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From itsy-bitsy gadgets to cool cars to mega bikes to exercise equipment, there is a host of really cool things out in the market this summer. Anumeha Chaturvedi checks out their desirability quotient.

Anumeha Chaturvedi        Print Edition: June 27, 2010

Rolex Submariner
The quintessential diver's watch, the Submariner has been updated since it was created in 1953. Today, the all new Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date is available in a 40-mm case that is robust, waterproof (up to 300m) and corrosion-resistant. This watch offers exceptional legibility thanks to the hour markers and hands being coated with luminescent chromalight. Its mechanical movement is equipped with a perpetual rotor and the parachrom hairspring pledges increases chronometric precision. Its unidirectional rotatable bezel allows the safe reading of dive time. The Rolex Glidelock clasp allows for easy adjustment of the bracelet length. Comfort and class, that's Rolex for you. Price: On request.

Philips Home Theatre Range
A complete show stealer, the new high-end home theatre range from Philips is equipped with dynamic three-directional angled speakers and 1200 W RMS, and is available in two models. Both models have inbuilt DTS and Dolby Digital Decoders which eliminate the need for external peripherals by processing all six channels of audio information to provide astounding surround sound. Finally, it's all about sense and simplicity. Price: Rs 24,990-Rs 79,990

Woodway Desmo H Treadmill
Perfect for home workouts, Desmo H features a wire-reinforced slatted belt surface that won't stretch and is virtually frictionless. There's also the menudriven LCD display with animated readouts and 99 user-customisable workouts. Price: $10,330 (Rs 4.9 lakh)

Mont Blanc Elizabeth I Limited Edition
Mont Blanc's Patron of Art Edition annually honours a legendary force in the world of art and culture since its inception in 1992. This year's limited edition range pays homage to Elizabeth I, one of the greatest cultural forces of all times. The range comprises two pens that reflect the splendour associated with the life and times of the English queen. The 18-carat gold nibs are hand-engraved with the design of the bejewelled gold crown wearing which Elizabeth I ascended the throne in 1559. Price: Rs 1.3 lakh- Rs 4.02 lakh

Cases from Louis Vuitton
Got your iPad? Before you start flaunting it, dress it right. These ultra-thin Louis Vuitton Damier Graphite canvas cases have been created to be hand in glove with the Apple iPad and will hit all Louis Vuitton stores in 2011. We're not sure if the much appreciated monogram services will apply to the cases, but watch this space for more. Price: $ 366 (Rs 16,968)

Audi's New Offering
Audi is celebrating three years in India with a limited edition surprise. The Q7 4.2 model boasts a V84.2 TDI engine, and is up for grabs at a special price. The new model joins the 3.0 TDI Quattro, 3.6 FSI Quattro and 4.2 FSI Quattro, which are the existing engine options available with Audi in the country. Price: Rs 58.68 lakh

Dolce & Gabbana Gold Series
The Gold Edition line, an exclusive range of prescription glasses from Dolce & Gabbana, has frames in 18-carat goldplated metal. The D&G monogram stands out on a miniscule metal plaque at the temple ends. Each pair comes carefully encased in a jewellery box, which contains two side drawers for storing the cleaning cloth and a certificate of authenticity that attests the originality of design and use of 18 carat gold. There's also a black leather case, perfect for ensuring the safety of your frames. Price: Rs 35,750

Lexus 2010 HS 250h
Apart from being the world's first luxury hybrid, the HS 250h from Lexus boasts many other firsts. A bridge between the IS luxury sports sedan and the ES luxury sedan, the 250h is the first Lexus to use carbon-neutral ecological plastic material and to boast a futuristic cockpit style and interior design. There's also the four-cylinder petrol engine, that is a first from Lexus, and the 2.4-litre Atkinson-cycle powerplant, that's part of the latest Lexus Hybrid drive system and generates 187 total system horsepower. The all-new 2010 HS 250h will be available through American dealerships by late summer at an approximate price of $50,000 (Rs 23.17 lakh).

M-55's EVO-001
It's being touted as the Ferrari of electric bikes. Here's why. Hungarian manufacturer M55's EVO-001 is equipped with Brembo disc brakes to bring the 43 mph (70 km/h) machine to a halt almost instantaneously. Its one-piece moulded aluminium frame and integrated battery pack along with a strategically positioned motor for better stability are the other attractions. Available in two versions: Street Legal with a 250 W motor and an off-road sport version with a 1300 W motor. The bikes are handmade and available in a limited run of only 250 units at an undisclosed price. Price: On request

Apple's updated Mac Book Pro Line
Apple has updated its MacBook Pro line with faster processors, powerful next-generation NVIDIA graphics and longer battery life. While the 13-inch MacBook Pro models boast faster Intel Core 2 duo processors, 4GB RAM and a 10-hour built-in battery, the new 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models feature Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and Apple's new automatic graphics switching technology that toggles seamlessly between powerful NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M and Intel HD graphics processors. Price: 13-inch MacBook Pro Rs 72, 900-Rs 89,900, 15-inch MacBook Pro: Rs 1,09,900-1,29,900, 17-inch MacBook Pro: Rs 1,36,900

Burberry Sport for men
Designed in alignment with Burberry's Sport Fashion Line by Creative Director Christopher Bailey, Sport is inspired by the British outdoors and has top notes of ginger and grapefruit. It is stylishly packaged in a red glass bottle with a rubber case and a debossed Burberry Sport Logo. Price: Rs 3,800

Laptop sleeves from Hidesign
The Spring-Summer 2010 collection from Hidesign includes colourful, carefully handcrafted leather laptop bags in vivid shades like aubergine, red and olive green. Now you can match your clothes with these colourful bags and brighten up dreary work days. Price: Rs 2295-2895

Nike Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II
Match the footsteps of your favourite stars with Mercurial Vapor Superfly II, Nike's lightweight football boot that features a unique, adaptive traction technology. It's secondary toe traction provides added toe-off power for the first critical steps. Price: $ 400 (Rs 18, 722)

Submarine Hybrid
After several years in the making, it's out and you may soon be able to get your hands on the world's first powerboat, the $3.5 million Submarine Hybrid. The James Bond-worthy Hyper-Sub from Marion HSPD (Hyper-Submersible Powerboat Design) is a heavy duty, 31 ft surfacecruiser with an enclosed cabin. Powered by twin 440 hp inboard diesels for a total output of 880 hp, it's built with the horsepower, seaworthiness and range to allow operations in the open ocean as well as function as a selfcharging, autonomous sub. Price: $3.5 million (Rs 16.4 crore)

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