As if owning an iPhone itself is not prestigious enough, a $34K solid gold iPhone places the bar a notch higher for common folks like me. This solid gold iPhone comes from the maker of electronic bling, Stuart Hughes, and is finished and polished by hand. The icing is on the apple - the Apple logo we mean - which is decorated with 53 diamonds. Instead of crying hoarse and still not getting anywhere closer to it, I have decided that admiring from a distance would suit me just fine for the time being. Sniffle.
When you think of Swarovski crystals a few words may come to mind - luxe, gaudy, and expensive. Swarovski crystals have bejeweled everything from tacky art to toilets. But with the unveiling of its first watch collection at Beselword, the premier trade event for the watch and jewelry industries, you might want to add classy and clever to that word association list.
Yes, it's $500, and few of us have that kind of cash to splash on an iPod speaker, but.. isn't it gorgeous? And the pocket-sized (well, almost) Phonofone II is brilliantly engineered, too: it uses "passive amplification," meaning it requires no power to transmit tunes from your MP3 player to a roomful of people.
According to the product website, "Although it is not intended to be used as home stereo system, it is perfect for a studio, next to the bed, or for a dinner party." You're telling me.
Via Mighty Goods.
Dell's latest laptop is shooting for the high end market with its latest offering. Complete with a snazzy website featuring beautiful models looking blase and a forgettable, mind-numbing track on an endless loop, the Dell Adamo is definitely a looker. Decked out in a machined aluminum chassis, with a mix of brushed and glossy facing, Adamo is available in Pearl or Onyx.
The name Adamo is latin meaning to "fall in love with" and looking at the specs, it’s easy to see why. Sporting a waifish .65 inch profile, weighing in at four pounds, the ultra-thin Adamo makes size 0’s jealous. The keyboard is a backlit, scalloped deal, making for a unique look and a nice typing experience. The view just gets better with the 13.4 inch widescreen 16:9 HD display with an integrated 1.3 megapixel web cam and edge to edge glass. But Adamo still packs a decent punch in the power department with an Intel Core 2 Duo Processors with Centrino technology under the hood. With its
advanced lithium polymer technology,Dell claims that Adamo has a battery life of approximately five hours on a full charge. WiFi and Bluetooth are standard.
They say that Apple will start selling a no-contract iPhone on Thursday (March 26). Of course there's a tradeoff for that lack of commitment - a pretty big tradeoff. $599 (for 8GB) or $699 (for 16GB).
Sigh. Here's Engadget's take on this event. And here's Geek.com's puzzlement over what AT&T is up to here. The confusion stems from the fact that you must already be an AT&T customer to get this deal.
Keep your fingers crossed for the next-in-line Bang & Olufsen LCD TV to be released after their much sought-after 26-inch and 32-inch versions - the bigger (and better) 40-inch entry level BeoVision 8 LCD TV.
Though Bang & Olufsen has only announced the specifications of the 40-inch version, you can be sure that it comes with their usual brand of stylishness and complete elegance. The latest BeoVision 8 sports a grand 1920 x 1080 resolution, 100Hz refresh rate, 500 cd/m2 brightness, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 6msec response time, and reduced LCD blur. In addition, it includes a "contrast improvement technology" that optimizes the screen contrast based on the picture content in each scene. And needless to say, the audio quality can be safely assumed to be superlative as well - the bass speaker faces downwards to provide a firm foundation for movies and music programs, while the front speaker units are tuned specifically for authentic reproduction of human speech.
There is no word on the release just yet but expect the pricing to draw some blood, sweat and tears from common folks like us.
Some time ago, we featured an article about the re-launch of Zontik Games and their swanky new website. Zontik has continued with the swank factor by expanding their online offerings with some beautiful new luxury gaming pieces.
Of particular note are some pieces from Italian luxury goods manufacturer, Ghisò. There's a backgammon set made of Macassar ebony that can be decked out in pink leather, making it uniquely feminine.
Also on offer from Ghisò is a limited edition checkers set also in Macassar ebony wood that is housed in a white lacquer box lined with a sueded fuscia calfskin.
Either set will set you back about $3300, but Zontik offers a price guarantee – not something you usually find with a retailer selling heirloom quality goods that are meant to be shared with your family's future generations.
Zontik's signature service concierge will be glad to help you pick out a quality set for yourself or help you find the perfect gift. If you're looking to go all-out and find something truly unique and special, their CustomDeluxe™ service will let you 'build something wonderful.'
Scirocco of Italy's new Graffe electric heater proves that warm towels don't have to come at the expense of a utilitarian looking appliance in your bathroom. The heater's stylish paper clip design allows it to be mounted either vertically or horizontally, in which case it can double as your towel warmer. In fact, I may never want to step out of a hot shower without one but at 590 to 1,190 Euros (depending on the size and finish you choose), I may just have to toughen it out a bit longer.
Via Coolest Gadgets.
One of my closest friends, Darlene, recently resurrected a weekly game night to make sure our little circle got to see each other at least once a week and to make sure we all do something to break us out of the winter doldrums. Game night means everything from checkers to DVD games like Scene It. Darlene has every one imaginable, including some beautiful classic chess and Chinese checkers sets that are works of art, but is always looking to expanding her trove.
Enter into the picture coincidence… On the heels of Darlene's expansion considerations, I've come to find out that our friends over at Zontik Games have given their website a major facelift (even Joan Rivers would be proud of them) to showcase their expanded selection. Zontik features the crème de la crème of traditional gaming wares, from traditional chess and backgammon models to estate-worthy croquet sets and decked-out versions of favorites like Monopoly and Scrabble.
And now a last minute look at a few luxury gifts for the holidays and beyond:
This new, hi-def desktop planetarium puts the planets on your desktop. The Stella TearStar looks like an unassuming mirror when turned off. When turned on, the backlight shines through with crystal clear stars and planets. This unit uses the same technology as many high-end full-scale planetariums. Perfect for you favorite Star Trek or Star Wars fan. From Audiocubes. $500. (Brian)
Sonic Chair with mounted iMac
If the credit crunch hasn't affected your finances this year (or you're intent on wearing your credit card out before the bank comes calling), perhaps the multiple design award-winning sonic chair complete with mounted iMac will take the top spot on your Christmas list? (If anyone wants to splash out on one for me, I certainly won't be complaining.) Price, you ask? Uh-oh: you probably can't afford it... (Diane)
For the seriously stylish lady in your life who still loves to write letters, what could be better than some seriously stylish personalised stationery from Redstamp, which, like Popgadget itself, carries the Oprah seal of approval. These correspondence cards, from $45 for 12 (plus a one-time illustration fee of $55) guarantee a thoughtful and exclusive (in fact, you could say luxury) gift. (Diane)
Want to work out in the new year, but looking for an exercise machine that doesn't spoil your carefully planned interior aesthetic? How about buying the Fitness Cube, which lets you exercise in style (and is priced at around 99GBP)? The Cube works all your muscles, similar to an at-home Pilates system, but when not in use can be folded away and used as a sleek and minimalist-looking stool. Just remember that this is only suitable for self-gifting: no-one wants to be told how unfit they are until at least December 27th. (Diane)
Fashion tech accessories
For the girl who loves fashion and gadgets, the Philips-Swarovski range of memory sticks, headphones and bluetooth headsets are beautiful and useful - and will empty your pocketbook quicker than you can say "blinging." (Diane)
Tube-based iPod speaker system
Think speakers, and you may not automatically think "luxury," but if you want some of the best money can buy, the first tube-based iPod speaker system is now on sale, for the bargain price of $4000. They are apparently the next best thing to being at a live gig - the audiophile in your life will love you for them. (Let's face it, they'd better!) (Diane)
Ikepod Horizon Watch
If you are looking for the ultimate chic in watches this year and can afford to spend $39,000 for one, the 2008-designed Horizon watch from Ikepod beckons you. This collection has been designed by Marc Newson for Ikepod and manufactured exclusively in - where else but - Switzerland. The watch has precious metals such as gold, platinum and titanium with a simple sapphire crystal front that almost camouflages its extraordinary origins. There is no need for any winding either as the watch catches on the wearer's movement to power itself. Each watch is stamped with a certificate of authenticity containing the serial number and date of production. Go on to Moss for this indulgence. (Kanchana)