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Coach Presents The Atmosphere of New York City Through Subway Inspired Pop Up Store

Coach, a global design house of modern luxury leather goods, apparel and lifestyle accessories, today announces the launch of their new subway-inspired pop-up store at Pondok Indah Mall 2. Set in a blue subway car, the pop up shop pays homage to the home of Coach, New York and features Coach signature jacquard denim and music to match. Inspired by the house’s vision of reimagined heritage, inclusivity and self-expression, the pop-up will invite customers to meet the Pre Fall 2021 collection and play with customization. 

Located in the Main Atrium of Pondok Indah Mall 2, the pop-up will be open to the public starting today through June 20th. The subway inspired pop-up showcases Coach’s Pre Fall 2021 collection which playfully combines the house’s heritage in craft with the codes of American fashion, introducing new remixed classics with an irresistible sports-meets-vintage spirit. Pre Fall also debuts the Coach Originals Quilties—archival bags in soft quilted nappa leather—and a new treatment of Signature on denim jacquard. 

Coach’s collection of brightly-colored quilted bags are part of The Coach Originals collection, an assortment of new silhouettes inspired by archival Coach pieces. The Quilties come in a ton of playful new colorways from berry pink to pale lime. Just like the popular Coach Pillow Tabby, the Coach Quilties are crafted of soft, pillowy leather. Meanwhile Coach’s Denim Jacquard are inspired by archived collection and vintage bags that celebrates our legacy and authentic New York heritage. Reimagined for today, the compact design is based on an iconic Coach silhouette introduced in 1997. 

The Coach Pop Up Store is presenting the atmosphere of New York City by building the subway miniature that is very iconic. With the pop of blue and print signature jacquard that is the highlight of the season, Coach Subway is presenting the interactive pop-up even features a customisation service for you to experience a design-it-yourself service that takes customization to the next level. 

This unique customization experience offers Coach’s customers to re-design their favorite Coach’s leather goods to one-of-a-kind statement bag. A Coach craftsman is available to help accessorize it, highlights interchangeable bag straps made with different technique and key embellishments, not forgetting the quintessential scarves as well as bag charms to complement your Coach bag. Personalize It emphasizes on monogramming your initials and icons which best represent you. Customize It is a bespoke service made available at the Coach Create pop-up. It features three key signature embellishments – Tea Rose, Souvenir Pins and Prairie Rivets. 

The Coach Pre Fall 2021 collection is now available in Coach Indonesia stores or through the ‘Coach on Delivery’ service which allows customers to browse from the comfort of their home. Customers can contact an advisor’s WhatsApp numbers to order the favorite piece.

PHMHotels Welcomes Plans to Reopen Bali to International Travelers

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PHMHotels welcomes the government’s plan to reopen Bali island to international tourists by participating in Bali and Beyond Travel Fair (BBTF) 2021 at The Nusa Dua, Bali, organized by the Association of The Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (ASITA) Bali on 10 – 11 June 2021.

Also present on the occasion of BBTF 2021 is Deputy of Tourism Products and Events at the Tourism and Creative Economy Board, Mrs. Rizky Handayani Mustafa. She says that the BBTF event is running according to the health protocols.

THE HAVEN Bali Seminyak

Together with 145 other sellers from various regions in Indonesia, PHMHotels re-promotes the popular tourist destinations and favorite products in Bali and other regions in Indonesia, both in face-to-face and virtual meetings, to the international market as an effort to encourage the recovery of Bali and national tourism after the Covid-19 pandemic. By joining the business to business meeting in the national and international tourism industry, BBTF, phmhotels also takes an important role in conveying information and education to the Indonesian society and partners abroad.

THE HAVEN Suites Bali Berawa

PHMHotels has implemented the government policies to support the economic growth in Indonesia, especially in tourism. In July 2021, phmhotels launched the phm-AmanSafe program to ensure that health protocols are always implemented to provide the highest level of safety and hygiene for guests and employees. All hotels under phmhotels have been certified for Cleanliness, Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) and employees have completed the vaccination program.

The Haven Bali Seminyak, The Haven Suites Bali Berawa, THE 1O1 Bali Fontana Seminyak and FRii Bali Echo Beach, which are members of the PHMHotels group in Bali, are ready to welcome local guests and international travelers, both for vacation or to organize MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Conference and Exhibition) activities, with the directions given by the government. 

“PHMHotels also has provided various products and attractive tour packages for domestic tourists, especially to enjoy the school holidays in June/July 2021 and also to meet the needs of WFB (Work from Bali) for the customers.” says Macia Amandary, phmhotels’ Director of Brand & Creative.

PHMHotels hopes that the reopening of Bali can truly be realized in order to boost the recovery of the tourism and economy sector. 

FRii Bali Echo Beach

About PHMHotels

PHMHotels is part of the Panorama Group, an integrated tourism business group in Indonesia. PHMHotels manages hotels spread across Jakarta, Bali, Yogyakarta, Bandung, Bogor, Malang, Palembang and Gili Trawangan with various brands including: The Haven, The 1O1, 1O1 Urban, FRii Hotel and PHM Collection.

PHMHotels also has phmrewards+ program which is an appreciation program for loyal customers who have stayed at hotels under the PHMHotels network.

RATA: Revolutionizing Beautiful Smiles

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With Invisible Teeth Straightening Treatment, Now Available in Bali

RATA has made its long-awaited debut on the island of Bali, offering the latest and most innovative products and services in dental procedures and cosmetic dentistry. Headed by a team of the most talented and professional doctors, RATA is located at No. 16, Jalan Tukad Barito III in Denpasar, the capital city of Bali.

RATA is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am – 5pm, and here, customers can find a wide range of dental and orthodontic care at competitive prices including teeth cleaning, tooth extractions, teeth implants, porcelain veneers, root canal, dental crowns and bridges, gum care and more.

One of the clinic’s most coveted and prized offering is the RATA Clear Aligner, a fantastic and more modern alternative to the archaic and unsightly metal and wire braces, which customers who are looking to achieve a beautiful smile with lovely straight teeth will love.

Co-Founder & CMO of RATA, drg Deviana Maria says, “RATA Clear Aligner is the ideal choice for those who are looking to achieve the perfect smile, but wish to do so discreetly. Made with invisible materials that fit against your teeth, patients will experience more freedom and less discomfort, and a shorter journey towards a dazzling smile,”

Made of strong, clear plastic that can barely be seen, RATA Clear Aligners are removable, comfortable, and easy to clean. Patients who opt for RATA Clear Aligners can brush and floss their teeth daily without wires and brackets in the way.

There are so many more benefits to using RATA Clear Aligners as opposed to traditional metal braces. Here are just a few:

  • No more discomfort due to rubbers, wires and metals scratching the insides of your mouth 
  • Removable any time you wish, for example at meal times and during cleaning
  • Easy to clean
  • Transparent! No one will know that you’re wearing RATA Clear Aligners 
  • Smile – you won’t feel self-conscious at all 
  • Quick results in just 3-6 months as opposed to 1+ years when using traditional metal braces
  • Fewer visits to the dentist with RATA Clear Aligners!

RATA Clear Aligners work by moving the teeth slowly into the ideal position. Aligners will be replaced every 7-10 days to fit the movement of your teeth as predicted by RATA’s AI Technology. With each new 

replacement, RATA Clear Aligners will gently coax your teeth into the desired position by 0.25mm. The duration and number of aligners required for each patient will differ according to each unique case. 

“RATA Clear Aligners are incredibly affordable. Installment options are available for BCA and Mandiri credit card holders, and those looking to undergo non-cosmetic and non-aesthetic dental treatments have the option to use insurance or BPJS,” added drg Deviana Maria.

RATA has been at the forefront of Indonesia’s dental industry for the past decade, serving over 20,000 patients since its inception with clinics in Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung and now, Denpasar. The brand is planning to spread its foothold throughout the rest of Indonesia in the coming years with immediate plans to open clinics in Sumatra (Medan & Batam), and Sulawesi (Manado).

RATA also plans to expand across Bali in the near future. “There’s a lot of demand for our services here in Bali, and once the borders re-open, we can start planning for Canggu and Ubud next,” said drg Deviana Maria.

Amanjiwo Presents A Second Culinary Expedition

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Celebrating Javanese Food Artisans

Following the success of Amanjiwo’s first Culinary Expedition to Java in March 2021, the resort will offer a second event from 8-11 July showcasing delectable cuisine from local Javanese Food Artisans. Named ‘Peaceful Soul’ for the serenity, privacy, and beauty of its setting, Amanjiwo will invite guests to connect with producers from the surrounding villages, who are well-known for their authentic culinary creations, incorporating locally sourced ingredients from Java, such as tempeh, palm sugar and soy sauce.

Hosted by two of Indonesia’s most renowned chefs Ray Adriansyah and Maxie Millian, guests will be invited to experience exquisite gourmet activities over three days, from exciting excursions to riverside breakfasts and an exclusive gala dinner at the majestic Borobudur Temple. During this special programme, Amanjiwo continues to support local communities in close proximity to the resort, utilising locally made products.

An Exquisite Culinary Journey

The Culinary Expedition at Amanjiwo commences with a five-course menu prepared by Ray Adriansyah, chef and co-owner of Locavore and Nusantara by Locavore, and Maxie Millian, Head Chef of Apéritif, showcasing modern Central Javanese flavors during a welcome dinner at the property. On the second day, Chef Ray and Chef Maxie will present a traditional Javanese breakfast by the beautiful Progo River.

Bamboo mats, pillows and low tables will be set up in traditional ‘lesehan’ style to allow guests to soak in the scenery and the lavish spread. Ending breakfast on a high note, guests are invited to enjoy lupis, cenil and various Javanese rice cakes prepared by Ibu Temu, renowned in Magelang as an expert in the making of jajanan pasar, or traditional market snacks.

In addition to special dining experiences, the journey includes excursions to meet with local artisans, including Kaliandra honey producers and small bath tofu and tempeh makers. The weekend also features a visit to the local culinary gift shop Getuk Eco, a casava cracker factory named Ceriping Pohong, and the Dr. Oei Museum in Magelang.

At the museum, guests can join a cooking demonstration and enjoy a lunch prepared by Chef Natalia Halim. During the cooking class, Chef Natalia will share a traditional Javanese recipe and her Javanese-inspired petit fours. She will also present a kampung-style lunch on the museum premises, with local favorite Ayam Bumbu Kuning as one of the main dishes.

Back at Amanjiwo an intimate dinner prepared by Chef Maxie is available for just eight guests at nearby Pak Bilal’s House. On the final day of the event, Chef Ray and Chef Maxie will come together to serve a magnificent six-course meal prepared with local Javanese artisanal ingredients that are sourced from within a few kilometers of Amanjiwo, creating a culinary masterpiece to match the stunning backdrop at Borobudur Park. ​

With three-nights to experience this inspiring culinary journey, guests are able to fully-immerse themselves in Amanjiwo’s sacred roots, continuing their exploration of Java. Just two-kilometres away, the temple of Borobudur – a 9th-century marvel with 504 life-size Buddha statues – reveals ancient secrets, while trekking through the lush surrounding landscapes to local villages unearths an entirely new way of life.

Throughout their time at Amanjiwo, each guest will receive daily breakfast overlooking the dramatic vistas of the Menoreh Hills – an idyllic opportunity to reconnect with loved ones.

Culinary Collaboration

Bringing to life an experience like no other, the Amanjiwo culinary team, with Chef Uyung at the helm, will collaborate with renowned chefs Ray Adriansyah and Maxie Millian, and local guest chef Natalia Halim, and Ibu Temu, showcasing the rich culinary culture of the Javanese countryside.

Ray Adriansyah ​

Ray and his partner opened the Locavore restaurant in Bali in November 2013. Their goal was to establish a restaurant driven by endemic ingredients, as well as to celebrate the farmers, fishermen and food artisans of Indonesia. Over 95% of the kitchen’s ingredients are sourced from within Indonesia and the restaurant is currently listed as one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2020. It was also awarded Asia’s Most Sustainable Restaurant in 2019, and named Bali’s Best Eats by FoodieS – Restaurant of the Year in 2018. 

Maxie Millian ​

Born in Jakarta, Chef Maxie Millian began his career in Dubai with a background in European food. He won a gold medal at Le Salon Culinaire International De Londres in 2012. He is currently the Head Chef of Apéritif, a restaurant established in 2018, which stands out as being a stunning fine-dining destination with a distinct concept of serving an eclectic culinary experience that explores the diverse flavors of the Indonesian archipelago. Apéritif was named one of Bali’s Top 40 restaurants in Bali’s Best Eats by FoodieS for 2019.

Natalia Halim

Born and raised in Magelang, Natalia is a graduate of the William Angliss Institute, Australia, having achieved a major in the art of patisserie.

Foodies in Wonderland

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The Chris Salans Group is delighted to announce an exciting event happening at Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique in Ubud, on Saturday June 26th 2021.

Mozaic restaurant will be celebrating its 20th birthday!

Twenty years of service and food dedicated to promote gastronomy in Bali and around the world. Born in 2001, Mozaic has faced much crisis – the Bali bombings, the tsunami, the SARS, the earthquakes and now COVID-19 – and yet it has risen against all odds. It is the eagerness and focus of the team at Mozaic, led by Chef Owner Chris Salans, which has made this possible.

It is with the same eagerness that, despite the pandemic, Mozaic will be celebrating its 20th anniversary by partnering up with some of the leaders of the hospitality industry in Bali to host a gastronomic party with 6 chefs, 2 Mixologists and a DJ – Maurizio Bombini of Mauri, Putu Dove of Metis, Eelke Plasmeijer of Locavore, Mandif Warokka of Blanco par Mandif, Janet de Neefe of Casa Luna and Chris Salans will be joining hands to create a ‘Tribute to Mozaic’ tasting menu.

After dinner, mixologists Bili Wirawan, Mozaic’s previous head mixologist, and Kadek Wana of Metis will be collaborating with Diplomatico Rums to create some amazing cocktails to the tunes of DJ Danny Technici.

The theme of the night is ‘Foodies in Wonderland’, inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Mozaic Restaurant will be dressed up as a Magical Garden inviting guests for the night to dress in eccentric and colourful ways to bring the festivities to life.

Dinner reservations will be available from 5.30pm until 9.30pm. Price for the evening will be IDR 950,000++ per person for the food only. An optional pairing of premium wines will also be available for the dinner.

Guests can make a reservation for this anniversary event by contacting Mozaic at +62-361-975768 or by visiting Mozaic’s website at www.mozaic-bali.com

Qatar Airways Sponsor the Launch of the Official UEFA EURO 2020™ Podcast

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  • The award-winning airline will collaborate with UEFA to deliver a daily live audio round-up of all Euro 2020 action and fan zone activities
  • The iconic UEFA Euro 2020 trophy travelled around the 11 European host cities, before making a special visit to Doha

A host of high-profile football players, pundits and celebrities will take part in the The Euro Show’the Official UEFA EURO 2020™ podcast, presented in collaboration with Qatar Airways, the Official Airline Sponsor of the flagship summer tournament.

The podcast will be featured on all major web, mobile application and social media platforms, rounding up expert match analysis, behind-the-scenes interviews, dedicated team updates, match previews and much more. Football fans will receive the latest insights and will be able to share content on their own social media accounts, and talk to other football fans.

Qatar Airways is also launching on-ground activities at Fan Zones in London and Rome, as part of its preparations for the championship, which will be organised in conjunction with the matches across all the host cities. Fan Zones will be an essential part of the European football festival, bringing thousands of people together to watch the matches being held across Europe and to experience other entertainment.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “With excitement building ahead of the championship, Qatar Airways has a strong partnership with UEFA for an unforgettable tournament.  ‘The Euro Show’ will be a must for fans to tune in for expert analysis, engage with each other and receive latest updates from the heart of the action. As the Official Airline for the UEFA Euro 2020™, we are also proud to see the trophy visit Doha and be taken to the most famous sites around the country.”

With the 16th edition of the tournament kicking-off on 11 June, the iconic Henri Delaunay Trophy visited all the host cities and  made a special trip to Doha as part of the UEFA Euro 2020™ trophy tour.

The 11 cities set to host the matches are Amsterdam, Baku, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome, St. Petersburg and Seville. UEFA has worked with the respective authorities to ensure a safe return of spectators to the stadiums. The local organising committees in each host city have confirmed stadium occupancies from 22 per cent, with the potential to raise their capacities depending on the development of their mass COVID-19 testing programmes, and general health conditions.

The Fan Zones in London and Rome will incorporate a virtual reality stadium experience, photo opportunity, football freestyle performances and special giveaways.

The Qatar Airways network offers fans global connectivity to the host nations, either directly or via its codeshare partners. Fans are encouraged to comply with the border entry restrictions and requirements (including quarantine) that are in place at the time of travel.

The national airline of the State of Qatar launched a global UEFA EURO 2020™ campaign to create awareness for the biggest football event of the summer period and demonstrate the carrier’s mission of uniting fans of all ages and backgrounds through the passion of football.

Qatar Airways has an extensive global sports partnerships portfolio which includes the likes of football governing bodies such as FIFA, UEFA and CONMEBOL. As official FIFA partner, Qatar Airways has sponsored mega events such the 2019 and 2020 editions of FIFA Club World Cup™ and will sponsor the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The airline also sponsors some of the world’s biggest football clubs including Paris Saint-Germain, AS Roma, Boca Juniors, FC Bayern München, K.A.S. Eupen, and Al Sadd SC.

Qatar Airways recently became the first global airline in the world to achieve the prestigious 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating by international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. This follows Hamad International Airport’s (HIA) recent success as the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating. These recognitions provides assurance to passengers across the world that airline health and safety standards are subject to the highest possible standards of professional, independent scrutiny and assessment. For full details of all the measures that have been implemented onboard and in HIA, please visit www.­­­qatarairways.com/safety.

The national carrier of the State of Qatar continues to rebuild its network, which currently stands at over 130 destinations. With more frequencies being added to key hubs, Qatar Airways offers unrivalled connectivity to passengers, making it easy for them to change their travel dates or destination if they need to.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. Qsuite is available on flights to more than 40 destinations including Johannesburg, Frankfurt, New York and Singapore.

Qsuite, a patented Qatar Airways product, features the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class, as well as privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry.

Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 160 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, B777, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, one of the world’s leading international air cargo carriers, serves more than 60 freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight in the belly-hold deck of passenger aircraft to an extensive network. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters, 24 Boeing 777 freighters and six B777-300ER mini freighters.

Qatar Executive is the private jet charter division of Qatar Airways Group. Luxury jet services are available for worldwide charter on board the operator’s wholly-owned business jet fleet. Qatar Executive is the launch customer for Gulfstream’s G700, the world’s first commercial service operator of the Gulfstream G500 and largest commercial operator of the G650ER worldwide. Qatar Executive’s service portfolio also includes aircraft management, maintenance and Fixed Based Operator services.

The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail Timepieces: An Artistic Collaboration with Bovet 1822

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  • Rolls-Royce collaborates with Swiss master horologists BOVET 1822 to create unique timepieces for first Boat Tail coachbuilt commission 
  • Pair of reversible tourbillon timepieces, each designed to be worn on the wrist, used as a table clock, pendant or pocket timepiece, or placed within the fascia as Boat Tail’s Timepiece
  • Timepieces and dashboard holder took 3,000 hours to develop and manufacture  
  • Five-day power reserve and tourbillon mechanism ensure the timepieces keep perfect time when used as dashboard clocks

“Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is a pure expression of its owners’ interests, influences and passions, with every detail minutely considered. We have enjoyed working with BOVET 1822 to create a pair of exquisite timepieces that also serve as Boat Tail’s dashboard clocks. In doing so we have together created historically significant items of detail, precision, and beauty. These remarkable objets d’art, unique to the first iteration of Boat Tail, represent the finest examples of the skills and values shared by our two great luxury Houses.”

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

“I am so proud of the BOVET 1822 team, who worked in tandem with their counterparts at Rolls-Royce to produce something truly spectacular. The owners of the coachbuilt car and these bespoke timepieces are personal friends, as well as valued collectors of BOVET 1822. It was important to do the very best for them – two completely unique pieces that are unlike anything we have ever done before.”

Pascal Raffy, Owner, BOVET 1822

A MOMENT IN TIME

The clock in a Rolls-Royce motor car frequently assumes a jewel-like status, often becoming a canvas for the client to tell the story of their commission in miniature. For Rolls-Royce Boat Tail, the recently unveiled first of three coachbuilt creations, in which every element has been created to the owners’ exact specifications, this iconic centrepiece has been elevated to new technical and aesthetic heights.

In a spirit of warm collaboration, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Swiss master watchmakers, BOVET 1822, have created a pair of unique timepieces for Boat Tail and its owners. This ambitious undertaking brought together designers, engineers, and craftspeople from both luxury Houses, in a magnificent demonstration of their shared values of excellence, precision, heritage, artistry, innovation and attention to detail. 

The timepieces are unique to both the horological and automotive worlds. Made as a pair – in lady’s and gentleman’s versions – they are reversible, and housed in BOVET 1822’s patented Amadeo case, which allows them to be worn on the wrist, or used as a table clock, pendant or pocket-watch, as well as being placed front and centre in Boat Tail’s fascia as the motor car’s own timepiece. Both are fitted with tourbillon mechanisms to ensure perfect accuracy. 

IN KEEPING WITH TRADITION

BOVET 1822 initially earned its reputation making luxury pocket-watches for wealthy patrons in China; today, it is renowned worldwide for its exquisite timepieces featuring hand-painted dials, detailed engraving and finely finished visible mechanisms. 

The timepieces created for this first iteration of Boat Tail have specially designed 18K white gold cases and feature matching front dials with the same Caleidolegno veneer found on the aft deck of Boat Tail itself, and are finished with the owner-couples’ names. The gentleman’s timepiece is highly polished; the lady’s is ornately engraved then filled with blue lacquer.

On the reverse side, the dials are more individual. The gentleman’s features an aventurine dial with the celestial arrangement of the night sky over the place of his birth on his birth date; the lady’s is decorated with an ornate miniature painting of a flower bouquet on a mother-of-pearl dial. This design is a traditional BOVET 1822 motif, chosen by and personalised for the owner. 

Both reverse dials have hand-engraved Bespoke sculptures of Boat Tail, complete with wheels, door handle, mirrors and other fine details. By working closely together, the teams at Rolls-Royce and BOVET 1822 were able to achieve a precise colour match between the lacquer on this tiny work of art and the full-size motor car. 

Further close cooperation was required to ensure the timepieces conformed to the demands of their unique role as motor car clocks. In watchmaking, weight is rarely an issue for a complex timepiece, but in this instance, there was a limit on the combined permissible weight of the timepieces and their holders. BOVET 1822 met this requirement by creating an entirely new 44mm white gold case. In addition, the timepieces and holders also had to be tested to automotive-industry standards for vibration and crash safety – something never previously undertaken on mechanisms of this kind.

At a conservative estimate, the timepieces’ design, engineering, sculptures, miniature painting, marquetry, bespoke movements and cases took a total of 3,000 hours to complete.

THE TRANSFORMATIVE TOURBILLON

When a pocket-watch is left static in one position for any length of time, the effect of gravity on key moving parts can impair its accuracy. At the end of the 18th Century, watchmakers solved this problem by developing the tourbillon, where the escapement and balance wheel are mounted in a cage that slowly revolves, cancelling out the gravitational effect. In a wristwatch, the wearer’s natural physical movements diminish the need for the tourbillon. However, when that same timepiece is mounted vertically in a car dashboard for many hours at a time, the tourbillon truly comes into its own. 

BOVET 1822 is a specialist in tourbillion timepieces, for which it holds a number of patents and has received many awards including the Aiguille d’Or, watchmaking’s highest honour. It is also one of the only companies in the watch industry to manufacture its own spirals and regulating organs. To reduce potential impact from the vibration from the car, the tourbillon has pivots

rather than the traditional ball bearings; a heavier balance wheel and an increased oscillation rate to aid precision. Finally, the tourbillon bridge is finished with a miniaturised Spirit of Ecstasy handcrafted in gold. 

The timepieces have a generous five-day power reserve, rather than the 42-48 hours of a ‘standard’ watch, to allow for their role as motor car clocks. 

DASHBOARD HOLDER MECHANISM: PERFECT PRECISION 

The holder mechanism is unique to Rolls-Royce Boat Tail and was designed by BOVET 1822 engineers and the Rolls-Royce Coachbuild design team from a blank sheet of paper. Although in a Rolls-Royce vibration is naturally reduced to an absolute minimum – undetectable vibrations are inevitably still present. This highly complex mounting assembly serves to isolate the timepieces from these micro-vibrations. It also ensures they operate silently, are easy to mount and remove from the dashboard and, above all, remain safe and secure. 

These challenges were unlike any normally encountered in watchmaking and car manufacture. From the start, BOVET 1822 was determined to follow a purely mechanical approach in keeping with its tradition of Swiss handcrafted production. The engineers’ innovative solution was to keep all the system’s moving parts external, with the dashboard providing a solid setting for the holder. Finally, Rolls-Royce ensured that when the holder is not housing one of the time pieces, it can be covered with a beautiful engraved and lacquered display plaque.  Below the clock, the dashboard is fitted with a special drawer, lined with the same leather as Boat Tail’s seats, which serves as a safekeeping receptacle to house the timepieces, straps, chain and pendant when not in use. 

ROLLS-ROYCE BOAT TAIL TIMEPIECES FACTS & FIGURES

Case Size: Bespoke; diameter – 44mm; thickness – 14mm

Case Type: 18K white gold Fleurier case; BOVET 1822 bow at 12 o’clock; 49 components

Case Function: Amadeo Convertible System; reversible; pocket watch on chain; pendant watch on necklace; table clock; dashboard clock

Case Finishing: Men’s timepiece is high polish finish; Women’s timepiece is hand-engraved then filled with blue lacquer

Movement: Bespoke 60-second tourbillon; manual-wind; 284 components (without dial and hands); 21,600 v/h

Functions: Hours and minutes on both sides (reverse hand-fitting); power reserve indicator on front

Power Reserve: 5 days

Men’s Front Dial: Hand-made wood marquetry dial; hand-engraved Spirit of Ecstasy sculpture fixed to the tourbillon bridge; “A Special Timepiece Commission” on the dial

Women’s Front Dial: Hand-made wood marquetry dial; hand-engraved 18K white gold Spirit of Ecstasy sculpture; “A Special Timepiece Commission” on the dial

Men’s Reverse Dial: Blue aventurine glass with sky chart of owner’s birth day and birth place; hand-engraved bespoke Boat Tail sculpture, lacquered to match the colour of the car then miniature painted by hand to add the details; lady’s name engraved on the mirror-polished (by hand by the watchmaker) tourbillon bridge

Women’s Reverse Dial: Miniature hand-painting of flower bouquet on mother-of-pearl dial (based on historical BOVET 1822 timepiece, customised); hand-engraved bespoke Boat Tail sculpture, lacquered to match the colour of the car then miniature painted by hand to add the details; gentleman’s name (engraved on the mirror-polished (by hand by the watchmaker) tourbillon bridge

Dashboard Holder: Aluminium and Titanium; 51 components; Engraving of two Rolls-Royce Boat Tails in a white gold case, to match that of the timepieces, to place inside when the timepiece is not present (100% engineered, designed, and produced in-house by BOVET)

In-car Drawer: to hold timepieces, straps, chain, necklace

Independent laboratory certification: shock, temperature, humidity, vibration

Accor Announces the Signing of Mercure Living Putrajaya

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The Property Will Welcome Guests from 2022

Accor is preparing to welcome the first Mercure Living concept to Malaysia with the signing of Mercure Living Putrajaya. The 299-key property will debut in April 2022, offering a refreshingly modern experience for those seeking longer stays whilst traveling for business or leisure. The hotel joins a pipeline of 15 committed projects across Malaysia. 

Featuring an all-day dining restaurant, executive lounge and collection of meeting rooms, Mercure Living Putrajaya is set to become a hub for events and business gatherings. Leisure facilities include a 52-metre infinity salt water swimming pool, fitness centre, tennis court and spa, ensuring quality downtime and recuperation is made possible. Guests will feel right at home in the spacious and modern suites which include dining and living areas as well as work spaces. 

Centrally located in the Administrative Centre of Malaysia, Mercure Living Putrajaya will be housed within the Shaftsburry Putrajaya retail complex and connected to Alamanda Shopping Mall. A convenient 30 minutes’ drive from both Kuala Lumpur International Airport and the city centre of Kuala Lumpur, the hotel will serve as an excellent base for those visiting the nearby government offices and city of Cyberjaya, home to a science park that forms an integral part of Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor.

“We are thrilled to be unveiling our first Mercure Living concept in Malaysia which will arrive in time for the return of travel as international borders reopen. Mercure Living Putrajaya will offer an appealing selection of amenities for those staying for a longer period of time and I know from experience just how important some of those offerings are whilst out on the road. Accor is proud to offer the industry’s most comprehensive extended stay hotel and private rental brand portfolio, and we are committed to expanding even further into this space to offer more choice to our loyal guests,” said Garth Simmons, Chief Executive Officer, Accor, Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea.

Mercure Living Putrajaya joins Accor’s growing network of extended stay hotels, tailored to the needs of travellers based in hotels for longer periods, and which typically feature convenient amenities such as kitchenettes and working spaces, as well as concepts to encourage a greater sense of community such as shared living areas. The group currently manages over 50,000 villas, apartments and private rentals worldwide. 

Ir. Tan Chee Kian, Director of Ulster Waves Sdn. Bhd. (a subsidiary of iKHASAS Sdn Bhd), commented “We are pleased to be partnering with Accor to reimagine the former Stellar Putrajaya Hotel and offer a refreshing sense of hospitality for which the Mercure brand is renowned. We are confident in the long-term outlook of the tourism industry following the global health crisis and look forward to leveraging the global scale of Accor to welcome guests from all over the world to experience Mercure Living Putrajaya”.

Accor is one of the leading international operators in Malaysia with 18 hotels across the country. The Mercure Living concept was recently launched to compliment the 875 Mercure properties around the world, with a tailored offering for extended stays.

Phuket Gears Up for the Return of International Guests

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With Attractive Packages at World-Class Hotels and Resorts

European markets are expected to be the first to arrive following the launch of the “Phuket Sandbox” on 1st July 2021, which invites vaccinated visitors to fly direct to the “Pearl of the Andaman” and stay without the need for quarantine.

The wait is almost over! Phuket will welcome international travellers back to its pure shores on 1 July 2021, following the start of the “Phuket Sandbox” initiative. To celebrate this long-awaited milestone, hotels and resorts across the island have created a series of promotions and packages to reward overseas guests for returning to the “Pearl of the Andaman”. 

The island’s hospitality industry is abuzz with anticipation! While Phuket has been delighted to serve the domestic market over the last 15 months, it has missed its cherished international clientele. The first guests expected to arrive will be from traditional long-haul European markets, such as the UK, France, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia. They will be able to enter the island without the need to quarantine, as long as they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and fly direct to Phuket. After seven days in Phuket, visitors are free to travel wherever they want in Thailand! 

These first responders will be greeted with warm southern Thai smiles from a community that has been over 70% vaccinated, to ensure the safety of locals and visitors alike. Hospitality companies have also implemented enhanced health and safety protocols, in line with official guidance from Thai authorities and the World Health Organization. So all visitors can relax with complete peace-of-mind as they enjoy Phuket’s idyllic ambience and spectacular scenery. 

Check out the latest attractive offers that are now available at Phuket’s world-class hotels and resorts: 

The Slate Phuket

The Slate, the Bill Bensley-designed, art-inspired beachfront resort on Phuket’s secluded northwest coast, has unveiled its “Summer Sandbox” package, which treats guests to a free seventh night when they book a six-night stay! This appealing offer also includes a guaranteed upgrade for Pearl Bed Suite and D-Buk Family Suite bookings, welcome cocktails, roundtrip airport transfers, daily breakfast and 15% off all food, non-alcoholic beverages and spa treatments throughout the stay.

Travellers who book The Slate’s stunning Private Pool Suites will also receive a 60-minute massage for two people at Coqoon Spa, the breath-taking wellness centre, and guests who stay in the sublime Pearl Shell Suites and Pool Villas will enjoy a 120-minute Coqoon Rebirth massage for two.

For full flexibility, all reservations can be cancelled without charge up to 48 hours prior to arrival. The Summer Sandbox package is valid for bookings and stays until 30th September 2021, and rates start from THB 5,000 per room per night. Please book direct via www.theslatephuket.com

Centara Hotels & Resorts 

Thailand’s leading hotel operator is inviting international travellers to “Stay Three, Pay Two” at Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, and get 100% of their room rate back in hotel credit! Available for bookings made from now until 31 August 2021, and stays taken by 23rd December 2021, this enticing offer lets guests maximise their vacation with free nights – including “Stay 3 Pay 2”, “Stay 6 Pay 4” and “Stay 9 Pay 6” options – while also receiving generous hotel credit, to be redeemed for room upgrades, memorable meals, refreshing drinks, spa treatments and more! 

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket features world-class facilities, including a water park with multiple pools and slides 

For an enchanting five-star escape, guests can choose Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, which is set directly on the powder-soft sands at Karon Beach and features its own water park with multiple pools and slides, along with five restaurants and bars, a serene spa, water sports and a kids’ club. Another property participating in this promotion is the all-villa beachfront resort with spacious and luxury pool villas that boast a unique blend of Thai- style décor and modern comforts, situated on the most expansive beach in Phuket, Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection with THB 500 of room rate back in hotel credit. To book, please visit centarahotelsresorts.com

Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort

Having opened its doors in October 2020, Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort is now preparing to welcome international visitors for the first time! Perfectly positioned in North Patong, just steps from the crescent-shaped beach, this stunning seafront retreat features a full selection of facilities to keep all ages entertained. Couples can step straight into the water from the pool access rooms, families can book dedicated children’s rooms with boat-shaped beds, and everyone will be able to chill out in a choice of three pools, cosy cabanas, indoor outdoor kids’ clubs, and multiple restaurants, bars and beach clubs. 

Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort promises a wealth of amenities and activities for all ages, just steps away from a crescent-shaped sandy bay.

Overseas guests missed out on the hotel’s original opening promotion, so it is now reviving this value-added offer in time for the Phuket Sandbox! Available for bookings and stays taken before 30th November 2021, the “Phuket Summer Love” promotion starts from just THB 2,300++ and includes daily breakfast, one hour of free-flow drinks for two people every day at The Deck Beach Club, unlimited access to the pool, gym and kids’ club, and free Wi Fi. This is one of a trio of promotions now available; to learn more, please visit www.fourpointsphuketpatong.com. 

SAii Laguna Phuket 

SAii Laguna Phuket is an elegant waterfront resort in the heart of Laguna Phuket, the premier resort community nestled on Phuket’s sunset coast. Launched in February 2021, this upscale resort was designed for “InSAiiders”, the brand’s term for experience-seeking travellers, with many immersive cultural, culinary and family activities. Guests can choose from a collection of spacious rooms and suites, many of which overlook the Andaman Sea, plus a pool with one of Phuket’s longest water slides, a new seafront restaurant and a beachfront bar. 

Under its “Phuket Sandbox” offer, SAii Laguna Phuket will reward guests with daily breakfast for two guests, a 25% discount on F&B and laundry, and free stays and meals for up to two children (when sharing a room with an adult). Seven-night stays will also receive one three-course lunch or dinner for two, roundtrip airport transfers, early 10am check-in and late 4pm check-out. Rates start from just THB 2,999 per night! To book and stay from now until 23 December 2021,please visit www.saiiresorts.com/phuket/laguna 

Angsana Laguna Phuket 

Nestled on the shores of Bangtao Bay, Angsana Laguna Phuket forms part of Laguna Phuket, the impressive  integrated leisure community. Visitors can chill out on pristine beaches, laze in large freeform resort pool, soothe their senses at the Angsana Spa, or dine at a choice of eight restaurants and bars. Pure tropical island bliss! 

Angsana Laguna Phuket promises a collection of luxurious rooms, suites and pool villas 

Under the “Your Stay, Your Choice” package, international travellers who book a two-night stay at Angsana Laguna Phuket will be treated to daily breakfast for up to six people (depending on the room type), THB 1,000 net of hotel credit per room per stay, and a wealth of aquatic activities such as paddle boarding, canoeing and sailing. Valid for bookings from now until 30th September 2021 and stays taken by 24th December 2021, this package is priced from only THB 2,700 net per room per night. To book, please email  [email protected] 

Phuket is not only a beach destination, but also a cultural hub with plenty to discover 

“International travellers have always loved Phuket. The island offers a diverse range of experiences with amazing facilities, hidden natural wonders, fabulous retail therapy, great yachting destinations, and so many local and world-class F&B options. We look forward to saying ‘sawasdee krup’ as we warmly welcome travelers back to the Land of Smiles,” said Anthony Lark, President of the Phuket Hotels Association. 

The Phuket Sandbox is the first phase of a nationwide strategy to reopen Thailand to overseas travellers, with additional destinations expected to follow suit in the coming months 

Aman Venice Intoduces The Coccina’s Apartment

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Housed in one of the city’s eight monumental palazzos on the Grand Canal, Aman Venice embodies all that is sumptuous and sensuous about La Serenissima. Inside the hotel, Rococo works of art are offset by the contemporary restraint of Jean-Michel Gathy interiors, while two private gardens – a rarity in this floating city – are overlooked by opulent dining venues and spacious suites.

New for 2021, Aman Venice is offering guests the opportunity to experience the newly formed Coccina’s Apartment, named after a family of affluent traders and seafarers who moved to Venice from Bergamo in the mid-16th century. The Coccina family built the Palazzo, which was designed by architect Giangiacomo Dei Grigi, a follower of Sansovino, in 1550. 

Situated on the fourth floor of the Palazzo and accessed by a private elevator, the Coccina’s Apartment features three free-standing bedrooms covering a total of 290 sq-m (3122 sq-ft), all with en-suite bathrooms, king-size beds, a private living room and unparalleled views over the serene Grand Canal and the Canal Garden.

The timeless design and décor of the apartment includes works by several of Italy’s greatest artists including frescoes and reliefs, reflecting the rich history behind Venice’s evolving artwork and architecture.

Contemporary furnishings complement authentic silk wall coverings, chandeliers, wood paneling, chinoiserie and painted ceilings, allowing guests to fall further into the opulence of Venetian design. 

Aman Venice, Italy – Room, Papadopoli Stanza

Created using three existing Aman Venice Suites – the Papadopoli Stanza Grande Canal, the Palazzo Stanza Canal Grande and the Palazzo Chamber Affresco – with the addition of the Chapel Lounge which becomes a private living room,  the apartment is perfect for families or close friends wanting a private piece of the city.

Boasting a high ceiling and authentic decorative frescoes, the Papadopoli Stanza Canal Grande is a private sanctuary that frames magnificent views of the hotel’s Garden Terrace and the Grand Canal. The room offers a spacious combined living area with a fireplace and a bedroom with a king-sized bed for a restful night’s sleep, while through tall wooden doors, an expansive light-flooded bathroom with a deep-soaking bathtub makes the most of the postcard vistas. 

Also offering exceptional views of the Grand Canal and Garden Terrace, Aman Venice’s Palazzo Stanza Canal Grande is elegant yet contemporary in its design. The room features sumptuous king-sized beds, a living area with a writing desk, and large windows, allowing unmatched views and create a vast sense of space.

Aman Venice’s refined Palazzo Chamber Affresco contains features views over the hotel’s manicured gardens below. Perfect for those seeking a tranquil space to retreat after a day spent exploring the city; an inviting king-sized bed and living area with a sofa or twin lounge chairs complete the space, while a large bathroom with a freestanding bathtub and twin-vanities create a peaceful place to reset in consummate privacy.

Ideal for large families or groups of friends, the Coccina’s Apartment is an idyllic base for those looking to rediscover the Floating City, with unrestricted access to all hotel facilities and amenities, as well as a personal host to assist with any requests, making a stay at Aman Venice all the more special.