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Print Edition: September 19, 2010

Ducati 848 EVO motorbike
The all new Ducati 848 EVO refines its already formidable middleweight sportbike for 2011 with more power from its Testastretta engine and new Brembo monoblac brakes. In a bid to be better, this bike has new cylinder heads, pistons, throttle bodies and cams. Its V twin engine has been picked up 6hp from the last model to a total of 140hp, making it the most powerful bike in its class. When it comes to looks, the bike is available in classic Ducati red and an all new sleath dark version. Price: Dark $12,995 (Rs. 6.08 lakh) and Red $13,995 (Rs. 6.54 lakh)

Da Milano's Ostrich leather range
The ostrich can't fly, but is one of the toughest birds on ground. For that strong yet sophisticated look, Da Milano's Man-bag collection uses tough and pliable ostrich leather in quill pattern with polka dots. With large interior pockets and leather padded top carry handles, these bags are designed for comfort. Needless to say, they also look pretty good. You can choose silver or gold hardware for your white, navy, burgundy or burnt orange bag. Price: Rs. 8,995 and Rs. 9,995

Dunhill's Skeleton pen and business card case
A pen is mightier than a sword? Who cares, as long as it looks so good. Inspired by skeleton watches where internal workings are revealed, this pen allows you to watch the Revolette mechanisms through the resin panels. Twist the pen's cap to reveal the three chambers loaded with a black ballpoint, a red ballpoint and a propelling pencil. Complete the masculine look with a business card case set in sterling silver and engrave it with personal details. Price: on request

Jason Wu's Create camera
The man who dressed Michelle Obama has come out with a camera that defines sleekness. Jason Wu's Create has a plethora of technical features including a retractable USB and an easy to navigate menu. This in-built software makes charging and transferring photos onto computers a breeze. The leather front panel, matching case and elegant wrist strap make this easy to use camera trendy. Price: £169 (Rs. 12,277)

Motorola's Backflip smartphone
Multi-tasking just got cooler. The backtrack feature of this smartphone has a touch panel which allows you to scroll through the web without obscuring the home screen. It boasts a 5-megapixel camera with an auto focus LED flash. The unique reverse flip design of this 3G enabled device puts style on its speed dial. Price: Rs. 4,200

Rajesh Pratap's footwear collection
For Rajesh Pratap Singh, simplicity is style and functionality is timeless. This is evident in his new footwear collection. The deconstructed texture gives a rugged look to these hybrids of fabric and leather. The wool and distressed leather craft a rather strong al fresco feel. Available in shades of tan, patent black, distressed whites and browns, they set apart those with panaché. Price: Rs. 6,500 onwards

Kawasaki's 800 SX-R
Solo pilots can now ride the tide with this new lightweight (400 pounds) watercraft. Its 40mm Mikuni carburettors and 781cc two-stroke twin churn out 699 pounds of thrust, giving it immense power. A water jacket around the exhaust pipe helps suppress noise and a freshwater flush fitting rinses out the motor's cooling lines, making it all the more reliable. Its stableness enhances rough water handling for racers and makes it easier for beginners. It has a spacious footwell area and a handlepole placement allowing optimum control and comfort. Be sure the other riders will go green with envy. Price: $7,300 (Rs. 3,40,303)

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