I would recommend the thinkpad X1 Carbon. Super fast, and build to last for years. The quality of constructions rivals that of macbooks. I think theres a version with a touch screen as well (good for windows 8).
If you are really into aesthetics and want something shiny and flashy, the x1 is not for you.
Thinkpad carbon is good shout, even aesthetics wise. I much prefer clean and understated. Not looking for some garish. Though its not most important aspect for me. Any other suggestions, would be good to have a few to consider?