Hooray! It’s payday. Sure, you could do the smart thing and put a healthy portion of that check toward a Roth IRA, but that’s so boring. That’s why we bring you “1st & 15th,” a twice-monthly guide of all the things a guy could ever want to splurge on. Check out the latest installment.
Bang & Olufsen BeoVision Avant 85
When the BeoVision Avant 55 launched earlier this year, it immediately took its place as one of the most beautifully-designed televisions ever. Now Bang & Olufsen has a new model that is 30-inches bigger. Yes, 30 inches! The 85-inch BeoVision Avant blends an ultra high-definition 4K display with phenomenal acoustics into a unique design. The 3-channel speaker system folds out on demand; and both the floor and wall mounts are motorized allowing you to customize the position of the screen to your exact specifications. Be warned: If you get this TV, your friends will be coming over ALL the time.
Stiga Studio Table
We can only imagine how good Forrest Gump would have been at ping-pong if he had this kind of table. The Stiga Studio Table connects your smartphone’s music via Bluetooth to a 28,000-watt audio system that features two subwoofers and eight 6x9 speakers from Kicker. The table even has LED lights that can be programmed to pulse with the music. With all those electronics, however, we don’t recommend playing beer pong.
Cliff House by Modscape Concept
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Now this is a house with a view. The Cliff House by Australian design firm Modscape is a five-story modular home that can be anchored to the side of a cliff using steel pins. Residents would enter the home through a garage that is level with the cliff’s edge and then descend to subfloors via an elevator. The design was inspired by the way that barnacles cling to the hull of a ship. We might want it to include a lifeboat, just in case.
Mercedes AMG GT
From the fastback design to the biturbo V8 engine, the new Mercedes AMG GT has plenty of drool-worthy features. Built from aluminum and carbon, it can go from 0-100 km/h in four seconds and has a sleek interior that was inspired by airplanes. If you didn’t think of Mercedes as being a maker of premier sports cars, it’s time to reevaluate your perceptions.
Powerbeats2 Wireless Earphones
As great as a pair of giant, over-the-head headphones may sound, they can be a pain when you’re trying to run or workout. And the wire on those generic white earbuds is equally tedious. The new Powerbeats2 wireless earphones solve both problems. They have a 30-foot Bluetooth connection, can play for up to six hours on a charge, are water-resistant, and have Beats signature sound. Just try not to avoid singing Aloe Blacc’s “You’re the man” out loud when you’re working out with them.
Leica M-P Camera
The new Leica M-P combines exacting technical standards with an understated design to create one of the best rangefinder cameras on the market. It has 2 gigabytes of buffer memory, which means it excels at shooting photos in rapid succession, and an extremely scratch-resistant LCD screen that is made out of sapphire crystal glass. The look is so minimal that even the iconic red Leica dot has been removed in favor of a subtle script branding on the top of the camera body.
Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller
James Cameron doesn’t do small. The director of super mega blockbusters Titanic and Avatar is also an explorer, who in 2012 completed the first solo dive to the Mariana Trench, the deepest point in the earth’s ocean at almost 36,000 feet underwater. To commemorate the exploration, Rolex is releasing a special version of its Deepsea Sea-Dweller watch with a “D-Blue” dial that fades from blue to black, just as the ocean does as you descend deeper and deeper.