Nettleton Shoes – The family-owned, Florida-based Nettleton Shoes has been handcrafting durable loafers and dress shoes for men since 1879. This quietly prestigious brand has enlisted the British bespoke shoemaker Tony Slinger—who is also an authorized boot maker to the Queen’s Household Cavalry—to collaborate on a new collection, dubbed English Cavalry, that will debut this summer. The English Cavalry styles (starting from $999) feature an understated exterior, are made with hand-rubbed leather uppers, and some sport
CFV-50c Hasselblad – The recently released Hasselblad CFV-50c digital back pays homage to the company’s history, while pushing the boundaries of modern photography capabilities. The 50-megapixel CMOS, sensor-based back mounts to the top of any of the brand’s discontinued V-system analog cameras, allowing them to capture high-definition digital images at resolutions as large as 8,272 by 6,200 pixels. First introduced in 1957 in the Hasselblad 500C camera, the V-system culminated in the 503CW, which entered production
BAC MONO – Many cars claim to be racecars for the road, but in fact they often barely reach a level of sportiness that transcends conventional boundaries. Unlike the majority of alleged racecars trapped inside a road-car body, the BAC Mono is a rare example of a vehicle that actually does feel more at home on a circuit than it does on public roads. The Mono’s naturally aspirated, 2.3-liter Cosworth-tuned Duratec engine is bolted directly
Smart Bike – A smart bike devoted to keeping you safe on city roads can now fend for itself as well. Born from a Kickstarter project last spring, the Vanhawks Valour raised over $800,000, impressing urban cyclists with a high-tech approach to bike safety. By connecting with your phone, the smart bike provides a score of nifty features: it will point out your blind spots with ultrasonic sensors, give you integrated turn-by-turn GPS directions via flashing
Canon xc10 – 1080p full HD video is still great, but the future of video is unquestionably 4K. Come this June, Canon’s backing the 4K video recording movement in a big way with the compact XC10 digital camcorder. It’s hard to tell in the pictures, but the $2,500 digital camcorder (it isn’t a DSLR) is really small: It measures 4.9 x 4.0 x 4.8-inches and weighs only 2.3 pounds. The XC10 uses a 1-inch sensor
Aluminum Battery – Stanford University scientists have invented the first high-performance aluminum battery that’s fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. Researchers say the new technology offers a safe alternative to many commercial batteries in wide use today. “We have developed a rechargeable aluminum battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment, and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames,” said Hongjie Dai, a professor of chemistry at Stanford.
100 Carat Diamond – Sotheby’s New York will place a rare 100.20-carat diamond up for auction at the Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale on April 21. “In terms of size and general shape, we have compared the diamond to a 9-volt battery,” says Gary Schuler, head of Sotheby’s jewelry department in New York. The internally flawless type IIa stone has no measurable nitrogen impurities; it is one of the largest and rarest such stones in existence.