Much like yesterday's Spotify "Wrapped" launch, Apple is taking time to look back at the past 12 months, celebrating the best apps and games on the Apple App Store with the fittingly titled App Store Awards. Ranging from the "iPhone Game of the Year" to the "iPhone App of the Year". A combination of games, connectivity apps and creative tools, the list highlights ingenuity across the entirety of the Apple ecosystem — iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. As Tim Cook said, "From self-taught indie coders to inspiring leaders building global businesses, these standout developers innovated with Apple technology, with many helping to foster the profound sense of togetherness we needed this year." If you're not interested in Apple apps, then have no fear; we'll be touching on everything from Tesla's sold-out Cybertruck whistle to The Dalmore's entry into the world of... whiskey NFTs. This is Today in Gear.
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Aimé Leon Dore has already done wonders to build up the hype surrounding the New Balance 550, but Japanese fashion conglomerate United Arrows might have our favorite take yet. Decking the 550 in shades of grey, ecru and ivory, this has an almost-plush like feel to it. It's so clean, we might be seeing if can scoop these up through a proxy buyer (or hoping United Arrows actually ships them stateside).
Celebrating the launch of the 44GS back in 1967, the watch is known as the first watch to bear the hallmarks of the "Grand Seiko Style," which has been reflected in every release that followed. While the design is largely similar to the original 44GS, the case and bracelet are in high-intensity titanium and the case back reveals an oscillating weight in gold-colored titanium.
The Dalmore's Decades Collection represents some of the best whiskeys in its catalog. In a future facing move, The Dalmore is dropping a set of the Decades No. 4 bottles — 1979, 1980, 1995 and 2000 — on BlockBar. Purchased as NFTs and backed by the blockchain, the interesting thing in this case is that the release is backed by physical bottles. This means that, while acquiring the NFT is the way to get your hands on this collection, that digital asset can fortunately be "burned" and exchanged for physical bottles.
Taking a dig at Apple's heavily backordered $19 polishing cloth on Twitter earlier this week, Elon Musk has dropped a stainless steel in the style of the brand's infamous Cybertruck. Named — fittingly — the Cyberwhistle, it's already sold out completely. Leave it to Elon Musk to meme his way into a sell out product.
A quick look on social media will prove that gorpcore — a movement that sits at the intersection of outdoor technical gear and fashion — is dominating the style conversation right now. This was epitomized in The North Face's collaboration with Gucci, creating a line of high fashion flips on The North Face outerwear and gear. The collaboration returns for its second chapter today, with Nuptse vests and fleeces (among other pieces) reworked with a dash of luxury logomania and Bob Ross-esque woodland prints.