Good morning. The oldest Nikon camera known in existence sold yesterday for $406,000. The Nikon One was the third camera ever produced by the company in 1948, the year in which they began making cameras. Inscribed on the bottom of the camera is an eerie WWII-era note: “MADE IN OCCUPIED JAPAN.” Here’s what’s good in gear: a cast iron bread oven, premium noise-canceling headphones, a sleek ergonomic keyboard and much more.
Last night, we got our resident gearheads together to live-tweet Episode 3 of The Grand Tour, and gave a live video review here. Make sure you watch that video, then tune in today at 12pm to see a hands-on with the new Macbook Pro and a luxe leather briefcase.
And here are some fresh stories to start the day.
Aether Tromsø Jacket
How can a guy be expected to adventure through the barren winter wasteland if his “coat” can’t handle the heaviest of chills? Insulated with 800-fill power goose down and constructed using seam-sealed, heavy-duty canvas, the Tromsø is toasty warm, wind-resistant and totally waterproof. It also includes four zippered pockets, one of which contains an internal audio cable port; the rib-knit collar and cuffs hug your body for extra warmth. And shrugging off blizzards isn’t the only thing it’s good for — with its minimal aesthetic, the Tromsø will look fantastic both in the mountains and in the city.
The Forneau Bread Oven
Anyone with yeast, flour and an oven can make decent homemade bread. But great bread — the seriously delicious kind you can’t stop yourself from gorging on, even before an expensive dinner — requires a proper bread oven. The Forneau, which is essentially a cast iron womb, turns your standard oven into an old-style bread loaf-birthing machine. It also comes with a solid maple peel for putting in, taking out and serving the bread.
With Blink, Bespoke Is the New Standard in Luxury Travel
Blink is changing the luxury travel game with pop-up residences in remote destinations.
Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard
It’s funny — for an object we spend so much time using every day, keyboards are rarely built for our hands. Keyboards are flat; our hands, fingers, and joints are not. Microsoft’s new Bluetooth-enabled keyboard is built to follow the natural resting position of your hands, and the palm cushion is lined with ultra-soft Alcantara, a kind of faux suede. And it’s youthfully sleek, not geriatrically “ergo.”
Indie Watchmaker Weiss Teases Its First Automatic Field Watch
American-made components paired with a Swiss self-winding movement.
Beoplay H9 Noise Canceling Headphones
Beoplay is a subsidiary of Bang & Olufsen, a name held high as one of the leading makers of premium audio equipment. (Just look at their ridiculously awesome wireless speakers). These headphones are their tip-top-shelf option, featuring lambskin and memory foam ear pads, a calfskin leather crown, hybrid noise-canceling technology and, of course, the best damn sound quality possible.
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