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    Time is luxury, for Karun Chandhok. “Since 17, I have taken over 100 flights per year, so for me, getting time to spend with friends and family, is a huge luxury,” confesses Chandhok, who is excited about Race Of Champions (ROC)—he will be representing India with with racer Narain Karthikeyan at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium on December 14-15. The former Formula 1 drivers joined forces for Team India at last year’s inaugural ROC Asia and topped at it. “I feel lucky as my job allows me to experience a life which only a few can dream of,” he shares, adding that his luxe list is a mix of gadgets, toys and a holiday. 

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    Space drive
    “I guess if you had to have a big bucket list, then flying into space would be high up on mine. It would be fantastic to go on the Virgin Galactic space mission. It allows you to experience zero gravity and look down at earth from above,” says the excited racer. Tickets are priced at Rs 1,53,90,297 approx, scheduled to begin next year. Details: virgingalactic.com

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    McQueen’s choice
    “The Tag Heuer Monaco 24 is the iconic watch that Steve McQueen chose to wear in the film Le Mans. It is an amazing timepiece that I would love to have,” shares Chandhok, who admits to a weakness for watches. With the appealing square case design of a classic Monaco, it (Calibre 12 Automatic chronograph) has a sapphire crystal caseback. At Rs 3,33,000. Details: 43114312

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    Ear comfort
    “I’ve averaged between 80 and 120 flights a year and spend a lot of time watching TV shows or movies on my iPad. The Sennheiser HD800 headphones are certainly the top of the range for ‘must have’ headphones,”he says. With a super comfy over-the-ear design and top-notch engineering, this piece means business. At Rs 82,999. Details: flipkart.com

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    Get sharp

    “I do like to cook dinner as often as I can. Nothing irritates me more than not having knives that are sharp enough to chop my meat and vegetables and the Wusthof ones are fantastic for that,” he shares. The Gourmet 14-piece set from the German brand, includes a straight edge paring knife, utility knife, bread knife and has been laser tested for cutting angle consistency. At Rs 20,633. Details: overstock.com

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    Toy land

    “I have to say the Traxxas XO-1, which is the world’s fastest RC Car, would be a superb toy to have. My uncle in Chennai is a huge RC car fan but I would conclusively thrash him in a race with this,” says our happy globetrotter. Need proof? This radio controlled car covers 0-100 in 4.92 seconds and its top speed crosses 100 mph. At Rs 40,044 (approx). Details: amazon.com

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    Mediterranean summer

    “In 2010, when I raced in the Monaco Grand Prix, we stayed at the Monte Carlo Bay hotel. Since I was basically working all weekend, I didn’t get a chance to really enjoy it. I would love to go back there for a week in summer when the water’s nice and warm,” he shares. The hotel is said to be one of the finest luxury hotels Monaco has to offer with, ten-acre gardens and uninterrupted sea views. At Rs 20,520 per night. Details: montecarlobay.com

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    Close shave

    “I’m actually too lazy to shave most days but I think having a retro shaving set like the Merkur Vision Chrome set would be very cool,” says the racer. It comes with a Vision razor, a matching silvertip badger brush, and a mixing bowl resting in a chrome-finished stand. At Rs 23,174 (approx). Details: royalshave.com

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    Pedal control
    Chandhok points to Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2’s improbable combination of ride quality, stiffness and handling.“I’m a huge cycling fan and I’d love to have the Pinarello Dogma bike that Chris Froome rode to victory in the Tour de France this year. It’s an amazing piece of carbon fibre engineering that anyone into cycling would want.” Priced at Rs 9,40,035 (approx). Details: competitivecyclist.com

     

     

     

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    Formal invitation

    Chandhok gives Canali a thumbs up, “I’m not very fussy when it comes to clothing. But I have to say a nice Canali suit won’t be something, I would pass up on.” Canali’s A/W’13 collection is classic Victorian and comes in rich earth tones with luxurious velvets and plush furs. From Rs 1 lakh onwards. The pocket square is priced at Rs 6,000. At the store in Bergamo. Details:42050956

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    Pack up

    “Tag Heuer have a new range of leather bags this year and I’ve actually just ordered some because they are seriously cool,” he exclaims. Rs 13,500 onwards. These 70s motorsports-inspired travel bags come in calf leather. At the boutiques in Phoenix Market City and Bergamo. Details: 43114312

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