There's two kinds of people in this world: those who actually pay for Netflix and those who crib Netflix access from friends and family who do. That modern maxim is exactly why Netflix is beginning to crack down on accounts that do heavy-duty sharing, with the goal of turning those riding on the coattails of other account holders into full-on paying members. According to Netflix's data shared in a shareholder letter, there's 222 million “paying households,” but an additional 100 million households using the service without directly paying for it. The goal, Netflix chief operating officer and chief product officer Greg Peters explained, is for all to pay at least something (if not become full-on subscribers themselves). “If you’ve got a sister that’s living in a different city, you want to share Netflix with her, that’s great,” Peters said. “We’re not trying to shut down that sharing. But we’re going to ask you to pay a bit more to be able to share with her so she gets the benefit and the value of the service but we also get the value of the revenue associated with that viewing." While we wait to see what Netflix does with password sharing, we're taking a look at Bell & Ross' colorful new options to its BR V2-92 series, a sneak peek at Our Legacy's latest Stussy collab and Porsche's new partner in German engineering. This is Today in Gear.
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Bell & Ross punches up its BR V2-92 offering with two colorful options: one in safety orange and another in "Full Lum." While both styles incorporate a 41mm stainless steel case and use a BR-CAL.302 automatic movement, shoppers can choose between a metal bracelet or a sportier rubber strap. Even if you don't go "Full Lum" on the dial, rest assured that both styles have SuperLumiNova numerals, indices and hands.
The key selling point for this new Made-In knife is the ovangkol wood, a type of material often used to make musical instruments and cabinets and prized for its durability and grain. Made-In's limited release santoku knife features ovangkol wood on the handle and uses a single rod of stainless steel — forged by bladesmiths in Thiers, France — for world-class durability, stability and quality. Individually numbered and limited to 3,000 pieces, this isn't just a kitchen tool, it's a collectors item.
Hopefully you're well acquainted with both Stussy and Our Legacy, with both brands putting out cult-favorite collections (yes, even Stussy — you just have to make sure you're shopping at the official website or at Chapter Stores) that always manage to make it on the backs of your nearest "local cool guys." When the two have partnered in the past, under Our Legacy's Work Shop series, the results have always been stellar. The drop lands at both brands' respective retail sites this Friday. If you don't want to miss out before they sell out, stay sharp. Get a preview of the drop at the link below.
A different design on the run-of-the-mill computer mouse, Logitech's vertical mouse is designed to be used with the outer part of your wrist facing out (kind of like when you're writing with a pen). The Lift mouse features a textured grip, thumb rest and a base that's designed for you wrist to rest naturally on. Logitech's Lift also has plenty of functionality as well, connecting wireless via Bluetooth, and featuring quieter clicking with customizable button mapping.
Two luxury icons, Porsche and Rimowa, have partnered up to release a limited edition, German-made Hand-Carry Case Pepita. Featuring the signature Rimowa grooved aluminum outer shell, this suitcase naturally also features a few nods to Porsche's automobiles. These details include the Porsche crest and an internal, seatbelt-inspired buckle. Limited to just 911 models (naturally) it's a small sign of some of the best in German engineering.