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This build is the work of David Morales, a custom bike builder with a dozen years of experience under his belt – and many of his creations are Honda Trail-based mini bikes. He’s based out of Denton Moto, a hub for his local motorcycle community providing repair services, gear, art, and accessories – as well as advice. The project started with an old 1977 CT70 frame that was leaning up against the wall in the workshop. Funnily enough he’d tried to give it away a few times but it never disappeared, and eventually the time came to make something of it — via Silodrome

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The Mido Multifort Escape, introduced this year at Baselworld, is a large watch, 44mm in diameter, with large lume-filled Arabic numerals, slightly vintage-feel skeletonised hands (also filled with Super-LumiNova), and a touch of orange in the minute track and lettering. The case is in 316L stainless steel, sandblasted, with an attractive PVD gunmetal coating. Though it’s a simple watch, quality components have been used, including a sapphire crystal both in the front and for the display back, with anti-reflective coating — via Hodinkee

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Coming out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and set on the shores of Cedar Lake, is this impressive Art Deco home that was first completed in 1936 and recently expanded and refurbished by Peterssen/Keller Architecture to include a new floor.

The stuccoed International Style-house now comprises a 380 square metre floor plan that features four bedrooms, five bathrooms, multiple family and living rooms, and windows all around. More importantly, though, it still boasts the curved walls, sleek lines, and bright white interiors that make up the most recognizable details of the Streamline Moderne movement. Located at 20 Park Lane, it’s offered at $3.85 million — via Curbed

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TAG Heuer has just announced the release of a special edition for the 50th Anniversary of the Gulf Racing Stripes — the Monaco Gulf Special Edition. First introduced in 1969, the Monaco was the first square waterproof automatic chronograph and quickly became a cult classic when Steve McQueen wore it in Le Mans (1971) as the racer Michael Delaney. In the film, Delaney is sponsored by Gulf Oil with their blue, white, and orange stripes visible on both his white racing suit and his Porsche 917. But the stripes themselves actually pre-date the movie, having first appeared in 1967 — via Hodinkee

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Green Island, off the coast of Brooklin, Maine, is on the market for $650,000. The island includes the sweet historic Blue Hill Bay Lighthouse, built in 1856 to help guide ship traffic related to the booming lumber business of the nearby town of Ellsworth. Adjoining the lighthouse is a 1,750-square-foot keeper’s cottage with four bedrooms and a half-bath. The house has a charming New England feel to it and will come fully furnished. There are also a couple of extra buildings on the island including what looks like a large boathouse/garage and a wee little windowless stone structure — via Curbed

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Eight years after the first Moonstruck made its mark, the Moonstruck Worldtimer remains the only astronomical wristwatch with the bright part of the moon always facing the sun, as happens in real life. Innovative yet functional, the Moonstruck Worldtimer also include an easy-to-read map of the tides, date indicator, instant time zone adjuster, and worldtimer complication.  Limited to 100 pieces, this model is available in platinum ($95,000) and rose gold ($75,000) — via  Perpétuelle

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Bay Area architect Warren Callister was known for his dramatic, magical use of redwood and now, a stellar example of his work has come back on the market in Sausalito, California. Built in 1951, the 350 square metre home shows off striking angles and even more arresting views over Richardson Bay. Located at 250 Currey Lane, this gem is asking $3,595,000 — via Curbed

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Designed by local firm Austin Maynard ArchitectsBrickface has an exterior made of red recycled brick, punctuated by a pattern of brightly coloured red and blue bricks on the house-facing one side. Circular windows and a curved cut-out in the roof line add visual interest from the lane way — via Curbed

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Swiss independent watchmaker MCT (Manufacture Contemporaine Du Temps) debuted a really cool timepiece this year at Baselworld called the MCT Dodekal One D110.

Produced in conjunction with the relatively young company’s tenth anniversary the Dodekal One is the first mechanical watch with a digital hours display in the centre of the dial.

According to MCT, the Dodekal One design was inspired by 1970s electronic watches. It is powered by calibre D1 and which required a complex set of cams and carriages to display the hours in digital form — via Professional Watches

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With too many hard-fought miles under the belt for basic maintenance, a full restoration was on the cards for this Ducati MHR 900SS. So Revival Cyclestore the bike down to the bare frame for powder coating, replacing every bushing and bearing along the way — via Bike EXIF

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Rough Crafts’ Winston Yeh has customised a Ducati Scrambler. With a sprinkling of performance upgrades and lightweight parts, Jab Launcher is proof of the old racer’s adage: add lightness — via Bike EXIF

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The first time on the market since 1967, the Craig Ellwood-designed Bobertz House in San Diego, California, is well worth the wait. That’s obviously down to the architecture itself, but also because of a wonderful restoration that has returned this house back to its original state.

The house dates back to 1953, designed by Ellwood for Gerry and Charles Bobertz, but has suffered since. It was acquired by Keith York in 2000, who then undertook the extensive and painstaking renovation work, which involved pulling down a later addition and reintroducing some original design using both plans of the house and consulting those familiar with Ellwood’s work.

If you want to make this your next home, the asking price is $800,000 — via Wow Haus

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2LOUD Custom is run by Max Ma Yicheng and based in Taipei, Taiwan, where customising motorcycles is tricky, thanks to strict regulations. When a customer booked in this 2009-model Sportster XL883 Custom, Max set himself a challenge — via Bike EXIF

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Wutopia Lab designed Metal Rainbow-Zhongshu Bookstore in Suzhou, China — via ArchDaily

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Laurent Amann of Storik built this extraordinary vintage Triumph called Rafale.

Rafale means ‘gust of wind’ in French, and this Meriden-era triple is all about lightness and speed. It’s also a showcase for Amann’s amazing coach working skills, with raw metal bodywork and an impeccable stance.

Although he now practises out of a workshop in the south of England, Amann was trained in France. He has a background in automotive engineering and design, and is enthused by all things handmade. He started the company four years ago, and focuses on fabricating and restoring classic cars and bikes — via Bike EXIF

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This Jackie Cuylen-designed brutalist property in Herentals, Antwerp, Belgium dates back to the mid-1970s, with a design very much of that era and based on circles both for the main house, the garage and of course, the pool. A rare opportunity to buy a house of this quality and uniqueness, it is on the market for €649,000 — via Wow Haus

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The Robin Boyd-designed Baker House in Long Forest, Victoria, was constructed just over 50 years ago, offers total privacy thanks to its 30-acre plot. Looking at the last of the agent’s photos, it looks like that land is pretty dense with foliage too. So not much chance of any passing visitors or cold callers. But what you do get is a house designed on mathematical and geometric principles and one that’s still faithful to the mid century era — via Wow Haus

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Shanghai Customs shop boss Matthew Waddick reckons it’s this new eCub that will soon become his biggest ever seller. If you’re attracted to minimalism and timeless design, you probably appreciate the elegant simplicity of the Cub frame. Its size lends itself well to an electric scooter conversion — via Bike EXIF

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This Moto Guzzi V1000 G5 the work of Manuel and Yann of Sur Les Chapeaux De Roues, and it’s the colour that grabbed us first—a pale minty green, much like the signature Celeste shade of Bianchi. It’s a perfect match for the sylphlike new bodywork, with little remaining of Mandello’s somewhat heavy-handed and plasticky original– via  Bike EXIF

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Dirk Oehlerking of Kingston Customs from Germany built this masterpiece — White Phantom. In this case using the rather unremarkable but steadfast BMW R80RT as a donor, not that there’s much left of the original bike — via The Bike Shed

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British MoD engineer Allen Millyard, has a brilliant habit of building the wildest motorcycle specials on the planet. Amazingly enough, Millyard builds these OEM-looking monsters in a small garage workshop with little more than hand tools. The lucky owner of this 883cc Kawasaki KH500 Millyard Special is Pip Davidson — a die hard 2-stroke fan. The joining of the engine cases is just seamless, making this one of the great double-take bikes, which you could mistake for OEM before your brain registers the width of the engine. Of course, the performance is anything but stock — the 883cc 5-cylinder, 2-stroke Kawasaki Triple produces 109 rear wheel horsepower — via BikeBound

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Max Ma Yicheng runs 2LOUD Custom out of Taipei, Taiwan and has a talent for metal shaping and finding a great line. His skills are on full display on this pretty-in-pink custom, built in the classic Japanese style and based on a 2016 model Kawasaki W800. It starts with the hand-made fuel tank, designed with a slimming effect, and a front neck tunnel that’s reminiscent of classic enduros — via Bike EXIF

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Bunker Custom Cycles of Istanbul have a client who requested an elegant war machine look, and builders Mert and Can Uzer have obliged in spectacular fashion — via Bike EXIF

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A Harley-Davidson dealer handed this 2016 Harley-Davidson Street 750 over to Austria-based NCT Motorcycles, with a mandate to rework it into a raffle prize for the upcoming 20th annual European Bike Week — via Bike EXIF

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This 1980 BMW R100 RT rolled into Willie Knoll’s Clutch Motorcycles workshop as a 1980s tourer, and left as a classy, pared-down street tracker. In the metal, you’ll probably first notice the flip-flop Daytona Paradise paint, which changes colour with the light — but there are plenty of other subtle details that shine — via Bike EXIF

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This Norton Atlas has all the goodies you’d normally see on one of Reinhard Neumair’s racers, with one notable exception—it meets Germany’s strict TÜV laws. That’s because the owner wanted a race replica that he could also ride on the streets — via Bike EXIF