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Maestro Mamba / Christophe Claret

The Maestro Mamba is a new version of the Maestro that was introduced last year by Christophe Claret. This new version has a titanium case that measures the same 42 mm x 16.06 mm, topped with a massively domed sapphire crystal, and powered by the same hand wound movement which beats at 3Hz, has 346 components, 33 jewels, and a 168-hours (thanks to two series-coupled barrels). Distinguished by Charles X stepped and skeletonised bridges, with 26 interior angles, a signature of Christophe Claret, the movement is now matte black which makes the green or orange hand-engraved mamba snake body that is coiled around the movement really stand out. These two 28-piece limited editions each retail at CHF 96,000 — via Professional Watches

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Butterfly Studio / Valerie Schweitzer Architects

Inspired by the shape of a butterfly when it closes its wings, Valerie Schweitzer Architects’ Butterfly Studio is a sculptural detached office full of cleverly placed windows that target views toward the yard rather than the main house for a sense of privacy and seclusion. Set in the backyard of a home in Westport, Connecticut, the design recently won an American Architecture Prize in the small architecture category — via Urbanist

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Theodore Wirth Ranch / Strand Design

Designed by Strand Design, this Minneapolis residence is envisioned as a modern ranch, blending the pool-and-cabana style of West Coast ramblers with warm, natural materials fit for the northern climate and woodland surroundings.

Covering 420 square metres, the hillside Theodore Wirth Ranch indulges in high-ceilinged, open-plan living spaces ideal for entertaining, with wall-to-wall views of the retreat-worthy setting. The interior material palette includes clear timber, sandstone, marble, cork, concrete, and steel, all highlighted against white walls and ceilings — via Curbed

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Hiiragi’s house / Takashi Okuno

Designed by architect Takashi Okuno, the U-shaped residence in Japan’s Ehime Prefecture has a two-story wing on one side of the courtyard, which contains a double-height open-plan living and dining area and two bedrooms on the second floor. The built-in sliding doors to the courtyard deck encourage the free-flowing indoor-outdoor contemporary lifestyle — via Curbed

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Dirty Pigeon / Heiwa MC

Heiwa MC’s Kengo Kimura sourced the 1971 Triumph TR6 donor in the US, but there’s little left of the original. When he got it, it was a beat-up chopper with a diamond tank, in dire need of a makeover. He envisioned something straight, sleek and narrow, and set about building it—from scratch — via Bike EXIF

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Rose House / Sergey Makhno Architects

Reddish-brown corten steel compliments surrounding dark browns and lush greens in this Ukrainian forest retreat, its horizontal planes pushing the building out to meet the surrounding trees. Known for their use of weathering steel, Sergey Makhno Architects wrapped their latest work with a combination of corten and mesh, the latter to foster the growth of ivy, further connecting nature and architecture — via Urbanist

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Julian Residence / George Matsumoto

As beautiful as they come is this 1954 gem in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, designed by famed Japanese-American architect George Matsumoto and built by Frank Walser, an independent contractor known for executing many modernist homes in and around Raleigh. The 250 square metre residence was originally designed for Milton Julian and his family. Located at 101 Ledge Lane just two blocks from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the home is offered at $595,000 — via Curbed

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Thayer Residence / NMA Architects

Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects (NMA Architects), have designed a new modern house in Montecito, California, that has a landscaped front courtyard to welcome you to the home. A lawn area is combined with a water feature and a rock garden for a contemporary garden look, while a path runs along the side of the garage and leads to the pivoting front door — via CONTEMPORIST

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Ruins Studio / Lily Jencks Studio + Nathanael Dorent Architecture

Without touching a single stone in the ruins of a 17th century farmhouse in Scotland, two architects managed to incorporate it exactly as it is into a modern, ultra-efficient, solar-powered family home. Lily Jencks Studio and Nathanael Dorent Architecture collaborated on a project that literally builds upon history, opting to adapt the ruins for a new usage in a way that highlights their history instead of trying to recreate what the farmhouse looked like once upon a time — via Urbanist

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Los Terrenos / Tatiana Bilbao

Tatiana Bilbao has created a stunning single-story vacation home made of mirrored glass, rammed earth, and bricks. Located on a lush tree-filled site in Monterrey, Los Terrenos (The Terrains) is a small two-building complex arranged in a square around a curved pool and terrace lined with terracotta pavers — via Curbed

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Kelys and Chirp / MB&F + Reuge + Nicolas Court

What you’re looking at here is a musical automaton that combines a walking tortoise (Kelys) and a singing bird (Chirp). Kelys is about 24cm long, 16cm wide, and 8cm high not including Chirp, who pops out of the top of Kelys’ shell when the automaton is activated. In all, the pair weigh just over 1.8kg. The body is made of rhodium plated brass with leather scales set into the metal to provide a bit of softness, and you can choose from blue, green, yellow, and ochre leather, giving four very different looks. The basic idea is that Kelys (whose name comes from the Greek for tortoise) walks around as Chirp sings her song. It’s an extremely charming little contraption and is meant to be a celebration of friendships, no matter how unusual. It’s a complicated machine though. There are 480 total components in the movement, which builds on Pierre Jaquet-Droz’s original singing bird automaton from the 1780s. It was designed, developed, and made by Reuge and automaton specialist Nicolas Court. The MB&F Kelys & Chip is a limited edition, with 18 pieces being made in each of the four colours. The price is CHF 49,000 — via Youtube

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RCM-431 / AC Sanctuary

Numbered RCM-431, this 1970s Kawasaki Z1 was built for a client in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo. He already owns a newer Zephyr 1100, so the AC Sanctuary crew knew that they’d need to step up the older Zed’s performance to match. Luckily RCM stands for Real Complete Machine — so this Kawa’s had every upgrade imaginable thrown at it — via Bike EXIF

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Pond House / Will Bruder Architects

A stunning example of desert modernism by architect William P Bruder, FAIA, is on the market, this time in Cave Creek, Arizona, 43km north east of Phoenix. Completed in 2005, the Pond House is so-named for its 2.3 hectare riverbank site, where a sometimes swimming hole feeds a river, or stands still as a pond, or, in dry times, acts as a remembrance of water. Located at 5115 E Rockaway Hills Drive, it’s offered at $1.199 million — via Curbed

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£70,000 Patek Philippe vs £4,000 Omega / Watchfinder & Co

Watchfinder & Co presents:

Let’s get straight to it—the Patek Philippe 5170P in my right hand is worth almost 20 times as much as the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch in my left. With the Omega clocking an RRP of just over £4,000, that places the 5170P at a whopping £73,000. While some of that cost gets you a platinum case and diamonds on the dial, it’s safe to say that most of it is spent on the bit you don’t often get to see—the calibre CH 29-535 PS movement. But with the Omega carrying a similar hand-wound manual chronograph calibre 1863 movement for a fraction of the price, what are you really getting when you spend all that extra money?

— via Youtube

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Custer Parkway Renovation / Tavis Westbrook + Charles Bobo

A groovy mid century modern home is on the market in Richardson, Texas, an affluent inner suburb of Dallas. Originally built in 1963, it has since been restored, updated, and expanded, resulting in 300 square metres of living space that includes four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and two living areas, all arranged around three courtyards.

Located at 2300 Custer Parkway, the property, renovated by designer Tavis Westbrook and architect Charles Bobo, is offered at $1.2 million — via Curbed

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Kiah House / Austin Maynard Architects

Austin Maynard Architects has completed yet another gorgeous modern home, this time by extending a weatherboard Victorian cottage in North Fitzroy, Melbourne. Called Kiah House, the renovation seeks to reinvent the traditional idea of the home office by creating a space that is conducive to productivity and yet still functions as a sanctuary.

The original 1927 residence, which also underwent a refresh, anchors the property: The Victoria-based practice added a master bedroom haven adjacent to it and perched a separate office above — via Curbed

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Northern Hotel / AGR Mackenzie

Located just outside the Aberdeen city centre, the art deco Northern Hotel dates back to 1938, the work of AGR Mackenzie of A Marshall Mackenzie & Son. It replaced an earlier hotel that was destroyed by fire.

It’s successor was quite a hip location back in the day and although updated around 2008, it still offers some of the art deco detailing that made it a hit back in the day. That’s perhaps why this hotel has a Grade A Listed Building status from Historic Scotland. Offers around the £1,500,000 mark are invited — via WowHaus

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BMW R51/2 Restomod / Kontrast Kreations

This bike started life as a barn find BMW R51/2 with parts from a variety of vintage BMW motorcycles. The tank was from a R50, the gearbox from a R51/3, the ignition case cover was broken, and fins were missing from both cylinders. The bike’s new owner wasn’t keen on returning it to stock, so Ramon Seiler of Kontrast Kreations had some freedom to reimagine the vintage Beemer — via Bike EXIF

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Hero Xtreme 150 / VR Customs

Starting with what’s essentially a pizza delivery bike, Marc and Alan at VR Customs decided that hard tail retro drag bike was the way to go. Even though this Hero Xtreme 150 won’t quite do an 11-second quarter mile, it’s by far the coolest delivery bike we’ve ever laid eyes on — via Bike EXIF

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Majestic Restoration / Heroes Motors

The best of the vintage oddities has got to be the Majestic of the early 1930s. There are very few of these French machines still in circulation today, and this one, recently restored by Serge Bueno of LA-based Heroes Motors, has got to be the pick of the crop.

The Majestic was designed by Georges Roy, an engineer who disliked tubular frames because he felt they flexed too much. So he created a monocoque chassis using sheet steel, which also encased the drive train.

Introduced at the 1929 Paris Motor Show, the Majestic caused a storm. The Delachanal factory put it into production the next year, but sales were slow—and the story was over by 1933. As with today, it looks like pre-War motorcyclists were resistant to anything outside of contemporary norms — via Bike EXIF