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Does a start-up hold the key to a better night's sleep?

Tested: Casper Mattress

The quest for a good night’s sleep shouldn’t be taken lightly and, after spending hours in showrooms full of mattresses, you’d be wise to consider the new Casper ($500-$950) mattress, which seems aimed to catch the traditional mattress world napping.

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Navigating a tricky airspace

Time Is Money: The Luminox P-38 Lightning GMT

Do fighter planes have clocks? I ask myself when I look at Luminox’s P-38 Lightning GMT ($500+). If they did, they’d certainly look like this one. That’s the point: the P-38 is part of Luminox’s line of “Air”-inspired watches. The question, as always, is: is it worth it the price tag?

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Timeless Styles

Faces of the Decades: 5 Throwback Watches

The popular face of the wristwatch is constantly changing. Digital displays, which were once all the rage, fell out of favor long ago; oversized watches boomed and now seem to be over the hump; and gold has come and gone a few times over. But the greatest and perhaps most viable of today’s trends might be the resurrection of the vintage watch trade — new timepieces that pay homage to their roots and celebrate the ever-changing face of an industry from the 1950s through the 1990s.

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The horse without the mane is just as wild

Quick Spin: Ferrari 458 Spider, The Perfect Convertible?

In the middle of a cool Chicago summer, sunlight bounces off the unmistakeable Rosso Corsa hood of a V8 Ferrari. A mere eighth of a depression of the throttle produces a sound I can only describe as a chorus of angels descending to earth on winged stallions. Against all odds, Ferrari’s delicious V8 458 Spider has won me over to top-down driving.

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GP x Analog/Shift

Timekeeping Selects: Rolex Datejust (Sold)

For the fifth installment of our Timekeeping Selects series with Analog/Shift, we bring you a gem in the form a 1974 Rolex Datejust ($3,400 SOLD), hands down the most versatile timepiece a man can own. As always, the series features hand selected, tested, and ready to wear watches each with impeccable authenticity and a great story.

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Out of this world

Viewfinder: MB&F L’Epée 1839 Starfleet/Machine

One of the most innovative figures in the world of watchmaking is Maximilian Büsser, a former executive at Jaeger-LeCoutre. His collaboration with Swiss watchmakers L’Epee, the Starfleet/Machine, is a space-age monument to horology.

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Cruze'n USA

2,000 Miles, 24 Hours and a Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel

We drove a Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel from New York City to West Michigan for a 2,000-mile round trip. Here’s what we learned.

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Clean, Torquey and Efficient -- What's Not to Love?

Economy Plus: Driving 5 Great Diesels

The only problem with hybrids is how boring they can be to drive. Diesel cars, on the other hand, offer outstanding torque with hybrid-like fuel economy. We take five great ones out for a spin.

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Big Style for Small Wheels

Kit: Porsche 914

Advertised as the affordable Porsche/VW sports car, the small Porsche 914 got short shrift in the two automakers’ botched attempt to sell it as two different models and went sadly unrecognized. Gear Patrol brings you the perfect driving kit that keeps your road garb fashionable but simple, just like the classic 914.

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Where MPG meet MPH

Smoke and Mirrors: 5 Best Diesel Motorcycles

Diesel engines may just be the perfect fit for motorcycles. They offer bullet-proof reliability, stump pulling torque and the kind of range even Ted Simon can only dream of. Add to that the fact that refuelling doesn’t involve extended time out of the saddle and it makes you wonder why there aren’t more on the market. We found four examples that would look great in our garage on the road.

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A battle of torque, efficiency, and German luxury

Want This, Get This: Audi A8 L TDI or BMW 328d xDrive

The Germans are all over the diesel car market. Which makes complete sense: those Europeans are passionate about the practicality that diesel-powered cars provide, not to mention the kind of torque that can pull Tyrannosaur teeth from their sockets. If you want a capable German diesel that nets both solid mileage numbers, good driving dynamics and the aesthetics and comfort a stylish German sedan affords, then look to Audi and BMW at the two ends of the price spectrum.

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A Great American SUV, Proven

Six Weeks in the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel will haul you and your stuff for nearly 730 miles on one tank, all the while spoiling you with leather, panoramic roof, digital screens and tons of hauling capabilities. Is this the best American SUV ever made? After six weeks and a variety of tasks and duties, we think it’s certainly up there.

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5 Great Wines Escape their Bottles

White Wine? Just Can It

We got our hands on five canned white wines to find out if they’re a clever packaging solution or just an excuse to drink more white wine.

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Just add mountains

Tested: Casio ProTrek PRW-6000Y-1A

While Casio’s G-Shock series has the extreme sports category on lock down, their ProTrek line is blazing a trail in the world of outdoor adventure. In many ways, it’s about the most trustworthy, comely companion a beginning mountaineer could need.

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No relation to one Katy Perry

Tested: Sound Blaster Roar SR20

Creative’s new Sound Blaster Roar SR20 boasts improved Bluetooth pairing, a sound-boosting “Roar” mode, and half the price of its Bose competitor.

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A New Column on Watches Under $1,000

Time is Money: An Ongoing Search for the Affordable Watch

I’m out to prove that you can be passionate about watches and not spend boatloads of money by reviewing watches every week that cost under $1,000, many under $500.

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Six Battery-Powered Powerhouses

The Return of the Quartz Watch

The quartz watch was our introduction to timekeeping — the gateway drug that spurred our talk of ticks and led to our appreciation of mechanized complications — and like our first car, it demands respect. Battery-powered watches pack incredible complications, intricate details and robust build quality into an infinitely wearable and affordable package. Even the most ardent watch snob would be proud to strap any of these six quartz watches upon his wrist.

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One giant leap

Time on Our Hands: Linde Werdelin Oktopus MoonLite

Wearing a $20,000 watch with a white strap onboard a Great Lakes wreck diving charter is inviting ridicule. But duty called, and I strapped the Linde Werdelin Oktopus MoonLite ($20,000, limited to 59 pieces) over my drysuit cuff, clipped on the Reef digital dive module and waddled to the back of the boat. It quickly proved a sports watch in a category all its own.

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A case study in the downsides of the CUV

The Bizarre Success of the BMW X6

The BMW X6 been around since 2007 and has found shockingly good sales success for BMW, even earning a refresh this year: all this, despite its inferior specs, a small interior, and the fact that it looks like it’s been whacked with the same ugly stick as the Pontiac Aztek. So how does the X6 manage to draw buyers?

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Jeep's radical departure pays off

In the 2015 Jeep Renegade, Very Different is Very Good

Jeep is an American automotive staple, but it hasn’t done anything radically new in, well…ever. This signature Jeep American-ness on four driven wheels now gets its biggest injection of originality in the form of the Italian-made, Fiat 500L-based 2015 Jeep Renegade.

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This tiger's got teeth

An Achtung Baby: Quick Spin in the 2015 Porsche Macan

Twelve years ago, we said a Porsche truck was a bad idea. Boy, were we wrong. A quick drive in the 2015 Porsche Macan made our eaten words that much more delectable.

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Crossovers to the dark side

Five Best Performance Crossovers

Crossovers have changed in the recent past; you no longer have to trade in your testicles and driving sense to drive one. Even the haters (car nuts) have been proven wrong now that more horses, better driving dynamics and sleeker silhouettes have shown up in performance-focused crossovers. Here are five that break hard from the pack of mediocre crossovers still stuck in the driver’s ed parking lot.

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Ride, or at least look, like a pro

Pro Road Bikes of the Tour de France

The best in bikes trickles down from what professionals use on race day. These are the team bikes being used by pros in this year’s Tour de France — and you can get them right now.

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Keep the revs high

Road Trip Style: Italian Tuneup

One of the best ways to enjoy a summer weekend is a top-down road trip out of town. Pick up a fun roadster like an Alfa Romeo Spider (preferably in rosso corsa) for just these occasions.

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A Pearl of an Oyster

Timekeeping Selects: Rolex Oyster Precision Linen Dial (Sold)

For our series, Timekeeping Selects, we’ve partnered with Analog/Shift, the New York-based purveyor of vintage watches. We’re doing the legwork for you, handpicking stunning, unique vintage timepieces at a wide variety of prices — all with impeccable authenticity, great stories, meticulously serviced and ready to wear. The Rolex Oyster Precision Linen Dial flies a bit under the radar, with baton hands, a smooth polished bezel and a lovely textured cream dial collectors call “linen”. It also comes with its original green box, Rolex guarantee (long since expired) and 19-millimeter steel bracelet with the Rolex logo on the clasp.

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Haute Horlogerie Bargain Hunting

Want This, Get This: Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar or Montblanc Meisterstück Perpetual Calendar

This past January, Montblanc shook up their lineup with a steel perpetual calendar, a more affordable (though still not cheap) alternative to the unobtanium that is Patek Philippe’s perpetual calendar. How do the two compare?

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Some MMasterful, All MMagnificent

The BMW M3 Through the Generations

Over the decades, BMW’s iconic M3 has only grown in power, performance (and in most cases, weight), going from niche sports sedans to one of the most popular performance-focused automobiles in the industry. The best part? There are five generations of them, all with scintillating, unique details and the underlying similarities of greatness.

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Weapon of Choice

Prime Cut: 6 Best Chef’s Knives

Planning to do battle…with a pork loin? Arm yourself with a top-shelf chef’s knife. These six are among the best available at a variety of price ranges.

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Electricity: your new workout partner

Tested: Marc Pro Muscle Conditioning Device

We see if the Marc Pro, a muscle conditioning tool meant for improving athletic performance and hastening recovery, is the real deal.

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Street Smarts

Every Mile Accounted For: The 5 Best Bike Computers

Turn your bike into the ultimate machine for exercise, travel and competition with these five computers.