It’s A Gift!

By Christine Gibbs

Bright Ideas for the Kitchen

LOOKING SHARP
Edge of Belgravia’s architecturally inspired Precision Metal Knives were designed by artist Christian Bird. Available at designthis.com.

SQUARED AWAY
The Rice Cube creates perfect sushi without tricky mats or sticky rice, and also works to create healthy, bite-sized snacks and desserts. Available at thebigpitchtv.com.

CUTTING EDGE
The Brod & Taylor Knife Sharpener uses adjustable Austrian tungsten carbide steel to keep knives sharp without removing metal. Available at thebigpitchtv.com.

THREE FOR THE MONEY

PAN TASTIC
The dual-setting valve on the
handle of Kuhn Rikon Smart Lids traps steam or lets it escape for perfect pan-frying, steaming, braising, simmering and sautéing. Available at surlatable.com.

Intelligent Designs

SECOND THOUGHT
Electrodes inside the Wave Clock extract energy from the compound particles that reside in water to power this ingenious timepiece. Available at aliexpress.com.

I CUBELET
Cubelets are magnetic blocks that you snap together to make an endless variety of interactive robots, with no programming and no wires. Available at robotshop.com.

TWISTS & TURNS
The Perplexus Epic Ball Maze offers up
125 obstacles as you maneuver a steel ball along a narrow track for hours of 3D frustration and fun. Available at thingsisecretlywant.com.

LEAVE IT TO BEAVER
Rodrigo Torres designed Kastor’s chrome-plated zamak Pencil Sharpener in the shape of the ultimate wood-gnawing animal. Available at cheeseandwinestore.com.

IF YOU BUILD IT
EverBlock life-sized Modular Building Blocks can be used to create furniture, divide rooms and design unique shelving configurations. Available at everblocksystems.com.

Smart Apparel & Accessories

SHIRT OFF YOUR BACK
Whirlpool and Proctor & Gamble joined forces to create the Swash at-home cleaning device, which saves time, money and trips to the dry cleaner. Available at swash.com.

WHAT’S COOKING
Netatmo’s JUNE Sun Monitoring Bracelet measures sun exposure throughout the day and offers real-time sun-protection
advice on your smartphone. Available at blinq.com.

NO BRAINER
Yes, you need a high IQ to join Mensa…but at the end of the day, rocking a Mensa Logo T-Shirt may be the real genius move. Available at shirtmandude.com.

DULY NOTED
The Fiendish Beanie is outfitted with a powerful BE-LINK Bluetooth sound system that creates a personal surround-sound system. Available at touchofmodern.com.

ENERGY SOURCE
SOLZbags’ Solar-Powered Backpack functions as a personal portable power station for smartphones, tablets,
and anything rechargeable by USB. Available at solzshoes.com.

Cool & Clever

MOVIE NIGHT
Luckies of London’s build-it-yourself Smartphone Projector turns your small screen into a private screening. Available at amazon.com.

LET THERE BE LIGHT
BeOn Burglar Deterrent Lightbulbs “listen” for potential break-ins and turn themselves on to scare away intruders. Available at beonhome.com.

THERE’S A RUB
Breo’s easy-to-store-and-carry
iSEE 310 Eye Massager uses air pressure and infrared heat to
provide the ultimate eye massage experience. Available at aliexpress.com.

DASHBOARD PAL
The Mojio is a 3G+GPS automotive monitor that plugs into a car’s onboard diagnostic port and uses a suite of apps to empower and inform the driver. Available at moj.io.

EASY RIDER
The Rockochet rock and debris deflector works with any skateboard and is spring-loaded to move out of the way when performing tricks. Available at thebigpitchtv.com.

It’s A Gift!

Gifts with THE FORCE

R-TOE-D-TOE
You don’t have to be artificially intel-ligent to snag a pair of Star Wars ’Droid Socks. Available at best-wedding-anniversary-gift-ideas.com.

JUST FUR FUN
The Chewbacca Can Cooler keeps beverages cold and fuzzy. Available at thinkgeek.com.

DARK SIDE The Thermos Kylo Ren FUNtainer may make bullies think twice before demanding your kid’s lunch money. Available at toysrus.com.

LUKE WORN?
You can’t know a Jedi without first walking in her footsteps…or Skywalker Light Saber Heels. Available at fun.com.

WAY COOL
The BB-8 Mini Fridge was inspired by the skittish astromech in The Force Awakens. Available at zulily.com.

BIT OF A STRETCH
Thanks to Rebel Alliance Yoga Pants, your downward facing Babbajo never looked so good. Available at thinkgeek.com.

Gifts for the ONE You Love

DOTS BEAUTIFUL Burberry’s whimsical update on its classic Giant Check Scarf—the #1 high-end fashion item at Bloomies over the holidays—is back in stock. Available at bloomingdales.com.

CAMP TIME
Gamers can rest easy with the Xbox One Pillow by Joseph Galbraith. Available at redbubble.com.

SIMPLY AMAZIN’
Old-School Baseball Cards are making a comeback with young collectors. Available at attackofthebbcards.com.

IN THE RED
Cat in the Hat fans will want to un-box the infant/toddler Thing 1 Bodysuit as soon as it’s delivered. Available at aliexpress.com.

FETCHING FASHION
The Barkology
Alpha Dog Cap let’s your dog know who’s #1 (duh, he is, of course). Available at bissf.com.

SLICE OF LIFE
Brand your own image into every piece of toast with the Selfie Toaster. Available at hammacher.com.

It’s A Gift!

All Natural Products

CLEAN CONSCIENCE
Gifts for the Journey scented bar soap is handmade with all-natural ingredients by women survivors of trafficking and addiction in the United States. Available at thistlefarms.org.

REEL DEAL
Every purchase of Seafood Watch bamboo whale design coasters supports an organization dedicated to sustainable fishing.
Available at sukiscoop.com.

SNIFF TEST
Bath Affirmations floral bath salts are made with mineral-rich Dead Sea salt and myriad organic flowers. Available at trulyaesthetic.com.

SOMETHING WILD
GMO-free, cruelty-free and non-GMO Wild Man cologne is a woodsy, herbaceous highly concentrated botanical oil-based fragrance. Available at wildroseherbs.com.

CRUNCH TIME
The ultimate all-natural vegan snack basket includes truffles, olives and dark chocolate delicacies. Available at healthygourmetgifts.com.

Location, Location, Location

INTO THE WOODS
The Outdoorsman 7-in-1 belt clip includes a compass, thermometer, LED light and watch. Available at hammacher.com.

SPIN JOB
Kingston’s antique colored globe features raised relief and a walnut base. Available at ultimateglobes.com.

SURVIVAL MODE
The lightweight Paracord Grenade contains everything you need in a survival situation, including a
fire starter and fishing gear. Available at thereadystore.com.

FINDING YOURSELF
According to CNET, the easy-to-read Garmin Nuvi 50 ranks among the top new GPS devices of 2016. Available at garmin.com.

LEADER OF THE PACK
The Ortlieb GPS case holds a smartphone on your handlebar
bag so you won’t miss a turn. Available at therandonneeshop.com.

It’s A Gift!

Game On!

BANG FOR THE BUCK
Channel your inner Sheldon
(or Amy) with the Big Bang Theory version of Monopoly. Available at cbsstore.com.

A CERTAIN RING TO IT
You don’t have to be a genius to play Circular Reasoning, but
(according to MENSA) it helps. Available at mensamindgames.com.

WHITE WALKERS WELCOMEThe Game of Thrones version
of Risk elevates war and
chaos to new heights.
Available at battleaxegames.com.

PLUG & PLAY
Strategy, logic and quick thinking are the keys to winning Power Grid, where the goal is to keep your cities from going dark.
Available at boardgamegeek.com.

BUG JUICE
Each interchangeable link in the Code-A-Pillar teaches little ones the basics of coding.
Available at fisher-price.com.

It’s a Gift!

Fun & Games

SLIDE RULE
Playcraft’s deluxe 12-foot Georgetown Shuffleboard set transports a vacation favorite directly to your game room.Available at playcraft.com.

BRAIN TEASER
The award-winning Deluxe Quarto board game is fashioned from heirloom quality maple and walnut. Available at marblesthebrainstore.com.

WORKOUT WORLD
The convenient, collapsible Koreball makes a core workout possible whenever and wherever you travel. Available at koreball.com.

MORNING BECOMES ELECTRA
Midday and evening, too! Electra Amsterdam’s Fashion Joyride combines classic Dutch cycle design with flower-power styling. Available at newportcruisers.com.

KITTY-GEDDON
Hey, why should humans have all the fun? The Cats Attack skyline scratching post turns your tabby into a 1950s sci-fi monster. Available at thegreenhead.com.

NIGHT RIDER
The ergonomically designed, two-person Snow Shredder features a headlamp for night-sledding. Available at designrulz.com.

Ladies Day

WARMING TREND
You can never go wrong banking on a Burberry, including the Check Merino Wool Scarf. Available at Nordstrom.com.

DOTS AMAZING
The reversible Illusion Raincoat features shaded white dots that recede into the distance. Available at signals.com.

SQUEEZE PLAY
Alexander Birman’s genuine Python Booties feature a dramatic patchwork of snake-and-calfskin leather atop a chunky wrapped heel. Available at Nordstrom.com.

OUT OF AFRICA
Oliberte Mazowi’s rustic pull-up shoes are hand-crafted in a Fair Trade certified factory in Ethiopia. Available at oliberte.com.

DOUBLE THE FUN
Giuseppe Zanotti’s suede over-the-knee Sneaker Boot promises traction and action come holiday time. Available at barneyswarehouse.com.

BLACK OPS
The silky, sexy La Pagoda Galleria silk robe by Eres is still one of the best-kept holiday secrets. Available at net-a-porter.com.

Numbers Game

It’s about time you knew…there’s a world of great watches beyond Rolex and Omega.

By Brandon Horner

As the holidays approach, gift-giving (and for some, receiving) moves from the back of our minds to the forefront, and it can be a little daunting. There’s that fear of disappointment, or worse, of apathy: that moment when a given gift falls flat, when we know, inevitably, that the piece of technology or some object of temporary charm will find its place in the back of a drawer, forgotten. Then again, we can also remember the time we gave or received gifts we knew would last: objects that we would carry with us or use for as long as we could, until they broke or were lost or, we hope, passed down. And for so many, that gift is a singular object: a watch.

There’s no doubt to the appeal of a mechanical watch. (A note to novices: all watches are either quartz—which run on replaceable or rechargeable batteries—or mechanical; the latter are far more desirable because with regular maintenance they can, in theory, last forever.)  And yes, many now use their phones to tell time, or a device such as an Apple Watch. Yet there’s nothing to be passed down there, nothing lasting. I remember the first watch my wife gave me with vivid detail—with the same remarkable clarity as the memory of the Christmas when I received my first bicycle. I could not tell you a single moment of significance that I associate with purchasing or being given a piece of technology (save the Nintendo I received when I was five, but I digress). Simply put, when one has come of age, or is celebrating a beginning or ending of a significant moment in his or her life, no singular gift can carry the memory of that moment into the future like the gift of a timepiece.

For many who can afford the price of timelessness, Rolex and Omega are the first brands that come to mind. And it’s easy to see why. Make no mistake: Rolex’s logo is a crown for a reason. According to Forbes last year, Rolex is the most trusted company in the world, besting the likes of BMW and Walt Disney, Google and Lego. Everything about a Rolex watch—its fit and finish, its design and reliability—is unmatched in the industry. Right behind Rolex is Omega, a company that may not have as many iconic designs in its portfolio (though timepiece aficionados do covet the “Moonwatch,” an iconic Omega chronograph that was the first watch on the moon, and which is still in production today), but whose product is equally reliable. Some even believe that, from a horological standpoint, (fancy-speak for the design of the actual movement inside the watch), Omega is the more cutting-edge, innovative watchmaker

These are all overly popular watches. They are popular for good reason, but still, it’s rare to see something other than a Rolex Submariner (left) or DateJust, or an Omega Speedmaster or Seamaster, or a Cartier Roadster or Tank on the wrist of someone who has been given (or who has bought himself or herself) a nice watch.So, what are some alternatives for those who want something a little different?

A fantastic choice for those who value the reliability and styling of a brand like Rolex is Tudor, a close cousin to the most famous watchmaker in the world. For a while, Tudor was owned by Rolex, and benefitted from the overlap: Tudor watches from the 60’s and 70’s mimicked Rolex designs and matched their quality. Components were often machined using the same processes and materials. The only difference was on the inside.

Where Rolex would use its own “in- house” designed movements, Tudor movements were made out-of-house, often by a group called ETA (which is owned by the Swatch Corporation). Unfortunately, Tudor’s watches weren’t available in the United States between 2004 and 2013, but in their reentry, Tudor challenged the watch market with a number of reissued sport models they released in the 60’s and 70’s. Today, Tudor has become a powerhouse in its own right. Its watches are still held to a high standard, and it has begun producing its own movements in-house, which is a big deal in the watchmaking world. Models such as the Tudor Black Bay, the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue, and the Tudor Heritage Ranger (above) are all fantastic, (relatively) affordable timepieces that will last a lifetime.

Another brand that is not very well known outside the watch world is Panerai, which is notable for its large, masculine, easily-readable watches. Panerai’s two iconic styles—the Luminor, with its distinctive crown guard, and the Radiomir (below), with its wire lugs— seem bulkier than most watches. But this design is what makes them unmistakably Panerai, as most dials feature large numerals and thick steel cases. Like all Panerai models, they have their heritage in the brand’s link to the Italian Navy, so they are technically dive watches—though most come on Panerai’s famous thick leather straps. The brand is actually Swiss, although if you ever visit Florence, you can still stop in to Panerai’s first shop, in the same plaza as the city’s famous Duomo. Another brand that is a bit unknown outside of the watch world is Jaeger LeCoultre (JLC). There’s a cliché among watchmakers that almost every famous timepiece has “a little Jaeger LeCoultre in it.” For decades, Jaeger played a literal role in production for many household-name watch companies, often supplying them with JLC-designed movements. Today, JLC continues to lead the way in horological innovation. Its most famous design is the Reverso, (left) a rectangular dress watch in which the face can be flipped around to protect the crystal. It was originally designed to be worn by polo players. Like Panerai, Rolex, and Omega, there’s a high entry point into a watch of this quality, but for those in the know, Jaeger LeCoultre offers more pedigree, history, and iconic design than most other famous watchmakers.

Imagine, years from now, you or a loved one wearing a timepiece made by a company that you had never heard of before—one you might wear for your whole life and then pass down—all because you were willing to look for something a little unexpected. EDGE

Editor’s Note: If you find yourself looking to buy a watch that will last more than a lifetime, there are a lot of superb options, and they extend far beyond the ubiquitous offerings of the two watch brands most people can name. All these brands offer wonderful products and world-class service. To learn a little more, visit their websites to find your nearest retailer, and check them out in person.