While Father’s Day has been celebrated in Catholic Europe since the Middle Ages (every March 19, which is also the feast day of Saint Joseph, the putative father of Jesus), it was not until the early 20th century that the celebration was first observed, on July 5, 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia. On June 19, 1910, Sonora Smart Dodd held a Father’s Day celebration at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington to honor her father, William Jackson Smart, who was a civil war veteran and a single parent who raised his six children. Several attempts were subsequently made to make the occasion a nationwide observance, but it was only in 1972 when then President Richard Nixon signed the law that made Father’s Day a national holiday. Now that we have at least an idea of how the event came to be, the next question is, what can we get for the most important man in our lives to show how much we appreciate him? If budget is not a problem, here are few recommendations guaranteed to put a smile on his lips and a twinkle in his eyes.
A collaboration between German luxury bicycle manufacturer PG and French high-performance luxury automobile maker Bugatti, the PG x Bugatti is composed of more than 95 percent carbon fiber, making it the lightest special urban bike in the world, weighing in at just 5 kg, Only 667 models will be produced, and Bugatti owners can even get their bikes built to match their cars.
With the beige-tinted Superluminova on its hands and indices, as well as the vintage Heuer logo and distressed leather strap complemented by the new Heuer-02 self-winding chronograph movement, 42mm polished steel case, water resistance to 100 meters, and a date aperture at 6 o’clock, the Autavia is as old school as it is high-tech. It’s a fitting creation to celebrate the model’s 55th anniversary.
You can now enjoy the blissful experience of a kayak ride without sweating out the boat’s transport from your house to the open water. The Hypar Folding Kayak is a modular smart boat made from a custom polypropylene material and folds up to be carried as a backpack, as it weighs less than 20 pounds, but is as durable and reliable as its hard-shell counterparts for rowing, sailing, or as a solar-powered motorboat.
While Microsoft and Lenovo may be first in market when it comes to laptop/tablet hybrids, automotive company Porsche may have perfected the idea. Its Porsche Design Group has come up with the Book One laptop that competes directly with the Surface Pro and the Yoga bearing a distinct advantage: it doesn’t feel flimsy even as it folds into a variety of stances. That’s because of the VarioGear stainless steel hinge inspired by the gearbox of a sports car. Built from brushed and anodized aluminum and sandblasted for a durable finish, the laptop features a 13.3-inch QHD multi-touch display (3200x1800 pixels) that detaches completely and comes with an aluminum stylus. It’s powered by an Intel Core i7, and has 512 GB of disk space and 16 BG of RAM.
Dad will surely rekindle his love affair with his collection of vinyl LPs with this hi-fi record console. Made of North American walnut, the Loft features a 300-watts-per-channel Wrensilva amp, a fully decoupled belt-driven turntable, and a 3.5mm jack. It’s also compatible with the Sonos speaker system. It also comes with a steel shelf with dividers that can store up to 120 pieces of vinyl.