You Can Now Create Your Own Custom Porsche Design Watch to Match Your 911

Emilee Geist

Customization is arguably the ultimate expression of luxury. For this reason, Porsche recently launched an “Exclusive Manufaktur” service by which exacting clients can custom build their dream sports car. Now, the same precisionists can tailor their own Porsche timepiece, too.

This week, Porsche Design launched a new web-based configurator that allows watch enthusiasts to design their own bespoke chronograph with an array of special custom details. Nearly six years in the making, the configurator offers roughly 1.5 million different design options and was rolled out Stateside on September 1.

“No other car manufacturer or watch brand currently offers such a customizable and exclusive program of this kind,” Jan Becker, CEO of Porsche Design Group, said in the press release.

Porsche Design Custom Timepieces
Porsche Design Custom Timepieces

Considering the wristwatch’s many intricate parts, it’s a natural candidate for personalization, and the program lets prospective watch owners make choices down to the smallest detail. All

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50 amazing gifts that women actually want

Emilee Geist

The 50 best gifts for women of 2019
The 50 best gifts for women of 2019

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Gift shopping is hard. No matter if you’re shopping for a sibling, a longtime spouse, or a co-worker, the act of picking out the perfect gift can be overwhelming. What does she want? What doesn’t she already own? What color would she want it in? Is she allergic to anything? Does she like to read? What is her favorite scent? So many questions, so little time to buy.

To reduce your gift shopping stress this holiday shopping season, we’ve come up with a list of 50 awesome gifts (25 more than last

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National Board of Review, SAG Awards, BAFTAs, and More Plan New Dates After Oscars Change

Emilee Geist

Now that the 2021 Oscars have officially been delayed from February 28 to April 25, 2021, many other award shows and festivals that play a crucial role on the Oscar season circuit are also changing their dates. IndieWire will be keeping track of the changing 2020-2021 awards season with this running list of new dates for important events on the circuit.

National Board of Review Awards (September 9 Announcement)

A press release states: “The National Board of Review announced today that it will reveal its 2020 honorees on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Films will be eligible if screened by the NBR and released either theatrically or digitally on or before February 28, 2021. If a movie’s release is digital, it must have had a theatrical release planned prior to the onset of COVID-19. The NBR will announce its plans for their celebration at a later date.”

“A well-told story has

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With Its Versatile Undergarments, LaSette Has a New Vision for Lingerie

Emilee Geist

Founded by Shiara Robinson in 2019, this intimates label is making sheer pieces you’ll want to wear day in, day out.

For bits of clothing that often go unseen, we put a lot of thought into our undergarments. Perhaps this is why brands like Dion Lee and Gucci adopted lingerie as daywear for Spring 2020 — not knowing that their street-ready bustiers and lace-trimmed silky frocks wouldn’t be leaving the house come March. Despite the months-long, ongoing lockdown and wide embrace of a braless lifestyle, designer Shiara Robinson says the conversation around lingerie and the desire to wear it has only gotten louder and stronger.

“Because people are at home, they’re talking about what kind of cozy loungewear they’ve been wearing, and from that, the conversation flows into what kind of lingerie they’re wearing,” Robinson, who launched the lingerie label LaSette in 2019, tells me, over the phone. “Maybe it’s

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Everything you need for a virtual hen-do as social distancing rules are tightened

Emilee Geist

While you might not be able to meet up, you can still have a hen-do to remember thanks to platforms like zoom, Smule and Paperless Post (iStock)
While you might not be able to meet up, you can still have a hen-do to remember thanks to platforms like zoom, Smule and Paperless Post (iStock)

Throughout the pandemic, chances are you probably know someone – or are someone – who has had to cancel, postpone or re-arrange a wedding.

For many couples, lockdown has been a trying time as a day of celebration and one they may have been looking forward to for a long time have been put on pause.

If you know someone in that predicament, we’ve already got you covered with small gifts you can send as a thoughtful present here. Although on 23 June prime minister Boris Johnson announced small weddings of up to 30 people can now take place in the UK, it still might not be the day some people had originally planned.

But for others, it’s become a time to revaluate

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IBM bets on AI and robotics to speed up drug discovery

Emilee Geist

So you’re interested in AI? Then join our online event, TNW2020, where you’ll hear how artificial intelligence is transforming industries and businesses.

An end-to-end, integrated chemical research system unveiled by IBM last week gives us a glimpse of how artificial intelligence, robotics and the cloud might change the future of drug discovery.

And it’s a good time as any to see some a breakthrough in the field.

The world is still struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the race to the find a vaccine for the dangerous novel coronavirus has not yet yielded reliable results. Researchers are bound by travel and social distancing limitations imposed by the virus, and for the most part, they still rely on manual methods that can take many years. While in some cases, such delays can result in inconvenience, in the case of COVID-19, it means more lives lost.

Called RoboRXN, IBM’s new

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A Trove by Alexander McQueen, Up for Auction

Emilee Geist

Fashion lovers take note: On Thursday, a bounty of wonders by Alexander McQueen goes up for auction by Doyle New York.

The 50 pieces of clothing and accessories are from the collection of Jennifer Zuiker, who started acquiring the brilliant designer’s wares many years ago, via a pair of shoes at Neiman Marcus in Las Vegas. She fell in love, and so began a long period of acquisition. The auction items span the collections of the house founder from 1995 to 2010. The earliest piece is from the “Highland Rape” show that rocked fashion — a pair of McQueen’s now-iconic bumster pants.

The online auction gets under way at 10 a.m. EST. Estimates range from $300 to $500 for a Plexiglas Iris Box clutch to $40,000 to $50,000 for a sweeping cape from “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” fall 2002. That show opened with a different cape, a lavender take on Red Riding Hood,

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Cities after COVID & GM’s Electric Vehicle Push

Emilee Geist

Welcome to the Capital Note, a newsletter about finance and economics. On the menu today: work from home, GM’s investment in Nikola, and a look at the Vegas-Wall Street pipeline.

Cities in the Post-COVID Era

With Labor Day now past, it will be interesting to see whether there will be a mass return to the office (at least here in New York City, wandering around Midtown late last week, things didn’t — whatever the Daily Mail might claim — look post-apocalyptic, but it was still more than a little forlorn).

Writing for the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, Mark Mills takes a look at the debate over working from home — a concept he broadens out to working from anywhere (WFA), and, I think, gives some comfort to those of us still living in the city.

Mills starts by examining some of the survey data used as evidence that

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3 Foreign Tech Picks Amid The Domestic Selloff

Emilee Geist

The big market break that we have all been anticipating is finally upon us. The remarkable speed at which this correction is occurring has already ripped stocks back to where they were a month ago, with overstretched tech leading the slide.

S&P 500 has plummeted 7% since September 2nd, while the tech-driven Nasdaq 100 has lost over 10% of its value.

Analysts have been speculating that this day of reckoning would occur, and the correction would be more significant the further valuations were pushed. Now the froth has finally being blown off the top.

Tech’s Correction 

The overzealous “pandemic traders,” as I like to call them, have brought with them valuation-neglecting optimism about the stock market that drove us to unsustainable levels over the last few weeks. The historically low volume last few weeks of summer vacation allowed the flooding cash from the retail investing/trading to push the market into

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Virgil Abloh Unveils Minimal Take on Iconic Mercedes-Benz SUV

Emilee Geist

PARIS — For some people, a luxury car is all about napa leather seats and mahogany dashboards. For Virgil Abloh, it’s about stripping the car so bare, it doesn’t even have side windows.

Mercedes-Benz and Abloh, the creative mind behind Louis Vuitton men’s wear and Off-White, on Tuesday presented the concept car that is the first outcome of their collaboration, first revealed by WWD in July.

The designer teamed with Gorden Wagener, chief design officer at the German automobile-maker, to reimagine the box-shaped G-Class luxury SUV as a monolithic plaster-colored art piece, dubbed Project Geländewagen — a replica of which will be auctioned online by Sotheby’s from Sept. 14.

The duo transformed the off-road vehicle into a racing car, equipping it with racing tires and a Formula One-inspired steering wheel and seats. They stripped all the cladding and made the safety frame a central motif, with elements highlighted in baby

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