Objects of Desire ~ SCi Plays Santa's Helper

If there’s a common thread that runs among car guys (and girls) it’s the appreciation of cool gadgets and things. Personally, I’ve always had a bullseye on my back when it comes to the latest gadgetry and an even bigger target when comes to luxury goods. Put them both together… all bets are off.

So, I thought I’d put together a little idea list for the holidays. Not that I’m sending it to Santa… but should he happening to drop by and have the urge to leave anyone of these items under my tree, I’d be one happy lensman. So.. with out any further babbling, here’s your inaugural selection of SCi Christmas Gift Ideas.

Ferrari 458 Italia at 1/4 Scale

This first item is from the Amalgam Collection. These magnificent design presentation models of the Ferrari 458 Italia at 1/4 scale are around 1.2 metres (4 feet) long. The first three models produced were displayed in the lounge area at the ‘World Premiere’ launch of the car at Fiorano. The exterior details are very finely modeled with the windows shown in black gloss. The model is available in Rosso Corsa and Giallo Modena Tristrato and is limited to just 50 pieces in total. This baby takes up a fair chunk of real-estate… so make sure you clear enough space under the tree.

In a limited edition of 50 pieces
The Amalgam Collection


Though spending his lifetime in photography, Jesse Alexander’s involvement in motorsports began in the early 1950s with the birth of the sports car movement in the USA. Today, he gains personal satisfaction gained from his work in the darkroom. Today Jesse is producing fine art prints of museum quality and offering them for sale to collectors and enthusiasts all over the world.

Over the years his work has appeared in most of the worlds prominent automotive publications including Car & Driver, Road & Track and Automobile. In 1965, he covered the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Newsweek, and in 1967 his work was used in Sports Illustrated for a feature on motorcycle racing. His work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and as part of an exhibition of sports photography at the 1996 Summer Olympics. A retrospective exhibition including more than 70 images travelled the world in 1998, sponsored by Chrysler Corporation.

This a gelatin silver print on Bergger fiber multi-grade glossy paper. Each is individually processed by hand and signed by the photographer.

20”x24” print $1500


You will fall in love with this fantastically beautiful sounding music center.

The iPod phenomena continues to make its presence felt far and wide. Whereas audiophiles traditionally have sought out the biggest and the most powerful gear in any given segment, the iPodization of America has rallied the masses to shout out the mantra that “small is beautiful”.

The Shanling MC-30 Music Center exquisitely integrates the retro with the cutting edge. It’s a brushed aluminum CD player and tuner with 3 watts per channel, single ended tube amplifier section, fully remote controlled with a built in iPod docking station.

The clean design is also a reflection of innovative engineering; eagle eyes will note that the top caps of the front pair of footers are in fact, an input selector and a volume control. Shanling’s trademark blue-lighting encircles the transparent CD transport lid. A gem of a conversation piece that cuts across all generational segments.


  • Combining high quality CD player, tuner, dedicated iPOD input and tube power amplifier in one chassis.
  • Philips VAM-12 pick-up mechanism coupled with CD-7II servo system for low jitter tracking
  • D/A conversion is accomplished by Burr-Brown PCM1738 DAC chip
  • High-quality FM/AM tuning system
  • 2x6P1 single-ended tube output stage
  • Mini multi-functional lever, concealed input selector and volume control
  • All aluminum chassis with cylindrical support and internal screening

About $900
USA Tube Audio

Omas Maserati LE

A Maserati in your breast pocket.. how can you go wrong? A partnership between Bologna and Modena has resulted in the development of an exclusive range of co-branded writing instruments.

With a limited production of 1,914 examples, 1,200 of which are fountain pens and 714 roller-ball, Omas for Maserati celebrates the centenary of the founding of the Modenese company but, above all, the style of its one-off models.

Produced in sterling silver, the Omas for Maserati pens perfectly combine Omas’ verve for craftsmanship with Maserati’s intrinsic elegance. The grille, one of Maserati’s classic symbols, is captured in the aerodynamic pen top. This draws its inspiration from the GranTurismo, the latest in the long line of innovative Maserati creations. The pen’s tapered, shiny clip could have been designed in a wind tunnel and the vents on the sides of the top sculpted from ice.

The harmonious shape is a true celebration of Italian creativity.


1/1 Lewis Hamilton Signature Edition Helmet

From The Amalgam Collection, this full size replica of the helmet Lewis Hamilton used in the Monaco Grand Prix of 2008 with the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Team, is custom made and features his signature paved with hundreds of Steinmetz’s handcrafted diamonds.

This incredible full sized replica of this special helmet comes with original Steinmetz Diamonds and is a genuine Arai GP-5 helmet hand painted by Lewis’ helmet painter and fitted with a real Cara coat bullet-proof visor which has been personally signed by Lewis.

This stunning replica is intended for private display purposes only and is not intended for any motorsport usage.

Monaco GP with Steinmetz Diamonds $21,700.
Amalgam Collection

Leica X1

There’s one thing that all Leica cameras share: each is born of the desire to develop cameras that deliver the best picture quality in the world.
The Leica X1 is the direct beneficiary of 100-plus years of German engineering experience and it delivers the best picture quality in its class - in the proud Leica tradition. This elegant camera features a professional CMOS image sensor that’s as large as those in high-quality SLRs. Combined with an outstanding Leica lens it captures images of unmatched brilliance. Any way you look at it, the Leica X1 is a winner: It’s conveniently compact, its controls are intuitive, and it offers a full range of sophisticated automatic functions. A real Leica “Made in Germany”.

Countless iconic images in the history of photography were shot with a fixed focal length of 35 mm. This focal length is considered to be a classic for reportage photography, and has lost none of its timeless charisma today. The Leica Elmarit 24 mm f/2.8 ASPH. is a true Leica lens with terrific optical performance. When seen in terms of 35-mm film format, it has precisely this legendary focal length of 35 mm.

The LEICA X1 offers versatile photography in terms of her numerous automatic functions and manual individual settings. The photographer can choose the easy way and let the camera take the lead over exposure or shutter settings in the automatic mode or switch over to manual controls by using the wheels on top of the camera. Thus the X1 allows the photographer to keep full control for individual creative art work and at the same time provides the automatic mode to ensure the capability for quick response.

The autofocus of the X1 provides fast focusing competence and enables photographers to react in an instant. At the same time, the autofocus mode can be modified to suit the situation. Photographers have a choice of 1 or 11 AF segments and an additional high-speed mode for each. When taking photos of people, face-recognition mode allows complete concentration on the composition and framing of the picture.

Dale Photo

Mulholland Brothers Momentum Pebble Grain Satchel

This is the perfect weekend or overnight bag.

Mulholland’s luxe interpretation of the classic team bags styled in luxurious Momentum Soft Leather and lined with tangerine woven nylon.

The oversize packing compartment contains a zippered pouch for stowing small, oddly shaped articles. Detachable shoulder strap.

With dimensions of 12” x 19” x 10” it’s a quick and easy bag that will get you there in style. Nice!

Mulholland Brothers

Ferrari F1-2000 049 Engine at 1/8th Scale

Forget about power ties… this is what any executive worth is salt needs to have on his desk. Paolo Martinelli’s 049 Engine powered Michael Schumacher and the F1-2000 Ferrari to Championship victory in the opening year of a period of total domination of Formula 1 which lasted until 2004. This highly detailed and weighty model captures both the spirit and detail of a supreme engineering achievement.

Amalgan Collection

Glycine Airman 7

Let’s make something clear right up front. This is an amazing watch. However, be forewarned… it’s huge. If Flavor Flave wore a wrist watch, this would be it.

In 1953 Glycine started production of its first AIRMAN model, a watch that has become legendary. Today, we offer a rich assortment of world-timers showing up to 4 time zones simultaneously.

The spearhead of todays Airman collection is the Airman 7, a genuine world novelty. This ultimate pilot watch is a real masterpiece, setting a new limit for size and conceptual unity of design and technology.

Band : Black Calf Leather Strap
Case : Stainless Steel
Dial : Grey with black counters
Movement : Automatic
Size : 53mm
Water Resistant : 50m

  •     Caliber: ETA 2893-2 automatic
  •     Functions: hours, minutes and seconds, 24hours hand, date display in window
  •     Size: 11 1/2”
  •     Jewels: 21
  •     Power Reserve: 42 hours
  •     Hz: 4/28'800 vibrations per hour
  •     Finish: rhodium coated oscillating weight on ball bearing
  •     Case material: stainless steel
  •     Diameter: 53mm without crown
  •     Height: 12.50mm with see-through back
  •     Finish: satin/polished
  •     Waterproof: 5 atm
  •     Back: screwed see-through sapphire glass
  •     Glass: sapphire
  •     Dial: black with SL
  •     Hands: white with SL
  •     Crown: sticker crown
  •     Special features: selfwinding movement ETA 2893-2 at 3 h date display in window
  •     hour, minute and second for local time, world time given by red or black hand
  •     (2nd time zone
  •     luminescent hands and indexes
  •     9mm double-o-ring crown serving quick correction of date and 24-hour hand.
  •     Black calf leather strap
  •     Width: 24mm horns / 22mm buckle
  •     Buckle: belt.

Code: 3829.191.D
Glycene Watches

The Ellsworth Commute Ride 8-Speed

The Ellsworth Commute Ride 8-Speed bike is dressed up to offer plenty of distinctive style, great pedaling efficiency and cushy comfort in a commuter-friendly design.

Proprietary, high-grade aluminum frame is lightweight and custom-shaped for a exceptionally comfortable and surprisingly efficient ride; think XC racer meets cruiser

  • Shimano Alfine internal rear hub provides 8 smooth-shifting speeds and is remarkably maintenance free compared to conventional cassette systems
  • Mechanical disc brakes provide positive stopping power no matter the terrain or weather—great for navigating traffic on rainy days
  • 700c wheelsets ensure a fast, smooth ride for covering long distances with a minimum of effort; Kenda folding tires supply low rolling resistance and puncture protection
  • Integrated fenders fore and aft preclude wet, muddy lines up your front and down your back; chainguard keeps clothes from getting greasy or caught up in the drivetrain
  • Sturdy rear rack is perfect for stashing items out of the way and easily accepts a rear rack trunk (sold sparately)
  • Ti Rail RIDE Premium saddle features 2-tone leather and is designed for ultimate comfort; seatpost height adjusts easily with a flip of the quick-release clamp
  • Kickstand follows the curves of the frame to subtly tuck away when not in use; easily deploys to sturdily support the bike when you’re out of the saddle
  • Just get on and ride, no fancy shoes required—platform pedals accommodate a variety of shoes

Ellsworth Bikes

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