Swatch, Bape collection offers 6 stylish watches

The limited-edition watches are dedicated to Bern, London, New York City, Paris, Tokyo, and to the ‘entire planet.’
Updated 07 July 2019

Swatch, Bape collection offers 6 stylish watches

Swiss watchmaker Swatch has announced a collaboration with Japanese streetwear brand — A Bathing Ape — for the launch of a limited-edition collection of watches.

The partnership has resulted in the “Big Bold Bape The World” collection comprising six stylish models, where “street culture meets innovative Swiss watchmaking.” Five are dedicated to a different city each and one is a “global” edition. 

Founded in 1993, A Bathing Ape — also known as Bape — is said to be the first-ever true streetwear brand and a pioneering label in street culture. The brand specializes in men’s, women’s and children’s lifestyle and street wear, running 19 stores in Japan.

“Swatch and Bape show their love for a globalized world with the launch of six new limited-edition watches dedicated to their favorite (mega)-cities and the globe. Bern, London, New York City, Paris, Tokyo and the entire planet: Here we come!” a press release said.

The latest “Swatch Big Bold,” a statement piece boasting a 47mm watchcase and a silicone strap, serves as a canvas for this limited-edition collection. All six models feature a newly designed signature Bape camouflage pattern as well as Bape’s ape head logo on the hour hand and the lower strap, while the enhanced Swatch logo is evocative of the watchmaker’s debut in the 1980s. The five city watches are numbered and limited to either 983 or 1993 pieces, paying tribute to each brand’s respective birth year. 

The collection “shouts out to big personalities, celebrating the world, diversity and time,” a statement said.


Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

Updated 17 October 2019

Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

  • Citizens of Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia can now benefit from fast and convenient 
eVisa portal when arranging their next visit to the city of St. Petersburg.
Guarded by two marble lions at the entrance, the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg sits within the walls of a 19th-century royal palace in the beautifully preserved imperial city of St. Petersburg. Celebrated globally for its history and architecture, Russia’s cultural capital recently became an even more attractive destination for GCC travelers thanks to the introduction of a convenient new online eVisa process.
Launched at the beginning of October, the St. Petersburg eVisa portal enables citizens from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman to enjoy the benefits of fast and simple online visa applications. Travelers can simply fill in the online form, upload a photograph, and can complete the entire process in just a few clicks. Applications can be made within 20 days of traveling, and up to four days before arrival. The visa is valid for stays of up to eight days in St. Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad Region.
Felix Murillo, general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, said: “The introduction of the eVisa portal offers a new level of convenience for international travelers, making it easier than ever for GCC citizens to arrange a trip to our wonderful city. Our concierge team takes great pleasure in highlighting St. Petersburg’s historical and cultural visitor attractions, and will be happy to arrange anything our guests may require to turn every trip into an unforgettable experience. We look forward to welcoming visitors from the Middle East to our beautiful hotel to share cherished moments and create memories that will last a lifetime.”
The Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg is located in the upmarket Admiralteysky district and was originally constructed in the early 19th century for Prince Alexander Yakovlevich Lobanov-Rostovsky.
Since first opening its doors to guests in 2013, the property offers 183 rooms, including 26 sumptuously decorated suites.
Perhaps the most stunning of the hotel’s accommodations is the one-of-a-kind Lobanov Presidential Suite, where guests can gather by the living room fireplace for a night of intimate conversation, host an al fresco dinner party on the expansive private terrace with stunning views of the Admiralty building and the surrounding park, or retreat to the grand master bedroom for a quiet and cosy evening.
The hotel is inviting guests to embark on a range of culinary adventures across its three restaurants. Diners can experience pan-asian fusion flavors at Sintoho, authentic Italian dishes at Percorso and modern Russian cuisine at The Tea Lounge.
Catering to the needs of visitors from the Middle East, halal meat is available on request.