An­to­nio Se­ward, gen­eral man­ager, Aude­mars Piguet SOUTH-EAST ASIA

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Travel & Fine Dinning -

game-chang­ing gad­get My iphone is the only gad­get that I use. Wun­derlist (which or­gan­ises tasks via to-do lists) is the lat­est app I’ve in­stalled. Travel tips When pack­ing, keep it sim­ple. An­tic­i­pate your monthly travel sched­ule and or­gan­ise pack­ing times and items ac­cord­ingly. Changi Air­port is so smooth al­ready, it is dif­fi­cult to make it any bet­ter. For other air­ports, just get there in time and make sure your phone and per­sonal com­puter are charged. Favourite carry-on bag My Aude­mars Piguet blue leather carry-on. I’ve used it so many times that it is cov­ered in tags. It’s a stark re­minder o f t he c razy pace of our lives. Tips for get­ting over jet lag Sleep on the plane, go to the gym upon ar­rival, stay awake and take mela­tonin. Rou­tine when fly­ing for busi­ness Read the pa­pers and get some work done. The worst thing you can do is ar­rive at your desti­na­tion with too many items pend­ing. This al­lows you to fo­cus on your desti­na­tion and not the nev­erend­ing to-do list. must-haves on the plane On long-haul flights, py­ja­mas, mois­tur­is­ing cream and mela­tonin. A good book is also es­sen­tial. most in­ter­est­ing per­son you have met on a plane Many years ago, the di­rec­tor of the Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires. A fas­ci­nat­ing char­ac­ter. Favourite air­line Sin­ga­pore Air­lines with­out a doubt. The flex­i­bil­ity upon em­bark­ing and the qual­ity of ser­vice are far su­pe­rior to any­thing I have ex­pe­ri­enced in all my trav­els through­out the world.

B est h otel f or b usi­ness

Ho­tel Fasano in Sao Paulo. Out­stand­ing in­te­rior decor, unique ser­vice. Very chic.

Best over­seas restau­rant for a cel­e­bra­tory meal

Our ex­pe­ri­ence at El Bulli in May 2011 with cus­tomers from all around the world was un­for­get­table. most in­spir­ing desti­na­tion Tokyo. A unique place with a fas­ci­nat­ing ur­ban cul­ture. Best city in the world Madrid. I lived there for five years and loved it. It’s beau­ti­ful, full of his­tory and cul­ture and most im­por­tantly, the most alive city on the planet.

“Read the pa­pers and get some work done. The worst thing you can do is ar­rive at your desti­na­tion with too many items pend­ing.”

rou­tine when fly­ing for busi­ness

In this ex­act or­der: 1. Re­move gad­gets from bag 2. Re­move sketch­book and pens from bag 3. Plug in head­phones and turn on mu­sic 4. Switch off phone 5. Go through itin­er­ary for the trip 6. Pass out Most in­ter­est­ing per­son you’ve met on a plane I g en­er­ally d on’t s peak t o peo­ple on planes as I re­ally value the quiet time - but there was this one time I met some­one on the way from Lon­don to Mar­rakech. We struck up a con­ver­sa­tion be­cause we were read­ing very dif­fer­ent books (mine was ar­chi­tec­ture-re­lated and his was about phi­lan­thropy) and he was telling me about his work in the US in the non-profit sec­tor. We de­cided to start a book ex­change where we’d send each other a book ev­ery now and then, from wher­ever we were. In­ter­est­ingly enough, we’ve re­mained in touch ever since - it’s been seven years. favourite air­line Sin­ga­pore Air­lines! Feels like home! Best ho­tel for busi­ness The (old) Man­darin Ori­en­tal and The Up­per House in Hong Kong. The lo­ca­tions are great, the ser­vice im­pec­ca­ble and the ameni­ties and f& b are top-notch.

Best over­seas restau­rant for a cel­e­bra­tory meal

5 Hert­ford Street (May­fair, Lon­don) - love the vibe and the at­mos­phere. Most in­spir­ing desti­na­tion Marfa in Texas - The Chi­nati Foundation. The amaz­ing art, light and ex­panse of na­ture and space makes you re­alise how small we are and how much there is still left to ex­plore out there.

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