Audemars Piguet unveils world’s thinnest calendar wristwatch

Audemars Piguet’s new timepiece has a movement of 2.89 mm in thickness and a case of 6.3 mm in height.
Updated 10 June 2019
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Audemars Piguet unveils world’s thinnest calendar wristwatch

With a movement of 2.89 mm in thickness and a case of 6.3 mm in height, Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Self-winding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin has become the world’s thinnest automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch, marking the Swiss brand’s latest technological milestone. 

The manufacture’s R&D team has integrated movement development, design and ergonomics in the conception of this new timepiece to boost its efficiency, robustness and reliability. The result is an ultra-thin self-winding perpetual calendar wristwatch equipped with a complex movement re-engineered to integrate an ultra-thin case, perfectly fitting under the sleeve of a shirt and endowed with a refined dial design enhancing visibility.

To reach an ultra-thin movement of 2.89 mm in height, the perpetual calendar functions, normally arranged on three levels, have been merged into one single layer. This led to the development of two patented innovations: The end-of-the-month cam has been integrated with the date wheel, while the month cam has been combined with the month wheel. The geometry of each component has also been optimized from the onset, reducing adjustment and assembly time. The dial, too, has been redesigned compared to previous Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar models. The day, date and month sub-dials have been enlarged for optimum legibility, while the night and day indication at 8 o’clock has been added symmetrically to the leap year indication positioned at 4 o’clock.

Evolving from the initial 950 platinum RD#2 prototype presented in 2018 at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, the new timepiece combines titanium and 950 platinum for an elegant look and a lighter feel on the wrist. 

Audemars Piguet is one of the oldest Swiss manufacturers of luxury mechanical watches and clocks.


Rove At The Park opens in Dubai Parks and Resorts

Updated 17 June 2019
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Rove At The Park opens in Dubai Parks and Resorts

Rove Hotels, a contemporary midscale hotel brand, has opened its sixth hotel in Dubai — Rove At The Park — in Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the region. As the opening offer, guests can stay at Rove At The Park for 199 dirhams ($54) per night inclusive of two tickets to Dubai Parks and Resorts.
Rove At The Park has 579 rooms and interconnecting family rooms. Guests at Dubai Parks and Resorts can access more than 100 fun rides and attractions spread across Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park. This is in addition to free access to themed zones, street ambiance and numerous shops and restaurants at Riverland Dubai.
On the opening of the new hotel, Paul Bridger, corporate director of operations, Rove Hotels, said: “Guests love Rove Hotels for their convenient locations, funky interiors, chilled ambience and great service, which have made the brand one of the most popular in the city. We are excited to open Rove At The Park, our sixth and largest property in Dubai. The hotel offers a launchpad to discover Dubai Parks and Resorts and the rest of the city.”
Ahmed Al-Rayyes, chief retail and hospitality officer, DXB Entertainments, the company that owns Dubai Parks and Resorts, said:
“Dubai Parks and Resorts is a dynamic leisure destination with attractions that appeal to families, couples, and theme park enthusiasts from around the globe. With the opening of Rove At The Park, guests will have easy access to a vibrant new hotel that is perfect for residents looking for a quick weekend getaway. Opening a second hotel is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts’ strategy to have more than 1,300 keys at the destination by the second half of 2020. We look forward to welcoming even more tourists who will now be able to enjoy rides and attractions at the park, with the option of a conveniently located hotel in the vicinity.”
Rove At The Park is just over half an hour drive from the Dubai International Airport and the Al-Maktoum International Airport. Additionally, the hotel is just minutes away from the future Expo 2020 location, making it convenient for visitors traveling to the exhibition.
The design of Rove At The Park is inspired by the local area and uses art to tell stories and offer Instagrammable moments throughout the hotel. All 579 rooms house a 48-inch interactive TV screen with a smart media hub and free Wi-Fi. The rooms have designer mattresses, pull-out beds for extra guests, a mini-fridge, a large safe, and a modern bathroom with power rain showers.