Notes From The Editor

Week Commencing 30 January 2012

The Middle East, along with China, has become the key region for sales of luxury automobiles in recent years, with every major car brand focussing their efforts on penetrating what has become an ultra lucrative market.

Last week the second edition of the annual Qatar Motor Show took place in the wealthy Arab state and the response from exhibitors and visitors alike has been excellent, with some of the major names from the motor world in attendance to showcase their latest models.

Elsewhere in this week’s newsletter, we report on BMW’s progress with a self-driving car concept that is expected to hit the market within the next 10-15 years. The prototype, which resembles a conventional BMW Series 5 model, has already undergone thorough road testing, but such complicated technology will inevitably require a vast amount of refining before it is considered fit for market.

Check out the exciting video (with English subtitles) showing the ground-breaking car in action in our newsletter.

In other news, we also provide a full-round up of this year’s SIHH watch fair, which came to a close last week, an exclusive interview with Norman Aynbinde, founder of luxury travel website Excursionist.com, and a report on the world’s largest emerald set to be sold at auction.

There’s also news on an ultra-exclusive Palm Beach charity auction of classic Ferraris, a new made-to-measure service being offered by the Alexander McQueen fashion house, and more. Enjoy our newsletter and have a great week.