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Aficionado – May 2020: The Coolest Things In The World Right Now

Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Double Rainbow Flying Toubillon

Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Double Rainbow Flying Toubillon

Rolex may have killed it with the rainbow-bezelled Daytona but Parmigiani has gone one step above with the Tonda 1950 Double Rainbow Flying Toubillon. Not only is the bezel set with various coloured stones, but the subdial is, too. The rest of the dial is fully diamond-encrusted, with the final flourish being a double tourbillon at 7 o’clock. It’s a showstopper in the best possible way… but what does it mean?

€178,000 EUR, parmigiani.com

Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Coupé and Speedster

Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Coupé and Speedster

Paying homage to one of the most enduring partnerships in cars – Aston Martin and Zagato – custom car maker R-Reforged has built the Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Coupé and Speedster. There are only 38 cars total, only available as pairs, and most are already gone. Which is a shame, seeing as they are beyond stunning – particularly the sculpted, gold speedster. This is a price on-application affair, but be sure this Zagato-inspired heritage pairing won’t be cheap.

r-reforged.com

Vollebak Dyneema Jacket

Vollebak Dyneema Jacket

After its colour changing jacket last year, cutting-edge designer Vollebak has turned its rolling, maddened eyes towards durability. The result is the Dyneema jacket, an insulated puffer that’s nigh-on indestructible. The material in question is 15x stronger than steel, was originally used to stop high-velocity bullets and, in jacket form, will keep you snug down to -40°C. When explorers find your bones hundreds of years from now, they’ll know what great taste in outerwear you had.

£795, vollebak.com

Sonus Faber Minima Amator II Speakers

Sonus Faber Minima Amator II Speakers

Sonus Faber’s full-size loudspeakers are a thing of Italian-made beauty, sculptural, elegant – and that’s just the sound. Its latest though takes that formula and shrinks it down to fit on your bookshelf with the Minima Amator II. Inspired by the manufacturer’s original diminutive speakers, these are among the most magnificent pintsized powerhouses you can find. They don’t look half bad either.

£3,898, sonusfaber.com

Fender Dream Factory x Saleen Stratocaster Guitar

Fender Dream Factory x Saleen Stratocaster Guitar

Every supercar deserves a rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack, but the superb Saleen 1 actually has one, courtesy of Fender Dream Factory. The legendary guitar maker’s custom workshop has built a one-off Stratocaster inspired by the car, complete with the Saleen’s signature Candy Apple Red. Whether it sounds as good as it looks we wouldn’t know, but you won’t be able to help but feel like a rock god with this thing.

$33,000, unique piece, fender.com

Purdey Suglasses

Purdey Sunglasses

You can’t take a good shot with the sun in your eyes – or at least, that seems to be the thinking behind gunmaker Purdey’s new range of limited edition sunglasses. Gun nut or not though, these are some stylish shades, particularly the sleek, sharp, Italian-made Weekender. You don’t need a hand-crafted British gun to wear them… but it helps.

£695, limited edition of 100, purdey.com

Havana Club Tributo 2020

Havana Club Tributo 2020 Rum

It’s that time again that rum lovers rejoice over: the latest Tributo expression from Havana Club. This is Cuban rum at its finest and this year the themed release highlights the unique blending process of the distillery. Every time a blend is aged, a portion of it is put aside for use in future rum production. This means that there’s a good chance what you’re tasting is very, very old. In the case of Tributo 2020, the liquid has been blended from previous Tributo reserves, which have then been re-aged and blended with a rum drawn from a never-released batch of 100 casks. The result, in many ways, is a tribute to Tributo – and it’s extraordinary.

€400 EUR, havana-club.com

Ciclotte Designer Exercise Bike

Ciclotte Designer Exercise Bike

Home fitness is booming now that it’s the only option, but don’t worry about filling your apartment with the usual ugly, budget gym castoffs. The Ciclotte is part workout, part art piece, with its single huge belt for peddling and sculptural outlook. It achieves different levels of resistance using electromagnetism, because of course it does. It comes in a few colours, but only a fool wouldn’t go for red. Red always goes faster. It’s a fact.

£9,885, ciclotte.com

About the author

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.

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