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Things my husband loves: cars, boats, high-end toys, and women. What this book is about: the finest cars, the most amazing yachts, the most hedonistic high-end luxuries. [Since I'm giving it to him, I'm the "women" part ;-)] This book is like a fact-filled, eye-catching "look book" for my favorite man. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves to keep in-the-know about indulgent innovations.
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LUXURY TOYS FOR MEN is a tantalizing compendium of the peak of perfection in several areas - handmade timepieces, exclusive sports cars, the best and priciest sound systems, yachts, etc - that men dream about possessing. Interestingly enough the portfolio has been edited by two women -Rebekka Wangler and Patricia Massó - both of whom have credentials in the PR world of luxury items. In the introduction they state 'this book was made for men who relish the finer things in life, and showcases the type of luxury that makes the "stronger sex's" heart beat faster.
In typical teNeues Publishing Group style the book is devoted to incredibly fine photography in this oversized volume, each photograph enhanced by the quality of paper on which it is printed. Here are examples of the finest in design in cars, in yachts, surfboards, watches, home theaters, billiard tables, grand pianos, espresso machines, belt buckles, skiing equipment and all of the machinations for underwater and even for space trips. And to top it off there are pages of peak of luxury vacation spots.
Some readers will simply enjoy the spectrum of items displayed, each accompanied by erudite and entertaining commentary. Some readers will want this book for the extraordinary photography. And, some readers will be the men who truly covet the dream products of man's creation that fill these pages. It is a well-designed and very sophisticated book - a one of a kind Collector's Item! Grady Harp, December 10
"... the products put together here are all stunning examples of how emotion and finesse can be combined with spectacular aesthetic purity." Perhaps, but I also see some magnificent engineering put to purposes that border on fine art.
The first section of this beautifully printed volume addresses, as you might expect, cars. They are, after all, the first possession a young man might truly long for. Speed matters, and that comes from engines up to 12 cylinders and displacements past 6.5 liters. These photos emphasize the interiors, though, and the body curves - the artistry rather than the machine's technical achievement. Boats (with displacements to millions of kg) and planes also fit into the "Mobility" chapter, but seem to appeal to narrower audiences.
The "Home" section revels in music of course, with an Audi grand piano and Gramophone speakers. An espresso machine that evokes chrome-plated steampunk falls into the category (but don't let the Pope know I said so), and knives. What could be more manly than knives? Again, the editors emphasize their style without mentioning the remarkable metallurgy resembling Damascus steel. Of course, the listing includes million-dollar watches, helicopter skiing, space flight, and other examples of advanced research and development in conspicuous consumption.
I was interested to see that both of this book's editors are women - clearly not the intended audience of these luxury toys. I couldn't help but wonder why it would take women to document men's indulgences. Were they fascinated and baffled by the phenomenon to the point that they had to research it? Or, but being outsiders in the manhood issue, did they bring an outsider's objectivity to the study?Read more ›
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