Archive for May, 2008

Accepting No Substitutes

Posted in: General, Porsche
13 May 2008

That\'s me in a 2007 Porsche Twin Turbo...

Apparently, Tom Cruise was right on the money when he uttered those much-quoted words: “Porsche. There is no substitute.” (Risky Business, 1983.)

According to a survey released earlier this month by New York City-based Luxury Institute, wealthy U.S. consumers still see Porsche as the world’s most prestigious luxury automotive brand. The poll was part of the 2008 Luxury Brand Status Index survey, and asked the opinions of 1,642 Americans with an average net worth of $3.7 million.

Porsche might have led the pack, but was followed closely by Lexus and Mercedes. Surprisingly, no Italian brands made the survey’s top 12. Other brands that did make the cut with consumers were (listed alphabetically) Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln and Volvo.

If you don’t have a Porsche of your own, and this has given you the need for speed, go visit my friend Ron at DFW Elite Auto and he’ll hook you up with a Porsche for the day.

In Case You Didn’t Get What You Wanted…

Posted in: General, Hi-end eyewear
12 May 2008

Luxuriator\'s Canary sunglasses

Yesterday, we celebrated Mother’s Day – the one day of the year where we pay tribute to mom by giving her a day off. Normally there are gifts, cards and flowers involved, but if your celebrations came up a little bit short, here’s a way to indulge yourself with a gift that will keep on giving.

Luxuriator Collection has rolled out its most expensive pair of sunglasses yet, and you might need to wear a pair of shades just to look at them! With 132 hand-cut diamonds, and a two-carat Canary diamond in the corner of one lens, the Luxuriator Canary Due 032 is truly the world’s most dazzling pair of sunglasses. With a total carat weight of 3.45, and temple pieces made of Buffalo horn, chances are these beat the pants off anything you’ll find at Sunglass Hut. (And, if by chance you don’t like the horn sidepieces, you can swap them out for a customized version wrapped with python or lizard.)

Yes, these glasses will set you back about $65,000. But I’m guessing you’ll be the only mom on the block who owns a pair.

Ladies, Start Your Engines

Posted in: General
10 May 2008

 The idea for On Wheels in Heels is one that has rolled around in my head for a couple of years – but one that I couldn’t ignore. As a freelance writer, I frequently meet women who are passionate about their cars, but I’ve found a noticeable lack of publications that are interested in covering automobiles from a female perspective.

Just as with most things in life, men and women approach cars differently. This truth was accentuated for me a week ago when I participated in one of World Class Driving’s luxury car tours. We spent Sunday morning near Bandera, Texas, at the wheel of such spectacular cars as the Mercedes McLaren (pictured at the top of this page), the Ferrari F430, the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, the Porsche 911 Twin Turbo and the new Audi R8. (I have to say, there are much worse ways to spend the day!)

Afterward, the men I talked to wanted to know how much horsepower the cars had and how fast we went; women talked about the beauty of the cars and wanted to know how they handled. Even when our interests are shared, I think the way the two genders appreciate their particular passions are approached completely different.

On Wheels in Heels is meant to be a place where women can discover more about luxury cars, but also check out the latest gadgets and accessories. (Because, as you know, even in a car, we must accessorize.) It’s a place to “ooh” and “aah” over great new cars and even learn a little bit about what’s happening with other female drivers.

I hope you’ll feel welcome to join the conversation or start one of your own; tell your friends and ask them to join us. Because, like most experiences in life, this journey was meant to be shared.