings spanning a total of thirty feet, the AeroMobil was the hottest attraction for guests wandering the Petersen Automotive Museum. The invention is fully automated with the wings folding into the body of the vehicle in under 90 seconds. It’s similar to those of a bird or insect the way it functions. It’s twenty feet in length and slender look may have a driver intimated at first, when in actuality, it’s size is comparable to that of an F-150 or Escalade. It’s worth noting that a four-seater version is also in design meant to be used as a ride-sharing service. Call it a “flying Uber” if you will, measured at an untapped 70 billion dollar market.

The vehicle wasn’t designed to compete with hyper cars at lightning speeds but for the intended use of traveling between land and air. Top driving speed is set at 100mph while flying spews a solid 160mph and 300 horsepower. With a range of 320 miles driving and 460 miles flying, passengers can minimize travel time and compete full trips with the one fuel up.

Comparatively, fully electric flying vehicles might be coming the market soon, but as of now they are less far along in terms of milage range. eVTOL (Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing) vehicles have a subsequently shorter flying distances of ten miles or so at a time, due to batteries weighing down the aircraft. The AeroMobil can be fueled at any normal gas station and only requires a 400 yard ramp for takeoff and landing. Talk about conveniency when saving more time driving all day, beating out traffic, and even dealing with delays at the the airport!

A light aircraft private pilot’s license is required to fly. Forty hours of training are required to get said license. A massive portion of the ten thousand landing strips are under utilized but are open to the public, plus infrastructure that’s already built. The AeroMobil will be priced at approximately two million USD.

A show model is currently available for viewing at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles. Watch the commercial at the following link.

AeroMobil Show Model