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The $24,000 Abyss Table By Duffy London

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The nice thing about having money, aside from having money, is that you can look at things like the Abyss Table and think “Hm, that might look nice in my living room.” At least, we assume that people with money might say that, because if we have $24,000 burning a hole in our pockets, we would have ordered this table before even writing about it. As it is, we can only stare at the screen and dream.

Like all of Duffy’s designs, the Abyss Table is a conversation piece as much as a functional one. But while previous works play with gravity, this new design is concerned with depth, and creates a geological cross-section as mesmerising as the sea.
The design team spent a year developing the table in their London studio, experimenting with sculpted glass, Perspex and wood, arranged like a 3-D representation of a geological map, until they re-created something of the mesmeric abyss that had first captured Duffy’s imagination.
Made from high grade wood from Forest Stewardship Council managed forests and other controlled sources. Glass.

There will only be 25 of these tables made, and if you order one, expect to get it around October of this year.

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Yo Dawg, We Heard You Like Watches, So We Put An Apple Watch On Your Fancy $9,000 Watch

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So… it turns out that what was sorely lacking from your Apple Watch was… yet another watch. That’s right, you’re looking at the Nico Gerard Sunrise Pinnacle Watch, which uses the Apple’s overhyped timepiece as an accessory. In other words, it’s a $9,000 watch with a special band that attaches to your Apple Watch. Yes, yes, you’re reading this right: on the upper part of your wrist, you are to see the Sunrise Pinnacle watch face, and on the underside of your wrist, you will have access to the Apple Watch. Because having two wristwatches is totally normal. Oh, and if you thought spending $9,000 wasn’t enough, there’s an upgraded 18-carat gold version called the Sunrise Pinnacle Reservation that costs $112,000. Luckily, that Gold Apple Watch is included.

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People Have Too Much Money: Japanese Tour Bus Seats 10, Costs $1,200+ Per Passenger

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Would you pay $1,200 for a bus tour? Some people in Japan are. As a matter of fact, $1,200 is the cheapest ticket for a special bus tour by Japanese company Isetan Mitsukoshi Travel; the bus only seats 10 people, and carries passengers in luxury similar to that offered in first class flights. More expensive options range up to $2,665. Sure, you get tons of leg room, drinks and meals, toured outings, and even stay at some fancy hotels… but you’re still paying $1,200+ for travel in a road going vehicle. Trips leave Tokyo and take passengers to cities like Nagano and Gunma, though destinations vary by season. By the looks of it the company is doing well, which just goes to show that this world is full of people with too much money.

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This Car Racing Simulator Costs More Than A Racing Car

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You’re looking at the world’s “Most Realistic Racing Simulator”. It looks pretty badass. And it costs $185,000. That’s a lot of dollars. For that amount of dollars you could probably buy a half decent racing car, and you know, actually race it. You could buy a bunch of cheap racing cars and practice crashing those if you’re not very skilled, then still have money left over for an upgrade or two once you get better. But hey, don’t let our practical minds deter you from this piece of tech.

This is the simulator that provides riders with the most realistic car racing experience available. Selected by Ford Motor Company to demonstrate ride experiences, the simulator uses linear servo actuators that cause its suspended, monocoque fiberglass chassis to roll, pitch, and rotate 360° at up to 0.5G acceleration. Faithfully reproducing actual racing conditions such as entering a turn at 200 MPH or moving up a bank in the slipstream of an opponent, the chassis’ front dips when braking at hairpins, pushes forward when accelerating during passes, and rumbles when driving on an apron, all while a driver up to 300 lbs. is secured by an actual racing seat, seatbelt, and “doors”. Its two paddle gear shifters, steering wheel, accelerator, brake, and clutch—all from real race cars and modified for simulator use—provide rapid gear changes and provide adjustable travel for optimal realism. The force-feedback steering system generates 10x the forces of lesser simulators. Providing 12 race cars that include stock, GT, F1, and F3 models, the simulator replicates precisely modeled signage and backgrounds for 16 short, tri-oval, or road courses, ranging from Joesville Speedway to Nuerburg on a 108″-wide, triple HD monitor display with a 500-watt audio system

So yeah, there you have it. The racing simulator to end all racing simulators. It weighs 2,100lbs, and costs, as mentioned, $185,000.

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This $500 NES Was Inspired By Leica, Aims For Similar Craftsmanship

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You can get a simple emulator and run NES ROMs on pretty much any old machine. But the Analogue Nt isn’t any ole’ machine. It’s a super high-end gaming system that happens to only play NES cartridges. It’s crafted from a solid block of aluminum, and sells for $499. If you want HDMI output and hardware upscaling, that’ll be an extra $79, please. For that price you get a printed circuit board so lavishly designed that it costs four times as much as a regular PCB to produce.

It’s powered by original Ricoh CPU and PPU chips that have been salvaged from a batch of disused Famicom systems. The optional, internal HDMI adapter, meanwhile, is designed to optimize image quality on modern TVs — lead video hardware engineer Kevin Horton says it “upscales digitally, directly from the PPU and CPU. This means no lag and zero signal degradation.” There’s even a built-in scanline generator, if the resulting image is too clean for you.

Of course if you’re going to spend upwards of $500 on a retro gaming system, we imagine you’re a pretty big fan of retro gaming. Or you like finely crafted products in your household. Either way, you can pre-order now and expect to get your system by July of this year.

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The Smart Artisanal Coffee Machine from Poppy Looks Like The Perfect Coffee Snob’s Brewer

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When it comes to extracting a cup of Joe, there are just about a million ways to go about it. Many of these are considered inferior by coffee snobs, but we suspect The Pour-Over, a Smart Artisanal Coffee Machine from Poppy won’t be one of them. This connected appliance holds 1 1/4 pound of coffee beans which are ground just before extraction to conserve freshness. The grinder uses a crushing rather than a chopping motion, which conserves essential oils. The beans are then dropped onto the awaiting paper filter, and hot water from its 50 fluid ounce reservoir is poured over them to fill the double-walled insulating carafe beneath. Through the app you can adjust variables like grind size, brew time, and water temperature to concoct the perfect coffee.

The appliance itself is a stunner, with its elegant lines clad in copper, and will look great on any discerning customer’s counter. We don’t know exactly when The Poppy Pour-Over will be available, nor for how much, but you can sign up on their website to be notified of this.

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This Table Clock Costs More Than A New Car

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You’re looking at the kind of thing that people with too much money spend said money on. It’s a fancy clock that looks like what people in the 60’s thought robots in 2015 would probably look like. It’s made by fancy timepiece manufacturer MB&F (makers, incidentally, of this $230,000 Space Pirate Watch) and L’Epée 839, Switzerland’s only specialised high-end clock manufacturer. They decided to call it Melchior, and it costs $36,000. That’s about $35,900 more than we’d have been willing to pay for it, but we are not known for being discerning enthusiasts… and we’re also sort of broke. That’s not to say it isn’t “worth” the money, as far as those things go. MB&F is a respected company and we have no doubt that the 480-component timepiece took some serious craftsmanship to pull off. It features a 40 day power reserve, is limited to 99 pieces and is available in a monochromatic ‘light’ edition or a two-tone ‘dark and light’ edition featuring black PVD-treated components, and will likely make a fun talking piece for when you have dinner guests over. But still… that’s a lot of money for something that only tells time.

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Ultra High-End Connected Jewelry By Pinifarina And Christophe & Co.

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With names like Pinifarina and Christoph & Co., you know you’re looking at something expensive, and the Armills line of men’s jewelry is about as fancy as they come. These bracelets are nominally “high-tech” in the sense that they do incorporate an optional hardware module that allows the wearer to perform NFC payments, have automated venue access, one-touch valet access and other options. But that’s clearly not the main attraction. What is, is the 1,500 pave diamonds carefully hand-placed on the “highly complex ceramic shield” that serves to protect the delicate 18K gold surface of the piece, which itself is intertwined between pieces of carefully cut carbon fiber. A proprietary kinetic energy regeneration system powers the electronics, which should be able to go for long periods of time without a charge.

Like any high-end piece of jewelry, you’re paying mostly for the status than for any tangible benefit they bring. And the Armils bands don’t disappoint: “Christophe & Co. Armills bracelet will come in three models – Virtus, Orion and Apollo for $75,000, $93,000, and $149,000 respectively.”

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MB&F Have A $230,000 Space Pirate Watch. Yes, $230,000

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Well that’s a lot of money for something that sits on your wrist. But then again, these timepieces are meant to be bought by the kinds of people that own yachts and private planes and mansions, so what’s a quarter million dollar wristwatch to them? MB&F is known for their lavish watches, and the HM6 Space Pirate is no exception. Looking otherworldly with its various bulbs, the piece is sure to attract attention at the country club.

In each of the four corners of HM6’s biomorphic case is a 360° sphere, capped top and bottom by transparent sapphire crystal domes. Up forward, two semi-spherical indications rotate vertically, displaying hours and minutes. Back aft, driven through multiplying gearing by the automatic winding rotor, twin spherical turbines spin horizontally, automatically regulating the winding system in case of excessive speed to reduce stress and wear.

The transparent central dome houses a 60-second flying tourbillon, the precision regulator of HM6’s Engine. This flying tourbillon can be protected from UV radiation, which speeds up oxidation of lubricating oils, by a retractable shield operated by a crown on the left side of the case.

While the transparent cupola on top of HM6 Space Pirate offers a tantalising glimpse into the sophisticated Engine below, the sapphire crystal display portal on the back reveals more of the 475 finely finished components..

There will only be 50 of these watches made, so order yours now. And then give us a call… we need funding.

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