Good morning. A few years ago, an autonomous submarine recorded a terrifying sound emanating from the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on the planet. Scientists had no idea what it was. Now they do: baleen whales. And we’re not buying it. (Seriously, listen for yourself — it sounds like Optimus Prime snoring.) Here’s what’s good in gear: fresh New Balance kicks, a retro USA-made backpack, a beautifully simple chronograph and much more.

And here are some fresh stories to start the day.

Lamborghini Aventador S

As far as mid-cycle refreshes go, the new Lamborghini Aventador S is pretty tame. It sports the same 0–60 time of 2.9 seconds and 217 mph top speed as the base Aventador, even though it brings more power — 730 horsepower to be exact. But that’s because the S makes 130 more pounds of down force without using a big rear wing. The biggest news, though, is the introduction of four-wheel steering, a first for a production Lambo. – Bryan Campbell, Associate Staff Writer

New Balance 247 Luxe

The 247 is New Balance’s newest lifestyle sneaker, complete with asymmetrical perforation, full-grain leather and a faux nubuck inner for a snug, athletic fit. It shows subtle inspiration from NB’s heritage silhouettes, like the 1300 and 574 — though the real focus is on new, modern, urban details. Available January 7.

Aaptiv App

Your best gym sessions come when there’s someone there to push you, like a personal trainer. That’s the idea behing Aaptic, a new kind of workout app that provides on-demand audio fitness classes for all kinds of training: cycling, running, weightlifting, yoga and more. And, like other fitness apps, all of your health stats and progress can be tracked in the app.

Mountainsmith Tyrol

Retro charm and plenty of technical features (bungee attachments, interior pockets, compression straps and more) make the Tyrol an excellent everyday bag. But there’s more than meets the eye: all materials are 100 percent up-cycled, and every last stitch is done right here in the USA.

Breitling Reference 777 Chronograph

The complex Navitimer may get all the love in Breitling’s lineup, but this beautiful 1950s Breitling Chronograph is a beautiful exercise in simplicity. The dial has a bi-compax layout, while the gold and bronze markings play perfectly with the black dial, all framed in a restrained 38mm stainless steel case and driven by a hand-wound Venus movement. Andrew Connor, Associate Staff Writer

Gordini DT Leather Gloves

Supple sheepskin covers cushy insulation, here: 700–fill water-repellent down and a moisture-wicking layer to keep your mitts toasty, dry and happy, from ski slope to snowman build site.


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