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December 10, 2022

Freestyle Skier and Model Eileen Gu joins the IWC Family.

IWC Watches, Eileen Gu

IWC Watches, Eileen Gu

Photos: Freestyle Skier and Model Eileen Gu joins the IWC Family. Images provided by & copyright © IWC Schaffhausen.

Schaffhausen — IWC Schaffhausen welcomed Eileen Gu to the brand’s universe. The prodigy is a medal-winning freestyle skier, sought-after fashion model, and future university student. She is the perfect embodiment of a multifaceted modern woman, using her voice to drive representation and inclusion in her sport, aiming to inspire and empower a new generation of girls and women across the globe.

Born in San Francisco to an American father and a Chinese mother, she is a rising Freeski star, a successful fashion model, and an aspiring university student. She started recreational skiing aged three before delving into freestyle skiing when she was eight. Freeski is an action-packed extreme sport that involves spectacular acrobatic skills like flips, spins, and slides. Her most significant achievement to date came at the X Games 2021 in Aspen, Colorado, where she made history as the first rookie woman ever to win three medals. Two months later, she claimed three more medals at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships.

Eileen set the goal of finishing high school quicker to prepare for competitions more effectively. She eventually graduated after completing two school years in the time of one. Recently, she saw her dream come true after being accepted to Stanford University. As if all this were not enough, the young athlete has also launched a modeling career. She has graced the covers of many international magazines and attended noteworthy fashion events in Paris and New York.

Franziska Gsell, CMO of IWC Schaffhausen, said, “With her multifaceted personality, Eileen reflects the broad spectrum of our collections with timepieces ranging from casual or elegant to sporty. Her discipline and ambition, constant striving for perfection, and strong commitment to using sport as a force for unity make her the perfect partner for our brand going forward.”

Source: IWC Schaffhausen

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December 9, 2022

Pottery Barn announces Global Collaboration with Deepika Padukone.

Pottery Barn, Deepika Padukone

Photo: Deepika Padukone, Internationally acclaimed actor and global style icon, will collaborate with Pottery Barn as part of the brand’s international expansion. Image provided by Pottery Barn.

NEW DELHI, Dec. 9, 2022 — Pottery Barn, a portfolio brand of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM), the world’s largest digital-first, design-led and sustainable home retailer, announced today a global partnership with the iconic international celebrity, Deepika Padukone. The actor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist has been signed as a brand ambassador to promote Pottery Barn’s international expansion, which began with opening the company’s first retail location in September in Delhi, India. As a brand ambassador for Pottery Barn, Padukone will also work closely with the brand to co-create a collection.

“I’ve always been fascinated with spaces, and my passion for interior design is no secret!” said Deepika Padukone. “I am thrilled to collaborate with global home furnishing leader Pottery Barn and look forward to creating timeless pieces together!”

“We are excited to partner with global icon Deepika Padukone,” said Monica Bhargava, Pottery Barn’s Chief Design Officer. “Deepika’s passion for home design and timeless sense of style resonates with Pottery Barn fans worldwide. Through our collaboration launching in 2023, customers will be able to bring Pottery Barn’s coveted designs infused with Deepika’s signature style into their homes.”

As the global leader in the home furnishings industry, Pottery Barn is known for sustainability, service, and quality products crafted to last. From helping to restore forests to creating healthier homes, the brand is on a mission to design products that make a difference at home and beyond. To date, the brand offers a range of responsibly made products that are good for people and the planet—from Fair Trade Certified™ craftsmanship, recycled materials, and responsibly sourced cotton to wood furniture collections that are “FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified” supporting forest ecosystems worldwide.

Pottery Barn also offers customers complimentary Design Crew services comprised of a dedicated team of interior design experts. The Design Crew helps answer style questions and assists customers in bringing their home projects to life via one-on-one design sessions virtually, in-store, or at home. The company will offer this service in its new retail location in Delhi, India.

Pottery Barn, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) portfolio of brands, is a premier specialty retailer for casual, comfortable, and stylish home furnishings. Pottery Barn operates company-owned stores in the United States, Canada, and Australia. In addition, it has unaffiliated franchisees that operate stores in the Middle East, the Philippines, and South Korea, and stores and e-commerce websites in Mexico. The company has its headquarters in San Francisco, California, USA.

Source: Pottery Barn

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December 7, 2022

TIME Names the 2022 Person of the Year: Volodymyr Zelensky and the Spirit of Ukraine

TIME Magazine

TIME Magazine

Photo: 2022 TIME Person of the Year: Volodymyr Zelensky and the Spirit of Ukraine. Image provided by TIME.

NEW YORK, December 7, 2022 — Today, TIME named Volodymyr Zelensky and the Spirit of Ukraine as the 2022 Person of the Year.

The cover story is by TIME’s Simon Shuster. He spent nine months reporting on the invasion, during which Zelensky and his team granted him unparalleled access to work inside the presidential compound.

In his letter to readers, TIME Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal writes, “This year’s choice was the most clear-cut in memory. Whether the battle for Ukraine fills one with hope or fear, the world marched to Volodymyr Zelensky’s beat in 2022. In the weeks after Russian bombs began falling on February 24, his decision not to flee Kyiv but to stay and rally support was fateful. After his first 40-second Instagram post on February 25, Ukraine’s president was everywhere. His information offensive shifted the geo­political weather system, setting off a wave of action that swept the globe.”

Felsenthal continues, “The impact of this story on 2022 is the essence of what Person of the Year was designed to capture, the idea that fateful events on the global stage are shaped—for better and worse—by the talents, priorities, fears, and quirks of individual human beings… For proving that courage can be as contagious as fear, stirring people and nations to come together in defense of freedom, and reminding the world of the fragility of democracy-and of peace, Volodymyr Zelensky and the spirit of Ukraine are TIME’s 2022 Person of the Year.”

• TIME also named the 2022 Athlete, Entertainer, Icon, Heroes, Innovator, and Breakthrough Artist of the Year:

The Women of Iran

The NASA team who built the James Webb Space Telescope

Aaron Judge


Michelle Yeoh

Mickey Guyton

The “December 26, 2022 - January 9, 2023, Person of the Year Issue” of TIME goes on sale on Friday, December 16, 2022.

On December 8, TIME will host a reception featuring meaningful conversations with leaders whose impact defined 2022 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Source: TIME

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December 6, 2022

Oxford Word of the Year 2022 is: 'Goblin Mode'

Oxford University

Oxford, December 05, 2022 — More than 300,000 English speakers voted to choose the “Word of the Year.” And the winner is: “Goblin Mode.”

As Oxford University Press (OUP) explained, ‘Goblin mode’ is a slang term often used in the expressions ‘in goblin mode’ or ‘to go goblin mode.’ It is a type of behavior that is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, careless, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations.

“Although first seen on Twitter in 2009, goblin mode went viral on social media in February 2022, quickly making its way into newspapers and magazines after being tweeted in a mocked-up headline. The term then rose in popularity over the months following as Covid lockdown restrictions eased in many countries and people ventured out of their homes more regularly. Seemingly, it captured the prevailing mood of individuals who rejected the idea of returning to ‘normal life, or rebelled against the increasingly unattainable aesthetic standards and unsustainable lifestyles exhibited on social media,” OUP added.

At a special event to announce this year’s approach to selecting the Oxford Word of the Year, Ben Zimmer, American linguist and lexicographer, said: “Goblin Mode does speak to the times and the zeitgeist, and it is certainly a 2022 expression. People are looking at social norms in new ways. It allows people to ditch social norms and embrace new ones.”

Casper Grathwohl, President of Oxford Languages, said: “We were hoping the public would enjoy being brought into the process, but this level of engagement with the campaign caught us by surprise. The strength of the response highlights how important our vocabulary is to understanding who we are and processing what’s happening to the world around us. Given the year we’ve just experienced, ‘Goblin mode’ resonates with all of us who feel a little overwhelmed. It’s a relief to acknowledge that we’re not always the idealized, curated selves we’re encouraged to present on our Instagram and TikTok feeds. It has been demonstrated by the dramatic rise of platforms like BeReal, where users share images of their unedited selves, often capturing self-indulgent moments in goblin mode. People are embracing their inner goblin, and voters choosing ‘goblin mode’ as the Word of the Year tells us the concept is likely here to stay.”

Oxford University Press (OUP) is one of the world’s largest university presses with a broad global presence. It prints in many countries, in more than 40 languages, and various formats - print and digital. As a result, OUP products cover a vast academic and educational spectrum. For example, the Oxford English Dictionary, published by Oxford University Press, is the principal historical dictionary of the English language.

Oxford University Press (OUP) is a department of the prestigious “University of Oxford.”

Source: Oxford University Press

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December 5, 2022

L'Oréal Paris Hosts Star-Studded Women of Worth Celebration in Honor of 10 Heroic Women

L'Oreal Paris

L'Oreal Paris

Photo: Aja Naomi King, H.E.R., Camila Cabello, and Katherine Langford attend the 17th Annual L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Celebration on December 1, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for L’Oréal Paris). Image provided by & copyright © L’Oréal Paris.

NEW YORK, December 05, 2022 — Global beauty brand L’Oréal Paris USA continues to celebrate extraordinary female non-profit leaders. It announced the 2022 L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth National Honoree and Karen T. Fondu Impact Award Winner on December 1 at a star-studded event at the Ebell of Los Angeles with Helen Mirren, Camila Cabello, H.E.R., Aja Naomi King, Katherine Langford and more.

For the first time since the program’s inception, this year’s celebration will open to the public where viewers from across the USA can experience the excitement of the in-person event from the comfort of their homes starting on December 12 at and L’Oréal Paris’ YouTube channel. In addition, consumers will be able to watch essential panel conversations that reinforce this year’s honoree’s stories, including:

With powerful stories born from personal experiences, this year’s L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth honorees represent a range of important causes.

A nationwide USA online public vote selected Susie Vybiral as the 2022 National Honoree.

“Every year for nearly two decades, L’Oréal Paris has recognized ten courageous women who are fearless in fighting for their causes and helping others in need,” said L’Oréal Paris USA President Ali Goldstein. “This year is exceptional as the Women of Worth network reaches 170 women strong who so beautifully embody our brand’s mantra, “Because You’re Worth It.”

The 2022 honorees and their non-profits include:

For the last 17 years, L’Oréal Paris’ signature philanthropic program, Women of Worth, has brought to life the brand’s iconic tagline, “Because You’re Worth It,” by championing women whose unwavering resilience, bravery, and courage show the power of owning one’s worth.

Each year, ten founders and leaders of grassroots non-profits are recognized for their work across various charitable causes to receive generous funding, mentorship through the L’Oréal Paris network to build their organizations, and a national platform to share their stories.

Source: L’Oréal Paris

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December 3, 2022

Ferrari SP5 is Ferrari's Latest One-off

A new Ferrari One-Off designed around its owner’s requirement.



Photo: Ferrari SP51, Ferrari’s Latest One-off. Image provided by & copyright © Ferrari S.p.A.

Maranello (Italy), December 03, 2022 - The latest addition to the Prancing Horse’s One-Off series, the Ferrari SP51, has joined the most exclusive group in Maranello’s range of unique, absolutely bespoke cars. They are all crafted to a client’s specifications, making them the very pinnacle of Ferrari’s customization scope and breadth.

Designed by the Flavio Manzoni-headed Ferrari Styling Centre, the SP51 is a front-engined V12 spider based on the 812 GTS platform from which it inherits its layout, chassis, and engine. At first sight, the stunning new car’s most striking characteristic is its total absence of a roof, making it an authentic roadster in every respect, accentuating its sporty character and ability to captivate visually and in terms of air driving exhilaration.

The SP51’s styling is powerful and harmonious, thanks to its seamlessly muscular, undulating surfaces. Its forms are modern, sinuous, and sensual. Thanks to the extensive use of bare carbon fiber both on the exterior and in the cabin.

The Ferrari One-Off, SP51, was designed for a longstanding client. It is a successful roadster take on Maranello’s first front-engined V12 spider in 50 years. Its bold styling captivates at first sight. However, it brilliantly retains the signature elegance of its inspiration, the 812 GTS, while pushing the boundaries by offering a whole new way of enjoying outdoor air driving.

Source: Ferrari S.p.A.

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November 29, 2022

Supermodel and Environmentalist Gisele Bundchen wears Portofino Chronograph 39 in the new IWC Schaffhausen Global Campaign.

IWC Schaffhausen

Photo: Gisele Bundchen wearing the Portofino Chronograph 39. Image provided by & copyright © IWC Schaffhausen.

IWC Schaffhausen

Photo: IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Chronograph 39. Image provided by & copyright © IWC Schaffhausen.

IWC Schaffhausen

Photo: Gisele Bundchen wearing the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41. Image provided by & copyright © IWC Schaffhausen.

IWC Schaffhausen

Photo: IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41. Image provided by & copyright © IWC Schaffhausen.

Schaffhausen, November 29, 2022: IWC Schaffhausen kicks off a worldwide advertising campaign with Gisele Bündchen to launch its new Portofino collection. The Swiss luxury manufacturer is collaborating with the Brazilian model and environmentalist for the campaign, especially in light of her new role as IWC’s first-ever Environmental and Community Projects Advisor. In the campaign, Gisele wears different Portofino models - including the new Portofino Chronograph 39 with the IWC-manufactured 69355 caliber movement and a sapphire glass case back.

“Gisele Bündchen embodies elegance and sustainability. She has been Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environmental Program since 2009. She has also been honored by renowned academic institutions such as Harvard University for her longstanding commitment to crucial environmental issues. However, Bündchen is instead known as one of the most successful supermodels in the world. Throughout her 27-year career, she has got photographed by legendary photographers and walked the runways of the best-known fashion houses. Following her appointment as IWC’s first Environmental and Community Projects Advisor, the manufacturer has chosen Bündchen as the face of its new Portofino campaign,” IWC stated.

In the campaign, Bündchen wears different watches from the new Portofino collection. Among them is the new Portofino Chronograph 39, which combines the classic and elegant Portofino design with a sporty chronograph complication in an easy-to-wear case size of 39 millimeters. The timepiece features a stainless steel case, a silver-plated dial, and rhodium-plated hands and appliques. This robust and precise chronograph movement in the classic column-wheel design enables the measurement of stop times of up to 30 minutes and can be admired through a sapphire glass case back. Moreover, having the integrated quick-change system, the timepiece can easily be paired with a casual or elegant outfit.

Source: IWC Schaffhausen

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November 25, 2022

OMEGA celebrates 60 Years of James Bond



Photos: James Bond’s Watch. OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M. Images provided by @ copyright OMEGA.

LONDON, November 25, 2022 — The Swiss watchmaker OMEGA has hosted a black-tie celebration in London, with guest of honor Daniel Craig, to mark 60 years of James Bond.

Based on the novels by Ian Fleming, the 25 films produced by EON Productions have laid the foundation for a global cinematic legacy. OMEGA watches have been an essential part of 007’s favorite attire since GoldenEye in 1995, when the Oscar-winning costume designer, Lindy Hemming, equipped 007 with a Seamaster Diver 300M, believing it was the most suitable choice for his British naval background.

With that legacy in mind, OMEGA created a spy-inspired night at a secret location - featuring a dramatic live experience based on the world of James Bond. The occasion was a fitting tribute to 007, complete with movie props and gadgets from Q’s Lab, while a full line-up of James Bond’s OMEGA watches was also on display. In addition, it included two new Seamaster Diver 300M timepieces celebrating the 60th anniversary.

Raynald Aeschlimann, President & CEO of OMEGA, said, “Our partnership with EON Productions and James Bond is unique within watchmaking. It’s a chance to be creative and have fun while highlighting our qualities of style and reliability. We love to bring that partnership to life on nights like this.”

Daniel Craig, who portrayed 007 over five films, was included in the night’s action. The OMEGA ambassador is a great fan of the brand’s watches and said, “It’s been a joy for me to work with OMEGA in all the films since Casino Royale. James Bond is a character who likes the very best of everything, so it’s always made sense that he would wear something as beautiful and trustworthy as an OMEGA.”

Source: OMEGA


SKYFALL (2012) | Train fight | James Bond 007

“Take the bloody shot!” For the SKYFALL (2012) train chase, Daniel Craig (James Bond) and Ola Rapace (Patrice) performed their stunts attached to safety wires while the train was traveling at 40mph.

Kaia Gerber and OMEGA

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November 24, 2022

Oxford Word of the Year for 2022 will be the People's Choice.

Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press

Oxford, November 22, 2022 — “The Oxford Word of the Year has reflected the year’s mood, ethos, and social landscape for almost two decades. In 2022, the world gradually reopened. For most countries, this has meant reuniting with friends and family, gathering for events, and returning to offices and workplaces,” Oxford University Press (OUP) stated.

“2022 characterizes reunion, reconnection, activism, and social and political change. Therefore, in recognition of that, we are opening up this year’s Oxford Word of the Year for everyone, everywhere, to have their say on what word best reflects their experience of 2022,” OUP added.

Oxford unveiled this news in an exclusive virtual press event chaired by English lexicographer and broadcaster Susie Dent. The panelists included:

The panel discussed why, in a year underpinned by change, OUP had adopted a different approach to choosing its Word of the Year for 2022.

Oxford University Press also revealed the three candidates chosen by their language experts after carrying out their annual duties of researching and reviewing this year’s lexicon. The finalist words put to a public vote include:

• Metaverse n.

A (hypothetical) virtual reality environment in which users interact with one another’s avatars and their surroundings in an immersive way, sometimes posited as a potential extension of or replacement for the internet, World Wide Web, social media, etc.

• IStandWith

It is a hashtag used on social media to express solidarity with a specified cause, group, person, etc.

• Goblin Mode n.

Slang. A type of behavior that is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, careless, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations, frequently in goblin mode or goes goblin mode.

All three words experienced substantial spikes in usage and captured significant concerns, concepts, and states faced this year.

During the Oxford Word of the Year event, Susie Dent praised the fresh approach to this year’s process:

“I’m so excited by this because this is true democracy. English is a democracy; no guiding authority tells us what we can say, what we can’t say, what is correct and what is incorrect. It feels like Word of the Year will reflect that authentic approach. I love it.”

Jonathan Dent also outlined the “evidence-based” process of researching possible candidates for the Oxford Word of the Year.

“Wherever possible, we use corpuses,” Jonathan highlighted.

“These are large bodies of tagged electronic text - the words are all grammatically tagged, and we can analyze the sentences. So it allows us to explore on quite a large scale - linguistic patterns and trends, which words co-occur quite frequently, development of existing words or words moving into different realms.

“For the monitoring and lexicography of current English, we have access to a 19-billion-word corpus, which is updated monthly with new content from around the world. It is our main resource when thinking about Word of the Year; it allows us to see fluctuations and increases in usage in the past twelve months.”

Additionally, Jonathan indicated the reasoning behind metaverse’s inclusion as an Oxford Word of the Year candidate.

“Up until this year, it’s been a relatively low-frequency word in our corpus, but we’ve seen it quadruple in the past year.

“I think as well as reflecting the extent to which social media and the internet increasingly mediate our experience of the world and communication, it also perhaps represents ongoing questions about ownership and regulation on new technologies - especially those by which we communicate.”

For the second candidate, #IStandWith, Fiona McPherson mentioned its usage online to express support.

“By using #IStandWith, people can at least show solidarity for something that may be happening hundreds or thousands of miles away.

“I think this says something quite characteristic about 2022 in that it shows how we’ve come together in solidarity after a difficult number of years. There are still difficulties and horrors in the world, so it’s a way of us coming together and showing solidarity and perhaps expressing how we feel about something.”

Ben Zimmer also gave his thoughts on Goblin Mode as the third Oxford Word of the Year candidate:

“I think Goblin Mode speaks to the times and the zeitgeist, and it is undoubtedly a 2022 expression!

“People are looking at social norms in new ways. It allows people to ditch social norms and embrace new ones.”

“Over the next two weeks, we’ll share insights into the grammatical and linguistic behavior of the words across our social media channels, asking the public to cast their vote and answer the question: Are you #Teammetaverse, #TeamGoblinMode, or #TeamIStandWith?” Oxford University said.

Voting is now open across Oxford University Press’s social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn) and website.

Evidenced by the experts at Oxford and chosen by English speakers everywhere, Oxford University Press will monitor the conversation closely and reveal the winner of the Oxford Word of the Year 2022 on December 5, 2022.

Oxford University Press (OUP) is one of the world’s largest university presses with a broad global presence. It prints in many countries, in more than 40 languages, and in various formats - print and digital. As a result, OUP products cover a vast academic and educational spectrum. For example, the Oxford English Dictionary, published by Oxford University Press, is the principal historical dictionary of the English language.

Oxford University Press (OUP) is a department of the prestigious “University of Oxford.”

Source: Oxford University Press

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FIFA announces the Winner of #FIFADreamContest

FIFA Contest

Photo: The winning artwork for the FIFA Spotlight: Your Dreams contest, created by Jose Luis Am from Argentina. Image provided by & copyright © FIFA.

LONDON — FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) has unveiled the Winner of the #FIFADreamContest, which inspired people from around the world to create fan art featuring the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy as part of the Spotlight: Your Dreams campaign.

In total, 16 pieces of artwork were shortlisted, with a public vote determining the Winner. Jose Luis Am from Salta, Argentina, was voted by fans as the contest’s Winner and has won a trip to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Jose Luis Am is an Argentinian architect and artist. The winning artwork represents the inspiration provided by two of Argentina’s most legendary footballers, inspiring a nation to dream of what is possible. For Jose Luis, going to a stadium to watch a soccer match is like going to a museum to see art in motion.

FIFA teamed up with eight artists from around the world for “Spotlight: Your Dreams” - a campaign aimed at shining a light on emerging talent, celebrating football fans’ optimism ahead of the tournament, and championing the unifying and inspiring power of the Trophy.

Jose Luis Am said: “I am delighted to win this competition. I truly believe that art and football can allow you to dream, so combining the two and showing that through this competition was special to me.”

Colin Smith, FIFA Chief Operating Officer - World Cup, said: “Congratulations to Jose Luis Am. We look forward to seeing him at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. We were inspired by many fantastic fan artists, with congratulations also due to all 16 finalists. I want to thank our team of creators, themselves emerging artists who had the opportunity to showcase their artwork on tour to our global audience of millions. Most of all, this campaign was by the fans, and for the fans: there is nothing like a FIFA World Cup to get football fans and entire nations dreaming. We are delighted to give the whole world a platform to imagine, illustrate and share those dreams through the power of fan art. We can’t wait to see which dreams come true on Sunday, 18 December.”

People submitted Fan art via Instagram or Twitter using the #FIFADreamContest hashtag. The judges chose the top 16 submissions and entered them into the FIFA World Cup™ inspired bracket competition, where the fans had the final say.

Source: FIFA

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November 21, 2022

Nespresso, the Pioneer of Premium Single-Serve Coffee, unveils a new range of Home Compostable Coffee Capsules.




Photo: Breakthrough paper-based home compostable capsule offers another way to enjoy sustainably sourced high-quality coffee without compromising on a premium coffee experience. Retro-compatible with Nespresso Original machines, the new “capsules” will pilot in France and Switzerland from spring 2023. Image provided by & copyright © Nestle/Nespresso.

• Nespresso’s paper-based home compostable capsule offers an additional way to enjoy sustainably sourced high-quality coffee.

• Nespresso Coffee Capsules

For 30 years, Nespresso has been dedicated to bringing its consumers the ultimate coffee experience. Today, it has announced a new range of paper-based home compostable capsules.

Guillaume Le Cunff, Nespresso CEO, said: “Pushing the boundaries of fine coffee experiences is part of the Nespresso innovation. Since becoming a B Corp earlier this year, we’re more committed than ever to widening the sustainable choices we offer our consumers. We are excited to announce our first-ever paper-based home compostable capsule, which will complement our offering of aluminum capsules that are both recyclable and made using 80% recycled aluminum. It is about yet another sustainable choice, without compromising on quality.”

Julia Lauricella, Head of Global R&D Center for Systems and Coffee Machines, said: “Our 40 years of experience in coffee systems allowed us, together with the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, to develop a home compostable paper-based capsule, retro-compatible with the Nespresso Original machines, that meets and exceeds the high expectations consumers have of Nespresso in terms of protecting the coffee’s aromas and taste. We combined a high-precision paper pulp forming process with a biodegradable layer for protection against oxidation to preserve our coffee in transport, storage, and during the high-pressure extraction in our machines.”

The product is certified for composting, home, and industrial use, by TÜV Austria, an international certification body. In some countries, including France, where Nespresso is piloting this range, these capsules are acceptable in the public biowaste bin.

Nestlé Nespresso SA is the pioneer for high-quality portioned coffee. The company works with more than 140,000 farmers in 18 countries through its AAA Sustainable Quality Program to embed sustainability practices on farms and the surrounding landscapes. Headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland, Nespresso operates in 81 countries and has over 13,000 employees with a global retail network of 802 boutiques.

Source: Nestle/Nespresso

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November 20, 2022

The President of Italy invites MotoGP 2022 World Champion Francesco Bagnaia and a Ducati delegation to his residence.



Photo: Francesco Bagnaia, accompanied by the Ducati Corse team and a Ducati delegation, met the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, at his official residence. Image provided by & copyright © Ducati.


Photo: Race of the Pirelli Indonesian Round with Ducati bike leading. Image provided by & copyright © Ducati.


Photo: Ducati Corse Team Member. Image provided by & copyright © Ducati.

Rome / Bologna, November 20, 2022 - The celebrations for winning the MotoGP World Championship title continue for Ducati with a highly prestigious appointment in Rome. The President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, received Francesco Bagnaia, the Ducati Corse team, and a Ducati delegation.

Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia is an Italian Grand Prix motorcycle racer competing in MotoGP for the Ducati Lenovo Team. He is the 2022 MotoGP World Champion.

Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali, the Ducati Corse General Manager Luigi Dall’Igna, and Ducati Corse Sporting Director Paolo Ciabatti also attended the meeting.

Francesco Bagnaia, MotoGP 2022 World Champion and official rider of the Ducati Lenovo Team: “I would like to thank the President of the Republic for welcoming us to the Quirinale (President’s official residence), for us, it is a real honor. This year we achieved an extraordinary result, of which we are very proud: we won the MotoGP World Championship, an Italian rider on an Italian motorcycle, 50 years after Giacomo Agostini’s last victory in the world championship on an MV Agusta. This result is the fruit of many years of hard work, both by the team and me. Together we have managed to improve our bike to make it the benchmark in the championship, and we must be proud of this. After crossing the finish line in Valencia two weeks ago, I completed the last few meters proudly carrying our flag, aware of having demonstrated to the whole world that the talent and ingenuity of us Italians are second to none”.

Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO: “It is a real honor today to be received at the Quirinale (President’s official residence) by the President of the Republic, whom I would like to thank sincerely for the invitation. Ducati is a global company with firm roots in our country, precisely in the Motor Valley of Emilia-Romagna, where we conceive, design, and develop our bikes. As proof of the level achieved by national academic institutions and the technological expertise of our country, the majority of Ducati engineers come from Italian universities. We are proud ambassadors of Made in Italy, and we honor this responsibility every day by affixing a small tricolor to every Ducati motorcycle sold worldwide. Being here today makes us realize how much this success belongs to Ducati and all of Italy. Together with Francesco Bagnaia, we have achieved much more than a victory. We have written a page of motorsport history and demonstrated how Italian skills and technology are world-class.”

Source: DUCATI

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November 19, 2022

Longines welcomes Jennifer Lawrence, its newest Ambassador of Elegance.

Longines watches

Longines watches

Longines watches

Longines watches

Longines watches

Photos: Jennifer Lawrence for Longines. Images provided by & copyright © Longines.

MIAMI, November 19, 2022 — Swiss watchmaker Longines has announced that Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has joined the brand as its newest Ambassador of Elegance.

“Lawrence has claimed her industry’s highest accolades in an astonishingly broad range of roles. She brings a fresh perspective to everything she does, reflected by her firm commitment to the important causes that matter to her. Jennifer is a bold, empowered woman who is an ideal addition to the Longines family,” Longines said.

“Jennifer Lawrence is one of the World’s most captivating actresses. With her portrayal of teenage heroine Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games in 2012, she established herself as a global star. Since then, Jennifer has amassed a body of work that garnered an Academy Award, three additional nominations, a BAFTA, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globes. She has also appeared on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the World,” Longines added.

Matthias Breschan, Longines’ CEO, was thrilled that the actress had joined an impressive roster of Ambassadors of Elegance. He said, “Jennifer can imbue every character she plays with reality and authenticity, and off-screen, this translates into an elegance that is both natural and relatable. She inspires girls and women of all ages, and we are proud to welcome her to the Longines family.”

Lawrence is looking forward to her partnership with Longines as well. She said, “Longines is rooted in a legacy of innovation and quality trusted by some of history’s greatest trailblazers. I am thrilled to join the Longines family and look forward to our partnership in the years ahead!”

Lawrence continued, “Longines has long been synonymous with timeless elegance, a quiet powerfulness met with grace and confidence. And as a native Kentuckian, I’ve always associated Longines with the Derby and the embodiment of tradition.”

Longines has been based at Saint-Imier in Switzerland since 1832. Its watchmaking expertise reflects an intense devotion to tradition, elegance, and performance. With many years of experience as a timekeeper for world championships in sports and as a partner of international sports federations, Longines has forged solid and lasting links with the World of sports over the years. Known for the elegance of its timepieces, Longines is a member of the Swatch Group Ltd, the World’s leading manufacturer of horological products. With the winged hourglass as its emblem, the brand has outlets in over 150 countries.

Source: Longines

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November 15, 2022

The Netherlands, Singapore, and Austria Top EF's Global English Proficiency Index

Worldwide English Trends Revealed in Survey of Over Two Million Adults

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ZURICH, November 15, 2022 — EF Education First (EF) today released the 2022 edition of its EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI), analyzing data from 2.1 million non-native English speakers in 111 countries and regions. The Netherlands retained first place, while Singapore surged to second, cracking the top three again since becoming the first ASEAN nation to do so in 2018.

“This year’s index reflects the pandemic’s impact - from a concerning decline in English proficiency among young people to unexpectedly high proficiency outside big cities, which has remote work implications,” said EF EPI author Kate Bell. “The report tracks stories of remarkable progress and discouraging setbacks.”

The EF EPI is based on scores from the EF Standard English Test (EF SET), used by governments, companies, and schools for large-scale testing and millions of individual test takers.

Key findings include:

• English Proficiency Ranking of Countries

  1. Netherlands
  2. Singapore
  3. Austria
  4. Norway
  5. Denmark
  6. Belgium
  7. Sweden
  8. Finland
  9. Portugal
  10. Germany
  11. Croatia
  12. South Africa
  13. Poland
  14. Greece
  15. Slovakia
  16. Luxembourg
  17. Romania
  18. Hungary
  19. Lithuania
  20. Kenya
  21. Bulgaria
  22. Philippines
  23. Czech Republic
  24. Malaysia
  25. Latvia
  26. Estonia
  27. Serbia
  28. Nigeria
  29. Switzerland
  30. Argentina
  31. Hong Kong, China
  32. Italy
  33. Spain
  34. France
  35. Ukraine
  36. South Korea
  37. Costa Rica
  38. Cuba
  39. Belarus
  40. Russia
  41. Ghana
  42. Moldova
  43. Paraguay
  44. Bolivia
  45. Chile
  46. Georgia
  47. Albania
  48. Honduras
  49. Uruguay
  50. El Salvador
  51. Peru
  52. India
  53. Dominican Republic
  54. Lebanon
  55. Uganda
  56. Tunisia
  57. Armenia
  58. Brazil
  59. Guatemala
  60. Vietnam
  61. Nicaragua
  62. China
  63. Tanzania
  64. Turkey
  65. Nepal
  66. Bangladesh
  67. Venezuela
  68. Ethiopia
  69. Iran
  70. Pakistan
  71. Sri Lanka
  72. Mongolia
  73. Qatar
  74. Israel
  75. Panama
  76. Morocco
  77. Colombia
  78. U.A.E.
  79. Algeria
  80. Japan
  81. Indonesia
  82. Ecuador
  83. Syria
  84. Kuwait
  85. Egypt
  86. Mozambique
  87. Afghanistan
  88. Mexico
  89. Uzbekistan
  90. Jordan
  91. Kyrgyzstan
  92. Azerbaijan
  93. Myanmar
  94. Cambodia
  95. Sudan
  96. Cameroon
  97. Thailand
  98. Haiti
  99. Kazakhstan
  100. Somalia
  101. Oman
  102. Saudi Arabia
  103. Iraq
  104. Côte d’Ivoire
  105. Angola
  106. Tajikistan
  107. Rwanda
  108. Libya
  109. Yemen
  110. Democratic Republic of Congo
  111. Laos

EF Education First provides culturally immersive education through language, travel, cultural exchange, and academic programs in over 100 countries. Founded in Sweden in 1965, EF’s mission is to open the world through education.

Source: EF Education First (EF)

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November 10, 2022

Adidas Originals and Sporty & Rich announce Inaugural Collaborative Collection








Photos: Adidas Originals x Sporty & Rich collection.

Adidas Originals and the Los Angeles-based label, Sporty & Rich have come together to present their inaugural collaborative collection this season. Inspired by the brand’s intrinsic ethos of wellness and self-care, the definitive collection hosts a suite of elevated takes on iconic Adidas footwear and apparel looks.

Founded by the multi-disciplinary creative Emily Oberg, Sporty & Rich has pioneered an approach to design that goes far beyond aesthetics. Born as a mood board, then became a magazine, a label, and ultimately standing for an entire way of life, the brand channels the spirit of a generation searching for cutting through the chaos of modern existence.

For their first-ever collaborative collection, Adidas Originals and Sporty & Rich draw on vintage sportswear references to communicate a holistic message of modern-day rest and replenishment.

Steeped in classic codes, the apparel and footwear offering plays host to an array of carefully considered updates in unisex sizing to some of Trefoil’s most iconic archival silhouettes. Staying true to the label’s vision, a collegiate burgundy version of the Campus 80s, a white and green makeover of the Samba OG, and a white and collegiate burgundy colorway of the Stan Smith all come packed with a Sporty & Rich pearl key ring.

Meanwhile, the collaborative womenswear selection, highlighted by a distinctly contemporary Firebird Tracksuit, is elevated with a host of details, including metal zipper pulls with Adidas branding and co-branded embroidery. Each garment is made in two colorways, green with white accents and white with collegiate burgundy accents, and is composed of the brand’s iconic Beckenbauer Pique fabric and finished with an internal print emblazoned with Sporty & Rich’s inspirational wellness mantra.

Source: Adidas

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November 7, 2022

Adobe Partners with Leica and Nikon to implement Content Authenticity Technology into Cameras

New Partners will advance “Content Authenticity Initiative” efforts, empowering photographers to establish the authenticity of images at the point of capture.

Adobe, Content Authenticity Initiative

Content Authenticity Initiative

Photo: A LEICA Camera.

Content Authenticity Initiative

Photo: A NIKON Camera.

LOS ANGELES — (BUSINESS WIRE) — Adobe announced at Adobe MAX - the world’s largest creativity conference - a partnership between the Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) and industry-leading camera manufacturers Leica and Nikon.

This milestone will allow photographers and creators to increase trust in their digital work by securely attaching valuable provenance information at the capture point, including when, where, and how the camera captured each image. These details establish an image’s attribution and trustworthiness from the start, which helps protect against misinformation by empowering consumers to identify the origins and edit history throughout the digital content lifecycle.

“As iconic global brands, Leica and Nikon have empowered photographers to capture some of the most significant moments in modern history,” said Dana Rao, chief trust officer and general counsel at Adobe. “Together with CAI, Leica and Nikon will enable their global customer base to attach provenance to their images at the point of capture, creating a chain of authenticity from camera to cloud. We’re thrilled to have Leica and Nikon partner in the CAI’s mission to restore trust in digital content.”

The CAI is an Adobe-led initiative with more than 800 members working to increase trust online through provenance, the origins of a piece of digital content. CAI’s leading members include, among others, The New York Times, USA Today, BBC, AFP, Microsoft, Twitter, McClatchy, GANNETT, Stern, The Globe and Mail, Reuters, Associated Press, Leica, and Nikon.

• Leica & CAI

For over a century, the Leica brand name has been synonymous with authentic images and cameras that have produced countless iconic photographs. Leica’s existing membership in the CAI and today’s extended partnership are broadening CAI’s reach to even more creative professionals and artists.

“Leica cameras have always witnessed iconic moments in world history. However, determining the authenticity of visual content has become increasingly difficult and important in the age of digital photography,” said Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, chairman of the Supervisory Board of Leica Camera AG. “Now, with the ability to provide this proof, we are once again strengthening trust in digital content and re-establishing Leica cameras as authoritative tools in documenting world events.”

• Nikon & CAI

As a leader at the forefront of innovative photography and the first camera manufacturer to join the CAI and C2PA, Nikon’s use of CAI technology will accelerate the implementation of provenance technology for millions of creative professionals.

Nikon believes protecting the imaging industry and the entire society from the unfavorable results of falsification and unauthorized use of images is a global problem, said Naoyuki Murakami, imaging business manager at Nikon Corporation. “As a company active in the imaging industry, we make utmost efforts to fulfill our professional and social responsibility regarding this issue,” Murakami remarked.

• Adobe

Adobe Inc. is an American multinational computer software company headquartered in San Jose, California. It produces specialized software for creating and publishing a wide range of content, including graphics, photography, illustration, animation, multimedia/video, motion pictures, and print.

(Adobe, Leica, and Nikon — names, logos, and trademarks — are the property of their respective owners.)

Source: Adobe


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November 6, 2022

TISSOT presents the new Seastar Collection

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Tissot Seastar

Tissot Seastar

Tissot Seastar

Tissot Seastar

Tissot has introduced a new collection of Seastar models designed to fit any wrist, any time, anywhere.

• A new outlook on the world

That’s the thing with a contemporary, stylish water sports watch. It’s still an ultra-reliable tool, but it’s also the perfect companion for any moment and on any wrist. Whether for an idyllic escape or everyday activity, an elegant, balanced water-resistant watch works. It’s not just about form or function, though. A water sports watch also promises to be there whenever you’re ready for that moment of freedom. On the wrist, it brings a sense of harmony and purpose.

Leading the new Seastar line are Tissot’s Seastar 1000 Quartz and Seastar 2000 Professional Powermatic 80, two high-quality watches born in the Swiss mountains.

While the 46mm Seastar 2000 Professional Powermatic 80 diver’s watch line of automatics offers advanced performance and versatility, the 36mm Seastar 1000 Quartz comes with a shimmering black, blue, or white lacquered dial. A yellow-gold or silver detail complements the dial. In addition, the watch has a reassuringly muscular steel bracelet. Owners can switch that up for a rainbow of colorful interchangeable silicone straps, from zesty orange and radiant white to calming light blue and technical-looking black.

Source: TISSOT

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November 4, 2022

Interbrand announces 2022 Best Global Brands

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Photo: Interbrand’s Best Global Brands 2022.

NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2022 — Interbrand has announced its Best Global Brands 2022 ranking at Web Summit 2022. Apple holds the number one position for its 10th consecutive year, while Microsoft has moved to second place, overtaking Amazon.

Microsoft, Tesla, and Chanel have seen the most remarkable YoY percentage growth, all increasing brand value by 32%.

Despite Tesla’s continued growth, it could not replicate the 184% increase in brand value it saw in 2021.

• Top 10

With an 18% increase in brand value, Apple (US$482,215m) has remained at the top of the table. Microsoft (US$278,288m) follows it, which has leapfrogged Amazon (US$274,819m) as number two in the rankings. Google (US$251,751m) has held onto its number four spot.

The remainder of the top 10 companies are Samsung #5 (US$87,689m), Toyota #6 (US$59,757m), Coca-Cola #7 (US$57,535m), Mercedes-Benz #8 (US$56,103m), Disney #9 (US$50,325m) and Nike #10 (US$50,289m) for the first time.

The top 10 brands make up 53% of the total value of the entire table.

• Table Value

The average brand value has reached over US$3 trillion for the first time - a 16% rise from 2021 (US$2,667,524m).

A 16% increase in the table’s overall brand value demonstrates the growing contribution a company’s brand has in driving its economic success. While financial markets have shown significant swings over the last few years, the value of the world’s strongest brands has steadily increased, driving customer choice, loyalty, and margins.

• Key Learnings

The fastest risers in 2022 (in terms of brand value % change, year-on-year) significantly outperformed the fastest-falling brands on three Brand Strength factors - Direction, Agility, and Participation.

Chris Capossela, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Microsoft, said: “At Microsoft, we believe that technology can help empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. So while we continue to help customers digitally transform and leverage our technology to do more with less, we’re excited to grow with our audiences beyond brand constraints as a precious part of their lives.”

Gonzalo Brujó, Global CEO of Interbrand, said: “As we journey through this period of economic uncertainty, the most successful brands will continue to make ever stronger connections with consumers. It is no longer enough to have a static business and brand offering. Successful brands know how to harness new technology to create improved consumer experiences and become a truly integrated part of their lives.”

“These top 10 brands defy the rules. They build solid relationships with their customers, allowing them to extend their brand’s equity beyond traditional products, sectors, or silos. They stand out in terms of leadership, empowerment, and change—and with that comes value,” Interbrand CEO remarked.

Source: Interbrand

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October 26, 2022

TIME hosts the Annual TIME100 NEXT Gala celebrating the 100 Individuals who are shaping the Future



Photo: Four TIME100 Next covers.

NEW YORK, October 25, 2022 — Tonight, TIME hosts the second TIME100 Next Gala to celebrate the members of its annual TIME100 Next list, an expansion of the TIME100 list of the most influential people in the world. The event will be hosted by Keke Palmer, with special remarks from members of this year’s list, including Simone Ashley, Lily Collins, Nalleli Cobo, Joel Kim Booster, George M. Johnson, Leah Thomas, Leah Thomas, and others, along with TIME co-chair Marc Benioff and TIME editor-in-chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal.

The 2022 TIME100 Next list, which highlights 100 rising stars who are defining the next generation of leadership in business, entertainment, sports, politics, health, science, activism, and more, was revealed on September 28. Here is the Full List:






Members of the TIME100 Next attending the celebration include Keke Palmer, Machine Gun Kelly, Jennette McCurdy, Lily Collins, Simone Ashley, Jonathan Majors, Joel Kim Booster, Law Roach, Lashana Lynch, Joe Alwyn, Donnel Baird, George M. Johnson, Ayo Edebiri, Dan Erickson, Devery Jacobs, Erriyon Knighton, Raul Lopez, Nida Manzoor, Casey McQuiston, Jessica Nouhavandi, Trinity Rodman, Leah Thomas, Taylor Tomlinson, Nalleli Cobo and many more.

Of the rising stars and changemakers on the 2022 list, TIME editor-in-chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal writes: “Real change requires urgency and the determination to respond quickly to global challenges. The leaders featured on this year’s TIME100 Next list have demonstrated that spirit. They are shaping our world—and demanding we join them.”

The 2022 TIME100 Next event is presented by signature partner and supporting partners Glenfiddich and HSBC.

Source: TIME

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JKN Global Group acquires The Miss Universe Organization from IMG

Miss Universe Organization

Miss Universe Organization

Photo: Anne Jakapong Jakrajutatip, CEO of JKN Global Group and the first woman owner of The Miss Universe Organization.

BANGKOK, Oct. 26, 2022 — JKN, a Thai-owned media and content conglomerate, has announced the acquisition of The Miss Universe Organization from IMG.

The Miss Universe Organization is an international, inclusive organization that celebrates women of all backgrounds, cultures, and traditions and exists to advocate for a future forged by women and suitable for all. At 71 years, MISS UNIVERSE® is one of the longest-running and most-watched competitions in the world, broadcast in 165 countries worldwide and seen by more than half a billion people annually.

Led by CEO Amy Emmerich and President Paula Shugart, the Miss Universe Organization provides a global platform for more than 10,000 women annually to affect positive change through dedicated personal, professional, and philanthropic activities worldwide. Today’s announcement further propels the Organization’s commitment to inclusivity, with JKN Global Group’s Chief Executive Officer Anne Jakapong Jakrajutatip becoming the first woman owner of The Miss Universe Organization. The transition expands JKN’s global broadcast and media portfolio across entertainment and consumer products. JKN’s acquisition will build on The Miss Universe Organization’s strong brand and vision, developing an integrated and compelling proposition with new opportunities to grow the business in key and untapped markets, including Asia.

JKN said that it would leverage the strength of the Miss Universe brand and JKN’s lifestyle portfolio to create a new range of merchandise, as well as entertainment and various business opportunities that reflect the brand’s strength.

Anne Jakapong Jakrajutatip, Chief Executive Officer of JKN Global Group, said: “We are incredibly honored to be acquiring The Miss Universe Organization and working with its visionary leadership team. The global reach of the Organization, its relationships with global partners and brands, and its wealth of content and merchandising opportunities make this a strong, strategic addition to our portfolio. We seek to continue its legacy of providing a platform to passionate individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and traditions and to evolve the brand for the next generation.”

Amy Emmerich, Chief Executive Officer, and Paula Shugart, President of The Miss Universe Organization, shared: “We are excited to continue the evolution of The Miss Universe Organization with JKN. Our relationships with global partners and brands have never been stronger, and our progressive approach positions us at the forefront of our industry. We want to thank IMG for providing a foundation to realize our aspirations for the brand.”

Source: JKN Global Group

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