Ah, Chrimbo. A time when even the most sophisticated retailer abandons its core values for pan piped Cliff Richards and fake snow on the windows. It fair makes one shudder.
Reset your industrial appreciation with our pick of design classics…
Mondaine Evo Quartz Analogue (£160)
A Swiss railways watch design so iconic that even Apple borrowed it for the clock app in iOS. And then even acquiesced when Mondaine politely pointed out that it might be nice to reference them. And then changed it to something else for iOS 7. Anyway, the fact remains that it is an iconic clock design, and it won’t break the bank. Unless, like us, you’d be tempted to get the one with a Swiss automatic movement, which is nearer £500.
Victorinox Rally (£9)
As well as the ability to set up a network-attached RAID backup system and check the gearbox oil level in a Mk2 Escort Mexico, there are various accoutrements a proper human should have. At least one named pair of shoes, an automatic watch, a Zippo – you know what we’re talking about. And, of course, you should have some kind of knife or tool. Victorinox make some design classics; this Rally version is the basic pocket tool with the addition of a bottle opener.
KitchenAid Artisan Kettle (£120)
This made-to-last kettle takes the guesswork out of brew-making. Boil it up good and hot for tea, then while you’re mucking about with the tea strainer you can see on the dial when the water has cooled to the 80-ish degrees that won’t scald coffee beans.
Oree Power Pebble (€110)
‘Subtlety is the way of the true.’ This mantra is one that we’ve been living by since many minutes ago, and thus far it has proven to be an enlightened path. The Power Pebble is very subtle, but it also adheres to the second rule of gadgeteering: ‘Maketh a wireless phone charger; maketh sure it works.’