Robb Report Christmas Gift Guide For Him
25 of the finest presents for the men in your life. Or, yourself.
Specific, elevated tastes? We know you and we know you don’t want to smile through another unremarkable gift unwrapping.
And so – introducing the curated, Robb Report selection of gifts.
Technics – SL-1200GR Direct Drive Turntable System
Technics has long delivered the gold standard for turntable systems. Here, in the SL-1200GR, the revered brand combines its analogue know-how with leading edge digital technologies. Smoother rotation through the high-precision motor control achieves better, more replicable sound while the aluminium diecast turntable platter pursues rigidity and vibration damping for an indulgent listening experience.
Dior – Oblique Hawaiian Beaded Shirt
This short-sleeved shirt is cut in silk twill and offers a relaxed silhouette with a convertible collar. The navy fabric is paired with a reinterpreted ‘Dior’ signature seeing a pearl effect. A visible button placket and chest pocket is paired with a straight hem while side vents further its summery appeal.
A lot of fitness gadgetry and fads claim to be all-inclusive – even though few are. Technogym’s newest addition, the Technogym Bench, brings training back to basics. The bench combines various fitness bands (in three different resistance levels), hexagon dumbbells (totalling 57kgs), weighted knuckles and a training mat, all concealed in an elegant storage solution easily moved out of sight courtesy of attached wheels.
Targa Great Barrier Reef – Ferrari Brisbane
Open to Ferrari owners (hey, we know you’re there) this is an ultimate road experience – one that means belting said Prancing Horse in and around the lush nature that frames Cairns and some impressive Far North Queensland roads. This is closed road racing, an unforgettable three days spent navigating the heady Targa circuit with all aspects (vehicle transfer, meals, luxury accommodation, more) curated and seamlessly delivered by Ferrari Brisbane.
Next year’s race is set for September 3-5; brisbane.ferraridealers.com, +61 (0) 7 3853 0125
Hasselblad – 907X
This vintage inspired camera not only arrives with plenty of design cred – by virtue of its boxy, retro aesthetic – but also holds plenty of technical capability. The 907X is the Hasselblad’s smallest, lightest medium format camera ever. Boasting a CFV II 50C digital back (which can ingeniously fit almost every V system body going back 60 years) the 50-megapixel CMOS sensor is capable of stunning resolution, exceptional colour and a wide dynamic range of 14 stops.
Aston Martin – AMR-C01 Racing Simulator
Short of gifting an actual Aston (and wouldn’t you be the ultimate Santa in doing so), the British marque’s luxurious simulator comes close. Taking first steps into the digital world of simulated driving by partnering with Curv Racing Simulators, the AMR-C01 offers the very best in driving simulation through Assetto Corsa software grafted to the luxury details and finishes such as a carbon-fibre monocoque and the same seating position found in the Valkyrie supercar.
Approx. $104,000; curvrs.com
The Balvenie – 30-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Hailing from Speyside in the Scottish Highlands, Balvenie’s expression is one of the lightest and most delicate in the region with little to no peat. The rare and especially fine single malt finds its way into traditional oak whisky casks before being transferred to European oak sherry casks. Expect silky, honeyed notes on the nose with mellow levels of oak and orange peel before arriving at a dark chocolate, plum, marzipan and caramelised pear taste executed on a lingering sweet finish.
Bang & Olufsen – H95 Adaptive ANC Headphones
This stylish set of headphones offers Danish outfit Bang & Olufsen’s expertise in noise-cancelling and sound production. Customised titanium drivers and the brand’s signal processing engine create an unrivalled wireless listening experience while premium materials designed to embrace the ear are made from soft top grain lambskin and ductile memory foam. Aluminium dials provide a tactile interface. Pictured here in the gold tone edition – as part of B&0’s 95-year celebration – drown out the noise this Christmas with a set of these.
William & Son – Poker Set
Up your game with this stylish poker set from Willian & Son. Presented in a sleek leather carry case, the pack allows you to stage your very own Casino Royale and comes with ceramic poker chips – in a range of denominations – dice and two decks of playing cards. With enough practice you might be able to call Le Chiffre’s bluff, even after a few vesper martinis.
Tiffany & Co. – Paloma’s Groove Ring
Go for gold this Christmas – 18-carat to be precise – with the Paloma’s Groove Ring from Tiffany & Co. With its wide design, powerful graphic lines and handsome grooves, originally penned by Paloma Picasso, it’s a statement from the famed American jeweller’s dedicated men’s department that won’t go unnoticed or unappreciated.
Chopard – Alpine Eagle XL Chrono
A relative newcomer to the stainless-steel world of sports watches, Chopard’s Alpine Eagle flies high above the pack with a lucent steel and sunburst Aletsch blue dial. It arrives powered by the automatic 03.05-C movement with 60 hours of power reserve and is water-resistant to 100 metres. It currently has four patents pending including a unidirectional gearing system that prevents energy loss, a vertical clutch that ensures accuracy, a flyback chronograph with three pivoting hammers and an ability to compensate for variations in inertia throughout the watch’s lifetime.
BDK – Sel D’argent Eau De Parfum
With top notes of bergamot, grapefruit and salt, this is the perfect fragrance for the holiday period and beyond. The nostalgic fragrance is reminiscent of late afternoon swims with a side of ‘romance’ courtesy of green notes such as galbanum, among others.
Louis Vuitton – Baby Foot Table
Foosball, but not as you know it. The lauded French maison has delivered an elegant spin on the classic game with hand-painted players and cowhide leather-coated handles adorning the piece. Enamel counting coins see the label’s monogram flower while the ‘LV’ logo decorates the side of what is absolutely the most decadent way to play.
Hublot – Big Bang Integral King Gold
The Hublot Big Bang Integral King Gold makes an entrance, which is what you’d expect from a ‘royal’. Satin-finished and polished 18-carat king gold (a fusion of precious metals that results in a warmer tone) forms the watch’s 42mm case and strap. Inside, the Unico 2 calibre – which is visible from the open worked dial – offers a 72-hour power reserve and thanks to technical optimisations, now sits 1.3mm thinner on the wrist. Red indications pop against the matte grey dial while the watch is water resistant to 100-metres.
Berluti Venezia – Letter Holder
Utilising Berluti’s expertise in leather goods, the Italian label – headed by Kris Van Assche – has recently unveiled a range of office accessories. Here to elevate your desk and a re-edition of a Carl Aubock original design comes the Venezia leather letter holder which is folded over a metal plate. Opt for the louder colour in the Sukhna Sunset Purple.
Alexander McQueen – Oversized Sneaker
A pair of white leather sneakers are a staple of the modern man’s wardrobe. And one of the finer examples is the oversized offering from Alexander McQueen – featuring a drop-heel counter in ‘lust red’ with McQueen signature featuring on the tongue and heel counter.
Tom Ford – Grain Leather Shoulder Briefcase
Ford’s elegance extends to this slim briefcase. Made in Italy, the briefcase is crafted from 100 per cent grain calf leather and offers myriad compartments and pockets alongside a detachable shoulder strap and oversized zip (in gold-tone no less) for added functionality.
Boston Dynamics – Spot Robotic Dog
Spot, as this robot dog is called, may seem like a fun pet, but this four-legged robot actually earns his paycheck by performing remote duties well beyond fetching Sunday slippers. Using its stereo cameras, Spot can manoeuvre through dynamic work areas, carry payloads up to 13kgs, perform security sweeps and even inspect progress on construction sites—at stretches of up to 90 minutes at a time (its swappable battery pack means Spot can get back on duty ASAP). Good dog.
Approx. 101,800; bostondynamics.com
Brunello Cucinelli – Calfskin Backpack
No, you won’t look like a preppy schoolboy wearing a backpack, especially with this elevated Brunello Cucinelli calfskin number. The richly textured grained leather – delivered here in ochre – is complemented by two small side magnet pockets, a front zipper and straps that make it the ultimate utility for the man on the go.
Twilight Tour & Degustation Dinner – Penfolds Magill Estate
An exclusive twilight experience taking in the workings and storied history of the famed Penfolds Magill Estate in Adelaide – a chance to journey through all that makes Penfolds an international symbol for brilliance. A seven course degustation dinner follows at an award-winning restaurant, the meal paired with wine selected by Penfolds’ cellar sommelier.
$560 per person; penfolds.com
Jaques Marie Mage – Molino Square-Frame Acetate and Gold-Tone Sunglasses
The curated selection of sunglasses by JMM are crafted in small batches and pass through over 100 hands in a 300-step process to ensure quality of the highest standards. Made in Japan, the acetate ‘Molino’ offers a contemporary silhouette fitted with fold inlays and light blue lenses.
Approx. $878; mrporter.com
Cake – Freeride Kalk& Electric Motorbike
A lightweight, high performance weekday commuter that can easily hold its own on a pock marked trail, the Kalk& means clean, fume-free and fun riding. Weighing only 62kg (plus a 17kg battery), it offers 83km of range, is capable of speeds over 90km/h and recharges from flat to 100 per cent in three hours.
Approx. $19,100; ridecake.com
Gucci – Logo Embossed Perforated Leather Wash Bag
Green with envy. Well, that’s what everyone will be when you gift this logo embossed leather wash bag from Gucci. Suited to travel with its ventilating perforations, the bag offers a lined interior, zipped pockets and fastening and a useful side handle.
Approx. $1020; mrporter.com
IWC – Yacht Club Chronograph
Let these Swiss masters sail you into Christmas with the Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph. The 44mm stainless steel case houses a silver-plated white enamel dial which is contrasted by a black rubber strap. The in-house flyback chronograph movement offers a 68-hour power reserve and is water resistant to 60 metres so there are no trepidations about taking it out on the water.
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