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Big Tech in Small Packages

Presenting the latest and greatest in high-tech gizmos, gear, and gadgetry

Gain an added dimension in smartphone screens

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Call it 2½-D, the supersharp flat display flowing over two rims on Samsung’s latest addition  to its perennially top-rated line of Android phones, the Galaxy S6 Edge. Not just pretty faces, this screen’s edges can be set to subtly light up in different colors to signal incoming calls or messages from your contacts, or stream neat white-on-black characters for news, weather, and Twitter updates while the main display is shut off. Available in opalescent white, black, gold, or green borders, from Verizon. $299.99 on a 2-year contract. 

Cook like a pro with your sous vide sous chef.

The hottest technique in haute eateries is a not-so-hot (126° to 183°F), hours-long process that brings out food’s optimum tenderness and flavor (it’s a French method known as sous vide). Chefs vacuum- seal meat, fish, veggies, or fruit in plastic, and then immerse in precisely temperature-controlled and circulated water. Making it easier to master this professional approach in your own kitchen is Anova’s Culinary Cooker/Immersion Circulator, which connects to your smartphone. Using what looks like an oversized restaurant peppermill, the device heats water to the right level, and keeps it churning for the perfect time in any cooking vessel—all with the touch of a button.  Available from
www.anovaculinary.com, $179 

Luxury Gets Personal 

Splurge on these tailored-to-you services. 

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Leather Your Way

From his New Rochelle studio, 25-year-old artisan Matthew Demeo crafts fine leather goods under his Mateo Mattia label and ships them to discerning buyers around the country via his Etsy store, MateoMattia. His line ranges from slim wallets to cable clips to watchbands. But now, with his recently launched Mateo Mattia Bespoke line, Demeo will whip up custom orders, made entirely from scratch, like this handmade brown leather tote (pictured, $300). If you know what you want, drop by his studio and he’ll work with you to make it happen. 

www.mateomattia.com

No Vineyard, No Problem

There have always been two sides to the wine enthusiast equation: makers and collectors. It’s a symbiotic relationship, for sure—but a few are able to dip their toes in both pools. Westchester Home Wine Center in Yorktown Heights has been quietly helping wine enthusiasts straddle that line since 2003. Owner and Wine Master Carmine Corelli, who says assuredly that his clients “like their wine or they don’t like wine,” guides you through a nine-month, 11-step winemaking process that includes everything from choosing grapes and crushing them to designing the bottle’s label and tasting the finished product. Walk away with some serious winemaking cred and 240 bottles of your own one-of-a-kind varietal. From $2,850.
www.homemadewinecenter.com 

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Fly Private from HPN 

Is there anything more indulgent than private air travel? Beacon is the New York area’s newest player in the fly-by-membership game, charging $2,000 per month for unlimited flights (10+ options daily) from Westchester County Airport to three destinations: Boston, Nantucket, and the Hamptons (the latter two during summer months only). Members can queue up to four flights at any given time (as soon as you complete a flight, you can add another to your queue) on Beacon’s user-friendly app. Family members can fly too, for an extra $1,200 per month. For a frequent business traveler, it’s a bargain. Look for service to DC down the line. www.flybeacon.com

Working Well

These workplace wellness solutions come to you.

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ym membership credits and health screenings are great ways to keep your workplace healthy. But wellness programs that come to your office, drag you out from your cube, and get you moving—or at least track whether you are moving—are better.

Fitness Training

What’s better for your staff fitness quotient than a service that comes to the office with a truck full of workout supplies and a certified trainer committed to pushing you—hard. GYMGUYZ (westchester.gymguyz.com)—whose Westchester-market owners have graced these very pages as Wunderkinds, might we add—does exactly that, and they’re doing it today for clients like Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Phelps Memorial Hospital. Get the GYMGUYZ van to your workplace for $10-$15 per person, depending on the size of
the group.

Yoga

The physical and mental payoffs of a yoga regimen have been well documented and need not be recited here (OK, refresher—the American Osteopathic Organization names cardio and circulatory health, as well as improved respiration, energy, and vitality, among the benefits). Two Westchester divisions of corporate yoga companies, YogaWorks (www.yogaworks.com) in Irvington and Westchester Yoga & Tai Chi – Body & Brain (www.bodynbrain.com/westchester) in Scarsdale, partner with companies to bring yoga classes to workplaces. 

Wellness Tracking

If you want to make a game out of it, Nuvita Corporate Wellness Solutions runs a 12-week Live Younger program, where co-workers work together—and compete—in an integrated program that comprises health coaching, technology, nutritional education. Everyone gets a customized fitness plan, and Nuvita makes it easy to track your cardio, diet, mobility, and education (online quizzes) with the MyNuvita online portal and a heart-rate monitor band. Convince your bosses to give a prize to the winner (whoever sticks most closely to his or her plan), or pool money and dole it out to the champ. 

On Watch

We spoke to a local watch dealer to find out what makes a watch tick for work. 

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n the words of Solly Refael, owner of Daniele Trissi Jewelers in Scarsdale, “You are going to be judged by the watch you wear on your wrist.” 

Indeed, your work watch is the bearer of whatever image you are trying to project to co-workers, clients, and the like. A Wall Street exec, for example, may opt for—and be able to get away with (or, should we say, afford)—a little more flash, while junior professionals may be better served by a lower-key style to avoid unwanted attention. 

We asked Refael for his picks for both rungs of the income ladder. Here are his  suggestions:

For C-Suite Dwellers:
Breguet Marine 5823, starting
around $15,000

The Marine is a high-end option from Breguet, one of the world’s most prestigious jewelers located in L’Abbaye, Switzerland. Pricy, yes, but versatile. Says Refael, “It is classy and sporty. It can be worn with a black tie or even jeans.”

Reine de Naples,
starting around $15,000

Another versatile Breguet, this watch can be worn in the office and out—perfect for an elegant or sporty look.

For the Junior Execs: 

Carl F. Bucherer

Manero by Carl F. Bucherer,
starting at $3,200

Bucherer is a rising watchmaker based in Lucerne, Switzerland. Manero is your basic steel or gold timepiece with an attractive ’60s look.

Alacria by Carl F. Bucherer,
starting at $2,400

Alacria works for a wide variety of professions and purposes. Wear it for work or snatch it up for your personal collection.  

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