Generally, we only mention a movie once, maybe twice on Frachelli – and even though the seventh Star Wars film releases December 18th, we’re already writing about it for the third time. The latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers gives us a glimpse at the return of Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbacca – and we couldn’t be more excited. We hope you enjoyed the trailer as much as we did, and may the force be with you.
This week at Swiss watch show Baselword, Breitling revealed the new version of their sporty diver, the Superocean. The restyled Superocean II retains the overall feel of its predecessor, with a handsomely refreshed dial featuring large luminescent numerals and the addition of smaller military numerals. Powered by Breitling’s Calibre 17 automatic movement, the Superocean II also slims down the case thickness for added comfort. The new model is available in three case diameters – 36, 42, and 44mm – and with the sizing, the water proofing ranges from 200 to 500 to 1000 meters respectively. The Superocean II looks sharp in black with a steel bracelet, but don’t overlook the blue dial or new Ocean Racer rubber strap either. Pricing also varies with options, but to give you an idea – the 42mm with a steel bracelet has an SRP of $3,900. MORE INFO AT BREITLING.COM
I never thought a backpack would be a source of compliments, but that changed when I got a Herschel. I’ve really been enjoying their Little America Backpack and have received several “hey, nice backpack man” praises. The stylish, yet seemingly complicated straps, actually have a magnetic closures making accessing the backpack a breeze. Best of all, inside there’s a fully lined laptop sleeve. Available in multiple colors.
The Teeling family whiskey heritage dates back to the distilling in Dublin in 1782 when Walter Teeling set up a distillery in the Marrowbone Lane in the Liberties. Their award winning Single Grain Whiskey is now available in the US and we had the pleasure of trying some. Teeling Single Grain is one of only a handful of single grain bottlings in the world. It uses a completely unique maturation process fully maturing the whiskey in Californian red wine barrels. The whiskey is made by combining unique ingredients, with maize/corn dominating and uses modern column distillation to produce the whiskey, which is exceptionally clean and smooth with a touch of sweetness. Give it a try this St. Patrick’s Day!
McLaren recently revealed their new Ferrari fighter, the 755LT. The LT stands for “Longtail” and pays homage to the Le Mans winning McLaren F1 GTR. Inside the elongated vehicle is a twin turbocharged V8 good for a devilish 666 hp and 516 lb ft of torque. The 755LT uses lightweight materials such as titanium and carbon fiber for massive weight savings, allowing the car to sprint from 0-62 mph in just 2.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 205 mph. More info at the official McLaren site.
As the name implies, the Nixon Time Teller is a pretty straight forward watch. Water resistant and housed in a 37 mm stainless steel case, the quartz powered Time Teller will handle every day use with ease. While it won’t have the same bling factor as a high-end luxury watch such as Rolex, it’s still tastefully styled and cost you a whole lot less money.
Today’s Dream Home resides in the city that never sleeps: New York, New York. Listed for sale at $9.9MM, this West 18th Street penthouse apartment includes 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and top-of-the-line finishes and appliances. Priced at $2,766 per square foot of living space, it may not be the most bang for your buck in terms of size – but you won’t get NYC skyline views like this from the burbs. Topped off with a private elevator and private rooftop terrace, the apartment is also in a building that features a 24-hr doorman, gym, and pool. See the listing here.
Even though from where I’m sitting (New York) it’s 15 degrees and snowing, a change of season is still inevitable – and odds are, your beat up winter shoes aren’t going to look so hot come spring. The Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip incorporates classic wingtip leather uppers with a bold and flexible sole – providing additional support and a splash of modern fun. Nike Lunarlon Technology is also imbedded into that fashionable sole for ultimate comfort.
What would happen if you stuck a 911-based engine in the lighter, mid-engined Cayman? Well, you’d get the all-new Cayman GT4. Porsche has refrained from giving 911 power to it’s younger brother the Cayman, but the cries from enthusiasts have been heard and answered. Not only is the mid-engined layout now beefed-up, this car will reportedly be ONLY available with a manual transmission – which serves the complaints derived from the automatic-only GT3. Visually, the Cayman GT4 stands apart with aggressive side scoops and race spoilers, and when you tap into the 385 hp 3.8 L naturally aspirated 6 cylinder, you’ll know you’re not just in a Boxster with some effects bolted on. The GT4 will hit 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 183 mph. Pricing is expected to start around $85k.