The inner-lumberjack in me loves the look and feel of a good axe. The designer in me says any utilitarian tool must be easy on the eyes. The Zai Core Axe satisfies both sides of my Bunyan & Ives-like being.
The Core Axe consists of a helve and two interchangeable heads. The straight shaft helve is made from a sandwich of carbon fibre zaiìra® and ash wood. The layering construction is inspired by zai’s process and philosophy of making skis using raw and contrasting materials in Disentis, Switzerland. Carbon fibre zaiìra® is used to provide strength whilst the ash wood forms a protective shell around the core and pays homage to the heritage of a traditional axe.
“The Zai Core Axe is a quintessential companion for the mountains, around the chalet or on a trek.” – kacper hamilton
One of our favorite watches from BaselWorld 2013 has to be the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph. One of the latest models celebrating famed honorary chairman Jack Heuer, this bullhead style watch taps into the racing-inspired sporty styling that made the brand a favorite of the automotive set.
The Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph was designed with modern production techniques in mind, yet borrows details from Heuer’s rich history of sports chronographs. Jack Heuer himself contributed on many aspects of its conception.
Named after the LaFerrari hybrid supercar launched at the Geneva Motor Show, the Masterpiece MP-05 LaFerrari was created by Mathias Buttet, the techno guru at Hublot who also launched the MP-02 Key of Time.
The watch was developed—in technical and design terms—in parallel with the car, alongside the Ferrari teams. Boasting 637 components for the movement (which is also equipped with a Tourbillon and a power reserve of 50 days) a sequence of interconnected barrels are aligned like a spinal column along the surface of the watch. Definitely a dramatic visual statement. The cost you ask? Around $475k USD.
The shape of the Masterpiece MP-05 LaFerrari, featuring a complex shaped sapphire crystal as well as an open case-back,
is reminiscent of the automotive sibling’s outline.
The first few days of BaselWorld 2013, the premier international watch show in Switzerland, has already set a dramatic tone for vintage-inspired pieces as well as re-editions of watches past. We’re definitely not complaining.
BaselWorld has always served as a forum for big & small brands to show off their latest watches. Some models are evolutions of things past, while others are intended to push boundaries. This year we’re seeing a bit of both, however the big names led with initial offerings firmly rooted in history.
Below are some models that caught our eye. Stay tuned for more BaselWorld reports over the next few days.
Tag Heuer added a second model to its “Jack Heuer” Carerra line, celebrating the model’s 50th Anniversary
“There has been a renewed interest in military & pilot inspired watches over the last few years (we’re also guilty as charged). The qualities of these offerings are now becoming more sophisticated, referencing detailing and dial configurations more complex in nature.”
Incredible-looking leather bags from Bleu De Chauffe. Their name comes from “…hot blue jackets worn by drivers of steam locomotives to heat water and turn up the heat.”
“Buttery-soft leather is what I think of when I look at these handsome bags. In fact, Bleu De Chauffe sounds like it should be the name of a storied diary company that produces the finest butter in all of France.” – crash
“In our workshops Aveyron, journeymen and craftsmen known for their dexterity and skill, perform all cutting, stitching and assembly, and sign each bag Blue Heater as a single piece.” – bleu de chauffe
“For me, Megadeluxe is akin to cooking a big meal for friends (where yes, a spirited fisticuffs might break out). It’s a labor of love to plan and cook for friends, but sometimes I just want to step out and eat really good street food. This is what Megadeluxe on Tumblr is all about: sampling and sharing designs from around the world. Be it a vintage Omega watch, or a rusty bobber. It’s just good eats without the downside of a mild case of salmonella.” – crash
It’s been a couple of weeks since we returned from a whirlwind trip to the City That Never Sleeps. Gathering sources and ideas for our new online store. We were lucky enough to indulge in the Pop Up Flea — a smörgasbord of manly style, fashion, and accessories. Giddy up.
Watch aficionados like Daniel Craig, 50 Cent, and Stefan Johansson can’t be wrong. UK based Project X Designs does a damn good job of Stealth-Pimping your watch.
We’re big fans of getting under (and over) the hood and customizing things — especially when it involves tweaking an already stellar brand and making it look like Darth Vader’s love child. Project X has been doing this for several years now, updating legendary luxury watches with their own brand of restrained machismo.
They offer three levels of service for watch customization: Bespoke Editions (your own design implemented), Black-Out Editions (Project X’s new models treated with a Military Grade Black coating), and Limited Editions (inspiration from classic watch designs of the past). All of their models exude a cool confidence and sleek look & feel, even if one costs more than your last car.
“John McConnico joins Megadeluxe as its newest editor/curator. John has impeccable taste, and will be our first gear guru. He has an interest in art & design, and in particular watches. We’re moving quickly here at Megadeluxe, and have some ambitious plans in the works, in addition to new editors who’ll be coming aboard next year to help us cover all interesting things in the sporting life.
Megadeluxe. For the Love of Speed, Sport & Design.” – crash
“From traditional-with-a-twist rocking chairs to old-school duck calls to refined cowboy boots, the winners of our third annual contest prove that Southern craftsmanship is alive and well.” – garden & gun magazine
Besides a flying car, this futuristic table tennis concept is now number two on my must-have-at-all-cost-wish-list.
“…the next generation ping pong table, is made with an advanced computer system integration. The table has a multi-touch surface, which responds to human touch and real world objects, like ping-pong balls. The table is also equipped with Siri voice recognition that monitors the game along with a Mac Pro 12-core computer.” – robert lindström
“I have always been interested of product design and new technology, and specially the combination of these two. It’s very inspiring to think about what today’s ever-accelerating technology will impact on simple products we have today, as a ping pong table.”