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Arachnophobia Timepiece Costs $18,000, Will Scare The Dollars Out Of Your Bank Account


We don’t really understand the world of high-end timepieces, but that’s mostly because we never had the budget to really look into it. For those of you with a deeper wallet, and a discerning sense of aesthetic, comes the Arachnophobia timepiece. It’s designed by high-end watchmaker MB&F, and made by Swiss manufacturer L’Épée, and at the very least is striking enough to impress even someone who’s no expert in luxury clocks.

If you happen to know anything about these types of items, we’re going to list some of the features in case they make sense to you.

– Balance frequency: 18,000 bph / 2.5Hz
– Power reserve of 8 days
– 218 components and 11 jewels
– Incabloc shock protection system
– Mechanism in palladium-plated brass or gold-plated brass
– Winding: key winding and time setting on underside of clock
– Movement finishing: includes Côtes de Genève, anglage, polishing, sand-blasting, circular and vertical satin finishing
Dimensions: 203 mm in height (legs extended); clock diameter (legs flat) 405 mm; movement dimensions 75.3 x 134.9 x 63.8 mm
Weight: gold-plated version 1.96 kg; black version 0.98 kg

So if you can swing the $16,000 to $18,000 these cost, they’ll definitely make a more an eye-catching item to display in your home.


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This Star Wars TIE Fighter Watch Costs $28,500


That’s a lot of dollars to spend on a timepiece, but then again, some people really do have too much money. They might even be delighted to splurge on the Darth Vader/TIE Fighter wristwatch, which is made by Devon, and is limited to 1,500 pieces. Aside from the Star Wars aesthetic, it’s got a bunch of features that presumably make sense to the discerning watch enthusiast. Here they are:

– 16L stainless steel
– True black diamond-like coating
– Scratch-resistant polycarbonate lens with bulletproof durability
– Numbered 1-500 on back plate
– Four interwoven 2-micron thin nylon time belts
– Lubricant-free ruby bearings
– Four micro-step motors
– Multiple high-tech optical recognition cells
– Temperature-compensated crystal
– Onboard microprocessor
– 313 electrical contacts
– Lithium-polymer rechargeable cell
– Powered for two weeks on one charge
– Recharge wirelessly through inductive charging tower

So yeah, sure, it costs as much as a new car, but you should know it comes with a complimentary pair of TIE Fighter cufflinks, so… that’s a deal, right? You can pre-order it right now with a $2,500 down payment, but there’s no mention of how long you’ll have to wait to get it, exactly.


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The $24,000 Abyss Table By Duffy London


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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