This week, we’re taking the stress out of your four-day working week by bringing you a list of the items guaranteed to make your life a little easier. Whether you’re looking for the watch that promises to get you where you need to be in record time; or the coffee machine you don’t need to leave your bed to operate — we’ve got you covered.
Read on for our round-up of the gadgets, gear and get-up that’s ready to make everything that little bit simpler.
Keep it safe: Ettinger Flat Credit Card Case, 120
As quick taps and banking apps increasingly take over our wallets, everything from your Uber to your Deliveroo can be ordered, paid for, and delivered to your doorstep from your phone or card. Coins and notes, it would appear, have had their day.
With this in mind, we are doing away with the classic wallet, and downsized to this neat, chic cardholder. Made from a sturdy (yet buttery soft) leather, this Ettinger case is perfect for storing your credit, business or Oyster cards, along with a token note or two. The ultimate accessory for a modern man’s money — it won’t ruin the lines of your jacket, either…
Ettinger Flat Credit Card Case
Stay on track: Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Zagato 100th Anniversary Edition
If you’re anything like us, then keeping track of the days of the week (let alone the time of those days) after the long bank holiday weekend is proving something of a struggle. Fortunate then, that Chopard have collaborated with Italian car designer Zagato to design a fitting tribute to their (now 100-year long) friendship and racing partnership.
Combining a dial enhanced with Zagato’s emblematic Z pattern and red-lacquered colour, a beautifully curved 42mm steel case and a leather bund strap evoking the car designer’s upholster — this new timepiece has certainly been designed with the race car aficionado in mind.
Perfect for getting your timekeeping back on-track.
Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Zagato 100th Anniversary Edition
Escape for the weekend: Tod’s Leather-Trimmed Suede Holdall
Rejoice! ‘Tis the season of mini breaks. With more bank holidays crammed into the month that you might think possible, there can be no better time of the year to pack a weekend bag and make for the nearest patch of guaranteed sunshine.
And, if you’re in the midst of making your escape plans, then perfectly designed for the purpose is this leather-trimmed suede holdall from Tod’s. Ideal for folding in a few outfit changes, with enough room for your holiday read and a passport — but we definitely don’t encourage popping your laptop in there. Work emails should stay safely stowed away in a drawer and left unopened until your return.
Tod’s Leather-Trimmed Suede Holdall
Start your day right: De’Longhi Maestosa Coffee Machine
The latest addition to your mum’s “what will they think of next?” repertoire, this ultra-high tech coffee machine is ready to take all the effort out of your morning espresso.
Now, every time you make a coffee you can select which beans you want to use (via either the 5in touch screen or accompanying smartphone app) to suit your mood. You can also choose the grind – on a 14-point scale – with the help of some on-screen advice regarding the best grind settings for specific bean types. Not to mention, you’re guaranteed a deliciously roasted cup every time.
Struggling to buy that gift for The Person Who Has Everything? Look no further.
De’longhi Maestosa Coffee Machine
Loosen your tie: Sir Plus Tobacco Cuban Shirt
As you might have read last week, we are big fans of the Cuban-collared shirt over here in the GJ office. This divisive garment has been dividing sartorial opinions for generations, but is now being firmly embraced by some of the world’s most stylish men — from Harry Styles to Jude Law.
So, if you’re curious but cautious, this simply smart offering from Sir Plus is the perfect way to dip your toe into this colourful pool. Cut from lightweight surplus fabric with an open camp collar and short sleeves, and finished with coconut buttons — we recommend wearing this open, over a raglan sleeve t-shirt.
Sir Plus Tobacco Cuban Shirt
Bring the party to you: RW Guild Bachelor Bar Cart
When we aren’t waxing lyrical about Cuban collars, we getting hot under the collar about building the ultimate home bar. So you can imagine how excited we were to find this RW Guild Bachelor Bar Cart available for sale.
From the first collection of New York design duo Roman and Williams, the Bachelor Bar Cart is a seriously impressive way to serve your drinks — married or not. Each one is made to order using Claro Walnut with dark brass hardware and capped with a silver mirrored top. The handsome piece fits well into any living space, with a tapered leg frame at the base along with a set of wheels to ensure your next drink is always within reach.
RW Guild Bachelor Bar Cart
The future is now: The Conran Shop Panospace 3D Printer
Another item for that tricky Guy Who Has Everything, this is the gadget your 8-year-old self always dreamt you’d own but nobody ever thought could actually be made.
Technical shelves, headphone stands, a cast of your loved one’s head (we’re only half kidding); whatever you want to create, Panospace’s One 3D printer makes it fuss free. Part of The Conran Shop’s curated tech edit, this desktop-sized technology is ready to be used as soon as it’s plugged in. Just connect it to any 3D programme via USB or micro SD card, and you can start bringing all of your designs to life.
The Conran Shop Panospace 3D Printer
Raise a glass: Royal Salute 62 Gun Salute
Always a firm favourite in the Gentleman’s Journal office, Royal Salute have now launched a bottle truly steeped in heritage and stature. Royal Salute 62-Gun Salute honours the firing of 62 cannons, an exclusive privilege of the Tower of London, which is reserved only for the most special Royal anniversaries.
The sculpted crystal decanter was created by Master Craftsmen at Dartington Crystal and each piece is the result of over 40 hours of care and attention. The whisky itself has surprising notes of pineapple, apple, white chocolate and chestnut — and goes down dangerously well.
This is one to save for a very special occasion.
Royal Salute 62 Gun Salute
Spruce up your coffee table: David Bailey SUMO
Subscribers will remember reading David Bailey’s selection of the books that changed his life in our March issue this year. Now, the photography titan has a title of his own, published by the undisputed masters of luscious coffee tables, Taschen.
This SUMO-sized retrospective gathers portraits from the 1950s to the 2010s, including some 300 subjects as varied as Nelson Mandela, the Beatles, the Queen, Salvador Dalí, Bill Gates, and Yves Saint Laurent.
Each edition is numbered and signed by David Bailey, with a bookstand designed by Marc Newson — you’ll also get a set of four book jackets featuring John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Jean Shrimpton, Mick Jagger, and Andy Warhol.
David Bailey SUMO
Pedal to the metal: 1973 Porsche 911 Targa 2.4S
If seriously beautiful vintage cars get your engines running, then we’ve got a hot tip for you on an extraordinary vehicle going up for auction this week.
1973 was the last year for the desirable long hood/narrow bumper 911 — before safety regulations would force a design change the following year. and, while this particular 911 Targa remains mechanically stock, it also sports a very special custom interior by ultra-premium French leather goods maker Berluti.
What isn’t leather is covered in Bouclé wool, including the seat backs, floor mats, and carpeting. A pair of driving shoes and day bag are also included in your purchase — so that you can look every inch the Bond villain when you get behind the wheel.
A truly one-of-a-kind 911, this car will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s in Paris, April 24-May 7, 2019.
1973 Porsche 911 Targa 2.4S
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