Gone are the days of large crank handles and synchronized key turns. With a little connectivity—and modern engineering—keeping your prized possessions and privileged documents secure in your home safe is a simple and straight-foward affair.
Below is the latest in smart safe technology.
Vaultek smart safes marry perfect intruder-fighting form with high-tech functionality. These sturdy, secure and stylish safes offer multiple means of entry (biometric, pin code, key) but their app-based abilities are where they really shine. In addition to granting instant access to invaluables with a simple swipe, the Vaultek Smart App gives owners the ability to manage all the major functions of the security device. Users can easily customize entry protocols (on demand versus progressive, lock patterns, etcetera) and track total safe usage—including who opened the chest and how long they had access. The app also keeps owners up-to-date on battery life and, of course, any potential tampering.
Vaultek smart safes range from $139 to $499, depending on model.
Brown Safe Estate Series
Those who prize customization and class over connectivity would be wise to check out the Estate series by Brown Safes. Watches, jewelry, documents, guns—any and all combinations will work for this high-capacity, high-end, secure storage solution. But the customization doesn’t end with what you will keep in the safe. Brown Safe Estate buyers will have a near endless selection of personalized touches from which to choose, including exterior and interior finishes, hardwoods for jewelry drawers and interior trim and fabrics for interior walls, shelving and drawer lining. Watch collectors can take advantage of automatic watch winders (rotorwind or programmable) from Orbita. Even the entry method is up to the owner, with electronic keypad, biometric fingerprint lock and mechanical dial all available as means of access.
Pricing for Brown Safe Estate series safes depends on size and features. More information is available at BrownSafe.com.
There’s class and customization…and then there’s the Döttling Narcissus—a singular vision that is the pinnacle of luxury protection. Conceived by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld and created in collaboration with high-end safe builder Döttling, the Narcissus is a nearly six-foot-tall minimalist monolith of chrome-plated aluminum. When the intimidating and impregnable safe identifies its owner, it automatically opens dual butterfly doors to reveal two handcrafted cabinets replete with a suite of jewelry boxes and watch winders.
Only 30 models of the Narcissus were made—and Lagerfeld kept one for himself—and the world’s securest work of art will cost you 250,00 euros (or about US$290,000).
Master Lock Bluetooth
And on the opposite side of the spending spectrum, there’s the Master Lock Bluetooth. If a safe feels like an indulgence—or overreaction—but you would like to simply and smartly keep some valuables secure in another means of storage, you won’t find a better solution that the Master Lock Bluetooth series. This clever padlock does away with the need for keys, allowing users to easily unlock the security device by touching it while their phone is in range. Killed your phone battery playing Candy Crush? No worries. The Master Lock Bluetooth also includes a directional keypad—just enter the right sequence for an instant unlock. Better still, Master Lock owners can build temporary or permanent profiles for other users, allowing you to give limited access or long-term access to friends, family or neighbors. Owners can also track the usage of the lock via the Master Lock app and receive real-time tamper notifications anywhere in the world.
Masterlock Bluetooth is available for $70 or $89, depending on model.