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Mar 27, 2019

Philips Debuts The World’s Closest* Electric Shave With A Nation-Wide Survey Examining Pressures Of Modern Day Masculinity In Singapore

  • With latest advancement to its innovative rotary technology, Philips introduces Shaver S9000 Prestige to deliver the ultimate shave as close as blade with uncompromised skin comfort
  • Survey reveals almost two-thirds of Singaporeans believe that society expects men to look good to succeed professionally
  • In celebration of the launch, Philips partners with professional gentlemen’s barber Sultans of Shave for a pop-up barber event from 25 to 29 March 2019
Singapore – Philips today unveiled its latest innovation in electric shaving, the Philips Shaver S9000 Prestige offering the world’s closest* electric shave with uncompromised skin comfort. 
The innovative rotary technology in the Philips Shaver S9000 Prestige offers the world’s closest electric shave possible with uncompromised comfort and smoothness, empowering men to shave better for success and put their best face forward for success

Derrick Tan

Co-Founder, Sultans of Shave.

The World’s Closest Electric Shave Powered by the latest advancement in Philips’ Innovative Rotary Technology
 

From the brand that premiered the world’s first rotary-type electric shaver 80 years ago, Philips continues to break boundaries with the world’s closest electric shave with uncompromised skin comfort.
Healthier teeth
Blade close, incredibly gentle. With its NanoTech precision blades, innovative rotary and anti-friction technology, the Philips Shaver S9000 Prestige offers ultimate closeness and comfort for an electric shave as close as blade.

Latest advancement for blade-close shave
 

New NanoTech precision blades are strengthened with nano particles and extra strong, sharp edges to cut hair with the highest precision, delivering extremely close results at skin level.  

 

The multi-direction ContourDetect heads, with Philips’ proprietary rotary technology, capture hair growing in different direction and densities, delivering the ultimate close shave even in tricky areas along the neck and jawline.

Superb SkinComfort rings
 

Experience better well-being for the skin, with Superb SkinComfort rings that come with an anti-friction metallic-pigmented coating for smooth gliding. The shaving head also comes with new wider, rounder openings to catch more hair in a single pass.

Highly efficient
 

Thanks to Philips’ BeardAdapt Sensor which checks hair density 15 times per second and automatically adapt shaving power to your hair, you are ensured of a highly efficient shave even on a longer (up to 7-day) beard. 

 

Highly customizable, opt for a comfortable dry or wet shave with Aquatec Wet & Dry technology, or switch between 3 modes for anything between a gentle and thorough shave, an everyday shave, to a quick shave. 

First shaver in Singapore with wireless charging
 

The Philips Shaver S9000 Prestige has luxurious features, including wireless charging of the shaver or any Qi-compliant device on a Qi charging pad, to up your technology quotient. It also comes in a premium packaging that stores your grooming essentials.


“Personal grooming is a key facet of a modern man’s appearance. The innovative rotary technology in the Philips Shaver S9000 Prestige offers the world’s closest electric shave possible with uncompromised comfort and smoothness, empowering men to shave better for success and put their best face forward for success,” said Derrick Tan, Co-Founder, Sultans of Shave.

 

Celebrating the launch of the Philips Shaver S9000 Prestige and in support of healthy masculinity, Sultans of Shave will be offering free shaves, beard trims and haircuts at a pop-up event at Marina Bay Financial Centre. Indulge in a professional haircut and enjoy grooming tips and tricks on how to make the most of your Philips Shaver S9000 Prestige for the ultimate close shave. Services are available from 12.00pm to 2.00pm and 5.30pm to 7.30pm daily, from 25 to 29 March 2019.

Date: 25 March 2019, Monday to 29 March 2019, Friday
Time: Daily, from 12.00pm to 2.00pm and 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Venue: Ground Plaza, Marina Bay Financial Centre, Straits View 8 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018981

Empowered consumers have not only become a significant driver of our growth, but also the inspirational force driving our product innovations

Jinseok Chang

General Manager, Personal Health, Philips Singapore

Philips-Commissioned Survey on the Meaning of Masculinity
 

In celebration of the milestone, Philips commissioned a nation-wide survey examining the perceptions held by Singaporeans of the pressures of modern-day masculinity, and its relationship to men increasingly taking control of their lives with regards to keeping up with their appearances.

“Empowered consumers have not only become a significant driver of our growth, but also the inspirational force driving our product innovations,” said Mr. Jinseok Chang, General Manager, Personal Health, Philips Singapore. “In response to growing demands from consumers who are taking on a more active role in their health and well-being, Philips commissioned this survey to celebrate how consumer-sourced power informs and influences our product innovations.”

Key survey findings include:

  • Singaporeans associate masculinity with physical appearance, such as being well-groomed, as an important factor for men to be viewed as presentable
  • Singaporean men are more likely to feel that society does not accept male vulnerability
  • Singaporeans hold progressive views of masculinity stereotypes.  Male respondents named these top three criteria: being supportive to others, being a good parent and having emotional intelligence. Female respondents named the following top three criteria: being a good parent, having emotional intelligence and being kind

Singaporeans Address Perceptions and Pressures of Modern-Day Masculinity
 

Conducted in collaboration with YouGov, a leading global market research and data company, the Philips Modern Masculinity Survey surveyed 1025 Singaporeans (502 males; 523 females) on pressures stemming from societal expectations in keeping up with appearances against evolving definitions of masculinity.

Physical appearance as a strong indicator of masculinity
Results revealed that more than half (52%) of Singaporeans polled used words relating to physical appearance to describe masculinity. A man’s strength (49%), body physique (47%), being manly (42%) and facial looks (18%) were top ranking attributes. The majority of men (84%) and women (81%) viewed being clean-shaven as important if a man was to be seen as presentable. Almost two-thirds of respondents also related a man’s success professionally to looking good and being well groomed.

Societal expectations of a man do not allow for behavior that exhibits vulnerability
Beyond physical appearances, the conversation around masculinity also revolves around behavioral traits, including how men think and act. Almost half (49%) of men surveyed admitted to feeling pressured to act or behave in a masculine manner to keep up with societal expectations of them.  More men (54%) than women (43%) believe that society expects them to be authoritative and assertive. Men are also more likely to feel that society does not accept male vulnerability, although this viewpoint is more prevalent in older males. 

 

While traditional views of how a man must provide for the family still firmly holds its grounding, Singapore society is actually accepting of a woman earning more than her man. 

Progressing traditional stereotypes to value healthy masculinity
Singaporeans hold progressive views of masculinity stereotypes.  Male respondents named these top three criteria: being supportive to others (67%), being a good parent (65%) and having emotional intelligence (61%). Female respondents named the following top three criteria: being a good parent (76%), having emotional intelligence (71%) and being kind (70%).  These were valued over men being the breadwinner of the family (men 42%, women 48%), withholding emotion or feelings during personal hardship or pain (men 35%, women 19%) and being assertive (men 26%, women 24%). Progressively, Singaporean men are focusing on identity and self-awareness to take control of their lives. Investing time and effort in personal grooming were viewed as most important traits for today’s men.

Pricing and Availability
 

The Philips Shaver S9000 Prestige (SP9860/13) is now available at leading electronics stores, major department stores and selected authorized dealers. For more information, please see https://www.philips.com.sg/c-m-pe/face-shavers.

*In comparison with other leading premium brands. Tested on 3- and 7-day beards.

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2018 sales of EUR 18.1 billion and employs approximately 77,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at  www.philips.com/newscenter.  

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