Found in a briefcase after 40+ years, this Field-Worn 1968 Omega Seamaster Watch is both an outstanding vintage timepiece and an artifact of an American hero. Owned by Legion of Merit and Bronze Star recipient Lieutenant Colonel George Aikman Finter, the watch is in an unpolished state yet is in remarkably good condition. LTC Finter served in post-war Germany, did a stint as an intelligence officer in Chile during a time we weren't supposed to be there — potentially indicating he was a spy — and did four tours in Vietnam before being killed in action during a recon mission in 1970. The watch will be sold alongside a number of records detailing Finter's military career, including IDs, passports, licenses, photos, his report of casualty, Bronze Star Citation, and hand-signed letters of condolences from then-President Richard Nixon and General Westmoreland.
Fresh off his Citroen eCV concept car, designer Martin Hajek has returned to his roots with a concept phone. Dubbed the Model P, it imagines what a Tesla-branded phone might look like. The rear of the phone is given a car-like glossy red paint finish, with a sculptural fin in the center and a camera cutout that recalls headlights of the company's cars. Other callouts to their automotive language can be found in the pointed "notch" at the top of the screen, and in the carbon fiber detail around the speakers and charging port. Purely a concept at this point, it does posit an entertaining "what if?" scenario.
Rent: Como Classic Boats
Riva got its start in 1942, just a little over an hour from Lake Como. Since then its boats have become synonymous with Italian luxury. Como Classic Boats gives you a chance to experience it for yourself, taking in the lake as an experienced captain points out highlights hidden from the shore.
Wear: TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph
Inspired by Charles-Edouard Heuer's original dashboard instruments, this modern Autavia is ready for your next adventure. Seen here with a smokey blue dial and brown calfskin strap, its precision Isograph automatic movement offers a 38-hour power reserve while its Arabic numerals and ceramic bezel ensure excellent readability.
Eat: Ristorante Caffe Teatro
Attached to the Teatro Sociale Opera house, this charming restaurant is much more than a convenient excuse to grab a drink during intermission. Surrounded by the ancient walls of the city, the dining spot features an intelligent mix of local and Italian favorites, along with an extensive wine cellar. Sit outside on the piazza for a brilliant view of the adjacent Como Cathedral, or duck inside for a table near the walled garden and enjoy one of the most memorable locations in Como.
Stay: Palazzo Albricci Peregrini
Housed in the 15th-century home of owners Maximiliano and Lidia, the Palazzo Albricci Peregrini offers an authentic stay in the old town of Como. The private boutique infuses its historic charm with contemporary furnishings and handcrafted pieces from local artisans to create a luxurious yet welcoming refuge from the day's adventures.
Bike: Bike It Bellagio
If enjoying the lake from the water is a bit too leisurely for you, Bike It, the lone bicycle shop in Bellagio, may be for you. They offer simple rentals, guided tours, and even multi-day excursions into the Alps for the truly adventurous.
Recharge: Bar Mariett
Cozy and intimate, Bar Mariett has been a trustworthy stop for locals since 1887. The oldest bar in Como has a large outdoor area that's perfect for people-watching while sipping on a summer aperitif or a glass of Prosecco. The cafe/bar also offers a full menu of traditional fare along with a tempting happy hour packed with wines and classic cocktails.
Founded in Lake Como in the '50s by the same Molteni family that runs it today, this boutique has been dedicated to the cutting edge of fashion for over 60 years and has expanded beyond its humble beginnings with multiple stores in the area.
Shop: Andreoli Rita
Tucked away on a tiny side street, this easy-to-miss bookstore offers both well-worn classics and iconic art prints. Mercifully free of tourists, it's an ideal place to pick up a souvenir that's guaranteed to be one of a kind.
Eat: Il Salumaio
Situated in the heart of Como, Il Salumaio is an idyllic Italian Deli. Stop in to pick up pasta, charcuterie, cheese, wine, and house-cured olives, then take your tasty treats to the water for some al fresco snacking.
Stay: Villa Derriere
From the home-cooked breakfasts to the hand-crafted soap and bath oils, Villa Derriere is full of thoughtful touches. The two-room B&B is located in the heart of Cernobbio and features comfortable rooms with garden views and morning meals prepared with organic ingredients right from the owner's farm. They also offer on-site bike rentals for exploring the nearby lake and Villa Erba.
Sip: Hemingway Cocktail Bar
As this bar's namesake once suggested: "If you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars." With a friendly staff and cocktails crafted from fresh juices and top-shelf liquor, this must-visit watering hole is tucked along a side street only a few blocks from the lake. Order Hemingway's favorite double daiquiri, or opt for a spritz while you munch on some bar snacks between sips on their cozy gazebo this summer.
Most infinity pools run off one side, giving the illusion of joining with the water beyond. The Infinity London is a rooftop infinity pool concept that extends in all directions — and would be the first in the world to do so. Slated to sit atop a 720-foot building, the cast acrylic pool will hold 600,000 liters of water, and will be clear on both the sides and the bottom, allowing visitors below to view the swimmers and the sky. The pool's heating system will use waste energy from the air condition system for the building, and a built-in anemometer will allow for the monitoring of wind speed.
Short for Unique Puncture-Proof Tire System, the Michelin Uptis is an integrated airless wheel structure designed for passenger vehicles. The system is being developed in collaboration with GM and promises to eliminate the dangers of flat tires and blowouts while eliminating the need for pressure checks and damage inspections. It would have the environmental benefits of eliminating the 20% of tires that are scrapped each year because of punctures and irregular wear. Research is ongoing, with the goal of having the Uptis on the road by 2024.
Named after the iconic Gibson guitar, this Flying-V jet concept uses its shape as more than a stylistic concern. It's projected to use 20% less fuel than traditional designs, while accommodating 314 passengers in the wings, along with fuel and cargo. Created by Delft University of Technology student Justus Benad, it's currently in development thanks to support from Dutch airline KLM, with the first test flight planned for later this year and a commercial release slated for 2040.
Jack Nicklaus had already won six major championships by the time Rolex gifted him this Reference 1803 gold Day-Date watch. Which means it was on his wrist for a staggering 12 more. The first watch Nicklaus ever owned — Gary Player suggested the model to him — it has been witness to more golf history than perhaps any other timepiece. The Golden Bear's daily wearer for 50 years, he's now putting it up for auction, with all of the proceeds going to the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation. The auction will take place in New York on December 10; prior to that, it will be on display at various places around the world, including the Jack Nicklaus Museum in Columbus, Ohio, and the US Open at Pebble Beach.
Motorcycle helmets are, by definition, protective. The Sotera concept from designer Joe Doucet is just more protective than most. Not by adding any additional padding or space-age shell material — it's still made from Kevlar and polycarbonate — but by using the bottom of its 3/4 design to integrate an LED lightbar. Paired with an accelerometer, it turns red when braking, white during acceleration, and off when at rest. No word on when it might make it into production.
For those who need them, canes aren't just a mobility aid: they're part of their personal style. The Knack Abl Walking Cane takes this into account, with a sleek, stigma-defying design. A cushioned leather-wrapped, ring-shaped handle positions the user's grip directly over the cane's solid wood shaft for added comfort and stability, while a flared rubber tip allows the cane to stand on its own. The result is a flattering product that users are proud to carry.
Blending modern creature comforts with the romance of wind-powered sailing, the Osseo concept yacht is a seamless blend of old and new. A carbon fiber and graphene hull gives it a dark hue, reduces weight, and offers corrosion resistance, while a spacious interior has room for 12 guests. The main deck offers plenty of space for eating, gathering, and sunbathing, while a semi-transparent roof at the rear offers protection from the rays and shades the dip pool. Designed by Igor Jankovic, it's sadly just a concept for now.
Placed between astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong aboard the Lunar Module, this Timeline Book is a step-by-step account of mankind's first journey to the moon. The three-ringed document covers the Eagle's voyage from inspection to its undocking, descent, ascent, and rendezvous with the Apollo 11 Command Module. Annotations by Aldrin and Armstrong include hand-written landing coordinates, the first writing by a human being on a celestial body other than Earth. Wonderfully preserved over the last 50 years, traces of lunar dust included, it will go up for auction on July 18th at Christie's in New York, following a display tour that includes stops in Hong Kong, Beijing, San Francisco, and Seattle.
Given to Marlon Brando following his 1973 Best Actor Oscar win for his portrayal of Vito Corleone in The Godfather, this Rolex Datejust watch is a wearable piece of Hollywood history. The watch's caseback is engraved with "Vito's" and the actor's initials and is otherwise a well-preserved 31mm model with a steel case and black leather strap. Brando gifted the watch to Academy Award-nominated designer Patricia Norris in 1976, as he thought it would fit her well, and it arrives with a handwritten letter of provenance from the previous owner, who purchased it following Norris' death.
In an effort to make parents' trips to the grocery store a little less trying, Ford is bringing its Pre-Collision Assist tech to an unlikely place: the shopping cart. It uses a sensor to scan for people and objects ahead, and automatically apply the brakes if a potential collision looms. Not just good for the ankles of shoppers in the store, it would no doubt also keep many cars in the parking lot from picking up unnecessary dings. Unfortunately for us all, it's still just a prototype.
Long overshadowed by the legendary T206 Honus Wagner and 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie, Babe Ruth's 1916 M101-4 Sporting News rookie card is finally receiving the attention it deserves. This particular one is a fine example, rated a Good-Very Good 2.5 by Beckett Grading Services. Recently discovered inside an antique piano as it was moved, it has a blank back, shows the Bambino as a lefty pitcher for the Red Sox, and is ready for display as the crown jewel of any memorabilia collection.
Everyone seems to be focused on Mars, but the fact is we haven't been to the Moon since 1972 — so we should probably start there. Lockheed Martin's Moon Lander Concept is designed to do exactly that, piggybacking on work already done on the Orion spacecraft to get humans back to the lunar surface by 2024. It would rely on the planned Gateway space dock, and would simply take astronauts from the station to the moon and back. The two-stage design would include an Orion-based crew module and ascent stage, with a larger descent element that would make transfer vehicles unnecessary. Unlike the Apollo missions, this setup would allow for repeated landings in new, unexplored areas of the lunar surface and serve as a springboard for missions to Mars and beyond.
There's nothing quite as rewarding as a sip of your favorite spirit after a long day in the outdoors, and High Camp Flasks make it easy to enjoy that beverage. Both the 375mL Halflight and 750mL Firelight flasks are vacuum-insulated and integrate magnetic, double-wall tumblers into their cylindrical design, ensuring you've always got a cup on hand wherever you may be. Each tumbler magnetically attaches to the flask as its lid so you won't misplace it and leave it behind. The larger Firelight flask has two integrated cups so you can share your vice with a friend, while the smaller Halflight has one cup for partaking on your own while on the go. Each is made from stainless steel and has an electropolished interior that won't retain or impart any flavors to your drinks. Being released for retail exclusively with Uncrate, the 375mL Halflight is only $69 before it goes to full price later this year.
You already know StockX is the place for limited edition sneakers and streetwear, but they also offer a wide selection of quality timepieces. Their open marketplace has everything from the most sought after Rolex Submariner and Omega Speedmaster, to more accessible options like the Casio G-Shock. After you find the perfect watch, buyers can place bids using real-time data provided alongside the product. There's no reason to stress about quality because once you've made a purchase, StockX will authenticate and verify the condition before shipping it out.
Named for Charles Allis — a turn-of-the-century industrialist, art collector, and philanthropist — this welcoming space is perfect for morning pastries, afternoon tea, or a craft cocktail during happy hour. The restaurant and lounge feature an expansive art collection and views of Green Street through floor-to-ceiling windows. Grab a bite from the all-day menu in the lobby area, or a drink at the marble bar and relax upstairs in the lounge on couches perfect for snacking or working.
Stay: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Borrowing its name from the elite men's club that once occupied the building, the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is a 241-room Venetian Gothic gem. While the rooms have been updated with modern amenities, tons of original flourishes remain, and join a game room, Shake Shack, and rooftop bar and restaurant on the grounds.
Recharge: 4 Letter Word Coffee
Originally hailing from Istanbul, the Logan Square coffee shop specializes in Turkish-style drinks. Their 20-seat cafe offers an intimate spot to enjoy a local pastry and a pour over. When seating is sparse, their standing tables provide a place to perch for a quick shot of espresso.
Eat: Doughnut Vault
Widely considered one of the best doughnut shops in the country, this offshoot of Gilt Bar serves up freshly made treats every morning — until they inevitably sell out. Expect a line out the door, quaint brick interior, and $1 cups of coffee.
Eat: RL Restaurant
Located next to Ralph Lauren's flagship store on Michigan Ave., the RL Restaurant brings the brand's American roots to the dinner table. Home-grown classics like seafood, steaks, salads, and sandwiches take their place alongside delicious cocktails in an upscale, club-like atmosphere where everyone receives members-only treatment.
Wear: Garb: Logan Square
A laid-back day in one of Chicago's most compelling neighborhoods lines up perfectly with this ensemble from Ralph Lauren. From head to toe, you'll be more than prepared for whatever elements you encounter thanks to essential spring layers and reliable suede boots — while the military duffel with full-grain leather accents ensures everything stays organized when you make your way home.
Shop: Diversey Wine
Specializing in wines with grapes farmed organically and fermented naturally — also known as natural wine — this Logan Square wine shop has the best selection of natural wines in the city. In addition to the low-intervention wine you can purchase to take home, Diversey offers $10 tastings every Sunday hosted by the winemakers themselves.
Cut: Blind Barber
If a haircut or beard trim is on your list during your stay in the Windy City, Blind Barber offers both, plus quite a bit more. In addition to the grooming services and a full line of products, the Fulton St. location offers a bar and lounge that is located behind a discreet door at the back of the barbershop. The door opens to a '70s themed rec room — complete with burnt-orange leather sofas, glass-block windows, and a low-lit dance floor. In addition to drinks, they offer a menu highlighted by more than 20 grilled cheese sandwich options, along with tacos and crispy chicken wings.
Head by chef Jimmy Papadopoulos, the West Loop restaurant infuses old-world glamour and modern American cuisine. The vintage manor vibes are the result of soft blush hues, wicker seating, and a pair of stuffed peacocks above the marble bar. But it's not all about the aesthetics. The fare is equally as impressive with a menu that includes grilled vegetable soup and rich oyster pie topped with osetra caviar.
Shop: Studio 6F
Studio 6F — named for the hex code for the color white — is far from a typical home store. Offering exclusive in-house designs, hand-picked vintage items, and pieces from custom makers, they creatively package them together to create a cohesive decor.
Wear: Garb: Second City
Exploring the Windy City requires the right look, and this collection from Ralph Lauren checks every box. The Cotton Twill Jacket is perfect for a cool spring morning, while the popover, cap, sunglasses, and Sullivan Slim jeans keep things casual and comfortable during a full day riding the 'L'. The navy and black canvas duffel completes the look and serves as a landing spot for all your gear and Chi-Town souvenirs.
Sip: Fox Bar
Tucked behind saloon doors on the mezzanine level of Chicago's Soho House, this cozy, craft-beer and cocktail lounge has a speakeasy vibe but no required membership. The West Loop watering hole offers a rotating drink list, along with small bites and comfort food from the kitchen. And to pair with the vintage decor and dim lighting, Fox Bar has a well-stocked vinyl library and regular DJ nights to add to the laid-back ambiance.
Sip: Young American
Located in Chicago's Logan Square, Young American is a neighborhood bar and kitchen offering snacks and small plates served late into the night. In addition to the craft beer and cocktails on the menu, drinkers preferring to relax without alcohol can order a CBD-infused cocktail or have CBD added to any spirit-free drink. Each of the food options is mouth-watering, but it would be a shame to miss out on the Goth Bread: made with activated charcoal, leek ash, cheese, butter, egg yolk, and the dark, aptly named "nighttime sauce."
Recharge: Metric Coffee
Located in Chicago's Kinzie Industrial Corridor, Metric Coffee serves a variety of seasonal, house-roasted specialties along with cold brews, cold-pressed juices, and pastries. There are a few spots to chill and enjoy your brew but the streetside counter is ideal for those on the go.
Eat: Tied House
Being tied to a historic landmark like Schubas Tavern can be daunting but Tied House answers the call with style and upscale comfort food. While it takes on a modern form, the Lakeview eatery pays homage to the legacy of its neo-Gothic neighbor with its brick detailing and the interior's pressed tin ceiling. The Debbie Gold-led kitchen doesn't disappoint, serving a mix of small plates and refined bar food.
Stay: The Robey
Housed in a 200-foot-tall 1920's skyscraper, The Robey honors the area's architectural past across its 89 tastefully minimal rooms. Conveniently situated between Wicker Park and Bucktown, it also houses multiple lounges, a cafe, and a rooftop pool.
Given by legendary racer Ayrton Senna to his mentor Angelo Parrilla, this Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in 18K yellow gold is a rare watch with a historic pedigree. Parrilla is credited with "discovering" Senna and bringing him to Italy when he was just 18, putting him on the road to greatness. This close relationship is evidenced on the watch's gold caseback, which reads "A Angelo da Ayrton 1978", or "To Angelo from Ayrton". The watch itself is also notable as a reference 16528, the earliest of Rolex's automatic gold chronograph Daytonas, and has both a rare floating dial and a desirable Mark 1 bezel. It will be accompanied by an autographed picture of Ayrton Senna, an autographed helmet faceguard, a letter from Angelo Parrilla confirming the watch was gifted to him, photographs, and the original box, service guarantee, pouch, and product literature.
Star Wars: A New Hope was a groundbreaking film that changed the way movies are made. More than 40 years after it hit the big screen, this prop that was used in the film is available to purchase. Used by stormtroopers battling rebels on the Death Star, this E-11 blaster rifle was specially fabricated by Bapty: suppliers of weaponry for movies for the past 100 years. After A New Hope was finished, several of the weapons used were returned to the supplier, and were rediscovered years later and carefully restored by the current seller. A rare opportunity to own a prop from a vital part of cinema history, the blaster shows signs of age and production use, but would quickly become the centerpiece of any collection.
Most aviation concepts focus on private use cases or opulent first-class digs. Move aims to improve things for the rest of us. Created by designer Benjamin Hubert's agency Layer in collaboration with Airbus, this prototype system would replace bulky, foam-padded economy seats with something akin to a high-tech running shoe. Conductive, pressure-sensitive yarn is knitted into the seat cover, letting the seat adjust automatically to passenger weight, size, and movement and offer recommendations on when to stand up or stretch. Its wrapped over a fixed frame made from aluminum and carbon fiber, with a tray table that stows vertically, doubles as a flight safety card, and adjusts for different uses and passengers of different sizes. No word yet on when the app-connected seats with their integrated laptop storage might make their first commercial flight.
Copper and bronze were in short supply during World War II, which is why all pennies from 1943 are made from zinc-coated steel, instead. Almost all, anyway. This 1943 Bronze Lincoln Cent is one of just 10-15 surviving examples of pennies made from bronze planchets left over from 1942. They were fed into the coin press along with the steel planchets meant for 1943 production, and the resulting cent pieces subsequently slipped into circulation. This particular example was given to a high-school student in his cafeteria change in 1947 and was kept by the student until recently, when it went up for auction and sold for $204,000.
Supersonic concepts and on-demand people-carrying drones have been getting most of the headlines, but most real-world flights still take place in the transonic range. Which makes this Transonic Truss-Braced Wing concept from Boeing arguably a bigger deal. Created in collaboration with NASA, the folding wings measure 170 feet, a span made possible by trusses that support the added length. As a result, they are far more efficient than the wings found on current commercial planes and are optimized for a cruising speed of Mach 0.80, or roughly 614 mph.
Built by the Colonial Scale Company around 1930, this Fair Weigh Golf Scale is a rare piece of Americana. One of only three known to still exist, it incorporated a complex golf game in the bottom. In the game, the user swings a small golf club with the turn of a knob, in hopes of sending their penny over the lake, past the obstacles, and into the hole. Fail, and the penny fell into the lake and thus the operator's cash box. Measuring six feet tall, it's in exceptional condition, and would be a highlight piece in any den, clubhouse, or collection.
Made by the International Latex Corporation (ILC) in Dover, Delaware, this boot was originally built to support the Apollo 11 mission. It has the light blue silicon tread, aluminized Mylar insulation layers, and gold-tone Kapton tape and liner of the boots used on the moon. However, it lacks the outer Beta cloth, Chromel-R fabrics, and some of the snaps and straps of the mission-ready pairs, meaning this pair was likely rejected for some reason. That same fact also means they are far better preserved than a pair that saw actual use, with the "Armstrong" name tag still intact.
There are rare collectibles and then there's the Louis Vuitton Aluminium Explorer Trunk. Produced in 1892, only a handful of these cabin trunks were made and just two of them are still around today. Meaning only you and the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris will have a piece of luggage just like this. But that's not the only thing that makes this item unique. During the time, rather than donning their signature monogram logo, an aluminum exterior was the ultimate status symbol. The material was considered precious at the time due to its expensive processing methods. The rest of this trunk's history is somewhat of a mystery, with its original owner unknown and its exotic travels left to the imagination. The piece will go under the gavel December 12, 2018.
Though Ralph McQuarrie came up with the original Star Wars paintings, John Mollo turned those dreams into a reality. Mollo was tasked with providing detail for every costume for the entire cast of Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back — a massive assignment that later won him an Academy Award. Mollo passed away last year, and his family is offering up for auction some of his original sketchbooks that provide personal insight into the creative process of a legend. Both custom bound volumes contain production diary entries, meeting notes, and working sketches of many characters from the original trilogy as well as other projects Mollo worked on during this time frame. The books are expected to fetch well over $100,000 each and provide a unique opportunity to own a part of cinematic history.
The 6th-generation iPod nano was a small, squarish device people strapped to their wrist and wore like a watch. In many ways, it was the precursor to the Apple Watch, which makes this Pod Case its functional opposite. Designed by C.O. Design Labs for Caseology, this concept takes the Series 4 and wraps it in an iPod-shaped case, complete with a (non-working) scroll wheel. While it obviously puts a damper on fitness tracking, the watch's screen, scroll wheel, and side button are still accessible, making it a functional, potentially wireless-enabled modern day iPod. The case has yet to launch but is said to be coming soon.
While the Moonwatch Speedmaster was chosen for our initial trip to the moon, NASA still worried that longer EVAs might pose problems. Thus they turned to Omega to build an even more robust watch, and the Alaska project was born. The initial prototypes were enormously expensive. This is one of the second series of prototypes. The case of the watch is modeled after the Speedmaster Mk. II, but is otherwise completely different, with a caliber 861 movement specially tuned and lubricated to ensure precision in extreme environments, a mineral crystal covering the silver-white dial, and oversized sub-dial hands that could be read even under extreme vibrations. Not long after, the project was cut short, leaving just a handful of prototypes remaining. This one recently sold at auction in Geneva for $192,500, making it not just a rare piece of history, but a valuable one, as well.
Created as entries for one of NASA's Centennial Challenges, these 3D-Printed Mars Habitats offer a few glimpses at how we might sustain life on the Red Planet. The winning submission uses a spider-like landing craft that creates a seal with the ground and a pressurized printing zone inside, lifting up only when the complete unit is done and moving to build the next. Like the second-place, egg-shaped structures, they're printed using materials that are either found or can be grown on Mars. All five finalists received a portion of the $100,000 prize, presumably to continue research into extraterrestrial living.
Aside from the Playboy Mansion itself, the item most identified with Hugh Hefner is his ever-present smoking jacket. This auction from Julien's gives you a chance to own one of Hef's personal covers. Made specifically for the late gentlemen's brand mogul, it's crafted from a scarlet silk damask fabric with a shawl collar and tie belt closure. The jacket is just part of a large auction of Hefner's belongings, which spans everything from his personal copy of the first issue of Playboy and the script for his 1977 appearance on Saturday Night Live to a couple of NSFW wristwatches and a host of Playboy-branded ephemera.