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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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Summerland Ceramic Stonerware, For The Classy Toker

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Let’s face it, it’s only a matter of time until Marijuana is legal everywhere. Already Canada has announced they will legalize the stuff for recreational use in 2016 (the first G7 country to do so), and 4 states in the USA have already done so. It stands to reason the ecosystem will blossom, and we’re not surprised to see something like the Summerland Ceramic Stoneraware on the market. They’re your good old bongs, made from “cone 5 ceramic and finished with a lead-free, foodsafe glaze.” The white finish and distinctive shape will announce to your friends that you’re a new age aficionado, a classy upper scale consumer of this fine botanical, and not some undiscerning college kid who buys rainbow hued glassware. Prices start at $75, and go way up.

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Rich People Get All The Nice Toys: Plane With Elevator That Rises To An Observation Bubble Atop The Fuselage

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You can’t buy this yet. Matter of fact, most of you won’t ever be able to buy a seat in this ride. But there are people who are seriously contemplating making the SkyDeck system a reality. Aerospace engineering firm Windspeed is working on a patent pending contraption that would raise two seats in the airplane through an elevator, all the way up to an observation bubble atop the fuselage. The lucky travellers would then be free to observe their surroundings from 30,000 feet up. The system can be installed on any type of plane, and can come in a staircase version for those clients who are filthy rich, but not filthy freaking rich. There are no definite plans to launch in the near future, but the company is in talks with manufacturers with the goal of integrating SkyDeck in future iterations of their aircraft. Considering the lengths some airlines go to to accommodate their wealthy patrons, we wouldn’t be surprised if this ridiculous idea came to life.

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Why Not: A $135,000 Gold And Diamond BB8 Droid

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So, you know, the movie’s coming out soon. People are going crazy, pumping out merch left and right, so it stands to reason you’re going to come across some outrageous stuff. Like this BB-8 Droid above. It’s a collaboration between Disney Consumer Products and Kay Jewellers, it stands just 4.25? high and weighs just over 1.5 lbs. Made from 18-carat yellow gold, this iconic piece of merchandise is decked out in around 860 diamonds amounting to 18 carats. It took 600 hours to make, and “will be displayed at the Force 4 Fashion exhibit in New York and auctioned off for charity later this month.” It’s valued at $135,000, but there’s no telling how much frenzied collectors will dish out for it once it hit the auction block.

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