Essential, High-Quality Technology Guide

Like it or not in this modern age, technology rules our world. It makes life a lot easier in many different ways; from helping us achieve a perfect body, to monitoring our homes, technology has penetrated every facet of our lives. I can easily say that I've been a techie geek ever since I can remember, I must have been the only 6th grader I knew who kept track of his assignments on a Palm Pilot (remember those!?). 

If you're anything like me, then you have to know what the hottest gadgets of the moment are at all times. The following list is a compilation of some of the most essential, highest-quality gadgets out there. From wearables to improvements on everyday items, here are the top picks of the best of the best tech out there.

JAWBONE UP24

The Jawbone UP band has long been my preffered fitness tracker out there. The UP24 is the latest incarnation of Jawbone's fitness band, adding bluetooth connectivity making it even easier to talk to your smartphone. From tracking your fitness activities, logging your nutritional intake for the day to even monitoring your sleep patterns, the Jawbone UP24 Band is the best fitness band out there.

Alpine iLX-007

Ever since Apple announced its CarPlay technology, I've been obsessed with having my car's system integrate with my iPhone. Up until now, the only way you've been able to experience it first hand was purchasing a new Ferrari FF. While I still await BMW to integrate it into its line of vehicles so I can use it in my own car, the next best solution is the new Alpine iLX-007 aftermarket receiver. The iLX-007 streamlines the CarPlay features into you car, regardless of what make or model of vehicle you own. 

Sony QX100

Everywhere you look, someone is taking a picture with their smartphones to share on their various social media channels. While most smartphones take decent quality pictures, we have lost the sophistication & expertise of actual cameras to capture these memorable moments. The Sony DSCQX100 is best of both worlds, a Carl Zeiss lens on a portable lens so compact that it snaps onto the back of your smartphone (Apple or Android). With Wi-fi connectivity built into the lens, all your pictures are immediately saved onto your phone to share away with your friends.

Anova Precision Cooker

Never has cooking been so easy! You may have seen precision cookers on shows like Top Chef or Iron Chef  & imagined that you could never master the art of it, but with the Anova Precision Cooker all it takes is a pot, some water, the Anova device & your smart phone to cook perfectly prepared meals. With the tap of a few buttons, your smartphone tells the Anova what temperature & how long to cook your food, making every meal you make cooked uniformly throughout.

BRUVELO Smart, WiFI Pour-Over Coffee Brewer

You can never compare a good coffee prepared by a barista at your favorite coffee shop to the cup of joe you prepare at home. There is a reason why they have a fancy name as their job title, they know what they're doing. The BRUVELO Pour-Over Coffee Brewer takes all the hard work of making the perfect cup of coffee & puts all control in your smartphone. BRUVELO filters & manages the temperature of the water, even weighs & grinds your grounds & even adjusts to whatever flavor profile of coffee you want. For anyone wanting a fine crafted cup of coffee at home, this is the perfect must-have. 

 

Trim Down Your Wallet, The Card Case

I noticed the other day how quickly a mans wallet can accumulate receipts, business cards, cash, credit cards & many other things. While it is good to keep some vital things in your wallet, I feel that a wallet should always be kept slim. When it comes to my personal wallet, I really only carry on me the essentials: ID, debit card, a few business cards, health insurance card & my Starbucks card. I really hate to carry cash so my wallet is always kept slim. 

On the other hand, I've seen plenty of my friends carry around these brick sized wallets overflowing with various cards & papers. The first thing I think you need to do to slim down your wallet is to trim the fat of any non-vital essentials. You don't need to carry around every card & loyalty punch card with you everyday. Keep it simple. A second piece of advice I would give is to purchase a card case to use when going out for the night or on vacation. While some people may not be used to carrying such a thin wallet, think of it as a quick out the door alternative to your everyday wallet. Quickly pop in your ID, couple of cards you need for the night & head off.

The following picks are a few of my favorite selections of card cases. Coming in varied colors & styles, your card case can be an extension of your personality by what style you pick for yourself. I've always said, a well dressed gentlemen pays attention to every small detail down to even his wallet. 


SHOP THE POST

Salvatore Ferregamo Revival / Bottega Venetta Intrecciato / Bally Leather Case

Gucci Crocodile Case / Prada Saffiano / Tod's Case & Money Clip

Victorinox Alliance Watch, Style & Elegance

When I was a teenager my first watch was a Victorinox Swiss Army gifted to me by my father on my 13th birthday. I will never forget how stylish & sophisticated I felt being one of the first of my friends to wear a 'grown up' watch. To this day I still keep that watch as it is symbolic of my journey into adulthood. From the day I received it to even now, the watch still receives compliments when I wear it on occasion. Since then I've changed watches multiple times but the quality and durability of Victorinox makes this a timeless watch I will keep forever.

For over the last 130 years, Victorinox Swiss Army has built a company priding itself on its high quality, durable, multifunctional and classic products, ranging from the original Swiss Army knife to the watches, fragrances & luggage of today. This year Victorinox launches their newest edition of the Alliance watch. Known for its precision and ingenuity, the Alliance watch is truly a special watch among the many other lines of watches Victorinox carries. The new 2014 edition goes back to its roots and focuses on its primary function: to tell time accurately & clearly as possible. The 40mm diameter watch face is a perfect fit on a wrist of any size & the polished, pyramid-shaped indexes catch & reflect light subtly to add a sense of flash to this already elegant watch. 

The Alliance watch comes in four different options. Chose from a dark gray or eggshell dial face as well polished and stained steel strap or a ecologically tanned black leather strap. Proud in its long standing tradition, the Alliance proudly bears the iconic cross emblem of Swiss Army at the 12 o'clock position, signifying the attention to detail that has long made Victorinox Swiss Army a timeless classic.



This post is partnered with Victorinox Swiss Army. The content and views expressed here are my own.

Summer Must-Have: Acetate Sunglasses

The long summer days are almost upon us, bringing plenty of days spent outdoors by a pool or on a patio with a drink. Along with your other must haves; the perfect bathing suit, large waterproof beach bag, SP45 and other essential items, one thing that should be in your summer arsenal this year are a pair of acetate sunglasses. Everyone from Tom Ford to Ray Ban has jumped on this hot trend. With trips to the West Coast being planned or other beach locals, it's never too early to find your favorite pair of sunglasses for the summer. While some people may scoff at the idea of wearing an accessory made out of material most known for platform shoes, let's get one thing straight; Tom Ford knows best. The Leo Acetate sunglasses from his eponymous brand is my personal pick on how to rock the acetate trend, made almost in a tortoise shell design. Among Ford's Leo, the following are other perfect alternatives.