This story originally appeared in the Elite Traveler Luxury Escapes Edition 2017/2018.
For elite travelers who are always on the move, technology that moves with you is a must. We’ve selected our favorite travel-friendly gadgets…
BOSE QUIETCOMFORT 35 WIRELESS HEADPHONES
Noise-canceling headphones are a travel essential, and Bose’s wireless headphones constantly measure outside noise and deliver the opposite signal so that the rest of the world slips away. Or you can adjust the level to suit your environment.With 20 hours of battery life, they’re perfect for when you’re on the move, and a 15-minute charge provides another 2.5 hours. A new feature has Google Assistant built in, so you can receive texts and manage your daily tasks without glancing at your phone.
SOLARIN FIRE BLACK CARBON TITANIUM
Featuring a chassis of a metal-matrix composite typically used in the aerospace industry for its rigidity, Solarin is no ordinary smartphone. Designed for the international businessperson carrying a great deal of sensitive information—security is of utmost importance—the Solarin has innovative encryption apps and secure technologies (the same used by militaries around the world to protect their communications)without compromising usability and design.
From $13,800, sirinlabs.com
Hailed as the Rolls-Royce of e-readers by Business Insider, the Kindle Oasis is the thinnest and lightest Kindle model. Of course, nothing beats the satisfaction of a good paper book, but lugging paperbacks around is not an option for frequent travelers. The high-resolution 300-ppi display screen reads just like the printed page, and there’s no screen glare even in bright sunlight. It also has the longest Kindle battery life, and the leather charging cover can boost battery life to months.
The thinnest digital M-camera to date, Leica’s M10 digital rangefinder is a welcome companion to expertly capture your vacation. The ISO setting dial sits on top of the camera (the first time this has been done in a digital M-camera), allowing better control, and the 2 GB buffer memory and sequential shooting at up to five frames per second at full resolution means the Leica M10 is the fastest M-camera. The main component of the camera is the 24 MP, full-frame CMOS sensor—developed especially for the M10. This allows for remarkably dynamic range, strong contrast rendition, brilliant sharpness, and the finest resolution of detail.
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GLOBETROTTER’S CARBON FIBER COLLECTION
The crème de la crème of luggage, Globetrotter is known for timeless elegance, handmade creations with exceptional durability—once famously coaxing an elephant to stand on a case to prove its strength. A limited-edition line marks the brand’s 120th anniversary: The 20in carbon fiber trolley case uses the design of the Centenary model (created for the 100th anniversary in 1997) with a contemporary material. F1 engineers at Hypetex, who developed the world’s first colored carbon fiber brand, provided the material for the limited production run of only 120 cases.