Christopher Luu 2017-09-05 01:00:19
With these toys, there’s no reason that growing up has to coincide with leaving the joy and wonder of playtime behind. Who says becoming an adult means nothing but responsibilty? Boys may outgrow their toys, but they never lose the fascination that comes with playtime. As they grow out of Lincoln Logs and Tinkertoys, men channel that spirit of exploration, creativity and discovery into more grown-up endeavors. Swap out Hot Wheels for a luxury vehicle. Upgrade pinhole cameras with one of the most trusted names in photography—not to mention a slew of high-tech additions. And, because those old Dick Tracy walkie-talkie watches never quite worked like they were supposed to, set sights on a Swiss watchmaker that is giving men the chance to live out their detective fantasies during their daily grinds. As for boys that never really grow up? The young at heart can relish a set of building blocks that eschew the usual bright colors and cartoon models for something really out of this world. BENTLEY BENTAYGA FLY FISHING BY MULLINER This coveted SUV gets a stylish upgrade from the premier name in fly-fishing. Bentley enlisted Mulliner, its bespoke arm, to craft a vehicle that’s designed for far-off fishing excursions. Customizable leather, a refreshment cooler stocked with custom stemware and fine china make this as far from roughing it as possible, starting at $200,000, at bentleymotors.com. Manly Toys No matter your age, these curated items will be sure to spur a childlike wonder. VERTU SIGNATURE TOUCH JET ALLIGATOR Smartphones are often associated with mass production, but Vertu brings craftsmanship and heritage to the tech space. The brand’s latest incorporates natural-grain alligator leather along with a scratch-resistant 130-carat sapphire crystal screen, ceramic framing, and grade-five titanium, which is stronger than stainless steel but ultra-lightweight. Let the masses fret over getting that other smartphone and stand out with something spectacular, $13,000, at vertu.com. SCHILLER S1-C Biking doesn’t have to stop at the end of the trail. California-based Schiller is ensuring that the ride can go into the waves with its revolutionary water bike. Blending a feather-light aluminum frame and a proprietary drive train, the pontoon-bike hybrid is easy to maneuver, doesn’t impact the fragile ocean ecosystem, and will certainly earn second looks from everyone on stand-up paddleboards and kayaks, $5,500, at schillerbikes.com. LEICA Q TYP 116 What looks like an ordinary camera with a vintage 1970s lean is actually packed with all the latest tech. A live-view screen allows for quick fingertip focusing, serial image shooting for high-speed action, and all of Leica’s photographic tradition. It’s all housed in a portable, sleek package, too. Throw in Wi-Fi connectivity for easy, on-the-go sharing with social networks for a shutterbug’s dream come true, $4,250, at leica.com. LEGO IDEAS NASA APOLLO SATURN V Lego's Ideas range takes user submissions to create sophisticated and polished puzzles that could double as display pieces. No Technicolor blocks here, the NASA Apollo Saturn V model is a 1:110 scale replica of the spacecraft made from 1,969 individual bricks and boasts the honor of being the tallest Lego Ideas set ever created, standing at one meter high, $119.99, at lego.com.
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