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4Oct/090

Rochard Platinum Corkscrew

The Rochard Limonges boxes and assorted gifts are genuine works of unique art. Experienced craftspeople hand make these unique products very meticulously, from a hand carved mold. They are put against fire at a very hot temperature, to make them hard, then hand painted with many colors, such as 22 karat gold. Afterwards, they are put under fire again again, sometimes for a few times, until they are perfectly shaped. They are then mounted on a metal hinge and clasp to be finalized.

rochardThe Rochard Corkscrew of Platinum is one of the finest corkscrews in the world. It is easy to use, and coated with platinum, with a small ring with a small handcrafted grapes sculpture around it. It is the perfect and practical accessory to fine wine drinking. It is much easier than buying one of those huge corkscrews that takes many unnecessary steps to enjoy your wine.

Purchase: Ground Strike.

The Rochard Company is from a tiny 18th Century French city, Limoges. Rochard, Inc, has been importing fine gift ware of porcelain, gold and platinum for over a quarter century. They are most famous for porcelain boxes for items like jewelery boxes and general domestic decorations. Since it is great gift ware, they also carry beautiful holiday and religious decorative items.

1Oct/090

Oh, You Drive A Luxury Car? I Drive A Batmobile

batmobileWhile most of your friends may settle for the comforts of a limited edition Lotus or a classic fully restored muscle car; there's still nothing that competes with the one-of-kind-villain-pounding-speed-demon-jetblack-cruiser AKA The Batmobile.

Built on top of the chassis of a 1970's Lincoln Continental, this Swedish engineered bad-boy was built over the last three and half years. According to a report from Bilfeber the car is outfitted with the best of Batman gadgetry, including (but not limited to): "satellite navigation, voice recognition...DVD, reversing cameras, height adjustable bodywork, DVD, Plasma"

Exclusivity is one of the most valued qualities of any high end item, and what could be more valuable than $1,000,000+ hand-built Batmobile?

...Well, a Swedish engineered $1,000,000+ Bat-plane of course.

[Bilfeber via Geeky Gadgets via Red Ferret via Dvice]

30Sep/090

Kate Spade Stationary

Many of us are starting school soon, or switching our office wardrobes into Fall Fashion. Definitely a good idea to have your stationary in style for these types of lifestyles. Kate Spade offers some of the most high-quality, beautifully colored equipment for scholarly and business needs. When you buy one of these products from Kate Spade, it will usually come stocked with all you need for it.

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First is the Kate Spade Jane Street Becca Pencil Case. Kate Spade declares this product as an indicator an idealized West Village of Manhattan lifestyle, while people sit under Walnut trees by the beautiful brownstones and local boutiques and sip cappuccinos. The designers see it as a grasp of this phenomenon. The case itself is made out of shiny calfskin leather, and comes well-stocked with Kate Spade pencils, pencil sharpener and eraser. There is a zip closure with light gold plated hardware. Its dimensions are 3.8” height x 8.3” width. It comes in red, black and green, all bold colors. Imported. It costs $75.

Purchase: Kate Spade.

kaet spade orgnOf course you need your life to be organized, and that requires style as well! Check out the Canvas Anne Personal Organizer, made out of light weight cotton canvas. It includes a weekly and monthly calendar, ruler, storage pouch, tabbed section for addresses, notes, restaurants and birthdays. There are also pockets for credit cards. There is a snap closure, and a Kate Spade Leather License Plate signature. Its dimensions are 7.5” height x 7.7” width. It comes in chocolate with an emerald snap closure. Imported. It costs $95.

Purchase: Kate Spade.

28Sep/090

The WiFi Multi Media Robot

wifiThis small robot by Hammacher Schlemmer can totally make your life easier and safer. It comes with a video camera, microphone, and motion detector. You can use it for surveillance when you go out, or just as a telephone. It is hooked up into your wireless home network.

You can send this robot to do surveillance in particular areas for up to 30 feet away from your router. When it is stationary, it can detect the motion and then send that information to your computer. It will be forwarded to your cell phone, where you can view an intruder with sight and sound, coming straight from the robot's video camera. Do not worry if it is dark; you have the ability to set off its headlamp using the computer if you need a clearer view. This robot is probably best for people who do not have many pets running around the house, as there will be many false alarms!

You can install this robot's software onto a computer that has Windows XP or Vista, or on a Macintosh. You have a control interface, where you can control the robot's movement into any direction. You can view what it is recording out of its video camera, which provides 320 x 240 resolution at 15 fps.

Apart from security, your robot can entertain you. You can assemble it as its typical robot shape, a lunar vehicle or a scorpion. It works by battery, which lasts three hours after a three hour power rest. It can play eight sound effects, and you can hook it up to your computer to play MP3s through its 2-watt speaker.

Ages 8 and up. It retails for $299.95, plus shipping and handling. Its dimensions are: 12 1/2" in height x 8 3/4" in width x 8" in depth. It weighs five pounds. It comes with lifetime guarantee.

Purchase: Hammacher Schlemmer

28Sep/090

Exotic Car Videos from 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show

Car & Driver have just posted their videos from the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show. Here's the first few, and you can visit their youtube channel to see when they post more.

Tell us, which one of the following exotic sports cars do you want most? I'm leaning toward the Porsche because of Germany reliability, it's relatively less flashy and with a turbo your tuning ability is through the roof in the event you want more power. But that Mercedes Gullwing is quite eye-catching also, and has a lot of heritage with it. Tough choice!

2010 Ferrari 458 Italia

2010 Porsche 911 Turbo

2010 Maserati GranCabrio

2010 Lamborghini Reventón Roadster

2011 Audi R8 5.2 V10 FSI Quattro Spyder

2011 Aston Martin Rapide

2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing

2011 Bentley Mulsanne

28Sep/092

A Wealthy Player’s Guide To Collecting Vintage Guitars

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I'm sure you've seen on eBay, or Craiglist:

"All original 1954 Fender Stratocaster. Nothing changed, the guitar has not been refinished, the pots have not been switched out. Everything on the guitar including the 3-way switch knob is bake-lite. It has been in the closet for all these years and you can now own a piece of Fender history. Found it in the attic, after my dad passed away, never played, still has receipt." Etc. Etc. Etc.

In case you missed it, the ad doesn't mention anything about how the guitar sounds, and it doesn't need to. More than likely, it stayed in its case all those years because it never sounded very good. How can I tell just by looking at the pictures or reading the description?

It's the universal law of music instruments: If they sound good, they're played, if they don't sound good, they stay in their case. And with guitars, if they sound good, they'll be played, and if they sound really good, they'll be played a lot. Fender's custom shop guitars and relic series offer the appearance of a vintage guitar, because the idea is, if a guitar looks old it sounds better. But a new guitar made to look old, still sounds new. A guitar is broken in over time, after years of playing, and there's no way to replicate that without a time machine.

Guitars in pristine condition are either brand new and sound good or old and sound awful (OK, at best). That being said, if you're looking for a piece to hang on the wall, then by all means pick up the all original Strat, because more than likely you won't feel bad letting it hang on the wall for another sixty years or so.

But if you're a wealthy guitar player, looking for an electric guitar that's going to give you a definitive tone--you can't get anywhere else--look for the most beat up piece of junk from 1950-1964, have a professional repairman fix what's absolutely necessary for sound production, no aesthetic repairs, and plug it in to any amp. I promise, you won't be disappointed. I know I never have.

When we look back at some of the most prized guitars, they are the most worn down, beat, and battered instruments around. Whether it's Eric Clapton's "Blackie", Stevie Ray Vaughn's "#1", Rory Gallagher's Strat, Jimi Hendrix's custom painted guitar from the Monterey Pop Festival, or even Jimmy Page's telecaster from his days with The Yardbirds, guitars that look pretty on the wall are easy to find, but a guitar that produces a sound like none other, is a rare find. And when you're a guitar player you're not looking for a good guitar, or even a great guitar, you're looking for the guitar.

27Sep/090

Fifth Avenue New York

DSCF5387Fifth Avenue, particularly between 34th-59th streets in Manhattan, New York, is one of the most famous, classiest shopping centers of the world. It is constantly ranked as one of the most expensive streets internationally as well. Forbes Magazine cited it as the most expensive street in the world for 2008. It is comparable to the Miracle Mile of Chicago or Knightsbridge in London.

Fifth Avenue officially starts at Washington Square Park in downtown Manhattan, goes through the heart of Midtown, against the side of Central Park up the Upper East Side, and then into Harlem, terminating at 142nd Street at the Harlem River.DSCF5360 It is also the division street for the East and West sides of Manhattan. The Empire State Building is also located on Fifth Avenue, between 33rd and 34th streets, in Midtown; Trump Tower is at 56th street.

Some luxury shopping centers include: Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord and Taylor, Tiffany & Co, Emilio Pucci, Giorgio Armani, Saks Fifth Avenue, Juicy Couture, Dolce and Gabbana, Sephora, Fendi, Versace, Cole Haan, Kenneth Cole, Sergio Rossi, Brooks Brothers, Gucci, Piaget, FAO Schwartz and many more. Abercrombie and Fitch and the Apple store on Fifth Avenue are listed as the most successful retail stores. The Apple Store is a well-known landmark, being a 32-foot glass cube standing at East 58th Street.

DSCF5391If you are planning a shopping vacation, take note that there are many luxury hotels located on Fifth Avenue. There is the Hotel 373, Plaza Hotel, and Courtyard Marriott to choose from, all of which are very posh and comfortable.

26Sep/090

Graf von Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil

expensive-pencilThe Graf von Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil is the top of the line in the writing instrument market.

This company, Graf von Faber-Castell, was started in Nuremberg, Germany, as an industrial company. It has been in business since 1761. In 1839, Baron Lothar von Faber made the first branded writing instrument. The Faber-Castell collection has made instruments ever since, such as pens, pencils, pencil refills and desk sets. They came out with the world's most expensive pencil in 2008. The Faber-Castell company today is headed by Count Anton Wolfgang von Faber-Castell, an eighth generation family member, who is in his 60s. He believes that pencils go beyond the use of a writing instrument, as they are an outlet for creativity.

This pencil is made out of 240-year-old olive oil wood. It comes with an endpiece, extender and built-in eraser and sharpener, made from 18-karat white gold. The pen cap has three diamonds, as well as the Faber-Castell coat of arms.

Only ninety-nine of these exclusive pencils were created, making it a highly desired collector's item. It retails for up to $20,800 per pencil.

24Sep/090

Luxurious Dog Sofa: Le Corbusier-style

courTired of those old, smelly, hairy pet beds or sofas? Are they just an eyesore against your clean furniture?

There are some high-quality alternatives.

Consider the Dog Sofa Le Corbusier-style. Cats are welcome to use it too, of course. Its style was inspired by the mid-century elegant Le Corbusier human sofas. It will last and surely be in style for many years into the future. It comes available in black, white, tobacco and grey, so there are many options to match your classy interior designs throughout the seasons. Do not worry if your pet sheds a lot. The removable cover is waterproof, and can also be washed. Its frame is fully-welded steel, and you can order it in steel or a black powder coat.

Product details:

  • Made in Italy.
  • Available in Vinyl or Leather.
  • External Dimensions:
  • Small: 28.3"L x 18"W x 9"H.
    Medium: 31.8"L x 24"W x 9"H.
    Large: 43.3"L x 28.7"W x 9"H.
    Extra large: 53.1"L x 32.2"W x 9"H.
  • Internal Dimensions:
  • Small: 18.8"L x 13.3"W x 5"H.
    Medium: 22.4"L x 19.2"W x 5"H.
    Large: 33.8"L x 24"W x 5"H.
    Extra large: 43.7"L x 27.5"W x 5"H.

Prices vary from $210-$766.

Purchase: Dog Bar

23Sep/090

Toshiba Qosmio X 305-Q708

toshiba_qosmio_x305_1Feast your senses on the Toshiba Qosmio X 305-Q708.

This luxurious laptop offers some top-of-the line settings for personal and business use. It has one of the best screens accompanied by a remote control. Be aware that Toshiba has moved some keys, for those who use keyboard control. You can watch HD DVDs, as well as burn CDs and DVDs. You can listen to music with its Dolby Home Theater technology that sounds clearer than ever. Toshiba also backs laptops with an industry-standard one-year limited parts-and-labor warranty, as well as 24/7 toll-free support. It retails anywhere between $3,000 and $4,000.

Product Details:

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Extreme Processor QX9300
  • Operating System: Genuine Windows Visa Ultimate (32-bit version), SP1
  • Memory: 4 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 1066MHz SDRAM
  • Display Size: 17.0” widescreen
  • Display Type: WSXGA+ with TruBrite Technology
  • Display Resolution: 1680x1050
  • Graphics Engine: Dual NVIDIA GeFroce 9800 GTS graphics with NVIDIA SLI Technology
  • Graphics Memory: 512MBx2 GDDR3 discrete graphics memory, plus up to 1663MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory using NVIDIA TurboCache Technology
  • Hard Drive: 448 GB: 128 GB SSD + 320GB (7200rpm)
  • Secondary Hard Drive Size: 320 GB 2nd HDD
  • Optical Drive: DVD-SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) with Labelflash drive
  • Webcam: Webcam and microphone built into LCD bezel
  • Wireless: Atheros Wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n); Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR
  • Inputs and Controls: CD/DVD Buttons (Play, Pause, Stop, Previous and Next Tracks); Camera Buttons, Dolby settings, Panel Lights, 104 key US keyboard with 10-key pad, Mute Button, Media Button
  • Battery: Li-Ion (3200mAh)
  • Weight: Starts at 9.04 pounds

Purchase: Toshiba Direct

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