“It’s all about team efforts and exceptional understanding of each other that matters most and wins it all. Every single second counts and every single decision must be on par with it.” Those were words coming out of Loïck Peyron, one of the most successful multihull sailors in history. A true legend.
I arrived in The Chedi, a spectecular hotel in Muscat Oman, with a shy experience about competitive sailing, but I left Oman with an exclusive feeling of many discoveries. This is not about Lionel Messi not tracking back to defend and help his team because he may get away with it. This is not about Michael Jordan having an off-day counting on his colleagues to do the scoring. This team competition sport is all about just that: the team. The whole team. Every single person on that boat needs to be in perfect physical shape, full focus with an impeccable attention to precision and details. Yes, The America’s Cup and all other sailing competitions do depend 100% on mother nature, but what I discovered in Muscat that no matter what, the Artemis team kept it together, fighting for each other with one objective in mind: to achieve the best that they can – together.
This feel that I got in Muscat reminded me of the same words and spirit that Rolf Schnyder, late President of Ulysse Nardin repeated to me. Ulysse Nardin today with Patrik Hoffmann at the helm is the undisputed marine watch brand with the Artemis collection (pictured here), launched last September in support to Artemis Racing and the brand’s partnership with the team, achieving the expected success around the markets. Ulysse Nardin today can be proud of its achievements, not only because of its valuable partnerships and supportive missions, but also and especially because it is still the only watch brand today that presents quality timepieces with a true unique identity that sets the brand apart. The foundations laid by Schnyder, who knew exactly what he wanted and achieved it to the dot, are so strong and long visioned that I can predict years and years of Ulysse Nardin domination in its own category of manufacturing timepieces, in-house, that clients love to buy, that people love to wear. People like Iain Percy, the Artemis Racing Team Manager, and Loïck Peyron they strive for achievements and for excellence, and no matter what the end result they are satisfied with themselves to the full because they simply love what they do. No arrogance in here and no chip on the shoulder: remarkable and quite rightly so famous sportsmen who just love to compete because they always have targets to achieve, points to prove and dreams to achieve. It was a sensational journey to Muscat because it revived the reasoning of being passionate and in the same time being appreciative to whatever you achieve in life with dignity and humility. It reminded me of a legend who created a watch brand out of nothing, faced so many difficulties and challenges yet, he achieved his dreams. Why? Because he knew what he wanted and his self-confidence was sky high filled with lots of wind to keep steering the boat ahead. Legends never die… their inspiration inside us keeps them alive.
On 3rd March 2016, Lausanne hosted the final of the 3rd edition of the Seedstars World competition. True to the values it upholds, Hublot has confirmed its commitment to nurturing the talent of future generations. As Official Timekeeper of the final of the Seedstars World competition, which will take place during the Seedstars Summit, the brand welcomes this bold, ambitious project, which aims to provide a platform to harness and promote promising business start-ups from emerging countries. The watch company awarded two prizes, the «Hublot Women Entrepreneur Prize » and the « Hublot Most Innovative company Prize ». A unique networking platform offering direct access to investors and decision makers.
Our support for the upcoming generation perfectly embodies our vision and our motto: No Innovation – No future. This endeavor requires an idea, talent, courage, a lot of time and, above all, passion. You can have all of these elements, but what really binds them is synchronicity. Seedstars World creates this synchronicity by introducing entrepreneurs to investors and decision makers who can ensure the success of their project. I hope that it is always passion that drives these budding talents, for passion never feels like work,” commented Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot.
Hublot supports projects that reflect its motto: No Innovation – No future. It collaborates with internationally renowned institutions such as ECAL (Lausanne university of art and design) and the Swiss Education Group, and has developed a talent-nurturing platform under the aegis of the Hublot Design Prize. By becoming the Official Timekeeper of the 3rd edition of the Seedstars World competition, it is once again committing to supporting innovation, talent, ideas, courage and passion.
Seedstars World is a global competition that promotes the identification of new talent. Since 2013, it has organised a competition that aims to identify promising startups in emerging countries. Following a 7-month worldwide adventure, the 55 startups selected across 5 continents will come together in Lausanne. After 3 days of discussion and mentoring, 15 of the startup finalists had precisely 5 minutes to make their pitch and convince a jury of investors from around the world. And Hublot was timing those few precious minutes that could change the fortunes of these startups. They were competing to be crowned “Seedstars World Global Winner”, winning investment of up to CHF 500,000. Other sectors including travel/tourism and space did also receive investment and bursaries.
The winners for this year are: The Hublot Most Innovative Company Prize – Rahul Koduri, Eora3D, Australia The Eora 3D scanner is a high-precision 3D scanner that leverages the optics and processing power of a modern smartphone to create 3D models in just a few minutes.
The Hublot Women Entrepreneur Prize – Loan Duong, Omniup, Morocco She is a women entrepreneur from Morocco that is providing an innovative advertising solution on smartphones: free wi-fi service on public places against video ads & web interaction.
“Seedstars positions itself at the center of innovation, emerging countries and technology. In 2020, 80% of smartphones will be used in emerging countries. These countries are increasingly becoming synonymous with innovation, and we wish to celebrate these entrepreneurs who defy all obstacles and work tirelessly to make a difference in their respective regions. Hublot is the perfect Timekeeper for the Seedstars World final,” stated Alisée de Tonnac, Seedstars World CEO.
Just a few days before the opening of the most important watchmaking event of the year, Raymond Weil announces its partnership with music industry leader Universal Music Group. With this new collaboration, the Swiss watchmaker again pays tribute to its dear source of inspiration and further emphasizes its wish to support and promote music of all kinds.
Raymond Weil goes much further and offers to everyone the opportunity to dive into its musical universe thanks to an extraordinary partnership with Universal Music, the music company and home to the most iconic artists and influential labels & brands in music. This collaboration consists of a bespoke digital music service specifically developed by Universal Music for the Swiss watchmaker. The launch of this partnership will be accompanied by a worldwide advertising campaign and cross-promotional activities.
“We are thrilled to partner with Universal Music, the world’s leading music company, and to associate our Brand’s name to such an iconic actor of the industry. Raymond Weil has always been strongly committed to promote music of all kinds. With this exclusive entertainment service, we offer our clients access to the best music artists and an undisputable added-value”, declared Raymond Weil CEO Elie Bernheim.
This new entertainment service will be launched at Baselworld 2016, followed by a multi-channel campaign unveiling the digital music service’s features progressively throughout March/April. A unique radio station with 40 songs curated by Raymond Weil will be available for all the watch company’s website visitors to celebrate the Brand’s 40th anniversary. Upon registration on Raymond Weil’s website, access to exclusive ad-free radio playlists of hundreds of songs themed by collection will be available in addition to the Raymond Weil radio. For the brand watch owners, full and unlimited access to additional playlists and editorial content & news will be accessible. Long form concert videos will also enable the brand watch owners to view the greatest music icons live during milestone performances and legendary shows. Finally, they will have the opportunity to win exclusive rewards such as unique music experiences, Meet & Greets with internationally renowned artists, exceptional concert tickets and collector vinyl’s deluxe boxes editions.
Olivier Robert-Murphy, Global Head of New Business and Adrien Garrault, Director of Universal Music & Brands said: “Fine watchmaking is about precision, harmony, elegance, good taste, trendsetting, heritage and innovation, just like great music. Universal Music is delighted to work with Raymond Weil, a company that shares the same passion for music and artists.”
The luxury watch brand Carl F. Bucherer presented the internationally renowned actress Li Bingbing as its global brand ambassador at a press conference in Beijing. The traditional Swiss watch manufacturer is thus sending a strong message in Greater China and around the world.
Over 200 print, television, and online journalists from Asia accepted the invitation to come to the prestigious Rosewood Hotel for the presentation of Li Bingbing as the first global brand ambassador of Carl F. Bucherer. The successful actress and singer is not only one of the greatest movie stars in Asia, she is also highly popular in Hollywood. Given her international acclaim, this beautiful Chinese celebrity is the perfect choice as a global ambassador for the Lucerne-based watch manufacturer. Sascha Moeri, CEO of Carl F. Bucherer explains: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Li Bingbing. She is an enormously talented actress. A fascinating and strong personality, who perfectly represents our brand values.”
Li Bingbing, who has starred in blockbusters including Transformers and Resident Evil, is regarded as passionate, committed, and authentic both on and off the screen. Her various engagements include the cooperation with UNEP and other important NGOs such as WildAid and WWF on numerous environmental campaigns. She was the first Chinese woman to speak at the UN Climate Change Conference. She dedicates her reputation and her influence to leading a responsible life, and to spreading these ideals in China and beyond.
She has held Carl F. Bucherer in high esteem for many years, wearing the brand’s exquisite ladies’ watches at numerous events. “The timepieces created by this independent watch manufacturer embody innovation and distinguished luxury, timeless elegance and a love of detail and materials—and this is what we share. I am proud to be embarking on this wonderful, global partnership with Carl F. Bucherer,” commented Li Bingbing.
To mark this special occasion, the stunning actress was presented with the first model of the world premiering Pathos Swan, which was pre-launched exclusively in China in connection with the press conference.