Best of 2011

Circle of Light

Rotolight

If you’ve ditched the camcorder for a DSLR equipped with video then you already know that flash isn’t much much help when it comes to a dark scene, even if you’re packing a fast lens. The Rotolight ($110) remedies that by providing a convenient on-board ring light packed with 48 LED’s that mounts to either...

Hot 100

Icon 100: A5 Limited Edition

Back in 2008, we introduced you to the first renderings of the revolutionary Icon A5 personal aircraft. Small, light, maneuverable and sleek, it showed what portability and cutting-edge design could look like in a small aircraft. Well, ICON has now released info about the first production run of the Limited Edition ICON 100 A5. The...

The Dark Night Rises

2012 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Night Rod Special

In 2001, the the Harley-Davidson V-Rod was introduced as a new kind of muscle bike to compete with the other heavy-hitters on the market. It met with great success, using the Revolution engine, a 60 degree V-twin that was a joint effort between the Milwaukee-based manufacturer and Porsche and utilized liquid cooling, an HD first....

Explaining the Basics, Debunking the Myths

Timekeeping: The Dive Watch, Deconstructed

It is ironic that, while watch companies are turning out more capable dive watches – helium release valves, absurd water resistance, innovative bezels – fewer and fewer SCUBA divers are wearing watches at all. Go on any dive boat and you’re lucky to find one person wearing anything besides a dive computer on his wrist....

800 miles for $7,000 less

Behind the Wheel: 2012 Volkswagen Passat

If you asked us how to make a car cost $7,000 less you’d probably end up missing a few essentials. Things like a back seat, the sound system and maybe even a few cylinders from the engine, but somehow VW has pulled the equivalent of an automotive hat trick with the 2012 Volkswagen Passat ($19,995)....

Bog Deep and 12 Miles to Go

A Dirtier Shade of Mud: Tough Mudder New England

For the uninitiated, or those of you who haven’t heard, Tough Mudder is one of the forerunners of the now fully entrenched obstacle course challenges and race phenomenon. The brain child of former British Army Officer Will Dean, Tough Mudder combines military style obstacle course components with an 8-12 mile trail run. In the last...

911 Heaven

Breakdown: Singer Porsche 911

Okay, so the iconic Porsche 911’s overall shape hasn’t changed much in the last 40 years, but it has certainly become a more complex design. One thing is for sure, the original shape leaves nothing to be desired. It is, in a word, stunning. Well, very few people have the patience and skill to restore...

Sensory Overload

Photo Essay | Brute Force: Fuerza Bruta, Look Up

7pm, Saturday | Somewhere at the crossroads of an overzealous stage-tech’s wet dream, a rave and Stomp is Fuerza Bruta — a kinetic aerial show that’s been running at New York’s Daryl Roth Theater for a few years. Yeah, we’re kind of late to this one. It’s not a show for everyone, but if you...

Snow Might

Snow Peak Titanium iPhone 4 Case

Used on everything from the space shuttle (hat tip to you Atlantis) to golf clubs, titanium is an element that requires little explanation. It’s both lightweight and stronger than steel, and here in the form of the Snow Peak Titanium iPhone 4 Case ($120), totally bewitching. The ultra-thin case is made entirely in Japan using...

The Darkness, Everybody

Gerber Mini Covert Automatic

When it comes to your every day carry, the choices for the ideal pocketknife are endless. However, if you’re looking an EDC with a sleek all-black tactical edge, consider the Gerber Mini Covert Automatic ($125). Featuring a black lightweight hard anodized aluminum handle and a S30V partially serrated stainless steel blade, the Mini Covert is...

For cobblestones, a site for sore eyes

Photo Essay | Seize for Speed: Seize sur Vingt Hosts the American Le Mans Series Teams

8pm, 78 Greene Street | In celebration of the Northeast Grand Prix Lime Rock, bespoke clothier Seize sur Vingt hosted the teams and cars from the American Le Mans Series. Besides the company of admirers, in attendance were Extreme Speed Motorsports, Genoa Racing and 12 year old go-kart champ Santino Ferrucci (in the orange shirt)...

Family Dragster

Edo Competition BMW M5 Dark Edition

The last generation M5 will have its final hurrah in five-door form and under cover of darkness. Edo Competition, the mad German tuner, has just pulled the cover off its BMW M5 Dark Edition. The V10 has been ramped up to 555 horsepower from the original and already ferocious 500 via increased air flow, allowing...

Floating Sculpture

Guillemot Kayaks by Nick Schade

Can a kayak be considered a work of art? Nick Schade certainly thinks so. Since 1986, Schade has created hand-made kayaks under the imprint Guillemot Kayaks creating one stunning vessel after the next in his Maine workshop. Using a unique “strip-built” method commonly utilized with canoes, these seafaring stunners do more than just look good...

Barkalounger

Kickstarter: Pet Lounge Studios Bambu Pet Hammock

Supporting Pet Lounge Studio’s limited edition Bambu Pet Hammock kickstarter project is definitely one way to show your furry friend they’re numero uno. Designer Cory Drew approached the task as any furniture designer would, focusing on materials and lines. The result is a floating pooch palace that’s achieved by stretching the upholstery grade, ultra-suede pillow...

Well-Dressed Comeback

30 Minutes With: Paul Trible

Southern gentleman. English rake. Paul Trible is the consummate man about town. Designer and co-founder of Richmond-based Ledbury, Trible draws on his transatlantic roots to make the ultimate refined-yet-modern shirt. Read about how that happens after the jump.

A Modern Classic

Timekeeping: Marvin M120

We’re huge fans of classically inspired watches, but we enjoy a decent amount of heft in modern timepieces, as well. Aside from beefy Panerais, we can grow weary of the manhole-sized watches that seem to pervade ignorant male youth today. But it is hard to survive out there with a thin dress watch, alone. The...

Bad weather, expert-driving and a supercar

Photo Essay | Snow Day: Lapping the Lexus LFA, In Snow

Things don’t always come together but you try to make the most of it and sometimes, if you’re lucky, it works out for the better. Case in point. Not too long ago, we moseyed ourselves up to New York’s Monticello Motor Club for some lap time in the rip-roaring Lexus LFA. Unfortunately, Mother Nature and...

Nothing says love and appreciation like liquor

Tasting Notes | Father’s Day Cocktail: The Boulevardier

Your dad. The guy who taught you most of what you know, including the nuances of fine whiskey and the satisfaction of working with your hands. This year, combine both of those valuable life skills to craft Dad a well-deserved drink. The Boulevardier is a fine, father-friendly cocktail – a timeless classic that’s unpretentious, elegant...

M-agnificent

2012 BMW M5

Fully into the post-Bangle era, BMW has created what might be the actual perfect BMW. Every proportion of the BMW M5 bleeds with utter German perfection. Gone is the shrill V10 in exchange for a firecracker 4.4 liter twin-scroll twin-turbo V8 overflowing with technology. Power figures? A head-spinning 560 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque,...

Might as well call it iPutt

Ping iPing App

Agent Smith: “Do you hear that sound Mr. Anderson? … that is the sound of inevitability”. And pictured right is also an inevitability. Merging the infinite possibilities of apps and the relenteless frustration of putting, Ping has developed the iPing App (free), and a corresponding cradle ($30). When combined the two serve as a bona...

Beetle, Juiced

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Black Turbo Edition

Are we done with black yet? Don’t hold your breath, as VW is following Porsche and BMW’s latest dark act, providing a limited edition of cloaked vehicles with special paint, trim and tires. Now far from emasculating and upped in the masculinity quotient, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Black Turbo Edition ($25,720) aims to draw 600...

Flight Stool

Flightdeck Air Combat Center

The Flightdeck Air Combat Center ($69+) in Anaheim, CA, can provide anyone with the same experience Tom Cruise received while filming Top Gun. Specifically, you’ll feel (and very well may act) like you’ve properly commanded a real fighter jet for the rest of your life — while, in reality, you’ve done no such thing. That...

Dot Your iPhones

Kickstarter: Dot 360° Panoramic iPhone Lens

We’ve seen handles and zoom lenses, but here’s a first. Dot is a simple, pocket-sized 360° lens attachment and app for the iPhone 4 that captures fully navigable, panoramic video. Developed by Kogeto, the combination of the two + your iPhone streams real-time video to the web where anyone can control the camera remotely, semi-Drone...

Black Ice. The Good Kind.

BMW M3 Frozen Black Edition

We all pretty much know how ferocious the current BMW M3 is. Screaming V8 and handling of the gods are part of the package. Now, dial it up down a few notches into the form of a teflon Ninja street scalpel with the very limited production BMW M3 Frozen Black Edition ($73,650). The first thing...

Yes. This is Real.

BMW Powered Twin-Rotor Hoverbike

Every once in a while something comes along so crazy, so unearthly cool, we have to shout it from the rooftops. Today just happens to be that once in a while, so feast your eyes on the BMW boxer engine powered Hoverbike. Framed around an 1,170cc 4-stroke BMW boxer engine that powers the twin rotors,...

Total Axcess

Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess

Today marks Les Paul’s 96th birthday and even if the Google homepage has made it possible to pick away at your own rendition of Stairway to Heaven, we thought it worthwhile to divert your attention to a truly amazing instrument worthy of Les Paul, the Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess ($6,174). Prog rock...

Don't call it husky

CRKT Graham Stubby Folding Razel

Without skipping a cut, the Graham Stubby Folding Razel ($50) qualifies as one of the more unique pocket knives we’ve used. Based off the larger non-folding Razel, which was created as a utility knife of sorts featuring both a chisel point and a razor styled blade. This blade combination lends itself to a multitude of...

David Bowie Not Included

Labyrinth Aquarium

We can think of plenty of other things we’d rather drop $6,500 on, but if to quote Jay-Z, “money ain’t a thang”, we’d probably find some place to stash this ridiculous Labryrinth Aquarium ($6,500) in our home — most likely right next to the white tiger cage. It’s designed to house tropical freshwater fish in...

Another Look at the Sport of Polo

Photo Essay | Marco Polo: Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

Sunday, 2:30pm | Now in its 4th season here in New York, the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic has become a blisteringly popular event. Summer’s best excuse to don fine garb, the classic is a surefire way to see the who’s who. But, making your way to the venue, New York’s Governor’s Island, much less finding...

Fish or cut board

Bote Sup Skiff

Fishing and paddle boards. A marriage made in Florida. The creation of PE Corey Cooper, the Bote Sup Skiff ($1,399) used advanced engineering and modeling software to create one truly unique vessel. Intersecting a stand-up paddle board with the versatility needed for fishing, the Bote begins life as a 12′ Bote. Cooper then adds a...

Easy Button

Kickstarter: Red Pop

Unless your endowed with triple jointed thumbs, taking photos with your iPhone can be mighty cumbersome if not downright painful. The Kickstarter project, Red Pop, aims to fix that with a simple, well-designed solution: bringing the shutter button back to its rightful finger (your index) and location. Simply plug-in the adaptor, which also serves as...

Pegs & Legs

High Chair: Making the Thos. Moser Continuous Arm Chair

In a world of IKEA and other discount furniture, companies like Thos. Moser are a true rarity. Increasingly far and few between, Moser is an establishments that earns its right to use overly used declarations like legacy, craftsmanship and heritage. To say that painstaking work is underway at their workshop is an understatement. Their nearly...

Not so Woolly Mammoth

Trecol 39295

There’s off-road, and then there’s OFF-ROAD. The Russian built Trecol 39295 takes it to an altogether different level. The insane six-wheeler enables you to drive over logs, insanely rocky terrain, deep water (with optional outboard motor) and even people. Okay, back up now. Yes, you can do that, too. The Trecol just happens to have...

The green fairy, made in America

Tasting Notes: Vieux Carré Absinthe

After decades of misinformation and smear campaigns that resulted in absinthe’s being outlawed in the United States since 1915, it was reintroduced to the market in 2007. Slow adoption has since sped up, and these days absinthe can be found in liquor stores and bars across the country. There’s even an American-made product courtesy of...

Look Out Nike Plus

Beat Workout Watch

We love a good mechanical watch, but when it comes to workouts, our obsession with analog craftsmanship takes a backseat to functionality. The Beat Workout Watch ($TBD) checks all the boxes of the ultimate exercise companion. Pairing a shoe based sensor with a chest strap heart rate monitor and a 16GB portable music player isn’t...

E-Typical

Eagle E-Type Lightweight Speedster

The Jaguar E-Type will forever stand as an automotive icon. The fact that it still gets copied half a century after it first bowed is a testament to its timeless beauty. British restorer, Eagle, has just done up another version of their 2009 E-Type homage. This time, it’s the Eagle E-Type Lightweight Speedster, scaling in...

Cinematic Boarding

Stay | Mondrian SoHo, New York

If we were to quickly surmise what the Mondrian SoHo hotel is in just 8 words it might be along the lines of: “you might just think you’re a celebrity, also.” Perhaps it’s the crowd, casual meets jetset, or the river of high-heeled women, or highly-tuned design but it wouldn’t surprise us if the hotel...

Ultimate Deference Machine

BMW 328 Hommage

In commemoration of the BMW 328 75th anniversary (no, not the leased 328 in your neighbor’s garage), Bavarian Motor Works has created what really can only be described as a breathtaking reintepretation, recently revealed at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Como, Italy. Aptly called the BMW 328 Hommage, its resemblance to the original 1930’s...

Bring the bar to you

Alpina Mobile Bongos Beer Bar

Think of the Alpina Mobile Bongos Beer Bar ($11,300) as a graduate degree in outdoor drinking. The mobile party center features an integrated kegerator, 8kg of ice storage, and customizable tops for adding everything from a gas-powered grill to extra serving areas. Thanks its four sturdy wheels and a specially designed refrigeration system, there’s also...

Sky Limo

Eurocopter EC145 by Mercedes-Benz Style

Everybody and their uncle is slapping clothing brand names on vehicles. It started with goofy ideas like the “Eddie Bauer” Ford Explorer and the “Nautica” Mercury Villager minivan and now it’s morphed into the ridiculous Hyundai Genesis Prada Special Edition. Finally, a carmaker is doing it to someone else. Mercedes-Benz did just that by emblazoning...

Old Meets New

AGA Total Control Cast Iron Oven

The duties of a traditional cast-iron range are typically three pronged: prepare food, provide ambient heat and heat water. They also happen to look like a million bucks. The trouble is, most take hours to reach proper operating temperature making them a poor match for busy households or those not fully entrenched in the slow...

30 Minutes With: Christopher Bastin

Gant has a long-standing tradition of helping men look their best, but a recent rival effort has thrust the brand back into the spotlight of men’s fashion. Characterized by modern tweaks on classic americana stye bred in the collegiate atmosphere, the company has also just launched a new online store, enabling anyone with a mailing...