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A Truckload of Cookware Is on Sale Right Now

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Sur La Table is holding a huge sale on cookware and home goods, but the deals won’t last long. Save on a variety of renowned cast iron brands and their signature goods like a Staub round cocotte or a Le Creuset Dutch oven. Or a Breville espresso machine. If you’re not in the market for cast iron, you can still save on essentials like an All-Clad nonstick skillet set or a Scanpan wok. As a bonus, your new favorite cookware piece ships free with purchases over $59.

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d5 Weeknight Pan, 4 qt.

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Buffet Casserole with Glass Lid, 3.5 qt.

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Round Cocotte, 5.5 qt.

Staub

$349.95

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Vacheron Constantin Calls For Adventure With The New Overseas Everest Collection

While most high-end timepieces are tough enough to withstand the occasional impact or accidental drops, owners prefer to wear them for more casual activities. There are others that prefer to push beyond the standards many consider when it comes to durability. Vacheron Constantin is doing just that with the latest Overseas collection.

The new lineup is called the “Everest” and consists of two variations: Chronograph and Dual Time. Even though both have a lot in common when it comes to aesthetics, their functionalities and more set them apart. As for which model to get, it entirely depends on your preferences. If it were up to us, one of each should do nicely. 

Overseas Dual Time Everest

First up on our list for the Overseas collection is the Dual Time Everest. It features a 41-mm x 12.8-mm case that houses a matte grayish-blue dial. The outermost minute track ring is in the same shade, while the applied hour markers are a mix of sticks and batons.

You can tell the time back home via the orange hand and day/night indicator at 9 o’clock. Then there’s the date sub-dial at 6 o’clock. Powering the watch is Vacheron Constantin’s 5110 DT/2 self-winding movement with a 60-hour power reserve.

Overseas Chronograph Everest

When you want different timekeeping functions and a bigger silhouette, this is it. The case measures 42.5 mm x 13.7 mm with a similar outline as the other. The dial is still a matte grayish-blue affair but sports a mix of baton, stick, and square hour markers.

You can find a date window right in the middle of 4 and 5 o’clock with three chronograph sub-dials. A total of three hands are in orange to give it much some needed contrast. Inside, Vacheron Constantin equips it with the 5200/2 automatic caliber good for 52 hours on a full wind.

Vacheron Constantin Premium Craftsmanship

The most recent Overseas collection might not look like luxury watches at a glance, but the spec sheets say otherwise. It uses titanium and stainless steel for the case, while the dial boasts 18K gold elements. Moreover, the transparent sapphire crystal of its caseback shows the 22K pink gold oscillating weight.

The intricate designs vary between the two Everest models. Depending on your mood or outfit, swap between the gray rubber or blue Cordura fabric straps. Vacheron Constantin will be offering 150 examples of each adventure-ready Overseas Everest variant. 

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Beat the Hangover With the ZBiotics Probiotic Drink

Nobody likes the hangover or the groggy feeling after a night or so of hard alcohol drinking. Practice, science, and tradition can dictate how you can combat these aftereffects. But what you really need is to calm the acetaldehyde, the toxic byproduct of alcohol. You can do so with a special probiotic drink called the ZBiotics. 

After three years of scientific research, you get the first product in the world that can successfully break down acetaldehyde. It is a genetically engineered probiotic that helps you feel and do your best after drinking beer, wine, whiskey, and other alcoholic drinks. It works best taken before consuming any alcohol to prepare your gut from producing the same enzymes that break down acetaldehyde. Simply put, this drink replicates your liver’s natural process where it matters most: your gut.

Fair warning though, the ZBiotics Probiotics is not a miracle drink that gets rid of or reduces intoxication. You should still be a responsible drinker and consume only want you can. The tendency is, you will still feel the hangover if you have too much to drink. Take it from the Spice Girls who said that “too much of something is bad enough.” if

It is still advisable to drink lots of H20 as alcohol can dehydrate you. Then, of course, get plenty of sleep and fill up your stomach before and after drinking. These help you replenish those good bacteria in the gut that were otherwise lost to the alcohol.

The ZBiotics Probiotics comes in 3, 6, and 12 packs in a special box perfect for on-the-go carry so you’re prep for a night of drinking with friends or colleagues. 

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The Grovemade Task Knife Makes Great Desktop Additions

You don’t really need a pocket knife or a folder for small or quick-cutting tasks. When opening boxes or packages, you can simply reach for the cutter just like those durable ones from the Grovemade Task Knife collection.

Its blade is not as sharp as those found on pocketknives. But it does a great job at light-duty tasks. As such, it is an ideal desktop addition so you can easily reach for it when you need to open a letter, packages, or cut pieces of paper.

The blade does not need sharpening. But if there’s a call for it, then it works with any pocket knife sharpener out there. The Grovemade Task Knife even comes with attractive aesthetics that would spice up any work table. It boasts a geometric design that’s both elegant and practical in its appeal. It is machined from solid stainless steel and finished off with a black ceramic coating to make it durable and practically indestructible. It feels hefty at 2.7 ounces yet it sits comfortably in the hands for a secure grip.

This can also be a practical everyday carry and with its compact size, it can easily slip in your pockets. Its blade is merely 1.44 inches and is at an overall size of 4.75 x 0.65 x 0.25 inches. Plus, the design makes it so it can sit on the desk either sideways or laid flat. 

Manufactured entirely in the Portland area, the Grovemade Task Knife comes in three colorways. Aside from the black finish, it also comes in polished raw steel and brass. 

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Rapha + POC Collection: Stylish Design With Robust And Reliable Protection

Every seasoned cyclist knows that personal safety always comes first. You can be the most careful individual out there, but accidents can happen even on bicycle-only lanes. As professionals put it, never neglect the quality and performance of your cycling gear. If you’re shopping for a new helmet, check out the new Rapha + POC collection.

The British cycling lifestyle brand is collaborating with the renowned Swedish protective gear manufacturer for this limited-edition release. There are two models receiving the revamp and upgrades: Ventral Air and Omne Air. Let’s start off with the more exclusive option among the two, which is the latter.

As indicated by the Rapha + POC Ventral Air product page, the helmet can only be purchased by Rapha Cycling Club members. On the other hand, a disclaimer hints that this exclusivity could be early access before the general launch. Most of the matte sections are in a shade of dark navy with the glossy segment in pink.

The Omne Air, on the other hand, is available for all cyclists who demand robust protection. You can also grab it in Navy, Off-White, and Carbon Gray. Unlike Ventral Air, which is for performance road racing and long-distance rides, this is a great all-rounder.

Although each model under the Rapha + POC collection boasts unique features, both share some of the technology that makes them reliable. There’s the EPS liner, ventilation ports, eye-garage for eyewear storage, and more. Get the perfect fit each time you wear the helmets with the intuitive dial system. Once the straps are in, fine-tune with a twist and ride in confidence.

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Hitting the Links Soon? You Need Some Fresh Golf Clothes

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As one of the few inherently socially distant activities, golf has seen a bit of a boom during the pandemic. Starting in June 2020, courses across the country saw a huge surge in rounds played. According to the National Golf Foundation, golf courses across the country saw a 22.8 percent increase in rounds played through the first six months of 2021 when compared to 2020. That is a lot of golf.

When it comes to hitting the links, it is almost just as fun to dress for the occasion as it is to actually play 18 holes. Golf clothes have traditionally been defined by the ill-fitting polos and baggy pleated khakis of the 80s and 90s, but the past decade or so has seen a recommitment to the sartorial side of the game. (Rickie Fowler’s head-to-toe orange outfit notwithstanding.) While we haven’t returned to the knee-high knickers of the early 20th century, we are seeing brands choose to work with a combination of traditional and technical, leaving you with a bunch of excellent options to choose from. With that in mind, we decided to round up some pieces from our favorite brands. Next time you head to the course, whether it’s your local muni or the country club, do it with style.

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Lululemon

We all know Lululemon for its workout clothes and for spearheading an athleisure movement that has taken over the fitness space. The brand is more than yoga pants now, with a thriving menswear line that features polos, pants and outerwear that’s tailor-made for the course.

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Lululemon Evolution Polo

Stripes always look good on the course, especially when they’re as cool and comfortable as they are on a Lulu shirt. 

Radmor Golf

Started by a veteran of the apparel industry and a former golf pro, Radmor was developed by guys that wanted to make sure their clothes don’t damage the environment, to which golf is inextricably linked. Radmor’s gear uses no new polyester and focuses on durable and organic materials that are biodegradable.

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Radmor Taylor Pimaformance Molten Jersey Polo

This subtle tie-dye polo will set you apart from the crowd at the first tee without drawing unwanted attention during your backswing.

Polo and RLX Golf

You surely know Polo Ralph Lauren. Just a simple glance and you know it is fit for the country club. Well, you don’t have to be a country club man to don Polo when you hit the links — they look good anywhere. Looking for something a little more sport forward? Check out the RLX line, which takes the spirit of Ralph and adds performance materials and design.

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RLX Golf Packable Water-Repellent Jacket

Stave off winds and unexpected rain showers with this shell from RLX and easily stow it in your bag when you don’t need it. 

Nike Golf

Could we make this list without Nike? I don’t think so. Without it we wouldn’t have red on Sundays. The world’s largest sportswear brand has a lineup of golf gear that will outfit you from head to toe, for a quick nine holes on a summer night to the coldest winter rounds.

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Nike Golf AirMax 90 G Coated-Mesh Golf Shoes

’90s swag adapted for life on the course. Pair these with your red mock-neck shirt and black golf pants for a Tiger-worthy fit.

Adidas Golf

Another monster in the sportswear world, Adidas also outfits some of the greatest golfers out there, from 00s icons like Sergio Garcia to current champions like Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele. You’ll find all of the best materials and tech Adidas has to offer in its golf apparel, including ClimaCool, Primeblue and Adidas Boost.

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Adidas Adicross Anorak

Golf demands versatility, whether you’re hitting a creative shot or layering up for a six-hour round. Don’t be left in the cold without a layer that is just as versatile as your wedge play. 

Mr P. Golf

Mr Porter, one of the most formidable menswear retailers on the web, has been a go-to for finding fashionable gems. Just earlier this year, Mr P. decided it was getting into the golf game, and we’re better dressed for it. Mr P makes sweaters, trousers and tops that will make you the most dapper man on the course.

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Mr P. Stripe-Trimmed Cotton Mock-Neck Golf Sweater

Here’s how to get around the club’s polo shirt requirement.  

G/FORE

If you like performance apparel and shoes that still nod to heritage sportswear, G/FORE is a brand worth checking out. From cleated golf shoes to outerwear and shorts, G/FORE will give you the edge you need on the course. You’ll be shaving strokes off your card in no time.

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G/FORE Gallivanter Pebble-Grain Leather Golf Shoes

These shoes from G/FORE bring back all that is good about old-school golf shoes upgraded with modern touches for the ultimate year-round spike. 

Peter Millar

If you’ve got a taste for the more refined golf apparel, check out Peter Millar. The brand specializes in sportswear that looks just as good on the golf course as it does for dinner in the clubhouse. They even happened to release a limited-edition shoe collaboration with the aforementioned G/FORE.

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Peter Millar Thermal Block Micro Fleece

This fleece will be your cooler weather workhorse, keeping you warm whenever a cold morning or evening threatens to ruin your swing. 

Under Armour Golf

Under Armour not only outfits one of the best young golfers on the PGA Tour, Jordan Spieth, but it also outfits one of the best basketball players of all time, Steph Curry (who just happens to be an excellent golfer as well). UA has a whole line of Steph-inspired golf gear alongside staples you’ll see on Spieth every weekend all year long.

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Under Armour Curry Monarch Migration Polo

Get one of Steph’s signature shirts and you’ll be draining putts like he drains threes.

Criquet Shirts

Austin, Texas-based Criquet Shirts took a look at the icons of the past — Jack Nicolaus, Arnold Palmer and their contemporaries — and made a brand that paid homage to those times, while also providing necessary updates, ensuring that Criquet shirts look good on and off the course.

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Criquet Shirts Players Shirt – Performance Jersey

It is rare to find a shirt that you can wear on the course as well as stumble across Criquet part-owner Luke Wilson rocking one on a night out in ATX. 

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Today’s Best Deals: 30% off a Taylor Stitch Jacket, Todd Snyder + Timex & More

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Keap Athletics Puts Other Pocket Shorts To Shame

When it’s hot out we easily reach for those comfortable pair of shorts during walks in the urban jungle. We also usually opt to wear them when working out or when in any physical activity or sports. But often we encounter storage problems especially if the pockets are either very shallow or too tight to reach in. We struggle to get items out or worry about losing them. Keap Athletics provides a solution to these common problems with practically designed pockets that ensure you keep your essentials with you no matter your movements.

Reach for The Active Short when you hit the gym, the track, the field, or the court. This is for activewear, as such, it is designed to move with you. It uses a four-way stretch material and features an athletic waistband. Yet it boasts a modern cut for an elegant look. Storage-wise, it gives you a zipped back pocket and a couple of front pockets that securely hold your phone, wallet, and other EDC. 

However, for all-around versatile wear, you can find comfort in the Keap Athletics The Original Short. It combines functionality and comfort you can even sleep with it on. It boasts a classic cut with redesigned front opening pockets, that just like The Active Short, guarantees you don’t lose items stashed inside. 

What makes both The Active and The Original Short stand out from any of its kind are the horizontally-cut deep pockets. They keep items safe and secure as they sit naturally away from the opening to prevent them from slipping as you sit or move around. Truly, Keap Athletics puts pockets to good use and not merely for aesthetics appeal.

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Want an iPhone 13? Check Out These Pre-Order Promo Deals

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Last week Apple announced the new iPhone 13, which is set for an official release on September 24. Pre-orders have been open for a few days now and, based on some of the stellar pre-order deals we’ve seen, it appears that Apple is eager to move as many 13s and 13 Pros as possible — and quickly, at that.

Apple, along with some of the biggest mobile carriers (including Verizon and T-Mobile), are offering huge savings and the ability to walk away with an Apple iPhone 13 for $0 down. The only catch is that you’ll need an eligible trade-in. There are deals available for each of the new iPhones, including the 13, the 13 mini, the 13 Pro and the 13 Pro Max. If you’re a new-iPhone-ever-year type person, or have an older model and have been eager for an upgrade, now is the time to shop.

While a new iPhone sounds like a great idea, one question you should always ask yourself is whether a new iPhone is worth it? The promos are some of the most generous they’ve been since the old days of free upgrades. While that could be an indication of minor upgrades — the main upgrades with the newest iPhones are the camera, a brighter screen, an improved battery and huge storage in the 1TB 13 Pro — we think it’s more that people are holding onto their phones longer so Apple and the mobile carriers need to incentivize the new releases. If you are interested or if you’ve held off upgrading for a while it definitely could be the cheapest time to make the move.

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iPhone 13

Apple: Save up to $790 on the iPhone 13 if you have a trade-in that is newer than an iPhone 8. This means you could potentially pay $10 for an $800 phone.

AT&T: Sign up for monthly payments and an unlimited plan, trade in a phone worth at least $95 and you can get the iPhone 13 for zero down.

T-Mobile: Trade in an eligible phone and sign up for an unlimited plan and you can get a free iPhone 13 and guaranteed $800 trade value toward a new iPhone every 24 months.

iPhone 13 mini

Apple: Save up to $790 on the iPhone 13 if you have a trade-in that is newer than an iPhone 8. Ultimately, you could pay $0 for a $700 phone.

AT&T: Trade in a phone worth $30 and sign up for monthly payments and an unlimited plan to take home an iPhone 13 mini for $0.

T-Mobile: T-Mobile is offering the same promo for the 13 mini as the 13 with its Forever Upgrade program.

Will an iPhone 12 Case Fit on the New iPhone 13?

The four new iPhone 13 models are the same overall size as the four old iPhone 12 models. But the camera bump is going to cause you some trouble.

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iPhone 13 Pro

Apple: Similar to the 13 and 13 mini, an eligible trade will save you up to $790. This could result in only paying $210 for the $1,000 phone.

AT&T: Save up to $1,000 by signing up for monthly payments, an unlimited plan and by trading in a phone worth at least $180.

T-Mobile: If you trade an iPhone 11 or 12, Pro or Max, and be eligible to get an iPhone 13 for free. You just need to sign up for monthly payments.

Verizon: If you sign up for an unlimited plan and trade in an old iPhone, even a damaged one, and you’ll qualify for a free iPhone 13.

iPhone 13 Pro Max

Apple: $790 in savings are available with this phone as well, meaning you’ll be able to pay just $310 for the $1,100 phone — same trade-in requirements apply.

AT&T: Savings are the same as the iPhone 13 Pro, so you will just need to pay $100 down instead of walking out for nothing.

T-Mobile: Signing up for the Forever Upgrade plan will get you the iPhone 13 Pro Max for just $600.

The Best MagSafe Cases for Your iPhone

We’ve rounded up the best smartphone cases for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13. All support MagSafe.

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Nissan May Have Just Confirmed That a New GT-R Is Happening

The Nissan GT-R, also known as Godzilla, is the Japanese brand’s halo sports car. The current generation was a revelation when it came out. The trouble is it came out back in 2007, the same year Steve Jobs debuted the first iPhone. And while the GT-R once offered supercar performance for a modest price, it now starts off more expensive than a Porsche 911.

Nissan has not announced a next-generation GT-R yet. And its future is open to speculation as Nissan has faced financial problems. They only sell about 300 GT-Rs per year in the U.S. But, as spotted by Motor1, Nissan’s Australian media site may have inadvertently confirmed that a next-generation GT-R is in the works.

Australia is losing the R35 GT-R in November as it no longer meets the country’s crash regulations. A Nissan Australia press release notes that it will be “the last time the current-generation vehicle will be offered” and that “this isn’t the end to the GT-R story in Australia.” If it isn’t the last time the GT-R will be offered, but it’s the last time the current-generation GT-R will be offered, one must rationally conclude there will be a next-gen R36 GT-R.

When the next-generation GT-R would arrive is one issue. A report last year pegged it for 2023. It’s not clear right now where the new GT-R would place on a spectrum between intention and full-on production car. As with the new Z car, expect Nissan to introduce a GT-R concept — of the non-wearable variety — before the production car.

Like the new Z car, another question will be how new an R36 GTR would actually be. However, the same report that pegged the new GT-R for 2023 has it featuring a revolutionary hybrid setup with an F1-like kinetic energy recovery system, which would have a fittingly Godzilla-like impact.

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This Natural Deodorant Can Keep Up with Your Sweatiest Adventures

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Dr. Squatch Natural Men’s Deodorant

Whether you’re working up a sweat running on the pavement, hiking your favorite mountain or just running errands in the city, it’s important you have a deodorant that can keep up with you. We all know the importance of using a natural deodorant, but the reality is sometimes they don’t perform as well as the others. Dr. Squatch Natural Men’s Deodorant on the other hand, is a natural deodorant that actually works. Made with quality ingredients that perform, this deodorant keeps you fresh so you can go about your day with confidence.


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Quality Ingredients

Dr. Squatch Natural Deodorant is free from baking soda, aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens, phthalates and artificial fragrances. You can apply this deodorant on your skin worry-free.

Odor-Squatching®

Powerful natural deodorizers like charcoal powder and probiotics help prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria while Arrowroot Powder absorbs moisture. So you stay stink-free even after your sweatiest session.

Unique Manly Scents

From Wood Barrel Bourbon to Birchwood Breeze, Dr. Squatch has distinctive scents that you can’t find anywhere else. Plus, the four-pack lets you try a variety of scents so you can discover your signature.


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Your Next Beater Watch Should Be a Solar-Powered, Affordable Timex

Field watches aren’t strictly defined, but they’re often smallish, practical, affordable, military in style, with only basic features, and they’re made to live outside. Sure, Timex offers such cheap and cheerful watches with quartz or mechanical movements in severa; collections, but what could be more carefree and pragmatic than one that’s solar-powered? The new Timex Expedition North Solar collection delivers just that, and at these prices, you just might want to grab a few.

As a watch made for the outdoors — as the entire Expedition collection is — a solar-powered field watch should feel right at home actually being used as it was intended. Getting outside will help keep its battery charged, and a quartz movement means it’s going to be accurate and robust. Go ahead and take it camping: you don’t need to worry about the likes of rain or even jumping in a lake given its 100m of water resistance — and it’s affordable enough you don’t even have to worry about banging it around, though it should be able to handle a bit of that as well.

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The Timex Expedition North’s matte case finishing offers the toolish look you should expect of a field watch.

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Further promising its durability is a sapphire crystal (which you don’t necessarily expect on watches at this price) and a steel case with a fitting matte finish. Available in a few color coatings as well as bare steel, the Expedition North Solar watches also come in two sizes: 41mm or 36mm. Unless you’ve got large wrists or generally like large watches, the smaller diameter is going to offer the more classic field watch experience.

Depending on the variation, the watches come matched to either fabric straps made from recycled materials or leather straps made with eco-friendly methods that conserve water use in the tanning process. Regardless of the strap, version or size, all have the same price of $159 and are available directly from Timex.

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REC Watches RNR Arkonik: Automotive-Inspired Watchmaking At Its Finest

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Land Rover is an iconic British marque that supplies the automotive industry with rugged and expedition-ready vehicles. Among its lineup of tough rides, the Defender has amassed a cult following for years now. The model’s immense popularity makes it a perfect platform for aftermarket customizations. As such, REC Watches pays tribute to a mechanical masterpiece with an exclusive timepiece – the RNR Arkonik.

Given the difficulty of finding a classic that’s in pristine condition, most people turn to restomods. For its latest project, the Copenhagen, Denmark-based watchmaker draws more than just inspiration from a 1984 Arkonik Land Rover Defender 110 UJO. Before we dive in let’s give you a brief overview of the SUV that led to this awesome collaboration.

How The UJO Came To Be

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As REC Watches tells it, the story began when Arkonik founder Andy Hayes arrived home from the hospital in 2006. Coming from a two-month recovery period after a motorcycle accident, his wife surprised him with a “Stratos Blue” 1984 Land Rover Defender 110. It was supposedly something he could work on as a hobby.

The “UJO” moniker apparently came from the last three randomized letters of the Defender 110’s plate number – “B379 UJO.” After a comprehensive restoration, Hayes took the SUV on a tour across Europe. By the end of his travels, the experience sparked the creation of the Arkonik brand. Now, you can own a piece of the legendary machine that started it all with the RNR Arkonik.

A Sophisticated Homage To A Stunning Ride

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Much like their previous outings, REC Watches allows us to own an actual part of the vehicle they choose to feature. For the RNR Arkonik, they are sourcing it directly from the abovementioned 1984 Land Rover Defender 110 UJO. The result is nothing short of amazing as the design and accents are carefully curated to best represent the essence of this British-built beauty.

Let’s start with the 40-mm square case with rounded corners crafted out of 316L stainless steel. We love how they went with three different finishes: sandblasted, polished, and vertical brushed. It different textures of the surfaces endow the RNR Arkonik with a nice contrast when the light hits it from different angles.

What follows is the durable Viton (FKM) rubber bezel in the shape of a tire. You can also find it on the crown. Beneath the sapphire crystal, is the soul of this limited-edition production, which is an aluminum dial cut from the 1984 Arkonik Land Rover Defender 110 UJO’s door. After the metal panel was stripped of its paint and primer, 302 dials were punched out to become bespoke elements on the RNR Arkonik.

No further treatment was necessary as REC Watches wanted to keep scuffs and dents that the SUV accumulated over the years. The hour and minutes are indicated by two skeleton hands. Meanwhile, a small seconds sub-dial sits at 9 o’clock as It shares the spot with the date window. The REC branding is just below 12 o’clock with the Arkonik badge at above 6 o’clock. You then have the minute track on the flange with an orange outer ring.

Referencing The UJO

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Next up are the design references to the 1984 Arkonik Land Rover Defender 110 UJO. Look closer to spot the hour markers at 12, 3, and 6 o’clock in the shape of a fuel cap. A view from the right flank of the case band reveals crown protectors that resemble the front grille. Make your way to the caseback to spot engravings laser-etched engravings of the chassis décor. Finally, the rear cover channels the alloy wheels.

At the heart of the RNR Arkonik is a Swiss-made Sellita SW290-1 self-winding caliber. This 31-jewel mechanical movement beats at the frequency rate of 28,800 VPH (4.0 Hz) and touts a 38-hour power reserve. To finish off the theme, the watch receives a blue Viton (FKM) rubber strap. REC Watches plans to produce only 302 examples, so order yours before all units are spoken for.

About REC Watches

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Founded in 2014 by Jonathan Kamstrup & Christian Mygh, the brand lives by the concept of “RECOVER, RECYCLE, RECLAIM.” Thus, they’ve shortened it into “REC” and appended it “Watches” to showcase their passion for both. Since they source materials directly from the vehicle or aircraft featured, each release is a treat for collectors. Furthermore, this means no two timepieces are ever the same. Aside from the RNR Arkonik, you can check out other cool offers from REC Watches.

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In Less Than 24 Hours, Acura Sells Out All 350 Units Of The 2022 NSX Type S

One of the showstoppers at the 2021 Monterey Car Week was Honda’s luxury division’s reveal of the 2022 NSX Type S. Acura plans to produce only 350 examples of this everyday supercar and 300 are heading stateside. The remaining 50 are for the Japanese market. Unfortunately, those who plan to get one are out of luck because all are already spoken for.

Reports reveal that in less than 24 hours the entire fleet of 2022 NSX Type S bound for the United States sold out. This was supposedly confirmed by an Acura insider who also noted that all allocated units have been reserved with deposits. Even before the big reveal, interest surrounding the platform was already at an all-time high.

Perhaps the key factor behind this rush is Acura’s recent announcement regarding the vehicle. This might be the last chance for anyone to own the one since the next model year is apparently the last. Pricing starts at $169,500 for the standard trim and goes up to $182,500 with the lightweight package of automotive upgrades.

Of course, when it comes to the vehicle identification number (VIN), some discerning collectors have their preferences. We heard the unit tagged 001 commanded an insane price. Aside from its exclusive production run, the 2022 NSX Type S is no slouch when it comes to performance.

Acura endows the coupe with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 hybrid engine that produces 600 horsepower with 492 lb-ft of torque. Completing the powertrain is a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission. It can complete 0-60 mph dash in less than three seconds with a top speed of 191 mph. We think the 2022 NSX Type S is a thrilling ride preview of when Acura finally goes all-electric in the future.

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These Are the Most Expensive Watches Ever Sold

At a certain point — say, around the million dollar-mark — a watch transcends “exorbitantly expensive” and moves into its own category of horological insanity. There’s no common name for this category of watches, but the general theme is, “Who in the hell would pay that much for a watch?” Someone who buys race horses like they’re a pack of gum at the checkout counter; someone whose yachts tow little yachts behind them, for entering lagoons that are too small for the primary yachts. In short: someone to whom money doesn’t mean that much, or anything at all.

Which means there’s an argument to be made that the following watches are not worth all that much — at least to their owners. Most likely, they are another item in a vast collection, locked away in some vault deep underground, never to be worn.

But that’s not fun to think about. What’s fun to think about is if they were somehow yours. You would wear them, wouldn’t you? You’d give them their place in the sun, and when someone asked you if that was the world-famous watch that had been stolen from an underground vault in Geneva, you’d shrug and say, “What, this old thing? I picked it up off eBay for a $300 bucks. Pretty cool though, huh?”

While there are brands that slap a price tag on a watch like the ostensibly $55M Graff Hallucination, it’s not confirmed that anyone ever paid that for it. Others, still, might be “value at” $30M like the genuinely fascinating Breguet Marie-Antoinette Grand Complication watch, but again, that doesn’t mean they’ve been sold for that amount. Below are those that have actually realized the most eye-watering prices.

Patek Philippe ref. 1518 in Steel: $11M

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The Patek Philippe ref. 1518’s value comes, in part, from its rarity and historical significance.

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Don’t be surprised if you see more than a couple Patek Philippe watches on this list. Watches in stainless steel selling for these kinds of prices, however, is slightly unexpected. The 1518 was the first perpetual calendar and chronograph ever made in series, and only four examples were produced in steel, during World War II, no less, when most people were busy killing one another.

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Rolex Daytona ref. 6239 “Paul Newman”: $17.7M

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The singular Rolex after which all other “Paul Newman” Daytona watches are named.

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Another crazy-expensive steel watch, the Rolex Daytona reference 6239 owned by Paul Newman is the most expensive Rolex watch ever auctioned. It was given to the actor by his wife, its case back inscribed with the very cool note to “Drive Carefully, Me.” Even cooler: Newman later handed it to his daughter’s boyfriend, James Cox, as a gift, when Cox said he didn’t own a watch. Given Newman’s cool cachet, it wasn’t all that surprising when the watch hammered for $17+M including the buyer’s premium.

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Jacob & Co. Billionaire: $18M

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Jacob & Co. Billionaire watch features 313 emerald-cut diamonds totaling 176.88 carats.

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Jacob & Co. is known for its showy and totally over-the-top extravagance. Sounds just about perfect for the boxer Floyd Mayweather’s style who purchased a watch titled the Billionaire for $18M in 2018. Although the watch itself might appear to be mostly made of diamonds, they’re actually mounted on an 18k white gold (seriously, why not platinum?) case — and if you can see past all the bling, there’s even a small skeletonized dial showing off a highly skeletonized movement featuring a tourbillon.

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Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication: $24M

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The Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication has two dials each featuring about a dozen functions.

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If you think wristwatches are expensive, just wait till you get into pocketwatches. You could get a couple dozen Richard Mille watches for the price of this famous one from Patek. It was owned by Henry Graves, Jr, a NYC banker and one of the most important watch collectors of all time, and includes 24 complications. Which, you know, might be a bit much, but is fun as hell.

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Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime: $31M

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The Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime is about as wearable as you can expect a $31M watch with 20 complications to be.

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In 2019, this crazy Patek Philippe watch took the mantle as the most expensive watch ever sold at auction. Even more striking (a pun!) is that it beats the next most expensive watch by a significant margin. A one-of-a-kind creation, it also holds the title of the most complicated watch Patek Philippe (known for complicated watches) ever made. It features 20 complications including a perpetual calendar and five different chiming modes.

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The Best Upgrade You Can Make to Your Bike This Year

A couple weeks ago, while bingeing on Tour de France replays, I found myself fixated on one peculiar thing: the best cyclists in the world were descending mountain passes in the Alps while sitting on their top tubes. It looked awkward, but sure enough, they were accelerating from the improved aerodynamics. And I thought to myself “why don’t they just use dropper posts?”

That simple question leads to many more, so here, four experts address six essential FAQs on the very subject…

Wait, what is a dropper post?

Nearly ubiquitous in the mountain bike world and growing in gravel circles, dropper posts are much less familiar to road riders. A dropper is an adjustable seatpost that allows riders to quickly lower or raise their seat, without stopping. Dropper posts are usually operated with a lever on the handlebars, typically employing the rider’s weight to depress the seat and hydraulics to raise it (as demo’ed on the Evil Chamois Hagar in the video below). But why?

“Many gravel riders are starting to prioritize performance over grams,” explains Matt Hornland, brand manager at Easton Cycling. “Others are looking for new types of adventure. This type of mixed terrain riding can be done without a dropper, but having one will make you more comfortable and confident.”

In the mountain bike park it’s surprising to see a full-squish bike without a dropper, due to the advantages they provide on steep, technical descents. But the value of droppers extends to gravel and even road riding as well. As I’ll explain, dropper seatposts help you have more fun.

What’s the value of a dropper?

The decision to install a dropper seatpost depends a lot on how you ride. “Droppers are still somewhat rare on gravel bikes,” notes Aaron Kerson, founder of PNW Components. “But the bottom line is that they make your ride more fun by lowering your center of gravity and allowing you to easily move from side to side, which keeps you from going over the bars and helps you to corner better.”

Kyle Taylor at Fox Factory echoes the sentiment. “Dropper posts expand your capabilities, plain and simple,” he says. “They arguably are the biggest advancement in biking in the last decade. Quickly lowering your saddle allows you to shift your weight faster. I foresee a dropper boom in the gravel world soon.”

In the mountain bike world, this is old news. “Dropper posts were adopted years ago on cross-country and enduro bikes because they enabled seamless transition from climbing to descending,” recalls SRAM’s Chris Mandell. “They give you full leg extension on climbs and then get the saddle out of the way on the downhill. As we start to see gravel riders take on new terrain, droppers will help them get rid of barriers.”

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Like many droppers, the Easton EA70 AX (left) relies on hydraulics. Meanwhile, the SRAM Reverb AXS (right) boasts wireless-electronic activation.

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Are there downsides?

“There is a weight penalty, but it’s smaller than you’d guess” notes Kerson. “Often about two-hundred to three-hundred grams, depending on the length of the dropper and the weight of your old post.” Kerson believes the weight difference is often overstated and worth the tradeoff.

“Much of the road riding culture is built around having the lightest everything, sometimes at the expense of having fun” says Kerson. “We’re trying to change that.”

There are still hurdles to dropper post adoption en masse. “Compatibility can be a limiting factor. Not all frame manufacturers design for internal routing, although that’s steadily changing” says Kerson. “Droppers add a lever in your cockpit, which is hard with two-by drivetrains and adds complexity to the bike. Fortunately, many gravel bikes now come with one-bys, so there is an available spot for the lever.”

For a gravel bike to employ a dropper post, it also needs to have sufficient standover height, allowing the seatpost to travel up and down. This rarely was a challenge with mountain bikes, but certainly is with some gravel geometries. Many dropper post manufacturers have caught on to this hurdle and now make 50-millimeter posts for bikes with high top tubes.

“There was also a challenge with the diameter of the seat tube, but recent bikes have been standardized to a few sizes, so compliance is much easier that just a few years ago,” says Taylor.

Few of these hurdles are surprising to industry insiders. “We saw the same challenges a decade ago in the mountain bike world, with routing and compatibility,” says Mandell. “Eventually mountain bikers came around. We’re on that curve right now for gravel bikes, and things are quickly changing.”

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The PNW Rainier 27.2 IR dropper post delivers up to 110 millimeters (4.3 inches) of travel, helping you quickly get that seat out of the way on steep descents.

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Why aren’t droppers already universal?

“The gravel category is still figuring out its identity — new technologies often take some time to gain traction,” says Mandell. “To be widely accepted, gravel riders need to see the value. They need to understand that we’re not trying to turn them into mountain bikers, but that droppers are useful for what they are already riding.”

Mandell believes the extra weight is a common deterrent, but argues that riders aren’t seeing the full picture. “Being aerodynamic makes a bigger difference in terms of speed, anyway. If you can get your wind profile down it’ll make you go much faster [even with] a couple hundred grams of weight.”

“For the gravel and road communities, it’s about education,” says Kerson. “These riders need to learn how a dropper will help them, often by testing one themselves. Gravel riders most often come from the road world where droppers don’t exist. Many road cyclists have long eschewed mountain bike parts as heavy and impractical. But the gravel category is a cross pollination of the two worlds. It’s helping everyone learn.”

For these companies, the trend is clear. “We’re on the precipice of change,” says Taylor. “Just two or three years ago, very few gravel bikes had droppers, due to routing and limited cockpit space. But, with more reasonable price points, we’re starting to see it take off. I wouldn’t be surprised if roadies are next.”

Of course, there will always be some dropper holdouts, for good reason. “The decision to get a dropper can vary a lot by where you ride. If you live in a place that’s mostly flat with rolling hills, you probably don’t need one,” admits Hornland. “That said, if you are riding singletrack in that area, you might reconsider.”

Who should get a dropper?

Dropper posts make the most sense for riders who want to explore further off the beaten path, especially on steep dirt descents and flowy singletrack. For these riders, trying to bridge the gap between cyclocross and road, a dropper is almost a given. But there are other practical uses, too.

“We’re seeing a lot of bikepackers use droppers, to help them get on and off their heavy bikes,” reveals Kerson. “Some couples that share a bike use a dropper to adjust seat height for each other. Commuters, especially less experienced riders, use them to lower their seat at stops and put both feet on the ground.”

What are some good options?

For those with a bike that allows internal routing and a longer seat tube, our favorite is the PNW’s Rainier 27.2 IR ($199). With three lever types and a 27.2-millimeter diameter, it works with many gravel bikes on the market. At a similar price point, Easton’s EA70 AX ($185) might be better for those that can only fit 5o millimeters of travel on their bikes.

If you have a larger diameter seat tube and want to level up, Fox Factory’s Transfer ($349 and in action at the top of this page) is a high-performing machine. And if cash is burning a hole in your pocket, the electronic Reverb AXS seatpost from SRAM/Rockshox is your best bet. The price is high ($800), but the seamless integration into SRAM’s road and mullet drivetrains sets it apart.


2022 Lexus IS 500 F SPORT Performance


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Experience a new breed of performance with Lexus’ most powerful IS yet. The first-ever Lexus IS 500 F SPORT Performance delivers on both raw power and striking style. With a powerful 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8, a throaty quad exhaust and exclusive design upgrades both inside and out, this pure performance sport sedan is unlike anything you’ve heard. Or felt.


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Lexus IS 500 F SPORT Performance

Fitting a naturally aspirated V8 engine inside the agile chassis of the IS 500 F SPORT Performance was no easy task. But sometimes, the greater the challenge, the greater the reward. The result of all this obsessive engineering? A pure performance sport sedan unlike any other.

With a potent 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8, a throaty quad exhaust and exclusive design upgrades both inside and out, the all-new Lexus IS 500 delivers a new breed of performance.


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Engineered to Outperform

The Lexus IS line is impressive, but even more thrilling is the first-ever IS 500 F SPORT Performance. With 472 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque1, it blasts from 0-60 mph in a mere 4.4 seconds2.

Stunning Interiors

It’s available in eight stunning exterior colors, with interiors including Black Nuluxe, White Nuluxe or Circuit Red Nuluxe, so you can customize the sport sedan of your dreams.

Smart Technology

Its smart technology makes the IS 500 the perfect copilot for your daily adventures. A Lexus Multimedia System3 with touchscreen display allows for Apple CarPlay®4 integration, Amazon Alexa5 compatibility and Android Auto™6. With the open road ahead and the ultimate connectivity at your fingertips, what more could a gearhead want?


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1. Ratings achieved using the required premium unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of 91 or higher. If premium fuel is not used, performance will decrease.
2. AMCI Testing Certified. Performance figures are for comparison only and were obtained with prototype vehicles by professional drivers.
3. Be sure to obey traffic regulations and maintain awareness of road and traffic conditions at all times
4. Apps and services are subject to change at any time without notice. Data charges may apply. Apple CarPlay® functionality requires a compatible iPhone® connected with an approved data cable into the USB media port. Apple CarPlay is a registered trademark of Apple Inc
5. Amazon, Alexa and all related marks are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Certain functions require adequate signal strength and/or smartphone technology/connectivity. Not all Amazon Alexa functionality is available for in-vehicle use. See applicable app for details. Download of the Lexus app and Lexus+Alexa app are both required to begin in-vehicle use of Alexa. Data charges may apply for certain functions. Apps and services subject to change at any time without notice. To learn more, go to https://www.lexus.com/enform. To learn more about Lexus Enform’s data collection, use, sharing and retention practices, please visit https://www.lexus.com/privacyvts/.
6. To use Android Auto on your audio display, you’ll need an Android Auto–compatible vehicle and Android phone. For phone compatibility visit: https://www.android.com/auto/. Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statement apply. Requires compatible smartphone connected with an approved data cable into the USB media port and data plan rates apply. Apps and services vary by phone carrier and are subject to change at any time without notice. Android and Android Auto are trademarks of Google LLC.


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Vans Introduces The Outdoor-Ready UltraRange EXO Hi GORE-TEX MTE-2

Folks who love to skateboard are familiar with Vans for its rugged footwear and apparel designed for their choice of recreation. The activity is now considered a sport and even debuted as an event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. After years of supplying products for skaters, the brand is now catering to thrill-seekers of another kind with the UltraRange EXO Hi GORE-TEX MTE-2.

The name is certainly a mouthful, but it’s probably a gimmick to promote what could be its new lineup. Vans did not specifically call it one, this might be their first-ever outdoor-ready shoes to hit the market. As the manufacturer points out, “The UltraRange EXO Hi GORE-TEX MTE-2 is the continuation of this purpose-built, adventure-based mindset.”

There you have it. they’re hinting that you can do more than just skateboard in any weather with these rugged boots on. Nonetheless, we can’t help but wonder regarding their choice of materials for its construction. Everybody knows that suede does not play well with moisture, but there’s an abundance of it on the upper.

You have it on the vamp, eyestays, and overlays, which won’t last long under constant exposure to the elements. On the other hand, Vans claims the suede, textiles, and synthetics of the UltraRange EXO Hi GORE-TEX MTE-2 are water repellent. Only time will tell if they are indeed. Breathable GORE-TEX membranes ensure everything inside is dry and ventilated.

Aside from breathability, additional comfort comes from the zonal Primaloft insulation. You’ll find it on the toe, tongue, and collar to keep your feet warm. Next are the EVA foam sockliner and UltraCrush EVA midsole. Finally, the UltraRange EXO Hi GORE-TEX MTE-2 touts remarkable traction and grip from the All-Trac rubber compound of its outsole.

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Lululemon Workout Gear Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

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Without fail, one of the most important, and difficult, parts of working out is putting your workout clothes on. Sure, changing out of your street clothes might not literally be that hard, but getting mentally prepared for that long run or fitness class is a big step towards actually getting the work done. One way to make that wardrobe change a bit easier is to actually enjoy the clothes you’re putting on. For many, donning a Lululemon garment is the push needed to get the heart pumping. Whatever it takes, right? Well, the only downside to Lulu is the hit on your wallet. If you’re determined, however, there is a place to get a deal on Lululemon — the We Made Too Much sale section of the brand’s site.

With deals on tops, shorts and commuter gear, this is the best place to get Lululemon for less. The only downside? Things move quickly. Make your picks and pull the trigger soon, because sizes do not last long.

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No Two Dials Of The Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Gold Crystal Will Ever Be Alike

How bespoke can watchmakers go? This is the question that plagues our affluent friends ask before they shop for their next wrist candy. When the price is not an issue, even the world’s leading brands will gladly build one according to your exact specifications. Hublot answers the call for one-of-a-kind luxury with the Spirit of Big Bang Gold Crystal.

There are practically endless ways to craft something unique. However, Hublot loves to push the boundaries when it comes to premium craftsmanship. Instead of just taking the easy way out and making a one-off model, they’re settling for cutting-edge methods in metallurgy. Yes, there is scientific wizardry at work here.

You might have already spotted it from the start given the murdered-out profile of the Big Bang Gold Crystal. Giving contrast to the almost all-black theme, are intricate yellow crystalline patterns set on the black backdrop of its dial. It is devoid of any markings save for the Hublot branding and “Swiss Made” text at 6 o’clock.

As the product page explains, to achieve this effect, Hublot dabbles in what many consider alchemy. In a way, it might seem like it, but the process involves 24-carat gold and extreme heat – 1947.52 degrees Fahrenheit to be exact. The precious metal’s vapors eventually merge as the temperature drops to create bespoke structures.

Only the perfect samples make it through a thorough selection, which is only 20% of each batch. Hublot presents the Big Bang Gold Crystal in a 42-mm black ceramic tonneau case. It boasts a combination of polished, satin, and matte finishes. Regulating its timekeeping is the HUB1710 self-winding caliber with a 50-hour power reserve. The timepiece is then paired to a black rubber/alligator leather strap with a deployant buckle clasp closure.

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