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The Essentials: Week of May 19th

O.K., so I guess it is official. I am going to do make this a weekly thing. It’s just too hard to resist; an opportunity that has too much potential to pass up. So, without further ado, here we go:

1. Breitling 'Chronomat' Chronograph Watch, $1,350 (quartz models) to $7,300 (steel-cased models), breitling.com

I tried my hardest to describe this piece of hardware in one word, but I couldn’t, and conceded to the idea that perhaps that’s a good thing. There are actually not enough words in the dictionary to accurately describe the ‘Chronomat’ other than the fact that it can be purchased in nearly 100 different combinations and has a very sleek—and surprisingly lightweight—frame with the option of swapping out the default, tempered steel case for 18K rose, yellow or white gold.

2. Tivoli Audio 'Model Satellite' Table Radio, $299.99, tivoliaudio.com

Tivoli is known for creating some of the most aesthetically pleasing electronics the world has seen in a very long time. Along with that, they are no strangers to integrating up-to-date technology into their tastefully artistic designs. Enter the Model Satellite Table Radio. With its fully functional electronic display and larger-than-life control knobs, you will have no problem incorporating this device into your home’s décor.

3. SHUN 10-inch Damascus Blade Chef’s Knife, $132, knifecenter.com

Many budding cooks and gourmands in this country are convinced that the true indication of their culinary prowess lies in the number of cutlery they possess. This could not be farther from reality. Truth is, you only need one good (and I mean really good) chef’s knife—not five or six. The SHUN series is considered the Ferrari of knives and this 1o-incher is absolutely no exception. Get one as soon as possible and you’ll find yourself making up any excuse just to slice, chop and dice. Hell, you might even find yourself trying to julienne…

4. ‘Terryworld’ by Terry Richardson and Dian Hanson, $13.40, amazon.com

Considered one of the most prolific (and raunchy) photographers of our time, Terry Richardson released a 25th Anniversary edition of his most popular, yet controversial, photography book ever. ‘Terryworld’ contains pages of some of his best work you may—or may not—have seen since the original version’s release back in 1983 that I recommended for any contemporary’s coffee table.

5. Converse ‘Jack Purcell Vintage’ Sneaker by John Varvatos, $110, shop.nordstrom.com

Combining one of my favorite designers and absolute favorite shoe brand, the ‘Jack Purcell’ is everything a sneaker should be; nothing more, nothing less. Get two pairs if you can: one, primary pair for the day-to-day and another, you know, in case of an emergency.



David Heiser said...

That watch basically gives me half a boner, but can you really consider it an essential at $7k+?

Also, that knife is sick. A really top line chef's knife is going to be the first thing I buy when I move out on my own and don't have to worry about a roommate using it and throwing it in the dishwasher.

Brian J. Wilder said...

I must admit, seven grand is quite steep for even the most well-to-do among us. With that said, I did a little more research and found some cheaper-but-just-as-nice models that run a little over $1,000.