The arctic, and in particular the North Pole, represents some of the last true wilderness on Earth. It's also in serious peril. It's with these two themes in mind that Arctica: The Vanishing North takes you on a journey through this pristine locale. Author Sebastian Copeland, who also happens to be the photographer as well as an accomplished polar explorer and activist, provides a perspective of the pole's beauty, charm, and current predicament that could only come from someone who's not only been there, but obviously cares a great deal about its future.
When it was launched in 1969, the Heuer Monaco was among the most revolutionary timepieces available, with innovations like the Chronomatic Calibre 11, the the first automatic chronograph movement offered for sale, and the first water-resistant square case making it the perfect choice for Steve McQueen in Le Mans. Now you can celebrate this legacy with the Tag Heuer Monaco Reissue Watch. It shares the same 39mm case, 6 o'clock date window, vintage Heuer logo, and aforementioned Calibre 11 movement and water-resistance as the original, while updating the domed plastic crystal with sapphire and adding larger lugs, an open case-back, and perforations to the black calfskin strap.
Set beside a lake in rural Belgium, the Woodland Cabin is a small, inexpensive getaway. Self-built on a budget under $40,000, it measures 35 square meters, with a concrete strip foundation, suspended wooden floor, and beams and siding that come from the architect's father, who milled them from trees sourced in the surrounding woods. Heat comes from a wood burning stove, and its waterside setting serves as an ideal backdrop for work, gatherings, or just long, relaxing naps.
It's not a fancy restoration. That's the point. This 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Barn Find was discovered in mid-Alabama, where it had been sitting since 1974. The owner had put a sizable dent in the sheet metal nose cone, and wanted to get it fixed before he started driving it again. Obviously, that never happened. It's all original, including the 440 Magnum V8 engine (but not the flames on the side), and it's going up for sale at Mecum's Kissimmee Auction in early 2016.
When it's time to hunker down during a snowstorm this winter, you'd be hard pressed to find a better beer companion than Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing. A tradition since 1995, Hibernation is an 8.7% ABV English Style Old Ale that will warm you from the inside out. Each batch is aged for three months before it hits shelves to balance out the intense flavors. Available in cans for the first time this winter.
With a revolutionary design, the Vozz RS 1.0 Helmet aims to be both safer and more comfortable than your current headgear. The secret is the Voztec rear access design, which replaces the chinstrap with an adjustable chin cup, allows for a closer fit, lessens potential snag points, and lets emergency personel remove it in a matter of minutes without putting any added pressure or strain on your head. Available in a variety of colors, three different sizes, and with three different liners to ensure a precise fit.
Our phones are great communication tools, but the traditional phone call is terribly inefficient — both people have to be available, and productivity grinds to a halt while you're talking. Roger lets you keep in touch with friends and family on an on-demand basis. Built by the people behind Spotify, you simply enter the person's phone number, tap to talk, and then tap to listen when they reply. It's a modern-day walkie talkie, no unsightly antennas required.
Every time you travel, you leave the house hopeful that the stars align and everything goes smoothly. When on a journey with Belmond, you don't have to hope. They use their insider expertise, and their collection of hotels, trains and river cruises to create itineraries that include transportation, accommodations and activities guaranteed to delight. Varying in length from 1-3 nights to over 10, exciting adventures are ready to be booked from the mountains of Machu Picchu to the canals of Venice and most interesting places in between.
One of only 180 Japanese market models believed to still exist, this 1967 Toyota 2000GT is a fine example of the original Japanese supercar. It's powered by its original, matching numbers Yamaha inline six-cylinder engine, good for 150+ hp and a top speed of 135 mph. The Raymond Loewy-penned exterior is in the original Pegasus White, which contrasts well with the black leather interior. The car had a full service when it made its trek across the Pacific and has been sparingly driven since, making this a particularly well-preserved example.
A powerful fix of leaves and smoke, Comme Des Garcons Amazinggreen lives up to its name. The natural spray is made from palm tree leaves, jungle leaves, ivy leaves, green pepper, dew, orris roots, coriander seeds, vetiver, white musk, smoke, and something called "Gunpowder Accord", which we imagine smells something like the first few seconds of a civil war-era battle. Arrives in a green bottle with offset sprayer.
Weighing under 80 lbs and capable of running for a solid hour at its top speed of 34 mph, the Kuberg Freerider Electric Bike is both sensible and exciting. It's powered by a 48V motor installed in a powder-coated steel tube frame, and has a long-travel suspension and Maxxis Creepy Crawler tires for handing tough terrain. A hydraulic disc brake system up front is there to slow things down when necessary, and its aggressive design means it's as nice to look at as it is to ride.
A timeless look that is only matched by the sound quality they produce. That description fits these bookshelf Cube Speakers from Fern & Roby. Each pair is constructed using heart pine beams salvaged from a late 19th-century Virginia factory. Each section of beam has characteristics that make every speaker unique. Inside each speaker lies an Alpair 7 Gold Driver by MarkAudio, which delivers the widest frequency range in its size class. Made in the USA and certain to catch the eye and ear of anyone that crosses their path.
Set high in the Swiss Alps, the Whitepod Hotel is a series of geodesic domes that offers tons of privacy and stunning mountain views. The property offers three tiers of pods — cozy, family, and deluxe — with differing levels of amenities, such as king-size beds, breakfast, and Apple TVs. No matter which you choose, you'll enjoy the warmth of a wood burning stove, a large terrace, access to the sauna, daily tea, pastries, fruits, and coffees, and, depending on the season, either miles of signposted hiking trails or skiing with private lifts.
Mixing a city-ready upper with a trail-ready outsole, the Nike x Poler SB Dunk Boot will keep you ready for any situation. The leather and synthetic upper comes from the Nike Dunk basketball shoe and has a water-resistant finish, while the Nike Free-inspired outsole is from the Special Field boot and has lugs for added traction in adverse conditions. Poler's signature furry camo pattern can be seen on the gray and black upper, and the shoe is finished with orange accents.
When a distillery known for their blending skills surprises fans with a limited release, it's worth noting. That's just what High West Distillery in Utah did with Yippee Ki-Yay Rye Whiskey. The juice itself is their Double Rye finished in Syrah barrels from Santa Maria, CA and Vermouth Barrels from Madera, CA. The result is a great pour that's sweet but not too sweet, great in a cocktail or over ice. Available only at the distillery in Utah, at least for this first batch.
The most well known American daredevil of all time left a lasting mark on our culture. Known for his ramp to ramp motorcycle jumps, Knievel also was the subject of two films. The second film, Viva Knievel! starred Knievel himself and featured this 1976 Harley-Davidson XL1000 Motorcycle. The bike is a 1976 Ironhead Sportster 1000 made to look like one of Knievel's XR-750 jump bikes. It was on display in a personal museum for many years and restored cosmetically by the man who painted Knievel's jump bikes. Available at auction in January in Las Vegas.
Designed for compliance with IATA standards for carry-on luggage, the Alchemy Equipment Carry-On Bag is the only bag you need for short trips. The 45L bag is made from either ATY nylon or a waxed, cotton-like Kodra with triple PU-coated Kodra at the base for a leather look that doubles as added protection from the elements. It also has a YKK zip that allows for full access to the main compartment, the requisite padded laptop/tablet compartment, an internal water-resistant pocket for toiletries, and external magazine and document pockets. And since everyone schleps their luggage around differently, it can quickly go from a duffel bag to a shoulder bag or backpack, making it as versatile as it is practical.
William Wilkinson & Deepak Mantena did a great job developing Manual, one of our favorite photo apps for the iPhone. With Slide, they've done so again. Unlike any photo app we've seen, it lets you take "3D" photos using nothing but the built in camera. Using it is dead simple: just compose your shot, move your device smoothly across your body, and tap the subject to watch it appear in 3D. The resulting GIF loops continuously and is ready to share on nearly any platform.
The name sounds like something out of The Dukes of Hazzard, but make no mistake: there's nothing kitschy about Chicken Point Cabin. Created by the minimalist wizards at Olson Kundig, this rectangular getaway employs a huge hand-cranked 20' x 30' window wall to open the living space to the lake in Northern Idaho on which it sits. The home is approach both from the water and the road, with a 19-foot steel door offering access on the forest side. Inside, there's a master suite in the plywood loft above the main living area, extra bedrooms on either side, and exposed blocks, beams, and supports that give the space a industrial feel that contrasts with the surrounding wilderness.
Based on the notoriously '80s-styled BMW R80, the Autofabrica Type 10 Motorcycle gives the bike new life as a pared-down custom. The original bike was completely stripped down, revealing the airhead engine and graceful lines of the tank. Modifications then began, with the front end lowered for a more aggressive look, red acrylic brake light fins and frame tube-mounted turn indicators added, and hand-bent marine-grade SAE 316 stainless steel exhaust pipes attached. The slightly revised tank now sports a deep blue paint job, while the tan leather seat accommodates two riders thanks to hidden, removable passenger foot pegs.
Set on 160 acres just a few miles outside of Petaluma, the Hupomone Ranch is an efficient ode to the land's agricultural roots. The bright white home has bedrooms in three corners, with the kitchen occupying the fourth and an open living area in the center, complete with an all-glass wall that opens onto the patio and lawn. Facing the main building is a separate pool house with wash room and covered bar that's open to the concrete deck. The house is certified LEED Platinum, with both passive and geothermal heating and cooling, and solar panels to help offset energy usage — fitting for a family committed to sustainable farming.
La Marzocco's Linea Classic is a favorite of numerous cafés all around the world. The La Marzocco Linea Mini Espresso Machine brings the same professional-level performance home in a compact package. It has a dual boiler system for optimal brewing and steaming, stepped temperature control, a self-contained two liter water reservoir, brew paddle activation with pre-infusion for consistency, and LED barista lights to let you focus on every cup. Available in four different colors — stainless, red, black, or white — to match any kitchen decor.
McLaren's first customer based vehicles, the M12 was based on the M8As Bruce McLaren used to win during the 1968 Can-Am season. This 1969 McLaren M12 Coupe is part of that lineage, but has some distinguishing factors which make it uncommon. After entering several races in the early 70's, the car was converted into a coupe in 1976. The same owner decided to also make it street legal, making it a show-stopper everywhere it went. It's one of only 8 original road cars in the world and the only of those eight that is a coupe fitted with the correct Chevy big block V8 engine. The upcoming auction is a chance to own a rare piece of McLaren history.
With pocket space at a premium, the Bellroy Phone Case is a great way to consolidate some of your everyday carry. And it's not only a phone case, it also doubles as a minimalist wallet that holds up to three cards. Your most used cards are released with an easy thumb swipe, or push to release the card you use the least. Each case has a microfiber lining with a slot for an extra SIM card and room to hide emergency cash. Made using polycarbonate for strength and vegetable tanned leather for a smooth pocket-to-hand transition every time.
Founded in Southern California, Iron & Resin makes some great clothing and accessories by hand in their home state. Their stores offer far more than that. Located just across from the iconic Transamerica Pyramid, their San Francisco outpost carries an array of high-quality goods. Clothing and accessories (both self-branded and otherwise), home goods, camping gear, motorcycle helmets, and a certain magazine are set amongst vintage motorcycles, taxidermy, and other found items that make it a perfect spot to spend some time. Find yourself farther down the coast? They also have a garage-based outpost in their hometown of Ventura.
Food culture has changed greatly over the last 10-15 years, with people moving away from highly-processed, mass-produced meats to responsibly-raised food that's both sustainable and delicious. Crafted Meat: The New Meat Culture: Craft and Recipes takes a look at this phenomenon from all sides, including sections on new developments, how to find the best butcher, and the differences between various cuts of meat, as well as recipes and food pairings. An interesting read for foodies and chefs alike.