As flying cars and Hoverboards have shown, it's not easy to bring the technologies found in Back to the Future Part II to life. This Nike Hyperadapt Teardown takes a look at how the auto-lacing system from the film was recreated. Hidden inside the shoe are sensors to let it know when you've it put on and buttons to let you adjust the fit. Heavy duty motors attached to Flywire pull the laces tight, arrays of LEDs provide lighting effects, wireless charging eliminates the need for battery changes, and an ARM Cortex M4 processor runs the show. It's like having a motor-laden smartphone hidden inside each shoe.
There are endless options when it comes to sneakers, but few are versatile enough to transition seamlessly from work to play. Constructed using the finest Italian Vitello calf leather and made by hand in Italy, Koio's Capri low-top sneakers look as good paired with your business casual attire as they do with a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. All Koio shoes are crafted for comfort, lined with soft Italian calf leather, and the Capris are no exception. Constructed with lightweight, durable outsoles, these great-looking low-tops are available in in five different colors and are certain to become your new go-to sneaker.
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Thanks to a system that sees your prescription pass through a distributor or retailer before it arrives on your doorstep, most contacts are far more expensive than they should be. Doubly so if your eyesight is really, really bad. By selling direct, Hubble Daily Contacts can offer you clear vision for under a dollar a day, even if you need higher-powered lenses. A recent expansion lets them cover from -0.50 through -12.00, helping even more contact lens wearers see clearly. The lenses are made from a high-grade hydrogel material for all-day comfort, by an FDA-approved factory that's been making contacts for over two decades. The result is an affordable, crystal-clear lens for roughly half the price of its competitors — and the first box is free, making a good deal even better.
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Cole Haan's Zerogrand line already had a sneaker-like outsole that flexes with your natural foot movement. The Cole Haan Zerogrand Stitchlite Wingtip Oxford takes the casual comparisons a step farther, replacing the original's leather with a stretch knit upper for an even lighter build and increased breathability. Dynamic stitching enhances fit, comfort, and airflow while recreating the classic wingtip pattern, and Grand.ØS energy foam delivers all-day cushioning. Available in five colorways.
Designed in collaboration with Google and one of the first smartwatches to ship with Android Wear 2.0, the LG Watch Style is the latest attempt to make a pure smartwatch that doesn't look like a computer. Helping the cause is a round screen and a case that's just 11 mm thick and 42mm across. It's water-resistant — good for splashes, not swimming — and has a single button on the side that rotates to let you quickly scroll through the interface. In addition, that side button also brings up the newly-added Google Assistant, letting you book restaurants and get directions all while your phone stays securely in your pocket. Available in three finishes, each of which comes with matching silicone and leather bands.
Like last year's models, the new Monsieur de Chanel Platinum Black Watch is powered by the Caliber 1 movement, the company's first made in-house for a men's watch. Unlike those older releases, however, this one is even more limited, with a 40mm platinum case, black dial, and sapphire caseback. Despite the differences, it still has the 240-degree retrograde minute display, seconds subdial, and jumping hour display. Limited to just 100 examples.
We spend about a third of our life sleeping, so the mattress you sleep on every night is incredibly important. Make sure you get the right one by trying out a Casper. This USA-made mattress is made up of multiple layers of foam, including one for support and pressure relief, and one to make sure you don't get too hot. It's all wrapped up in a durable woven cover, and shipped right to your door in a box that's easy to maneuver into even the smallest abodes. You get 100 nights to try it out, can return it for free if you're not satisfied, but if you are (and you probably will be), you can upgrade even further by grabbing some of the company's soft Supima cotton sheets and dual-layer pillows.
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Less is more when it comes to design — or so we've been told. The Balenciaga Speed Trainer puts that rule to the test. Made in Italy and resembling a lost prop from a '70s sci-fi production, they have a knit sock for an upper, a textured memory sole, and not much else. They weigh in at just over half a pound, so they're certainly on the lighter side of things, and while the name suggests they'd be good for active use, it's up to you how "active" you want to get in all-white sneakers that cost as much as a decent TV.
You won't find a screen dominating the front of the Alpina Seastrong Horological Smartwatch, but that doesn't mean it's limited to telling time. Indeed, thanks to its connected movement developed in collaboration with MMT, it can track your activity, relay notifications, and automatically set the time just like a computerized watch. But it's also still a real Swiss diver, with a uni-directional rotating bezel, sporty 44mm fiberglass case, and a water resistance rating of 330 feet. Available in four models, which mix black or blue dials with black, green, orange, or navy bezels, finished with rubber straps.
With 23 different complications primarily devoted to the study of the night sky, the Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication Watch is one of the world's most complex timepieces. On the front, it offers traditional time indications, a perpetual calenday, a precise moon phase, solar time indications, and a tide-level indicator with a 3D depiction of the alignment of the Earth, Moon, and the Sun. The back dial is dedicated to a transparent celestial chart, which lets you admire the inner workings of the watch while observing celestial time in both hours and minutes. It's housed in a 45mm 18K white gold case, finished with a black alligator leather strap, and is one-of-a-kind.
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It took over 600 hours of research to develop the case on this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetuel Calendar Watch. It appears to have been worth it. The matte black brushed finish on the 41mm ceramic case is resistant to scratches, temperature, and age, so it pairs well with the moonphase indicator, which only requires correction once every 125 years. The 5134 movement also powers the date, date, month, leap year, hours, and minute functions, all of which appear on the slate gray "Grande Tapisserie" dial. It's finished with a matching ceramic bracelet with a titanium clasp.
Inspired by the classic Minerva Rally Timer stopwatch, the Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Rally Timer Counter Watch is the rare wristwatch that isn't necessarily bound to your wrist. Thanks to strap attachments that fold underneath the case, it can convert from a wristwatch to pocket watch with ease, and can even clip onto a metal plate for use as a dashboard clock. It's powered by a manually-wound monopusher calibre MB M16.29 movement, protected inside a water-resistant 50mm satin titanium case. Limited to just 100 examples.
Inspired by the symmetrical bodies of jellyfish, the MB&F HM7 Aquapod Watch employs a radially symmetric design. Immediately noticeable underneath the domed sapphire is the central flying tourbillion, which sits atop a vertical movement that includes a winding rotor with "tentacles" crafted from a block of solid titanium. As a water-focused watch, it has a unidirectional rotating ceramic bezel, although it's water resistant to only 150 feet. The indications, which rotate around the center, are treated with Super-Luminova for readability under the surface, as are select rotor segments, letting you appreciate the movement even in darkness. It's finished with an aircraft-grade rubber strap and is limited to just 33 examples in grade 5 titanium with a blue bezel, and 66 examples in 18 karat red gold with a black bezel.
Like the standard Type 1 before it, the new Ressence Type 1 Squared Watch forgoes traditional hands, instead using a series of rotating discs to indicate the time. Unlike its predecessor, the 1 Squared has a cushion-shaped case crafted from 316 stainless steel instead of titanium that's thinner as well, thanks to the absence of a sapphire back. Instead, it has a retractable lever that's used to set the time, corresponding to the discs' movement in a 1:1 ratio just like the key-wind clocks and toys of old. It's finished with an interchangeable bracelet system, and is available in four colorways.
Named for the Instagrammers that hashtag photos of their watches every week, the Omega Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday Watch blends together several vintage touches in a new limited edition. The overall design is inspired by the "Alaska Project III" model built for NASA in 1978, distinguished by its brushed matte finish stainless steel case and radial subdials. Speaking of subdials, it also sports a "reverse panda" dial first introduced in 1966, joined by a vintage Omega logo and matte black aluminum bezel ring. It's powered by the same calibre 1861 movement as the Moonwatch, and arrives with its own leather watch roll, a vintage-cut brown leather strap, a spare white and black striped NATO strap, and a strap changing tool. Limited to just 2012 examples, it's also the first Omega to be sold directly online.
The Apple Watch is already fairly rugged, despite its sleek appearance. The MTM Status Apple Watch Case will make it far more so. Made to fit any 38mm Series 2 model, this burly add-on adds a pair of circular micro-dials to the side and standard lugs to the top and bottom. You can mix-and-match between dial options, including a 12-hour clock, compass, digital date, or digital clock, each available in different styles. The case itself is made from either anodized 7075 aluminum or Grade 2 Titanium, accepts 24mm MTM bands or straps, and arrives in packaging that's designed for re-use as a charging dock.
Nonnative Camouflage Canvas Backpack ($320).
Folk Bomber Jacket ($605).
Rag & Bone Stretch Denim ($230).
Nonnative Dweller T-Shirt ($110).
NikeLab Blazer Studio Mid QS Sneaker ($135).
Wright by Taschen ($15).
Mainsai Watch ($495).
Tom Ford Frank Sunglasses ($435).
Decked out in a stealthy matte black, the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Black Ceramic Watch is the sleekest version of the company's signature chronograph yet. The 45mm case, bezel, lugs, and case middle are all made from micro-blasted black ceramic, making the watch durable, scratch-resistant, and highly stylish. It's powered by the in-house Calibre HEUER-01 movement, has a skeleton dial with luminescent black markers and hands, and is water resistant down to 100 meters. Available with a rubber strap or a matching H-shaped black ceramic link bracelet.
Canada Goose Constable Shell Parka ($950).
Pan Am: History, Design & Identity ($54).
AMI Light Denim Cap ($85).
RRL Slim Fit Selvedge Jean ($300).
NikeLab Air Safari Royal ($220).
Hard Graft Leather Folio Volume Two ($200).
1970 Rolex Red Submariner ($10,550).
Made using Cordura fabric from Carhartt and repurposed automotive insulation from GM, the Empwr Coat is built to meet the needs of the homeless. As part of the parent company's mission, it's assembled by formerly homeless individuals, and transforms from a water-resistant jacket, to a sleeping bag, to an over-the-shoulder bag when not in use. The cost of each coat goes to cover, labor, materials, and overhead, and you can rest assured it will mean far more to its recipient than whatever gadget you were planning on buying instead.
Wings+Horns X Descente ALLTERRAIN Parka ($1,048).
NikeLab ACG Trousers ($220).
Sonic Editions Framed Michael Jordan ($500).
Le Labo Petit Grain 21 Candle ($65).
Visvim Wool Knit Beanie ($169).
Francesco Maglia Lord Umbrella ($485).
Nike Bruin Sneakers ($90).
Available in a variety of finishes and hues, the Peter Nappi Julius Boot Collection should undoubtedly have something to suit your style. These heirloom-quality boots are designed in Nashville and crafted in Tuscany using premium leather that's meant to be lived in, gaining its own unique character over the years. From the hand sewn Goodyear and to the more casual Basso Sneaker, each pair is destined to become a favorite.
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Sapphire is commonly used to cover watch dials, and often, used on the opposite side to provide a view into the inner workings. The Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire Watch goes one better by building its entire case out of sapphire. The process takes hours of machining and polishing just to make a single case, comprised of nine separate parts. In addition to its namesake Flying Tourbillion, it also has a mono-pusher chronograph function, both of which are highly visible thanks to the case. Rhodium plating on the markers and hands joins the Superluminova in creating a timepiece that almost glows in certain light. Finished with a strap made from translucent rubber and metallic Kevlar weaving.
Original Penguin Tweed Jacket ($250).
Original Penguin Dressy Chino ($88).
Original Penguin Monk 2X Mix Shoes ($83).
Original Penguin Dress Shirt ($80).
This is Ground Venture Backpack ($750).
Neighbour Pure Wool Knit Cap ($42).
Tanner Goods Driver Glove ($140).
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Inspired by their military watches produced in the 1940s, the Hamilton Khaki Field Watches combine rugged materials and textures with a refined range of designs. The collection offers a variety of models that includes anything from a 42mm stainless steel and blue canvas combo to a blacked out PVD-coated automatic. Cases start at 38mm and go up to 44mm, while bands come in stainless steel bracelets, leather, rubber, and canvas. Also available with an array of dial and face colors.
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Adidas has been experimenting with 3D printing as a way of making shoes for a while. Only now can you actually buy a pair. Being released exclusively through Adidas Confirmed in New York, the Adidas 3D Runner is an all-black look at the future of footwear. It has an engineered 3D structure that's more dense in high-stress areas and less dense in others for optimal performance and weight, and is paired with a 3D printed heel counter integrated into the midsole and a black Primeknit upper. In the future, the company hopes to match the 3D structure to your own personal footprint, but until then, these will do nicely.
When you see a pair of Stan Smiths, they are typically clad in leather from heel to toe. But with the chill of winter invading, even one of the most iconic sneakers of all-time has to prepare for the cold. The Adidas Stan Smith PC Wool Sneakers are equipped for the season, featuring a warm wool upper and leather lining that add to the comfort. As always, these sneakers look the part, continuing the Stan Smith tradition, but with a warm winter coat to help keep the weather at bay.
Inspired by the outfits worn by the heroes (and villains) of Rogue One, these Columbia x Star Wars Jackets are a great way to show your allegiance without looking like a full-sized action figure. The collection includes a light jacket modeled after Jyn Erso's, a heavy parka that's based on Captain Cassian Andor's, and a shell jacket inspired by the armor of the Death Troopers, ideal for those with dark intentions. All three are made using Colombia's well-tested materials, so unlike that replica blaster, these will actually perform out in the real world.