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Rolls-Royce’s Wraith Luggage Collection Costs More Than A Regular Luxury Sedan

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If you’re going to drop six digits on a Rolls-Royce vehicle, you might be tempted to think “well, might as well drop five digits on a set of luggage.” That’s at least what the folks at Rolls-Royce are thinking with their Wraith Luggage Collection, for which they’re asking you to part with $45,854. That’s right, for the price of a well equipped luxury sedan you can get yourself a set of 6 bags to complement your brand new $300,000 RR Wraith. The set consists of

Two Grand Tourer valises, three Long Weekend bags and a Garment Carrier. The set was designed by Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke Design Studio to complement the cars. This plush luggage set will be available only with Rolls-Royce dealers, emphasizing its luxury credentials. The set is exclusively designed to complement the car’s look, so there are many points of symmetry between the bags and the car. For instance the stitching on steering wheel of the Wraith and handle of the weekend bag are identical, perfected by Haute Couture clothing. Obviously, the brand didn’t miss self-righting wheels and to emblazon the double-R logo almost everywhere, from wheels to zips.

Even if we did have that kind of cash lying around, we’re not sure how we’d feel about putting $40,000 bags in the cargo hold of a commercial plane, but then again we suspect the target market is here is the ‘private plane’ kind of crowd. Oh, and if $45,854 didn’t seem expensive enough, you should know the price goes higher is you want to customize the bags to your liking.

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This Swiss Watch Has A Drop Of The World’s Oldest Cognac In It

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Why? We don’t know. But it looks like independent Swiss watchmaker Armin Strom, and its chief horologist Claude Greisler, decided it would be a good idea to convince the owners of the world’s oldest known Cognac bottle, the Cognac Gaultier 1762, to part with 40 drops of its content. Each drop was then carefully inserted in the mechanism of the Cognac Watch. It serves no functional purpose, other than to perhaps impress your rich friends, kind of like Romain Jerome’s Moon watch. We don’t know how much each of the 40 pieces cost, but all have been sold in an exclusive resale event prior to the official launch at Baselworld on March 20, 2016.

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A Meteor Knife With A Damascus Steel Blade

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Damascus steel is pretty popular in knife-making these days, due to its unique appearance made by “hammer-welding strips of steel and iron followed by repeated heating and forging”. That’s how it’s done today, although the technique dates back hundreds of years and no one is really sure just how it was made back then. The point is that it’s back in fashion, and it’s fairly common to see it around. What isn’t common however is to see a knife with a Damascus Steel blade… and a meteorite handle. Perceval Meteor Knives are exactly that, with a handle carved straight out of a rock that fell from space, and a blade made right here from common elements. No two are identical, and given their relative rarity, they’re expensive as hell: one will set you back around $5,000. The knives use a type of meteorite known as Muonionalusta meteorite. They don’t do anything special, other than look pretty slick. For people with too much money, it’s a cool toy to have.

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Behold The Richard Mille RMS05 $105,000 Fountain Pen

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We’re used to seeing Swiss watches fetching six figures and more, but it’s the first time we come across a fountain pen created like a precision, luxury watch. The Richard Mille RMS05 is a work of art, for sure, but it’s also a marvel of mechanical engineering, like most sophisticated luxury watches.

According to Richard Mille, it took the Swiss watchmaking company four years to develop the RMS05, which incorporates a mechanical movement on par with an RM watch calibre. The Grade 5 titanium, 12-jewel movement sits inside a barrel of NTPT (North Thin Ply Technology) carbon, which is a laminate of thousands of parallel layers measuring less than 30 microns thick. The layers are built up out of resin-impregnated carbon fibers that are woven on a special machine that modifies the direction of the weft between layers by 45°, then heated to 120° C (248° F) at a pressure of 6 bars to create a distinct pattern before moving on to a CNC machine for forming.

Other components are PVD treated and micro-blasted, while the gears are Rhodium plated. The baseplate on which the mechanism sits is electroplasma treated, and the entire thing is visible thanks to a pair of 1800 Vickers sapphire crystals with antiglare treatment.

But, it’s a fountain pen. There’s a fancy mechanism inside, sure, but… what does it do?

It extends the hand-polished 18K white-gold nib automatically from the barrel at the press of a button. That may seem simple in a world of retractable ballpoints, but Mille wanted the action to be smooth and precise, and hence the mechanism, which is regulated by a recoil-type escapement to keep the speed of extension under control.

So there you have it. $105,000, and you have yourself the fanciest pen money can buy. Well, probably not, but it’s the fanciest we’ve come across so far.

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Here is The Triton 6600/2, A $5.5M Personal Submarine

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Rich people have the coolest toys. On display today is the Triton 6600/2, a personal submarine that’s being billed as “the world’s deepest diving acrylic hulled submarine”. Its diving depth is reflected in its name, as it’s able to get all the way down to 6,600 feet. It does so slowly, topping out at 3 knots (3.45 mph or 5.56 km/h), but the long dive down shouldn’t have you stressed out since the battery will provide enough power for up to 10 hours, with enough air for up to 12. There’s even a reserve 96 hour tank of oxygen so you really don’t freak out. The clear hull is the thickest ever, yet is said to be “optically perfect”, which is good since looking around is all you’ll be able to do in this sub; there are no robotic arms to grab stuff down there. And of course, it’s dark in the depths of the ocean, so six 20,000 lumen lights are present to help light up your surroundings. So yeah, if you’re tired of roaming the dry soil on your private jet, you can now give yourself the luxury of exploring the oceans in style. You will, of course, have to pay a cool $5.5M for the privilege.

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Sitting In The Zero Gravity Chair Is The Only Way To Work

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Then again, when I take a look at the obscene $2,595 price tag, maybe that sofa in the common room will do just fine. I mean, it’s a cool looking chair, and the way it easily leans back in a position where your feet are higher than your head, “giving you a liberating sense of weightlessness” kind of sounds like the sort of thing I could get behind. But you know, that’s like four month’s rent right there, bud. Yes, I know it’s old as the world, or at the very least as old as my uncle. But I’m ready to bet some of you don’t know it exists. And negative comments about the price aside, I’ve tried some “gravity chairs” and it is pretty cool how you can lean forwards or backwards at almost any angle with nearly no effort. But it’s not $2,595 cool, sorry.

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Carpet Chair Looks Like A Flying Carpet, Doesn’t Actually Fly

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This is neat. It’s a chair. You sit on it. It looks like it’s about to fly off, but, surprise surprise, it won’t. Chairs don’t fly, guys. This one is made by Mousarris, and like any neat looking piece of furniture, will put a gigantic hole in your bank account. You’ll have to part with €12000 (around $13,000USD) to give your guests the impression that you’re really into the whole Aladdin vibe. And in case it weighs in your decision to buy or not, you should know the piece is made in collaboration with artist Jan Blythe.

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For Your SuperVillain Ambitions: A $500,000 Golden Skull Chair

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We’re not sure what kind of super villain would opt for a Golden Skull Chair, given that it’s more gaudy and ostentatious than it is dark and ominous, but we’re fairly certain there’s at least one fictitious bad guy out there who’d go for this design. Given that he’s fictitious, he’d also probably have the funds necessary to secure said chair: $500,000. It’s made by Harow, a French company and “its luxurious black velvet seat is surrounded by a handmade steel and fiberglass structure, coated in 24-karat gold.” And yes, it’s apparently real.

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It’s Clunky But It Works: World’s First Legit Hover Board

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It’s not quite as slick as what Marty McFly was riding on BTTF II, but it’s as close as we’re going to get in 2015. A Romanian company has announced the ArcaBoard, an actual working hover board that we believe is real mostly because of how shitty its specs are. First off, it’s as big as a small mattress, weighing in at a portly 82 kg (180 lb) and measuring 145 x 76 x 15 cm (57 x 30 x 6 inches). Then, it only works 6 minutes at a time, going to a top speed of 20 km/h (12.5 mph) with a range of just over 1 mile. Then, it takes 6 hours to recharge (unless you pay an extra $4,500 for a 36 minute fast charger). Finally, it costs $19,900! All that being said, it does hover the way you’d imagine, going over sand, rocks, even water. 36 high-power electric ducted fans create up to 272 horsepower and 430 lb (195 kg) of thrust, and the device is steered either with your body or “via a Bluetooth-connected iOS or Android app that activates a stabilization system and relays navigation commands via hand movements.”

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