Pursuit’s Father’s Day Gift Guide #1

Pursuit’s definitive Father’s Day Gift Guide 2018 is here, offering ideas for any and every price range, for any and every kind of Dad. (PS: Father’s Day is June 17!)

Experiences:

Ctrlv.ca is a new kind of 21st-century video arcade, viewed through virtual reality goggles and played with handheld controls. While feeling like “you’re in there”, immersed in the actual game itself, there are hundreds of near-real adventures to choose from. Locations include Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Winnipeg, Guelph, Hamilton, London, Mississauga, St. Catharine’s and Waterloo. One hour of play typically runs about $35.

For the thrill-seeking Dad, treat him to a ride on a glider. The Sosa Gliding Club is located about an hour and a half outside Toronto. Ride a thousand feet in the air in your own cockpit, carried afloat by airplane. One hour flight runs about $200.

Apparel:

 

IWC Schaffhausen offers this elegant wristwatch, the Portofino Automatic Edition “150 Years”.

Only two thousand pieces of this model are being manufactured. It has a black alligator leather strap, a blue lacquered dial, and rhodium-plated hands. The Toronto boutique is at Yorkdale mall, while the Vancouver boutique is at 1071 Alberni Street. For the high budget gifter: prepare to pay about $5,000.

Bertucci’s C-1T Lusso Field combines class, functionality and a professional look, with modern day fashion. This durable tank style watch includes a number of impressive features, including a solid titanium 36mm case, Swiss quartz movement, offset crown and Swiss super luminous hands and markers. For more information on the C-1T Lusso Field, click here. (The full lineup of Bertucci watches is here.)

Retails: $300

Handy devices

The newly-launched Victorinox Nespresso Knife – a unique take on the Swiss Army Knife – is actually 24 recycled Nespresso capsules. Pioneer Nespresso Dharkan and Victorinox partnered, launching this limited-edition knife for the third year in a row. As you can come to expect, the knife is durable, resilient, and made of tough metal. The unit contains a blade, punch, can opener, screwdriver, bottle opener, and wire stripper.
$66, available at swissarmy.ca

Barber Shop Pro Series, the latest in hair-cutting products by Conair, touts itself as an at-home all in one barbering toolkit. Its magnetic motor clipper is equipped with a super powerful motor, and Japanese steel blades, that effortlessly cuts through all hair types.

The corded trimmer, meanwhile, has no mercy towards any corse or tense facial hair. The 40mm ultra thick T-shaped blade provides wider coverage and precision. And finally, the battery operated trimmer is perfect for the busy Dad on the move, an easy freehand convenience.

Retails for under $80.

Drink

Maybe Pops might like to enjoy a brand new spirit, to toast his special day.

Ardbeg will release this year’s limited edition, Ardbeg Grooves. This bottle has been matured in former wine casks, intensely charred.

The result is an aromatic beverage reminiscent of smoked spices, and chilli-seasoned meats. Its nose is evocative of smoked cinnamon and paprika, antique leather and saddle soap.

The 750ml bottle runs about $200.

Wyborowa vodka isn’t just any vodka. It’s made the Polish way. Legend has it that Poland has a vodka making tradition going back to the fifteenth century.

Suffice it to say, they must be doing something right. To this day, there’s no messing around: for it to be considered Polish vodka, by law, requires that is it made from traditional cereals (rye, potatoes) grown in Poland, it contains no additives, and is produced in Poland. It is one of the few types of vodka still created using 100 percent rye, resulting in better quality, full flavour, and a smooth finish.

Since 1927, Wyborowa has won 20 international awards. It’s a perfect mixing vodka, for Dad’s killer cocktails. A 750ml bottle runs under $30.

Famed Scotch makers Glenmorangie have just released its ninth private edition, dubbed Glenmorangie Spìos. Pronounced ‘spee-oss’, it is Scots Gaelic for ‘spice’. In actuality, however, it is more inspired by the Old West, than the Old World. Aged in former-rye casks from Kentucky, the new blend was created with a difference to the American rye whisky era of the early 20th century.

A single malt whisky, the Spìos has an inimitable nose: hints of cherry, clove and green grass.

Feel the spice of toffee and cinnamon, mingling with vanilla, dancing on your taste buds.  A 750ml bottle costs about $180.

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