The wish list

From sunglasses and suitcases to seriously impressive watches

Rolls-Royce Phantom review: The spirit of ecstasy

This spectacular vehicle is more stately home than car. No wonder it turned Sarah Vine into a little boy-racer

This Christmas, I’m standing up to Zoella

The platitude is invariably: ‘Be yourself!’ Which sounds great – if ‘being yourself’ means buying her cosmetics, bath bombs and tatty handbags.

Paul Newman and his Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. PHILLIPS; KEYSTONE FRANCE VIA GETTY; GETTY

Paul Newman’s $17.8m Rolex is transforming the watch market

As prices head for the stratosphere, timepiece collectors are turning to other quality names

The gift guide

TIME TO SHINE 1 Stone Paris Love Letter ring, £3,3602 Venyx World Rainbow Aton necklace, £5,5203 Cassandra Goad personalised gold…

The private cinema at Lillie Square

How upmarket flats became Home Suite Home

Expensive apartments used to have the odd gym or bar. Now they offer everything you get at a five-star hotel

Tweed – meet the new weave

This traditional fabric is suddenly cool, fashionable and sexy

How the hipsters and hedge-funders are taking the slow train to Deptford

This London borough built Henry VIII’s ships, gave Pepys a mistress and taught navigation to Peter the Great

This is a ride that has been well and truly pimped

Gallery: Ferrari exhibition at the Design Museum

Under the Skin celebrates the past, present and future of the legendary sports car company

The Wish List

Sparkling jewellery

Ecole Lesage: the embroidery school for haute couture

Inside Ecole Lesage, an artisan workshop that provides exquisite needlework for the top fashion houses

Open all year: London’s hidden gems

A selection of beautiful buildings and museums that are open to the public all year round

The Man Booker Prize’s biggest turkeys (and other stories)

Not all the winners of the prestigious literature award have stood the test of time

The topless Audi A5 is the automotive equivalent of a Page 3 Stunner

That’s to say, it’s fun, flirty – and with not a lot under the bonnet

We’ll keep the cat in Catford

The smart new money hasn’t poured in yet, but that makes this London borough affordable and practical

From left: Hublot Classic Fusion Racing Grey, £17,700; Boucheron Epure, £14,450; Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph, £5,900; Bremont Supermarine Type 301, £2,995; Rolex Cellini, £14,250; TAG Heuer Autavia, £3,900

The wish list

Watches with wow factor

Do parents really matter?

Everything we thought we knew about how personality is formed is wrong

Cheeky’s nail bar at The Ned

The Square Mile hipsters

The fashionable private clubs springing up in the heart of the City

Tesla’s Model S makes all other cars seem obsolete

This is to the luxury family sedan what the iPhone is to the Nokia

The wish list

Above 1. Theo Fennell fire opal and diamond orange blossom ring, £ 11,000 2. Cartier Amulette de Cartier ring, £2,120…

Only two public figures had names prefixed by the word ‘mad’. Both were regulars at my local

Gentrification had already started in Islington, so eccentrics like Frankie Fraser and Mike Calvert stood out a mile

Aidan Hartley takes aim with a Holland & Holland

Shopping for a gun? Aim high

On the shooting range, grouse moor or in the African bush, there’s nothing so much fun as a bespoke rifle or shotgun, says Aidan Hartley