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Here’s What A $9,600 Comb Looks Like

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We’re rewritten these lines half a dozen times, trying to find the right way to quip about a €9000 ($9,600USD) comb, but… come on: a $9,600 comb?! The joke writes itself! Yes, this is an actual item you can buy, a solid 14K gold comb that comes in a green, red, or purple ostrich carrying case. It’s made by Tomas Veres and comes in a limited edition of 800, because the good folks at Tomas Veres apparently believe there’s an 800-strong market for a comb that costs as much as a new car. And if you really want to get in on the action but can’t quite swing $10k, there’s a silver version for €1000 ($1,070USD).

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Would You Pay $56 For Five Potato Chips?

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Well that’s how much ‘S:t Eriks India Pale Ale’, a Swedish beer brand, is charging for what they’re calling “The World’s Most Exclusive Potato Chips”. Sold in a limited edition box containing all of 5 chips, each thin potato wafer contains what sounds like some prime ingredients, such as:

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With a taste similar to that of mature cheese, matsutake is one of the world’s most sought-after species of mushrooms.

Truffle Seaweed As the name suggests, truffle seaweed has a flavor reminiscent of truffles. The seaweed grows in the form of small tufts on the brown alga known as Ascophyllum nodosum, which is only found in cold tidal waters.

Ammarnäs Potatoes The potato in the chips comes from the potato hillside in Ammarnäs, a steep, stony slope in a south-facing location where almond potatoes are cultivated in very limited numbers.

India Pale Ale Wort During the process of brewing beer, the barley malt is converted into a sweet aromatic liquid known as wort. To add a hint of sweetness to the chips, freeze-dried wort was added, of the kind normally used to brew S:t Eriks India Pale Ale.

Of course there’s nothing in there that can properly justify the asking price, but it’s a fun marketing gimmick and here we are, giving them some attention. Still, if you want your own, well, you can’t have one, since they’re sold out. We don’t know if there will be another production run, or if this is even the sort of thing you’d eventually find on eBay.

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Fancy An $825,000 High-Tech Diving Suit?

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Sometimes the stuff you find on the ole Hammacher Schlemmer website kind of leaves you scratching you head. I mean, is there really a market for the $825,000 Exosuit, or as the company refers to it, the “Self Propelled Aquanaut’s Suit”? And if you’re going to be spending the better part of a million dollars on a diving suit, are you really going to buy it on a whim off a website?

What it does sounds pretty neat, though.

This is the self-propelled diving suit that maintains sea level air pressure while enabling descents to 1,000′ below the water’s surface. Only available from Hammacher Schlemmer, the suit provides access to coral reefs, shipwrecks, and the sea floor via 24 sealed and integrated A536 aluminium alloy rotary joints that impart mobility to the wearer’s arms and legs. Four 1.6-horsepower thrusters integrated into the suit provide vertical, horizontal, and rotational movement, two 150-watt LED lights combine to illuminate underwater subjects with 19,200 lumens, and an integrated Imagenex sonar maintains situational awareness. An intercom system provides surface communication on hard wire with a wireless through-water backup, while its 50-hour life support systems (2x oxygen and 1x carbon dioxide scrubber) ensure safety. A 1,250′ umbilical connects the suit with one’s preferred topside support crew and power source, enabling remote control of thrusters, lights, and real-time monitoring of cabin pressure and oxygen, freeing a diver to observe underwater features and aquatic life using the built-in, shoulder-mounted high-definition video camera. Comprehensive training available

We suppose this is for the bored multi-millionaire looking for adventure, but to be honest, we don’t know how many of these read OhGizmo!, other than Jeff Bezos back in 2008!

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Set Of Pistols Crafted From 4.5 Billion Year Old Meteorite

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A really long time ago, a meteorite landed in what is now Gibeon, Namibia. The space rock itself is estimated to have been formed around the same time the Earth was: 4.5 billion years ago. And now, a US company called Cabot Guns took a 77 pound fragment from the impact, and used that to forge two classic M1911 pistols, originally made by none other than Colt. Their creation looks stunning, clearly highlighting the otherworldly nature of the material that forms it. It’s called the Big Bang Pistol Set, and it’s a one-of-a-kind item that is expected to be worth around $5 million. They’re not only decorative either:

The pistols are fully-functional – and resultant of their National Match barrels, accurate; verified both on the rest and in off-hand shooting. Leaving nothing to chance in terms of functionality, our engineers used electron beam technology to meticulously add bimetal support only to the frame/slide rails, hammer, guide rod and extractor of the Big Bag set. – and the pistol’s components, down to the barrel bushing and trigger – are 100% Gibeon meteorite.

That’s really all there is to say about this, so come on over the fold and admire this work of art in a series of fascinating photos.

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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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