Holiday Gift Guides 2017: Ultra High-End

Lavish presents to give, covet and daydream about

Everyone’s dreams of a luxuriant lifestyle take on different shapes, styles and colors—with worlds of different components at play. Sometimes it’s a yacht, other times it’s simply a day without email. Below we’ve outlined a handful of products that reflect the best of their class in many ways. There’s glamour, indulgence and delight. We’ve picked homewares and fashion pieces, spirits and accessories. Some are pretty …

Hock Design Fitness Equipment

Beautifully designed high-end exercise goods with an eye toward the future

Kristof Hock knew there was a better way of doing things. Years ago—while working as a product manager in the fitness industry—he would visit Nantong, China to meet with manufacturers. He remembers the polluted air and the bedraggled workforce—mainstays of the city that produces most of the world’s affordable fitness equipment. In pursuit of a more sustainable model, Hock formulated the idea for a range …

Panasonic ES-LV81-K

This top-of-the-line wet/dry rechargeable shaver trims the competition

One of the best things about electric razors is their low environmental impact. I love to shave in the shower but am always concerned about wasting water, and even though the indispensable Razor Pit extends the life of overpriced razor blades I cringe every time I throw a pack in the garbage, knowing it will sit in a landfill for way too long. Electric shavers …

McIntosh MXA60

Prosumer audio components shrunk into a shelf-sized unit

A favorite of audiophiles everywhere, McIntosh has been known for its top-of-the-line amplifiers and stereo equipment for over 60 years. We recently got the chance to spend some time with the MXA60 integrated audio system, released to celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary. As with all of their products, the system’s looks alone won us over instantly. With a glass face, metal casing and anodized aluminum …