Can you feel the heat? The hot, humid, hellfire level of heat? It’s enough to drive a man mad. Or, at the very least, drive him to light linen shirts and expensive air conditioning units. Here at Gentleman’s Journal, we’ve been boiling. But we’ve also been cooking up some fun ways to tackle the temperature.
We’ve been switching off our desk fans and taking spins in supercars instead — or wild, wind-in-our-hair powerboats. We’ve been mixing refreshing no-lo cocktails with lunch. We’ve even just slipped on some less-oppressive, summer-ready accessories, from sunglasses to sports watches. So check out this week’s Editor’s Picks below; the coolest ways to stay cool this summer…
Power up: Aston Martin Valhalla
The British carmaker is shifting gears. In its latest electrifying advancement, Aston has unveiled the production model of the Valhalla hybrid hypercar. Based on the Formula 1-influenced Valkyrie, this mean-looking motor has a bespoke 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, 950 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of just 2.5 seconds.
Aston Martin Valhalla
Spinning around: Naim Solstice Special Edition Turntable
Despite sounding out the richest, bassiest tones and tunes for almost 50 years, this is the first time Salisbury-based audio brand Naim has ever created a turntable. The Solstice Special Edition is limited to 500 units; and features a polished aluminium platter, self-calibrating motor drive system and sharp, brutalist design.
Naim Solstice Special Edition Turntable
Light up: Solo Stove Fire Pit
You may not need it during the heatwave, but this innovative fire pit from Solo Stove will facilitate your al fresco activities long into autumn. With its signature ‘360 Airflow’ design, the extra large ‘Yukon’ model measures over two feet in diameter — and can stoke up a smoke-free, roaring fire in mere minutes.
Solo Stove Fire Pit
Bottoms up: Sipsmith FreeGlider
Why should the new no-lo brands have all the fun? Despite companies such as CleanCo — have you entered our latest competition yet? — stirring up competition in the intoxicating alcohol-free industry, Sipsmith has also temporarily turned its back on full-strength gin. Named ‘FreeGlider’, it’s a fresh citrus-and-capsicum-infused delight.
Throw shade: The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear Vicuna Sunglasses
If you hadn’t noticed, we’re experiencing something of a heatwave. And, with all this sun-stoked summer weather, a pair of reliable sunglasses are in order. Thankfully, no frames are as functional (or fashionable) as this delicately dashing ‘Vicuna’ design from The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear. Those rays don’t stand a chance.
The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear Vicuna Sunglasses
Hot desk: Pineider Leather Travel Desk Set
Earlier this week, we explored every island James Bond ever visited — and discovered that Ian Fleming wrote every 007 adventure from his summer estate in Jamaica. The well-travelled wordsmith, then, would no doubt have approved of this leather-trimmed travel desk set from Pineider; containing dip pen, bound notebook and watermarked writing paper.
Pineider Leather Travel Desk Set
Mellow yellow: SIRPLUS Yellow Tencel Cuban Shirt
As yellow as the hot, hot sun — this lemony golden shirt from SIRPLUS is crafted from renewable, biodegradable Tencel. It’s light, bright, breezy and easy; cut with a relaxed silhouette and broad camp collar. If you’re looking for the ideal, versatile shirt for the summer heat, look no further.
SIRPLUS Yellow Tencel Cuban Shirt
Buckle up: Bamford Mayfair Sport in Aqua
Affordable, reliable and exceedingly fun, Bamford’s Mayfair Sport comes in a whole host of bright, exciting colours. But the best for summer is perhaps this ‘Aqua’ shade; a seafaring spin on a sports watch with 100 metres of water resistance, durable rubber strap and hands so luminous that even the sunniest sun won’t stand in your time-telling way.
Bamford Mayfair Sport in Aqua
Making waves: Tecnomar x Lamborghini 63 Motor Yacht
Only 63 of these angry, angular motor yachts will be produced by Lamborghini. Developed to resemble the Italian brand’s distinctive supercars, the edgy boats have been created in partnership with The Italian Sea Group, each ultra-lightweight vessel is powered by two V12 engines, each producing 2,000 horsepower.
Tecnomar x Lamborghini 63 Motor Yacht
Hell for leather: Tod’s Gommino Driving Shoes in Suede
Like the bright blue Bamford watch above, these suede loafers are the colour of the summer sky. From Tod’s, they’re slip-on road-trip fuel; a hand-stitched, hot-stamped call for automotive adventure — complete with the Italian brand’s iconic rubber pebble outsole. The perfect uniform for a homespun, high-octane summer staycation.
Tod’s Gommino Driving Shoes in Suede