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Curators of Interesting Toys

A selection from the editors of ForbesLife India, ForbesLife, and Infomedia18

Jasodhara Banerjee
Published: May 8, 2014 09:01:07 AM IST
Updated: May 8, 2014 09:07:56 AM IST
Curators of Interesting Toys

Lamborghini Veneno Roadster
$4.5 million
Only a fortunate few—nine, to be exact—will ever wrap their hands around the leather steering wheel of the 2014 Veneno Roadster, Lamborghini’s ultimate hand-built supercar. Spanish for ‘venom’, the Veneno was designed as a racing prototype but observes just enough niceties (including an open-air cockpit) to be declared street legal. Powered by a 6.5-litre V12 engine, the car will produce 750 hp and rocket you to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, with a blow-your-ears-back top speed of 220 mph.

Curators of Interesting Toys

Burmese Spinel Ring

Price on request
Burmese spinel ring with diamonds and platinum by James de Givenchy for Taffin.

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KEF blade Speakers

$30,000 per pair
The form of KEF’s gorgeous Blade speakers was inspired by sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s ‘Bird in Space’ but also dictated by acoustics. The curved surfaces and unique configuration make the speaker ideal for pinpoint stereo imaging and a sound balance that’s the same throughout the listening area.

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Foosball Table
You want unyielding solidity for home foosball games, but would good looks break your heart? Here’s a handsome piece of recreational furniture that is constructed from reclaimed hardwood and cast iron, and will withstand the brunt of every slam and bump your competitive urges dish out.

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McIntosh’s MT5 turntable
Does ‘Sweet Virginia’ sound great rolling through your headphones? You ain’t heard nothin’ yet. McIntosh’s MT5 turntable lifts you to a transcendent realm by damping vibrations. The acoustically inert, softly glowing platter floats on magnetic bearings to reduce resonances and can also be finetuned to cope with off-speed records.

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Audio Research VSi75
Rs 7,49,800
Straight out of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop guide to audio design, this has six valves to shape and warm its reference-grade sound.

Curators of Interesting Toys

Dynaudio Confidence C2 II

Rs 10,70,000  
Try these beautiful, 1.5m-high floor-standers, entirely designed and built in Denmark. They’re easy to position; hard to stop listening to. Quite tricky to afford.

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Aston Martin Rapide S
The new Aston Martin Rapide S blends the British marque’s famously lethal aggression (James Bond, anyone?) with the elegance of a classic European Gran Turismo. This is the car made for cruising through snow-packed Alps, prepped for a winter weekends with skis, leather-bound luggage and three of your coolest friends.
—Hannah Elliott
*(This material is reproduced from T3 magazine and is the copyright of or licensed to Future Publishing Limited, a Future plc group company, UK2010. Used under licence. All rights reserved.)

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Wrangler Powered by Alpinestars Indy Jacket
Rs 42,500
Blending classic American style and motorbike-mandated safety, this jacket has a polymer/rubber compound called Bio Armour on the elbows and shoulders for extra protection.

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Ilott’s Vintage Eye

Imagine using your current digital camera 30 years from now. Ilott has another suggestion: Take pictures with their lovingly restored, vintage, manual 35 mm rangefinder cameras. With each recovered camera, the company replaces tension springs, repairing and cleaning dozens of cogs. They also replace cracked leather shells with durable wood veneers tailored to each camera and then turn it over to a new owner.
—Hannah Elliott

(This story appears in the March-April 2014 issue of ForbesLife India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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