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This Pokémon-themed designer watch costs $258,000!

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There are expensive things, and there are absurdly expensive things. We didn’t think we could top our recent list of products most people can’t afford, but this designer Pokémon watch just blows that selection out of the water!

Costing a mind-boggling, insane, eye-popping price of $258,000 — yes, this is serious! — the Tourbillon Pokémon Watch by RJ-Romain Jerome seems to be designed simply to shock everyone and bring attention to the brand.

Seriously, how could a timepiece this… umm… kitschy-looking cost such a fortune? Well, here’s a short list of features to convince you:

A highly crafted dial hand-filled with enamel and Pikachu as the centerpiece; tourbillon bridge shaped as Pokémon’s symbolic lightning bolt; oscillating weight shaped as Pikachu and lightning bolt with Pokémon pattern laser engraved; plus blue and yellow stitches representing the Pokémon logo’s symbolic colors.

That last part really got me. The same colors as Pokémon’s symbolic logo? I’m so buying this!

To be fair, it took hundreds of hours to craft this by hand. And because of that, the “concentration and accumulation of characters in different sizes yields an incredible and captivating 3D effect, such that the characters look animated and ready to pop out at any second.” Right.

The funny thing is this isn’t even the first Pokémon-themed watch RJ-Romain Jerome manufactured. Looking back to last year, the Swiss brand made a Pikachu watch that cost only $20,000. That’s way more affordable, doncha think?

I’m not even going to bother listing down where to buy this, but if you’re crazy enough to spend $258,000 for a Pokémon watch instead of, say, a popular restaurant franchise or high-end sportscar (the iconic Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS Gullwing comes to mind!), you better hurry because stocks are supposedly limited.

SEE ALSO: Samsung W2017 is the flip phone of your dreams

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Cheap Unlimited Airline Wi-Fi: #TravelHacks (Episode 1)

Plus our favorite travel gadget!

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In the very first episode of #TravelHacks we fly to Singapore on Singapore Airlines’ new 787-10 regional business class. I show you how to pick the right kind of luggage, give you tips on how to live out of a suitcase, get unlimited Wi-Fi on flights, taste the world’s cheapest Michelin Star meal, and of course talk about my perfect travel gadget.

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PhoneSoap Go: A portable device that will sanitize your smartphone

It isn’t called PhoneSoap for nothing!

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That smartphone in your purse can do so much but it also has 18 times more bacteria than the average public toilet. Before we continue, let that sink in.

Before you drop that phone you’re probably reading this article on, know that there’s a way to clean your handset and it doesn’t involve soap and water. Introducing: PhoneSoap.

PhoneSoap Go is the brand’s latest release. It’s a tiny chest that will literally clean your smartphone. It uses UV-C light to kill bacteria on your device. All you do is put your smartphone inside, tap the lightning button, wait 10 minutes for one cleaning cycle, and your phone should be germ-free.

The inside compartment can house your phone, no matter what size. It’s pretty spacious so it can even fit small everyday stuff like keys or wallets. Despite all that space, the PhoneSoap Go is designed for portability. This is PhoneSoap’s smallest device — something you can bring along on trips to make sure your handset is sanitized anywhere you go.

On the back of the chest is a USB-A and a USB-C port. This is because the PhoneSoap Go has a 7000mAh battery built into it. That’s enough for 45 cleaning cycles, or four phone charging cycles.

Yes, I said phone charging cycles. That’s because you can actually use it as a power bank. There’s even a slot for your charging cable so you can charge as you sanitize your phone. That means even if the whole cleaning cycle is just 10 minutes, you can leave your phone plugged in longer. There’s even “acoustic outlets” at the bottom so you can hear phone notifications.

Of course, unless I have a petri dish and some phone swabs, I won’t be able to say definitively that this thing can clean 99.99 percent of bacteria on your phone, as the brand claims. But, I will say that if it does end up sanitizing your phone in any capacity, that’s already a good enough deal considering how dirty these things supposedly are, and how much we’re holding on to them on a daily basis.

But really, more than phone cleaning, what you get is peace of mind. Honestly, my own (many, rotating) devices have been chilling a lot in my PhoneSoap ever since I got it.

The PhoneSoap Go retails for US$ 79.95 and you can get it from their website.

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This titanium strap elevates the way your Apple Watch looks

And doesn’t deplete your savings

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Although Nomad is best known for its beautifully crafted Horween Leather accessories, that doesn’t stop the company from trying other things like the Tesla Model 3 wireless charger from six months ago. This time around, the company dabbles in something familiar but still different — its first metal Apple Watch bands.

The new straps come in silver and space gray, and fits the 42mm/44mm models. There’s no word yet on rose gold and gold bands, as well as straps compatible with the smaller 38mm/40mm models.

The company promises the metal bands to be as light as possible, while maintaining that premium feel and durability thanks to the use of high-grade titanium.

The straps come with Nomad’s custom lugs and over twenty titanium links — ten of them removable — that you can customize according to your wrist size, as Nomad is including the link removal tool in the package.

Nomad’s new titanium Apple Watch bands are available now for US$ 179.95 on the Nomad website; that’s half the price of Apple’s own metal link band.

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