Category Archives: LIFESTYLE

Anything that constitutes to lifestyle including hobbies, collectibles, fashion, travel and more.

Limited Edition Blancpain Saint-Valentin 2012

Blancpain Saint-Valentin 2012
(photos: Blancpain) Blancpain Saint-Valentin 2012 | US$tba |

it’s still a good month away from Valentine’s Day but that won’t stop us from featuring one true gift for your love one, well… that’s if you have reasonable huge pockets. meet the Blancpain Saint-Valentin 2012, a limited edition watch of just 14 units, each adorned with 2.95 carats of precious stones that would definitely set your love one’s heart fluttering with joy. encased within this luxury casing is a self-winding Calibre F185 movement with a total of 308 parts and 37 jewels that drives its flyback chronograph. the lavishness is pretty intense, yet classy: the bezel and lugs set with diamonds, the caseband set with four diamonds and a heart-shaped ruby, diamond tops the crown, and cabochon-cut rubies covered the pushpieces. finally a white alligator leather strap completes the package. Continue reading Limited Edition Blancpain Saint-Valentin 2012

Swann new RC helicopter with camera and iOS control

Swann Sky Eye RC Helicopter
(photos: Swann) Swann iFly Micro Lightning (US$69.99) / Sky Eve (US$99.99) / Black Swann (US$99.99) |

let’s be honest: not everyone is cut out to be pilots, not even when it is a toy and if you are like me who finds a real radio control helicopter an eternal frustration to learn, then counter-rotating blades remote control helicopters might just be an easier option. speaking of which, these newly announced trio of RC helicopters from Swann might be worthy of your consideration. first in line is the i-Fly Micro Lightning helicopter, which offers control either with the included IR remote or by any iDevices. of course, for the latter, you will need Swann’s iFly app, which is available free on the AppStore. the other two, the Sky Eye and Black Swann, features a built-in camera that record flights with video or still images at the push of a button. Continue reading Swann new RC helicopter with camera and iOS control

cool stuff: custom 15,000-piece StarCraft II Battlecruiser

Custom LEGO StarCraft II Hyperion Battlecruiser
(photos: Sven Junga)

though i have a special affinity for LEGO, i admit that i don’t have the natural ‘LEGO hands’ to custom anything at all and that leaves me with the option of just admiring the great works done by true LEGO masters – like Sven Junga who lovingly created this huge 15,000-piece Hyperion battlecruiser from the game, StarCraft II. though it may not be as enormous as the LEGO Ventator-class Star Destroyer but it is not lacking in the details department. it took Junga six months to complete this beauty and he’s not about to stop there as it looks like his Terran army is growing. treat yourself to some awesome images of this beautiful creation after the break. trust me, LEGO fans (StarCraft fans or not) won’t want to miss it. Continue reading cool stuff: custom 15,000-piece StarCraft II Battlecruiser

the first touchscreen watch from Swatch – Swatch Touch

Swatch Touch Watch
Swatch Touch Watch | US$140.00 |

the trait to draw us to this watch is probably the fact that it is a touchscreen watch, which is still not common up till this day. actually, there is something else to caught our eyes – it is from Swatch. yes, those trendy fashion watch maker that is more known for analog quartz timepiece has a touchscreen watch to offer and it has an unmissable font type that is guaranteed to draw looks, and perhaps kick off a conversation that you never wanted. as you might have guessed, it features your usual time keeping functionality like time, date, as well as alarm, plus timer, chrono and backlight (of course). Continue reading the first touchscreen watch from Swatch – Swatch Touch

vintage VDB Nordic Nightmare Dive Watch

(image: VDB) VDB Nordic Nightmare Dive Watch | US$tba |

when it comes to wrist watch, bigger dial face lures us most and that said, the VDB Nordic Nightmare is just one of those that caught our eyes the minute we saw it. despite being oddly named (nightmare?), we find its minimalist design particularly attractive and adding to that draw is its huge 51mm stainless steel vintage PVD coated case that sets our heart fluttering. details are pretty scant as it is but what we do know is, it has a plexi-glass crystal, a 5-minute rotational bezel, illuminated hands and markings, and it is powered by the trusty IWC vintage movement. Continue reading vintage VDB Nordic Nightmare Dive Watch

RCR 917 Replica Car Slot Car Race Track

RCR 917 Replica Car Slot Car Race Track
(image: Slot Mods) RCR 917 Replica Car Slot Car Race Track | US$tba |

modern motorsports are no doubt exciting but true blue motorsports fans will agree that 70s was the golden era for such exhilarating sport. the same goes for the toys that replicate those thrilling experience, like the slot car toys that were once popular in the 70s and 80s. so it seems appropriate to combine these two icons of the golden era together and let us relive those glorious moments all over again, and the Slot Mods’ limited edition replica slot car race track featured here allows us to do just that. on the first glance, it looks like just another vintage race car replica that does not nothing but there’s actually a secret lurking underneath that sleek vintage race car. at a push of a button, it unveils an awesome 1:32 scale wooden slot car raceway that comes complete with handcrafted, period-accurate signs, banners, aluminum Armco railing, landscapes and structures. Continue reading RCR 917 Replica Car Slot Car Race Track

Disney’s Cars Land coming soon, gets previewed

Disneyland Cars Land - Radiator Springs Racers
(photos: Disney)

come summer 2012, theme park enthusiasts will have something to cheer about, especially if are a fan of Pixar animated film, Cars. dubbed the Cars Land, this 12-acre addition to the Disney California Adventure lets visitor relive the fictional town of Radiator Springs from the original animated film “Cars” and its 2011 sequel. three rides are offered for this new parcel, which includes Radiator Springs Racers, Luigi’s Flying Tires, and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, alongside these thrill rides are eateries and shops based on theme of a town along Route 66. personally, i am not so enticed by the latter but i am pretty doped by the prospect of the Radiator Springs Racers, which itself took up almost half of the new land. Continue reading Disney’s Cars Land coming soon, gets previewed

Put your own name in your own mix of Whisky

Whiskey Blender
let’s be honest: not everyone has the exact same taste – literally or not and that holds true for your favorite adult beverage like whisky too. until now, we have to settle for Jack Daniel, Scotch, so on and so forth but that doesn’t have to be the case, really. if you are nodding your head furiously with the above statement, then are just about to strike gold. Whiskey Blender is the place to go online if you are a purist whiskey drinker who believes that such hard liquor should be individualized. the good news is, you get to choose from a range of flavors, mix them up to 700ml and call it your own mix. to add to that exquisite individual taste that you have ‘created’, you get to name your blend of whisky and put down your name (i.e the blender’s name) on it. Continue reading Put your own name in your own mix of Whisky

Nixon THE STEELCAT Chronograph

Nixon THE STEELCAT Chronograph All Black
(image: Nixon) Nixon THE STEELCAT Chronograph Wrist Watch | US$650.00 |

often we admire the beauty of luxury timepieces, knowing that we probably won’t be able to splurge on such luxury but lucky for us, there’s a ‘go between’ like the upcoming Nixon THE STEELCAT Chronograph Watch. brand name and stature aside, this watch lures our attentions away from who the maker is behind it. not surprisingly, Nixon takes its design cue from luxury brand name like Hublot and Audemars Piguet, and the result is what you see here: THE STEELCAT. the watch features a 5-hand SWISS Quartz chronograph movement, a custom 48mm stainless steel case, domed sapphire crystal, rubber bezel, screw down crown, silicone strap with molded stainless steel hardware, and water resistant up to 300-meter depth. Continue reading Nixon THE STEELCAT Chronograph

Bell & Ross PW1 Pocket Watch and WWI Wrist Watch

Bell & Ross PW1 Pocket Watch
(image: Bell & Ross) Bell & Ross Vintage PW1 Pocket Watch and WWI Wrist Watch | from US$tba |

have you ever wondered why people of today are intrigued by instruments of the past? perhaps, it is their simplicity that captures our attention and with the sea of complex gadgets rolling into our lives, we tend to appreciate the sense of uncluttered minimalism in some of the things we use. if you belongs to the aforementioned category, then these World War I military-inspired pocket watch and wristwatch by Bell & Ross are a must have for you. first in line in this Bell & Ross Vintage series is the Vintage PW1 Pocket Watch that sports an anti-reflective domed sapphire crystal, a galvanic black, sunburst dial with large numerals and hands covered in a photo-luminescent coating. encased within this 49mm polish steel with “Barleycorn” guilloché case back is a manual-winding mechanical ETA 6497 movement. other features include complete hours, minutes, and small second hand for accurate time-telling, grooved crown that offers ease of use even when wearing gloves and water resistance up to 30 meters. Continue reading Bell & Ross PW1 Pocket Watch and WWI Wrist Watch