Dreaming of long drives in the sunny countryside? How about fine-dining family dinners at high-end restaurants? Or even just opening a bottle of wine with your closest friends? Same here. But don’t despair. For this week’s Editor’s Picks, we’ve curated a collection of items that’ll both keep you excited for when those times return, but also tide you over in the meantime.
That means Michelin-starred meals delivered to your door, low-slung sports cars to buff up ahead of a big summer road trip and a tip-top, retro-flavoured chronograph to count down the minutes and seconds in style. Enjoy.
In the frame: Tod's Men's Blue Sunglasses
Finally, eventually, at long, long last, the sun is shining. Maybe it’s the lockdown, or the low temperatures, but winter seemed to last forever this year. But we’ll quit our quibbling; spring has sprung and, with it, our need for a new pair of sunglasses. Look no further than Tod’s, whose blue, round frames are the pinnacle of understated style, complete with clear acetate arms and a silver T bar.
Tod's Men's Blue Sunglasses
Wheels up: State Bicycle Company Sokol 4130
From Amsterdam to New York City, many major world hubs have deemed local bicycle shops important enough to stay open through the coronavirus crisis — allowing key workers to keep moving on two wheels. State Bicycle Company’s prices reflect this newfound need for manual transport, but they sacrifice nothing in style. Just look at this hearty red, fixed gear Sokol design; with Lo-Pro wheels and an Urban Comfort saddle.
State Bicycle Company Sokol 4130
Ticked off: Audemars Piguet [Re]Master01 Chronograph
Now here’s a handsome watch. Dug from the archives of the celebrated Swiss watchmaker, this ‘new’ timepiece is in fact a reinterpretation of one of the brand’s most iconic chronographs from 1943. With a two-tone steel and pink gold case, elegant champagne dial and a diameter boosted to 40mm to serve the modern man, it may be a nod to the past — but it’s built for the future.
Audemars Piguet [Re]Master01 Chronograph
Emission accomplished: Polestar Precept
When we discovered Polestar last year, we were electrified by how close the carmaker was to knocking Tesla off the EV top spot. Now, with its latest launch, the Polestar Precept, the brand may just have done it. It has vegan interiors, seats woven from recycled plastic bottles and carpets created from old fishing nets — proving that eco-friendliness should extend past your powertrain. Elon who?
Screw it: Lorenzi Milano Brass Corkscrew
If you’ve seen our latest competition, you’ll know we’re serious about bars. If you haven’t yet entered our £5,000 bar bundle — what are you waiting for? Lorenzi Milano is similarly thrilled by barware, as evidenced by this high-shine, double-lever brass corkscrew. With a black Zebu horn grip and chromed spiral, uncorking never looked so cool.
Lorenzi Milano Brass Double Lever Corkscrew
Let there be meat: Kalamazoo K750 Gaucho Grill
Did anyone else catch the unmistakable whiff of charcoal last weekend? We know we did. And, if anything’s going to brighten our sunny, self-isolated days, it’s a good old fashioned barbecue. But we’ve never been traditionalists, either. That’s why, this weekend, we’ll be turning more meat than you’ve ever eaten on this freestanding Gaucho Grill — complete with a gas-powered burner to get your wood fire blazing in no time.
Kalamazoo K750 Gaucho Grill
Green envy: Véritable Smart Herb Garden
If you’ve got a garden to tend to and lounge in during the lockdown, congratulations. If you don’t, listen up. For any high-rise city dwellers, we’ve discovered the joys of Véritable’s Smart Garden. In sophisticated gloss black and copper, it won’t ruin your chic bachelor pad interior vibes, but it will bring a pleasing burst of greenery — not to mention some handy herbs — into your home.
Véritable Smart Herb Garden
Plate up: One Fine Dine At-Home Dining Experience
On a scale of one to three Michelin stars, how much are you missing your favourite restaurant? We know we are. Thankfully, One Fine Dine has come to our culinary rescue. With delectable dishes including Napoli pasta with burrata and spicy Thai fillet of seabass, these quality meals are delivered to your door, chilled and ready for the final stages of prep. So don those aprons, make a work of art on your plate at home — and forget all about your favourite table sitting empty.
One Fine Dine At-Home Dining Experience
Look smart: Gant Slim Fit Tech Prep Chinos
Gant’s Tech Prep technology is a godsend for frequent flyers. And, although none of us are jetting off around the world at the moment, lounging about the house is likely to crease and crinkle our clothes to the same extent. Thankfully, the brand’s blend of smart fabrics ensure that your clothes are always wearable, always presentable and always comfortable. Our pick would be these ‘putty’ chinos.
Gant Slim Fit Tech Prep Chinos
Super Seventies: Caterham Super Seven 1600
It’s an unlikely time to launch a new car. You know that. We know that. Caterham even knows that. But that hasn’t stopped the motor manufacturer virtually launching its new Super Seven 1600 — a retro blast of low-slung fun poised to take on the open roads of summer. Inspired by the 1970s, expect flared front wings, polished finishes and period colour schemes. We can’t wait to get behind its tiny wheel.
Caterham Super Seven 1600