The term “Frankenwatch” is pejorative, suggesting an impure timepiece cobbled together from parts of questionable origin and vintage. But ask watch collectors to name the best parts from any watch, and they’ll eventually dream up an imaginary watch that only a mad doctor could love. Here’s GP’s very own.
Are Freedom and Visual Enchantment Enough?
Gear Patrol reviews Forza Horizon 2 after a three-day Xbox bender.
Whose Form Follows What Function, Now?
While testing out the new Braun BN0035 Chronograph, I find out why the midcentury modern design makes me (and many other watch collectors) feel uncomfortable.
Essentials for your great escape
Heading out on the road with no set destinations and a couple of days to burn is a rite of passage for motorcycle riders. For a long weekend ride through Northern Ontario, Canada, GP’s Matt Neundorf turned to the Italians for the right gear: A Ducati for the ride; a two-piece suit, boots and gloves from Dainese and more.
An Angry Bird of Prey
Every motorcycle enthusiast dreams of taking off for an epic adventure. It’s no surprise, then, that adventure motorcycles are the fastest-growing segment on two wheels. Ducati has clearly tapped into that ethos with the design of the Multistrada GT.
Ticking off the week's news in watches
This Week In Watches: a dive watch with a killer movement, Shinola gets sporty, CT Scuderia goes square, and Richard Mille takes on Chinese mythology.
Nothing Poor About It
For the tenth installment of our Timekeeping Selects series with Analog/Shift, we’re selling a “Poor Man’s Heuer”: a 1960s Hamilton chronograph just off of a fresh service in remarkable condition for $1,700.
Last Huzzah of the Supergrump
More than TV, music, and movies, comics have had the hardest time adjusting to the digital age. Comic Book Heaven follows the owner of a small comic book vendor in Queens as he closes up for good.
Sidecars and Snow
From the Archives: Given the chance to ride motorcycles in the winter, a sane rider might politely decline, but what’s life without a few
two three-wheeled thrills? On a recent invitation by Ural Motorcycles we did just that, responding “yes, please” (pronto) while simultaneously reaching for our bags, and multiple changes of underwear. Next stop, cold and soggy Seattle.
What's New, Now
Today in Gear: a stress-relieving headband, a yacht designer’s travel trailer, metropolitan headphones and more.
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You've got skin in the game
Full race-spec leathers are the surest bet to save your bacon when the possibility of a motorcycle crash becomes a reality; but practicality, timing and social demands don’t always encourage full gear. These are the best motorcycle jeans designed to both resist high-speed abrasion and look good when you reach your destination.
Teaching an old dog new tricks, on two wheels
The prom queen is never chosen solely for her personality, and character actors don’t win People‘s Sexiest Man Alive. These are truths we’ve come to simply accept, and they extend to machines, too. Saying an item has “character” or “personality” implies it has aesthetic, ergonomic, or other flaws. The Moto Guzzi V7 Special ($9,290) has character.
The Rolex Big Boat Series is known by participants as the “Break Boat Series” for the toll it takes on boats and crews over four days of racing. GP’s Jason Heaton braved San Francisco Bay’s gusty winds and waves for a firsthand account.
This Week's News on Wheels
This Week in Motoring: Cadillac tries to stem the tide, the making of the Hellcat, a China-only McLaren, Audi gets the driverless nod and much more.
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