Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Carbon Skeleton Flying Tourbillon
We like the introduction of carbon in the new Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Carbon Skeleton Flying Tourbillon, and as it’s so much lighter, the power reserve has also substantially increased. A win all round.
Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition
There are only 10 of the Q by Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows edition available, with the tenth car already lined up to be gifted to the RAF Benevolent Fund. It’s a fantastic tribute to the Red Arrows, with details nodding to the aviation superheroes throughout. Potential owners will also be pleased to hear each car comes with its own bespoke racing accessories.
Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly Automaton
One of the pieces that really wowed us at Basel was the Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly Automaton, which manages to be both elegant and technically impressive. With a touch of the crown, a red gold butterfly gently beats its wings against the black onyx dial.
Panerai Luminor 1950 PCYC Chronograph
Our favourite of the three chronographs Panerai have released to mark the 13th year of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, this Luminor 1950 PCYC Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio is coolly classic.
Caran d’Ache Varius Peter Marino Limited Edition Fountain Pen
The Varius Peter Marino Limited Edition Fountain Pen, the result of Caran d’Ache’s collaboration with architect Peter Marino, is a stylish tribute to Marino’s personal style. A silver and rhodium-plated skull with gleaming black onyx eyes is guaranteed to raise eyebrows.
Macallan “Masters of Photography” Whisky
Macallan’s collaborations with photographers, as part of their Masters of Photography series, always look as good as they taste. This latest piece, produced with visual artist Steven Klein, is no exception – the limited edition pink-hued whiskey in a smart leather case is for special occasions only.
Approximately £2,000; timecaptured.com
Louis Moinet Space Mystery
While the last timepieces from Louis Moinet featured parts of the moon and Mars, the Space Mystery goes one step further – it proves the existence of other life in space. Kind of. It includes fragments of the carbonaceous CM chondrite meteorite, which contains amino acids and is something every life form needs to exist. So is there something else out there? Your watch might just have the answer…
Monitor Audio Silver 50 Speaker
The new and improved Silver Series range of loudspeakers from Monitor Audio are beautifully contemporary. Less is more in their new slimline design, which comes complete with a powered subwoofer with on board DSP, giving listeners both a powerful and natural sound.
Price for the Silver 50 begins at £500; monitoraudio.co.uk
PowerRay Underwater Drone
With our skies now starting to resemble a benign reboot of Apocalypse Now, drone jockeys are looking to the seas. PowerRay is a portable, diving robot that opens up the magical scenery beneath the surface of the water for photographers, cinematographers, explorers, sports enthusiasts and, of course, anglers. With a diving time of four hours, a diving depth of 30m, a sonar fish finder and a 4K 30fps camera, the PowerRay is Jaws to the conventional drone’s Top Gun. Designed for freshwater, saltwater and even ice fishing, the robot can detect fish up to 40m way with pin-point precision of up to 10cm. A subdrone includes an internal fish luring light and a remotely operated bait drop. Recreational fishing will never be the same again.
Price for the PowerRay begins at €1,599; store.eu.powervision.me
Remember Google Glasses? Those geeky, creepy specs were the tech world’s biggest white elephant a couple of years back – not so much because of their function (turned out no one wanted to feel as if they were under surveillance from some nerdy, social media-happy Mission Impossible wannabe while they were having dinner), but mostly because of the way they just looked. Snapchat Spectacles are much more fun – think will.i.am, rather than Ethan Hunt. Simply press a button on the Persol-ish pop-coloured frame to make a 10 seconds-long ‘snap’ film short. Everyone will know what you are up to because lights mounted in the spectacles fire up to confirm that you are ‘snapping’ – see, less creepy. Video clips are captured via a circular frame that presents the human field of vision more authentically. You can then wirelessly add your snaps to memories on your phone’s Snapchat app. Ingeniously, the specs charge in their case.
Le Labo Fragrance Diffuser
Looking like a cross between a hipster’s bedside lamp and a shed-made valve amplifier, Le Labo Fragrances’ artisan diffuser is a loft dweller’s conversation starter. Crafted from the reclaimed wood of New York’s water tanks, this electrically-powered home diff user is an olfactory homage to Thomas Edison that incorporates a large, filament lightbulb and an electric nebulizer. Le Labo’s Santal 26 fragrance oil is transformed into a fine mist spreading retro-tinged incandescence and gorgeous perfume into your home – both light and scent intensity are adjusted simultaneously by turning the knob to the right. But does it go up to 11?
$590 USD (available in USA only); lelabofragrances.com
Loewe bild 9 TV
Televisions are very much an off – the-wall thing these days. The fashion for mounting blandly generic flat screens, in mostly static positions, above fire places or within book cases, hiding a spaghetti of wires, power cables and myriad, redundant sockets, has given way to free-standing units that look as good from the back (and the sides) as they do at the front. And let’s face it, when your TV’s über-chic design claims to have been “inspired by Bauhaus and art deco”, hanging it on the wall so that only half of it is on display seems rather, well, churlish. Loewe’s new bild 9 TV (yep – that’s a fashionably minimal, lower case ‘b’) is at the cutting edge of contemporary television design. Clear geometric shapes and a warm matt gold shade create an attractive contrast to the futuristic display. A high-quality fabric cover conceals the connections and cables on the back for a beautifully clean 360° design, while the angular, metal stand seems to reference design god Mies van der Rohe’s best work. Loewe’s London-based creative director was inspired by both German knowhow and British inventiveness when conceiving the bild 9. Combining sophistication with minimalism, craftsmanship with high-tech and opulence with understatement, the bild 9 is “a television that radiates a presence and lightness so fascinating that it has an almost sculptural effect.” Loewe recommends teaming the bild 9 with the brand’s klang 9 speakers. Developed by Loewe’s head acoustician Alfred Hassaoui (who plays more than eight instruments from the soprano saxophone through to the piano and the tenor horn), the speakers elevate the timbre of a Netflix chill session to new aural heights – basses vibrating in your stomach, powerful mid-tones and the finest treble nuances. Game of Thrones will never look – or sound – the same again.
Prices for the Loewe bild 9 TV are £6990 (55-inch) and £8990 (65-inch); uk.loewe.tv