|New Brut Scents
Your granddad swore by his Brut products — old standbys, unchanged and reliable for years and years (over 40, actually). Now Brut is launching new scents and a new, modern look. Black Ice, an ambery and aromatic scent, will launch alongside the spicy, grapefruity Blue Wave in January, but worry not — Brut Classic will still be around for gramps. brutworld.com
|NOMOS Zürich Weltzeit 5th Avenue for Wempe
Fine watches have been fashioned in the German town of Glashütte for over 160 years, and Nomos is one of our favorite newer brands carrying the region’s horological torch. Their new Zürich Weltzeit 5th Avenue pays homage to New York City and Zürich — two cities as stunning and artful as a fine timepiece. Only 100 of these beauties will be produced, so delay not. nomos-glashuette.com
|Acre The Hauser Hydration Pack
It’s a healthy choice to stay hydrated, especially if you’re embarking on some sort of physically challenging biking/hiking/et cetera endeavor. This weatherproof 14-liter hydration pack boasts four pockets for stowing gear, a removable toolkit and a main compartment that’s protected from infiltration by a sturdy roll-top. Most any hydration pack up to three liters will fit inside, so you whistle may always be wet. $205
|Mission Workshop Zurich Softshell Hoodie
The four-way stretch nylon shell of this form-fitting hoodie hides a soft Merino lining that, as you know, naturally wicks moisture away, keeping you warm, dry and comfortable as hell. The shell is treated with water repellent and includes two front hand warmer pockets along with a rear zippered pocket for a little extra utility. $365
|2015 Ford Mustang
The anticipation has nearly killed us, but the 2015 Mustang is finally here. It’s lower and wider than outgoing models (handling! interior room!) and the fastback coupe looks slick as hell. All models will get functional hood vents and the corporate trapezoidal grille up front. But the real news is behind the grille: the V6 and V8 engines carry over with a slight bump in power, but the 2.3-liter turbo-four EcoBoost will pump out over 300 horses and just as many lb-ft of torque. Six-speed manual transmissions and six-speed autos (with real paddle shifters!) will be offered, along with upgraded brakes and a fully independent suspension (say what you will) with driver-adjustable settings. The list goes on, so stay tuned. ford.com
|Cree 75-Watt LED Replacement Bulb
Cree’s latest bulb is a direct replacement for the 75-watt energy drains you’ve got installed in your house. Using over 80 percent less energy — 13.5 watts — these bulbs also last 25 times longer than your current electricity gulpers, and a 10-year warranty guarantees you’ll never install another power-sucker ever again. $24
Stuttgart Speeds Into the 21st Century
Mercedes has been innovating in Silicon Valley for over two decades, but they’ve decided to bolster their cutting-edge technological efforts with their new Mercedes Benz Research & Development North America (MBRDNA) headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. We were on hand to explore the new facilities, check out their in-car technology and gawk at the beautiful, newly unveiled AMG Vision Gran Turismo.
What Your Air Should Wear
Just because the word “air” is in your latest iPad’s name doesn’t mean it’s going to float on the ether if (when) you drop it. There isn’t going to be some magical, fluffy cloud protection when you slip it in your work bag or duffel; there is neither a keyboard nor some sort of built-in kickstand. So, clumsy, what’re you supposed to do? How do you keep your pristine investment and advanced piece of technology looking new? How do you keep it accessible and functional in every imaginable way and every imaginable place, from the airplane to the board room to the living room?
For starters, you could do worse than picking up one of the best iPad Air cases on the market. We’ve rounded up 35 of the grandest grippers, gewgaw-laden sleeves, shells, keyboards and folios and parsed them by price.
Though it was a “must-have” item when it hit the market decades ago, the cordless screwdriver’s charms wound down faster than the AA batteries stacked in its tail. To maintain shelf space on impulse item peg-boards, tool manufacturers did what they do best: they added power, shed weight and extended run times. While noble in effort, their improvements just weren’t reason enough for tradesmen to sacrifice space in their tool bags…until now. To see if the DeWalt 8V Max Gyroscopic Screwdriver ($89) delivers the right balance of intuitive tech and commonplace comfort, we took it out for an involved spin.
Business travelers used to have serious panache: Vasco da Gama traveled in a fleet of ships accompanied a few hundred men; Benjamin Franklin allegedly wore a rustic fur hat while serving as an ambassador to France; in the 1960s men wore three-piece suits in Economy. Today’s business traveler is less ostentatious but dangerously effective: he’s creative, flexible, mobile, well-connected and never ever sick at sea. Working all the time? Sure, but that’s a small price to pay for a life without borders. If that sounds like you, this is the gear you need.
(Half) The World on Your Wrist
On the more affordable end of the scale, Montblanc is best known for its Timewalker collection, a set of modern sports watches that features chronographs, time-only pieces and GMTs. This year saw the introduction of the Timewalker Hemispheres ($4,900), a world time watch that was instantly one of our surprise favorites in Geneva. We recently got our hands on one for a spin around the world.
TELLIN’ TIME, WESTERN STYLE
In case you hadn’t noticed, fly fishing hasn’t gone away since its A River Runs Through It phase. Besides the fresh air, gorgeous scenery and Zen-like calm that comes from a perfect cast, there’s all the cool gear: rods, vests, boots, all made especially for the angler. It was only a matter of time before someone made a fly fishing watch, and this is it: the Montana Watch Company’s BFW-3 ($19,575), part of their Bridger Field Watch line.
Easy to Fathom
Gear Patrol’s series “Want This, Get This” presents a lust-worthy timepiece along with a more affordable alternative that scratches the same itch. This week, we feature the forebear of all modern dive watches and a young upstart that still holds its own.
The Abominable Snow-vehicle
Your closest encounter with the winter beast known as the Tucker Sno-Cat was probably watching as scientists and explorers with frozen beards made their way through parts unknown in an episode of National Geographic. What you probably don’t know is that these cold-capable snow monsters materialized out of one man’s desire to find a better method of snow travel, or that they comprise a proud family of multi-purpose vehicles that got their start way back in 1942. The Sno-Cat is an icon all its own in an industry that has few competitors.
Old Man Winter Anti-Venom
You welcome winter driving like you welcome a root canal without novocaine. It’s just something you’re going to have to deal with, and most of the time it won’t pretty. And though you certainly can’t control the guy who thinks his 4×4 means he can drive like the abominable idiot, you can at least ready yourself for most situations on the cold, heartless road. As the Boy Scout motto says, “Be prepared”. That’s a wise way to approach winter’s worst, one reflected by this kit of essentials.
Sleighs are for losers
You’re an hour late to the Christmas get-together, but not because that red velvet blazer you love so much is nowhere to be found. No, instead you’re trapped in a snowdrift in your vintage AMC Gremlin. No fruitcake for you. You could’ve fared better this holiday season with some better wheels. May we suggest some truly treaded steeds for your hapless self?
Full Contact High
American drivers are starting to learn something Europeans have known for a long time: winter tires do wonders for traction in snow, slush and ice. The extra edge in slippery acceleration, braking and steering is worth the hassle of swapping rubber with the seasons. We researched top performing winter tires for various types of vehicles to compile this ultimate list of winter treads for your car, truck, SUV or sports car.
When Frank J. Zamboni opened one of the largest ice skating rinks in the country just outside Los Angeles in 1940, he realized he needed to streamline the ice resurfacing process. Using surplus war parts from Jeeps and tractors, he perfected his design on a number of iterations — and in 1949 the Model A Zamboni Ice Resurfacer was born.
Fast forward more than 60 years and the company, which has become ubiquitous with hockey games and halftime shows, now offers more than 10 machines ranging in capacity, price and ability. We had the chance to take the all-electric Zamboni 552 ($160,000) model for a spin, and the drive was, as expected, extraordinary.