5 Objects With Beautiful Travel Stories

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5 Objects With Beautiful Travel Stories
Each of these five objects has a story as great as its look.
Photo by Jeffery Cross
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    5 Objects With Beautiful Travel Stories
    Each of these five objects as a story as great as its style.
    Photo by Jeffery Cross
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    The Swiss Story Behind the World's Sturdiest Watch
    In a Swiss workshop on a bank of the Rhine, IWC watchmakers have been piecing together reliable, easy-to-read pilot watches since the Allies first flew out to face Hitler. To this day, IWC’s Big Pilot watches are tricked out with superpowers that allow them to withstand a sudden drop in cockpit pressure or an icy plunge to 60 meters. And the titanium case back can take serious blows—say, a fall at airport security. The updated Top Gun model looks more handsome than ever with a dead-simple face, a black ceramic case, and an embossed calfskin strap. Meanwhile, inside, 311 parts silently spin and whir with to-the-millisecond Swiss precision. —Jeremy Kirkland
    Photo by Jeffery Cross
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    The Hand-Crafted Italian Bike Winning Races Around the World
    Nearly all 200 bicycles from the 2015 Tour de France were made in megafactories with few exceptions: most notably Colnago’s latest, the carbon-framed C60. In 1952, Ernesto Colnago began turning out bikes in the Milanese suburb of Cambiago, and the 84-year-old still oversees all production today. Made in Ernesto’s at-home studio, his creations have won nearly every race there is to win. Not a pro cyclist? Not a problem. He offers multiple fits of the C60 so that even casual riders can cruise comfortably. For an extra-stylish upgrade, opt for the Tricolore edition, shown here, one of 100 with a sexy coat of gold paint. Colnago C60 Tricolore, $14,500, colnago.com —Matt Phillips
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    The World's Coolest Travel Shoes
    With its handsome look, cool backstory, and packability, the Sabah might just be the perfect travel shoe. The Sabah colors—cobalt, camel, mint—were the first thing to catch my eye. But it was founder Mickey Ashmore’s refreshingly personal approach that sealed the deal: The shoes are stitched by hand in Gaziantep, Turkey, using a 1,000-year-old shoemaking technique, then are sold at shows around the world that are more like casual house parties. (You can also place an order through their website.) After kicking around in a pair for a few weeks, I can honestly say that I never want to travel in anything else. They go with everything—I tried them with dresses, shorts, and jeans—and are almost slipperlike in their comfort. Most important, they’re leather, which means that a) they’ll form to your foot the more you wear them, and b) they breathe, so you can go sockless without offending anyone when you slip them off in the TSA line. From $190.Aislyn Greene
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    How to Keep the Beach
    Beachcombing is serious business for British designer Timothy Oulton. Along the coastlines of France, his team gathers stray pieces of wood, tossed by the tides. They then arrange the sticks into a delicate tangle and encase them in smooth, solid acrylic. The resulting mod-but-rustic Spur Driftwood side tables “celebrate the imperfections in the wood and the notion that time makes things more beautiful,” Oulton says. The name was inspired by the spur of a plant, a nectar-filled tube. “There’s the idea that the wood is a living thing. And we’ve preserved it in a natural state.” In other words, it’s a fossilized reminder of a serene landscape for the home. Spur Driftwood side table $3,250, timothyoulton.com Sarah Purkrabek
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    How to Make Authentic Italian Pizza at Home
    It's the cold truth of making pizza on your own: A run-of-the-mill oven simply can’t get hot enough to deliver the bubbly, blistered crust you crave. That’s where California manufacturer Forno Bravo comes in. The company crafts Italian-style wood-burning ovens for indoors or out, adorned with anything from brick to kaleidoscopic tile mosaic. The ovens are ridiculously simple to operate. Just load in a pile of wood, light it and let it roar for about half an hour. Then push the wood to the side and put in your pie. Capable of temperatures north of 800°F, the oven cooks a pizza to charred perfection in about two minutes. $2,600–$7,000, fornobravo.com —Jamie Feldmar
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