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Between the 1950s and the ‘80s, Japanese bike builders were making some of the most stylish, instantly recognizable and incredibly advanced bikes at the forefront of both competitive and recreational cycling. Japanese Steel: Classic Bicycle Design from Japan is the first book to chronicle the golden age of Japanese bicycle design, and it does it over 240 pages of stunning illustrations and specially commissioned photographs, along with artifacts and ephemera from the time. Whether you’re a fan of bikes or Japanese design, this is one book for the bookshelf. Japanese Steel: Classic Bicycle Design from Japan will be released on October 9.
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As much as we love watches with dozens of complications and functions, there’s something to be said for a simple and understated design. The Nixon Patrol watch is a modern interpretation of classic designs that has everything you need and nothing you don’t. Made with a no-nonsense 42mm stainless case, a rock-solid Miyota quartz movement and a stainless 3-link bracelet, it’s as clean and slim as it is durable and attractive. Add in the bold indices on the face to complete the sleek and stylish look. This is the watch for the makers and doers.