Transparent Sound Speaker, £450
When audiophiles talk about transparency, they tend to mean the clarity of the sound, how silent the silences, how perfect each note. Somebody forgot to mention that to the aptly-named Transparent Sound which has taken the idea perhaps a bit too literally. Its latest wireless creation, the (again, to the point) Small Transparent Speaker, leaves nothing to the imagination with a single aluminium uniframe covered with tempered glass panels.
Fortunately the sound is nice and clear too, making this £450 interior statement more than just a novelty. Though it certainly is novel.
Available from transparentspeaker.com
2020 Harley-Davidson Low Rider Blue/Red, $17,999
It’s not just watches that have fallen prey to the allure of all things retro – Harley Davidson, easy riding icon of the motorbiking world, has taken a jaunt back to the 70s. The Low Rider S is pure Americana on two wheels, though with all the performance of a modern Harley. Built on the maker’s softail platform, it’s aggressive, West Coast biker style at its best.
Available from harley-davidson.com
St. Regis Hong Kong Hotel
The Hong Kong debut of the phenomenal St. Regis Hotel is a haven of old-world luxury in the otherwise overwhelmingly vibrant district of Wan Chai. At 27 floors it’s unassuming by Hong Kong standards, fitting the description of a curated mansion, and houses foreign French food courtesy of 18 Michelin star-holding Olivier Elzer. Oh, and the bar. The bar is absolutely stunning. We don’t want a cocktail there; we need one.
Rates from £354 a night / book at marriott.com
Bentley Blower Recreation
Revivalists rejoice! Following in the tyre tracks of Jaguar’s ever-growing roster of continuation cars comes the limited reintroduction of one of the most iconic, influential racers in history: the Bentley Blower. The 1929 car will be reverse-engineered by in-house coachbuilder Mulliner and limited to just 12 examples – one for each race the original car entered. That’s not as rare as the original of course, but it’s pretty close.
More details at bentleymotors.com
Tesla’s Nest Luxury Resort, Croatia
Sure he’s a hipster scientific icon that never was right now but how do you think Nikola Tesla came up with his many would-be ground-breaking inventions? Well, by being a bit of a genius. But a visit to the region of Lika likely helped matters. At least, that’s the concept behind T-Nest, the nature-immersed, Tesla-themed, 62-villa resort set next to the inventor’s birthplace of Smiljan, Croatia. If there’s anywhere guaranteed to help you recharge your proverbial batteries, it’s here, set to open July next year. Rates from EUR 553.50 a night.
Book at teslanest.com
Vanquish Yachts Vanqraft VQ16
Ever thought your jet ski was too small? Or that your yacht was too big? Perhaps both? Granted none of them are the most desperate questions ever asked, but nonetheless Vanquish Yachts has answered them with the revolutionary Vanqraft VQ15. Part water-scooter, part power-boat, it’s the fun-filled middle child you never thought you needed. There are plenty of different versions you could opt for, starting at $89,000. You’ll be the envy of every tender out there.
Available at vanquish-yachts.com
Sony 16K Crystal LED TV
Screens are getting bigger, better and bigger again, but even by those ever more extravagant standards, Sony has gone above and beyond. Forget 8k; Sony Crystal is 16k – and a full 63 feet from corner to corner. Forget home cinema, this technological monstrosity is worthy of a blockbuster première! Sure it’s going to be pricey – and you’ll need to upgrade the media room – but can you really put a price on this visual spectacular? Well, yes: around $5 million.
Available at pro.sony.com
Designa Individual Daytona, $43,990
The Daytona is a classic of design, almost unassailably perfect. That hasn’t stopped plenty of custom watch specialists trying, and even purists have to admit that this attempt from Designa Individual is almost impossibly cool. A full, forged carbon case, gold-numbered tachymeter and a pop-art dial of green, yellow and red make for one punchy take on the iconic racing watch. You’ll want to be quicker than a professional driver though; dubbed the Motley, there are only five of this limited edition piece being made, each going for $43,990. But hey, there’s probably less of a wait than the Rolex Original if you order a custom version.
More details at designa-individual.com
Roberto Cavalli Dudley Armchair
The Dudley Armchair is a comfortable informal armchair designed for relaxation, the welcoming form accentuated by new-season Karen silk and the back panel with a stunning fringed leather detail taken directly from the fashion pieces of the Roberto Cavalli collections. The leather fringing is a work of technical virtuosity. Available in materials and finishes as individual as the user. Available from Kings of Chelsea.