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Would You Pay $1,000 For A Glass Toaster?

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Because that’s apparently how much the Noun, from Bugatti (not the car makers) will cost. It’s a toaster consisting of two panes of glass with a layer of semiconductor heating elements. You can toast bread of course, but also meat if they’re in a heat-resitant bag. The appliance also connects to your smartphone, with which you can select temperatures and cooking times among other things. And it actually looks like this might make it onto the market, since the company is currently seeking regulatory approval. If granted, you could get yourself a fancy see-through toaster to impress all your friends with sometime in 2015.

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TAG Heuer Launches Phone With Infinite Power

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You wouldn’t have expected TAG Heuer, maker of watches, to get into the cell phone business, let alone to announce the launch of a phone with what they’re calling “Infinite Power”. Yet that’s exactly what the Meridiist Infinite is supposed to have. By inserting a transparent photovoltaic cell behind the screen, the phone is capable of remaining on standby indefinitely, so long as it’s receiving a specific type of light, whether natural or artificial. However if you’re actually using your phone, the “infinite power” thing doesn’t apply.

Like many luxury electronics, you’re going to be paying for the materials (sapphire, Titanium Grade 5, carbon, etc.), the brand name, but definitely not for the technology. The Meridiist Infinite is running Froyo, and even if it is being produced in limited quantities (1,911 units, to be exact), we’re not convinced it deserves the $7,000 asking price.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Stunning Desk Clock Is Inspired By Deep Space Nine

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You’re looking at Starfleet Machine, a wonderful looking desk clock made by L’Épée, Switzerland’s last remaining specialized high-end clock manufacturer. With a design outsourced to MB&F, this clock was created in order to celebrate the company’s 175th anniversary.

The prominently featured in-house movement carries a 40 day power reserve, as well as a series of five mainspring barrels. The clock showcases hours and minutes, double retrograde seconds and a power reserve indicator, but only in a way these two creative forces can execute.

“About two years ago I went to L’Epée with a gouache image,” explains MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser, who designed the Starfleet Machine with ECAL design graduate Xin Wang. “We basically cut out one of their movements that we found and created a design based on Deep Space Nine around it,” he says. The initial reaction from the craftsmen at L’Epée was of awe and they quickly jumped on the project.

Starfleet Machine will be limited to 175 units and will retail for 28,000 CHF, or roughly $31,725 USD.

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Toilet Paper Embossed With 24 Carat Gold

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Back in October of last year we wrote about a toilet paper roll made entirely from 22 carat gold that sold for $1.3 million. Now we bring you news of the poor man’s version of gilded toilet paper: a $246 gold embossed roll. To be honest, this product seems far more real than the other one, since you’re still looking at actual toilet paper. Each design is custom made by German Fritz Loibl for his company, Tissue Design in Grafenau, Germany. Once embossed, the roll is shipped to you, wherever you are.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

Spotted At Harrod’s: 24K Gold Plated Xbox One

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Harrod’s, the UK department store that caters to those of us with more money than sense, seems to be selling the above Xbox One. From the looks of it, it’s a 24K gold-plated console with a slight price increase due to the paint job: they’re asking for £6,000. That translates to about $9,770 USD, an amount that can purchase a small new car, or pay the rent for a year. But hey, how else are wealthy people supposed to feel special if products like this didn’t exist to remind them of how freaking rich they are?

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Million Dollar Toilet Paper Roll, Because Your Bum’s Worth It

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No… No it’s not. No one’s bum is worth cleaning with 22 carat gold toilet paper. But this website seems to be offering it one up for purchase anyway. It’s an Australian website which lists one such roll for $1,376,900AUS, which is roughly $1.3 million US. Now, we’re not sure if it’s a real product, but they’re offering to “personally” deliver it along with a bottle of champagne. We think it might be some kind of joke, but hey, stranger things have happened.

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The $750 Cupcake is For People With Expensive Tastes

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Got a sweet tooth? Not just a regular one, but an expensive sweet tooth? Then you’ll absolutely relish taking a bite out of Palazzo’s Decadence D’Or cupcake. It costs all of $750, which is probably enough for a several weeks’ rent for some people. To say that the price of this teensy weensy cupcake is atrocious is probably an understatement. But hey, if you can afford it, then why not?

The decadent cupcake is made using fancy Palmira Single Estate chocolate while the frosting is whipped up using Charentes-Poitou AOC butter mixed with Tahitian Gold vanilla caviar. Mmm-hmm! As if that doesn’t sound rich enough, the cake is topped off with Louis XIII de Remy Martin Cognac and bits of edible gold flakes for good measure. The final touch lies in how the cupcake is presented, with the cake encased in chocolate mold and a hand-blown sugar fleur-de-lis cherry on top.

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Stunning Carbon Fiber Bathtub/Hammock Is The Only Way We’ll Get Clean, From Now On

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The sad thing about opulence is that once you’ve experienced it, it’s hard to go back. And while we haven’t had the pleasure to actually soak in the above bathtub, the Vessel, by British company Splinterworks, the expression “ignorance is bliss” sure seems to apply in this case; we were better off not even knowing such a beauty even existed. Made entirely out of carbon fiber with a foam core, the 2.7m (8.8ft.) tub looks like a hammock, hangs from the wall and drains into a specially made opening underneath it. “Pictured here in black, it also available in red, blue, yellow, pink, bronze and pure silver.” Price is mentioned nowhere on the website, but we suspect that sticker shock on this would be a couple orders of magnitude higher than your typical luxury bathroom furnishing.

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Burj Al Arab In Dubai Provides Its Guests With Gold iPads

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The Burj Al Arab in Dubai claims to be the world’s most luxurious hotel, and despite its own protests, has had the questionable moniker of the “world’s only 7-star hotel” attached to it since its opening. Regardless of the validity of that star rating, there’s no question that its guests stay in utmost comfort and extravagance, showered with perks like being chauffeured in a Roll-Royce to and from the airport, to being tended to by personal maids and chefs, to now being able to use a 24-karat Gold iPad for the duration of their stay. “The iPads, meant to act as “virtual concierges,” are loaded with Interactive Customer Experience (ICE) software that gives guests information on services such as dining options at the landmark property.” And guests that like their device enough can get one for themselves at the hotel’s boutique for the modest sum of $10,200.

[ CNet News ] VIA [ LuxuryLaunches ]