Ressence Type 1² Squared

If you know of Ressence you’ll instantly recognize their latest watch, the Ressence Type 1² Squared. Just like their previous timepieces the automatic Type 1² Squared breaks time down across several orbiting dials, the largest straddling the face’s perimeter showing minutes, the next in size displaying hours, and the two smaller disks representing seconds and the day of the week. Where it differs from other Ressence timepieces is first in its dressier complex square shape, born of the intersection of six spheres, as well as in thinness made possible thanks to both the absence of a look-through sapphire caseback (though it’s got a domed sapphire lens on the front) and the addition of a new retractable lever used to set the time. Despite its distinctive design it’s highly legible both in the day and even at night with Superluminova applied to all hands and markers. Available in four colors: silver, night blue, champagne, and ruthenium.

Find it at Ressence Watches – roughly $15,725

GET IT: ~$15,725


Tweez Too Pocket Tweezers

Good, small portable tweezers are hard to come by. The ones on Swiss Army Knives aren’t bad but they’re exceedingly tiny, and too flimsy for pulling out hardy splinters and the like. Tweez Too Pocket Tweezers more closely resemble full-sized tweezers albeit in a folding form that measures about  2¾-inches in length when closed. Their hand-sharpened tips are precise and perfect for extracting slivers or unwanted hair and they snap into both closed and open positions thanks to knibs on the inside of the glass fibre-reinforced nylon handle. A key ring hole even makes Tweez Too suitable for keychain carry.

Find it at Cool Material’s Shop – $22

GET IT: $22


Jack Daniel’s Coffee

It won’t get you tipsy but Jack Daniel’s Coffee will get you up and at ’em in the morning with a hint of whiskey taste. This blend of medium-roasted Arabica gourmet coffee goes through an infusion process with actual Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey. While no alcohol actually reaches your mug after brewing (none was left in the beans, anyway, though nothing’s stopping you from spiking the coffee itself with a bit of Jack) the whiskey’s notes of vanilla and caramel come through in every sip. Also available in a decaffeinated version as well as smaller 1.5 ounce sample sizes ($7).

Learn more at Jack Daniel’s Coffee or grab a can here – $22

GET IT: $22


Kohler Real Rain Shower

“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day.” Forget Seuss, Kohler’s ceiling-mountable Real Rain water delivery system lets you experience the exhilaration of a warm summer storm in your shower and in the privacy of your own home. Kohler engineers studied elements of a natural rain shower, taking note of raindrop sizes, velocities and fall angles to recreate them and transport bathers to the center of a summer rainstorm. Real Rain’s innovative silicone sprayface has dozens of unique nozzles with varying geometries that simulate rain by adjusting the size of water droplets. Their rate of fall is randomized just like a real rainstorm, and the shower relies on gravity rather than typical pressurized spray to shape the water. Turn up the water pressure and the storm begins slowly before reaching full strength, with 775 concave nozzles mimicking nature before finally opening up for a true deluge to soak the bather. There’s even a mode to limit the amount of water falling on the users face. Finish options include Polished Chrome, Matte Black, Vibrant Brushed, and several others that will fit right in with any modern shower.

Learn more at Kohler – $TBA



Christini AWD II-Track Snow Utility Bike

Christini’s known for its all-wheel drive motorcycles. Still, two spinning wheels aren’t enough to overcome seriously snowy conditions, and that’s where the Christini AWD II-Track Snow Utility Bike comes in. A cross between a snowmobile and a motorcycle, the bike has a large track system on the rear and a smaller but also powered track attached to the front fork that sits between two skis, overall adding stability and traction where wheels wouldn’t perform. The two track system works equally well on mud and sand and can even be removed from the bike, the latter convertible back to a standard AWD motorcycle with nothing but a bit of elbow grease (and its original parts) for use on more “normal” terrain.

Read more at Christini – $TBA


Food & Drink

Taco Bell Naked Chicken Chalupa

Whether or not you can (or, more accurately, should) eat Taco Bell is probably dictated by the sensitivity of your gastrointestinal tract. That said, the Taco Bell Naked Chicken Chalupa is probably worth the risk. Arriving nationwide on January 26th, this Chalupa subs out the bread shell for one that’s instead made of four ounces of fried chicken chicken. Inside it’s packed with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, cheddar, and avocado ranch sauce, but none of that is really relevant anyway because of its shell.

Learn more at Taco Bell – $3

GET IT: $3


Nintendo Switch

Nintendo’s next generation console — the Nintendo Switch — is finally here, and it’s trying its hand at being both a gaming handheld and a dedicated television-connected console. The core device is more tablet than set top box but you wouldn’t know that until removing it from its television stand, with two Joy-Con controllers that convert from the console’s wireless controller to halves that slide onto either side of the tablet for on-the-go gaming. It won’t get Game Boy-like longevity when used as a standalone portable but at up to six hours it’s battery life is still respectable, especially considering its 6.2-inch multitouch 1280×720 display. The Switch is also powered by Nvidia Tegra hardware, works with a more traditional Switch Pro controller (also wirelessly, like the smaller Joy-Cons) and has a pop-out kickstand to prop it up if you’re multiplayer gaming on the go. And with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild announced as a launch title, better take some time off when it hits stores on March 3rd.

Learn more and preorder at Nintendo – $300

GET IT - $300

Sports & Outdoors

Lexus Sport Yacht

Envisioned by Akio Toyoda — the president of Toyota Motors and Chief Branding Officer of Lexus — when he piloted one of Toyota’s Ponam yachts a few years back, the Lexus Sport Yacht follows the automotive onto water but with Lexus’ premium touch. Twin 5.0-litre Lexus V8 gasoline engines power the concept Lexus Sport Yacht to a top speed of 49 miles per hour (43 knots), making for a lively ride that’s only heightened by the boat’s impressive handling. The design’s key feature is a seamlessly bonded structure that’s made up of gigantic pieces of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic, shaving about 2,200 pounds off its weight as compared to similarly sized and specced yachts. Climb inside the cabin and there’s a spacious air-conditioned lounge with a table, seating for six, and a galley with stove, sink, and refrigerator. And like many land-borne Lexus vehicles it’s also equipped with a feature-packed control panel with a giant touchscreen at the helm, luxurious leather and wood detailing, and an audio-visual entertainment system with Revolution Acoustics drivers powered by a Mark Levinson digital amplifier.

Read more at Lexus – $TBA



Cinder Speakers

The lowly cinder block isn’t good for much other than building. But Cinder Speakers, a collaboration between industrial designer Daniel Ballou and Dashdot, turns a pair of concrete cinder blocks into high fidelity speakers. Since concrete minimizes vibrations the material is a logical choice, or at least from that perspective since you’ll need to find a relatively solid surface on which to rest such hefty speakers, and perhaps line the base with a felt pad or similar to avoid scratches. The kit, still in development stage and with a target price of roughly $150, ships as pre-assembled panels that attach to either side of the blocks and feature a 5-inch driver, a tweeter, a crossover, and an input jack on the right side of the front panels. Where you get the cinder block, on the other hand, is your problem.

Learn more at Daniel Ballou. [via]



Simplehuman Voice Control Sensor Can

Some garbage cans open when you wave a hand above the lid. The upcoming Simplehuman Voice Control Sensor Can does even better, opening up with the words Open Can or Open Sesame. The stainless steel garbage bin also has an infrared sensor near its lid so you can wave to open if you’d prefer but when your hands are occupied words are more natural. Tell it to close and it will oblige; tell it to stay open and it’ll do that, too. It helps that the bin is super sleek and runs (i.e. opens and closes) whisper quietly at just 52 dB, though with Simplehuman’s record so far — and this can’s price — we’d expect nothing but the best.

Available mid-March. Until then check out Simplehuman – $180+

GET IT: $180+


Grypmat Tool Mat

You don’t need to work on airplane engines to appreciate the versatility of the Grypmat Tool Mat. This bright orange polymer-silicone mat is non-magnetic, chemical resistant, and anti-static, but most of all it’s flexible and, as hinted by its name, highly grippy, sticking to a variety of uneven work surfaces to keep your tools in close proximity. Its non-absorbent material won’t suck in grease or dirt so cleaning is generally as simple as wiping gunked-up surfaces with a damp cloth. Get it in three sizes: a small version with six compartments, a medium sized one as well as a large, with the latter two featuring integrated rulers in both metric and imperial.

Find it at Kickstarter – $30+

GET IT: $30+


Zen Micromagnets

Remember Bucky Balls, those ridiculously-fun-but-ridiculously-dangerous-if-ingested magnetic spheres that could be sculpted into a variety of shapes and structures? They’re unfortunately still banned, but Zen Micromagnets are not. These 2.5mm neodymium magnets are half the diameter of Bucky Balls and comparable magnets but skirt the ban thanks to their reduced individual magnetic strength, attaining CPSA compliance. Because they’re tiny they’re a bit more of a challenge to work with though they make up for it in numbers: 432 magnets cost just 25 bones while a ludicrous 1728 will run you 84. Just remember to keep them out of reach of children and to not swallow any yourself.

Grab a set at Micromagnets – $25+ [via]

GET IT: $25+