SURFING THE WRIST: Fossil Inc. is taking timepieces to the next level with the introduction this week of watches incorporating Microsoft’s smart personal objects technology (SPOT). The watches provide wearers with personalized Internet information, including news, weather and stock quotes. The timepieces will be available this fall under three brands: the core Fossil brand; Abacus, a new tech brand targeting the electronics channel, and Philippe Starck with Fossil, a collection of watches designed jointly by Starck and Fossil. Pricing is still being determined, Fossil said Thursday. Watch manufacturers Citizen and Suunto are also planning to introduce watches with SPOT technology.

EXPRESS TO STARDOM: Express, a division of Limited Brands, will become the exclusive fashion sponsor of Project Greenlight, which gives aspiring screenwriters and directors an opportunity to win a $1 million production budget and the chance to see their movie made, as well as be the subject of an HBO documentary series chronicling the challenges of first-time filmmakers. The winning screenwriter and director will work with executive producers Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore and Miramax Films. More than 100,000 aspiring writers and directors have entered the contest. Express will host a party Jan. 18 announcing the winners during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, at Harry O’s. The company will provide a wardrobe for the winners and costumes for their screenplay. Project Greenlight is presented by Blockbuster Inc.

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