Uniform Wares, one of our favorite watch lines here at Acquire, gets a nice little overhaul this year with the launch of their Swiss-made Collection. The London-based company will be releasing a new collection of watches and updated versions of their current pieces which will receive ETA or Ronda movements, Anti-Reflective Sapphire glass, and a whole new selection of luxurious straps and bracelets.
The new collection will be split into two lines: The C-Line and the M-Line. The M-Line is the signature, elegantly minimal Uniform Wares aesthetic while the C-Line is the brand's take on classic watch forms, refined with a more contemporary approach. Pictured above from left to the right: C41 w/ Milanese Bracelet - $1,570, C41 w/ Tan Nappa leather strap - $1,200, M40 w/ Tan Nappa Leather - $610.
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You didn't think Microsoft was going to sit this one out, did you? The software behemoth is introducing a new wearable today called the Microsoft Band powered by their new Microsoft Health software. Compatible with Android, iOS, and of course, Windows Phone, the Band can track heart rate with 24 hour tracking, steps, calorie burn, sleep quality, UV Index, and has built-in GPS.
They've also added smartwatch features like text messaging, incoming call notifications, and social media updates. If you pair the Band with a Windows Phone you get Cortana access for voice-activated controls. Battery life for the Microsoft band is rated at 48 hours and is also dust and splash-resistant.
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It was only a matter of time before The Hill-Side brought those damn good fabrics to a range of shirting. Today they launch their first seasonal collection of Made-in-the-USA styles and they're using some of their favorite American and Japanese fabrics from their Fall/Winter '14 line. The collection will consist of sixteen different fabrics which include everything from jacquard woven camos to Japanese selvedge in various colorways. All the shirts are cut and sewn in North Carolina, each featuring single needle construction and 2-eye natural corozo nut buttons.
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BMW unleashes a duo of Bavarian brutes with the unveiling of the high-performance X5 M SUV and X6 M Crossover. The duo is the second generation of the X5 M and X6 M models and will both be powered by the previous generation's 4.4L V8, but will gain a good chunk of horsepower which is now rated at 567 hp and will get the cars from 0-60 in 4.0 seconds and will hit a limited top speed of 155 mph.
Exteriors mods to the cars come in form of large front-end air intakes, side gills, M exterior mirrors, a M line four-pipe exhaust, a rear spoiler for the X6, and 21-inch forged wheels. You also get their xDrive all-wheel-drive system, Dynamic Stability Control, and a new eight-speed Steptronic transmission with paddle shifts. The cars will hit showrooms in early 2015 and pricing will be $99650 for the X5 M and $103,050 for the X6 M.
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What makes a good pair of pants? Well, if you asked The Absence, it would be matching Japanese fabrics with a team of people who craft their pieces by hand and have generations of experience in doing so. Not a bad recipe to go by, if you ask us. The Absence is a new pant label consisting of three well-designed and well-crafted Made to Order pant styles in a fit that's not too slim or baggy, tapered like a chino, and sized to fit just about anyone. Our favorite style is their Cargo Pant with its classic military-style pockets, but in a relaxed, but tapered cut and garment dyed for that perfect finish. It's also available without the pockets in their "trouser pant" style if taste leans more towards the minimal side of things.
$195-$240, The Absence
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VW can update and redesign the Beetle all they want, but it will never ever come close to capturing the charm of the original car. Zelectric Motors knows this well and is taking the classic Bug into 2014 with a fully electric model. A reliable, classic Beetle that you will never have to take to a gas station? Sounds like a winner to us. Classic Bugs from the 50s and 60s will be converted into Plug-in EVs with maintenance-free engines that can power the car for up to 110 miles of range and is capable of reaching speeds over 90 miles per hour. ZelectricBugs are currently in production and start at $45,000.
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UVEX's Snowstrike VT isn't your average ski/snow goggle, it's hiding a pretty incredible trick up its sleeve and could very well be the only goggle you'll ever need. The goggle uses what UVEX calls "Variotronic" that puts LCD technology into the lens which allows you to change the tint of your lens in half of a second. You get the option of a clear, blue, red, or violet lens and you can even enable an automatic mode that senses the light conditions and adjusts the tint accordingly. Battery life is about 30 hours and of course you get all the necessary features including anti-fog, ventilation, and double-foam cushioning.
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With all the focus on mobile computing it's been awhile since we've seen anything that truly excites us on the desktop side of things. That all changes today with an interesting new device from HP called the Sprout. As you can see, the Sprout ditches the traditional mouse and keyboard configuration for a camera/projector combo that they call the "Illuminator", a touchscreen display, and a "touchmat" that the Illuminator projects a screen onto.
How does it all work? The main display works just as you would expect any touch sensitive surface would, but the real killer app here is how the Illuminator and Touchmat work together. The Illuminator can scan 2D and 3D objects and place them into photos and design apps while the Touchmat acts as your input device and secondary display. The Sprout is powered by a 4th gen Core i7-4790S processor and has 8GBs of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT graphics, 1TB of storage, and a 23" display.
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Successfully funded through Kickstarter last fast, Game Paused has released its "Every Day is Play" book for general purchase and is a must-have coffee book for anyone who's ever picked up a gamepad:
"A snapshot of video game culture past and present, Every Day is Play is the first self-published book project from Game Paused. Capturing a whole generation's imagination through a series of interviews, features and fan-art, it promises a wealth of creative play--bringing every gamer together in a true celebration of the game.
Covering a varied range of topics from both inside and outside the gaming industry, the book will house over 30 key features and interviews, and over 1000 images from artists around the world."
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Making its debut at the LA Auto Show, Audi unveils their fastest production vehicle, the 2015 R8 Competition. The car will be powered by their 5.2L V10 that will deliver 570-hp which will help the supercar reach 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 199 mph.
The exterior will feature a number of matte carbon fiber components including a fixed rear spoiler, engine bay, mirror housings, front spoiler, and rear diffuser. You also get gloss black wheels with ceramic brakes with red anodized calipers. The R8 Competition will hit showrooms in early 2015 and will be produced in a limited run of 60 units.
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