For all its luxurious sapphire crystal glass and genuine alligator skin, the TAG Heuer Meridiist has always struggled to keep up with the times — but don’t expect that two megapixel camera or 1.9-inch QVGA screen to change in the handset’s latest iteration. No, the Merediist GMT’s only new feature is — you guessed it — to literally keep track of Greenwich Mean Time. “Switch between home time and destination time,” a flashy new ad teases, as a pair of (presumably) filthy rich individuals take the TAG Heuer Tesla for a cross-country drive. We’re not quite sure how one originally forgets about world time with 150 years of watchmaking experience under one’s belt, but at least the company has pledged to include the function in all future $4000+ models.
Leica M9 Digital Rangefinder Camera (Gadget Head, Cost No Object)
The Leica brand has represented the ne plus ultra of photographic excellence for nearly a century, and continues to burnish its impeccable rep with its new M9 ($7,000). As beautiful a piece of gadgetry as any we’ve come across, the M9 is somewhat of an oddity in the digital realm: it’s a rangefinder camera (meaning you don’t see through the lens to focus), is essentially all manually controlled (including focus) and is the smallest camera around to pack a full 35mm CCD image sensor. That giant sensor also explains why the M9 can capture positively massive (and gorgeous) 18.5-megapixel images — which, at about 36-megabytes (MBs) a snap, also means you might want to look into a new hard drive before you get snap happy. Nicely, the M9 can also accommodate any existing M-series lenses dating back to 1950s, a further enticement for any film Leica enthusiasts who are still sitting on the digital bench. Any devout shutterbug would kill or die to have one (and considering its $7,000 price tag, it’ll surely cross some minds), though casual shooters who aren’t comfortable messing with ISO, aperture and shutterspeed settings should likely opt for a DSLR with more automatic controls.