Weiss is an American watchmaking company that makes vintage looking pieces with mechanical movements. All of their watches are created by hand in Los Angles, California. Their latest release is the Weiss Field Watch ($950). The Field Watch features a manually wound Caliber 1001 movement, which is made from 100 Swiss made parts that are hand-finished and assembled in L.A. The case and caseback are made from solid stainless steel and polished by hand. Additional features include Super-Luminova on the hands, sapphire crystal, and water resistance to 100 meters.
If you're familiar with the James Bond movies then you know the Aston Martin DB5 is one of the most iconic cars of the film series. The David Brown Speedback GT ($TBA) looks to take that same look and bring it into the modern era. The Speedback GT looks almost identical to the original, but it's been stretched to fit over the Jaguar XK chasis and features the supercharged 5.0-litter V8 from the KXR. With that engine you'll get 510 horses, a top speed of 155 mph, and a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds. David Brown only plans to build about 50 of the cars each year so make sure you order well in advance.
Genius and Heroin ($15) asks the provocative questions; what is the price you pay for brilliance? And why do so many of those considered to be creative genius' also have a self destruct button? From Caravaggio to Janis Joplin from Charlie Parker to Jack Kerouac and Kurt Cobain, so many artists and authors through history have popped pills, injected, binged and poisoned themselves in the name of their art. With full illustrations this book itself is addictive as you read through the messy lives of some of the most iconic figures that have played a part in our lives. It is entertaining and also thought provoking and tries to get into their psyche and discover why they took the path they did.
A while back we wrote about a Japanese made Ice Ball Maker. It made 1.2 inch perfectly round ice balls but cost around $300. The Tovolo Ico Sphere Mold ($10) can basically do that same thing at a much lower cost. The package comes with two silicone molds that can make two 2.5" ice spheres. The molds are stackable and can easily fit in any refrigerator. The expensive version works by taking a large ice cube and compressing it in the mold. This version works by filling the molds with water and freezing them. Either device will give you a great final product so you can really enjoy an awesome glass of your favorite drink.
Stop the madness! There is no longer any reason to guess the temperature of your steaks. You know this summer at some point you'll have a group of guys over, and orders will come in for medium, rare, medium well, and well and whether you get them right or not will be a shot in the dark. The SteakChamp Thermometer ($50) is looking to wipe out this uncertainty. Just place it in the included cradle to activate, insert sideways into your steak, and cook like normal. A slow flash tells you you're close to being done, a fast double flash tells you to remove the steak and the flashing stops all together when the stea has rested enough. SteakChamps are available in rare, medium rare, medium, and medium well temperatures.
Most of us won't ever need a light while climbing Mount Everest, but if you did you would want to have the S.T. Dupont Defi Extreme Lighter ($140) on hand. This lighter was made to perform in the most extreme weather conditions. Made from high precision metal, the Defi Extreme can withstand extreme winds, temperatures down to 14 degrees, and work at heights of more than 3500m. The beautiful ergonomics and feel also makes it a great daily lighter for any situations.