1. Rolls-Royce Picnic Hamper, £37,000
It’s picnic season! Not that excited? That’s fine, it’s probably just because you don’t have the kind of hamper that you’d be proud to have your butler layout for you. Don’t worry, Rolls-Royce (of course) has you covered with its latest decadent Champagne chest.
A construction of carbon fibre and aluminium overlaid with sumptuous black leather and the kind of wood you’ll most often find on a Phantom dashboard; its shape is apparently meant to evoke a V12 engine. We’re not sure about that, but at least it has room to store plenty of caviar, complete with mother-of-pearl spoons. Well, you can’t have Champagne without caviar; what are we, barbarians? For more information visit rolls-roycemotorcars.com.
2. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Chronometer
Omega has launched more than a wrist-full of watches lately but, among all the Constellations and 300m Chronographs, the stand-out for us is the brand’s awesome take on the worldtimer in its newest Aqua Terra (which we covered here).
It has all the defining features of the Aqua Terra, with the same case, the 200m water resistance and the dial inspired by a teak deck – except this time that dial is dominated by a beautiful interpretation of the northern hemisphere. The colours come from the metal reacting to a laser, which is cool in and of itself. Throw in all 24 time zones (including Omega’s home of Bienne) and you have one of the most striking pieces Omega has made in years. For more information visit omegawatches.com.
3. Leica CL 100 Jahre Bauhaus, £2,945
Like pretty much every cool German brand, Leica owes a lot to Bauhaus. That very particular type of function over form is one of Leica’s main appeals; well, other than the sheer excellence of its cameras, that is. Now as the movement celebrates it’s centenary, Leica is commemorating the feat with its new CL ‘100 Jahre Bauhaus’.
With a 24-megapixel sensor, fast autofocus and continuous shooting rate of up to ten frames per second, it’s one hell of a camera. In fact, it’s the top-spec version of the standard CL. The main difference here is the leather trim, which bears the Bauhaus logo – as does the matching carry strap. It’s not cutting-edge, but it’s a nice way to commemorate a design ethos that Leica has so much to thank for. For more information visit en.leica-camera.com.
4. McLaren GT, £163,000
You know what you’re getting with a McLaren: a featherlight chassis, an engine with greater output than a nuclear power plant and performance to shame most track cars. Now, however, McLaren has upped its own ante with its first ever McLaren GT. Finally.
Balancing its signature extreme sports feel with a more luxurious cabin and suspension designed to be comfortable over long distances, it’s the closest thing to an everyday car you can get from the British marque. The handling and brakes have even been adapted to slower speeds. School run in a Mclaren? I think so. For more information visit cars.mclaren.com.
5. Lilium’s Air Taxi, £TBC
What’s the best way to get to the airport? Fly, obviously. And we don’t mean simply touching down in your destination, but actually flying from your home (or thereabouts) to the nearest terminal. That’s the concept behind Lilium’s five-seat air taxi. And though this is still a concept, it is one that’s already made its maiden voyage.
It looks a hell of a lot more impressive than the chunky little things Uber has come out within the past couple of years and aims to tackle the taxi giant with the same prices as taking a car. It’ll still be about six years before you can take a short flight to board a long one, but the future is coming and it looks like Blade Runner. For more information visit lilium.com.
6. Oyster 565 Sailing Yacht, £TBC
There’s nothing like the freedom of a sailing yacht. Provided there’s plenty of wind and you have a full crew, you can go anywhere. But what if you didn’t need the latter? Or, at the very least, you could set sail with just two of you on board? That’s the concept behind the new 60-foot Oyster 565 Sailing Yacht.
Despite its size, it takes just a couple of hands to sail the British-designed 565, making it the ultimate getaway vessel. Forget the lack of privacy on a yacht; here the master stateroom is all yours, as is the rest of the surprisingly roomy interior. You can even have it laid out how you like – perfect for a summer in the sun. For more information visit oysteryachts.com.
7. D’USSÉ XO, £249.99
Rappers love Cognac. It’s a fact. Jay-Z loves it so much that he happens to owns a substantial stake in an up-and-coming Cognac label. Now, with the launch of its first XO, D’USSÉ is hoping to make a splash on both the cocktail scene and many a Millennial liquor cabinet.
According to Michel Casavecchia, we can expect “rich flavours of ripe blackberry and apricot, layered with hints of dark chocolate and walnut, culminating in an exceptionally balanced finish”. As the region’s most senior maître de chai, we’re gonna go ahead and trust the man. Cruising above the $200 mark, it’s not the kind of spirit to splash in a sidecar – though that probably won’t stop us giving it a try. For more information visit dusse.com.
8. iFi Aurora, £1,299
‘All-in-one’ speakers are getting better and better, with audio specialists managing to stuff more drivers than ever in a single space and it all somehow works. iFi does the same… just with the kind of design that we want in our house, fantastic-fidelity sound or no.
Inspired by Japanese architecture, the cabinet of the new iFi Aurora is made from slats of bamboo that have been treated to look a little lighter than the natural material. It’s the kind of look that’s meant to blend into your home… except with a statement A-frame supporting the whole thing. It’s cool, contemporary and, in case you were wondering, sounds far better than it has any right to. For more information visit ifi-audio.com.