It might look like a prop from a sci-fi film, but in fact, the MB&F Musicmachine ($13,500) is simply one of the world's most desirable music boxes. Built in collaboration with music box maker Reuge, MB&F used its watch-making know how to construct the spaceship-like machine, which plays three tunes from each of its two cylinders — the Star Wars theme, Imperial March, and Star Trek theme on one side, and "Another Brick in the Wall", "Smoke on the Water", and "Imagine" on the other. Limited to just 66 pieces — 33 in white and 33 in black — it's sure to be a source of conversation for a long, long time.
It's not quite yacht-sized, but at 28 feet, it's as close as you're going to come on the road. The Airstream Land Yacht ($145,000) was built instead with yacht-like luxury in mind, from the queen-sized bed with built-in night stands to the fully-enclosed bathroom. The nautical influence can be felt with high-luster teak and white wood inlay boat-deck flooring, and other features include sleeping space for up to five, a rear social space with wrap-around windows, a powered bed lift for easier storage access, three power awnings, LED lighting, Corian countertops, and Ultraleather upholstery. And just like a yacht, you might find discovering an appropriate place to park it quite the challenge.
You might not be able to buy your way onto a F1 racing team, but thanks to this Formula 1 Full Size Racing Simulator ($140,000), you can come close. This full-size replica houses a custom racing simulator, complete with three 23-inch screens, a 5.1 surround sound system, and a custom computer powered by an Intel Core i7 processor. The details continue with a full set of pedals, an F1-type quick-release steering wheel with force feedback, your choice of a silver, red, or black paint job, magnesium alloy wheels, and Pirelli F1 show tires. Of course, it's going to be a challenge getting this thing to fit in any normal home, so luckily the price includes having an engineer fly out to your house to make sure it gets installed properly. Or you could just buy a used Ferrari and some track time — totally up to you. [Scouted by Ed]
Become your own Steve Zissou with the U-Boat Worx C-Explorer 5 ($1.5 million). Available in both 100- and 200-meter models, the C-Explorer 5 is a five-person compact submersible that lets you explore the sea depths in dry comfort. Features include a smart deflatable ballast tank system, air-conditioning, up to 43.2 kWh of battery capacity, a 360-degree acrylic pressure hull that allows for amazing views, and a below-surface cruising speed of 3 knots. A perfect complimentary toy for your private yacht.
We've seen plenty of golf carts before — but this might be the first that can actually get you not just around the course, but to and from it, as well. Street-legal in Europe, the Garia Mansory Currus Golf Cart ($80,000) takes the already impressive Roadster and takes it into sports car territory thanks to extensive customization. Features include an adjustable setting for maximum motor braking and battery regeneration, a speed switch with three different driving modes — Golf, Street, and Race — a range of 37 miles, a top speed of 37 mph, and exclusive accessories like carbon fiber inserts, custom seats, a matte black paint job, and black wheels. You'd best hurry if you're planning to park it in your garage — only seven are being built.
Yes, it's designed for use in public spaces — but the Dyson Airblade Tap ($1,900) is so damn smart that we wouldn't mind having one in our homes. Within its modern design is a no-touch water faucet, which lets you wash your hands without touching anything, and an ultra-powerful hand dryer that removes the need to cross the room with wet hands. The secret is a fully-integrated 1400W motor housed underneath the sink that draws air in through a HEPA filter before blasting it through a small aperture and onto your hands, which are dried in just 14 seconds.
Whether you're looking for a major upgrade to your business' outdoor seating area or just want to host the best outdoor movie screenings around, the C Seed Outdoor LED TV ($655,000) should fit the bill. Designed by Porsche Design Studio, the C Seed boasts seven LED panels that raise and unfold in 25 seconds to create a seamless, 201-inch 16:9 display with a total of over 725,000 LEDs and a 100,000 Hz refresh rate. The screen is height-adjustable, can rotate up to 135 degrees to the left or right, and is complemented by a robust sound system featuring 6 speakers for the left and right audio channels, as well as three 700W subwoofers. A radio control, digital wireless HD video link, and glass-fiber data lines take care of getting content to the display, and should you worry about the weather, integrated wind, temperature, and laser sensors make sure everything stays safe and sound in bad weather. [Scouted by Ben]
You might not have any way to get 4K content on it, but if you're preparing for the future of TV and want a huge screen, you might want to check out the Samsung S9 UHD 4K TV ($40,000). Starting at 85 inches and going up to a massive 110, this space-age set boasts 2.2 channels of 120 watt sound, Precision Black Pro technology for outstanding color reproduction and contrast, and an up-scaling engine to make your standard HD content look better. But the real highlight is the unique frame, which suspends the panel inside an oversized, squarish frame that's sure to become the centerpiece of your living room or theater.
Feeling a little bummed about your holiday gifts — or lack thereof? Cheer yourself up by snagging your spot in line for a Mercier-Jones Hovercraft ($TBA). This ambitious craft — which is still in development, so put your Amex black cards away — features sportscar looks, a patent-pending directional control system for unprecedented maneuverability, carbon fiber and metal alloy construction, a single gasoline engine that supplies electricity to the three electric motors, and open-air, tandem sport seating for two. Arriving... whenever they're finished with it.
If you're going to smoke, you might as well do it in style — and it's hard to look more stylish when lighting up than when you're doing so with one of these Alfred Dunhill Turbo Lighters ($700-$1,125). Available in five different styles, all of the lighters are made from premium materials, sport a turbo gas mechanism, and sport a shape reminiscent of Dunhill's sports lighters of the 1920s.
If you're carrying important cargo — and by important, we mean "people might kill me for it" important — protect it (and yourself) with the Tumi Tegra-Lite Bulletproof Briefcase ($6,000). This limited edition attaché case is made using 65 layers of advanced Tegris polypropylene thermoplastic composite to provide durability and impact resistance while maintaining a light weight. Inside, you'll find vachetta leather trim, an iPad pocket, a file divider, accessory pockets, a false bottom to conceal items of the highest value, and — of course — a handcuff attachment.
It might not print it big, but the Form 1 High-Res 3D Printer ($3,300) can print nearly anything you can imagine in exquisite detail. Using high-end stereolithography technology, the Form 1 can construct details as small as 300 microns, and can print objects up to 4.9" x 4.9" x 6.5" in size. The included Form Software lets you start with .stl files and finalize your design, ensuring that every detail is there, just the way you designed it.
The holy grail of at-home movie watching is nearly here. Prima Cinema ($35,000) is an elite service that brings current-release movies directly to your home on the day they're released — at the equally elite price of $500 a pop. The rack-mountable player automatically downloads the movies and presents them over HDMI with clarity and color accuracy unmatched by even Blu-ray, along with lossless PCM or Dolby TrueHD audio output. Oh, and the biometric security protection ensures no guests "accidentally" drop half a grand on dreck like Red Dawn. [Scouted by Graham]
Nope, it's not a new low-calorie menu item from McDonalds — although they could probably stand to introduce such a thing. The McIntosh McAire ($3,000) is a standalone speaker system designed to let you enjoy your media wirelessly via AirPlay. The unit includes both Wi-Fi and Ethernet hookups, as well as a USB port for charging and an RCA input for non-AirPlay devices, but its the dual 4-inch woofers, 2-inch midranges, and .75-inch tweeters that are the star of the show, along with the unit's classic, premium looks.
It's very rare that we write about a product that adds complexity to the equation, but we'll make an exception for these Richard Mille Cufflinks ($20,000). Created over two years, they're made from grade 5 titanium, and feature a patented mechanism that opens the twin titanium bars using push-pieces and close by pressing on the top plate, resulting in cufflinks that contain 38 components each. Other features include satin-brushed upper surfaces that are bevelled by hand and a surprisingly subtle look.
It doesn't get much better than this. The Macallan 60 Years Old in Lalique ($20,000) is not only one of the oldest and rarest (and tastiest) single malt whiskies ever bottled by the distillery, it's also one of the best looking when it's sitting on your shelf. That's because it lives inside an elegant Lalique IV decanter that pays homage to the small stills in which the spirit is made. It's topped off with a crystal stopper with a copper cap made from an old Macallan still. All of it comes in a sleek, high-polish black lacquer box.
Producing great sound is one thing; looking good while you're doing it is quite another. The B&O Play A9 Speaker (€2,000; roughly $2,600) manages both feats thanks to a unique, saucer-like design that begs to be left out for all to see. Good looks can only get you so far, but the A9 backs them up with a two 3" midrange speakers, two .75" tweeters, an 8" woofer, and three separate amplifiers to power them. And thanks to built-in AirPlay and DLNA wireless streaming, you won't need to sully the proceedings with unsightly wires.
Yes, we've already pointed you to a pack that will have you armed and ready for the Apocalypse — but when dealing with zombies, you can never be too prepared. Which is why they make the Z.E.R.O. (Zombie Extermination, Research and Operations) Kit ($24,000). This exhaustive collection of gear has been curated to keep you alive for the long-term, including everything from Kevlar gloves, a tactical watch, and thermal vision cameras to holographic sights, battle mugs, and a cache of 400 batteries to keep things on long after the lights — and power — go out.
Scuba diving isn't exactly easy, and it's even harder if you're trying to shoot any sort of decent photos or video. So why not let the HydroView ($4,000) do it for you? This underwater vehicle shoots 1080p video and high-quality stills, which it beams back wirelessly to the same iPad that you use to control it via the accelerometer and touchscreen. Other features include on-board LED lights, the ability to reach speeds of five knots going forward and one knot in reverse, and the ability to collect data on water conditions. Just think of it as your very own remote-controlled miniature James Cameron. [Scouted by Chris]
Vinyl made its comeback some time ago, but the record player has yet to catch up. Until now. The Symbol Record Console ($18,500) is a bench-made modern record player that pays homage to the all-in-one console hi-fis of the '50s, but bests them with an incredibly clean, modern look. Features include solid American Walnut construction, a metal base, two 6.5-inch full-range speakers, a second, hidden amplifier and subwoofer, built-in Wi-Fi for streaming music from an iPhone, iPad, iPod, or computer, and a hand-built tube amplifier and turntable, which are set into patinated steel plates to lend the appropriate sense of style to the proceedings.