Editor’s Picks: AI Drone, Titanium Bicycle and Gucci Pen
From a 16-year-old bottle of Aberlour whisky to the latest Speedback Silverstone Edition from David Brown, this is what we want this week…
It’s always a pleasure to see an old design brought back to life. Whether it’s a reissue that celebrates an anniversary, a slight update of an existing product or a fine-tuning that breathes new life into an old icon, acknowledging the history and heritage of enduring designs is what keeps their legacy alive.
And, this week, we’ve seen brands give new leases of life to some of their most enduring products. Brompton’s first 2022 bicycle takes a 1982 silhouette and treats it to a titanium upgrade. Seiko crowns a new watch; the latest in the ‘King Seiko’ dynasty. There are even touches of classic motors and moccasins in the new releases from Gucci and David Brown Automotive. So take a look below for the best revived, revitalised product picks of the week…
Back in the saddle: Brompton 'T Line One’ Titanium Folding Bicycle
Since 1982, Brompton has been offering cycling salvation to commuters. Foldable and fast — despite those dinner-plate wheels — the British brand has perfected its distinctive design over time. This, the latest model in the line-up, is Brompton’s lightest bike ever. Built using featherweight titanium, it tips the scales at a miniscule 7.45 kilograms.
Brompton 'T Line One’ Titanium Folding Bicycle
Raise a glass: Aberlour 16 Year Old Whisky
A magnificent malt, this ’16 Year Old’ bottling from Scottish spiritmaker Aberlour is as rich and sweet as its golden amber colour suggests. A Speyside special, you’ll find that its fresh nose — notes of toffee and oak — translates well onto the palate; bringing in flavours of cinnamon and raisins before bowing out with a spicy finish.
Aberlour 16 Year Old Whisky
In the write: Gucci Gold-Toned Metal Pen
Looking to channel your inner Adam Driver — but can’t quite justify stumping up for a pair of fur-lined loafers? This gold-toned pen may scratch your haute couture itch. With the option of black or blue ink for your pen, the real star of this stationery show is its case; stitched from faux ‘Demetra’ leather and stamped with the brand’s iconic interlocking ‘G’ logo.
Gucci Gold-Toned Metal Pen
Need for speed: David Brown Speedback Silverstone Edition
Back in 2018, David Brown Automotive confirmed that 10 of these retro GTs would be built. This, the latest of the limited run, rolled off the production line earlier this week — after almost 8,000 hours of work. Among the special touches: jet-inspired detailing; a fold-out, boot-mounted picnic bench; and badges crafted by artisan jewellers.
David Brown Speedback Silverstone Edition
Button it: New & Lingwood Tailored Flannel Shirt
There’s a nip in the air — and a gap in your wardrobe. Most men own comfy shirts, perfect for this frosty time of the year, or formal shirts, which look sharp but lack the warmth you want during January. This brushed cotton option, from New & Lingwood, balances both considerations is soft-spread-collar, single-cuff style.
New & Lingwood Tailored Flannel Shirt
Return of the king: King Seiko Watch
It’s back; the King Seiko. This model led the timekeeping charge for the Japanese brand in the 1960s, and its return sees a reascension to the throne — albeit with a more stylish, angular profile. Of the five-strong collection, our choice would be the ‘SPB279J1’ model you see here, with a stainless steel construction, 10 bar water resistance and case depth of just 10.33mm.
King Seiko Watch
Buckle up: Awling ‘Walnut Brown’ Belt
Like a good pair of desert boots or a tailored white shirt, a brown leather belt is one of the cornerstones of a modern man’s wardrobe. From Awling, this ‘Walnut Brown’ option is handcrafted in England from the finest tanned Italian leather, and features a solid brass buckle on its handsome 1.2-inch strap.
Awling ‘Walnut Brown’ Belt
Seeing red: Domaine Clarence Dillon Clarendelle Bordeaux Rouge 2016
As Dry January draws to a close, and we all begin to once more dabble with dinner parties, it pays to have a good bottle of red stashed away somewhere. From Domaine Clarence Dillon, owned by Prince Robert of Luxembourg, this new Clarendelle Bordeaux Rouge 2016 should do the trick. Aromatic, and bursting with flavours of red fruits and blackcurrant, it’s a vintage treat.
Domaine Clarence Dillon Clarendelle Bordeaux Rouge 2016
Good flight: Skydio 2+ Smart Drone
US drone manufacturer Skydio has launched into 2022 with a new, exceedingly smart bit of flying kit. With an extended range, a more robust wireless connection and longer battery life, the Skydio 2+ is impressive as is — and that’s before you get to its ‘Keyframe’ capability; an autonomous, AI feature that allows the drone to essentially fly itself.
Skydio 2+ Smart Drone
Get the jump: Luca Faloni Limited Edition Roll-Neck Jumper
Knitted in Bergamo from two-ply pure cashmere, this may well be the softest jumper you’ll ever pull on. It’s tailored to your body, features a classic cable-knit pattern and a distinguished ‘dolce vita’ neckline. But act fast; it’s a limited edition — and we wouldn’t want you to miss out…
Luca Faloni Limited Edition Roll-Neck Jumper
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