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VIVIAN STAUFFER CEO – HAMILTON INTERNATIONAL LTD.

VIVIAN STAUFFER
CEO HAMILTON INTERNATIONAL LTD.

Vivian Stauffer es la directora ejecutiva de Hamilton, un nombre icónico en la relojería de precisión desde que se fundó en Lancaster, Pensilvania en 1892. Sus relojes se ganaron su reputación al sincronizar los primeros ferrocarriles y luego proporcionaron las muñecas de soldados, aviadores y estrellas de Hollywood. haciendo más de 500 apariciones en la pantalla grande. Hamilton ha estado a la vanguardia de las innovaciones en diseño, tecnología y artesanía, lanzando el primer reloj eléctrico del mundo en 1957 y el primer reloj digital LED en 1970. Miembro del Swatch Group, líder mundial en fabricación y distribución de relojes, Hamilton combina su Espíritu americano con verdadera precisión suiza.

Vivian Stauffer, de nacionalidad suiza, obtuvo su maestría en Ingeniería Química en la Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Un entusiasta de las actividades al aire libre, es un piloto experimentado y también disfruta del esquí gratuito, el ciclismo de montaña y el senderismo. Comenzó su carrera en Swatch, una marca del Swatch Group, en 2002, donde pasó cinco años como miembro de su equipo deportivo y comercial.

En 2007, se unió a Hamilton como Regional & Travel Retail Sales Manager y actuó como Brand Manager de Suiza entre 2010 y 2013. También fue nombrado Jefe de Ventas en 2011, desarrolló e implementó la estrategia de distribución y ventas internacionales para 24 subsidiarias y 40 distribuidores alrededor del mundo. Abrió las primeras boutiques de Hamilton en Japón y Suiza y encabezó el crecimiento de Hamilton en China como gerente de marca interino durante un año y medio.

CEO de Hamilton desde 2020, supervisa la estrategia y el desarrollo global de la marca en más de 75 países.

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TAG HEUER CELEBRATES NEW BRAND AMBASSADOR RYAN GOSLING

TAG HEUER CELEBRATES
NEW BRAND AMBASSADOR
RYAN GOSLING

The Swiss luxury watchmaker hosted a private event in Beverly Hills celebrating Ryan Gosling as new global ambassador and revealing the new TAG Heuer Carrera Three Hands collection, the Hollywood star’s watch of choice for his first ever brand partnership.

Los Angeles, CA, USA, 7 October 2021: Following the announcement this morning of the signing of Ryan Gosling as its new global ambassador, TAG Heuer gathered a select number of VIPs, international editors, influencers and partners in a private villa in Beverly Hills, California, to mark the occasion and kick off the partnership on a high note.

“We’re delighted to be back in LA to introduce and celebrate the newest member of the TAG Heuer family, Ryan Gosling. Our brand has strong historic ties to Hollywood so it was only fitting that we would return for this meaningful announcement.” says Frédéric Arnault, CEO of TAG Heuer, “Ryan as an actor is fearless and committed to excellence. We couldn’t be happier to enter this unique partnership, one that is such an authentic and powerful match of values and ambitions between Ryan and TAG Heuer and from which you can expect great things.

For Ryan Gosling “Partnering with such an iconic brand which has been a pillar of excellence for more than 160 years was an easy decision. I really enjoyed working on this first AD campaign with Pari Dukovic, a photographer whose work I admire.”

The cocktail party was held in a private villa in Beverly Hills and attended by many of TAG Heuer’s ambassadors and friends of the brand including Hollywood actor Patrick Dempsey, tennis champion Naomi Osaka, Olympic sprinter Sydney McLaughlin and more. During the evening, the master of ceremony, American playwright, actor and philanthropist Jeremy O Harris, welcomed Ryan Gosling and TAG Heuer CEO Frédéric Arnault to the stage to discuss the new partnership and reveal the brand’s new 13-piece line of TAG Heuer Carrera Three Hands watches, a
timelessly elegant and resolutely modern take on the famed TAG Heuer chronograph born in the 1960s and Ryan Gosling’s timepiece of choice.

Ryan Gosling, Patrick Dempsey

They also intro duced award-wining New York-based photographer Pari Dukovic, the man behind the bold images of Ryan’s first campaign for TAG Heuer. Guests were then treated to a live performance by Canadian electronic music band Desire and Johnny Jewel.

Patrick Dempsey, Jillian Dempsey

Sydney McLaughlin, Frédéric Arnault

With this event, TAG Heuer officially marks the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership with Ryan Gosling, a first for the multitalented actor and one that will encompass a variety of projects including a joint product design in the near future. Together they will continue challenging the limits, redefine modern, maverick yet elegant and timeless luxury watchmaking for the long term.

About TAG Heuer
TAG Heuer, founded in 1860 by Edouard Heuer in the Jura Mountains of Switzerland, is a luxury watch brand that is part of LVMH Moët Hennessey Louis Vuitton SE (“LVMH”), the world’s leading luxury group. Based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland and with four production sites, TAG Heuer has 1470 employees and is active in 139 countries. TAG Heuer products are available online on www.tagheuer.com for select countries and in 160 boutiques and 3,000 points of sale worldwide. The company is headed up by Frédéric Arnault, CEO of TAG Heuer. For 160 years, TAG Heuer has demonstrated pure avant-garde watchmaking spirit and a commitment to innovation with revolutionary technologies that have included the oscillating pinion for mechanical
stopwatches in 1887, the Mikrograph in 1916, the first automatic-winding chronograph movement – Calibre 11 – in 1969 and the first luxury smartwatch in 2015. Today, the brand’s core collection consists of three iconic families designed by Jack Heuer – TAG Heuer Carrera, Monaco and Autavia – and is rounded out with the contemporary Link, Aquaracer, Formula 1 and Connected lines.
Capturing TAG Heuer’s motto, “Don’t Crack Under Pressure”, are prominent partnerships and brand ambassadors that express the brand’s passion for action and high performance.

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BREGUET ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF ITS NEW CEO

BREGUET ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF ITS NEW CEO

Breguet and its President Marc A. Hayek are delighted to announce the appointment of Lionel a Marca as its CEO.
Lionel a Marca joined the Swatch Group almost 30 years ago and has been working at the Maison since 2019. His commitment and impressive skills across all areas of watchmaking saw him appointed to the Executive Boards of Blancpain in 2004 and Harry Winston in 2014.
In 2019, he also joined the Extended Executive Board of the Swatch Group.
Now, Mr a Marca is placing all of his fine horology passion and experience at the service of Breguet. He will be taking over the operational management under the presidency of Marc A. Hayek, with whom he has worked closely for over 20 years. As Marc A. Hayek noted, “The appointment of Lionel a Marca, a watchmaker in the purest sense of the word at a Maison of Breguet’s prestige, marks a new chapter in its history. I know that he will put all of his energy into continuing the work started by my grandfather since the takeover in 1999, while also keeping the pioneering spirit of its founder alive.”
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IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN DISEÑA LOS CRONÓGRAFOS INSPIRATION4 EN APOYO DE LA PRIMERA MISIÓN CIVIL A ÓRBITA DE LA HISTORIA

IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN DISEÑA LOS CRONÓGRAFOS INSPIRATION4 EN APOYO DE LA PRIMERA MISIÓN CIVIL A ÓRBITA DE LA HISTORIA

Cuatro exclusivos relojes de aviador de la Manufactura, en representación de los cuatro valores de la misión —Liderazgo, Esperanza, Generosidad y Prosperidad— viajarán al espacio
antes de ser subastados en apoyo al St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

Schaffhausen, 26 de agosto de 2021 – IWC Schaffhausen ha diseñado y donado varios relojes de aviador cronógrafos de exclusivo tema espacial en apoyo de Inspiration4, la primera misión civil a órbita de la historia, en representación de los cuatro valores que la impulsan: Liderazgo, Esperanza, Generosidad y Prosperidad. Los miembros de la tripulación llevarán los relojes en su viaje al espacio. A su regreso, se subastarán para recaudar fondos y promover la labor salvavidas del St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, parte del objetivo de la misión.

El Reloj de Aviador Cronógrafo Edición “Inspiration4” incorpora una caja fabricada en cerámica de un sorprendente color blanco. Un color único que se obtiene en un complejo proceso de fabricación, en el que se mezclan, en una proporción muy precisa, óxido de circonio y otros óxidos metálicos. La cerámica de ingeniería es una de las sustancias más duras del planeta y ocupa el segundo lugar, solo superada por el diamante, en la escala Vickers. La esfera lacada azul oscuro de este modelo se ha estampado con innumerables estrellas para mostrar la profundidad y la oscuridad del espacio. También incorpora el logotipo de Inspiration4. En su interior late el movimiento de cronógrafo calibre 69380 de manufactura IWC. Todos los relojes presentan un fondo de caja de titanio grabado con el nombre de la misión, pero cada uno lleva grabado un valor diferente de la misma, acorde con el miembro de la tripulación que lo lleva. Los cronógrafos están dotados de una atractiva correa de caucho blanco con forro de piel.

El nombre de Inspiration4 se ha escogido como reconocimiento a su diversa tripulación de cuatro personas, un grupo que apoyará la labor del St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital y que enviará un mensaje humanitario de esperanza en su viaje a órbita baja de varios días. Un desplazamiento que encarna una nueva era para los vuelos espaciales y la exploración humana. La misión es una idea de Jared Isaacman, un emprendedor de 38 años y consumado piloto que también ejercerá de comandante. El lanzamiento está previsto para septiembre desde el mítico Complejo de lanzamiento 39 del Centro Espacial Kennedy de Florida. La nave orbitará en torno al planeta a una altitud de aproximadamente 357 millas (575 kilómetros) y a una velocidad superior a las 17 500 millas por hora (27 360 km/h). Tras el viaje, que durará varios días, la tripulación realizará la reentrada en la atmósfera y se espera que americe sin problemas en la costa de Florida.

«Desde que nuestro fundador, Florentine Ariosto Jones, viajó de América a Suiza para revolucionar la relojería, hasta llegar a nuestro inagotable apetito actual por la innovación, IWC ha sido siempre una empresa de pioneros. Por eso estamos tan orgullosos de formar parte de la misión Inspiration4, una misión que comparte muchos de nuestros valores y con la que haremos historia para recaudar fondos para una causa que no puede ser más noble»,

Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen

«Inspiration4 es la culminación del sueño de toda una vida y en representación de toda la tripulación, quiero agradecer a IWC Schaffhausen que se haya unido a nosotros a bordo y haya apoyado nuestra misión de recaudación de fondos para el St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital» indica Isaacman.

UNA TRIPULACIÓN QUE REPRESENTA LOS CUATRO VALORES DE LA MISIÓN

La esencia de Inspiration4 es su única y diversa tripulación. Isaacman es el líder de la misión y actuará como comandante. El comandante, fundador y CEO de Shift4 Payments y consumado piloto militar y civil, tiene en su haber varios récords mundiales de aviación. El lugar de la misión correspondiente a la Esperanza ha sido concedido a Hayley Arceneaux, un asistente médico de 29 años que sobrevivió a un cáncer pediátrico. El Dr. Sian Proctor, por su parte, un emprendedor de 51 años con formación de piloto, ganó el asiento en representación de la Prosperidad al declararse vencedor en una competición corporativa. Por último, el asiento correspondiente a la Generosidad será ocupado por Christopher Sembroski, un empleado de la industria aeroespacial de 41 años y veterano de la Fuerza aérea estadounidense que fue el afortunado ganador de una campaña de recaudación que sorteaba un asiento en Inspiration4.

La tripulación está recibiendo formación para astronautas comerciales en SpaceX, un entrenamiento centrado en la mecánica orbital y en la operación en microgravedad y gravedad cero, junto a otras pruebas de esfuerzo. Además, recibirán formación de respuesta a emergencias, realizarán ejercicios completos de entrada y salida de naves espaciales y tomarán parte en simulaciones parciales y completas de la misión.

Si desea obtener más información sobre Inspiration4 y cómo contribuir y seguir este histórico viaje al espacio, visite www.Inspiration4.com y siga la misión en redes sociales en Twitter (@inspiration4x), Facebook (@inspiration4mission), Instagram (@inspiration4) y YouTube (@Inspiration4) para recibir las últimas noticias sobre el entrenamiento, la preparación y el calendario de la misión.

IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN

En 1868, el relojero y emprendedor norteamericano Florentine Ariosto Jones viajó desde Boston hasta Suizay fundó la «International Watch Company» en Schaffhausen. Su visionario sueño era combinar los avanzados métodosde fabricación estadounidenses con la artesanía de los relojeros suizos para conseguir los mejores relojes debolsillo de la época. Al hacerlo, no solo sentó los cimientosdel exclusivo enfoque de la ingeniería aplicado por IWC, sino que también estableció la producción centralizada derelojes mecánicos en Suiza.

A lo largo de sus 150 años de historia, IWC Schaffhausen ha afianzado una reputación basada en la creación decomplicaciones funcionales —especialmente cronógrafosy calendarios— ingeniosas, resistentes y de fácil uso. IWC, que fue empresa pionera en el uso del titanio y lacerámica, se especializa actualmente en cajas de reloj deavanzada ingeniería fabricadas con los materiales más innovadores, como el aluminuro de titanio y el Ceratanium®. Dando prioridad al principio de «la forma sigue a lafunción» por delante de la decoración, las atemporales creaciones de la firma relojera suiza plasman los sueños y ambiciones de sus propietarios a lo largo de su viaje porla vida.

IWC obtiene los materiales de forma responsable y toma medidas para minimizar su impacto en el medio ambiente, creando relojes intrínsicamente sostenibles que están diseñados para durar generaciones. La compañía se enorgullece de formar a sus futuros relojeros e ingenieros, así como de facilitar un excelente ambiente de trabajo atodos los empleados. IWC también colabora con organizaciones que trabajan a nivel mundial para apoyar aniños y jóvenes.

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Aston Martin – VALHALLA: Sensational Hybrid-supercar defines the mastery of driving

VALHALLA: SENSATIONAL HYBRID SUPERCAR DEFINES THE MASTERY OF DRIVING

  • Valhalla concept evolved into a truly driver focused, production reality supercar
  • Intense performance combined with pinpoint dynamics for unprecedented driver involvement and driving experience
  • New 950PS Hybrid powertrain mates bespoke 750PS twin turbo V8 ICE with twin E-Motors  
  • All-new 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission equipped with e-reverse and e-diff
  • Active aerodynamics produce 600kg of downforce for a sub-6:30 Nürburgring lap time target 

15 July 2021, Gaydon, Warwickshire: Aston Martin’s transformational journey takes a huge step forwards with the Valhalla concept car brought to production reality as an extraordinary, truly driver-focused mid-engined hybrid supercar.


Led by Aston Martin’s CEO, Tobias Moers, Valhalla is the latest and most significant product of the brand’s Project Horizon strategy to-date; a car which will broaden the model portfolio to reflect Aston Martin’s presence in Formula One®, set best-in-class standards for performance, dynamics and driving pleasure, and drive the transition from internal combustion to hybrid to full electric powertrains.

Aston Martin’s Executive Chairman, Lawrence Stroll said: “Aston Martin’s first series production mid-engined supercar, Valhalla is a truly transformational moment for this ultra-luxury brand. The launch of Valhalla demonstrates Aston Martin’s commitment to building a range of exceptional mid-engined driver focused cars, a crucial next stage in the expansion of our product line-up. It also seemed fitting to unveil this stunning track biased supercar at the home of motorsport and the home of the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula OneTM Team and marks Aston Martin’s return to the British Grand Prix for the first time in over 60 years, a true milestone.”

Built with chassis, aerodynamic and electronics expertise forged in Formula One®, and a cutting-edge hybrid powertrain technology at its heart, Valhalla is a formidable technological showcase. Yet far from engineering the driver out of the loop, Valhalla’s sole focus is immersing them in a new kind of supercar driving experience. One which brings unprecedented excitement, enjoyment, and driver engagement to the top of the supercar sector.


With pinpoint handling, prodigious levels of downforce and a breathtaking blend of instant battery-electric torque and the intensity of a scintillating V8 engine, Valhalla’s fusion of raw emotion and hybrid efficiency reflects a new era. One defined by a shift in attitudes and expectations that demands contemporary supercars are not just sensational to look at and thrilling to drive, but that they truly reflect the technology employed in the highest level of motorsport. As such Valhalla is at the forefront; an authentic, next generation Aston Martin road racer, designed around the driver, for the driver and built to be enjoyed.

Valhalla heralds a new definition of Aston Martin. With a mid-engined 950bhp gasoline/battery electric powertrain, new carbon fibre structure and aerodynamics shaped by the pioneering philosophy first seen in the revolutionary Aston Martin Valkyrie, Valhalla will bring the perfect balance of hypercar performance and advanced powertrain, driving dynamics and uniquely sophisticated design materials to truly redefine the supercar sector.

For a true engineer like Moers, Valhalla marks the moment where Aston Martin delivers on earlier promises, he says: “Preserving the essence of an exceptional concept car is vital when meeting the challenge of bringing it into production. With Valhalla not only have we stayed true to our commitment to build a world-beating supercar, but we have exceeded our original aims. The result is a pure driving machine – one which exists right at the cutting edge of performance and technology yet allows the driver to feel the emotion and thrill of complete connection and control.”

At the beating heart of Valhalla is its all-new PHEV powertrain, which features three motors; foremost of these is a rear-mid-mounted 4.0 litre twin-turbo bespoke V8 engine. The most advanced, responsive and highest performing V8 engine ever fitted to an Aston Martin, it features a flat-plane crankshaft for increased responsiveness. Revving to 7200rpm and developing 750PS, it sends drive exclusively to the rear axle. Exhaling through a lightweight exhaust system with active flaps for an adjustable and authentic Aston Martin sound character it also features top-exit tailpipes to maximise visual and aural drama.

Supplementing this new V8 engine is a 150kW/400V battery hybrid system utilising a pair of E-Motors; one mounted on the front axle and the other on the rear axle. The electric system contributes a further 204PS for a headline combined power output of 950PS. When driven in EV mode battery power is directed exclusively to the front axle. In other driving modes battery power is split between front and rear axles, the percentage sent to each axle constantly varies according to driving demands. In certain situations, 100% of battery power can be sent to the rear axle, supplementing the full force of the ICE V8 for maximum performance.

Completing the powertrain is an all-new 8-speed DCT transmission. Exclusively designed and built for Aston Martin, this new paddle-shift gearbox has been developed specifically for the hybrid era. Featuring e-reverse (which utilises the PHEV’s electric motors and thereby saves weight by negating the need for a conventional reverse gear) the transmission also features an Electronic Limited-Slip Differential (E-Diff) on the rear axle for maximum traction and handling agility.


Electrical power is also used to enhance low speed control and response as well as provide reversing capability. And, thanks to the instantaneous torque from the E-Motors, the hybrid system augments the V8 engine to deliver sensational standing start acceleration and in-gear response. Outright performance is further aided by the E-Motor and V8 ICE being able to run different gears in the DCT simultaneously, which enables a maximum torque delivery of 1000Nm.

Running in EV-only mode, Valhalla will be capable of a maximum 80mph / 130km/h and has a zero-emission range of 15km. Predicted CO2 (WLTP) is less than 200g/km. Unleashing all 950PS the Valhalla will reach a top speed of 217mph / 330km/h and will complete the sprint from 0-62mph in just 2.5 seconds. In terms of outright track capability, a stunning 6:30 Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time is being targeted.

Ralph Illenberger, Head of Powertrain Engineering said: “Valhalla is our first opportunity to really show what we are capable of in a true production sense.  We have created our own bespoke air-to-air charge-cooled, flat-plane crank V8 engine and have combined it with a powerful hybrid system. And, of course, we also have our own bespoke Dual Clutch Transmission – a first for Aston Martin and an essential component both for Valhalla and future Aston Martin models. The result is a truly world-class powertrain for an efficient, ultra-performing supercar.”

In terms of its structure, Valhalla is built around a new a carbon fibre tub for maximum stiffness with minimum weight penalty. Featuring Formula One® style push rod front suspension complete with inboard mounted springs and dampers reducing unsprung mass and provides a brilliant packaging solution. Together with the rear-end’s multilink design, Valhalla uses Multimatic Variable Spring rate and Adaptive Spool Valve (ASV) Damper units providing adjustable ride frequency for exceptional performance on road and track. In addition to stiffer suspension, Track mode sees ride height dramatically reduced in order to maximise downforce. At the other end of the speed scale, a front axle lift system raises the nose for improved approach angle on awkward inclines.

The carbon tub’s inherent rigidity means suspension loadings can be controlled with absolute precision and every minute input to the electric power-assisted steering faithfully translated into an immediate and intuitive direction change. High performance Carbon Ceramic Matrix brakes (complete with brake-by-wire technology) guarantee exceptional stopping power, and bespoke Michelin tyres (20in front, 21in rear) developed specifically for Valhalla provide a final and all-important layer of excellence. This intimate, uncorrupted connection between driver and car sits at the core of the Valhalla experience, with advanced materials and electronics serving only to enhance the driver’s enjoyment, confidence and sense of complete control.

With a target dry weight of less than 1550kg Valhalla will have an unrivalled power-to-weight ratio compared to its class rivals. Weight of a different kind – that generated by aerodynamic downforce – also plays its part in Valhalla’s unmatched dynamic capabilities. Benefitting from a flow-down of the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar’s Formula One® inspired aerodynamic philosophy, Valhalla employs a combination of active aerodynamic surfaces – specifically the front surfaces and rear wing – and masterful management of underbody airflow through dramatic venturi tunnels. At 150mph Valhalla’s meticulously sculpted aerodynamic surfaces generate an impressive 600kg of downforce, enough for mighty high-speed cornering ability and unshakable stability.

The pursuit of downforce demands uncompromising functionality, but expertly working the airflow beneath the car has left Aston Martin’s design team with a clean upper body surface with which they have created a memorable mid-engined shape that is original yet unmistakably Aston Martin. Uncorrupted by the need for aggressive wings that jut into the airstream, Valhalla’s predominantly carbon fibre body blends function and beauty in a manner that befits a new generation of mid-engined supercar. Spectacular forward-hinged dihedral doors bring drama to the beginning and end of every journey, while cut-outs in the roof ease ingress and egress. A distinctive roof scoop feeds air directly into the V8 engine’s intakes, with additional side and rear intakes and vents integrated smoothly into the overall body design.

Valhalla, the luxury brands first series production mid-engined supercar will be available in both left-hand and right-hand drive, expanding its appeal across international markets. Cockpit room has been increased compared to the Aston Martin Valkyrie, though many Formula One® inspired hallmarks remain, such as a pared back cockpit design with clear, simple ergonomics unashamedly focussed around the driver. An innovative new Aston Martin HMI system features a central touchscreen display and incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Adjustable pedals and steering column enable the seat bases to be fixed to the chassis structure. The footwells are also raised for a low hip-to-heel seating position redolent of a Formula One® car.

For Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, Valhalla is an opportunity for the Aston Martin design team to express extreme performance with fresh form and proportion, and to capture the brand’s bold future-forward approach: “When we created the Valhalla concept we were keen to emphasise the design legacy of the Aston Martin Valkyrie and that intent remains unchanged, but the execution has evolved considerably in order to reach production of this all-new car. Though the legacy of Valkyrie is clear, Valhalla is now a more mature, fully resolved piece of design. One which combines the pure aerodynamic function you would expect from a marque competing in Formula One® together with the beautiful form, striking proportions and exemplary detailing for which Aston Martin is renowned.”

Full LED Matrix headlights with adaptive functionality and high-beam assist deliver excellent forward vision in the dark, and Dual Zone Air Conditioning provides high level of occupant comfort.  In order to comply with the latest regulatory requirements, Valhalla also incorporates the latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. These include Auto Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Active Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear View Parking Camera (with Surround View option).

Dynamic development of the Valhalla will be the task of Aston Martin’s award-winning dynamics team and complemented with an enviable pool of talent which also includes Aston Martin Cognizant Formula OneTM Team drivers Sebastian Vettel, Lance Stroll and Nico Hulkenburg. They will give their invaluable perspective to the project and bring added authenticity to a car which boasts such a clear connection to Aston Martin’s Grand Prix machines.

Valhalla is a new generation Aston Martin, it defines a new driver and driving experience – ‘the Mastery of Driving’, a true ultra-luxury, exclusive, British supercar.

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Honda Aircraft Company Unveils the HondaJet Elite S

GREENSBORO, N.C. – May , 2021 – Honda Aircraft Company today revealed a new upgraded aircraft, the “HondaJet Elite S,” at its first ever virtual product launch event themed “Innovation Continues: Elite S.”

The HondaJet Elite S features several upgrades that expand operational capability and improve flight operation. With an increased maximum takeoff weight of 200 lbs., customers can now fly up to 120 nm (138 mi) further* at a higher payload, or take an additional passenger* during their typical mission.

Additionally, the new avionics features of FAA DataComm and ACARS replace traditional voice commands with text-based messaging to improve the clarity and efficiency of communications. Combined with the newly introduced Advanced Steering Augmentation System (ASAS), the Elite S further reduces pilot workload and maximizes safety.

Honda Aircraft Company the HondaJet Elite S

Honda Aircraft Company the HondaJet Elite S

Taking the HondaJet’s signature exterior profile to the next level, the HondaJet Elite S introduces new styling with exclusive paint schemes available in Gunmetal, Luxe Gold, and Deep Sea Blue. These new color options are topped off with a signature Elite S logo, with the bold red S and further customization available depending on exterior color selections.

While introducing the HondaJet Elite S, Honda Aircraft Company unveiled an Elite S with a special paint scheme, which represents the company’s continued commitment to research and development of leading-edge technology to realize new possibilities and propose new value for business aviation.

 “Since its introduction in 2018, the HondaJet Elite has achieved the best performance in its class while also being the most efficient, and with the new Elite S, we take another step forward in expanding the aircraft’s capability,” said Honda Aircraft Company’s President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “As a result of the innovation, design and engineering on the new Elite S, we are once again setting a new standard in business aviation.”

The HondaJet Elite S has inherited the aeronautical breakthroughs developed by Honda Aircraft Company, including the Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) fuselage nose and wing, composite fuselage and a highly customized avionics suite. The aircraft continues to be the most efficient, quietest, fastest, highest, and farthest-flying in its class. *additional range benefit begins to phase in above 650 lbs. of payload; additional passenger/payload benefit ranges from 170-200 lbs. depending on range of mission

– Key new features of the HondaJet Elite S –
Increased Gross Weight 200 lbs.
• Carry additional payload for the same distance, or load more fuel and fly further with the same payload.

Avionics Software Upgrade *optional featuresA
Building on the highly customized HondaJet avionics suite based on G3000, the Elite S introduces several new advanced features enabling more seamless communication and reduced pilot workload for more efficient operations.
• FAA Data Comm: Functionality intended to replace traditional voice commands with text based messaging for departure clearance and enroute services where available in the United States.
• ACARS: Enables text based messaging with both air traffic services and operation centers. Air traffic services include terminal information, terminal weather, and departure clearance from supported airports. ACARS also provides several functionalities for communicating with operation centers including: flight plan upload, messaging, weather, and automatic transmission of position reporting and Out/Off/On/In status.
• COM3: This functionality allows the operator to disable the Datalink Mode of the radio and use it as a 3rd VHF, to increase dispatch reliability. This function will come with selection of FAA Data Comm and ACARS.

Advanced Steering Augmentation System (ASAS)
• Advanced Steering Augmentation System (ASAS) reduces pilot workload and enhances safety for missions in specific weather conditions.

New Styling Options
• New exterior paint schemes: Gunmetal, Luxe Gold, Deep Sea Blue
• Several color options for the new Elite S logo with the bold red S as a standard offering.
For more information, visit hondajet.com.

About the HondaJet Elite S

The HondaJet Elite S is the fastest, farthest and highest-flying plane in its class. The HondaJet Elite S incorporates Honda Aircraft’s many technological innovations, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) nose and wing, and composite fuselage. The aircraft is also powered by the GE Honda Aero Engines HF120. All of these advancements contribute to the aircraft’s superior performance, unparalleled efficiency and maximized fuselage space, making the aircraft’s cabin the largest in its class. The HondaJet Elite S cabin features a full service galley, a private lavatory with optional belted seat and an industry first Bongiovi sound system. The aircraft sets the standard in safety and human-machine interface technology with an ergonomically designed cockpit and highly customized Garmin® G3000 avionics suite.

Honda Aircraft continues to be committed to improving lives through personal mobility, while living in a sustainable society. The HondaJet Elite S remains significantly more fuel efficient and emits less greenhouse gases than all other similarly sized twin-engine business jets. Certified for single pilot operations, the HondaJet Elite S continues to live up to the company’s reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality, and value.

About Honda Aircraft Company

Honda Aircraft Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft’s world headquarters is located in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda’s longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.

El Hotel Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona será el primer Hispano Suiza Ambassador Hotel
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El Hotel Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona será el primer Hispano Suiza Ambassador Hotel

El Hotel Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona será el primer Hispano Suiza Ambassador Hotel

Hispano Suiza fiel a su ciudad natal llega a un acuerdo con Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona como su primer Ambassador Hotel en Barcelona Ambas marcas comparten valores comunes como exclusividad, elegancia y excelencia.

Barcelona, 4 de mayo de 2021 – Hoy se ha llegado al acuerdo de colaboración entre Hispano Suiza y el Hotel Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona para convertirse en el primer Hispano Suiza Ambassador Hotel. Las dos empresas con valores de marca comunes como exclusividad, elegancia y excelencia han llegado al acuerdo de colaboración para potenciar sus marcas conjuntamente. El acuerdo incluirá diferentes acciones de difusión, así como, visitas y experiencias premium de Hispano Suiza para los clientes VIP de Hotel Mandarin Oriental en Barcelona.

Jean Philippe Moser, General Manager de Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, ha declarado que “A través de esta alianza queremos ofrecer a nuestros clientes una experiencia que va más allá de alojarse solo en nuestro hotel. De esta forma, y en consonancia con la línea general del grupo, buscamos la excelencia y el lujo en todo lo que nuestros huéspedes pueden encontrar en Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona.”


Sergio Martinez Campos, CEO de Hispano Suiza, comenta, “Hispano Suiza nació en Barcelona en 1904 y convirtió la ciudad en el epicentro del lujo y la excelencia durante las primeras décadas del siglo XX. Estamos muy contentos qué el primer Hotel del programa sea el Hotel Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona. Este es el primer paso del Hispano Suiza Ambassadors Hotel Program para transmitir los valores de nuestra marca por todo el mundo y conseguir volver a ser referentes en el mundo de hyperlujo y elegancia en el sector de la automoción, con marcas afines con la nuestra.”


Sobre Hispano Suiza
Hispano Suiza es una histórica marca de automóviles española propiedad de cuatro generaciones de la familia Suqué Mateu. Hispano Suiza Fábrica de Automóviles S.A. fue fundada en Barcelona,
en 1904, por Damián Mateu, con la ayuda del director técnico e ingeniero Marc Birkigt, también socio de la empresa.

Entre 1904 y 1946, Hispano Suiza fabricó más de 12.000 vehículos de lujo de grandes prestaciones y 50.000 motores de avión. Actualmente, con sede principal, centro técnico y planta de fabricación en Barcelona, Hispano Suiza encarna un espíritu que combina el orgullo de ser una marca española con un sólido legado familiar.

Desde su fundación, cuatro generaciones de la familia Suqué Mateu han preservado la marca familiar, aportando ímpetu y dinamismo para mantener su significativa herencia. Al asumir el
control de la empresa Miguel Mateu, hijo del fundador, siguió produciendo vehículos de prestigio y alta gama.

Hispano Suiza forma parte del Grupo Peralada, que representa la cumbre del lujo en gastronomía y entretenimiento a través de su cartera global de casinos, restaurantes, hoteles, campos de golf,
viñedos, festivales de música y puertos deportivos.

Sobre Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona es un exclusivo hotel 5*GL situado en pleno Paseo de Gracia de la Ciudad Condal. El establecimiento, con 120 habitaciones y suites, se caracteriza por una cuidada propuesta gastronómica liderada por Carme Ruscalleda como asesora gastronómica, una de las cocineras más reconocidas a nivel mundial. Su oferta gastronómica se concreta en el restaurante
de autor Moments**, liderado por la galardonada Chef Carme Ruscalleda y su hijo Raül Balam; el restaurante Blanc; el jardín Mimosa y también la propuesta de Terrat dirigida por Gastón Acurio.
Un auténtico destino gastronómico que hace de Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona un lugar de encuentro tanto para huéspedes como para residentes de la ciudad, con escenarios sugerentes como el Banker’s Bar, con una espléndida carta de cócteles y un Spa de más de 1.000 metros cuadrados.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group es propietario y gestor de algunos de los hoteles, resorts y residencias más exclusivos del mundo. Partiendo de sus orígenes asiáticos hasta convertirse en una marca global, el Grupo actualmente opera 34 hoteles y siete residencias en 24 países y territorios. Cada propiedad combina la herencia oriental del Grupo con la esencia genuina del lugar en el que se ubica. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group dispone de una importante cartera de hoteles y residencias en fase de desarrollo, y es miembro del Grupo Jardine Matheson.

Juan-Serrano---CEO
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JUAN SERRANO CEO OF GRUP BALFEGÓ

JUAN SERRANO CEO OF GRUP BALFEGÓ

Manel and Pere Vicent Balfegó, cousins and founders of the company Balfego are fifth generation members of a large fishing family originating from L’Ametlla de Mar in Tarragona, Spain. In the 80s, they harnessed their vision and decided to invest their time and energy exploring the possibilities of a bluefin tuna fishery. After many years of enquiry, hard-work and investment, they have gone on to establish themselves as the world’s leading company in terms of the understanding, capture, breeding, fishing, production and distribution of bluefin tuna.

Balfegó wild tuna live in pools off the coast of L’Ametlla de Mar. For up to a year they live here, feeding exclusively on wild fish. Dedication has now brought Balfego well earned product recognition, a benchmark of excellence establishing them as the only company in the world which extracts tuna from the sea at its optimum point of fat, dependent on customer demand. The extraction method used at Belfego guarantees a stress-free product, without ‘yake,’ which in Japanese means ‘burned meat,’ offering customers therefore a product of excellent gastronomic value as now found in many of the world’s best restaurants.

ABOUT JUAN SERRANO, CEO OF GRUP BALFEGÓ

Career path

I began my professional career at Philips Lighting, in the Procurement and Stock Management and Production Planning departments. Later, I went on to direct a project, a small snack and chips company that was later sold to the Arroz Sosarana Group, which I a shareholder in, and a member of the Board of Directors as Group Secretary. After that, I joined KH7, a company that, during my time, came to be the leader in the kitchen cleaners and degreasers segment. Next, I set up a business providing clients strategic advice and human resource selection and management. I was also part of Forenqui Laboratories. Later I was in a construction company and finally I joined Grup Balfegó in 2007.

Early days in Balfegó

I started as an external consultant advisor to Balfegó. This came about through Xavier Subirats, a former fellow student who is now Vice-Dean of the Catalonian Economists Society. Initially, I used to come in one day a week, later two, then three … Eventually I was working there full time, leaving behind other projects. I have been at Balfegó since then, in the position of the Group Managing Director.

What was the company like when you arrived?

It was a company with a particularly modern structure, a building that was only a year old, wonderful offshore facilities… but the company sold exclusively to, and dedicated itself 100% to Japan, and because of this, the product became a commodity. Our activity began with fishing the live fish. These captured tuna were fattened between July and October, and sold in October to November. This meant that we had to wait for the following year’s fishing season to have more specimens available to sell. In view of these unproductive periods, we elected for the fresh consumption strategy, adjusted to customer demand. Little by little, we were exporting to 32 countries in the world, quickly becoming the world’s leading company in fresh consumption.

At the structural and organizational model level, we also implemented a total transformation in which technology and innovation played a primary role.

We started investing in research, becoming a very powerful source of knowledge about bluefin tuna. So much so, that we were the first to intervene in the tuna reproduction cycle, proposing fishery control measures. In the end, we became a spokesperson that the media went to when they needed to learn about the species and the sector.

In addition, we design a marketing strategy to create a brand of considerable international prestige. This included a traceability system to monitor ourselves and used technology to provide information (weight, size, date of capture, fat percentage and all the itemised health and microbiological certificates), both to the chefs and end consumers alike.

In addition, we are the only ones who routinely specify the level of fat in each individual tuna, and so are able to optimally attend to the taste preferences of our customers.

How is Balfegó nowadays, and what are the perspectives for the future?

At a commercial level, we can say that we are a leading company, internationally recognized. We have a presence in some of the best restaurants in the world in more than 32 countries, and are a pioneer in the marketing of fresh bluefin tuna. Balfegó is a company that functions under a well-implemented integrated management system with procedures that makes us increasingly efficient. We perpetuously seek to improve the tasks involved in all these procedures, continuously improving existing indicators.  In the future, I see us opening up in other areas apart from the restaurant sector where we have been from 2009 until now. Little by little, I see us adding retail outlets, specialized in the gourmet area.

What role does the R + D + i department play in Balfegó?

It is the department, let’s say, at the cutting edge. If we had not gotten to know our product, its biology and its behaviour in its natural environment in the sea, surely today we would be in the position we are in. We would not have been able to give recommendations on tuna fishery management. We have been pioneers in this regard, thanks to all our investment in marine research.

On top of all of this, we should highlight that we have also been at the forefront of research and innovation once the tuna leaves the water. We have learned, by measuring the PH, to control the lactic acid that a tuna secretes after slaughtering, and we were pioneers when it came to measuring fat content. As a direct result of this research, we feed tuna exclusively on blue fish and in this way, adapting the taste in terms of the fat level, to meet the requirements of customers from different parts of the world. In addition, we are in some way able to guarantee the health and food safety of our products. Without a doubt, pioneers in total traceability from the sea to the consumer’s table.

How important have the fish husbandry facilities been in Balfegó’s transformation?

There are two important considerations. The first one is that bringing a seasonal product to market that can only be fished during a short period of time can cause prices to fall. Having fish husbandry facilities available allows us to regulate supply and demand. If, at the other end of the supply chain, there is no-one who wants that tuna, we will never slaughter it. And the second aspect is improving the quality of the tuna we fish. When tuna come to the Mediterranean to spawn, they have lost a large proportion of fat during the journey. It is important that they recover it, because it is in this fat that the quality of the tuna resides. These are the two mainstays.

 

Drumelia’s founder and CEO, Sergey Sinichkin
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Drumelia’s founder and CEO, Sergey Sinichkin

Drumelia’s founder and CEO, Sergey Sinichkin

Drumelia’s founder and CEO, Sergey Sinichkin, established the foundations of Drumelia Real Estate in Marbella back in 1997 after relocating from St. Petersburg. First acquiring a master’s degree in engineering before pursuing a career as a licensed real estate agent in 1993, he has been proud to call Marbella home for more than two decades.

Drumelia’s founder and CEO, Sergey Sinichkin

Drumelia’s founder and CEO, Sergey Sinichkin

Sergey’s steadfast work ethic and unparalleled market knowledge allowed Drumelia to confidently establish itself as one of Marbella’s premier real estate agencies. With his ground-level expertise and intimate understanding of local nuances, Sergey is an ideal advisor, consultant and an impassioned expert of his craft.

“One of my greatest passions in life is my work. For more than 20 years, I have called Marbella my home, have allowed my colleagues to become some of my dearest friends, and have nurtured relationships with cherished clients across every corner of the world.”

“I am deeply proud of the fact that, very often, I have become close friends with many of my clients – forging lasting personal connections that are based on trust, honesty and integrity. This has led to many exciting and flourishing relationships with friends right here in Marbella and across the world. I consider my main purpose to be to provide qualified assistance in solving one of the most vital tasks in people’s lives. What could be more important than your family home? For me, there is no greater joy than helping my friends in taking the next step.”

 

 

AVIXA CEO David Labuskes Announces InfoComm 2021 Rescheduled for October 23-29, 2021
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AVIXA CEO David Labuskes Announces InfoComm 2021 Rescheduled for October 23-29, 2021

AVIXA CEO David Labuskes Announces InfoComm 2021 Rescheduled for October 23-29, 2021

 David Labuskes, CEO

Dear InfoComm and AVIXA community,

I hope that you are entering the new year with a renewed sense of purpose and determination. Although I have truly missed seeing you in person, it has been with great pride that I have watched our industry not only come together, but to lead others through technologies and innovation. It has also been with a sense of accomplishment that AVIXA has been able to take part in connections all over the world such as ISE, InfoComm Connected, InfoComm India, InfoComm China, Congreso, Integrated Systems Russia, Integrate Australia, and D=SIGN.

Throughout my tenure, AVIXA has been committed to two fundamental priorities: to be the hub of the AV professional community and to act as a catalyst for growth for the AV market. While a global pandemic has forced all of us to examine the methods and tools we previously took for granted, it has not diverted us from the obligation to deliver on these foundational promises. I recognize the vital role that InfoComm plays in these priorities, in bringing the community together for sharing thought leadership, exploring emerging technologies, and of course the gathering of our industry in person. With this in mind, AVIXA has continued to monitor the vaccine rollout, economic indicators, travel restrictions, and the show community to better gauge overall trends and future conditions for holding a major event in the U.S. in June of 2021.

With a holistic perspective of all factors in North America, AVIXA is announcing the move of InfoComm 2021 from June 12-18, to October 23-29, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

A commitment to delivering a platform for commerce, learning, and camaraderie drove us to consider alternative dates that would elevate the likelihood of achieving these goals considering the current conditions. In January, after receiving an opportunity to explore new dates, we gathered key stakeholder feedback and industry opinion, where we received overwhelming support for a postponement. As excited as the community is about the show, and as hopeful and optimistic as we remain in combatting the pandemic, it is believed that the U.S. will be further along in the battle against the pandemic by October than in June.

We also understand the postponement leaves a gap in our traditional June schedule and we will continue to deliver on programming, education, and opportunities that will bring our community together for engagement, business development, and networking. In the coming months you will find new and exciting ways for learning, engaging with peers, and kickstarting your business.

Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) and InfoComm 2021 will do everything possible to deliver safe and meaningful events in Barcelona in June and in Orlando in October; they remain unique shows in separate geographies – both with a shared passion for AV and integrated experiences.

Since the early months of this global crisis, we have done our best to prioritize the long-term interests of our AVIXA members and InfoComm community across the pro AV industry. We have not made this decision to postpone lightly and have relied on a great deal of feedback from the InfoComm show community, and we are grateful to you for engaging with us and supporting this decision.

I am personally thankful and inspired by the amazing industry that AVIXA serves, and I speak for the AVIXA Board of Directors as well the entire AVIXA team in saying that we look forward to working with you to provide the vital events and education that serve and support the industry at large.

For immediate questions as it pertains to InfoComm 2021, please visit infocommshow.org and check out the FAQs page.

Thank you,

David Labuskes
Chief Executive Officer
AVIXA