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In Gear: This month's selection of awesome automotive gear

By The Wheels team, 31 Dec 2018 News

In Gear: This month's pick of awesome automotive gear

Our picks of the most awesome automotive-related gear

Handpresso Auto, $235

If you don’t have a problem with the idea of driving around with a cylinder of boiling water pressurised to 16 bar sitting in your cup holder, then the Handpresso Auto could be for you. The hand-held unit spells the end of crappy servo coffee in paper cups and allows you to pump out fresh espresso shots anywhere there is a 12-volt power socket.
handpresso.com

Notablerides Post-it notes, $12.50

Fine automotive art is not limited to oil on canvas as proven by these must-have sticky notes. The beautiful work of Doug Breuninger is miniaturised and immortalised on the unorthodox medium of bespoke Post-it notes, with the portraits of nearly 200 cars painstakingly crafted, then reproduced in high quality 3x3-inch prints. Hey, it’s less crazy than BMW putting art on cars... 
notablerides.com

Amalgam models 1:4 scale Bugatti Chiron engine, $11,800

We’ve all been there. You spend $3m on one of the world’s most hyperbolic hypercars only to realise you can’t appreciate one of its greatest visual assets – the engine. But if you have a disposable income equalling the GDP of some African countries, then you probably won’t think twice about buying one of these. The amazing Bugatti Chiron engine and gearbox 1:4 scale model from Amalgam is impressive, and its detail is so extraordinary that it’s probably easier to build the real thing.
amalgamcollection.com

Sony PlayStation 4 Gran Turismo Sport edition, $549

As if there wasn’t enough to get excited about Gran Turismo Sport – the latest instalment of Polyphony Digital’s celebrated racing simulator – Sony has created a special commemorative PlayStation 4 console to match. Not only do you get a unique GT-logoed console and matching silver controller, but the package includes the ‘Day 1’ edition of the game, which brings a number of in-game privileges, among them 250,000 of credits, or plenty to buy a sports exhaust for your virtual ride and start dominating the Clubman Cup.
playstation.com/en-au/

Watches

TW Steel Volante VS21 (45mm), $299

Dutch watch firm TW Steel is barely a decade old but it behaves like one of the famous Swiss brands, sponsoring and making special editions for everything from F1 teams to Red Bull Holden Racing and Mick Doohan. Its watches are often big and brash, but the new Volante range is more subtle and good-looking. The watches are available in a choice of sizes, although the smaller 45mm case is still pretty big. The quality is impressive for the price – the case is made of the same 316L steel as a Rolex, and there’s a high-quality Japanese Miyota movement inside.
twsteel.com

Swatch Sistem 51, $200 

Swatch’s Sistem 51 completely rethought the traditional automatic movement when it was launched in 2014, just as the original plastic quartz Swatch rethought (and saved) the Swiss watch industry in the ’80s. The Sistem 51 simplifies the movement to 51 parts, and once fully-wound by the movement of your wrist it will keep ticking unworn for 90 hours, or twice as long as a typical automatic. Swatch also rethought the price: typically you’d pay at least five times this much for a Swiss auto. Every watch nerd wanted a Sistem 51 when they came out, but initially they were only available in Switzerland. Soon they were changing hands for a premium. Now, they’re readily available in a range of designs, but this early one remains our favourite. In cream with a black dial, it reminds us of a Porsche 959’s cabin. swatch.com

Pulsar PQ2055X1, $250

Pulsar is part of the Seiko group and follows the same principles: maximum quality at a sensible price. Awareness among Aussie petrolheads will have been raised by Pulsar’s three years as the official watch partner of Supercars, and of course there’s a special edition chronograph to match, with the big red ‘S’ on the dial. But if Supercars aren’t your thing, or you just want something more subtle, have a look at this snappily named model. Its deep, oval case is a retro tribute to 1970s Omegas, yet inside there’s a modern digital module with a world timer function. 
pulsarwatches.com.au