Editor’s Picks: Coffee-brewing alarm clock, a military-grade Hummer, and a suite fit for presidents

Our weekly edit of the very best in luxury right now

As autumn breathes down our collective necks, it’s time to take a moment, and ensure you’re properly prepped — from a warmer wardrobe to new, handy gear — for the changing of the seasons.

In this week’s pick of the best buys and luxury purchases on the planet, we have a couple of must-have style items for September. But before we get into that, there’s the small, caffeinated matter of waking yourself up for the cold weather to come…

Find your edge: Coffee brewing alarm clock

Editor’s Picks: Coffee-brewing alarm clock, a military-grade Hummer, and a suite fit for presidents

There’s only one sort of buzz we want on a cold morning — and it’s certainly not to be found screeching from our alarm clock speaker.

Ease yourself into your morning with British designer Joshua Renouf’s coffee and loose-tea making alarm clock. Incredible smells and a welcome cup of Joe will have you pumped, caffeinated and ready for the day before you’ve even left your bed.

Editor’s Picks: Coffee-brewing alarm clock, a military-grade Hummer, and a suite fit for presidents

The Barisieur Coffe & Tea Alarm Clock

£299

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Add to basket: Thom Browne Sweater

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We’ll all need a good, mid-weight sweater come September, and there is no brand better to equip you than Thom Brown.

A perennial piece in New York designer’s collection, and with good reason, this timeless sweater is knitted in Italy from merino wool for an oh-so comfortable fit. A perfect option for when the leaves begin to fall.

Editor’s Picks: Coffee-brewing alarm clock, a military-grade Hummer, and a suite fit for presidents

Thom Brown Striped Merino Wool Sweater

£750

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Put some muscle into your commute: Mil-spec Hummer

Editor’s Picks: Coffee-brewing alarm clock, a military-grade Hummer, and a suite fit for presidents

From the frozen tundra to arid desert planes, the sweltering jungle tracks to the hard shoulder of the M25, the H1 from Wichita-based Mil-Spec Automotive is designed to withstand the brutality of the battlefield — or the school run.

So, if you simply want to drive it to the shops, go ahead — but it’s good to know this 6.6-litre turbocharged diesel V8 could take almost anything thrown at it (from rough terrain to muddy football kit).

Editor’s Picks: Coffee-brewing alarm clock, a military-grade Hummer, and a suite fit for presidents

Mil-Spec Hummer H1 Launch Edition No. 003

£185300

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Bring the class back: Ruark R7 Radiogram

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Ruark’s mission is to design products that appeal to the heart as much as the head.

This, a re-imagining of radiograms of yesteryear, has our coronary systems pleasantly thumping.  The R7 delivers a wonderful rich sound, and you can combine it easily with your TV for the complete high-end audio/visual system.

Editor’s Picks: Coffee-brewing alarm clock, a military-grade Hummer, and a suite fit for presidents

R7 High Fidelity Radiogram

£2300

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Fit for a president: Capital Suite at the InterContinental

Editor’s Picks: Coffee-brewing alarm clock, a military-grade Hummer, and a suite fit for presidents
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Dubbed ‘London’s first super-suite’, the Capital Suite at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel has been designed with business in mind.

Occupying 335 square metres of the hotel’s first floor, the suite is a novel combination of work space and living quarters. With its own private boardroom, beautiful views across Green Park, and an enviable selection of modern art — it ticks all the boxes whether president, CEO or a top class actor.

Editor’s Picks: Coffee-brewing alarm clock, a military-grade Hummer, and a suite fit for presidents

Capital Suite, InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel

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Pack smart: Connolly Sea Bag

Editor’s Picks: Coffee-brewing alarm clock, a military-grade Hummer, and a suite fit for presidents

If you’re off on a journey this autumn, ensure you travel in style with a nubuck version of Connolly’s much-loved Sea Bag.

Available in three sizes, the heritage design folds down to a stowable size, perfect for those short-haul city breaks. Expect attention to detail and fine leather craftsmanship, hallmarks of this London brand.

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Connolly small nubuck sea bag

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For the frequent flyer: Rolex GMT-Master II

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The Rolex GMT-Master has gone through many permutations — from variations in bezel colours and bracelet types to case metals. And every iteration of these iconic timepieces has become a collector’s item.

Not only does this watch combine Rolex’s Superlative Chronometer GMT movement with their own steel superalloy, but it also puts the GMT on what we think is Rolex’s best-looking bracelet, the Jubilee. Read the full GJ review here.

Editor’s Picks: Coffee-brewing alarm clock, a military-grade Hummer, and a suite fit for presidents

Rolex GMT-Master II in Oystersteel

£6800

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Channel your inner Steve McQueen: Rain System Bomber Jacket

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This Italian brand put so much consideration into each of its garments, even the ribbed trims on this bomber jacket are knitted from cashmere.

Plus, the soft suede outer is finished with the label’s innovative ‘Rain System’ treatment, which means you can keep your Steve McQueen cool even when caught in a passing autumn shower.

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Loro Piana Bomber Jacket from Mr P

£4505

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Upgrade your office: Another Country Desk

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A versatile desk is a must, one that can be repurposed when the clock strikes six (OK, let’s make it five if you’re working from home). This solid beech desk, from British-born contemporary craft furniture-makers Another Country, was designed to be multipurpose for work and for play — and won the Design Guild Mark for excellence in 2014 as a result.

Read our GJ pick of the five best design-lead desks here.

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Another Country Desk Three

£895

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