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Breitling Releases New Rainbow Watch to Support Frontline Workers – Robb Report

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If you couldn’t get your hands on Breitling’s hot new Rainbow watch when it sold out last month within hours of its release, now is your chance. After the success of the first limited-edition run of 250 pieces, CEO Georges Kern told Watches of Switzerland in an Instagram Live chat that he wanted to make a version with proceeds going to support frontline heroes (the rainbow has become a symbol for healthcare workers in the U.K. during the Covid-19 crisis). Less than a month later, it’s already come to fruition.

Breitling Superocean Heritage 57 "Rainbow" Limited Edition II

Breitling Superocean Heritage 57 “Rainbow” Limited Edition II 

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The new 42 mm model, limited to 1,000 pieces, now comes with a blue dial and a caseback engraved with the model number (i.e. “One of 1,000” and so on). It is available on a steel bracelet ($5,025) with a butterfly-style clasp or on a leather strap ($4,520) with a pink or folding buckle.

Breitling Superocean Heritage 57 "Rainbow" Limited Edition II

Breitling Superocean Heritage 57 “Rainbow” Limited Edition II 

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Breitling already made a donation to charities in countries hit hardest by the pandemic and is donating and extra CHF 1,000 (approximately $1,029 at current exchange) for each of the first 100 Superocean Heritage 57 Limited Edition II watches sold on their website for a total of CHF 500,000 (approximately $514,616) to be split equally among six charities (Fondation de France in France, Humanitas in Italy, The National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Japan, The Ministry of Health in SpainNHS Charities Together in the U.K and Direct Relief in the U.S.). The Swiss watch company is also encouraging its retail partners to donate to the organizations.

Breitling Superocean Heritage 57 "Rainbow" Limited Edition II Caseback

Breitling Superocean Heritage 57 “Rainbow” Limited Edition II Caseback 

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The new limited edition is likely to sell out as quickly as the first, but there will be a final opportunity to get your hands on one through an auction being organized by Charitybuzz in June. The winning bidder will not only get Breitling’s latest rainbow but will also have a live digital chat with the brand’s ambassador and pro-surfer Kelly Slater. The proceeds will benefit the U.S.-based charity, Direct Relief.

“We were amazed by the popularity of the Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition, which told us that we could do something for the incredible healthcare workers,” said Kern in a press statement. “They have sacrificed so much and we wanted to make it clear how much we care with this new version of our own rainbow.”

Breitling only just reopened its manufacture at the beginning of last month, which is a testament to how speedily it can turn out more editions when the occasion calls for it. Fortunately, this time the company’s pot of gold benefits those in need.


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Four simple games that will keep your unruly kids entertained for at least 20 minutes

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It’s been a long time since lockdown started. For some of us that’s meant weeks of mindless TV-watching and worrying about the future. For anyone with kids, it’s been hectic, busy, chaos, juggling jobs with being a parent and teacher 24/7. Don’t fear if you’ve run out of ideas for fun things to do. We got Mike Rampton, author of new kids’ games book ‘Open in Case of Emergency’ (Pop Press, £9.99), to reveal four you can play with minimal effort, minimal mess and minimal outside. 

1. Beasts in the tundra

A bit of preparation the night before and everyone becomes an archaeologist.

Age Four and up
Players Two and up (dependent on freezer space).
What you need One plastic box and one toy per player or team, a freezer.
How to play Freeze the toys in water in the plastic boxes the night before. Action figures or dinosaurs are ideal, and you can consider adding food colouring to the water to make it that bit wackier. Players then have to release their creatures from their frozen slumbers – just like Captain America – before their opponents do. Breathing heavily on to the ice, rubbing it or wrapping it up might all work, or (with adult supervision) heat and gravity can work wonders…

2. Blow football

A huffing, puffing, indoor version of the world’s most popular sport.

Age Five and up.
Players Two.
What you need Two straws, a ping-pong ball and something for goals: margarine tubs, books, whatever works.
How to play Mark out a pitch (or use something that already has two ends, like a rug or a table) using tape if needed. Work out where the centre line is, and go for it [blowing the ball through the straws], trying to score goals against your opponent. If anyone touches the ball with their hands, the other player gets a penalty from the centre line. The first to five goals wins.

Or blow skiing

Make a slalom course around a table using whatever is to hand – clumps of Blu-Tack with toothpicks sticking up out of them and a little paper flag make very nice ski gates, for instance. Take it in turns to do time trials [blowing the ball] around the course, with a ten-second penalty for every flag hit and a 30-second penalty if the ball falls off the table.

3. The great sock hunt

A scavenger hunt that makes up in ease for what it lacks in glamour.

Age Five and up.
Players Two and up.
What you need As many different pairs of socks as you wish.
How to play Hide one sock from every pair around the house, then present players with a pile of odd socks. Within a time limit (which depends on how big the house is, how many socks you’ve hidden, how good at hiding socks you are, and how good at finding socks they are – start with five minutes and experiment), and never carrying more than one sock at a time, can they reunite all the pairs?

Or super secret sock search

Hide the odd socks apart from one, which, instead of being hidden somewhere around the house, goes in your pocket. Players take it in turns to spend one minute each searching for socks, with each one they find eliminating one option as to what your pocketed ‘secret sock’ could be. The player who correctly describes that sock wins.

4. Five pence hockey

Air hockey tables cost a fortune. This alternative costs less than anything.

Age Seven and up.
Players Two.
What you need A table, tape, two 2p coins, one 1p coin.
How to play Don’t play on a table that is likely to get scratched – that’ll make the game a lot more expensive. Use the tape to mark out equally sized goals. Then stand one at either end and play hockey: slide your 2p around with your middle finger, using the penny as a puck. First to ten goals wins.

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    Why France Is Postponing Its Summer Sales Period – Footwear News

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    To mitigate losses in revenue resulting from the country’s ten-week confinement, France is postponing its summer sales period by three weeks said Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Tuesday.

    Like many European countries, France has strict regulations regarding the length of its promotional period. Summer reductions were previously scheduled to run for four weeks from June 24 to July 21 but now they will start on July 15 and run til the middle of August.

    The Institut Français de la Mode (French Institute of Fashion) reported this week that year on year revenues were down by 28.2% percent in the first four months of 2020.

    However, the new regulations only apply to independent retailers who are perceived to be more seriously affected by the pandemic in terms of immediate cash flow than their larger counterparts with more resources.

    Eric Mertz, president of the Fédération Nationale de l’habillement, (the National Clothing Federation) welcomed the fact that the government “was listening to independents who have experienced increased distress due to the downturn in commerce.” Nevertheless, he warned that the measures might not go far enough as stores were still experiencing a 30% drop in attendance compared to normal. He suggested a reassessment might be necessary.

    He had initially proposed that general sales only begin in August. He had also wanted to limit the country’s ventes privées system. These are early private sales for registered customers operated by larger concerns. They constitute an exception to the rules.

    The government’s announcement follows an open letter published last month by a group of international designers and retailers led by Dries Van Noten. It called for a rethink the traditional calendar of retail deliveries and discounts for all retailers, not only independents.

    It proposed that deliveries be realigned with the actual seasons so fall/winter merchandising would take place between August and January and spring/summer between February and July. It also asked that a discount period be set for the end of the season in question as opposed to mid-season sales.

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