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007 Steps To Turn You Into James Bond

James Bond Guide – Introduction

When you think of James Bond, a few things will cross your mind – a classy appearance, relentless charism, and raw sex appeal. It’s no surprise that millions of men want to emulate the world’s most famous spy. Nevertheless, 007’s manners and skills aren’t just for spies, you should use them as well. Read on to discover how Bond’s habits of greatness can turn you into the ultimate gentleman and a few accessories you will definitely need.

007 Steps To Turn You Into James Bond

Why is James Bond the most famous spy in the world? Because he knows when to make the right move. He’s able to deal with every sort of situation, decides on a course of action and delivers without a glitch. He has this very particular confidence, but if he requires advise, he is not too hesitant to consults the experts. The best leaders in the world know the difference between when to take action, and when to stop and ask for advice.

001 – The Rules

In order to learn from 007, we have to follow a few rules and manners.

Dignity & respect
Treat everyone and everything with certain respect and dignity. There is a universal law even Bond has no power, it’s called: ‘causality’. Action – reaction. If you’re respectful, you can expect to have a better life.

Be humble
It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from or how much money you earn. There is always a way to be humble and stay down to earth.

Deliver compliments
Mark Twain said: ‘I can live for two months on a good compliment’. A valid matter for every human fellow.

Take responsibility
If you agreed to do something: deliver it. Even if you don’t feel like doing it, you will raise your motivation to keep your word and take responsibility.

Do things charming
Bond is so likeable because he is charming. To be charming, you need to interact with people and learn the art of conversation.

002 – Get An OMEGA Watch

For more than 20 years, OMEGA is the official supplier of James Bond’s watch. In each of his movies, the watch has an additional function to get him out of a difficult situation.

Inspired by Bond’s rank and regalia, OMEGA has created the “Commander’s Watch”. The timepiece salutes the ensign colours of the British Royal Navy, with touches of white, blue and red found throughout the watch, creating a suave and stately look.

On the wave-edged caseback, the stripes of the Commander’s naval insignia are featured on the rotor of the new OMEGA Calibre 2507. There is also a central 9mm “bullet” design which adds to the 007 touch. The stainless steel model is limited to just 7,007 pieces.

OMEGA Seamaster Diver, Ref: 212.32.41.20.04.001

003 – Dress Impeccably

Dressing well is a gift to others. It shows self-respect; a man who cares enough about himself to make an effort. Bond is always dressed up properly. Pretty often he shows up in a tailored suit, with its matching waistcoat.

004 – Drive An Aston Martin DB11

Aston Martin is the official Bond partner since more than 50 years. The new DB11 definitely belongs to the best-looking cars in the world. This model is probably the start of a whole new chapter for the company, pretty much everything has been renewed. Stiffer aluminium chassis, a twin-turbo charged V12 & a new infotainment. 

The new 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 makes 608bhp and 700nn of torque, so for something weighing 1,770kg dry (10kg more than the DB9), 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds is pretty impressive. However, it doesn’t have the same depth of sound character as its 6.0-litre naturally aspirated predecessor.

So, in case you’re looking for an all-classy handsome grand tourer, this is your future James Bond Car. 

005 – Check-in at The Chedi Andermatt

Opened in December 2013, The Chedi Andermatt can be found at the crossroads of three mountain passes, in the heart of the Swiss Alps. It is accessible via three Alpine passes: the Oberalp Pass to the east, the St. Gotthard Pass in the south and the Furka Pass in the west. Actually the perfect place to go with an Aston Martin DB11.

The Chedi Andermatt sets a new standard in design and hospitality in Switzerland. Alpine chic meets Asian nuances throughout the 5-star hotel. There are 123 appointed rooms and suites (from 52 square metres to 330 square metres). A tremendous balance of  using local elements with a keen attention to detail – large fireplaces, wood panelling, and terraces allowing the indoor and outdoor spaces to blend seamlessly together.

006 – Get Ready For Some Action

We teamed up with Cars With Luke and took the Jaguar F-Pace R-Sport & the Aston Martin DB11 to the Furkapass. An extraordinary experience and much fun to drive the cars up the mountain pass.

007 – Order Your Drink At The Bar

Although the Vodka Martini, “shaken not stirred,” is the drink that James Bond is best known for, it is not the only one by far. There are actually many mixed drinks which the famous spy has sipped through his adventures. One thing is for sure, he does have great taste in drinks. Yet, would we expect anything less from 007?

Audi SQ5 – Is it still our favourite everyday car?

Audi SQ5 – Introduction

We’ve been driving the former Audi SQ5 a lot and honestly: it’s been our favourite everyday car for a very long time. Technology is advancing and time is running, so probably the old version would miss a couple of interesting features you will only find in a more advanced model.

The second generation of the Audi SQ5, follows with a turbo charged petrol engine. The V6 produces 354 bhp, it gained a bit of size and weights 1870kg (around minus 40kg).

Wait a second, there is no diesel available?

Not really. It could end up in a pretty long discussion why exactly Audi didn’t equip this amazing car with a diesel engine. There can only be one reason: the dieselgate. On the one hand, it’s understandable that the German car manufacturer tries to avoid further issues or bad press. But on the other hand, we very much enjoyed the old solid diesel engine. The fact, that it now contains a petrol engine, might be the disadvantage of the new Audi SQ5. Jeremy Clarkson wouldn’t be very happy with this statement, but let’s explain it further a bit later.

What else changed?

We mentioned it, the car got a bit bigger. Else, Audi sticks to their renewed design language, everything contains more edges and clearer lines. The exhaust pipes have been removed and replaced by and interesting futuristic look, mixed of chrome and plastic (we assume?). 20 inches wheels are standard, optionally you can order 21 inches.

What about the Interior?

The new Audi SQ5 comes up with some really brilliant working equipment. Similar to the SQ7, it contains a lot of gadgets moving us closer to self-driving cars.

Assistance systems are helping you to park, check the surrounding traffic, and they deliver the speed limits right to your head-up display. All in all, the settings are totally easy to handle. No need to read the instructions. The 8,3 inch display also looks gorgeous and perfectly suits into the prestige interior.

Another outstanding fact: the voice commands are the best developed we have experienced so far. It’s much more advanced than any of its competitors.

Is there space?

Yes, quite impressive. 550 litres of space in the back. Additionally, you can fold down the seats and pack it up to 1550 litres & 2,5 tons.

What about gearbox, power & engine?

It’s actually a quite solid engine, as well the new Audi SQ5 still sounds V6-ish. It’s not a twin-clutch gearbox, but a conventional automatic transmission. Means: shifting down before overtaking.

Else, the new SQ5 contains a 3 litre turbo charged petrol engine. The V6 produces 500nm of torque, a bit of a downer compared to the diesel engine. Though, Audi just launched a TFSI model (with more torque) in the US which is a huge success.

Audi SQ5 – Is it still our favourite everyday car?

Alright, back to our initial question: It’s a great car. Everything done right, except the consumption of 11,2 litres average. That’s quite more than Audi announced initially (8,3 litres). So, we’re pretty excited to review the diesel engine which will follow in 2018.

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Best Hotels In Switzerland – Our Top 5

Best Hotels In Switzerland – Introduction

After our articles ‘Best Bars in Zurich‘ & ‘Best Restaurants in Zurich‘, it’s now time to present the best hotels in Switzerland. Once again, it’s been tough to draw up a shortlist, especially for rank 1 & 2.

The beauty of Switzerland

We’re living in an astonishing country, with a diversity you will not find anywhere else. Starting with the fresh air and the crystal-clear mountain lakes, over the charming Ticino its picturesque rocks and rivers, to the famous Valais with its beautiful wine region. In other countries it takes days to discover such versatility, here it is a stone’s throw away.

It is always nice to come home, to Switzerland. And we simply love to travel here. Today we present you our Top 5: the best hotels in Switzerland.

Best Hotels In Switzerland with the McLaren 570S

We teamed up with McLaren and went across Switzerland to shoot a few cool pictures of these top locations. In Spain we drove the 570S Spider. Now, it was time to take the coupé on the journey. Once again we’re fascinated, what a perfection and accuracy this brand comes up with. Of course, we have chosen the perfect roads: Starting in Zurich direction Ennetbürgen, to Vitznau and then the pass road to Andermatt with the last stop: Gstaad.

The green ‘Hulk’ as it has most called on our trip is a real eye-catcher. Unsurprisingly, we were often in conversation with fans, because the 570S in this color is definitely a supercar, which one does not see every day. Driving to the best hotels in Switzerland was an unforgettable journey. 

Nr. 1 ¦ Villa Honegg

Villa Honegg / Reservation Online

Located above Ennetbürgen, this tiny and chic boutique hotel is a real eye-catcher. The villa was built in 1905, contains a few delightful rooms. But, the main argument here: the breath-taking view to the Vierwaldstättersee.

The hotel went viral because of its infinity pool, it’s worth taking a swim!

Location ✭✭✭✭✭
The view is just beyond beautiful. Upon arrival, you breathe through and try to figure out what you are seeing. Villa Honegg is close to Lucerne, about 30 minutes to drive.
 
Rooms ✭✭✭✭✩
The villa contains 23 rooms, whilst the decor and furnishings create an inviting ambiance
 
Service ✭✭✭✭✭
Brilliant describes it the right way. The managing director personally takes care of the guests, after the first visit the staff was able to remember our names. Bravo!
 
Food ✭✭✭✭✩
The menu contains a touch of Lebanese, a welcome change which we very much enjoyed. The selection is a bit smaller than usual, but quite tasty.
 
Price 
Rates starting around 500CHF per night
 
Disadvantages
The hotel is almost completely booked out
 

Nr. 2 ¦ The Alpina Gstaad

A new icon in the exclusive, discrete and cosmopolitan Swiss resort of Gstaad, The Alpina Gstaad five-star superior hotel has single-handedly redefined luxury and Alpine chic. The Alpina Gstaad has been receiving outstanding distinctions since it opened in 2012.

The Alpina Gstaad / Reservation Online

Location ✭✭✭✭✭
Gstaad belongs to one of the most beautiful villages in Switzerland. The hotel is slightly elevated above the village center, reachable by car, shuttle or walking distance.
 
Rooms ✭✭✭✭✭
We should rather call it: living room. The rooms are huge, equipped with a fireplace for a very cosy atmosphere.
 
Service ✭✭✭✭✭
Once more, just world-class! As after our last stay, we found the car perfectly cleaned, with a packet of Ricola and 5 Swiss francs. Inquiring to whom the money belongs, we received the following reply: the lake of Lauen is beautiful, it was for the parking meter there. Brilliant. The guest is king here and accordingly: happy and satisfied. Thank you very much for the wonderful time.
 
Food ✭✭✭✭✭
A variety of delicious restaurant and a lovely service. There is more info to find on the website.
 
Price
Rates starting around 500CHF per night
 
Disadvantages
The saunas are separated, would be nice to have an additional mixed sauna for a relaxing weekend for two.
 
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Nr. 3 ¦ Chedi Andermatt

The Chedi Andermatt / Reservation Online

For many reasons, the Chedi was elected as ‘Hotel of the year 2017’ by GaultMillau. You feel like a bit like James Bond here. The location in Andermatt makes the exterior of the luxury hotel unfortunately a little less spectacular than a stand-alone resort. What convinces, however, is the inside!

Location ✭✭✭✩✩
Andermatt is cute, certainly not on rank 1 of Swiss destinations. 
 
Ambiance ✭✭✭✭✭
This hotel must have been developed by the gods of interior design. A truly breathtaking location with many chimneys, large chairs, high ceilings – just wow!
 
Rooms ✭✭✭✭✭
The rooms are huge with all kind of gadgets like iPad for blinds, fire place etc. The king size bed is handmade and very convenient. 
 
Service ✭✭✭✭✭
Nothing has to be thought about, everything is done in a pleasant form of restraint and friendliness.
 
Food ✭✭✭✭✭
The hotel contains a restaurant for every taste, in the winter there is even a fondue chalet.
 
Price
Rates starting around 500CHF per night
 
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Nr. 4 ¦ Widder Hotel Zurich

Widder Hotel / Reservation Online

It was important to us, to present a reasonable hotel in Zurich. The arguments speak for themselves: Nine houses, 700 years of history in a hotel. Previously, the nine medieval townships were the home of nobles and guild masters, craftsmen and merchants. They have not only built and inhabited the buildings, but also decorated and altered them.

Location ✭✭✭✭✭
Located in the middle of Zurich, it does not get any better.
 
Rooms ✭✭✭
The rooms are modern, with different themes. So, each time you sleep somewhere else.
 
Service ✭✭✭✭✭
The hotel is managed by a family which is one of many reasons we love this place so much. As a guest, you will find yourself in a very informal environment here. 
 
Food ✭✭✭✭✭
There is a boucherie, which is very tasty, and offers a wide range of meat. In the evening there is probably the coolest whiskey bar ever – we could spend hours here.
 
Price
Rates starting around 500CHF per night
 
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Nr. 5 ¦ Park Hotel Vitznau

Park Hotel Vitznau / Reservation Online

Location ✭✭✭✭✭
A place of silence and harmony, beautifully situated on lake Lucerne. It is just fantastic and very quiet here.
 
Rooms ✭✭✭✭✭
As part of this historical building, the latest technology is integrated into the elegant, luxurious interior. A great concept!
 
Service ✭✭✭✩✩
A bit old-school and therefore sort of outdated, the management was not very flexible when we arrived.
 
Food ✭✭✭✭✭
Nenad Mlinarevic, a famous shooting star of the German-Swiss culinary scene, is cooking here until the end of the year and reflects a natural philosophy of cooking. An absolute must for every gourmet.
 
Price 
Rates starting around 500CHF per night
 
Disadvantages
The ability to adapt quickly and kindly react to an unexpected situation should be fine in a 5 star hotel, we didn’t feel it here.
 
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Cars And Coffee With The Audi R8 Spyder

Cars And Coffee – Introduction

After I drove the Audi R8 V10 Plus this spring, it was time to have some fun with Audi’s new model: the Audi R8 Spyder.

Of course the excitement was high, even though this version is a bit less powerful and since it’s a convertible – heavier. No doubt, summer is the perfect season to drive a Spyder. The V10 engine is definitely something special and now that we’re facing a massive downsizing trend, it makes you feel a bit nostalgic. 

The perfect event to do with the Audi R8? Cars and Coffee seemed to be a cool thing to do. 

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Cars And Coffee – What is it about?

That’s pretty easy to explains: it’s supercar enthusiasts meeting for a coffee and exchange their experience. The events happen all over Europe, just check their page and figure out if there is anything coming up in your city. 

In case you wanna see more pictures you can find them on the following Facebook pages: Ride Along Events or Cars & Coffee

The Audi R8 Spyder

The Driving

Driving a convertible V10 is incomparable to anything else. It’s worth every penny for the extra access you get to its deafening sound of pops, crackles and naturally aspirated wail. It’s so much fun and at the same moment you feel a bit melancholic, because the chance you might get this in a future model is decreasing rapidly.

The Audi R8 Spyder is pretty heavy with a weight of 1720kg. But you know what? It simply never feels that fat. The pace of its 540bhp V10 helps and the agility delivered by Audi’s quattro four-wheel-drive.

The R8’s roof takes 20 seconds, and can be operated at up to 40km/h which is pretty helpful in case it starts to rain.

The Audi R8 Spyder is the ideal car to drive amongst a coast road or a mountain pass and just listen to the echo of this magnificent V10. The seven-speed paddleshifter is superb and makes long distance cruising easier than you might imagine.

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The Engine

Feels and sounds fabulous, and it’s quick. The numbers?

  • Equipped with a naturally aspirated V10
  • Delivers 540bhp & 540nm of torque
  • 3,6 seconds from 0-100km/h and 11,8 from 0-200km/h

Its Interior

You will be facing a pretty typical Audi interior here. The cockpit that debuted on the TT is superb, and suits the more selfish nature of driving a supercar. There are a few fancy options which might be one of the reasons the car is heavier than its competitors.

A cool feature: The little ‘noise window’ – a piece of glass that opens up the V10 orchestra without you having to open the roof, sophisticated!

Audi R8 Spyder – Any disadvantages?

We talked about this earlier, there is a bit too much weight. A price of 260k seems to be bit high, let’s see what the brand plans in future. 

What about the Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus?

I’m talking to Audi about this. It looks like the Germans already announced it with the same 610bhp V10 that sits underneath the Lamborghini Huracan and the R8 V10 Plus. Let’s see if there is a chance to drive it soon!

Cars And Coffee – My Experience

I have never seen such a big audience on a supercar event, it’s just mind-blowing. The attention we had with this unique Audi R8 Spyder was simply incredible. I will not be able to make cars and coffee in Zürich, but I hope for the next upcoming events.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – Would I Finally Buy It?

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – Introduction

Following my article with the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (manual gearbox), it was time to drive the automatic version. As previously explained, the AT model is mighty 7 seconds faster on the Nürburgring. So I kind’a knew it will be exciting to drive. But, will it convince me, so I’d buy one?

‘Giulia Quadrifoglio’ – what does it actually mean?

Giulia simply explains the model name of this tremendously good-looking Alfa Romeo. The term ‘Quadrifoglio’ might sound like a quattro formaggi pizza, but believe me, there is no relation.

Quadrifoglio – Explained

The four-leaf clover is a lucky symbol, used since 1923 by the racing technicians. First used, the car won the race. Ever since, the sign is also used for production cars.

So, in case own a BMW M3 and that makes you think you’re the king – we have this Alfa, which will prove you’re wrong. For a few reasons we will explain now.

Alfa Romeo Giulia – The Performance

Man, I was surprised with the manual gearbox but the AT version is not much less than: badass. So taking a mountain pass or go to the track is what you should do with it.

Since we don’t have racetracks in Switzerland, I went to do the Sustenpass chasing a few bikes (yep, the other cars simply couldn’t compete.)

The day before, I came from Barcelona driving the McLaren 570S Spider. Of course, it’s impossible to compare the two cars, but let me tell you one thing for sure: My first thought back in the Giulia? I was not disappointed for a single second.

What Makes This Car So Fast?

Balance & Power

The Giulia Quadrifoglio’s front-mounted, all-aluminum Twin-Turbo V6 engine and rear-wheel drive system, create a near perfect 50/50 weight distribution3 with optimal balance.

A body in high-strength steel, fenders and doors in aluminum, a carbon fiber hood, roof and driveshaft, front seats in carbon fibre  and aerodynamic appendices work in conjunction with the patented all-aluminum suspension to create a near perfect balance.

Active Aero Front Spoiler

This is the only sedan in the world to be equipped with an active aero front splitter. This adjustable carbon fiber spoiler is integrated into the front spoiler. Sophisticated and electronically controlled, it dynamically balances and adjusts overall downforce. On straights, the splitter is closed to minimize resistance and drag. On corners — or when braking — it opens up to provide up to 220 pounds of downforce for optimum balance.

Torque Vectoring

Torque vectoring technology further positions the Giulia Quadrifoglio at the top the premium mid-size sedan segment. This system controls wheel spin by optimizing the power distribution between wheels in traction. There’s no loss of power— but better handling.

The Best Alfa Romeo So Far

Yes, that’s what it is. Nothing breaks down, no annoying or unnecessary error messages. This Alfa Romeo actually works. The competitors? Maybe the BMW M3, Mercedes E63 AMG? Not a chance. And they’re all more expensive and: slower.

To sum this up:

  • 510bhp / 600Nm torque
  • Fastest four-door saloon on the Nürburgring
  • Torque vectoring technology provides the differential with the ability to vary the torque to each wheel.
  • 3,9 seconds 0-100 km/h
  • 307 km/h top speed (!)

Would I finally buy it?

Hell, yes! It’s simply brilliant.

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McLaren 570S Spider – Is This My Future Car?

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10 Days With The Audi SQ7

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Lion’s Run – Our First Supercar Rallye With The Nissan GT-R

Lion’s Run – Introduction First things first: This event has absolutely nothing to do with any sort of race or similar. It’s an event where like-minded people meet to share a passion: supercars. The Lion’s Run route went from Vienna to Zagreb, Split, Opatija, Trieste and finally Monaco. It’s definitely a journey to meet fantastic people […]

Ferrari 488 GTB – Did It Beat My 458 Experience?

Ferrari 488 GTB – Introduction Few days ago, I joined the Ferrari team to drive the Ferrari 488 GTB. Interestingly, I just had the 458 Spider before – a great opportunity to compare the two models. The Italian supercar manufacturer is all about passion and excitement. I’m pretty sure it’s the first brand name every kid […]

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Audi TT RS – A Trip To Southern France

A Trip To Southern France I’ve been desperately waiting for this trip and honestly, it’s one of our most beloved journeys ever. The idea to drive to Southern France has been in our heads since a while and finally we made it to this tremendous place. It’s been years I visited and even more I […]