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84% Indians Wish To Be Beach Ready Before Beach Vacation

Business Wire India

  • Indians lead globally in (40%) getting their hair done, (30%) Tanning and (43%) Go for spa treatments before going on a beach vacation
  • Indians 2nd highest (24%) in terms of using a Wi-Fi connection at the beach to stay connected to work or checking work email and 3rd highest (39%) in using a WiFi connection at the beach to share current activities on Instagram or Snapchat.  Indians are also 2nd most likely to say they love posting photos of themselves in swimwear

Expedia®, a leading full service online travel company, today released the results of the 2016 Flip Flop Report, an analysis of behaviour and preferences among beachgoers in Asia Pacific, North America, Europe and South America. The survey highlights interesting findings regarding Indians’ preference and behaviour towards beach holidays. The survey was conducted online from April 6 to April 21, 2016 by Northstar, a globally integrated strategic insights consulting firm using the Kantar-owned GMI (Global Market Insite) and Lightspeed Research amalgamated group of panels. The study was conducted among 11,155 adults aged 18 years of age and older, across 24 countries using the Kantar-owned GMI (Global Market Insite) and Lightspeed Research amalgamated group of panels.

Key Findings from India:
India leads in:

  • For 45% Indians, travel time to destination is an important factor when where to take a beach vacation
  • To 48% Indians, a kid-friendly destination is very important in decision making
  • A destinations that offers a great nightlife is also important to 39% Indians
  • 43% Indians get a spa treatment before going on vacation as part of their “beach-ready” preparations
  • 26% Indians identify the “Flirter” as the most frustrating/ annoying fellow beachgoer
  • Indians are most likely globally to say they don’t wear any sunscreen (18%)
  • India 3rd highest (39%) in saying they would use a WiFi connection at the beach to share current activities on Instagram or Snapchat
  • At 7%, India is 2nd highest in saying they love posting photos of themselves in swimwear

“The Flip-Flop survey has given us some interesting facts about Indians and their preferences for a beach vacation. According to the survey, India (81%) stands 2nd in taking a beach vacation last year. Thailand (82%) ranks 1st and Italy (79%) 3rd. Similar to their global counterparts, Indians rank cleanliness of beaches (73%) & safety of beaches (68%) as being most important when choosing a beach vacation. Indians place more importance than beachgoers from other countries on a great nightlife (39%), adult only activities (27%), and Social media visibility (31%) when choosing a destination. Indians (24%) rank 2nd after Thailand (25%) in saying they would use a WiFi connection at the beach to stay connected to work / check work email. said Manmeet Ahluwalia, Marketing Head, Expedia in India.
Indians place more importance than beachgoers globally on factors like destinations which offer a great nightlife (39%), destinations which offer adult only activities (27%), social media visibility (31%), beaches that allow beachgoers to go nude (24%), destinations with plenty of singles (26%), travel time to destination (45%), availability of kid friendly resorts & activities (48%) when deciding where to take a beach vacation.

  • Indians identify a family-friend resort (32%) or an eco-friendly resort (16%) as the type of accommodation they would be most likely to stay at if they took a beach vacation in the next 12 months. 
  • Indians are also almost twice as likely as beachgoers globally (13% vs. 7% respectively) to say they would choose a luxury 5-star resort if they took a beach vacation in the next year.


  • Get hair done- 40% Indians (the highest of any country) say they get their hair done before going on a beach vacation. Italians were 2nd highest at 28%, followed by the Netherlands at 27%. Beachgoers from Japan (8%) and Singapore and Denmark (10%) are least likely to get their hair done before going on a beach vacation. 
  • Tanning- Indians are the most likely to go tanning before going on a beach vacation (30%), followed by beachgoers from Japan (28%), Hong Kong (25%) and Italy (25%).   Beachgoers Thailand (5%), New Zealand (7%) and Australia (8%) are least likely to do so.
  • Go for spa treatments- Indians are most likely to get a spa treatment (e.g., manicure, pedicure) to get “beach ready” (43%) followed by beachgoers from Mexico (23%) & Brazil (22%). Whereas Beachgoers from Japan (2%), Sweden & Norway (4%) are least likely to get a spa treatment pre-vacation.


  • Globally, “The Slob” (The beachgoer who doesn't clean up after himself and leaves garbage on the beach), “The Boozer” (The beachgoer who drinks heavily) and “The Inattentive Parent” (The beachgoer who lets their children run wild) are voted the most annoying fellow beachgoers.
  • Indians are more likely to be bothered by the “The Ogler” – the beachgoer who openly stares at others (32%) along with beachgoers from Germany (35%) and France (30%).
  • Indians are also more likely to be frustrated by “The Flirter” – the beachgoer who is looking for love and openly flirts with everyone (26%), along with beachgoers from South Korea (24%) & Singapore (20%).
  • Indians are also more likely to be frustrated by “The Paparazzi” – The beachgoer who photographs strangers (32%), along with beachgoers from Singapore & Malaysia (32%).  


  • Globally, the 5 most frequent beach activities are: 
  1. Walking – highest among Mexicans (76%), Indians (74%), Thai (73%) and Italians (73%)
  2. Swimming – highest among Austrians (83%), Germans (74%) and Mexicans (72%)
  3. Sunbathing – highest among Brazilians (70%), Italians (64%) and Norwegians and Spaniards (62%)
  4. Watching a sunrise / sunset – highest among Mexicans (75%), Indians (73%) and Thai (56%)
  5. Reading – highest among Italians (63%), Austrians (61%) and Germans (54%)


  • Globally, beachgoers are most worried about having your wallet / passport / possessions stolen while on a beachgoers, with concerns highest among beachgoers from Sweden (47%), Hong Kong (41%), Germany and the UK (39%) and lowest among those from Italy (27%), the United States (26%) and India (24%).
  • Afraid to swim at the beach because of sharks- 19% of beachgoers globally are afraid to swim at the beach because of sharks – this is highest among those from Hong Kong (53%), Singapore (38%), India (35%) and Malaysia (35%), and lowest among beachgoers from Sweden (8%), Italy (9%) and Austria (10%).


  • Globally, a swimsuit with cover up is the beach attire of choice among women (38%) – highest among those in Japan (77%), Malaysia (68%) and India (67%).
  • Globally, men vote swim trunks no top, as the beach attire of choice – highest among those in Denmark (79%), Norway (75%) and Spain (74%).
  • 63% of beachgoers globally consider a Speedo-style swimsuit for men acceptable beach attire – highest among those in Brazil (92%), Netherlands (90%) and Italy (77%) and lowest in Hong Kong (44%), South Korea (47%) and the US (48%)
  • Considerably fewer (32%) consider a thong-style swimsuit for men acceptable – highest among those in Thailand, Malaysia (55%) and India (52%) and lowest in South Korea (14%), Brazil (14%) and Italy (17%).
  • Globally, 21% say they are very uncomfortable with topless or nude beachgoershighest among beachgoers in South Korea (41%), India (38%) and Malaysia (34%) and lowest in Germany (6%), Spain (6%) and Austria (7%).


  • Share what you are currently doing on Instagram or Snapchat- Thailand leads at 56%, followed by Mexico (41%) and India (39%). Whereas, only 6% from Japan, Germany, France say the same
  • Read books or magazines on a mobile device– Italy leads at 26%, followed by India (25%) and Malaysia (24%). Whereas, Japan (6%),  Netherlands and France (11%) are at the bottom
  • Stay connected to work / check work email- At 25% Thailand leads, followed by India (24%) and Malaysia (20%). Whereas those from France, Denmark (4%) and Japan (5%) are least likely to say they would use a WiFi connection at the beach to check in with work.   
  • Play video games on a mobile device – At 28% Singapore leads, followed by India (25%), Malaysia (23%).  Lowest among those from Japan (4%), Denmark (6%) and Germany and Netherlands (7%).


  • Love posting photos of me in my swimwear- At 10% USA leads, followed by India (7%) and Singapore (4%).

About the Survey:
This study was conducted on behalf of Expedia by Northstar, a globally integrated strategic insights consulting firm.  This survey was conducted online from April 6 to April 21, 2016 across North America, Europe, South America and Asia Pacific using the Kantar-owned GMI (Global Market Insite) and Lightspeed Research amalgamated group of panels.  The study was conducted among 11,155 adults aged 18 years of age and older across 24 countries. Sampling quotas and weighting were used to ensure the sample is representative of each country’s population in terms of age and gender. Assuming a probability sample, the margin of error would be +/-0.93 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
About Expedia:
Expedia is a leading full service online travel company with localized sites in 33 countries. Expedia is a one-stop solution for all travel needs, with a comprehensive and distinctive suite of travel solutions covering over in over 200 countries with 15000+ holiday activities and 400+ airlines, 281,000 hotels worldwide. Expedia helps consumers not only book flights, hotels, buses and tourist attractions globally, but also provides services like visa and car rentals, supported by a 24×7 call centre in India.
For more information, visit- https://www.expedia.co.in/
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Ascensia Diabetes Care Renews International Alliance with Medtronic

Business Wire India

Today Ascensia Diabetes Care announced that it has renewed its global alliance with Medtronic plc to develop and market innovative diabetes management solutions for patients worldwide. As part of the agreement, Ascensia Diabetes Care will continue to exclusively co-develop and supply CONTOUR™ NEXT LINK and CONTOUR™ PLUS LINK blood glucose meters that are wirelessly compatible to communicate with Medtronic’s integrated insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems.


The renewal announced today lasts for five years, and follows more than eight years of successful worldwide collaboration.


Michael Kloss, CEO of Ascensia Diabetes Care, explained, “To date we have launched three meter generations with Medtronic MiniMed insulin pump systems across the world and have seen tremendous success with this alliance. Medtronic is leading the path towards the artificial pancreas through their research and development. It is testament to the high quality and remarkable accuracy of our blood glucose monitoring systems that Medtronic has chosen them as part of their MiniMed insulin pump systems. We are delighted to collaborate with Medtronic on future insulin pump systems to simplify and improve the lives of people with diabetes.”


Alejandro Galindo, president of the Intensive Insulin Management Business at Medtronic, said, “Medtronic aims to transform diabetes care around the world through continuous product innovations so that people living with diabetes can enjoy greater freedom and better health. We are excited to continue our strategic alliance with Ascensia as we strive to achieve this goal.”


Michael Kloss added, “At Ascensia Diabetes Care, we believe that the sharing of knowledge and expertise is vital to help us simplify and improve the lives of those with diabetes. For this reason we actively encourage collaborations with leading science and technology companies like Medtronic.”


Ascensia Diabetes Care was established from the sale of the Bayer Diabetes Care business to Panasonic Healthcare Holdings Co., Ltd. The CONTOURTM NEXT LINK and CONTOURTM PLUS LINK meter portfolios have been specifically developed to automatically transmit blood glucose test results wirelessly to Medtronic’s insulin pump systems. Seamless integration makes the continuous glucose monitoring calibration and bolus calculations quick and easy, while eliminating the risk of inaccuracies due to manual entry errors. The latest meter generation also allows for insulin bolus release directly from the meter. The CONTOUR™ PLUS LINK meters are not available for sale in the United States.


Notes for Editors


About Ascensia Diabetes Care


Ascensia Diabetes Care is a global specialist diabetes care company, dedicated to helping improve the lives of people with diabetes by empowering them to take charge of their health. We use our innovation and specialist expertise in diabetes to develop high quality solutions and tools that make a simple, positive, daily difference for people with diabetes.


Home to the world renowned CONTOURTM portfolio of blood glucose monitoring systems, our products combine advanced technology with user-friendly functionality that help people with diabetes to manage their condition. We are committed to continued research, innovation and development of new products. As a leader in diabetes care and a trusted partner, we collaborate closely with healthcare professionals and other partners to ensure our products meet the highest standards of accuracy and compliance.


Ascensia Diabetes Care was established in 2016 through the sale of Bayer Diabetes Care to Panasonic Healthcare Holdings Co., Ltd. Ascensia Diabetes Care products are sold in more than 125 countries. Following the close of the transaction in all countries, Ascensia Diabetes Care will have around 1,400 employees and operations in 38 countries.


For further information please visit the Ascensia Diabetes Care website at: http://www.ascensia.com.


CONTOUR™ is a registered trademark of Ascensia Diabetes Care Holdings AG.





Pepperfry Announces 24 Hours Furniture Delivery in Mumbai

Business Wire India
Pepperfry.com, India’s No.1 Furniture and Home marketplace today announced that it would deliver furniture in Mumbai within 24 hours at no extra charge as part of its mission to help 20 Million customers create beautiful homes by 2020.

Pepperfry is India’s first furniture company to offer 24 hour delivery of large and heavy furniture items. These deliveries will be done using Pepperfry’s own logistics network.
Gone are the days when customers had to wait for weeks to get furniture delivered to their homes. Over the last few years Pepperfry has developed a specialized large item delivery network with a fleet of 400 vehicles that operate from 16 hubs across India serving customers in 500 cities. Pepperfry leverages these delivery and service capabilities to ensure the highest levels of customer delight.
Talking about this initiative Hussaine Kesury, Vice-President and Business Head Furniture, Pepperfry said, “Pepperfry is known for introducing pioneering concepts in the furniture and home segment. We want to leverage our specialized delivery network and go out of the way to delight our customers by offering superfast 24 hours delivery service in key markets.”
This service is initially being rolled out for Pepperfry customers in Mumbai on select furniture designs and Pepperfry plans to extend it soon to other key metros in the country. Pepperfry customers can check the availability of this service timeline by providing their PIN Codes during the check-out process. The service comes free of cost to the customers.

About Pepperfry.com
Pepperfry is India’s leading Furniture and Home products marketplace, offering customers an unparalleled selection of amazingly priced Home products and a consistently great shopping experience. The Pepperfry managed marketplace helps thousands of entrepreneurs and merchants sell to millions of discerning customers across India and the world.

Photo Caption: Pepperfry Launches 24 Hour Delivery in Mumbai

Menarini Group and MSD Extends Global Partnership to the Asia-Pacific Region

Business Wire India

Singapore-based A. Menarini Asia-Pacific Holdings Pte Ltd (“Menarini Asia-Pacific”) and MSD have embarked on a multi-year partnership for Menarini Asia-Pacific to assume the sales, marketing and distribution of a number of MSD’s pharmaceutical brands in Asia-Pacific since January 2016.


The partnership involves six (6) countries, namely Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, Brunei and Macao with annual sales in excess of USD70 million1 that could potentially extend to other key Asia-Pacific markets. The partnership covers a portfolio of highly recognized brands among physicians and patients, ranging from Cardiology, Respiratory and Women’s Health to Central Nervous System and Dermatology. Prior to this agreement, Menarini and MSD had already developed similar partnerships in several other markets in Europe.


“Menarini is excited about the extended partnership to the Asia-Pacific Region that will serve to further strengthen our global collaboration with MSD. MSD is a partner that shares the same core values of upholding a culture of integrity and maintaining the highest ethical standards in the way we do business. The MSD portfolio both complements our existing brands and expands our therapeutic categories and, thanks also to our extensive presence and capabilities in the Region, I am confident that that it will allow us to speed up our growth, said Dr. Luca Lastrucci, CEO of Menarini Asia-Pacific.


“Menarini has been a reliable partner for MSD with similar shared values, a strong sales and marketing footprint, and an excellent track record across the region. We are confident they will grow these brands and increase access for patients to these important medicines,” said Jan Van Acker, President, MSD Asia-Pacific.


About Menarini Asia-Pacific


Menarini Asia-Pacific is a member of the Menarini Group, the world’s largest Italian biopharmaceutical company, and provides physicians and healthcare professionals with medical and scientific information with competence, correctness and the highest ethical standards in all its work processes”. Menarini has the heritage of over 130 years and over 16,000 employees in more than 100 countries. Menarini Asia-Pacific’s vision is to be a leading provider of important healthcare brands to improve the lives of people in the region. Menarini Asia-Pacific operates across the entire commercial value chain, from clinical development, regulatory approval and product launch to lifecycle management with a diverse portfolio of proprietary and partnered brands in key therapeutic fields, including Consumer Health, Dermatology, Allergy/Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Oncology/Specialty Care and Men’s Health.


For more information about Menarini Asia-Pacific, please visit: www.menariniapac.com





Embassy Group Announces the Launch of Embassy Springs – Bengaluru’s Largest Integrated Masterplanned City

Business Wire India
Embassy Group, India’s leading real estate developer today announced the launch of Embassy Springs, Bengaluru’s largest masterplanned city, within the silicon valley of India. Spread across 300 acres in North Bangalore, Embassy Springs comprises of 188 acres of plots, 41 acres of apartments, 22 acres of villas & row houses, 20 acres of club & schools and 35 acres of commercial & retail space.
Over the last decade, Bengaluru has increasingly become an attractive investment destination nationally and internationally and has pipped the NCR region to become the second most preferred investment destination for investors after Mumbai. The city’s rapid progress in technology and global connectivity has helped drive real estate growth in the city and the northern corridor of Bangalore has specifically emerged as a favoured location for real estate investments owing to the international airport, planned infrastructure developments, land availability, greater connectivity and IT parks. 
Embassy Springs is strategically located just 8 kms before the Bengaluru International Airport, right before the toll plaza and is set close to the upcoming IFCI Financial City and KSIIDC Devanahalli Business Park, where real estate prices are on the upswing. Conceptualized as a truly self-sustained city by expert architects, design and landscape consultants, Embassy Springs is a perfect harmony between pristine natural & luxurious urban living. It offers a plethora of housing choices along with schools, hospitals, parks, clubs, commercial and retail spaces,  providing proximity to work, home and play. 
Commenting on the launch, Jitu Virwani, Chairman & Managing Director, Embassy Group, said, “We are delighted to launch Embassy Springsthe largest and most ambitious offering from Embassy to date – where we have invested in extensive masterplanning and careful detailing with the help of experts from across the world – to bring to India this experience of a self-sustained city. Embassy Springs provides the best of amenities and facilities, and is a result of our vision to provide a holistic living experience that improves quality of life. It is a representation of Bangalore in its true form – where the garden city meets the Silicon Valley of India to deliver a singular living experience.”
He further added, “Embassy Group has been a prominent property developer in the commercial and residential real estate sectors for the past several years. The launch of Embassy Springs further reinforces our continued focus on creating a large residential portfolio with a strong focus on the North Bengaluru corridor.”  
Reeza Sebastian, Vice President, Residential Marketing & Sales, Embassy Group, said, “Bangalore is a plethora of mixed cultures blending seamlessly to give you the finest taste of metropolitan living. With Embassy Springs, we aim to redefine the meaning of suburban living in India by providing citizens a luxurious living experience in the midst of Mother Nature, offering world class amenities. It is an exemplification of a population who have evolved lifestyle experiences and aspire to live a good life. Embassy Springs will be a place of continual evolution and prosperity, where people from around the world will desire to live.”
This launch complements Embassy Group’s strong northern corridor strategy which today includes the flagship Manyata Embassy Business Park, India’s largest integrated business park, as well as existing premium residential developments Embassy ONE – which houses South India’s first Four Seasons Private Residences and Four Seasons Hotel, Embassy Boulevard  and Embassy Lake Terraces.
About Embassy Springs

  • Embassy Springs is Bengaluru’s biggest master planned city, within the silicon valley of India
  • A perfect harmony between pristine natural & luxurious urban living
  • 360 degree development plan laying emphasis on not just the residences but overall development of Springs as a self-sustained city
  • Spread over 300 acres, the area is divided into 188 acres of plots, 41 acres of apartments, 22 acres of villas & row houses,20 acres of club & schools and 35 acres of commercial & retail space
  • The proximity to Devanahalli Business Park and 30 min drive from Manyata Embassy Business Park gives the chance of staying in a city within the Silicon city of India
  • Best of luxurious living, world class hospitals, retail spaces, renowned educational institutions and fun filled entertainment all encompassed within one master city
  • With ample space dedicated to the development of schools, and Embassy’s past reputation with running two schools successfully, you can be rest assured to get the very best
  • A 1,50,000 square feet, lavishly designed club house to suit your sophisticated social life
  • The Karnataka Government plans on building an entertainment park called Space City on the lines of Disney Land in Devanahalli
  • Some proposed hotel projects including the Oberoi, Marriott Golf Resort & Trident are in the pipeline
  • The design aims to integrate the natural resources on site and compose these into a scenic landscape
  • Strong emphasis with implementation of water conservation, rain water streams and  bio ponds
  • The project will incorporate more species native to the region to ensure survival, ease of maintenance and to promote local biodiversity
  • Lakefront Promenade; a beautifully designed water front area for unwinding and refreshing yourself after a tiring day
  • Right from the kind of gravel to be used, to the different kinds of trees, landscaping,  every aspect is given importance to provide our patrons the best living experience 

About Embassy Group
Embassy Group is one of the leading property developers in India with a track record of over three decades in real estate development.  Embassy has an extensive land bank across the country and has developed over 37 million sft of prime commercial, residential and retail space in India as well as Malaysia and Serbia. Embassy’s portfolio of real estate developments spans the commercial, residential, industrial, retail and hospitality segments of the real estate industry. While the commercial real estate business includes the development of business parks for the IT/ITeS sector, SEZs and corporate office space. Embassy’s ongoing residential projects include luxury apartments, villas and integrated townships. Embassy’s residential projects are also designed to obtain IGBC Green Homes gold ratings as part of the efforts towards creating sustainable developments. More information at www.embassyindia.com

Snom Receives the “Security Made in Germany” Quality Seal

Business Wire India

Snom Technology, the leading developer of professional and business IP Telephones, is proud to announce that they are now members of the ‘TeleTrusT Association of Germany’. Snom strives to achieve perfection in all aspects of its development with unparalleled craftsmanship, elegant design, practicality and interoperability. A prime example of Snom’s ongoing focus in the area of communications security is their ‘No Spyware Guarantee’ which has been reinforced with earning the “Security made in Germany” Quality Seal.


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TeleTrusT is an association for IT security experts and facilitates information exchange between vendors, users and authorities. TeleTrusT comments on technical, political and legal issues related to IT security, and is an organizer of security related events and conferences. With a broad range of members and partner organizations, TeleTrusT embodies the largest competence network for IT security in Germany and Europe.


As a bearer of the TeleTrusT Quality Seal, Snom has proven their products are "IT Security made in Germany" and comply with the following requirements:





  • The company is headquartered in Germany.
  • The company is compliant with German data protection law.
  • The company offers trustworthy IT security solutions.
  • No solutions that contain non-declared backdoors are offered.
  • All the company's IT security research and development are conducted in Germany.


“We are proud to be part of TeleTrust competence network for IT security. Security presents a key differentiator for Snom and a critical aspect of our Precision German Engineering approach. By achieving the TeleTrusT Quality Seal, Snom further demonstrates its commitment. It also proves to our customers that they can have faith in our products.” commented Nadahl Shocair, CEO for Snom Technology AG.


About Teletrust


"ITSMIG" ("IT Security made in Germany") was established originally 2005 by the German Federal Ministries of the Interior and of Economics and Technology as well as by representatives of the German IT security industry. As a result of mutual consultations ITSMIG was in 2011 migrated to TeleTrusT.


The TeleTrusT Working Group "ITSMIG" aims to present IT security products, solutions and services "made in Germany" at national and international level working with industry partners, politics, authorities, organizations and science. They do this by emphasizing particular trustworthiness and have laid down criteria that are the basis for granting their quality seal.


About Snom Technology AG


Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Berlin Germany, Snom is a German multinational corporation and the world’s first and leading brand of professional and enterprise VoIP telephones. Snom operates wholly owned subsidiaries and branches in the United States, UK, France, Italy, Spain and Taiwan.


Snom’s German engineering is globally renowned for robust, high quality and feature-rich business telephones that are designed exclusively for the trained and certified professional IT and PBX installer. All of Snom’s products are universally compatible with leading PBX platforms operating under the SIP standard with over 4 million end-point installations globally. Snom products are sold through distributors to over 25,000 Snom Value Added Resellers across the world.


For more information, please visit www.snom.com


The original source-language text of this announcement is the official, authoritative version. Translations are provided as an accommodation only, and should be cross-referenced with the source-language text, which is the only version of the text intended to have legal effect.






Swiss-made Luxury Watch Brand ‘SAVOY’ Unveils their First Automatic Line: Epic Automatic Collection

Business Wire India
The consistently innovative and luxury-focused watch brand, SAVOY, is expanding the presence within the watch world with the introduction of its never-before-seen Epic Automatic Collection. The SAVOY brand emerged three years ago as an avant-garde force in the watch industry with its patented interchangeable strap insert system, featuring intricate details and iconic designs. Today, the Epic Automatic Collection marks SAVOY’s highly anticipated first foray into the automatic movement category. The price range starts from Rs. 50,000/- upwards.

Composed of a 43mm stainless 316Lcase with IP plating when applicable, the Epic single time model feature sits own caliber: SAV01 Swiss Automatic movement with hours, minutes, sweep second and date at 28.800 vibrations per hour. Uniquely crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the slightly larger44.5 mm Chronograph model, offers counters at 60 seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours, along with date and day, and features an ETA 7750 Swiss Automatic movement.
Reflective of SAVOY’s dedication to detail and distinctively bold style, both models include a special rotor design with the SAVOY logo, as well as a two-layer dial with a unique and independent grille design. With applique numbers and luminous indexes, as well as skeleton luminous hands, the Epic Automatic Collection embodies the superior Swiss craftsmanship and remarkable quality synonymous with the SAVOY name.

True to all watches within the SAVOY family, the Epic Automatic collection features a curved sapphire crystal with five layers of anti-reflective coating, and an exhibition back. Each SAVOY watch is up to 10 ATM/330 ft water resistant, and is equipped with SAVOY’s patented interchangeable strap insert system, allowing virtually endless customization. Straps are available in both rubber and leather and offer a custom deployment buckle.

Origin: Swiss made mechanism and manufacturing
Case: 43mm stainless steel (316L), PVD black or IP plating. 44.5mm case in all chronographs.
Movement:  SAV01 caliber Swiss made Automatic movement with hour, minute, second and date in all single time models.ETA 7750 Swiss made Automatic movement is featured for the chronographs version.
Dial: Two layer dial with a unique and independent grille design. Applique numbers and luminous indexes. Skeleton luminous hands.
Crystal: Curved sapphire crystal with 5 anti-reflective coatings and exhibition back
Strap: High grade rubber with patented screwed inserts system. Also available in leather winter 2014.
Buckle: Custom made stainless steel deployment buckle with interchangeable pins and push button release with logo.
Water resistance: 10 ATM, 100 m, 330 ft
Warranty: 2 years international
About ‘SAVOY’

Swiss-made luxury watch brand, SAVOY, was founded in 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, by Swiss native and former president of Hublot America, Pascal Savoy and his wife Lola Garcia. After two years of development, SAVOY launched worldwide at the 2011 Baselworld fair. Since its debut, SAVOY’s patented interchangeable strap insert system has gained widespread acclaim for its never-before-seen twist on traditional Swiss watchmaking. With prices starting well below that of comparable brands, SAVOY prides itself on its exclusivity. The brand is carried in highly selective boutiques in over 15 countries worldwide as well as on a selection of world-class cruise ships. In addition, the SAVOY brand also produces superior quality cufflinks and pens to be sold separately or to complement the watches in a complete product set.

Website:  http://savoywatches.in/

Social Media pages:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SavoyIndia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/savoy_india
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/savoywatches
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/savoyindia/
Photo Caption:
SAVOY Epic Automatic 44.5mm Chrono: F1202I-01C-RC03 – MRP Rs. 1,52,685/- 

SAVOY Epic Automatic 43mm Single Time: F1420h-01B-RI02 – MRP Rs. 99,820/-


Lipi Foundation Joins Harp Farmer in his Campaign Against Negative Stereotyping of Punjabis

Business Wire India

  • With his campaign “Stop Defaming Punjab”, the artist wants to bring back the pride of Punjab and request people to stop defaming it
  • Lipi Foundation is already running a campaign “From Shame to Pride” to end stereotyping

Pained by the defamation of Punjab on drugs issue, Harp Farmer, the well-known artist of Punjab started a drive against this negative agenda. He posted his video encouraging Punjabis to come forward to support the mission. The video garnered more than 1.5 million organic views on Facebook within one week. Prominent celebrities Daler Mehendi and Ankur Singh Patar supported his mission on social media with their selfie videos.  Ankur Patar is one of the three illustrators in the world, Adobe is making documentary on. Over 1000 videos have already been posted by youth of Punjab on various social media platforms with the hashtag #StopDefamingPunjab.
Finding Harp’s idea in sync with their campaign “From Shame to Pride”, Lipi Foundation joined hands with Harp.
Dr. Mahek Singh, Prinicipal Consultant, Lipi Foundation says, “While I was working with CAPART, MoRD and Centre of Excellence, Punjab University as a research associate, I found that most of the issues in the social sector come from stereotyping. In case of Punjab, the negative stereotyping is leading to unrest. As a result the region is defamed and looked down upon. Through our campaign “From Shame to Pride” we at Lipi foundation intend to bring the unbiased and positive side of the region to the forefront.
The startling news of drug abuse in Punjab have been making rounds in the country bringing a bad name to the state, which has prompted Harp Farmer to start an online campaign, which is gaining popularity. He launched this campaign through his page “Stop Defaming Punjab” (https://www.facebook.com/StopDefamingPunjab/).
Addressing media persons here, Harp stated, “I feel the pain when I travel abroad and people paint all the Punjabis in negative colours of being drug addicts. But these are not the true colors of Punjab. My mission is aimed at presenting the true colours of Punjab and clear myths regarding the drug abuse.”
“It’s a shame that some people are presenting a gory picture of Punjab for their selfish gains. Unfortunately they fail to understand that they are hampering the progress of the youth of Punjab. Drugs is a national problem and being a border state Punjab has been used as the doorway for drug trafficking but that doesn’t mean all Punjabis are the consumers of drugs,” he further added.
Lipi Foundation and Harp Farmer plan to do awareness campaign in different colleges and villages across Punjab, to educate the youth against the social evil of drug abuse. 
About Harp Farmer
Harpreet Singh is a multifaceted personality with a proven track in Photography, Filmmaking and acting. Widely famous as Harp Farmer from village Nadalon, District Hoshiarpur, Harpreet has been working with a sole motive of promoting Punjab and the spirit of Punjab for the last 5 years. He has held exhibitions in India and Australia under the banner “Colors of Panjaab” to showcase various facets of vibrant Punjab.  Harp believes that there is a lot in Punjab that is still untold and that the villages (Pind) of Punjab hold a lot of talent, which needs to reach the world.
About Lipi Foundation
Lipi Foundation is a social organization working in the space of Family Counselling and digital awareness and aims to construct better communications tools for common masses.
The social organization was already running a campaign called “From Shame to Pride” which aims at bettering communication in the social sector.
This newly formed association is certainly a good news for Punjab which was reeling under the attacks of sensational comments as a result of political vendetta in the region.

Photo Caption: L-R Ankur Patar, Harp farmer, Mahek Singh, Principal Consultant, Lipi Foundation; Hemant Mehta, media and PR consultant, Lipi Foundation

Sultan: The Game Now Available on Google Play

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High-Quality Visual effects, Sleek controls, action-centric game play, exclusive combat experience all this and more in Sultan: The Game. Developed by 99Games in collaboration with Yash Raj Films (YRF), Sultan: The Game will be available on Google Play today and will shortly be available on other stores.

“The release of Sultan: The Game has further cemented our relationship with Yash Raj Films. We’ve attempted to do something different this time with Sultan: The Game. We’ve opened up pre-registrations for the game and have seen a tremendous response so far,” said Rohith Bhat, CEO, 99Games. “Sultan: The Game by itself will not disappoint consumers and will put their nimble fingers to test” he added.

Manan Mehta, Vice-President of Marketing and Merchandise at Yash Raj Films, said, At YRF, we are very particular when it comes to our partnerships and firmly believe that film-themed games are not just another avenue to market our film. We treat games as a massive opportunity to engage with cinemagoers as well as widen our audience base. In 99Games, we found a strategic partner who understands this ideology and can bring to table their expertise. Sultan: The Game is one of the best developed film-themed games to have come out and will allow the audience to step into the shoes of the titular character.
To be a Sultan, all you need to do is download the game on Google Play here: http://bit.ly/prsultan

About 99Games

99Games is India's leading Developer and Publisher of games of international standards for Global & Indian consumers. It takes pride in creating India’s most successfully monetized game ‘Star Chef’ and India’s most downloaded game ‘Dhoom:3 The Game'. 99Games has published over 17 game titles since launch in 2009 and has clocked in 31 Million downloads globally till date. It has a unique growth strategy of addressing the Global and Indian market. With a highly experienced & stable management team working collaboratively for over 5 years, 99Games is considered as thought leaders in the Indian gaming industry. 99Games has raised $5MM to date from quality institutional investors – Kalaari Capital and Ascent Capital.

More details at http://www.99games.in

About Yash Raj Films

Yash Raj Films [YRF] is one of India's oldest and most respected story-tellers. A 4 decade old film & entertainment company with a fully integrated presence across the entire value chain covering everything from production, worldwide distribution, marketing, home entertainment & brand partnerships to design, licensing, consumer products, interactive media & talent management with offices across India and in US, UK & UAE differentiates it from all studios in the country.

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