New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineSince 2009, Sébastien Buemi has proved his worth on motor-racing tracks around the world. The young and immensely talented Swiss driver has been part of the Audemars Piguet family for almost three years now as brand ambassador, joining motorsports legend Michael Schumacher. Since then, the native of Canton Vaud has been pursuing his quest for excellence and is already asserting himself as one of the finest drivers in the history of Swiss motorsports.The ultra-sporty version of the Royal Oak (Audemars Piguet’s icon watch since 1972), the Royal Oak Offshore is the ultimate extreme chronograph that has for almost 20 years embodied the inexhaustible creativity and technical excellence which the Manufacture has devoted to serving performance and style. After having associated its name in the past with great drivers such as Rubens Barrichello, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jarno Trulli, Audemars Piguet is continuing its race to the heights by presenting a 250-piece special series of the Royal Oak Offshore dedicated to the young Swiss champion.Royal Oak Offshore Sébastien Buemi A quest for perfection, the pursuit of performance, as well as a passion for precision and high aesthetic standards: these are just some of the key values that Sébastien Buemi shares with the Manufacture in Le Brassus. Audemars Piguet continues to cultivate long-established ties with the world of motor sports thanks to the limited series it has created (Royal Oak Offshore Jarno Trulli, Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix, Millenary Tour Auto 2011, Jules Audemars Gstaad Classic, etc.), as well as through the major events it has been sponsoring for several years such as the Gstaad Classic, the Spa Classic and the Tour Auto.Sleek bodywork and high-tech materials Representing the quintessence of a successful alliance between Fine Watchmaking and the technical sophistication of exceptional motor sports, the Royal Oak Offshore Sébastien Buemi offers a blend of inventive aesthetic appeal and cutting-edge mechanics. Its 42 mm case is made of grade 5 stainless titanium, a material that is ultra-light, non-allergenic, anti-corrosive and very pleasant to wear thanks to its low thermal conductivity. Its extremely virile grey color is softened by the sandblasted finishing and elegant polished bevels admirably combining the sporting elegance and controlled power exuded by the case middle. The emblematic feature of this superlative chronograph, the famous octagonal bezel equipped with eight hexagonal steel screws, has been subtly designed in ceramics. This virtually scratch-proof high-tech material, borrowed from the automobile world and seven times harder than steel, has been chosen for its excellent durability and its radiance.The “Méga Tapisserie” motif characteristic of the Royal Oak Offshore is interpreted in black with luminescent hour-markers, three-color (black, grey and white) sub-dials and red chronograph function hands to ensure optimal legibility of the elapsed times. The yellow outer minute circle (transferred either in black against a yellow background or in yellow against a black background) harmoniously adorns the dial and highlights the inner bezel ring featuring a tachometric scale. The choice of this color is no coincidence, since it echoes Sébastien Buemi’s favorite color that has been an integral part of his equipment for years, particularly on his racing helmet.The transparent sapphire crystal case back, bearing a transfer of the driver’s personal logo, provides an opportunity to admire the beauty of the Manufacture Audemars Piguet Calibre 3126/3840 powering this eminently technical chronograph.Controlled speed and an exceptional calibre Driven by Manufacture Audemars Piguet Calibre 3126/3840, developed on the basis of the legendary Calibre 3120, this self-winding chronograph is a remarkable “engine” known for its great precision and exceptional reliability. These two qualities are ensured by a variable-inertia balance fitted with eight inertia blocks to guarantee accurate adjustment and excellent stability; an anthracite oscillating weight mounted on ceramic ball bearings; a cross-through balance bridge; as well as a stop-seconds time-setting mechanism. For optimal user-friendliness, the in-house made Calibre 3126/3840 is also fitted with an ingenious fast-date adjustment system serving to avoid any risk of the date disc blocking if a correction is made at midnight.Entirely hand-assembled in the Manufacture workshops in Le Brassus, this calibre remains a benchmark in terms of its decoration. The main-plate is circular-grained on both sides. The bridges are adorned with Côtes de Genève and the sinks are diamond-polished, while the 22-carat gold oscillating weight is adorned with the refined touch of the Audemars and Piguet family crests. This bidirectional winding oscillating weight has also been given a galvanic treatment endowing it with an undeniably modern anthracite color.www.audemarspiguet.com
Orlando, FL – The world’s first Jurassic Park-themed hotel suites are making their debut at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, offering guest accommodations that integrate the adventures of Universal Orlando’s theme parks into the hotel experience. Featuring raptor’s cage headboards, custom wall murals, artwork from the making of the movies and Jurassic Park-themed furniture, these suites offer privacy for mom and dad, with a separate room for the kids decorated in the Jurassic Park theme.“Children step inside these suites and are visually transported to the island off the coast of Costa Rica, where dinosaurs roamed,” says Kimberly Bewley, principal designer. “We blended textures, colors and graphics to reflect the raw industrialism of the science labs in the movies and the wildness of the jungle. Children’s fascination and imagination are captivated by these one-of-a-kind hotel suites.”The two-room suites offer ample space for traveling families, and parents appreciate the added feature that only allows access from the children’s room into the adult’s room and not into the hallway. “Kids absolutely love them,” says General Manager David Bartek. “In fact, we’ve had a few ask us if they could just move in … permanently.”In addition to creating the Jurassic Park-themed kid’s suites, the hotel has also completed renovations on all guest rooms and other suites in a design motif that reflects the warmth, beauty and charm of the South Pacific. The new look is all-at-once fresh and inviting, but rooted in the romantic notion of travel that is celebrated throughout the AAA Four Diamond resort.The $10 million room renovation includes luxurious duvets that hint at the allures of the islands, such as bamboo and fresh flowers that are always in bloom. The new design features a bamboo ceiling border accent, and a metal, bamboo-patterned wall screen that visually separates the sleeping area from the bathroom. Sisal-style carpeting is combined with rattan and cane features for the headboards, night tables, and dresser casework. Custom Royal Pacific travel posters complete the island experience.Technology upgrades include the addition of iHome clock radios, with iPod docking stations, in all rooms and suites. The final technology upgrade is currently underway with the installation of 32-inch flat panel televisions in all guest rooms, larger flat panel televisions in all suite parlors and granite tops on the guest room credenzas.The 1,000-room Loews Royal Pacific Resort opened in 2002 as the third on-site hotel at Universal Orlando. It has been honored by Travel & Leisure Family as one of the top family-friendly resorts in the country. The world-class accommodations at Universal Orlando Resort also include the rock ‘n’ roll themed Hard Rock Hotel and the Italian-themed Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. All three on-site hotels are connected to each other and to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and CityWalk by a scenic waterway. On-site hotel guests enjoy a variety of special theme park privileges including Universal Express ride access. Just by showing their valid hotel room key card, on-site hotel guests can bypass the regular ride and attraction lines. This complimentary benefit is available to all guests staying on-site at Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando.About Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando As part of a joint venture with Universal Parks and Resorts and Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Loews Hotels co-owns and manages three distinctively themed on-site hotels located at Universal Orlando. The 750-room Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando opened in September 1999 and is a re-creation of the famed Mediterranean seaside resort village of Portofino, Italy. The 650-room Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort opened in January of 2001 and is a California mission-style estate designed as if it were the home of a sophisticated rock star. The 1,000-room Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando opened in June 2002 and is a South Pacific-themed property featuring brilliantly colored orchids, exotically shaped palm trees and hand-carved stone statues from remote island villages. All three hotels are connected to each other and to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and CityWalk by a scenic waterway. On-site hotel guests enjoy a variety of exclusive theme park privileges, including Universal Express ride access. Just by showing their valid hotel room key card, on-site hotel guests can bypass the regular attraction lines.About Loews Hotels Headquartered in New York City, Loews Hotels owns and/or operates 18 hotels and resorts in the U.S. and Canada. Located in major city centers and resort destinations from coast to coast, the Loews portfolio features one-of-a-kind properties that go beyond Four Diamond standards to delight guests with a supremely comfortable, uniquely local and vibrant travel experience. Loews boasts some of the industry’s most innovative and successful travel programs, including Loews Loves Kids for families and Loews Loves Pets for discerning animals on the road. For reservations or more information on Loews Hotels, call 1-800-23-LOEWS or check www.loewshotels.comAbout Universal Orlando Resort The Universal Orlando resort destination (www.universalorlando.com) includes two dramatically distinct and adjacent theme parks, the Universal Studios motion picture and television theme park and Islands of Adventure, Orlando’s most thrilling and exhilarating theme park. Universal Orlando also includes CityWalk, a 30-acre dining, shopping, club and live-entertainment venue as well as premier on-site Loews Hotels and world-class film and television production facilities.