Editor’s Picks: Jaguar XE, Foldable Smartphone and Military Watch

From a Bang & Olufsen smart speaker with Google Voice Assistant, to a sycamore-veneered ‘Vice Box’ from Linley, this is what we want this week…

Putting a twist on products can give them an edge. We’ve already learned that today, with the reveal of Oliver Sweeney’s new footwear collection. But these alternative shoes are just the tip of the avante garde iceberg. Below, we’ve rounded up a selection of similar products; from a folding smartphone to a strikingly-cut jacket.

Lace up: AllSaints Rook Chelsea Boots

Editor’s Picks: Jaguar XE, Foldable Smartphone and Military Watch

If there’s one thing that never goes out of style, it’s the classic black Chelsea boot. And AllSaints have stepped up with one of the best. Crafted from 100 per cent napped cow leather, and with a supple soft pig leather insole, these subtly textured boots will give you a well-heeled, refined look.

Editor’s Picks: Jaguar XE, Foldable Smartphone and Military Watch

AllSaints Rook Chelsea Boots

£158

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Army issue: Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical

Editor’s Picks: Jaguar XE, Foldable Smartphone and Military Watch

This new offering from Hamilton, the Khaki Field Mechanical, is a faithful recreation of its original 1960s forebear — and remains admirably true to Hamilton’s military heritage. The original soldier’s watch, we love the 38mm matt steel case and the dark dial against the luminescent numerals — but, most of all, that durable, military-green NATO strap.

Editor’s Picks: Jaguar XE, Foldable Smartphone and Military Watch

Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical

£340

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Technically sound: Beosound 1 with Google Voice Assistant

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If you’re looking to up your smart speaker game — and you should be, as they’re one of our 2019 tech predictions — then Bang & Olufsen have the perfect product for you. The Beosound 1 has an almost unrelenting focus on sound excellence, top voice performance is ensured by echo-cancelling technology and, what’s more, it’ll double as a work of art.

Editor’s Picks: Jaguar XE, Foldable Smartphone and Military Watch

Beosound 1 with Google Voice Assistant

£1250

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Start your engines: 2020 Jaguar XE

Editor’s Picks: Jaguar XE, Foldable Smartphone and Military Watch

Take a look at the newly-announced Jaguar XE, a much sharper, more aggressive take on the original XE. It may not be hitting the road anytime soon, but the new bumper, redesigned grille and slim LED headlights have us excited already. Inside, expect a luxurious interior including a Touch Pro Duo™ infotainment system and a high definition, 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display. Truly a sports sedan for the future.

Editor’s Picks: Jaguar XE, Foldable Smartphone and Military Watch

2020 Jaguar XE

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Bend the rules: Huawei Mate X Smartphone

Editor’s Picks: Jaguar XE, Foldable Smartphone and Military Watch

Flexible smartphone screens have been in the works for years. But, until now, they’ve seemed clunky and delicate — with the real examples still the reserve of science fiction. However, with the Mate X, Huawei might just have done it. 5G-enabled and with both AI and a Leica triple camera system, this is the first foldable phone that doesn’t feel like a gimmick; instead, it feels like the future.

Editor’s Picks: Jaguar XE, Foldable Smartphone and Military Watch

Huawei Mate X Smartphone

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A fine art: Oliver Spencer Indigo Artist Jacket

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Edgy enough to create your own brand of personal style, but versatile enough to incorporate into your existing looks, this new lightweight summer jacket from Oliver Spencer has been given an enzyme wash, which means that, once worn, no two jackets are the same. Our favourite part? That alternative button-up front design.

Editor’s Picks: Jaguar XE, Foldable Smartphone and Military Watch

Oliver Spencer Indigo Artist Jacket

£295

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Indulge yourself: Linley Vice Box

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Everyone loves to indulge a vice. And Linley are more than happy to enable you. This ‘Vice Box’ has been specially designed to help you combine drinking, smoking and gambling into one fell hedonistic, ripple-walnut and sycamore-veneered swoop. Cards, a cigar cutter, whisky decanter and playing cards are just some of the joys contained under the hand-dyed red bolivar veneer lid.

Cook up a storm: Crane Cookware C6 Herringbone Griddle Pan

Editor’s Picks: Jaguar XE, Foldable Smartphone and Military Watch

If you haven’t already seen, we’re running a competition this week for our Clubhouse members with Crane Cookware, giving away some of their finest pots and pans to up your culinary game. This handsome Herringbone Griddle Pan isn’t included our giveaway, but we’re investing anyway — its cast iron construction and chic design will make a surefire addition to any kitchen.

Editor’s Picks: Jaguar XE, Foldable Smartphone and Military Watch

Crane Cookware C6 Herringbone Griddle Pan

£145

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