Vollebak’s Garbage Watch
We’re not the only ones with sustainability on the mind and, while we tend to deal in respectable timepieces, this one from cutting-edge designer (and Aficionado regular) Vollebak is pure garbage. Made from tech industry throwaways, the quartz-powered watch is a sight to behold, with an electrical cable strap, colourful movement parts and a series of off-centre, haphazard crowns. Still in the prototype stage – and therefore without a price at the moment, it may be trash but it’ll doubtless be a collectible.
Waiting list now open at Vollebak.
Black Bowmore DB5
Whisky perhaps isn’t the most sensible of partnerships for a carmaker but that hasn’t stopped the esteemed Aston Martin. Islay Single Malt distiller Bowmore has pulled out all the stops in the collaborative Black Bowmore DB5. Inside the DB5-inspired, handcrafted decanter is the legendary Black Bowmore 1964, already one of the most sought-after whiskies around – think passion fruit, coffee and plenty of smoke.
£50,000, available at Bowmore.
Ever wondered what it’s like to ride a hydrogen bomb? Unless you’re Dr. Strangelove’s Major Kong (been there, done that) you may be in luck with Hyperion’s insane new XP-1. The hydrogen-powered supercar has an incredibly practical range of 1,000 miles and an incredibly impractical 0-60 sprint of 2.2 seconds. Stop worrying and learn to love the speed.
Price TBC, more information at Hyperion.
Jordan Bespoke Racing Red AR ‘Leather Art’ Duffle Bag
If you’re looking for a holdall just about as suave as a vintage Alfa Romeo, look no further than this Racing Red number from Jordan Bespoke. Created as an homage to the 110th anniversary of the quintessentially Italian marque, the grand touring duffle is made from smooth Italian leather and hides a rare photo of Juan Manuel Fangio driving his Alfa Romeo 158 to victory at the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix (which, incidentally, is celebrating its 70th anniversary).
£795, available at Jordan Bespoke.
Ruark Audio R3
With another lockdown a worrying likelihood, space is at a premium – as is great sound quality. The latest from British audio specialist Ruark combines both in the R3. Aside from an incredibly handsome design, the all-in-one system supports wireless streaming and radio through a slick, retro control at the top and a design to match. It also happens to punch well above its weight, sound-wise.
£629, available at Rurak Audio.
Electric Rolls-Royce Phantom V
After working with classics from Jaguar and Bentley, EV conversion specialist Lunaz is turning its attention to Rolls-Royce – and the results promise to be stunning. The first car newly out of the factory is a 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V, now with a fully electric powertrain and hardware and software upgrades across the board. With zero emissions, the only downside is there are only 30 slots available.
From £350,000, more information at Lunaz Design.
The M10 collection is pure Leica, with its old-school design, solid, die-cast magnesium body and overt lack of autofocus. The latest however is a cut above with an insane 40.89-megapixel full-frame sensor, an ISO range of 100 to 50,000 and enhanced low-light photography. In short, it has everything that Leica’s signature range is known for, pushed to the extreme. It might even be too good for Instagram.
£7,100, available at Leica.
Mi TV LUX Transparent Edition
Tech giant Xiaomi is making a transparent attempt to derail Samsung as the world’s leading screen-based innovator with its latest, the 55-inch Mi TV LUX Transparent Edition. The mass-produced, see-through TV looks like nothing more than a sheet of glass, despite housing a full OLED display. Is it an impressive technical showcase? Yes. Is it utterly pointless? Also, yes. But we can’t help but love it, all the same.
RMB 49,999 (approx. £5,500), more information at Mi.