IWC has released a Tribute to the Mark XI, officially referred to as the IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Tribute to Mark XI” (Ref. IW327007), is being issued in a limited edition of 1,948 pieces at a retail price of $4,150. It is based on the company’s famous Pilot’s watch the debuted in 1948 (which was also produced by Jaeger-LeCoultre).
This new model comes in a 40 mm stainless steel case, a contemporary size that is much more appropriate on the average wrist than its significantly smaller predecessor.
The new size is more appropriate, as is the use of a modern automatic movement, even if it is just a basic 4Hz Sellita calibre SW-300 with 25 jewels and a 42-hour power reserve. It is all about the dial and the aesthetic — via Professional Watches
For BMW, the Heiwa creation will be a show bike. It’s just been revealed at Motorrad Days, and in March it’ll be displayed at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show. Kimura is no stranger to show bikes — he took home the Best In Show award at last year’s Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show — but for this RnineT, he wanted a bike capable of normal, everyday riding — via Bike EXIF
This beautifully renovated home in San Rafael, California, was designed by Claude Oakland, who is considered one of the most prolific of Joseph Eichler’s architects and who created around 5,000 modern homes for the master builder.
Completed in 1964 and since updated, the bright and airy mid century home boasts all the trappings of the period, including a dramatic open-plan great room with vaulted and beamed ceilings, skylights, brick fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows, and original globe lights.
This one’s a collaboration between Portuguese builders Nuno Capêlo and Ricardo Santos. Nuno’s an architect-turned-motorcycle designer; he worked for the likes of it roCkS!bikes and Ton-Up Garage before launching Capêlo’s Garage last year. Ricardo used to be a chef, but after a few years working with Ton Up Garage, he decided to focus solely on his own projects at Elemental Rides.
The stars aligned last year, when the two travelled to The Bike Shed London show to exhibit their latest work. Round about the same time, Yamaha Portugal announced a contest inviting builders to submit designs, with winners getting the chance to customise a brand new SR400 — via Bike EXIF
A top-to-bottom renovation of a traditional farmhouse has come on the market in Catalonia, and it’s pretty much the embodiment of luxurious European-countryside living. Located in the medieval town of Pals in Spain’s Girona province, the six-bedroom masia occupies over six acres of verdant land dotted with with olive and fruit trees, vineyards, pines, cypresses, and more. The stone structure itself comprises two floors and 729 square meters of space that combines traditional architecture with a contemporary, streamlined layout. It’s yours for a cool €2.9 million, or approximately $3.3 million — via Curbed
After a few years the trusty 1990 Honda GB500 was looking the worse for wear. By now Oliver Aschenbrenner was a motorcycle designer, so he decided to tear it down and customise it. A stint working for Triumph Motorcycles in England mothballed the project—but Oliver has now returned to Bavaria, set up his own company 271 Design, and finished the Honda — via Bike EXIF
A lake front home designed by one-time Frank Lloyd Wright associate Russell Barr Williamson has come on the market in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Built in 1954, the 230-square-metre residence has been restored and updated since, showcasing many of the era’s design principles. Located on just under an acre of land right on the lake, the property at 711 Lake Shore Drive is offered at an incredible $475,000 — via Curbed
This Scion Lintu Rug is a fairly recent addition to the range and a rather stylish one too. If you love the idea of a retro birds motif on a rug, you’ll probably fall for this. Three colour options to choose from, with the Lintu rugs handmade in India by Brink and Campman to a design by Scion, each hand tufted with a thick, soft, 100 per cent wool pile. There are different sizes too, so prices vary, but start at £175 — via Retro to Go
Back in 1975, before Frank Gehry was a phenom of deconstructivism and became the starchitect who flipped off the industry, Gehry finished a bunkeresque 318-square-metre home for prolific art collectors Peter and Ann Janss. Today, that home has a new owner — an artist — and a new modern look courtesy of a renovation designed by Dan Brunn Architecture — via Curbed
Iowa-based Mike Gustafson is a furniture designer by trade, so he knows his way around a block of wood. After hours, he builds motorcycles as Monnom Customs; this is his second build, and also the second to use wood. For the
M2 — a 1973 Honda CB350 cafe racer — he decided to see just how far he could push the use of wood on a motorcycle — via Bike EXIF
This Andrew Geller-designed, ziggurat-shaped pad in New York’s Fire Island Pines, the 1961 Frank House, is on the market for just shy of $1.3 million. This is good news for modernism fans with change to spare. Though the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath Frank House was once infamous for its use in a (well-reviewed) ’70s soft-core adult film called Curbed
This intriguing British design comes by way of architect Tim Organ (of celebrated practice Artist & Constructor, which Tim founded with his brother Bob). Built in 1970, the L-shaped three-bedroom combines many original elements with modern updates to create a light-filled home in the small village of Chew Stoke, just a few miles from Bristol. The home is offered at £595,000, or approximately $752,000 — via Curbed
Post modern architecture — it’s not for everyone. But sometimes it strikes the right balance of whimsy, risk, and stateliness, like this storm water pumping station in the East End of London, which was recently awarded a heritage listing.
Designed by architect John Outram and completed in 1988, the edifice-like structure — known as the Isle of Dogs Storm Water Pumping Station — is the first post modern building to be designated under Historic England’s effort to
protect the country’s best examples of the divisive architectural style, according to The Spaces.
Among Outram’s best-known buildings, the pumping station features a striated brick façade, thick, rounded columns with brightly coloured and geometrically patterned capitals, and a corrugated pediment accented with a circular object resembling a jet engine — via Curbed
So many bold designs in this new retro flooring range by Atrafloor, with influences from the 1950s to the 1970s (and even a bit of ’80s), all of which are perfect for adding some
wow to a room in need of brightening up. All the vinyl flooring in the range is designed in-house, described as
highly durable & easy to install and is made to order. The price depends on the space you need to fill, but generally you are looking at around £59 per sq. metre — via Retro to Go
The marvellously monikered Knuckle Whackjob, in the Lebak Bulus province of Jakarta is a four-man team that started five years ago, in the garage at co-founder Stan’s office. KW’s lead builder, Ottir, started imagining a compact, practical version of an old-school Japanese street chopper for the 2012-model Yamaha Scorpio Z — via Bike EXIF
Mojave Rock Ranch nestles among 90 hectares in Joshua Tree, California, where a small stone house, various outdoor spaces, and a pool cluster around what can only be described as gorgeous desert landscaping incorporating thousands of cacti. In fact, the first thing you see is the flora, which leads you through the wild grounds — and makes you pause to think whether it isn’t a shrine to those strange succulents after all.
The landscaping (and the rest of the property) is the work of its current owners, Gino Dreese and Troy Williams, who transformed the retreat over two decades, during which they travelled the world and brought back boulders, glass, and other treasures to literally build their dream home.
Just an hour outside of Palm Springs, the one-bedroom-one-bath, originally a homestead cabin from the 1950s, is now up for sale. Located at 2015 Sunfair Road, it’s offered at $4.5 million — via Curbed
Arjan van den Boom and his Amsterdam-based crew at Ironwood Custom Motorcycles have unveiled their next project. This time they started with a brand new donor — a mint fresh Yamaha XSR700.
The XSR700 landed in their laps via Dutch watchmaker TW Steel, as part of the Sons of Time project. Working in collaboration with Yamaha, TW Steel pairs a new bike with a builder and creates a limited edition watch to match — via Bike EXIF
The Victorians were a pretty buttoned-up bunch, but boy did they know how to build an industrial structure. This converted ironworks in Shoreditch, London boasts original Gothic windows, gorgeous brickwork, double-width industrial staircase, and exposed steel beams.
Granted, this duplex penthouse has had a masterful renovation including the addition of a glass-vaulted ceiling and glass doors on the upper level, which fold back to open up the room to an outdoor seating area. Another flight of rooftop steps leads to a terrace with panoramic views — via Curbed
This 1977 swooping home is striking and sculptural all the same. That’s because it was designed by Norman Jaffe, a prolific
romantic modernist architect known for creating a collection of modern homes in the Hamptons over a 35-year-long career. Located in Old Westbury, New York, in Nassau County, the hefty house is formed by several hulking volumes, the largest of which is the wood-clad, wedge-like roof topping the residence. Below it is an expansive glass-walled living space that enjoys views onto the verdant two-acre site. The structure also incorporates extensive use of stone on the façade and throughout the many outdoor spaces dotting the property. Amenities-wise there’s a home theatre, multiple decks and patios, and, of course, a glittering pool. Located at 15 Horseshoe Road, it’s offered at just under $4 million — via Curbed
Architectural designer Wallace Cunningham has created another dramatic home — 10 years in the making — with swooping rooflines and curving glass expanses, this time in Carmel, California. Completed this year, the three-bedroom is super fresh: Perched by a secluded cove, the 250 square metre oasis frames jaw-dropping vistas of the Pacific Ocean by way of full-height glazing on both the front and rear of the structure. Located at 243 Highway, the special property is offered at $11.9 million — via Curbed
Andrea and Simon, the duo behind Sette Nero were around long before riding buffed-up Beemers was considered cool. Scintilla was born in a Deptford pub, over a pint and an eBay listing for a tatty R80, mechanically the donor was strong but the rest was in a sorry state. Obviously the entire bike was completely stripped and refreshed before the real work could commence — via The Bike Shed
This mid century modern desert pad comes trimmed in a cheery blue, a feature you don’t see often in updated (usually all-white) Palm Springs homes. Built in 1957, the post-and-beam appears to have been renovated in parts — namely the paint job and the tongue-and-groove ceiling — but other features are original, while still others could use a further refresh.
You’re looking at a Yamaha RZ350 motor, that South African Gareth Evans wedged into an Aprilia RS250 frame, and wrapped in a mix of hand-made and top-shelf parts. The project was three years in the making, but the seed was planted much further back… — via Bike EXIF
Begins with fabulous shots of model cars and trucks on a moving conveyor belt. Looks like a surreal motorway with brightly coloured cars moving along it. Traffic a go-go! — via Youtube
California-based, Singer Vehicle Designs, a company that specializes in tasteful Porsche 911 restorations — has teamed up with watch designer Marco Borraccino, and watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, to create a mechanical chronograph for use at the track.
Presented in a tonneau-shaped titanium case that measures 43 mm by 15 mm, the Track 1 exterior features brushed and polished surfaces along with a leather rally-style strap with metal eyelets.
Under the hood, is the AgenGraphe movement (that is currently only used in one other watch, the Faberge Visionnaire), produced by Agenhor.
The Track 1
Launch Edition is limited to 50 pieces and retails for approximately $40,000. Water-resistance is 50 metres (Ref. SR001) — via Professional Watches
You can get the Gorenje special edition VW Camper Van fridge in two colour options (vintage baby blue or bordeaux red) based on the timeless and much-loved van and it looks amazing. A retro-style fridge based on the frontage of the van and complete with the logo is always going to be popular.
It’s also a practical item too. The fridge has an A+++ energy efficiency rating, 254 litres of net capacity, three adjustable glass shelves, a salad crisper drawer with humidity control, Freshzone drawer, bottle rack, LED interior lighting and of course, a freezer section.
Dating back to 1979, this modernist property in Lakeway, Texas is the work of John Covert Watson, who was an apprentice under Frank Lloyd Wright while The Guggenheim was being built.
The agent describes this as a
living sculpture and you can see why. This place has an amazing organic shape both outside and inside, as well as a stunning location. Perched on a
wooded bluff, this house offers water and sunset views from every room, aided by an expanse of glass. Originally built for Eugenia Hunt to serve as her art studio. It will cost you around $1,175,000 — via WowHaus