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May 17, 2019

Cannes Film Festival 2019 — Celebrity Shots

Cannes Film Festival 2019

Photo: EVA LONGORIA. Cannes Film Festival 2019. Red Carpet. 16 May 2019. The American actress looked fascinatingly beautiful on the red carpet, adding yet more glamour to it with de GRISOGONO attire. She captured the light by teaming a gorgeous pair of Boule earrings in yellow & white gold set with white diamonds and brown diamonds. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival 2019

Photo: RANIA FAWAZ. Cannes Film Festival 2019. Opening Ceremony. 14 May 2019. The Iraqi influencer looked fascinatingly beautiful on the red carpet adding yet more glamour to it with de GRISOGONO attire. She captured the light by teaming a gorgeous pair of Gypsy earrings in white gold set with white diamonds paired with a Gypsy ring in white gold set with white diamonds. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

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May 11, 2019

First Boeing Apache Helicopter formally handed over to the Indian Air Force

Boeing Apache Helicopter

Photo: Air Marshal A.S. Butola accepting the first AH-64E (I) Apache Guardian helicopter from Mr. Steve Wade, the Vice President for Attack Helicopter Programs, Boeing, during a ceremony held at Boeing production facility, in Mesa, Arizona, the USA on May 10, 2019.

Boeing Apache Helicopter

Photo: Representatives of Indian Air Force accepting the first AH-64E (I) Apache Guardian helicopter led by Air Marshal A.S. Butola along with representatives from Boeing and US Government, during a ceremony held at Boeing production facility, in Mesa, Arizona, the USA on May 10, 2019.

First AH-64E (I) - Apache Guardian helicopter was formally handed over to the Indian Air Force at Boeing production facility in Mesa, Arizona, the USA on May 10, 2019. Air Marshal AS Butola, represented the Indian Air Force and accepted the first Apache in a ceremony at Boeing production facility. Representatives from the US Government were also present.

IAF had signed a contract with US Government and Boeing in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters. The first batch of these helicopters is scheduled to be shipped to India by July this year. Selected aircrew and ground crew have undergone training at the training facilities at US Army base Fort Rucker, Alabama.

According to India’s Ministry of Defence, the addition of AH-64 E (I) helicopter is a significant step towards modernization of Indian Air Force’s helicopter fleet. The aircraft has been customized to suit IAF’s future requirements and would have the substantial capability in mountainous terrain. The helicopter can carry out precision attacks at standoff ranges and operate in hostile airspace with threats from the ground. The ability of these helicopters, to transmit and receive the battlefield picture, to and from the weapon systems through data networking makes it a lethal acquisition. These attack helicopters will provide a significant edge in any future joint operations in support of land forces, the Ministry said.

Source: Ministry of Defence, New Delhi.

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May 9, 2019

Mastercard Bullish on India, Announces US$1 Billion Additional Investment

Mastercard, India

Mastercard, India

Mastercard, India

New Delhi, 8 May 2019 - Mastercard, a leading technology company in the global payments industry, today announced an investment of US$1 billion over the next five years in India, in addition to its earlier investment of US$1 billion between 2014-19.

This additional investment tranche underscores Mastercard’s long-term commitment to the government’s “Make in India” and “Digital India” vision and reflects the company’s confidence in the market. A significant part of this investment will go towards establishing a full on-soil domestic transactions processing center in and for India.

Mastercard would direct another part of its investment towards building out a Services Hub focused on developing & delivering other value-added services such as authentication, tokenization, cybersecurity, intelligence solutions, and data analytics. Significant investment in technical capabilities will allow processing of domestic transactions in India, and also provide the potential for the co-design and co-development of such services and solutions locally.

Commenting on the strategic investment and the longer-term business strategy, Ari Sarker, co-president, Asia Pacific, Mastercard said: “India is a unique country with a progressive payments ecosystem. We are excited with our incremental and significant investment plans for this market, which we believe will be compelling differentiators for us. This investment builds on what is an enduring and focused strategy for us in this market, and will also enable us to explore avenues to expand our regional collaborations and partnerships while deepening our commitment to the government’s vision of moving towards a cashless society.”

Mastercard has been consistently and rapidly expanding its presence and investment in India. This incremental investment builds on the previous investment of INR 6,500 crore (US$1 billion) between 2014 and 2019, which included two major acquisitions, new offices in Bengaluru and Gurugram, a Mastercard Lab & Operations Hub in Pune, and a Technology Centre in Vadodara.

The company is also driving a fundamental shift from financial inclusion to inclusive growth through various initiatives aimed at accelerating the digital acceptance infrastructure. There has been an increase from the 1.2 million merchant acceptance points in 2016 to about 5.2 million merchants currently, with a stated commitment to digitally enabling 10 million merchants by 2020. Mastercard has also worked for years with the Confederation of all India Traders (CAIT) 70 million merchants and traders to enhance awareness and adoption of digital payments. Additionally, Mastercard assists the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as an Authentication Service Agency (ASA) for providing Aadhaar-based authentication and e-KYC services that help benefit disbursement and further drive last-mile financial inclusion.

With the rise in the number of connected devices, there is an imperative and opportunity to protect the digital payments ecosystem. Mastercard is working with partners to develop and implement technologies, processes, and expertise that prevent, detect and resolve threats while also enhancing the payments experience. Currently, Mastercard is driving tokenization for payments that will strengthen the security of stored card credentials, provide advanced authentication to reduce checkout errors and expedite the online checkout experience.

Source: Mastercard

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April 26, 2019

Meet the Finalists of 2019 Fly Your Ideas Student Competition


Photo: Comlux - which provides VIP charter solutions, aircraft operations, and management services - received the first of three ACJ320neo Airbus corporate jets in March 2019. Image provided by & copyright © AIRBUS.


Seven international teams of students have been selected for 2019 of 2019 Fly Your Ideas global competition, which invites students from around the world to innovate in critical areas for the industry: Electrification, Data Services, Cyber Security, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Mixed Reality. The biennial competition is a celebration of creativity and innovation to solve real industry challenges, organized by Airbus in partnership with UNESCO.

The selected concepts represent a range of trendsetting topics such as a ‘Smart Wheelchair’ for air travel or a ‘Solar Windmill.’ The finalist team members represented 11 countries (Argentina, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Moldavia, Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom), eight different universities and were selected from over 270 entries worldwide. Their academic backgrounds vary from Engineering to Information Technology and Natural Sciences to Finance.

The students, competing for a share of the €45,000 prize fund and the chance to further evolve their idea in the aerospace industry, are motivated by the digital nature of this year’s challenge, and the opportunity to change the world with their ideas. In June, the teams will travel to Toulouse, France to work in Airbus’ innovation and R&D facilities to further develop, prototype or visualize their ideas using state-of-the-art equipment with support from Airbus. On 27 June, the students will present their projects in front of Airbus experts, UNESCO representatives and personalities from the aerospace and academic world, live-streamed in parallel to a global audience.

The seven finalist teams are:

Team AirFish, University of Cambridge, UK.
Airbus Integrated Fisheries Information Services
Data Services Challenge
AirFish is an ocean monitoring system using satellite imagery and video imaging technology. It can help governments combat illegal fishing, reduce bycatch of endangered species, and generally decrease damages to the marine habitat. This project aims to improve the efficiency of fish farming, making food production more affordable while reducing open-water fishing and thus environmental impacts.

Team AIQinspect, Saarland University, Germany.
Automated Intelligent Real-Time Quality Inspection Exploiting Human-Robot-Collaboration
Artificial Intelligence Challenge
AIQinspect will assist the human operator in performing rivet inspection by using Artificial Intelligence. Quality is predicted based on images and physical parameters while riveting in real time.

Team “Zero” Heroes, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.
Internet of Things Challenge
Batteryless Wireless Switches for Airplanes
Application of wireless systems in aircraft instead of traditional wired networks.

Team Osprey, University of Strathclyde, UK.
Motor Intra-body Cooling System - MICS
Electrification Challenge
Replacing the traditional method of cooling electric motors with a water jacket or submerged cooling with a cooling system integrated inside the body of the engine itself.

Team Seren, University of Cambridge, UK.
The Solar Windmill
Electrification Challenge
A novel method of electricity generation for spacecraft using trapped high energy particles. This innovative approach aims to store and create energy in deep space where the current density from sunlight is low.

Team Move-EZ, Technical University of Milan, Italy.
Swan - Smart Wheelchair for Air travel Needs
Internet of Things Challenge
SWAN is an innovation that aims to revolutionize the air-travel experience of Passengers with Reduced Mobility (PRM). It converts a redesigned class of detachable airplane seats into smart electric wheelchairs that passengers can use from check-in to arrival. It is fully controllable by smartphone through a dedicated app.

Team V.A.C.A, National University of La Plata, Argentina.
V.A.C.A. - Earth-obserVation-data based Application for stockbreeding Administration
Data Services Challenge
VACA is an integrated service for stockbreeders, based on Earth observation, meteorological and IoT data applied to agriculture. VACA aims to provide actionable information to stockbreeders on quality and quantity of pastures, the number of animals in paddocks as well as the physical condition of cattle.

Airbus Fly Your Ideas is a global competition challenging students worldwide to innovate for the future of aerospace, designed and launched by Airbus in 2008 and organized in partnership with UNESCO since 2012. Since 2008, over 22,000 students have registered for Fly Your Ideas from over 700 universities and 100 countries worldwide, with more than 500 Airbus employees contributing their mentorship and expertise to support the competition.

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April 20, 2019

The Art of Technicolor from de GRISOGONO

DDe Grisogono, Jewelry

De Grisogono, Jewelry

De Grisogono, Jewelry

De Grisogono, Jewelry

De Grisogono, Jewelry

Photos: High Jewellery rings by de GRISOGONO. Images provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

For the forthcoming Cannes Film Festival, jeweler de GRISOGONO is presenting its Haute Joaillerie creations in technicolor mode. As a preview, five High Jewellery rings appear attired in dazzling hues and vibrant creations set with primary colors.

de GRISOGONO is offering these electrifying new Haute Joaillerie creations as a tribute to the two traditions of cinema — TECHNICOLOR and HOLLYWOOD.

Source: de GRISOGONO

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April 18, 2019

Porsche India hosts a spectacular driving event with Porsche World Road Show taking place at India’s Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida

Porsche India

Photo: Porsche India hosted the Porsche World Road Show at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida.

Porsche India

Photo: Track performance of the entire Porsche range showcased at the 5.14-kilometer track.

Porsche India

Photo: Guests experienced the entire Porsche range with a fleet of 26 cars at the Porsche World Road Show.

New Delhi — Porsche enthusiasts, and owners from across India, got the opportunity to take part in the ultimate driving experience, as the Porsche World Road Show (PWRS) took place at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida. With more than 300 participants in attendance, across eight days, the track performance and off-road capabilities of Porsche’s most diverse model line-up to-date was showcased in a range of scenarios. Included in the fleet of 26 vehicles utilized throughout the event, was the recently launched eighth generation of the brand’s iconic 911, as well as the 718, Macan, Cayenne and Panamera.

Guests invited to the Buddh International Circuit enjoyed an entire day with the Porsche models, taking part in exhilarating track exercises that included handling, slalom, braking, and of course high-speed laps of the 5.14 km track. They also participated in off-road driving sessions that featured disciplines such as hill ascents and descents.

Commenting on PWRS, Pavan Shetty, Director of Porsche India, said: “Driving a Porsche is a unique feeling to be experienced first-hand. As such, our main objective with bringing experiential events such as Porsche World Road Show to India is to offer enthusiasts the perfect platform to experience the cars of their dreams. Buddh International Circuit is the ideal location for us to highlight that at the beating heart of all our models is a true sports car. With this showcase, we have also been able to get individuals behind the wheel of the new Macan and 911 models, that arrive in India later this year.”

“Porsche India will be bringing more of these experiential events to the country, especially in a year of such exciting model launches. These focused experience days are also an opportunity for guests to amplify driving skills in terms of safety as the Porsche World Road Show allows participants to get more familiar with sports cars, under the watchful eye of official instructors.”

Throughout the eight days, a selection of two-door and four-door sports cars from the full Porsche roster were made available for roadshow attendees to drive. The Porsches included the all-new 911 with a more muscular look.

The models now produce 450 hp, an increase of 30 hp compared with the previous generation. Both 911 models beat the four-second mark for acceleration from zero to 100 km/h: the rear-wheel drive 911 Carrera S needs 3.7 seconds and the Carrera S Cabriolet just 3.9 seconds; making both cars 0.4 seconds faster than their predecessors. The top speed is 308 km/h for the 911 Carrera S and 306 km/h for the soft-top version.

The Porsche World Road Show tours countries across the globe, deepening the brand’s relationship with its enthusiasts. In recent years, more than 47,000 participants in over 55 locations have had the opportunity to participate in a PWRS event.

Source: Porsche India

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April 16, 2019

Reuters wins Pulitzer Prizes for International Reporting and Breaking News Photography.

Pulitzer Prize

Photo: Outside the Columbia School of Journalism building. Image provided by & copyright © Eston Bond.

NEW YORK, April 15, 2019 — Reuters, the world’s largest multimedia news provider, was today awarded two 2019 Pulitzer Prizes from Columbia University. It is for the second consecutive year that Reuters has received two Pulitzer Prizes.

Reuters journalists Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo, and their colleagues were recognized as co-winners, alongside the Associated Press, in the International Reporting category, for their series of investigations on the mass expulsion of the Rohingya from Myanmar.

Reuters photographers Mike Blake, Lucy Nicholson, Loren Elliott, Edgard Garrido, Adrees Latif, Goran Tomasevic, Kim Kyung Hoon, Alkis Konstantinidis, Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Carlos Barria and Ueslei Marcelino were recognized in the Breaking News Photography category, for their photos of the mass migration of Central and South Americans towards the U.S. border, and its aftermath. Awarding the prize to Reuters, the Pulitzer committee recognized the team for “a vivid and startling visual narrative of the urgency, desperation, and sadness of migrants as they journeyed to the U.S. from Central and South America.”

“While it’s gratifying that we got recognized for the work, public attention should be focused more on the people about whom we report than on us: in this case, the Rohingya and the Central American migrants,” said Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler.

“I’m thrilled that Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and their colleagues have been recognized for their extraordinary, courageous coverage, and our photojournalists for their moving pictures that show humanity defying huge obstacles,” said Adler.

Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest multimedia news provider, reaching billions of people every day.

Announcement of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners

On Monday, April 15, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners in 14 journalism and seven letters, drama and music categories.

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners are:

- Journalism -

Public Service
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Breaking News Reporting
The staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Investigative Reporting
Matt Hamilton, Harriet Ryan and Paul Pringle of the Los Angeles Times

Explanatory Reporting
David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner of The New York Times

Local Reporting
The staff of The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.

National Reporting
The staff of The Wall Street Journal

International Reporting
Maggie Michael, Maad al-Zikry and Nariman El-Mofty of Associated Press.
The staff of Reuters. Critical contributions from Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

Feature Writing
Hannah Dreier of ProPublica

Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post

Editorial Writing
Brent Staples of The New York Times

Editorial Cartooning
Darrin Bell, freelancer

Breaking News Photography
Photography Staff of Reuters

Feature Photography
Lorenzo Tugnoli of The Washington Post

- Letters, Drama and Music -

The Overstory, by Richard Powers (W.W. Norton)

Fairview, by Jackie Sibblies Drury

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, by David W. Blight (Simon & Schuster)

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, by Jeffrey C. Stewart (Oxford University Press)

Be With, by Forrest Gander (New Directions)

General Nonfiction
Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)

PRISM, by Ellen Reid

Special Citations
Capital Gazette, Annapolis, Md.
Aretha Franklin

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. Columbia University in New York City administers it. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. The Pulitzer Prize Board awards a gold medal to the winner in the public service category of the journalism competition.

Sources: Pulitzer Prize, Reuters.

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April 12, 2019

Vice President Naidu Addresses 125th Foundation Day Celebrations of Punjab National Bank.

Punjab National Bank

Photo: The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, addressing the gathering at the 125th Foundation Day celebrations of the Punjab National Bank, in New Delhi on April 12, 2019.

Punjab National Bank

Photo: The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, releasing the Coffee Table Book, at the 125th Foundation Day celebrations of the Punjab National Bank, in New Delhi on April 12, 2019.

New Delhi, 12 April 2019 — The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, has said that financial inclusion and inclusive development are the needs of the hour. He stated that growth held no meaning until its benefits reached the most deprived groups of people. He was addressing the gathering at the celebration of the 125th Foundation Day of the Punjab National Bank (PNB), here today.

The Vice President paid rich tributes to Lala Lajpat Rai, one of the most prominent and inspirational leaders of India’s struggle for independence and felicitated the members of his family.

Mr. Naidu called for systemic reforms in the Indian banking sector in light of mounting Non-Performing Assets (NPAs). He spoke of the need to have an effective and efficient system of checks and balances in place so that nobody can take advantage of the loopholes in the system.

The Vice President said that India’s financial institutions had been commended globally for being resilient and for having withstood global downturns and recessions well. He opined that banks were no longer just about big lockers and a good interest rate on deposits. ‘They have transcended their conventional mandates and are now at the forefront of India’s development story,’ he added.

Saying that banks played a central role in India’s quest for financial inclusion and inclusive growth, he expressed his firm belief that India’s banking sector was poised for robust expansion as the rapidly advancing business and commerce in India would turn to banks for credit and other financial services. He cited several factors such as the upwardly mobile middle class and the digital revolution as the thrust factors behind these growth prospects.

Citing the gains made by India in digital technologies for banking such as India’s Immediate Payment Service (IMPS), RuPay and the Unified Payment Interface (UPI), and the Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM), a mobile app based on UPI, the Vice President asked banks to harness digital growth further to scale up to the level of world-class businesses.

Source: Vice President’s Secretariat, New Delhi

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April 11, 2019

Porsche India welcomes the new 911; Showcases it at Buddh International Circuit, Noida.

Porsche India

Photo: Pavan Shetty, Director - Porsche India, introduced the new 911 at the Buddh International Circuit, Noida.

Porsche India

Photo: The new 911 Carrera S models were showcased on track at the Buddh International Circuit, Noida.

New Delhi, April 11, 2019 — Faster, more powerful and more efficient than ever before, the eighth generation of the Porsche 911 has arrived in India. Revealed on track at the Buddh International Circuit, Noida, near New Delhi, the 911 Carrera S highlighted the design and performance evolution of the brand’s most iconic sports car. The rear-engine model range has been redesigned and now showcases a more muscular look that pays tribute to its past, while also embracing the future with technology woven into its DNA.

Speaking during the launch event at the FIA certified track, Pavan Shetty, Director of Porsche India, said: “Just like the first generation, the latest 911 is a sports car for the new era. Our icon has once again evolved and is now more powerful, more emotional, and more efficient than its predecessors. It is the best 911 Porsche has ever produced and to prove that point we have brought the range to the Buddh International Circuit for a performance showcase. The eighth generation maintains the 911’s status as a pure driver’s car that also offers everyday usability and unique design. As such, I am delighted to announce that the 911 Carrera S and the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet are now available in India for booking.”

Source: Porsche India

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March 20, 2019

India’s first F1 driver beats his record as Porsche 911 GT2 RS breaks the lap record at Buddh International Circuit near New Delhi

Porsche, Sportscar

Porsche, Sportscar


Photos: Porsche cars. Images provided by Porsche.

Porsche, Sportscar


Photo: Narain Karthikeyan, India’s first F1 Driver, sets a new lap record for street legal cars at the Buddh International Circuit in the 911 GT2 RS.

New Delhi, March 20, 2019 — Organised by Porsche India, Narain Karthikeyan set a new lap record for street-legal cars at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida, a suburban city of Delhi. India’s first ever F1 driver beat his own fastest lap time when he claimed the honor in a 911 GT3 on the track last year November. Yesterday, Narain went even faster in a Porsche 911 GT2 RS, taking the racer just 2 minutes 00.266 seconds to complete the 5.14km of India’s only FIA certified track.

This new record lap time beat Narian’s previous best of 2 minutes 07.629 seconds by 7.363 seconds. The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), a long-standing member of the FIA, has certified the time.

Discussing Narain’s achievement, Pavan Shetty, Director at Porsche India, said: “This record establishes Porsche as the fastest automobile brand in India. In a matter of months, Porsche 911s have now broken the lap record twice at the Buddh International Circuit. With its incredible 700 hp and maximum torque of 750 Nm from 2,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm, the 911 GT2 RS has underlined again that it is the fastest 911 on the market. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Narain on a job well done as this was a true showcase of Porsche’s ability to manufacture highly moving sports cars that are at home on the race track.”

The 3.8-liter bi-turbo flat engine can catapult the two-seater vehicle - which weighs 1,470 kilograms - from zero to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds under optimal circumstances. While setting the record, Narain took advantage of the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), an innovation from motorsport featured in the 911 GT2 RS for the first time. The high-performance engine transmits its power via an automatically switching seven-speed gearbox on the rear axle, without interrupting traction. Cornering speeds were also on a par with those achieved by super sports cars. The 911 GT2 RS conquered the 16 turns of the Hermann Tilke designed track using its flawless racing chassis.

The 911 GT2 RS is a concentration of Porsche’s motorsport expertise in one high-performance sports car that offers superior dynamics on the racetrack while being a versatile road car like any other Porsche model.

Source: Porsche India

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March 18, 2019

Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Mikaela Shiffrin, claims her third straight FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski) Alpine World Cup Overall Title

Longines, Skiing

Longines, Skiing

Photos: Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Mikaela Shiffrin, claimed her third straight FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski / International Ski Federation) Alpine World cup overall title. Images provided by & copyright © Longines.

Source: Longines

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February 12, 2019


Unesco, L'Oreal

Unesco, L'Oreal

Unesco, L'Oreal

Photo: A participant at the fourth commemoration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February). The event was co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Bangladesh, Hungary, Portugal, and the Slovak Republic, with the Royal Academy of Science International Trust, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and the International Telecommunication Union. 11 February 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

Unesco, L'Oreal

Photo: L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards Ceremony for Women and Science at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO / Christelle ALIX.

Unesco, L'Oreal

Photo: Lauriane Chomaz, Fellow of the French program L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women and Science, with high school girls. Photo Credit & Copyright © Matthew Brookes. Image provided by L’Oréal For Girls and Science.

Paris, February 11, 2019 — On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science celebrated on 11 February, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have announced the laureates of the 21st International Awards For Women in Science, which honors outstanding women scientists, from all over the world. These exceptional women are recognized for the excellence of their research in the fields of material science, mathematics and computer science.

Each laureate receives €100,000, and their achievements will be celebrated alongside those of 15 promising young women scientists from around the world at an awards ceremony on 14 March at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris.


Mathematics is a prestigious discipline and a source of innovation in many domains. However, it is also one of the scientific fields with the lowest representation of women at the highest level. Since the establishment of the three most prestigious international prizes for the discipline (Fields, Wolf, and Abel), only one woman mathematician has been recognized, out of a total of 141 laureates.

The L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have therefore decided to reinforce their efforts to empower women in science by extending the International Awards dedicated to material science to two more research areas: mathematics and computer science.

Two mathematicians now figure among the five laureates receiving 2019 For Women in Science Awards. Claire Voisin, one of five women to have won a gold medal from the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), and the first women mathematician to enter the prestigious Collège de France; and Ingrid Daubechies of Duke University (USA), the first woman researcher to head the International Mathematical Union.

Since 1998, the L’Oréal Foundation, in partnership with UNESCO, has worked to improve the representation of women in scientific careers, upholding the conviction that the world needs science, and science needs women.




Professor Najat Aoun SALIBA - Analytical and atmospheric chemistry

Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Nature Conservation Center at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Professor Saliba is rewarded for her pioneering work in identifying carcinogenic agents and other toxic air pollutants in the Middle East, and modern nicotine delivery systems, such as cigarettes and hookahs. Her innovative work in analytical and atmospheric chemistry will make it possible to address some of the most pressing environmental challenges and help advance public health policies and practices.


Professeur Maki KAWAI - Chemistry / Catalysis

Director General, Institute of Molecular Sciences, Tokyo University, Japan, member of the Science Council of Japan

Professor Maki Kawai has been recognized for her ground-breaking work in manipulating molecules at the atomic level, to transform materials and create innovative materials. Her outstanding research has contributed to establishing the foundations of nanotechnologies at the forefront of discoveries of new chemical and physical phenomena that stand to address critical environmental issues such as energy efficiency.


Professor Karen HALLBERG - Physics/ Condensed matter physics

Professor at the Balseiro Institute and Research Director at the Bariloche Atomic Centre, CNEA/CONICET, Argentina

Professor Karen Hallberg is rewarded for developing cutting-edge computational approaches that allow scientists to understand the physics of quantum matter. Her innovative and creative techniques represent a significant contribution to understanding nanoscopic systems and new materials.


Professor Ingrid DAUBECHIES - Mathematics / Mathematical physics

Professor of Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University, United States

Professor Daubechies is recognized for her exceptional contribution to the numerical treatment of images and signal processing, providing standard and flexible algorithms for data compression. Her innovative research on wavelet theory has led to the development of treatment and image filtration methods used in technologies from medical imaging equipment to wireless communication.


Professor Claire VOISIN - Mathematics / Algebraic geometry

Professor at the Collège de France and former researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Professor Voisin is rewarded for her outstanding work in algebraic geometry. Her pioneering discoveries have allowed [mathematicians and scientists] to resolve fundamental questions on topology and Hodge structures of complex algebraic varieties.



Among the 275 national and regional fellowship winners Unesco and L’Oreal support each year, the For Women in Science programme selects the 15 most promising researchers, all of whom will also be honored on 14 March 2019.


Dr. Saba AL HEIALY - Health sciences

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Dubai, Mohammed Bin Rashid University for Medicine and Health Sciences

Dr. Zohra DHOUAFLI - Neuroscience/ Biochemistry

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Tunisia, Center of Biotechnology of Borj-Cédria

Dr. Menattallah ELSERAFY - Molecular biology/Genetics

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Egypt, Zewail City of Science and Technology

Dr. Priscilla Kolibea MANTE - Neurosciences

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology


Dr. Jacquelyn CRAGG - Health sciences

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Canada, University of British Columbia


Dr. Maria MOLINA - Chemistry/Molecular biology

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Argentina, National University of Rio Cuarto

Dr. Ana Sofia VARELA - Chemistry/Electrocatalysis

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Mexico, Institute of Chemistry, National Autonomous University of Mexico


Dr. Sherry AW - Neuroscience

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Singapore, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology

Dr. Mika NOMOTO - Molecular biology / Plant Pathology

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Singapore, University of Nagoya

Dr. Mary Jacquiline ROMERO - Quantum physics

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Australia, University of Queensland


Dr. Laura ELO - Bioinformatics

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Finland, University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University

Dr. Kirsten JENSEN - Material chemistry, structural analysis

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Denmark, University of Copenhagen

Dr. Biola María JAVIERRE MARTÍNEZ - Genomics

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Spain, Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute

Dr. Urte NENISKYTE - Neuroscience

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Lithuania, University of Vilnius

Dr. Nurcan TUNCBAG - Bioinformatics

L’Oréal-UNESCO regional fellowship Turkey, Middle East Technical University

Source: UNESCO

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February 8, 2019

Sound On: Mastercard Debuts Sonic Brand

Mastercard Melody to come to life at Mastercard Sensory Lab during GRAMMY Week and in new U.S. ad with Camila Cabello.

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Purchase, NY - February 8, 2019 - Setting a new tempo for brand expression, Mastercard debuts its sonic brand identity, a comprehensive sound architecture that signifies the latest advancement for the brand. Wherever consumers engage with Mastercard across the globe - be it physical, digital or voice environments - the distinct and memorable Mastercard melody will provide simple, seamless familiarity. The news comes on the heels of the company’s recent transition to a symbol brand and is part of its continued brand transformation.

“Sound adds a powerful new dimension to our brand identity and a critical component to how people recognize Mastercard today and in the future,” said Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing, and communications officer, Mastercard. “We set out an ambitious goal to produce the Mastercard melody in a way that’s distinct and authentic, yet adaptable globally and across genres. It is important that our sonic brand not only reinforces our presence but also resonates seamlessly around the world.”

Global Resonance, Local Relevance

To ensure the Mastercard melody would resonate with people the world over, Mastercard tapped musicians, artists, and agencies from across the globe, including musical innovator Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park.

The result, a distinct and memorable melody with adaptations across genres and cultures, making it locally relevant while maintaining a consistent global brand voice. Also, the use of varying instruments and tempos help to deliver the Mastercard melody in several unique styles such as operatic, cinematic and playful as well as many regional interpretations.

The Mastercard melody is the foundation of the company’s sound architecture and will extend to many assets, from musical scores, audio logos, and ringtones, to hold music and point-of-sale acceptance sounds.

“What I love most about the Mastercard melody, is just how flexible and adaptable it is across genres and cultures,” said Mike Shinoda. “It’s great to see a big brand expressing themselves through music to strengthen their connection with people.”

A Digital Brand for a Digital Consumer

With voice shopping set to hit $40 billion by 2022, audio identities not only connect brands with consumers on a new dimension, but they are also tools enabling consumers to shop, live, and pay in an increasingly digital and mobile world.

“Audio makes people feel things, and that’s what makes it such a powerful medium for brands, said Matt Lieber, Cofounder, and President, Gimlet. “With the explosion of podcasts, music streaming, and smart speakers, an audio strategy is no longer a “nice-to-have” for brands - it’s a necessity. A sonic identity — the audio calling card for a brand — is now just as important as a brand’s visual identity.”

Melody comes to life during GRAMMY Week.

In the lead up to the 61st GRAMMY Awards, Mastercard will launch a new multi-channel marketing program starring GRAMMY-nominated artist Camila Cabello, which will be the first creative output to feature the brand’s sound logo.

“I am so excited to be partnering with Mastercard and being able to offer new opportunities to fans,” said Cabello.

Following the U.S. introduction, the Mastercard sound will head to The BRIT Awards in London and then Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Mastercard would announce additional activations and sonic integrations around the world in the coming months.

Source: Mastercard

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February 7, 2019

The Ferrari Monza SP2 named “Most Beautiful Supercar of the Year 2018” at Paris Festival Automobile International

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Photos: Ferrari Monza SP2. Images provided by & copyright © FERRARI.

Maranello, Italy, February 6, 2019 - The Ferrari Monza SP2 has been named the Most Beautiful Supercar of 2018 by a panel of expert judges at the 34th Paris Festival Automobile International.

The prestigious award was presented at a ceremony at the city’s Hotel National des Invalides attended by over 600 guests, including many leading exponents of the automotive and journalism worlds.

The Ferrari Monza SP2, together with the Ferrari Monza SP1, is the forerunner of the new Icona concept inspired by the most evocative Ferrari competition cars of the 1950s. The Monza SP2 is the Prancing Horse’s modern reinterpretation of a timeless style paired with technologically advanced components and the highest performance possible, thanks to the marque’s continuous research and innovation.

“The Ferrari Style Centre’s designers crafted a design so pure and forms so elegantly minimalist that they could be described as a single pencil stroke. The extreme styling of the more recent Ferrari track cars has been bypassed in favor of clean, spare lines. Never before has a car possessed such clear narrative power: this is a model born to deliver pure driving pleasure and fun behind the wheel. An experience that creates a symbiotic connection between man and car,” the company said.

Source: Ferrari

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February 5, 2019

The Royal Canadian Mint celebrates 40 years of leadership and innovation with the anniversary edition of its world-famous Gold Maple Leaf bullion coin

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Photo: The Royal Canadian Mint’s 40th Anniversary Gold Maple Leaf bullion coin.

OTTAWA, Ontario, Feb. 5, 2019 — After four decades of innovation and commercial success, the Royal Canadian Mint has launched a special 40th anniversary edition of the Gold Maple Leaf, celebrating the bullion coin that the global precious metal industry has come to accept as the standard against which all other gold bullion coins are measured.

The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins. The Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized coinage products and related services on an international scale.

Source: Royal Canadian Mint

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January 30, 2019

Switzerland Maintains Top Spot Overall, Japan Captures Second Place in 2019 Best Countries Report

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Photo: Aerial Photo of Davos, the most significant tourism metropolis of the Swiss Alps, captured before the opening of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Davos is in the middle of Swiss Alps and the city for holidays, sports, congresses, health, development, and culture. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Andy Mettler. (File Photo)

WASHINGTON, January 29, 2019 — Switzerland is the No. 1 country in the world for the third consecutive year, according to the 2019 Best Countries Report, a rankings and analysis project by U.S. News & World Report, BAV Group and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The rankings evaluate 80 countries across a range of categories, from economic influence and military might to education and quality of life, to capture how the public perceives the nations on a global scale.

For the first time, respondents were asked to pick the countries they would prefer to buy goods from as a measure of a country’s brand power. Germany comes out on top with consumers wanting cars, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals from the nation. France is No. 1 for cosmetics and fashion, Italy is No. 1 in food and wine, and Japan is first for technology and electronics. At No. 8 on the overall Best Countries list, the U.S. has some catching up to do, ranking No. 7 in wine, No. 10 in healthcare and No. 11 in food.

“The Best Countries rankings draw on U.S. News’ expertise and global authority in measuring complex institutions, such as colleges and hospitals,” said Eric Gertler, executive chairman at U.S. News. “The report arms citizens, thought leaders, business executives, and government officials with the data to evaluate the global standings of their nations and leadership.”

Key Findings in the 2019 Best Countries Report:

Tumultuous news cycles have made an impact on global opinions regarding media and world safety. Sixty-three percent of people agree that there are no more objective news sources, and 66 percent say internet news and content is dividing us rather than uniting us. Additionally, more than 50 percent agree the world has worsened in the last year.

With data privacy scandals at the forefront of people’s minds, 77 percent of respondents agree that their internet privacy is at risk. However, slightly more than half of the respondents trust private companies to keep their data safe, and 58 percent generally trust private companies more than the government.

More than 80 percent of those surveyed agree that CEOs and business leaders need to be vocal about their views on societal issues.

Japan rises to the No. 2 spot overall as the world anticipates the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The country is perceived as the most forward-looking, and for the first time, ranks as No. 1 for entrepreneurship. The rest of the top five finds Switzerland - viewed as an innovative country - at No. 1 again, with Canada, Germany, and the U.K. following Japan, respectively.

For the second year in a row, the U.S. ranks at No. 8 overall. However, the world’s level of trust in the U.S. continues to decline with the nation now at No. 27 for perceptions of trustworthiness. Perceptions of the U.S. as a country that cares about human rights have also fallen. While these might be signs that President Donald Trump’s strategy on the world stage may not be working, the U.S. is still perceived as No. 1 in power, followed closely by Russia at No. 2.

Nordic countries maintain their strong standing in the overall ranking, with Sweden and Norway both in the top 10 overall. At No. 6 overall, Sweden is the best country for women, to raise children and for green-living. Norway moves up to No. 9 overall, seeing increases in the up-and-coming category and remains No. 1 in citizenship. Belgium makes its rankings debut at No. 17 overall, behind China and ahead of Italy, due to high marks for citizenship at No. 10 and quality of life at No. 11.

Assessing perceptions of countries from North America to Europe to the Middle East, the report finds the U.K. is No. 1 for education, and Canada has the best quality of life. Luxembourg leads in the most business-friendly nations, the United Arab Emirates is No. 1 for countries with up-and-coming economies, and Switzerland is the top to headquarter a corporation.

“This report can help brands understand the potential power they have in connecting to their home nations, and help guide in managing their branding,” said Michael Sussman, CEO of BAV Group.

The 2019 Best Countries ranking methodology relies on data gathered from a proprietary survey of more than 20,000 business leaders, informed elites and general citizens. “The report speaks to the value of having a strong global standing as nations compete for investment, tourists and influence in the same way companies compete for consumers’ dollars,” said David Reibstein, professor of marketing at the Wharton School.

2019 Best Countries Rankings


  1. Switzerland
  2. Japan
  3. Canada
  4. Germany
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Sweden
  7. Australia
  8. United States
  9. Norway
  10. France

To Start a Business

  1. Thailand
  2. India
  3. China

For Quality of Life

  1. Canada
  2. Sweden
  3. Denmark

Most Powerful

  1. United States
  2. Russia
  3. China

For Women

  1. Sweden
  2. Denmark
  3. Canada

For Education

  1. United Kingdom
  2. United States
  3. Canada

Source: U.S. News & World Report

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January 27, 2019

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Detroit, Michigan, January 27, 2019 — Detroit is where future mobility innovations meet the pavement. With the largest concentration of the world’s top automotive and technology executives, designers, engineers, and thought leaders, the North American International Auto Show serves as the global stage for companies to debut brand-defining vehicles and industry-shaping announcements.

In its 31st year as an international event, the NAIAS is the most influential annual automotive event in the world. NAIAS is unmatched in the industry in presenting six unique shows in one, including The Gallery, an ultra-luxury automotive event, AutoMobili-D, an inside look at future mobility platforms, Press Preview, Industry Preview, Charity Preview and then concluding with a nine-day Public Show.

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January 23, 2019

Mastercard and Pop Star Camila Cabello Collaborate to Bring Exclusive Experiences to Fans

From behind-the-scenes access to intimate performances, collab brings fans closer to the music.

MasterCard, Camilla Cabello

Photo: Singer Camila Cabello on set filming her new Mastercard ad which will highlight her collaboration and bring to life some of the exclusive experiences cardholders will enjoy. Image provided by & copyright © Mastercard. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Mastercard).

PURCHASE, N.Y., January 22, 2019 - Mastercard today announced a deal with GRAMMY-nominated, chart-topping recording artist Camila Cabello focused on the delivery of “truly unforgettable fan experiences for Mastercard cardholders and Camilizers.” Kicking off next month, Mastercard will start to roll out Priceless experiences that reflect the exclusivity, collaboration and access the partnership will provide, allowing fans to experience Cabello’s music like never before.

The first output of this collaboration will be a private show for fans and Mastercard cardholders in Los Angeles leading into the 61st GRAMMY Awards. The intimate show is set to take place at the famed Orpheum Theatre on February 6th and is sure to be an evening filled with the unexpected. Tickets to the Camila Cabello show will be available for purchase with a Mastercard beginning on Wednesday, January 23rd. Information about the L.A. show and ticket purchase will be available on

“I am thrilled to be a part of a collaboration that offers me the opportunity to engage with my fans in a way that brings them closer to the music,” says Cabello. “I can’t wait for fans to see what surprises we have in store.”

The partnership will bring together Mastercard expertise in delivering Priceless experiences aligned with cardholder passions together with Cabello’s global influence and commitment to her fan base to provide something extraordinary. After a tremendous year that includes the introduction of her first solo album Camila, first solo tour “Never Be The Same” and the chart-topping success of her debut album and music, the collaboration between Cabello and Mastercard will focus on exclusive access to co-created content, events, and experiences, as well as fan engagement.

“Consumers today seek real experiences and true interactions with the people who inspire them in their day to day life and as an empowering role model to her fans and beyond we are honored to partner with Camila,” said Cheryl Guerin, EVP Marketing & Communications for Mastercard. “She encapsulates our brand values, and we applaud her commitment and appreciation for fans. We look forward to working together to bring fans closer to their passion for music and inspiring them to Start Something Priceless of their own.”

The collaboration will be supported by a fully integrated marketing communications platform that encompasses a wide-reaching media campaign across social, print, radio, television and digital platforms.

Multi-Grammy nominated Cuban born singer & songwriter Camila Cabello released her debut solo album, CAMILA in January 2018 to rave reviews. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart at the same time as her single “Havana” Reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making Camila the first soloist in nearly 15 years to reach the #1 spot on both the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts in the same week.

Source: Mastercard

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Mastercard and The Rockefeller Foundation Announce ‘Data Science for Social Impact’

Mastercard, Rockefeller Foundation

DAVOS, Switzerland, January 22, 2019 — The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and The Rockefeller Foundation today announced Data Science for Social Impact. This transformational model for collaborative philanthropy will accelerate the use of data science by empowering non-profit, civic and government organizations with the tools, expertise and other capabilities they need to help solve the world’s most pressing challenges.

The collaborative was announced at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, with an initial commitment of $50 million from The Rockefeller Foundation and the Mastercard Impact Fund over five years and an invitation to other companies and philanthropies to join.

More than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are produced every day. This abundance of data, combined with rapidly advancing analytics capabilities, has the potential to improve the lives of billions of people around the world. While businesses have been building and deploying data science capabilities for many years, those on the front lines of social good often lack the resources to do the same. However, governments and non-profits are actively looking for new ways to advance their efforts through applied data to allow, for example, improved access to public transport for underserved communities or the acceleration of disease diagnoses.

Building on The Rockefeller Foundation’s leadership in social impact and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth’s guidance on data philanthropy and governance, the collaborative will identify key priorities and investment opportunities to accelerate data for good, whether that be through research, skill-building or the development of new technology platforms. By growing the data science capabilities of non-profit, civic and government organizations, the collaborative can help local leaders uncover new insights and trends from their data and build more impactful programs for the communities they serve.

“At Mastercard, we believe the digital economy needs to work for everyone. If we can close the gap by providing the non-profit, civic and government sectors with the tools, talent, and investments they need to apply data science effectively, then we have a shot at solving some of the greatest challenges of our time,” said Michael Froman, vice chairman and president, strategic growth at Mastercard. “We see a world where the promise of technological innovation can deliver on our goal of inclusive growth.”

“Like the introduction of science to medicine 100 years ago transformed the delivery of health worldwide, we are poised to take the next big leap bringing data science to social impact,” said Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, president of The Rockefeller Foundation. “We’re excited to invite partners from the public and private sectors to join Data Science for Social Impact and help us inspire a new generation of social sector leaders to use data for good.”

The collaborative’s first activity is $20 million in funding to DataKind, a global nonprofit that harnesses the power of data science and AI in the service of humanity that has completed over 250 projects by deploying expert data science volunteers from their network of over 30,000 across five worldwide chapters since its founding in 2011. This support from the collaborative will allow DataKind to transition from a project to a platform-based model, thereby, supporting more organizations on a set of common issues, including community health and inclusive growth.

Source: Mastercard

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January 20, 2019


IWC Watches

Photo: IWC Pilot’s Watch, Double Chronograph Edition.

IWC Watches

Photo: Negin Mirsalehi visits the IWC booth during the launch of its new Pilot’s Watches at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on January 15, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC).

IWC Watches

Photo: Adriana Lima visits the IWC booth during the launch of its new Pilot’s Watches at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on January 15, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for IWC).

IWC Watches

Photo: Hend Sabry visits the IWC booth during the launch of its new Pilot’s Watches at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on January 15, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for IWC).

IWC Watches

Photo: Sonam Kapoor attends the IWC Schaffhausen Gala celebrating the launch of the new Pilot’s Watches at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on January 15, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC).

IWC Watches

Photo: Dev Patel visits the IWC booth during the launch of its new Pilot’s Watches at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on January 15, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC).

Geneva, 16th January 2019 - IWC Schaffhausen celebrated the launch of its new Pilot’s Watches with an exclusive gala evening at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva.

Several well-known IWC brand ambassadors walked the red carpet, including film stars Bradley Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Dev Patel, James Marsden, and Sonam Kapoor; supermodels Adriana Lima and Karolina Kurkova; sports personalities Valtteri Bottas, David Coulthard and Jochen Mass; and influencers Negin Mirsalehi and Oliver Cheshire.

Source: IWC Schaffhausen

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