Gone are the days when the only way you could experience forced feedback steering in a driving simulator was to head down to the arcade and jump on Sega Rally at a rate of $2 a pop. Gaming is big business and serious gamers are willing to invest serious cash in their passion Ė exactly why Thrustmaster has launched its T-GT flagship. It has a high-grade brushless motor for simulating steering feedback as well as track vibrations and comes complete with alloy pedals and a quickdetach leather-upholstered wheel in case you have a massive stack and need to exit the bedroom in a hurry.
Thrustmaster T-GT, $1180 (available late 2017) shop.thrustmaster.com What better way to celebrate a midlife crisis than by taking delivery of your very own Ferrari F40, 30 years after posters of it hit your bedroom wall? But if, like us, your budget falls short by $1,999,820 then you could opt for one of these. Model car authority Bburago has recast this 1:18 scale F40 from the original dies it used when the F40 was new, for an unrivalled dose of nostalgia and feeling like you havenít done enough with your life. With a more handsome budget you could splash out on the 312P from CMC, which adds an increbile level of detail and tools, so you can play little pits.
Bburago Ferrari F40 or model $180 and 312P 1:18 scale mo $1225 respectively store.ferrari.com/au See the words Hogan and shoes in the same sentence and you would be forgiven for immediately visualising crocodile skin boots, but the collaboration between Hogan footware and Aston Martin has produced something a little more sophisticated. The ďultimate luxury sneakerĒ was revealed at London Fashion Week and is on offer in a choice of four hide colours, none of which is reptile.
Aston Martin x Hogan Olympia sneakers $500 (estimated) storehogan.com Weíve all been there. You have friends around and someone has just started talking about how cars that can go faster than 100km/h are unnecessary and we should all be driving around in autonomous convoys. Well that mind-numbing conversation could be a thing of the past with this unusual office chair. As soon as your guests touch a sensitive subject you can immediately launch yourself through the ceiling and hopefully into better company. The seller reports the ejector seatís condition is ďconsistent with age and useĒ which raises more questions than it answers. 1978 Martin Baker Aircraft ejector seat $9941 1stdibs.com
You might not have heard of Rado watches, and to its obsessive fans, thatís exactly the appeal. It is a proper Swiss watchmaker and celebrates its centenary this year. But its under-the-radar image means that its prices have remained semi-sensible by comparison with more mainstream Swiss brands. It also has a very distinctive ethos, centred on the invention of new, better materials from which to make watches.
Even the fanciest Patek will look a bit tired after six months on your wrist, so Rado has developed new scratchproof materials. In recent years (and long before the car industry did) it has focused on ceramics, which are light and hypoallergenic as well as being potentially harder than diamond. This Rado only has a ceramic bezel, but its cool retro look made it one of the stars of this yearís Basel watch show. And thereís an Aussie connection: called the Captain Cook, itís a reissue of an explorerís watch Rado first made in the 1960s. If you donít like the big-watch trend, you can have it in a very trad 37mm diameter. If you do, choose the 45mm version. Either way, fellow Radonuts will approve.
Captain Cook, $2500 (estimated) Rado Hyperchrome Capt rado.com Montblanc is the official timer for the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year. The pen-maker long ago expanded into watchmaking by buying the Minerva factory in the Swiss Jura mountains.
Minerva made much-admired dash-mounted stopwatches for early racers. Montblanc is paying tribute to them with its Timewalker Rally Timer, a chronograph that can be detached from its strap and mounted to a dashboard.
It also sprouts tiny legs so you can prop it up and use it as a desk clock. The movement inside is a work of art: which is something else you could buy with the price. More sensibly priced Montblancs are available.
Montblanc Timewalker Rally 100, $37,700 (estimated) montblanc.com Timewal stra somethin price Montblan Montbla Timer 1 montbl Singer, the Californian creator of the most insanely desirable (and expensive) re-engineered old 911s has now made a watch which is, predictably, insanely expensive and desirable. Singerís Britishborn founder Rob Dickinson has collaborated with a cutting-edge watchmaker and designer to make something which genuinely reflects the nature of his cars. The exterior is vintage racing-driverís chronograph, with a twist. But inside is a radical reimagining of the mechanical chrono movement which puts the stopwatch function at the centre and relegates the actual time to two rotating discs at the periphery.
Useful? Maybe. Cool? Yes.
Singer Track1, $55,000 (estimated) singerreimagined.com