Sometimes ordinary just won't do. Sometimes all you need is an American muscle car that is race-ready off the lot — ready to pull laps at the Nurbürgring that would make Porsche owners sweat. And for those times, Chevy has generously provided the 2014 Camaro Z28 ($74,000). While suitable for the street, this mad machine is every bit a race car, with a seven-liter LS7 motor capable of producing 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque. Massive Pirelli tires, aerodynamic enhancements throughout, huge ceramic brakes, a six-speed manual Tremec transmission, a forged steel crankshaft, and a 10.5-ounce dry-sump oil system are just a few of the bits of kit that make this Camaro scream for a piece of tarmac.
For the minimalist coffee lover in you, there's the Canadiano Coffee Maker ($60-$80; includes one pound of coffee). Carved from a single block of cherry, walnut, or maple wood, this coffee maker is truly as simple as it gets, featuring a metal filter that never needs to be replaced. Each variety is meant for a specific sort of coffee — with walnut made for darker roasts, and maple or cherry made for nuttier, more citrusy beans. All you need to do is place it over your mug, add in two scoops of coarsely-ground beans, and pour over hot water. With two to four minutes of brewing, and stirring to suit your preference, you get a personalized single cup of coffee every time, without all the waste of other single cup methods.
We know it's tough to think about anything beach-related in the dead of winter, but if you're lucky enough to live somewhere not covered in snow, or you have the means to escape it, then the Surfboard Grooming Kit ($129; limited edition of 25) might be right up your alley. So pack a bag, grab your board, and get it in good working order with this convenient little kit. Containing everything you need to care for your surfboard — including a Bronze and Brazilian Lapacho wax comb, a black cotton cloth, a bar of wax, and a bottle of methyl hydrate — this kit secures into its wooden carrying case, letting you take it anywhere you find a decent wave.
Ahead of CES, Samsung has announced the latest — albeit incremental — update to their point-and-shoot, the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 ($TBA). While much of it remains pretty much the same (you'll still find a 16-megapixel sensor, 21-times zoom lens, and a 4.8-inch LCD screen), it gets enough improvements to make most casual photographers happy. With increased battery capacity and reduction in weight, this web-connected, Android-powered camera-phone hybrid is now much more friendly for shooters on the move. Combine that with NFC photo sharing to your actual phone, a newer 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and an update to Android 4.3, and you get a powerful, fast camera that can easily share photos to a range of services no matter where you are.
Before you ask, no — the Bugatti x Roland Iten Belt Buckle ($84,000) won't help you travel at speeds in excess of 250 miles an hour. But it is made with the same spirit of craftsmanship that's helped Bugatti reign over the super car market for generations. This belt buckle uses a ratcheting mechanism inspired by watchmaking techniques to quickly pull your belt (the leather one that holds up your pants, not the one across your lap) tight without the need for holes. Featuring hand-crafted bridges, cogs, wheels, springs, and pinions, and elements made from titanium, stainless steel, rose gold, and sapphire crystals, and limited to just 44 pieces, it's enough to make gear heads and watch lovers green with envy.
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Post Overalls Melton Cruzer Jacket ($572). Gant Lambswool Cable Shawl Cardigan ($113). Brooks Brothers Poplin Navy Large Gingham Sport Shirt ($65). Paul Smith London Westborne Trousers ($207). Apolis Co-op Alpaca Scarf ($98). Coach Basic Nappa Gloves ($128). Adam Derrick To Boot New York Brennan Boots ($450). Junghans Max Bill Chronograph ($2,420). Postalco One Year Wall Calendar ($14).
With plans of taking a shot across Sonos' bow at the upcoming International CES, Samsung has added another weapon to their multi room wireless audio arsenal, the Samsung Shape Speaker System ($50-$400). Combined with the already-existing Shape M7 Speaker, the smaller and less-expensive Shape M5 gives you a flexible solution for audio across your home or apartment. With the optional wireless connectivity hub and Samsung's iOS or Android app, you can play music through these speakers from a range of services, including Amazon Cloud Player, Pandora, Rhapsody, and TuneIn Radio, as well as connectivity over NFC and Bluetooth.
Made to recognize the achievements of possibly the most-well-known naturalist, the IWC Aquatimer Expedition Charles Darwin Edition Watch ($TBA) is ready to handle any sea-borne expedition. Built to resist water down to 2,000 meters, the display glows both green and blue in the dark, letting you distinguish between dive time and normal time. An internal and external rotating bezel lets you easily monitor your dive time, while remaining easy to adjust even if you're wearing gloves. The case is crafted from bronze — a metal alloy used in shipbuilding at the time of Charles Darwin — and features an engraving of Darwin on the underside.
It goes without saying that a concept car debuting at the International Consumer Electronics Show should boast some pretty impressive tech to earn its spot among all the gadgets and gizmos — and the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept ($TBA) does not disappoint. Its headlights represent the next big thing in automotive lighting, combining matrix LEDs with laser lights into its trapezoidal fixtures, giving them double the luminosity of existing LED headlights. Inside, a state-of-the-art touchscreen controls the infotainment and climate, with three-dimensional, high-resolution graphics made possible by an Nvidia processor. It's powered by a plug-in hybrid drive system and a bi-turbo four-liter V8 engine, giving you the option to drive in EV for up to 94 mpg, hybrid, or full-combustion. It's also incredibly lightweight, with many of its components made of aluminum or carbon fiber, while the engine system is capable of 700 horsepower and nearly 600 pound feet of torque, making for a debut worthy of its setting.
One of the most trusted blenders in the scotch whiskey game is switching things up again this winter, with the introduction of Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve ($87). The scotch itself isn't brand new, but the limited edition, reflective gold bottle certainly is. Of course, it's what is inside the bottle that ultimately matters, and Johnnie Walker delivers again with a fruity nose, plenty of oak flavors and some subtle smoke to round things out. An addition to your collection that even King Midas would be proud of.
Sometimes a cup of coffee (or three) in the morning isn't quite enough to get you going -- and while you could take up running every morning, it would be a lot easier to just use Pacific Caffeinated Shaving Stuff ($10 and up). Every product in their line of shaving stuff is fortified with caffeine, helping to naturally constrict the veins in your face, keep your skin healthy with antioxidants, and absorb into your blood for a morning boost. Choose from their exfoliating wash, shaving cream, moisturizer, and after shave, each one made with caffeine. All of their products are made in the USA, not tested on animals, and made with a minty scent that invigorates you on even the roughest mornings.
Some shots with your DSLR are just easier to achieve with a remote — and some are downright impossible without one — whether you're shooting long exposures with a tripod, time-lapse photography, or video. And while there are plenty of simple remotes out there that pair with your camera using an IR signal, nothing compares to the ease of use of your phone with the MaxStone Camera Remote ($40). It combines a small IR- and Bluetooth-equipped pebble-like device that hangs on your camera using its attached dongle, and an iOS app, letting you have full control of your shutter up to 80 feet away on your iPhone. With time-lapse, automatic bulb, manual bulb, and video functionality, there's no limit to the kind of photos you can take.