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Watches :

Corum Admiral’s Cup Deep Hull 48

Corum’s latest diver’s watch takes full advantage of the massive Admiral’s Cup case. This watch is formidable with a helium-release valve and 1,000 meters of water resistance.
Brand Corum
Type Chronometer
Price Range Under $50,000
Website www.corum.ch

SPIRITS :

Absolut Level Vodka

Tasting Notes Crisp and spicy. Worth Knowing Absolut is both pot distilled and column distilled. Note Prices are average retail and do not reflect local or state taxes.
Brand Absolut
Country Sweden
Region  Ähus Price $37.00
Spirit Type Vodka
Spirit Strength Full-bodied
Website www.levelvodka.com

CIGARS :

Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Pyramid

Characteristics A taste as silky smooth as its luxurious, well-aged Connecticut wrapper. The Dominican binder and filler leaf come from Chateau Fuente.Insider’s Tip This is the newest shape in this line from Carlito Fuente and, like all Fuente cigars, it is superbly crafted. Each cigar is individually cedar wrapped with a red-banded foot. As much attention to detail has been paid to? the bos ?, with its red convex sides. Note Prices are per cigar and average suggested retail and do not reflect local or state taxes.
Brand Arturo Fuente
Country Dominican Republic
Price $6.60
Size 6 x 52
Shape Pyramid
Cigar Strength Medium
Website www.cigarfamily.com

Electronics:

8000 Series Television

The 8000 Series 3-D-capable TVs from electronics supergiant Samsung are the Korean brand’s technology statements. They use a full array of LED as the lighting engine for the LCD glass, which boasts industry-leading picture for both 2- and 3-D with a 240 Hz refresh rate for reduced motion blur. These models have a depth of just under one inch for ideal on-wall mounting, as well as power requirements that exceed Energy Star standards. The 8000 Series offers 46-, 55-, and 65-inch models.
Brand Samsung
Price Description Ranging from $2,800 to $6,000 USD
Website www.samsung.com

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Fashion :

Shoe:

Barker Black Ltd

An offshoot of Barker, a classic men’s shoemaker operation out of Northamptonshire, England, since 1880, the more contemporary Barker Black line is the brainchild of Derrick and Kirk Miller, American brothers who didn’t believe the U.S. needed another traditional men’s shoe brand and convinced the third- generation owners of Barker to let them do it their way. The result is a collection of sleek, sexy footwear with slightly subversive detailing, particularly the subtle skull and crossbones motif that, although difficult to see, almost always appears somewhere on the shoes. Although the shoes are still produced in Barker’s Earls Barton factory, they are mostly made from vintage lasts from the 1930s and 1940s, and incorporate sartorial details such as Goodyear welted soles, wooden shanks embedded in narrow London waists—the arch section of the sole—and extra layers of cork between the foot and the sole for greater comfort. Most recently Barker Black introduced a collection of colorful calfskin moccasins, deerskin loafers, and silk paisley slippers to show off the lighter side of men’s casual footwear. Inside Information Derrick Miller stumbled on the skull and crossbones motif that is now Barker Black’s signature while doing research as a conceptual designer for Ralph Lauren, who once used the symbol on a pair of slippers. The original emblem, along with the motto “Death or Glory,” was used by colonel John Hale of the British cavalry as the symbol for his newly formed 17th Regiment of lancers, also known as the Light Dragoons, in the 18th century.
Brand Barker Black Ltd
Price $775.00
Price Description Ready-made loafers start at (approx) $775.
Website www.barkerblack.com

Allegri Outerwear

The family-owned Italian outerwear company Allegri is known for fabric innovations that are functional, waterproof, and lightweight yet luxurious. In fall 2010, for instance, Allegri pioneered Rain Cashmere, which is made by dipping cashmere thread in Teflon before weaving it into fabric so that the material remains soft, but is also water-repellent. Rain Cashmere marks Allegri’s 2,000th fabric introduction since the company’s launch in 1971 in the small town of Vinci outside Florence.
Brand Allegri
Price Description Ranging from (approx) $995 to $1,600
Website www.allegri.com

WINE :

2004 Gaja Brunello Di Montalcino Rennina

Tasting notes: The Rennina 2004, of which 2,200 cases were made, is a dark-red sangiovese redolent of violets, rosemary, spiced wood, and wild berries. Its flavor profile is an opulent amalgam of black cherry, vanilla, licorice, and a touch of wild game. Worth knowing: After World War II, the majority of Italian wineries emphasized quantity over quality, turning out often-troubled wines in high volume. A handful of families, however, refused to compromise their standards and traditions—none more steadfastly than the Gaja family. Founded in 1859 by Giovanni Gaja, the Gaja Winery in the Barbaresco region of Piedmont has remained committed to making fine wines that express the unique character of the vineyards’ varied soils.
Brand Gaja Winery
Country Italy
Region Barbaresco, Piedmont
Price 155.00
Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese
Vintage 2004

Website www.terlatowines.com

Home Interior :

Shine and Dine

Craig Van Den Brulle, whose namesake gallery in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood carries furnishings by Gio Ponti, Robsjohn-Gibbings, and other design-world luminaries, has begun showcasing his own furniture collection, Delaunay(www.craigvandenbrulle.com). Van Den Brulle, who named his new line after a type of mathematical triangulation, uses computer design and laser soldering to create maximalist, architectural pieces. At once organic and hard-edged, the $75,000 made-to-order dining table shown here is a sculptural array of interlocking triangles. The Delaunay collection includes chair and mirror designs that are available in steel, gilt bronze, or chrome and are as striking as the table.

Sonus Faber’s Flagship Follow-Up

Many audiophiles felt they missed the bus when Italian speaker maker Sonus faber sold out of all 30 pairs of its $200,000 statement speaker (simply called the Sonus faber”) within a few short months of the speaker’s unveiling in 2010. The company has unveiled the first follow-up to that already-legendary speaker, the Sonus faber Aida (pronounced ai-ee-dah). Like the company’s sold-out flagship, the Aida features a resonance-reducing lyre-shaped cabinet and massive avoirdupois—each Aida unit tips the scales at just over 350 pounds. Sonus faber built all of the Aida’s drivers specifically for this speaker, and beneath the sumptuous cabinet design is a series of technological innovations assuring the ultimate in musical reproduction.

At $120,000 per pair, the Aida is still an exclusive purchase, but when matched with components of equal performance it will provide a rich musical experience that will not soon run out—the Aida’s production is not limited. Interested buyers should visit www.sonusfaber.com