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The 57 Best Gifts for Women to Receive This Holiday Season

The 57 Best Gifts for Women to Receive This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for gifting-giving. There’s no doubt several ladies in your life you’re shopping for, making the best gifts for women high up on your priority list. Whether you’re searching for the perfect present for a mother, sister, girlfriend, aunt, grandmother, cousin, female co-worker or neighbor— perhaps even your favorite barista or dog walker — a stylish little something is always sure to please. But to ensure you’re an exceptional gift-giver, homing in on the interests of your giftees is how you’ll surprise and utterly delight with prime picks for women of all kinds.
Luxury gifts for the woman who has everything — be it an accessory from Gucci, a Chanel beauty gift or an engraved Tiffany gift — never fail. At the same time, fashion enthusiasts will relish trendy and designer gifts, like a handbag, diamond jewelry or the cult-loved Nap Dress. Tennis, yoga, and running gifts well suit fitness fanatics, like a sleek new racket, buttery-soft pair of leggings or stylish yet made-to-perform sneaker. And for recovery days, spa and self-care gift sets, luxe beauty gifts and cozy presents, like a plush robe, slippers or throw blanket, make for indulgent and relaxing moments. Or, you can go the tech gifts route with a brand new Apple watch, noise-canceling headphones, or monogrammed iPhone case.

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Inspired to shop? Ahead, discover 57 incredibly stylish and thoughtful gifts for women.
Apple Watch Series 7
One of the best tech gifts to give this year? Undoubtedly the new Apple Watch Series 7, featuring the largest display screen yet. It’s the most durable design to date, including a crack, dust and water-resistant screen, and offers revolutionary health monitoring, Always-On Retina display for seamless use and a 33% faster charge than previous models.

Apple Watch Series 7

$399

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Joanna Vargas Glow to Go Mask Set
A face mask set is one of the most universally loved self-care gifts for women, and this five-sheet kit by celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas comes with a cult following. The secret sauce? A mask for every skin-care need, from those that firm and smooth to brighten and deeply hydrate to aid in fine line reduction.

Joanna Vargas Glow to Go Mask Set

$75

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Le Labo Santal 26 Scented Candle
Small gifts for her needn’t feel insignificant if over-the-top presents aren’t your vibe. A candle, like Le Labo’s best-selling Santal 26 scent, always makes for a winning gift. Few can resist the smoky and leathery aroma that brings a refined feel to any space.

Le Labo Santal 26 Scented Candle

$78

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Geekera 3-in-1 Wireless Charger Dock
For the tech enthusiast who relies far too much on her gadgets, this relatively affordable option can be considered the most thoughtful and useful Christmas gift to give this year. Power up your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods simultaneously on a minimalist, space-saving, 3-in-1 charging dock with an LED indicator that turns green when your gear is good to go. Finally, low-battery anxiety will be a thing of the past.

Geekera 3-in-1 Wireless Charger Dock

$49

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Slip Pure Silk Queen Pillowcase
A silk pillowcase instantly equates to luxury, yet the benefits go far beyond the ultra-soft feel. The smooth fabric boasts anti-aging properties, helping to rid you of sleep creases, bed head static and frizz. Consider one of these when shopping for unique gifts for women who have everything.

Slip Pure Silk Queen Pillowcase

$89

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Bembien Gabrielle Tote
A woven leather tote bag makes for a standout gift. Not only is it super functional for travel or day-to-day use, but it’s also a more elevated option when canvas alternatives won’t do. The braided straps on Bembien’s Gabrielle tote are plenty durable for carrying a range of essentials, as is the two-tone woven leather. Perhaps the best part of it, though, is that it’s not overly roomy — so your giftee won’t be weighed down when filling it up.

Bembien Gabrielle Tote

$360

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Beast Blender + Hydration System
Sure, top-of-the-line blenders are prized for their smoothie, soup and puree-making abilities. However, few are as beautiful as Beast’s blender and hydration system, boasting a sleek and minimal design fit for a modern kitchen. Looks aside, this appliance is built for ease of use, including a one-minute blend cycle that’s activated with the push of a button and a screw-on drinking lid and carry cap for on-to-go enjoyment.

Beast Blender + Hydration System

$185

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Yana Sleep Pillow
For the newly pregnant woman or seriously restless sleeper, it doesn’t get better than a soothing sleep pillow from Yana. Crafted from organic bamboo cotton with an all-natural fill, the ergonomic design is double-sided for comfort and support in a range of positions. Plus, it’s washable for convenient cleaning and comfortable repeat use.

Yana Sleep Pillow

$199 
$170

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Bose QuietComfort 45 Bluetooth Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
Know someone struggling to work from home in peace, or an avid traveler in need of serious noise cancellation? Look no further than Bose’s latest QuietComfort 45 headphones. They feature plush over-ear cushions, easy-to-transition quiet and aware modes, and a noise-rejecting mic system — so those on the other end of your calls aren’t constantly saying, “What was that?”

Bose QuietComfort 45

$329

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Everlane The Oversized Stroopwafel Turtleneck in ReCashmere
One of the most popular gifts for women is the cashmere sweater. But to stand out among all the others, a sustainable version from Everlane’s ReCashmere collection makes for a flawless gift. It’s made entirely from recycled cashmere, coming in various colors — from a festive shade of green to heather grey and winter white.

Everlane The Oversized Stroopwafel Turtleneck in ReCashmere

$195

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Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Heathered Stripe Robe
When it comes to cozy gifts for women, few compare to a plush warm robe. Known for its classic white styles, Barefoot Dreams always hits the supremely snug mark. For a more modern take, try this heathered striped design from the brand, which also boasts beloved features like a classic V-neckline, tie-belt and the label’s signature softness.

Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Heathered Stripe Robe

$158

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Ugg Cozy Sheepskin-Lined Knit Slippers
Shopping for gifts for the woman who wants nothing can feel downright discouraging. But, no matter what, a cozy pair of slippers always wins — especially an ultra-warm pair from Ugg. This season, the label updated its best-selling sheepskin slip-ons in a new knitted design that’s as comfy and stylish as a favorite sweater.

Ugg Cozy Sheepskin-Lined Knit Slippers

$120

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Chanel Rouge Allure Le Coffret
When seeking out the very best makeup gift sets, few compare to one with double CCs. That’s right: We’re talking about the gift of Chanel, like this new-season, limited-edition lipstick set. It comes with four shades — including two matte liquid and two satin shine lipsticks — so the makeup lover on your list has elegant options for every mood.

Chanel Rouge Allure Le Coffret

$180

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StationeryXpress Bordered Personalized Stationery
Monogrammed gifts will always her feel special. For the woman in your life who’s known for her beautifully-written notes, go for personalized stationery in a timeless design. This set comes with a luxuriously weighty feel, featuring rained ink lettering with an inset border and matching envelopes.

StationeryXpress Personalized Flat Cards

$75

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Tory Burch Buddy Bangle Band for Apple Watch
Apple Watch-obsessed women know the importance of a stylish rotation of bands. Silicone and canvas straps, indeed, make for practical gifts for women. However, a gold-tone bangle exudes elegance — making it a perfect accessory for sophisticated attire and melding seamlessly with other jewelry.

Tory Burch Buddy Bangle Band for Apple Watch

$150

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Van der Hout Asymmetrical Initial Necklace
Both opulent and thoughtful, a customizable initial necklace is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable gifts for her this holiday season. To perfectly suit her layering preferences, this personalized gift idea is available in 14K white or yellow gold and with a 16-inch or 18-inch chain.

Van der Hout Asymmetrical Initial Necklace

$265

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Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2
It’s easy to get stumped by the idea of finding unique gifts for women who have everything. But one idea that’s equal parts functional and impressive? A ceramic, temperature-controlled Smart mug in matte black for perfectly toasty beverages all season long.

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2

$129

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Dermaflash Luxe Sonic Dermaplaning Tool
Dermaflash’s sonic device is a luxurious beauty gift and self-care gift all in one. The award-winning anti-aging device is designed to help you achieve a medical spa-worthy dermaplanning treatment at home for a more radiant complexion. The set includes the brand’s innovative exfoliating device, plus two nourishing skincare formulas to use pre-and post-treatment.

Dermaflash Luxe Sonic Dermaplaning Tool

$189

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Rimowa Essential Check-In L Suitcase
Avid travelers are no strangers to luggage wear and tear, often requiring a new piece or two over time. A sleek upgrade, Rimowa’s Essential Check-In L suitcase will excite the frequent flier in your life. It boasts best-in-class functionality — from its high-tech features to a strong-yet-lightweight polycarbonate constuction. Plus, it’s available in a striking Bamboo-green finish, and it comes with a complimentary leather luggage tag and sticker set for easy identification at the airport.

Rimowa Essential Check-In L Suitcase

$900

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Dyson Special Edition Supersonic Hair Dryer
One of the best hair dryers on the market has been among the most popular gifts for women since its debut. This season, Dyson released a limited-edition version at Ulta in a beautiful new Prussian blue and rich copper design — a must-have for fanatics of the line. The gift set is complete with a sleek storage case and five styling attachments, including the new flyaway head for a smooth, salon-quality finish.

Dyson Special Edition Supersonic Hair Dryer

$429

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Wilson Ultra 100 V3 Naked Tennis Racket
Got a sister with a killer backhand, or a friend with a slammin’ serve? If so, opting for one of the best tennis gifts is the right move for her, like this stylish, innovative racket from Wilson. Its the first-of-its-kind eco-friendly design, stripping out paint, dyes and single-use plastics in favor of biodegradable, recyclable materials.

Wilson Ultra 100 V3 Naked Tennis Racket

$499

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Lululemon The Yoga Kit
Fitness gifts are perfect for that workout-obsessed aunt or friend. If she’s focused on her side crow, dancer’s pose or headstand, go for one of the most popular yoga gifts, like this beautiful kit from Lululemon. It’s complete with a cushiony 3 millimeter-thick mat, durable foam block and absorbent microfibre towel.

Lululemon The Yoga Kit

$108

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Bottega Veneta Intrecciato AirPods Pro Case
Gucci gifts, anything Chanel and diamonds always appeal to women with top-of-the-line taste. But when it comes to luxury gifts for the woman who has everything, a designer AirPod case is just the ticket to round out her fine assortment of accessories. This one by Bottega Veneta is subtly chic, featuring the label’s iconic Intrecciato leather and a convenient wristlet design so she can go hands-free.

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato AirPods Pro Case

$150

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Linné Rejuvenating Kit
To help your mother, best friend or sister unwind, spa gift baskets are the ultimate treat. Even better? A non-toxic set for indulging with peace of mind. Linné’s coveted Rejuventaing Kit falls into this category, complete with ethically-crafted and gentle formulas derived from plants and minerals.

Linné Rejuvenating Kit

$100

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Our Place Always Pan
Cookware might not seem like the sexiest gift, but it’s most certainly one of the most practical gifts for women who love cooking. Boasting more than an aesthetically-pleasing design, Our Place’s cult-loved pan is the definition of an overachiever. It’s meant to replace the traditional eight-piece cookware set, with the ability to steam, saute, braise, sear, fry, boil and more.

Our Place Always Pan

$145 
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Therabody Theragun Mini
Wellness gifts for women don’t always mean spa treatments. For those who regularly suffer from tech-neck or are super active and in need of muscle recovery, a portable massager — like Therabody’s mini Theragun — is the gift that keeps on giving. It’s small enough to carry around on-the-go, but ultra-powerful for legitimate tension relief.

Therabody Theragun Mini

$199

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Tom Dixon Tank Low Ball Glasses Set
For the stylish hostess who thrives off of a chic cocktail or bar cart, a set of Tom Dixon glasses is sure to please. The lowball design boasts a nostalgic feel, while the clean lines and minimal copper detailing are decidedly fresh and fit any modern home. Bonus: These come with a beautiful teal box that you can wrap or simply adorn with a bow.

Tom Dixon Tank Low Ball Glasses Set

$100

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Pat McGrath Huetopian Dream & Define Kit
The beauty fanatic in your life knows how fast at which Pat McGrath’s makeup sets sell out. So, you can imagine the joy you’ll undoubtedly spark when she unwraps this iconic eye kit from the brand. What’s included? Ten shimmering eyeshadows, a dramatic lash-enhancing mascara, PermaGel eyeliner and the label’s signature Intensifeyes Artistry Wand.

Pat McGrath Huetopian Dream & Define Kit

$180

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Hill House Home The Ellie Nap Dress
There are dresses, there are nightgowns and then there’s the Nap Dress — the much-buzzed-about hybrid of the two, you’ve no doubt seen all over Instagram. Designed by Hill House Home founder Nell Diamond, The Ellie is a modern hero piece for any wardrobe, flaunting a comfortable fit and thoughtful details, like ruffled sleeves and a tiered skirt. Whether worn exclusively in the house or dressed up with accessories for brunch, the fashion lover on your list will squeal with delight.

Hill House Home The Ellie Nap Dress

$125

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APL Streamline Sneakers
Yes, $300 APL sneakers might seem overly indulgent, but when it comes to workout shoes, they’re unparalleled in terms of performance and style. First, their overbuilt soles are more than trendy — they’re designed from the brand’s newest FutureFoam material for supportive cushioning, compression and rebound at the midsole and outsole. As for the sheer rip-stop upper, it’s made from an innovative AeroLux material that’s ultra-lightweight and breathable for airflow around the foot.

APL Streamline Sneakers

$300

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Smythson Mara Soho Notebook
These days, to-do lists most often live on smartphones. But for the woman who loves putting pen to paper, this crocodile-embossed leather notebook makes for an ultra-stylish luxury gift. The best part? It’s customizable, whether you monogram it with initials or their first name.

Smythson Mara Soho Notebook

$335

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Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream
Certain skin-care products have a cult-following, and Augustinus Bader’s The Rich Cream is assuredly one of them. With every pump of this product amounting to pure radiance, it makes the perfect present for any skin-care lover, and one of the most decadent secret Santa gifts for women.

Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream

$179

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Gucci GG Canvas Gloves with Horsebit
If you’ve got a luxury lover in your life, Gucci gifts consistently rank high. In the cold, this logo-emblazoned pair of gloves will denote her designer affinity, all while keeping her hands toasty warm. With the label’s iconic horsebit emblem as the finishing touch, it’s the perfect wintry treat she’ll forever cherish.

Gucci GG Canvas Gloves with Horsebit

$590

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Celine Medium Tabou Bag
Certain fashion houses are beloved, and Celine is undoubtedly one of them. A handbag by the brand is unquestionably one of the most impressive designer gifts to give her this Christmas, particularly the newest design of the season to flaunt her exceptional taste. Indeed, it’s a splurge, but it’s incredibly well-crafted from smooth calfskin, with a lambskin lining and gold metal hardware.

Celine Medium Tabou Bag

$2,450

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Staud Rye Ribbed-Knit Half-Zip Sweater
When it comes to cozy gifts for her, a sweater never fails. So level up her assortment with an of-the-moment design, like Staud’s ribbed half-zip in a toasty shade of tan. Packing a versatile punch, it pairs well with jeans for daytime, leather pants at night, and sweats for travel.

Staud Rye Ribbed-Knit Half-Zip Sweater

$275

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Hermès Heure H Gold-Plated Stainless Steel & Leather Strap Watch
Hermès anything is consistently among the most coveted luxury gifts for women. So when seeking a timeless piece she’ll wear day in and day, look no further than a leather strap watch from the French house. This one features a white dial with quartz movement, plus anti-glare sapphire crystal and the label’s signature H bezel in gold-plated stainless steel.

Hermès Heure H Strap Watch

$3,000

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Aurate Channel Set Gold Diamond Ring
Jewelry always amounts to a memorable gift, like a diamond ring made for stacking. This one offers a delicate balance of classic and modern flair, appealing to all sensibilities. Plus, it’s made with conflict-free diamonds and set in sustainable gold.

Aurate Channel Set Gold Diamond Ring

$1,200

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Serena & Lily Palomino Alpaca Throw
Robes, towels and slippers make for delightfully cozy gifts. But for one that’s more versatile around the home, try a sumptuous throw blanket — like Serena & Lily’s hand-loomed alpaca and mecha wool design.

Serena & Lily Palomino Alpaca Throw

$448

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Alo Stunner Puffer Jacket
The best workout gifts extend beyond a new wrist weight set or virtual membership. When temperatures drop, gift her a performance puffer coat (many of which are now a far cry from their unsightly, sack-like predecessors). We particularly love Alo Yoga’s new Stunner puffer, a seriously chic statement for the active woman in your life. The style’s high-gloss finish and adjustable bungee cords make for a jaw-dropping moment, whether worn to and from the Pilates studio or with everyday attire during errands and coffee runs.

Alo Stunner Puffer Jacket

$498

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Girlfriend Goji Compressive Rib High-Rise Legging
If you’ve got a runner, cycler or activewear enthusiast on your shopping list, there’s no doubt she’ll love a new pair of Girlfriend leggings. The label’s cult-loved compressive designs boast thousands of glowing customer reviews. So, it comes as no surprise that this new ribbed style from the brand boasts its signature sweat-wicking, squat-proof and smoothing fit.

Girlfriend Goji Compressive Rib High-Rise Legging

$498

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Margaux x Schumacher The Mary Jane
An irresistible pair of shoes is always among the most coveted gifts for women in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond. Since heels aren’t for everyone and sandals only work at certain times of the year, an elegant pair of flats are a universal hit. We adore these Mary Janes from Margaux’s just-released sophomore collaboration with Schumacher. But act fact — the last collection sold out quickly, and this limited-edition pair is sure to do the same.

Margaux x Schumacher The Mary Jan

$248

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Dr. Barbara Sturm Flight Essentials Kit
Have you been brainstorming travel gift ideas for the avid adventurer in your life? Think beyond customized luggage tags and packing cubes and go the luxury beauty route with Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Flight Essentials Kit. The TSA-approved kit is packed with all the pre-, during- and post-flight skin-care elixirs she’ll need, including a rejuvenating face mask, anti-pollution drops and a decadently rich moisturizer.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Flight Essentials Kit

$225

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FaceGym Hyaluronic Roller Dissolving Microneedling Tool
Sure, you could easily give the beauty-lover on your list a gift card for a complexion-enhancing facial, or you can level up their at-home routine with FaceGym’s microneedling tool. It’s non-invasive, like an in-person treatment would be, but plenty impactful. The roller comes with four treatment heads filled with pro-grade Hyaluronic Acid, Peptides and antioxidant Centella Asiatica that sink deeply into your skin for a lit-from-within glow.

FaceGym Hyaluronic Roller Dissolving Microneedling Tool

$75

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Tom Ford Soleil Brulant
Skin-care and makeup products can be tricky to gift, but a fine fragrance always hits a high note. Tom Ford’s Soleil Brulant is the ultimate scent in the winter months with a warm and spicy aroma that’s both rich and cozy,

Tom Ford Soleil Brulant

$368

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Westman Atelier Le Box
When seeking out the best makeup gifts for women, celebrity makeup artist Gucci Westman’s Le Box is guaranteed to excite the beauty enthusiast on your list. Taking inspiration from naturally sun-kissed skin, this three-piece clean beauty set embraces a minimalist approach to makeup, featuring a lightweight skin tint, blush and highlight stick for a warm natural glow.

Westman Atelier Le Box

$173

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Kinn Kennedy Herringbone Chain II
In the jewelry department, trending gifts for women this season include glimmering gold necklaces á la the ’80s and the ’90s. Instead of a paperclip or snake chain design, which she likely already owns, how about a distinctive herringbone silhouette? The curved oval shape of this herringbone chain takes inspiration from late ’40s designs and tastefully masters the bold gold look.

Kinn Kennedy Herringbone Chain II

$1,220

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Matouk Milagro Bath Sheet
Matouk’s plush towels always make for an elegant gift. When channeling spa-like serenity, you can’t fail with a classic shade of taupe, ivory or white. Whether you’re shopping for the bathing beauty in your life or someone newly decorating their bathroom, a sumptuous bath sheet makes for a surefire present.

Matouk Milagro Bath Sheet

$78

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Eberjey Gisele Two-Piece Long Sleeve & Pant Pajama Sleepwear Set
A supremely soft pajama set never fails in the cozy gifts for her department. A buttery soft yet cooling design, Eberjey’s Gisele duo is best in class. The classic pants and top combo comes in men’s sizes as well, so if you’re shopping for a couple, they can adorably match.

Eberjey Gisele Two-Piece Sleepwear Set

$120

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Stripe & Stare x LoveShackFancy Panty Box Set
Undies and socks don’t always amount to the most exciting present, but let’s be honest, they’re one of the most practical gifts for women. Rather than go the basic route with a nude or black pair, seek out a set with oh-so-pretty design, like Stripe & Stare’s collaboration with LoveShackFancy. Not only are these styles incredibly soft, but their delicately scalloped lace and sweet floral patterns make for a charming confidence boost.

Stripe & Stare x LoveShackFancy Panty Box Set

$60

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Aether W Dolomite Boot
Outdoor gifts for her can range from equipment to attire, though the latter isn’t always associated with high style. That’s where Aether’s W Dolomite boots come in. Designed in collaboration with century-old shoemaker Fracap, they’re handmade with 100% vegetable-tanned Italian leather with welt stitching to combat any moisture or chill, Vibram soles for sturdy tread and an extra pair of laces to switch up your look as desired. Whether worn to complete an après ski look or off the mountain while walking city streets, these make the ultimate cold-weather accessory.

Aether W Dolomite Boot

$400

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Cinnamon Projects Rose Quartz Incense Holder
Any woman with a hectic schedule will appreciate a unique gift that sets a relaxing tone in her home. While candles are universally loved for achieving this, incense are another great option. To house them, Cinnamon Projects’ Japanese-style incense holder makes for an exceptionally striking piece of decor, featuring a distinctive arch and rose quartz disc.

Cinnamon Projects Rose Quartz Incense Holder

$240

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West & Willow Custom One Pet Portrait
For the pet-loving lady in your life, think outside the box when going the personalized route with more creative gifts for women, like West + Willow’s modern pet portraits. You can choose from various sizes, frames and backgrounds, including a seasonally apropos “Pumpkin Spice” design.

West & Willow Custom One Pet Portrait

$65

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Avaline The Essentials
Founded by Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power, female-led wine brand Avaline prioritizes clean ingredients and transparent production. For these reasons, the label’s The Essentials pack makes one of the best wine gifts this season. Complete with three varietals — a red wine, white wine and rosé — it’s the perfect pack to put out at any gathering or simply to keep stocked in your bar.

Avaline The Essentials

$72

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Tiffany Elsa Peretti Wave Box
Gifts for the professional woman can seem tricky, be it a co-worker, boss or friend. But a surefire way to hit the nail on the head? Anything Tiffany’s, like this elegant Elsa Peretti box, which you can engrave with a personal message if you want to make it more sentimental gift.

Tiffany Elsa Peretti Wave Box

$650

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Maison de Sabré The Phone Case
The iPhone 13 is among the most coveted tech gifts for women this season. But for the woman in your life who has already upgraded, a beautifully protective case is equally desirable, particularly one from Maison de Sabré. The pebble grain leather offers unbeatable non-slip grip with a microfiber suede interior lining to keep things extra secure. To boot, the case is customizable — nab it in one of 15 colors and personalize it with playful emojis and/or gold or silver text.

Maison de Sabré The Phone Case

$99

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Aritzia SuperWorld The Super Puff Shorty Vest
The puffer coat is no doubt essential in the winter, and the same goes for a puffy vest. Keeping you super warm at your mid-section, it’s the ultimate topper for moderately chilly days or an imperative mid-layer for drastically cold moments. And with a high-gloss finish, this option is both a cozy and trendy gift for her.

Aritzia SuperWorld The Super Puff Shorty Vest

$178

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Verlas Charming Tennis Bracelet
The tennis bracelet is an iconic piece every jewelry lover dreams about owning. While uniform strands are timeless and versatile, this graduated design by Verlas will stand out on its own or as part of a bracelet stack in 14-karat or white gold. Even more, it’ll make any woman’s tennis bracelet aspirations a reality, and then some.

Verlas Charming Tennis Bracelet

$4,155

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This Rare $24.3 Million California License Plate Could Soon Be the Most Expensive Ever Sold

This Rare $24.3 Million California License Plate Could Soon Be the Most Expensive Ever Sold

And you thought buying a brand-new supercar was expensive.

An extremely rare license plate with the letters “MM” on it is currently up for sale in the state of California for $24.3 million. And because it’s still 2021, you aren’t just buying the plate, you’re also buying its matching one-of-a-kind NFT.
There are over 35,000,000 registered vehicles in the state of California, each of which has its own unique license plate with anywhere from two to seven characters. Of these, two-character plates are the rarest, especially two-character repeating plates like “MM,” according to the “MM” plate website (h/t DuPont Registry). There are only 35 two-letter plates, making this license plate literally one in a million.

The “MM” license plate NFT 

MMPlate.com

If you’re wondering if the buyer will even be able to use the plate, the answer is yes, but only because of a relatively recent change to the state’s Special Interest License Plate Application. In 2017, the California DMV updated Form Reg17 to include the option to “release interest to a new owner.” Before that change, the plate could only be transferred to another of the original owner’s vehicles, but now it can be sold and the buyer can use and register it on their own vehicle.
The “MM” license plate is currently available for purchase on OpenSea, a popular digital art auction space, for 5,888 ether, which is the equivalent of $24.3 million. That’s because you’re not just buying the plate and the right to transfer it to your own vehicle, you’re buying its matching non-fungible token. Why an NFT? Because both the plate and digital artwork are both completely unique. The token also acts as a proof of authenticity and ownership, with its QR code ID number both inscribed on the back of the plate.

The NFT’s QR code and Token ID are inscribed on the back of the “MM” license plate 

MMPlate.com

“Just like NFTs, license plates are exclusive by nature, always 1 of 1,” the OpenSea listing says. “The pairing of these two rarities was inevitable. This minting has established provenance, and hopes to inspire an entire community around an aftermarket buying/selling desirable license plate configurations.”
It remains to be seen if someone will bite and spend the cash on “MM,” but if they do, they will be able to claim ownership of the world’s most expensive license plate. Currently, that honor belongs to an Abu Dhabi license plate with the number “1” which sold for $14.3 million in 2009. The most expensive one in the US is a Delaware plate with the number “11” that sold for $675,000 the year before.

Bottega Veneta RTW Spring 2022

Bottega Veneta RTW Spring 2022

Why Detroit?The first time Daniel Lee came to the Motor City was by accident. The British designer was on his way to Jamaica when a daylong layover led to a love affair with what many would consider flyover country.
Fast forward six years to now when the Bottega Veneta creative director chose to stage his third road-tripping Salon series runway show there, the first time in America.
“I wanted to shine a spotlight on Detroit so people can see what greatness is here,” said Lee, a lover of fast cars, techno music and interesting architecture, who was also drawn to the city because it felt a bit like home.
“Detroit and Manchester have a connection,” said the native of northwest England, which experienced a similar economic boom and bust. “Manchester is the industrial heartland of the U.K., and Detroit is the industrial heartland of America.”

Lee became further enamored of the city after seeing Jim Jarmusch’s 2013 partly shot-in-Detroit vampire romance “Only Lovers Left Alive,” which led him to his show venue, the decadently decaying parking deck at the historic Michigan Building Theatre.

A legendary music spot for Big Bands and rock ‘n’ roll until 1976, the theater had to close in part because it didn’t have enough parking for Detroit’s car-reliant citizens. When it was later converted into an office building, some of the floors were turned into parking structures, which still retain the ornate plasterwork archways and balconies from theater days past.
It was a gorgeously moody spot for 200 or so guests to gather to see some spring fashion, including Mary J. Blige, Lil Kim, Burna Boy, Debi Mazar and Jeff Koons, alongside local celebrities Awenate Cobbina, chief executive officer of Shinola parent company Bedrock Group; Library Street Collective gallerists JJ and Anthony Curis; fashion designer Tracy Reese, and pioneering techno DJs Moodymann and Carl Craig, who designed the light and sound.
On the runway, Lee conjured a potent glam Americana with sport utility, innovative materials, shine and curving lines paying homage to the city’s industrial and sonic history.

Bottega Veneta Spring 2022
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Oversize jeans and denim jackets were engineered with metal threads, so they could be squashed and shaped. Technical nylon shirt dresses and parkas came with sculptural, perma pushed-up sleeves, some as big as Michelin man muscles. Knit tracksuits with zip front jackets and flared slit pants had a new, spongy industrial-looking wide weave reminiscent of seatbelts, with sleek knit tank dresses ending in carwash pleats.
Lee also tuned into the city’s history of Motown glam with a fab chartreuse crystal dusted knit polo and skirt set, fit ‘n’ flare metal-edged eyelet dance dresses, black liquid jersey draped dresses and a diva’s dream of a white shearling coat. He used a seductive Tyrone Lebon 2020 legs-and-heels image of  Mica Arganaraz wearing Bottega on a cool toweling wrap dress, a duster robe and several other collectible pieces.
He served up plenty of his beloved acid-laced flouro colors and wonderfully weird surface textures, including barnacle-like rubber beads that rustled as they hustled down the runway, and glossy metallic sequins. (Lourdes Leon, whose mama Madonna hails from Detroit, was one of the high-profile catwalkers.)
“The idea was to think about American design, workwear, denim and sportswear and doing that in an engineered way,” said Lee, sharing that for him, Bottega is about simplicity but also innovative technique.

Bottega Veneta Spring 2022
Lexie Moreland/WWD

The effect was exciting, sensual and pleasingly modern with enough casual-accessible sportswear to easily merge into an everyday wardrobe.
Accessories were covetable as ever, from new glossy leather hobos and soft-woven Intrecciato squeeze bags to the sport mesh heeled sandals, pointy-toed pumps and the Puddle boot reinterpreted as a high-top sneaker — all of which should keep the Bottega Veneta hype engine running.
Cool clothes aside, the optics of a European luxury brand swooping into an American city that has been a symbol of de-industrialization, racial tension and urban blight, and using it as a set piece, must be considered.
What exactly will it do for Detroit?

Bottega Veneta Spring 2022
Lexie Moreland/WWD

Gucci, set to use gritty-glam Hollywood Boulevard as the backdrop for its next show on Nov. 2, announced $1 million in grants for community organizations that work on the key issues of homelessness and mental health in L.A.
Bottega Veneta did not make any similar dollar pledge, but Lee and his team tapped several community collaborators for their pop-up shop at a historic firehouse-turned design consultancy in the trendy Corktown neighborhood, which will soon get its first boutique hotel.
Open through Jan. 16., the store features Bottega mini Jodies, cassette bags, roller skates and parakeet green woven puffer vests alongside curated art, ceramics, music and books from Underground Music Academy, which provides support and education for electronic musicians, and Asmaa Walton, founder of the Black Art Library, among others.
The brand also organized a sightseeing media tour of the city, touching on architecture, design and sound, with stops at the art-stuffed modernist Hawkins Ferry House in Grosse Pointe that’s owned by a gallerist/real estate developer couple; the Techno Museum (a.k.a. the home of Submerge Records) near historic Milwaukee Junction, and the Hamtramck art studio of Chris Schanck, who makes sculptures from foam, tinted resin and automotive finishing paint for high-end collectors and museums.

Burna Boy and Daniel Lee
Lexie Moreland/WWD

“He took the time to come in and was curious, it made me feel comfortable. I’m glad they are here,” Schanck said of Lee and Bottega.
Detroit, like many cities, is grappling with gentrification, and its abundance of abandoned buildings and homes are reminders of a city still in crisis even as the creative class grows and expensive condo developments rise. Then again, the widening gulf between haves and have nots is hardly a unique American story.

Paula Cademartori Designs Legwear Capsule for Oroblù

Paula Cademartori Designs Legwear Capsule for Oroblù

HOT LEGS: Milan-based Brazilian accessories designer Paula Cademartori experimented with a new product category this fall: tights.Cademartori teamed up with Italian legwear brand Oroblù on a capsule collection that includes seven styles available in several color combinations, ranging from sorbets to more wintery green and black tones.
Available at Oroblù online stores, as well as selected physical shops, the capsule combines the legwear label’s Made in Italy quality with Cademartori’s color sensibility and graphic exuberance.

Oroblù by Paula Cademartori fall 2021 legwear capsule collection.
Courtesy of Paula Cademartori

Retailing from 19.95 euros to 22.95 euros, the designs include tights embellished with a range of motifs, spanning from sensual graphic wavy lines and revisited British checks in pastels to leopard spots, geometric motifs and lace floral textures. Among others, the capsule also includes a Lurex style with a subtle sparkling effect.

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“Looking at tights as a new accessory has been extremely interesting and exciting,” Cadematori said. “As an accessories designer, also delivering shoes, it was fun to look at tights as an extension of my work with footwear. And, it was also a huge honor working with Oroblù, a pioneering, leading Made in Italy company in its segment.”
Oroblù, which operates six brick-and-mortar stores, is controlled by CSP International Fashion Group, a leading company producing and distributing legwear, underwear and beachwear through a range of brands that include Luna di Seta, Perofil, Lepel, Sanpellegrino, Cagi, Well and Le Bourget. In 2020, the group reported net sales of 82.9 million euros, 57 percent of them made in France, the company’s biggest market.
Cademartori, who introduced her namesake luxury line of bags and shoes in 2011, recently developed a footwear capsule collection for Italian shoe label Scarosso.
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EVs Are the Future, but Are They Really All That Eco-Friendly?

EVs Are the Future, but Are They Really All That Eco-Friendly?

It’s official: The singular reign of the gas engine has ended, usurped by the electric vehicle (EV). Hundreds of new EVs are coming to market in the next four years courtesy of more than 15 carmakers. And even the likes of Bentley and Rolls-Royce have made grand pronouncements of full electrification of their fleets by 2030.

Just how surprising is this turn of events? Imagine telling yourself a decade ago that GM would bring back the Hummer . . . as an EV. Or that every new hypercar worthy of its specs will be at least partly electrified.

Naysayers, though, may also point to a vehicle like the Hummer and ask: Just how green can a 9,000-pound SUV be? Its batteries demand hard-to-source materials such as lithium and cobalt. And electricity comes with an environmental price if it is derived from a coal plant.

To get at that answer, we did a deep dive into the many issues that will eventually answer the question of whether EVs will be as green as we hope. Will they be an environmental panacea, or is this just an elaborate game of bait and switch?

The 2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 

Courtesy of GMC.

Mining the Raw Materials for Batteries
The major difference between an EV and an internal combustion engine (ICE) is, of course, the battery. So let’s start there. Most of the parts in a gasoline power train are easy to source. The opposite is true for lithium-ion battery packs, the common energy source for current EVs. Batteries are comprised of materials such as cobalt, lithium, nickel, manganese and iron, which must be mined. Of those, lithium and cobalt are relatively rare.
Cobalt is primarily mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, followed by China and Australia. The Congo regularly sees serious environmental, human and political-rights issues. Processing lithium from brine, meanwhile, can use some 1,900 tons of water to make one ton of lithium, at least according to the science and technology journal Nature. And it’s often sourced from arid locales in Chile and Bolivia, seriously impacting water tables.

The evaporation of Bolivia’s Lake Poopó is blamed in part on pollution from mining, at least by many environmentalists. 

Photo by Juan Karita/AP Photo.

“No reasonable EV advocate would pretend that there aren’t environmental issues—or even human-rights issues,” says Chelsea Sexton, an EV industry expert who has been working in the space for decades. “But let’s not pretend the sourcing of petroleum is without issues either,” she adds. “We must be working better on all sides, but we can’t let the fact that it’s not perfect stop us from moving forward.” Sexton is now assisting with President Biden’s loan and tax credit DOE program to help the US auto industry continue to invest in EVs and infrastructure.

As volumes increase, so does the environmental oversight by the industry in general, according to Eric Bach, chief engineer and senior vice president of product for Lucid Motors. “In the beginning of electrification, there was less emphasis on making sure the supply chain for batteries met ethical standards or about the CO2 and pollution that comes with production,” he says. “As the volumes have gone up, and will continue to go up, the industry of battery manufacturers has acknowledged that it must take dramatic measures to make sure it is a clean industry.”
To carmakers like Lucid—a new OEM that will only produce EVs—the life-to-death cycle of batteries is of great importance, and Lucid’s singular focus allows the company to exert influence on the industry. Bach also notes that LG and Samsung have both taken initiatives to ensure that battery manufacturing becomes carbon neutral, as the industry realizes that it’s in its own best interests to do better. “It’s a big topic on the boards and a focus of the industry to get cleaner and cleaner every single year.”

US President Joe Biden signs an executive order for the increased production of electric vehicles. 

Photo by Susan Walsh/AP Photo.

Materials such as cobalt are also incredibly expensive—some $45,000 a ton—and engineers are continuously tweaking battery chemistry to minimize, or even eliminate, certain elements. One possibility is a new, solid-state battery that replaces many of the rarer materials with nontoxic and easily replaceable solid material such as advanced ceramics. BMW has spoken extensively of using the technology. Volkswagen and Tesla, meanwhile, are looking at replacing rare cobalt with manganese in their batteries. New-age battery technology will be iterative, but just as gasoline engines have continuously evolved, so too will battery tech.
Analysis: Mining in remote countries around the world has led to serious issues, but as more visibility is oncoming with major involvement by OEMs, expect the standards to get better, and that, hopefully, we’ll see less need of scarce materials as battery chemistry continues to evolve.

Assembling battery packs at a Sunwoda Electric Vehicle Battery factory in China 

Photo by Xu Congun/FeatureChina/AP Images.

Using Dirty Electricity to Power EVs
When it comes to actual efficiency, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states, “EVs convert over 77 percent of the electrical energy from the grid to power at the wheels. Conventional gasoline vehicles only convert about 12-30 percent of the energy stored in gasoline to power at the wheels.” EVs are clearly a more efficient use of stored energy.
“The counterargument to EVs is that if you power an electric car on a coal plant, you’re not doing the world a lot of good,” acknowledges Lucid’s Bach. “The method of power generation is a big factor and a matter of continued discussion.”
However, the striking reality is that America’s energy grid is getting cleaner every year, using less coal than ever before. The Union of Concerned Scientists, a national nonprofit that originated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, found that emissions rates from US power plants fell more than 5 percent between 2016 and 2018 as a result of natural gas, wind farms and solar. It states that electricity derived from coal plants has dropped from 45 percent to 28 percent in the past 10 years.

The Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant in Glenrock, Wyo. 

Photo by J. David Ake/AP Photo.

The organization offers a chart on its site that shows the relative efficiency of driving an EV versus a regular gasoline vehicle by region of the US, comparing factors such as oil extraction, fuel-pipe emissions and emissions from coal plants powering EVs. Looking at the map, some parts of the country, those that use less coal, are clearly more beneficial than others.
For instance, in California, you’d need to drive an ICE that achieves 122 miles per gallon to be as efficient as an EV. However, within one of the dirtiest grids, located in the upper Midwest, you’d only need a gas vehicle with 39 mpg to equal an EV. Nonetheless, the average gas car sees only 31 mpg today, and a truck only 21 mpg.

The new battery-powered Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 introduced at the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Munich 

Photo by Sven Hoppe/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images.

“The dirtiest day of an EV’s life cycle is the day you drive it home,” says Sexton, referencing how the grid gets greener all the time. (For an even deeper dive into analytics, the truly curious can go to Argonne National Laboratory’s GREET system, an analytical tool that simulates emissions from countless scenarios. Playing around with the platforms shows that EVs trump gas cars environmentally in pretty much all cases.)

“Every time the grid gets cleaner, so does the electric car,” says John Voelcker, the former editor-in-chief of Green Car Reports and a highly regarded industry analyst. “In places like the West Coast, you will see well over 100 miles per gallon equivalency. No gasoline-burning car that will ever be built will be as low emission and low carbon as an EV charged on one of those grids.”
Analysis: EVs are clearly cleaner, even when charged via coal-powered plants.

Examples of the ubiquitous Tesla plugging into the EV power grid 

Photo: Courtesy of Tesla.

What Happens to the Batteries Later?
Some day in the future, we will be facing another issue: an influx of used lithium-ion batteries. Marques such as Lucid are already mulling over what happens to those batteries, and the current consensus is that they will take two approaches.
The first solution will be to simply use the batteries for energy storage—a second life. The other is to recycle them. Both have obvious upsides. The question may be more of economics and sound business. The second-life approach has obvious appeal. A used battery pack is estimated to retain some 70 percent of its charging capacity. These batteries could be resold to be used in home storage or to maintain a micro-grid system—ever more important in places like California, where wildfires have forced large-scale electrical shutdowns.
The question, says experts like Sexton, is whether it will be cost effective to sell used batteries as prices for new batteries continue to fall. A homeowner may be less inclined to buy a used battery without being assured of its efficacy.
“Second-life batteries aren’t a technical question but an economic question,” she says. “I love the idea, but whether the economics make sense remains to be seen as battery costs have dropped 90 percent in the last decade. It may be cheaper to buy new lithium than recycle an old Leaf, or something like that.”

Not just for cars anymore: Tesla’s lithium-ion battery systems can also help charge your home. 

Tesla

The second option is a burgeoning new business: recycling battery packs. As of now, it’s limited in scope, as most EVs are still on the road. Voelcker says that the battery packs on initial EVs like the Leaf have lasted longer than expected.

“Clearly, the degree to which dead batteries can be separated out and reused will lessen the amount we have to mine for new materials,” mentions Voelcker. The success of the endeavor may also turn on economics. “Will batteries made out of recycled materials be cheaper than batteries made out of virgin materials?” he asks. Voelcker notes that with volumes of used EV batteries still so low, there is no definitive answer.
Yet, as Ajay Kochhar, president and CEO at Li-Cycle points out, materials like cobalt, nickel and aluminum can be reused repeatedly. Li-Cycle, founded in 2016, is one of the first battery-specific recycling firms, with refining plants based in Canada and the US.
“To our dismay, we were finding that batteries were being handled like waste, and materials like lithium were being lost,” says Kochhar, who adds that the company’s refining process is carbon-neutral, and a vast majority of the materials can be recycled and reused. Kochhar also acknowledges that volumes are still relatively low, and it will be a long-term process.

A recycling system for lithium-ion batteries at Redux Recycling GmbH in Germany 

Photo by Carmen Jaspersen/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images.

“Even when it comes to cost, this is a virtuous cycle,” Kochhar says. “The battery is the most expensive part of the vehicle, and within the battery, the raw materials are typically 65 percent of cost. Battery prices have fallen in magnitude as we experience economies of scale. But at some point, you’re going to reach a limit, and that limit is materials.” In May, the company signed a deal with Ultium Cells, a collaboration between GM and LG Energy Solutions, too, as its official announcement stated, “recover the raw materials contained in the scrap.”
Final analysis (for now): EVs are clearly more efficient. But questions of mining and eventual recycling or secondary use are up in the air. Yet, as Voelcker says: “Yes, mining has environmental concerns we need to be aware of. But in a carbon analysis, mile for mile, EVs always win, even if they are recharged entirely on coal.”

Learn more about Robb Report’s 2022 Car of the Year events taking place in Napa Valley here and in Boca Raton here.

Alpina Updates Heritage Dive & Pilot Models

Alpina Updates Heritage Dive & Pilot Models

Alpina’s diver and Startimer pilot collection and its Seastrong diver series boast an impressive (and nicely priced) selection of contemporary and vintage-styled adventure watches. This week, the Geneva-based watchmaker adds one more watch to the vintage column of each collection, which Alpina dubs its Heritage series.
The new Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Heritage Automatic.
First up, the new Seastrong Diver 300 Heritage Automatic is the fifth watch in this best-selling series combining 1960s-style dials with modern calibers and cases.
Appropriately water-resistant to 300 meters, the 42mm watch features a rotating inner flange (adjusted using the crown at 2 o’clock) to time dives and brightly luminescent hands to allow full visibility in the dark.
Unlike previous examples in this collection with two-color dials, this latest model offers a uniform black lacquered sunray-brushed dial. In addition, the new model offers no date display, which technically is not required for a successful dive.
Inside Alpina places a Sellita-based AL-520 movement, protected on top with a sapphire crystal. Both crowns are screwed-in to ensure water resistance, and the caseback is engraved with Alpina’s historical logo.
Already a strong value, the watch is even more interesting with Alpina’s package, which includes two attractive straps, one in brown calfskin leather and the other in beige topstitched rubber. Price: $1,695.
New Startimer Dial
Alpina’s second Heritage addition, the new Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic, is inspired by Alpina designs from the 1920s and 1930s. This new variation adds a new dial color to the existing black model we showed you last year.
The Alpina Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic, showing new blue dial.
The new watch maintains the Pilot Heritage Automatic specs: a 44 mm steel case framing a matte dial (now blue) that displays luminescent beige hour, minute and 24-hour markers that nicely replicate a typical shade used on early pilot watches.
As we noted on the 2020 model, Alpina adds to the watch’s vintage styling by placing the original triangular Alpina logo on the dial. This logo, which differs from the logo Alpina places on its contemporary pilot models, serves a practical purpose by separating the 11 o’clock and 1 o’clock markers.
And finally, Alpina underscores the watch’s vintage vibe by outfitting the Pilot Heritage Automatic with a hunter-style caseback that flips open with the flick of a finger. Through the clear caseback the wearer can view the watch’s Sellita-based AL-525 automatic movement.
Alpina is limiting the Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic with blue calfskin leather strap to 288 pieces. The watchmaker will continue its support of the National Park Foundation by donating $100 for every watch purchased through its U.S. website.

Specifications: Alpina Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic
(Limited edition of 288 pieces.)
Movement: Sellita-based automatic AL-525 with 38-hour power reserve.
Case: 44mm by 11.55mm brushed and polished 3-part case, sapphire crystal, hunter caseback (at left). 
Water-resistant to 30 meters.
Dial: Blue with beige minutes and seconds graduation outward, beige 24 hours graduation inward, applied silver color Arabic numbers with beige luminous treatment. Date window at 3 o’clock,
silver color hour and minute hands with beige luminous treatment, silver color second hand with red triangle.
Bracelet: Blue calf leather.
Price: $1,295.

Specifications: Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Heritage Automatic
Movement: Sellita-based automatic AL-520 with 38-hour power reserve.
Case: 42mm by 12.3mm polished 2-part, sapphire crystal, engraved back, water-resistant to 300m, screw-in crown.
Dial: Black with sunray finishing, yellow gold color minutes and seconds graduation, applied yellow gold-plated indexes, black outer ring with yellow gold color, minutes and seconds graduation yellow gold-plated, hour, minute and second hands with white luminous treatment.
Bracelet: Brown calf leather, additional black rubber strap.
Price: $1,695
 

MB&F LM Perpetual EVO Now in Titanium

MB&F LM Perpetual EVO Now in Titanium

MB&F this week adds a vibrant blue-green color dial and a new case metal to the lineup of its Legacy Machine Perpetual EVO, which the pioneering independent watchmaker first launched in 2020. Seen initially cased in zirconium with an orange, blue or a black dial plate, the newest edition frames its new dial hue in titanium.
The new MB&F LM Perpetual EVO Titanium.
The Legacy Machine Perpetual EVO built its sporty chassis and new livery around the original GPHG-award-winning Legacy Machine Perpetual from 2015, devised for MB&F by watchmaker Stephen McDonnell.
McDonnell effectively redesigned the traditional perpetual calendar when he built the LM Perpetual in 2015 with a “mechanical processor” (a series of superimposed disks) that takes the default number of days in the month at 28 and then adds the extra days as required by each individual month. He also built in a safety feature that disconnects the pushers during the date changeover to eliminate any risk of damage to the movement when the date is changed.
For the 2020 EVO edition, MB&F added a series of technical upgrades to the watch that effectively toughened its resistance to shock and water. The EVO offers a redesigned, sleeker case, ergonomic double-sprung pushers, an integrated rubber strap, Super-LumiNova, a specially developed ‘FlexRing’ shock-absorbing system, a screw-down crown and 80 meters of water resistance.
MB&F will ship the new LM Perpetual EVO Titanium, with its all new green-blue dial, to its retailer around the world, though expect a few available at the MB&F eShop. Price: $176,000.

Citizen Boosts Solar Energy with New Navihawk

Citizen Boosts Solar Energy with New Navihawk

Citizen launches a new limited edition pilot’s watch this week in conjunction with 1% for the Planet and Everybody Solar, two energy conservation organizations.
The watch, which joins the Promaster series, is an Eco-Drive (light- powered) Limited Edition Navihawk. The 48mm black ion-plated steel watch boasts a cobalt blue dial with pilot-friendly orange accents.
The new Citizen Promaster Eco-Drive Limited Edition Navihawk.
The watch includes not only fully synchronized radio-controlled timekeeping technology (which will update time automatically in twenty-six time zones) but also a chronograph, a complete perpetual calendar, 12/24-hour time options, a power reserve indicator and day/date display.
Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology, demonstrated here, powers the watch using only light.
Sales of the watch will benefit the two conservation organizations and Citizen’s new “Purposeful Power” ad campaign. For every #mylight moment shared to @citizenwatchesus, Citizen will donate $5 to Everybody Solar towards the goal of 100% funding of a solar installation project next Spring. This would be the second joint project  between Citizen and Everybody Solar. In recent months, Citizen’s donations helped complete the new 35 kilowatt (kW) array at Glacier National Park’s headquarters.
“Our message of Purposeful Power is aspirational so as to reflect the desire of both the Citizen brand and our consumers to treat the planet, and those around us, with respect and to make a positive contribution to the world,” says Jeffrey Cohen, President of Citizen Watch America.
Citizen includes a matching Citizen clock with each watch.
Citizen is limiting production of the watch to 1,500 pieces worldwide. As an added bonus, Citizen is also including a matching Citizen clock with each watch. Price: $850.

The Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance Is Back to Benefit the Miracle Flights Charity

The Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance Is Back to Benefit the Miracle Flights Charity

It’s nice to see automotive concours events back (almost) in full swing, each of us having been deprived of enjoying beautiful collector cars arrayed in tranquil outdoor settings for more than a year. There’s one aspect of a concours, however, that receives far less attention than the vehicles themselves, and that would be the worthwhile charity organizations for whom donations abruptly stopped with the temporary cessation of these shows.

The fundraising has fired up again, though, as this year marks the return of the Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance, founded by Stuart Sobek in 2019, which is back for its second running with more than 100 automobiles ready to be showcased. Presented by Towbin Motorcars of Las Vegas, the exhibition benefits Miracle Flights, a national nonprofit established in 1985. Based in Las Vegas, the organization provides free air transportation to children and adults who need help reaching specialized medical care far from home. The setback to commercial air travel during the pandemic was substantial, yet the need for medical air transportation didn’t diminish. Throughout this time, Miracle Flights supported patients and families across the United States with more than 600 lifesaving flights every month, thanks to the generosity of donors nationwide.

Cadillac will be the featured marque at this year’s exhibition. 

Photo: Courtesy of the Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance.

The 2021 Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance is preceded by two days of preshow festivities before the main event is held on October 23 at the Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin. The facility’s playing field will set the stage for cars displayed from notable private collections and museums across the country. In 2019, for example, the one-and-only 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet Xenia (opening image) was a prized entry.

A Chanel handbag would be right at home in this Spyker C8 entry. 

Photo: Courtesy of the Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance.

Visitors to the Las Vegas Concours will be able to see the automobiles up close, as well as having the opportunity to get a bird’s-eye view from the stadium seats. With fins aplenty, this year’s featured marque is Cadillac, while 14 other judged classes include Pre-1916 and Vintage, American and European Classics to 1948, Prewar Sports, Auburn Cord Duesenberg, Postwar Sports and Racing, and Supercars 1971 to 1990.

Judging a classic at the Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance. 

Photo: Courtesy of the Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance.

Among the prestigious accolades bestowed are the Helene Awards, honoring the achievements of specific individuals, and the Best in Show given to the collector car deemed most desirable. A final highlight is the closing day Tour d’Elegance, where many of the iconic four-wheelers parade on the Las Vegas Strip.

Learn more about Robb Report’s 2022 Car of the Year events taking place in Napa Valley here and in Boca Raton here.

An iPhone Maker Just Debuted a Luxury EV Sedan Concept Designed by Pininfarina

An iPhone Maker Just Debuted a Luxury EV Sedan Concept Designed by Pininfarina

Foxconn wants to join the electric revolution.

The Taiwanese tech company, which is best known for manufacturing the Apple iPhone, announced official plans to get into the electric car business on Monday. And to show just how serious the company is about its surprising pivot, it unveiled three battery-powered prototypes: a luxury sedan, a crossover SUV and a bus.

As is the case with its most famous product, it doesn’t sound like Foxconn plans to sell EVs itself. They will instead be released under the “Foxtron” brand in partnership with other automakers, like Taiwan’s Yulon Motor Group, which built the prototypes on display Monday, according to a press release. It would seem that Foxconn’s real focus is on the platforms on which the vehicles are built. The company is promising some pretty big things from its all-new electric architecture, too, like 400-plus mile range and lightning-quick acceleration.

Foxtron Model C SUV 

Foxconn

Perhaps the most intriguing of the trio us the Model E luxury sedan. The commanding four-door has a sleek design courtesy of longtime-Ferrari partner Pininfarina and a brutish powertrain. It’s unclear how many motors it will feature, but the tech company promises it will be capable of delivering 750 hp, launching from 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and have an impressive 466-mile range. Those figures would put the Model E in the same league as the more powerful versions of the Lucid Air, Tesla Model S and Mercedes-Benz EQS.
Interestingly, the sedan does promise one novel amenity that those cars don’t. The company claims that the rear seating area can be transformed into a “dedicated mobile office.” There were no further details about what this will entail—and Foxconn did not respond to a request for elaboration from Robb Report—but it promises the vehicle will seamlessly connect with your mobile devices, something that could come in very useful for those whose jobs require constant connection, even while on the road. Other tech-oriented features include “smart windows” and doors that unlock via facial recognition.

Foxtron Model T bus 

Foxconn

Like nearly every company looking to get into the EV game, Foxconn also intends to roll out a crossover SUV. The Model C features just as much interior space as the Model E, including seating for seven, despite its smaller size. It’s unclear how powerful it will be, but the company says the car will be able to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds and travel 434 miles on a single charge. Meanwhile, the Model T—which we have to assume will have to undergo a name change if it’s ever released stateside—is a large bus that will be able to carry a full load of passengers 250 miles without stopping.

No release dates were announced for the Foxtron line of EVs, but it would seem Foxconn is ready to get to work. Last month, it acquired EV startup Lordstown Motor’s Ohio factory, according to CNET Roadshow. And earlier this summer, the company also bought its own semi-conductor chip plant. We’ll soon find out whether phones or electric cars make for better business.

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