Raymond Weil teams up with Repetto for Shine watches

Updated 06 September 2017
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Raymond Weil teams up with Repetto for Shine watches

Raymond Weil, in partnership with the French firm, Repetto, has launched a variation on the Shine range of watches inspired by the world of ballet. “A symbol of freedom, elegance and movement, the Shine Etoile watch appears attired in the spirit of tulle and asserts its character as a true performer through the versatility of two interchangeable straps crafted in Repetto leather,” a press release said.
The company described the timepiece as “a jewelry watch that reinvents itself as the hours go by, representing a perfect ally for women and naturally adapting to their style and their desires.”
The watch is framed by a 32mm round steel case and the dial is backed with a subtle white tulle motif on galvanized silver-toned satin.
The Shine Etoile watch changes straps and style thanks to a patented system of removable lugs developed by the R&D team of Raymond Weil.
The watch comes with two interchangeable straps crafted in Repetto leather, which are available in blush pink — reminiscent of ballet shoes, and crystal carbon black to express “elegance and glamor.”
“In step with its blued hands, the Shine Etoile watch accompanies the 24 hours in a woman’s life. This versatile and multifaceted timepiece is the icon of the world’s gifted ballerinas, étoile dancers and other stellar feminine figures,” the press release added.
Jean-Marc Gaucher, CEO of Repetto, said: “Expertise is a living heritage that we cultivate and that we translate into the future. It is this mindset that sparked the cooperation with Raymond Weil — two independent family-minded companies that both nurture excellence and precision,”
Elie Bernheim, CEO of Raymond Weil, said: “For 40 years, Raymond Weil has been showcasing the wealth of Swiss watchmaking expertise. For 70 years, Repetto has been perpetuating this style, this French-style elegance and know-how that consolidates the stature of the country that saw the birth of classical ballet. Repetto and Raymond Weil epitomize beautiful family stories united by a quest for excellence and precision. Together, we accompany the women of the world as they give the performance of their lives.”


Nature Index ranks KAUST among world leaders

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Nature Index ranks KAUST among world leaders

The Nature Index Annual Tables showcase institutions with the highest outputs of top-quality research. For the first time, this includes a normalized ranking — placing King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) as first in Saudi Arabia and in the global top 20.

“It is fitting that as KAUST celebrates 10 years of scientific discovery we are ranked by Nature to be among the top institutions in the world for the quality of our research. This is proof that with the right people, facilities, networks and opportunities even a young university can be considered world-class,” said KAUST President Dr. Tony Chan. 

The new ranking considers the number of high-quality articles published as a proportion of an institute’s overall output in the natural sciences, as opposed to a simple raw number of articles. This reveals a very different set of leaders among academic institutions.

“This achievement is a clear demonstration that KAUST punches well above its weight for a university of our size and age in terms of the proportion of our research output published in the world’s top science journals,” said Distinguished Professor Donal Bradley, vice president for research at KAUST.

“It is also a great recognition of the dedication of our researchers in pushing the boundaries of fundamental science while simultaneously addressing the pressing societal needs of today and tomorrow.”

The top 100 Nature Index ranking draws on metrics known as the article count (AC) and fractional count (FC), which measure the number of articles and the contribution an institution makes to an article, respectively.

In contrast, the new normalized ranking is derived by considering the ratio of FC to the institution’s total article output in natural sciences as tracked by the Dimensions Database of Digital Science. The normalization calculation allows institutions of different sizes to be compared on the same basis.

“The inclusion this year of a normalized ranking draws to light some smaller institutes that are proportionally outstripping research powerhouses,” said David Swinbanks, founder of the Nature Index on announcement of the new rankings. 

“The smallest institutions in the top 10 have some common features: Ambition, as disclosed by mission statements about striving to be the best in the world, interdisciplinarity, with the strong embrace of collaboration across fields, and in several cases, the backing of Nobel laureates.”