September 16, 2019

Today in Gear: Stress-Free Engagement Ring Shopping, a Prized Japanese Whisky’s Potential Swan Song & More


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Buying an engagement ring is a pivotal moment. It can also be incredibly stressful, between sourcing a diamond within your price range, picking a style and the mystery of whether or not you got a quality product. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Couple, the first luxury brand selling lab-grown diamonds, can help to make the process not only easier but actually enjoyable. The brand’s lab-grown diamonds are not only atomically identical to mined diamonds, but they are 35 percent larger for your money. The best part? Couple also offers a Diamond Concierge service that can help you to customize your own design and pick a stone that fits your budget and your style.

New & Noteworthy Releases

This World War II-Era, Military Panerai Dive Watch Is Up for Sale
This World War II-Era, Military Panerai Dive Watch Is Up for Sale

Manufactured around 1943, this military dive watch is just one of many vintage Panerais on sale at Oliver Smith Jewelers.

Chevrolet May Be Planning to Destroy the Ford Raptor
Chevrolet May Be Planning to Destroy the Ford Raptor

Ford's toughest truck has owned its niche of the pickup truck market since it debuted in 2010. Chevy might change that.

Did a NASA-Engineered Supplement Just Help Shatter the Half Marathon World Record?
Did a NASA-Engineered Supplement Just Help Shatter the Half Marathon World Record?

When Geoffrey Kamworor set a new half marathon record time of 58:01, race commentators speculated that he did it with a special drink.

Toyota Sells the Vintage Land Cruiser–Based Truck of Your Dreams, Just Not In the U.S.
Toyota Sells the Vintage Land Cruiser–Based Truck of Your Dreams, Just Not In the U.S.

South Africans may get the coolest Toyota truck on the global market.

This MacBook Charger Is So Tiny It Can Fit In Your Pocket
This MacBook Charger Is So Tiny It Can Fit In Your Pocket

The ideal travel companion for your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.

This Classically Styled Watch Looks Totally Different from Most Modern Chronographs
This Classically Styled Watch Looks Totally Different from Most Modern Chronographs

The new Yacht Timer watch from Frederique Constant is made for timing yacht races with a clean, handsome interpretation of the chronograph.

This Could Be Your Last Chance to Try One of Japan’s Most Famous Whiskies
This Could Be Your Last Chance to Try One of Japan’s Most Famous Whiskies

Hibiki 17 is among the most-awarded Japnaese whiskies ever. Here's where to get it before it's gone forever.

Is Nissan About to Reveal the Electric Car Everyone Really Wants?
Is Nissan About to Reveal the Electric Car Everyone Really Wants?

300-mile range, a practical size, and 0-60 mph in less than five seconds.


Fresh Deals

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Gillette Fusion 5 Razor Blad Refills
Save 30%: Now at Amazon, you can save 30 percent on some annoyingly expensive Gillette Fusion5 razor blade refills. This is a great chance to stock up if you shave regularly with a Fusion5 ProGlide razor. Each cartridge features five of Gillette’s thinnest blades (for a more comfortable shave) and a precision trimmer to help groom hard-to-reach areas. Normally $48 for 12 cartridges, the package costs just $34 today. — John Zientek


Roomba i7+ Robo-Vacuum
Save $100: When we reviewed iRobot’s i7+ robo-vacuum, we called it the best robo-vacuum you could buy. But we did so with one caveat: price. The full setup — which includes the vacuum and its charging and trash-dumping base — starts at $1,099. Today on Amazon, the cost is slightly more wallet-friendly.

Marked down $100, the i7+ is the first robo-vac to empty its dust contents for you. Once it senses its dustbin is full, it locks itself into its home base and deposits the trash inside (the base can hold around 30 Roombas worth of trash). It also retains “mission” data every time you send it out to clean, and it uses that data to more quickly clean your home on future missions. It’s all controlled through iRobot’s smartphone app. — Will Price

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Seiko SRPC91 “Save the Ocean”
Save 27%: Released in 2018, the Seiko SRPC91 “Save the Ocean” is a Turtle-based special edition diver produced in partnership with Fabien Cousteau, Jaques Yves Cousteau’s grandson and and himself an ocean explorer and conservationist. It features a special blue gradient dial meant to recall the ocean housed in a 45mm stainless steel case, a Hardlex crystal, rubber dive strap and the Seiko automatic 4R36 movement with day-date indication. In partnership with Cousteau, Seiko will dedicate a portion of the proceeds from sales of the SRPC91 to Cousteau’s Ocean Learning Center, dedicated to promoting ocean health and conservation.
— Oren Hartov

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G&L Limited Edition Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Guitar
Save 33%: Today at Guitar Center, you can pick up a G&L Limited Edition Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy guitar for 33 percent off. This familiar guitar features the iconic body shape that put Fender on the map paired with a 22-fret maple neck. The bridge is unique and includes 6 individual brass saddles for accurate intonation and added sustain.

The Tribute ASAT Classic has a G&L humbucker in the neck position and a crisp G&L single-coil in the bridge position. This instrument features a limited-edition Mint Green finish and a 3-ply white pickguard.

Now at Guitar Center, this $450 guitar costs just $300. It’s practically a steal, so act fast — the deal will be gone before you know it. — John Zientek

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Wolverine Boots
Save 25%: If you’ve been meaning to invest in a new pair of boots but haven’t found the right pair, Wolverine is currently making a compelling case for its hard-wearing styles. Now at Zappos, a bunch of boots from the Michigan-based brand are 25 percent off: choose from American-made lace-up styles including the iconic 1000 Mile boot and the go-anywhere Montague Boot boot. Many sizes are currently available, but with such a substantial discount, they won’t be for long. — John Zientek

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Nike Epic React Flyknit 2
Save $50: When Nike announced React foam in 2017, it promised the impossible: foam that’s lightweight, durable, and provides ample cushioning and bouncy energy return. Nike’s materials scientists tested more than 400 chemical combinations until they found the perfect mix, which the first delivered in basketball footwear. But React found its stride after Nike injected it into the Epic React Flyknit, a running shoe that gained a considerable following throughout 2018.

It wasn’t surprising that the Epic React Flyknit 2, released earlier this year, would also be a success. It features the foam that’s embedded in its name as well as Nike’s sock-like knitted upper, Flyknit. But for the follow-up, Nike tweaked that part of the shoe’s construction: the upper is stretchier, more supportive, and comfier with a lower heel cuff. Right now, the shoe is $50 off on Nike’s website. — Tanner Bowden

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Cole Haan Suede Bomber Jacket
Save 50%: If you want to score a classic leather jacket for an incredible deal, head over to Nordstrom Rack today. Currently, you can save 50 percent on a few suede bomber jackets from Cole Haan. The zip-up style features two hand pockets, a cotton-linen lining and a ribbed collar and cuffs. Available in olive, navy and tan, this $500 jacket now costs just $250. — John Zientek

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Apple Watch Series 4
Save up to $100: Apple officially announced the Apple Watch Series 5 last week and, in doing so, also stopped selling the Series 4, presumably because it’s slightly too similar to the new flagship offering, with the exceptions the Series 5 has an always-on display and a new sensor (a magnetometer) that allows it to work as a compass, showing you which way you’re facing while using Apple Maps. The Series 5 also comes in titanium models, although those are significantly more expensive. That said, it’s a great time to shop for the Apple Watch Series 4 because it’s on sal. It also has a bunch of the newer features that the Series 3 lacks, including fall detection, a built-in EKG and a variety of fitness features. If you shop on Amazon right now, you can buy a Series 4 with cellular for as little as $399, which is $100 off. If you don’t need built-in LTE, which I’d argue that most people don’t need (nor do they want to pay the extra $10 each month on their phone bill), you can get a pretty good deal on GPS-only models of the Series 4, too. — Tucker Bowe

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This Scottish Company’s Affordable Watches Are Unlike Anything Else on the Market
This Scottish Company’s Affordable Watches Are Unlike Anything Else on the Market

anOrdain has been making affordable enamel-dialed watches since late 2018, but it took the company 3 years to perfect its process.

Why Every Kitchen Absolutely Needs a Vacuum Sealer
Why Every Kitchen Absolutely Needs a Vacuum Sealer

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2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Review: The Mustang You Really Ought to Want
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Review: The Mustang You Really Ought to Want

There are plenty of new Mustangs to choose from these days—but the Bullitt hits the sweet spot.

All the Stylish Essentials to Grab on a Trip to Detroit
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Galaxy Note10+ Review: Big, Beautiful, Best in Class
Galaxy Note10+ Review: Big, Beautiful, Best in Class

The Note10+ is a real powerhouse of a phone and if it has a primary flaw it is only that it may be more phone than you need or want to pay for.

The Best Habits and Products for a Safe, Smooth Shave
The Best Habits and Products for a Safe, Smooth Shave

Blade replacement, cleaning, post-shave hygiene and storage.

Test, Learn and Shop at the Stocked Product Marketplace in NYC
Test, Learn and Shop at the Stocked Product Marketplace in NYC

On Day Two of Stocked, there will be even more opportunities to learn more about products and shop them IRL — and after 12 PM, it's completely open to the public.

This Is the Best Affordable Sports Car You Can Buy Right Now
This Is the Best Affordable Sports Car You Can Buy Right Now

Our Editor's Pick for the best affordable sports car you can buy right now is the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Discover the Gear That Inspires Chris Burkard at Stocked 2019
Discover the Gear That Inspires Chris Burkard at Stocked 2019

We’re excited to announce that adventure photographer and documentarian Chris Burkard will be headlining day one of Gear Patrol’s upcoming event, Stocked.


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