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CeloxA new development in medicine has been rushed to the battlefield of Iraq, and is now sold for home use as well.  Celox is a blood clotting agent, essentially a granulated version of a bandage.  A sterilized powder substance clots blood almost instantly, even in situations of hypothermia.  Patent pending, understandably.  Stop major bleeding quickly when needed.  A small addition to your emergency kit, but state-of-the-art. Be sensible – use as directed.  $35 BUY

December 31, 2008 at 5:01 am

Adrien Philippe invented the self-winding feature for watches based on hand movement.  So when he teamed up with Swiss pocket watch maker Antoni Patek in 1845, good things were bound to happen.  They probably couldn’t have guess that nine months ago one of their pocket watches would be sold for a world record $11 million.  Popes, Kings, and more – you name it, they’ve all worn and still wear Patek Philippes.  Identified by model number, the 5098P was modeled after the 1925 model.  Platinum cased, the underbelly exposes the machine through a sapphire-crystal window.  Gold dial, Aligator band – and best of all, water resistant to 30 meters. A classic. $45,000 BUY

December 30, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Cigar CutterDiscreet and simple – this stainless steel 3 inch pocket knife is specialized for cigars.  Quickly cut with three different sized laser sharpened circular cigar punches.  Blade, file and scissor tool are bonus.  When compactness is needed, better to bring something like this – otherwise go for something larger.  Brings new meaning to “survival tool.”  $48 BUY

December 30, 2008 at 5:05 am

The Rugged DoormatThe Rugged Doormat designed by Iris Hantverk is made from solid wood and tightly knit nylon.  By the time you get in the door with this, you’ll be clean as a whistle.  Clean ski boots or your button-hook finest.  Fits a standard doorway and keeps your floors clean.  $50 BUY

December 29, 2008 at 5:11 am


Umbrella makers for the British Royal family, Swaine Adeney Brigg has continued to make the finest products since 1750.  They were even commissioned to produce Indiana Jones’ original hat.  Handcrafted from one piece of wood, with a sterling silver tip, these truly are the best umbrellas made.  The Whangee model was made famous over decades, especially by The Avengers television show. The best, at a cost.  $450 BUY

December 29, 2008 at 5:01 am

FireforkWe realize some of our features are a bit pricey.  But we’ve found something that is simple, great, involves fire, and is $4.   Grandpa’s Firefork is a wire attachment for any stick you find – and allows you to grill your food right there over the fire.  Catch fish and no pan needed, just bring this small piece of wire and you’re set for the freshest catch of your life.  Also acts as a great fire poker so you can prep the perfect fire for your meal.  Made of stainless steel wire “to last and last.”  Get back to the basics.  $4 BUY

December 23, 2008 at 5:39 am

Elina Aalto from the Finnish National Design Team came up with some clever roller shades.  Pull this shade down and suddenly you are in Tokyo, Helsinki, Paris or Stockholm.  Take your pick from her line.  Each is polyester dyed with acrylic backing.  They start at $345.  BUY

December 22, 2008 at 12:54 pm

During World War II, the British Empire sought to keep all subject’s eyes on the prize.  So millions of posters reading, “Keep Calm and Carry On” were printed, in hopes of keeping everyone on task during air raids.  Though never used – they are now historical and reproduced.  A great British reseller, Pedlar’s Webstore, is now selling them online.  Poster $150 with Frame BUY or Doormat for $700 BUY .

December 22, 2008 at 5:07 am

Only two Ferraris of this styling were ever made.  Carrozzeria Rocco Motto of Torino styled this for Ferrari and must have done something right.  This very vehicle was raced around the world.  From Italy to Argentina, its long and storied career has been carefully recorded.  Win after win, this car finally retired to a life of being looked at.  In 1997 at the Louis Vuitton Automobiles Classiques Concours d’Elégance at Bagatelle, the Monaco Historic Grand Prix meeting, and in 2003 was the cover car for the Ferrari Club of America.  The owner just passed away and now some very lucky person has the opportunity to listen to her purr and, if he wants, see what she’s still got under the hood.  If you’re interested be in Gstaad, Switzerland on December 20th at the Palace Hotel, at 9:00 a.m. and ready to spend $2.5 – $3.5 Million. BUY

December 18, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Best BinocularsLeica is taking things one step further – yet again.  Geovid Binoculars inlude a laser range-finder, meaning a digital display inside the lens tell you how far the object is.  Perfect for knowing how far until you reach that summit, or distance to an animal.  Also included is 56 millimeters of the highest quality lenses available in the world.  Low light situations are not a problem with these wide lenses and Leica multilayer coating.  In the words of Leica, “perfect for the modern stalker.”  We couldn’t make that up.  Regardless of your purpose for buying these – they are the best binoculars money can buy. Which explains the price.  $2,700 BUY

December 18, 2008 at 5:07 am

Steampunk ClockNew York’s BDDW takes a different approach to design.  Everthing sold in the Soho store, is manufactured at the BDDW studio in Williamsburg.  Modern, mid-century modern and more.  To us, it’s just never seen good stuff.  We especially like the Nixie Desk Clock.  Comes in blackened bronze, natural bronze, or silvered bronze shown.  Put it bedside, at your desk, or in the kitchen.  Glowing time.  $2400 BUY

December 17, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Library Stairs

Books you can’t reach?  You likely need an 1890’s French staircase to get them.  Cast iron with wrought iron ballistrades, brass finishing and stained oak steps.  Better access to those first editions.  Top-shelf gives you something to lean on while perusing, and a place to rest your drink.  Your guess is as good as ours on how much it weighs.  Shipping not included in the pricetag . . . $35,000.  BUY




December 17, 2008 at 5:08 am

Ralph Lauren TuxedoEnjoy the holidays in style.  Ralph Lauren hired rather accomplished Italian tailors to put together this tux.  All the proper trimmings including flat front pants with angled front pockets, two-button jacket, sloped shoulders, and lightweight lining.  Three pockets inside, and 100% wool barathea (broken rib weave).  Grab a handkerchief and you’re there.  $1500 BUY






December 16, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Automatically Inflating VestSpinlock is a sailing company, founded and based in Cowes in The Isle of White.  After numerous awards for rope handling technology, they have branched out to design an innovative life vest.  Light, and trim – you won’t notice it, until you hit the water.  The vest instantly and automatically inflates, with British Army approved buoyancy.  $400 BUY

December 16, 2008 at 5:33 am

Emergency CoffeeIn our never-ending quest to provide you with the necessities for getting through the Holidays, we think this might be worth it.  Don’t get stuck at a relative’s home, rummaging through their coffee beans and filters.  Just take along the “Emergency Coffee” and you’re set.  One order provides two tins – and each comes with four, one cup individual filter packs.  No coffee maker needed and beans and filters are set. If you can boil water – you’re day just got much brighter.  $8 BUY

December 15, 2008 at 1:00 pm

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