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

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date Desert Edition

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date Desert

Blancpain’s iconic Fifty Fathoms is at home in any stretch of water you might imagine, but the Swiss watchmaker’s latest funky take on the archetypal diving watch is a little sandier than you might expect. Inspired by the spelunking expedition of Ernest H. Brooks into Death Valley’s Devil’s Hole, the 70s-slanted, limited edition Bathyscaphe Desert is one of the most striking pieces in the retro line and our new firm favourite.

Price: $12,700 USD, limited to 500 pieces, available at Blancpain.

Dictador 2 Masters Royal Tokaji Rum

Dictador 2 Masters Royal Tokaji

Unusual flavours, innovative finishes: Dictador’s Masters series is full of surprises. Still, even by those standards the rum’s latest collaboration needs to be tasted to be believed. The Dictador 2 Masters Royal Tokaji has been matured at the legendary Hungarian wine house, adding a distinctive new element to the 40-year-old rum.

£670, available at Goedhuis & Co Fine Wine Merchants.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Dark PRO

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With the same overall design as the 1,079cc 1100 Dark PRO, the latest model in the entry-level Scrambler range is a darker, sexier twist on the classic adventure bike. The matte black overhaul is effortlessly cool as is, but also allows for a substantial level of customisation to suit whatever you aim to put it through. Looking for a getaway bike with a serious aesthetic twist? The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Dark PRO is for you.

From £10,495, available at Scrambler Ducati.

Microclimate ‘Air’ Helmet Face Mask

MicroClimate Air

Surgical masks too hospital chic for you? Other masks too stuffy? Or have you ever just dreamt of life on Mars? The MicroClimate Air has you covered. The space helmet style mask is a wearable microclimate designed to keep you safe in potentially pandemic-riddled airports. Combining a fully transparent face mask, HEPA filters for inlets and outlets and a comfortable construction weight of 2lbs, it’s safe, comfortable and practical. It’s also ridiculous. But give it a go and you’ll likely not look back – and only partly due to embarrassment.

Price: $199 USD, available at MicroClimate.

Aston Martin Designs First Private Residence ‘Sylvan Rock’ With S3 Architecture

Sylvan Rock

It felt a little off-kilter when Aston Martin announced its foray into architecture and yet here we are, with its first private project available and the incredible zig-zagging form of Sylvan Rock to prove it. Built in collaboration with S3 Architecture, the angular, black cedar home in New York’s Hudson Valley will be set across 55 acres of forested land, 2,000 of which will be sweeping driveway suited to some serious motors.

Price: $7.7M USD, for the full (extensive) floorplans and to register your interest, visit Corcoran Luxury Living.

Nike’s Día de Muertos Collection

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Every year Nike creates a special collection for the Mexican Day of the Dead and each year the results are among its coolest releases of the year. Which, for Nike, is saying something. This year is no different, with traditional altars inspiring remixes of the Air Max 90, DBreak Type, Blazer Mid and Air Jordan 1. With nods to handmade artworks and flowers left at family altars on Día de los Muertos, the autumn colours make for a seriously cool collector’s capsule fit for any sneakerhead’s ofrenda. Or, more hopefully, feet.

Available at Nike.

Bang & Olufsen Beogram 4000c Recreated Limited Edition Turntable

Beogram 4000c Recreated Limited Edition

It’s not just watches that are reviving the 70s; audio specialist Bang & Olufsen is getting in on the retro game too, with a reimagined spin on its iconic turntable, the Beogram 4000c Recreated Limited Edition. The first in the brand’s new Classics capsule, the original design has been given a modernised overhaul with a RIAA phono pre-amplifier, allowing integration into any home system. In short, this is a slice of B&O’s audiophile past, perfected – and extremely limited besides.

Price: £9,000, limited to 95 pieces, Bang & Olufsen.

Mambo, The World’s First 3D Printed Fiberglass Boat

Mambo No. 1

3D printing is making its way into everything now, from cars to watch cases and medical prosthetics. Boats though? That’s a new one. Created by Moi Composites, the 6.5-metre-long MAMBO (Motor Additive Manufacturing Boat) is a 3D-printed fibreglass beauty that just debuted at the Genoa Boat Show. With a 115cv engine and a dry weight of just 800kg, you can bet this is a mover and, with looks like these, a nautical dance partner everyone will be wanting to take out for a spin.

Price TBC, more information at Moi.

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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.