The Swiss watchmaker and jeweller Chopard has opened its first Asian flagship store at Ngee Ann City.
Founded in 1860 in Sonvilier (Switzerland) by Louis-Ulysse Chopard, Chopard stands for innovation, quality craftsmanship and authenticity. Under the impetus of the Scheufele family, who bought the company in 1963, Chopard experienced a spectacular development. Renowned for its creativity, its high level of vertical integration and its state-of-the-art technology, it has become one of the leading names in the high-class watch and jewellery industry.
The 1,750 sq ft store is twice the size of their previous boutique. It is the second Chopard boutique in the world designed by the renowned New York city-based French architect, Thierry W Despont. Mr Despont specializes in unique and high end designed residential projects and hotels as well as museum and historical renovations.
The store includes private areas to cater to VVIP clients and feature a more extensive collection of Haute Joaillerie, jewellery and accessories.
Located at Sim Lim Square, this is the ninth single-brand concept store which Newstead Technologies operates in Singapore. The new store features a Zen-inspired interior and carries the entire range of ASUS' latest products, such as ultrabooks, notebooks and tablets. Newstead Technologies manages over 45 retail outlets and concept stores islandwide, including Nubox, Digital Style and tech@vogue.
Their visionary approach is the reason ASUS is able to bring high-quality innovation and design to all, and the reason for its widespread acclaim. ASUS products won 4,168 international awards and accolades in 2012.
Discover the new ASUS Taichi; an Ultrabook with a unique double-sided multi-touch display that allows it to switch between a tablet and notebook in an instant, simply by lifting its lid.
Konaka, the first company to revolutionize Japanese men’s fashion with the use of advanced technology, opened its doors at Plaza Singapura to bring its successful line of men’s and women’s suits: Suit Select.
With its first outlet in Singapore, Suit Select prides itself on offering high quality suits with top quality materials at affordable prices, using innovation and modern technology to cut the cost of production while maintaining the design of its sleek and trendy clothing wear. The collection is showcased in a 1000 square foot store, where you are encouraged to use the retail space as a walk-in closet while browsing garments from the brand’s two distinctive lines: "Black Line" and "Silver Line" including the pioneering Shower Clean Suits.
Founded in 2001, Suit Select was re-branded by world renowned art director, Kashiwa Sato, in 2007. His vision to make Suit Select a brand that excelled not only in quality, but also design, saw him take a hands-on approach in the development of both "Black Line" and "Silver Line" as well as store interiors. This vision, coupled with Konaka’s industry and technological expertise, quickly made Suit Select a brand synonymous with style and quality.
One of the company’s most prominent technological breakthroughs is the shower clean technology; the first of its kind in the fashion world. Developed in cooperation with Australian Wool Innovation, which owns The Woolmark Company, this fabric allows suits to be cleaned under a shower to easily remove dirt. Odours are also washed away and the suit can be worn again without being ironed.
Starting at the hosiery factory in Troyes, which is still in operation today, the company then went on to specialize in underwear for men, women and children.
The famous Petit Bateau underwear was enshrined when it won the Grand Prize for innovation, awarded at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. Later on, by observing the special necklines of the soldiers' t-shirts, who donned their underwear without taking off their helmets, Petit Bateau invented it's first baby bodysuits.
In 1988 the brand was purchased by Yves Rocher, the world leader in plant origin cosmetics.
The 115-year-old French fashion brand is synonymous with quality and comfort clothing and still manufactures its cotton knitted jerseys. Petit Bateau has a wide array of colors and styles that are fun and trendy for all ages. The brand designs 500 styles per season and so, allows for a very wide selection in every collection.
Symantec announced the opening of its new Security Response Centre in Singapore. The centre is the first to be established in South-east Asia, and the latest addition to Symantec's global network of Security Response Centres located around the world.
The Centre will cost approximately SGD$20 million over five years and will increase cybersecurity threat analysis, intelligence and protection in the region. This development will continue to help the country become a hub for business, innovation and global data management.
Today’s highly connected and rapidly evolving cyber world, involves identifying and developing effective responses to security threats and requires a strong technical and domain expertise. The Centre is an example of how leading IT companies are increasingly looking to Singapore as a regional hub to aggregate and analyse data, in order to derive intelligence and develop key solutions.
Singapore is already one of the most connected cities in Asia with over 67 terabits of submarine cable capacity and hosts over 50 per cent of commercial and area neutral data center space in South East Asia. In addition to this there are over 840 million Internet users in Asia, which accounts for 41 per cent of the world’s Internet users.
To respond to the global talent shortage in the cybersecurity sector, many Singaporean polytechnics and universities are already providing cybersecurity specific education. The Security Response Centre is also expected to attract, develop and contribute to the cybersecurity knowledge pool in Singapore and the region.
Since Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins first came up with the idea of having one flavor for every day of the month in a single ice cream store, Baskin-Robbins has led the frozen dessert industry with delicious desserts and innovation. Today, Baskin-Robbins has over 6,000 stores in over 35 countries.
But what is not commonly known is that Baskin-Robbins is a leader in flavor innovation and development with over 60 years of experience in delivering unique frozen dessert delights all around the world.
Baskin-Robbins offers over 1,000 flavors of ice cream, including Sugar Free, Fat Free and Light choices. Our menu also includes frozen yogurt, sorbets, sherbets, beverages, ice cream cakes, sundaes and handpacked ice cream!
All ice-cream products selling in Singapore's Baskin-Robbins stores are fully imported from United States. To ensure the consistency and taste of its products, each shipment of delicious Baskin-Robbins flavors is subjected to stringent quality control from the very first step to the time they serve their premium ice-cream to their customers.
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Longines, the prestigious Swiss brand, is a member of the Swatch Group, the world’s leading watch manufacturer. For more than 177 years Longines epitomises timeless elegance, innovation and precision.
Faithful to its original pioneering spirit, Longines continues to make technical and watchmaking history with innovation in many areas especially Sports and Time-keeping – Longines is the proud time-keeping for the the French Open tournament in Paris, Roland Garros, arguably the most prestigious Grand Slam in tennis history.
Longines has been based at St Imier, Switzerland, since 1832. Its watchmaking excellence, reflects a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and the sporting world: it has generations of experience as the official timekeeper at world championships and as a partner of international sports federations. With an excellent reputation for creating refined timepieces, the brand, whose emblem is the winged hourglass, is now established in more than 130 countries.
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Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has just unveiled its Yunnan Garden Campus Master Plan, which will transform the campus – the largest in Singapore at 200 hectares – into a mini city. When fully completed, it will have a number of trendy meeting points dotting the landscape to encourage cross-campus chats. Walk into one of these and you will be able to have a conversation with a student, professor or researcher from another discipline or school.
Such common spaces will help to break down psychological ‘glass walls’, and encourage people of different research interests and disciplines to get to know one another better. In this way, everyone will benefit from the cross-fertilisation of ideas that springs from unexpected connections across the sciences. This is something that is becoming increasingly important as new knowledge comes from the overlaps between disciplines.
To create a melting pot of diverse talents across disciplines is in line with the NTU 2015 five-year strategic blueprint announced in November 2010. As part of this blueprint, NTU will put its global stamp in five areas known as the Five Peaks of Excellence. The five interdisciplinary areas are Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road and Innovation Asia.
Today, NTU is already a cosmopolitan hub of 33,000 students and 3,000 faculty and researchers from more than 70 countries. Future visitors to the new Univer-City can expect to find retail shops, cafes and restaurants, and even a pub and cinema in this self-contained campus, together with its existing conveniences. These will be at the new Campus Centre, which will become the heart of NTU. A road near the School of Art, Design and Media leading to the Administration Building will be transformed into a pedestrian promenade. The Campus Centre will create a ribbon of diverse meeting places, with academic, social and residential facilities located alongside each other.
Connecting with Nature: No concrete jungle, this will be a vibrant Univer-City with a soul. Today, the Yunnan Campus is already home to a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. The Campus Master Plan aims to enhance this even further with additional plants and landscaping. Providing soup for the soul, new blue spaces will be created to add to the green. All these will provide the NTU community with a myriad of opportunities to connect with Mother Nature. The open lush greenery of the campus will be integrated with covered walkways and cycling lanes, to encourage people to walk or ride eco-friendly bicycles. Later on, pavilions and decks can be built next to a network of ponds and lakes to create new outdoor classrooms and lookout points, providing more common spaces for learning and relaxation.
The new ponds will enable NTU to reuse the rain water for irrigation of its lush expanses of greenery. Eventually, all the water bodies, including the naturalized waterways, ponds and lakes will form a continuous swath of blue across the campus to complement the greenery.
Forging greater industry links: The Campus Master Plan also aims to create a seamless physical integration between NTU and its neighbour, the upcoming CleanTech Park, a 50 hectare eco-business facility developed by JTC Corporation. It will be easy and convenient to move between the two entities, facilitating the shared use of research facilities and common spaces for social interaction.
Fostering greater interaction: The pulse of a city is its population. NTU believes that a residential experience is an important part of a holistic varsity education. NTU will be adding 5,000 new hostel places (single and shared rooms) by 2015. This will allow every undergraduate who desires to stay on campus to be able to do so.
At present, there are 9,200 places spread over 16 halls of residence. A new graduate hall, to be ready by early 2013, will house an additional 690 places for graduate students, which will result in more than double the current places available. International faculty and staff can also look forward to new housing facilities on campus.
A new Learning Hub – a shared facility for all schools – will also be created, housing about 70 “Classrooms of Tomorrow”. These classrooms are designed to drive group discussion and interaction. Whiteboards will be replaced by giant interactive screens, and students can even collaborate with their peers in different countries. SMART Boards will empower lecturers to virtually modify their teaching, so as to best fit individual students' learning styles. The Hub is expected to be ready in two years’ time.
To drive cross-disciplinary collaboration, a new Interdisciplinary Research Building is being planned. Catering to a mix of research faculty from NTU and its institutional partners, the building will be located near the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Building at Nanyang Link and is scheduled to be ready by 2014.
In anticipation of the needs of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, a new building will be built at the Yunnan Campus, in addition to the upcoming Novena Campus. To be outfitted with the latest technologies for learning and discovery, the building will be designed for current and emerging trends in medical education, such as virtual learning, clinical simulations and interdisciplinary collaborations. Located near the School of Biological Sciences on Nanyang Drive, it is expected to be ready by 2014. Easy access between the Yunnan and Novena campuses is being planned to ensure interaction of students from both campuses.
Extensive consultation: The Campus Master Plan is developed by the University together with a team of consultants led by Mr Harold Guida from Guida Moseley Brown Architects. It is the culmination of two intensive years of work by NTU’s Campus Planning committee that began in 2008 which included meetings with hundreds of members of the NTU community in this extensive planning process.