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· Vanessa-Mae · 30 years of Swiss News · 30 faces · 30 places ·

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Dear Reader, In 1982, I decided to start a monthly magazine in English for the rising number of expatriates in our country, for English-speaking business travellers and tourists, and for anyone with an interest in the whos and hows of Switzerland. In the last 30 years, I have had many experiences, some unforgettable ‘encounters of the third kind’, and some real funny ones indeed. I recall being taught a lesson on the different priorities and character traits of the Swiss French and the Swiss Germans early on in the process, when observing people’s reactions to our big advertising campaign ‘What's on in Switzerland?’. In Geneva, someone sprayed across our poster in big letters: “Ici on parle français” (here, we speak French). Meanwhile, a Zurich poster featured a response to our question: “absolutely nothing” (note: the response was written in English, not German). I have been lucky to have always had a very competent and dedicated team, composed of editors, writers, advertising managers and designers from countries like the United States, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, England, Switzerland and even India. My personal engagement as the publisher of Swiss News was generally focused on securing the financial viability of our colourful and interesting magazine, a task that was not always easy. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our many loyal long-term subscribers, advertisers, partners and friends, and, last but not least, our many contributors who have enabled us to produce and develop Swiss News over the past 30 years into a unique window to the many fascinating faces of Switzerland. Kind regards,

Remo Kuhn Publisher

PUBLISHER Remo Kuhn • MANAGING DIRECTOR Urs Huebscher • EDITOR Carina Scheuringer • ASSOCIATE EDITOR Matthew Beattie • EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Emily Mawson • LAYOUT Nicole Collins • MARKETING MANAGER Marc D’Arrigo, Tel: +41 44 306 47 00, darrigo@swissnews.ch • SALES MANAGER Michael Collins, Tel: +41 79 872 33 03, m.collins@swissnews.ch • ADVERTISING SALES Jenna Angst-Silverboard, Tel: +41 44 306 47 00, silverboard@swissnews.ch • CONTRIBUTORS Angelica Cipullo, Brien Donnellon, Christos & Christos, Peter Lutterbeck, Tsitaliya Mircheva, Kati Robson Clinton, Deja Rose, Marion Widmer • PRINTING MATERIALS print@swissnews.ch • SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE SWISS NEWS, Köschenrütistrasse 109, 8052 Zurich, Tel: +41 44 306 47 00, Fax: +41 44 306 47 11, abo@swissnews.ch, www.swissnews.ch • SUBSCRIPTION RATE One year, CHF 60 inside Switzerland; CHF 100 abroad; Single copy CHF 7.50 • DISTRIBUTION & SALES Available at major kiosks, Orell Füssli, Off The Shelf, and in business class on SWISS International Air Lines flights • PRINTED BY Mattenbach AG, Mattenbachstrasse 2, Postfach, 8411 Winterthur • SWISS NEWS 30th year of publication • COPYRIGHT Under the International Copyright Convention, All rights reserved (ISSN 1420-1151) • PUBLISHED BY SWISS BUSINESSPRESS SA, 8052 Zurich, www.swissbusinesspress.ch

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The latest news from Switzerland

10 questions with...


Aloe Blacc unplugs in Zermatt

Entrepreneur in focus


Heinz Julen – Reaching summits

Finance column


Entrepreneurship – Being your own boss

Made in Switzerland


Swiss News – Celebrating 30 years



30 faces – The good, the great and the iconic

Celebrity interview


Vanessa-Mae – Beauty and the violin

Destination Switzerland


30 places – Discovering Switzerland’s hot spots

Hotel & restaurant review


Waldhotel Fletschhorn – Home in the mountains

Off the beaten track


Historic cable cars – Climbing high

Jubilee special


Greetings from Her Majesty, the Queen



London – Host of the 2012 Summer Olympics

Healthy living


Hammams – Hot property



Bally confidential – Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler

Fashion column


Changing room – Spring trends



Baselworld 2012 – Selected novelties



Geneva Motorshow 2012 – Selected highlights



La Prairie – Luxury businesses after the crisis












































What’s on


April – Highlights around the country



Swiss Music Awards 2012 – Selected highlights



English books in Zurich

Reader’s corner


A Swiss meets Agnetha from ABBA



Goods and services in Switzerland




Images from top: Vanessa-Mae, © Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group 30 places – Lac Souterrain, © Courtesy of Lac Souterrain 30 faces – His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, © Tenzin Choejor, Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Pilatus Bahnen, © swiss-image/Robert Bösch Front cover: Vanessa-Mae, © Courtesy of Vanessa-Mae


10 questions with...



Aloe Blacc


Acoustic sounds emerge from the resort high amongst peaks. The majestic Matterhorn pokes the night sky. Crowds cheer, then the air falls silent. This is a music festival with a difference. Now in its fifth year, Zermatt Unplugged attracts thousands of visitors, music lovers and winter sports enthusiasts craving a classy end to their winter season. The festival’s nine venues – including a 2,000-seat marquee – will this year welcome Ms Lauryn Hill (of Fugees fame), art rocker Chris de Burgh, Scottish singer Amy Macdonald and voice of American soul, Aloe Blacc. Since the release of his anthem ‘I Need a Dollar’ and hit album Good Things in 2010, Blacc and his plaintive lyrics have been catapulted into the limelight. Before he unplugs in Zermatt, the 32-year-old Panamanian-American reveals why he thinks music should be a force for change, and how getting fired led to the career of his dreams.

© Nils Kru ̈ger

1. Your music contains references to financial injustice and comment on modern politics. Why do you think you are able to be the voice of underprivileged people? My parents shared with me stories of the poverty that they endured growing up. They were able to succeed in life and make life easier for my sisters and I, but I still feel connected to their history. As in any family, tribe, or society, the stronger members must care for those who are less able to care for themselves. I use my voice and lyrics to carry a message for those who are often not heard or don’t have the means to discuss issues and find solutions.

2. What do you hope to inspire through your music? I hope to create conversations about the problems of political corruption, corporate greed, and social injustice. Awareness is the first step to finding solutions. You have to know what needs to be fixed in order to plan repairs. I think compassion is the answer, so I plan to write songs that suggest this in ways that can be taken seriously and still be entertaining.

3. Where did you get the inspiration for ‘I Need a Dollar’? The vocal style of ‘I Need a Dollar’ is inspired by the songs of African slaves. They carried the tradition of repetition and ‘calland-response’ from their native land, and singing was a way to communicate cultural heritage as well as important social information. This tradition continued in jails and chain gangs, which are disproportionately populated by blacks. They were victims of a vicious cycle of poverty, lack of education and few job opportunities because of their race. I was listening to field recordings of chain gang workers and was inspired to write my own song in that style.

4. Do you currently work with charitable organisations? I have contributed to several charitable organisations, and work closely with Safe World Peace. One of my favourite charities is ‘Not For Sale’, established to abolish modern slavery around the world. We are often blind to the ways slavery still exists in our major cities, because we have the perception that slavery happened hundreds of years ago. Unfortunately, young children in the Ivory Coast are being sold, kidnapped and enslaved every day to harvest chocolate. Amsterdam has a legal red light district, but many of the women behind the windows are debt slaves, often forced into prostitution. I hope to bring awareness to these issues, so people can learn to identify how they are contributing to slavery by purchasing items that involve slave labour.

5. You used to be a consultant at Ernst & Young. What did you learn from that job? Why did you have such a dramatic change in career direction? I learnt how big businesses operate. I worked mainly in the health sector with both service providers – like hospitals – and insurance companies who are supposed to pay for the services. It gave me a glimpse into how companies work at different levels. I believe that companies are responsible for the livelihoods of the people they employ as well as their customers. My career change came suddenly, when I was laid off, because the firm decided to reduce their work force. I chose to focus on music until I needed another job, but I have never had to work for anyone else since then. Now, I employ musicians and staff.


6. When did you first start writing songs and performing music? I started writing lyrics when I was 9 years old and started playing the trumpet in the school orchestra around this time as well. However, as a youth, I was fascinated by hip hop music, so I started writing by mimicking popular artists until I developed my own style and began recording and performing. Through sampling, I started to discover other forms of music and tried writing and recording rock, folk, salsa, and R&B. Eventually, I found I was most comfortable singing soul music. Judging by my recent success, it seems to be the best use of my voice.

7. How do you think you got to where you are today? Who has been your greatest inspiration along the way? My path into the music business has taken at least a decade and includes years of relative obscurity as an independent artist. I was quite happy making music and being creative for a small fan base, but it is also very nice to be more visible. I have learnt from musicians and recording artists in different genres from Joni Mitchell to Jorge Ben, but the most inspiring figures for me have been heroes like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Dalai Lama. Their perspectives on life and commitment to peace and love inspire me to create music that moves people in positive ways.

8. Do you see your work as primarily entertainment or as serving an informative role? My work is primarily as an entertainer. The music I make and my stage performances are mostly to make people happy. I also aim to inform people about the social, political, and economic issues we face at the moment, because I believe music and art can be used as tools and are able to compete with other forms of information distribution. News media in the U.S. is plagued with Hollywood gossip and corporate advertising that creates a bias in the type of news we receive. I like to be an alternative to those messages. I believe that the tradition of song is closely tied to the sharing of important cultural information and I appreciate being able to continue this tradition.

9. Why have you decided to perform at Zermatt Unplugged? Do you think your music still has a message in countries as rich as Switzerland? This performance will include a special unplugged presentation of my songs accompanied by a string quintet. I have been looking forward to doing this performance again since the first time I did it at MADE in Berlin. I think the audience in Zermatt will enjoy it. No matter what the economic status of the people or country, the sentiment of the music transcends and the depth of the lyrics makes sense. The message in my music is designed to create conversation about disparities in the world, and everyone needs to be part of the discussion, especially people with money to share.

Zermatt Unplugged from 17 – 21 April

10. What have you got lined up for the future? I am writing new songs, some of which I will share at Zermatt Unplugged. Soon I will return to the studio to record an album to follow Good Things. My mind is full of ideas that are competing for attention and you never know which one is going to grow into a beautiful song. I enjoy telling stories and I hope to write for other singers. I also hope to tell stories in front of the camera as an actor, if the right opportunity comes my way.

© Joe Condron

www.zermatt-unplugged.ch www.aloeblacc.com



made in switzerland

30 years


of Swiss News

“The Switzerland of today is a changed country in a changing world. […] Our country is a fascinating place to be and ours is an exciting future to build. I would like to thank Swiss News for letting the English speakers in on the Swiss story.” Micheline Calmy-Rey, former President of the Swiss Confederation on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Swiss News in 2007

One fine spring morning in the Zurich of 1982, publisher Remo Kuhn decided to take the plunge. What had started out as a simple idea would become reality. He would create an information platform for Englishspeakers in Switzerland, so that they could be reached by Swiss companies and Swiss news, and would thus become better integrated. “Through my first wife, who is English and worked at the British Consulate General in Zurich, I became involved with the expat community. The majority of these expats were high-earners with fantastic apartments along Lake Zurich,” Kuhn remembers. “They were highly educated, but I was shocked to find that they knew absolutely nothing about Switzerland.” When during a party, his comment on the widely publicised 1982 overhaul of the national transport system (Fahr im Takt, Taktfahrplan) drew only blank faces, the entrepreneur had an ingenious idea. Together with business partner Peter Blattner, he decided to add a monthly English-language magazine to the publishing portfolio of their company Kuhn Annoncen AG.


And so Swiss News was born – or Swiss Life, as it was then called. Just as he was preparing his zero issue for distribution, a very proud Kuhn received an unexpected letter. Unbeknown to him, Swiss insurance company Schweizerische Rentenanstalt had just obtained the rights to the very name he had chosen for his new business venture. After much negotiation, the publisher averted the financial disaster of a reprint and was granted permission to launch Swiss Life (with a letter of explanation countersigned by both him and the insurance company). He renamed the publication first Swiss Scene and later Swiss News and, by the end of the first year, counted an impressive 1,500 subscriptions. “The rest is history,” he laughs mischievously. Today, with a readership of 68,000, Swiss News is Switzerland’s longest-running monthly English-language publication. “It is the business card of our company,” adds Kuhn proudly, “because of its great reputation as a high-quality magazine.” He recalls an episode last week, when during an interview for Unternehmerzeitung (the German-language flagship magazine of the publishing house), the conversation turned to his publishing portfolio. “It is a great feeling, when a millionaire tells you that he knows Swiss News, because he picks it up on SWISS business class – and that he thinks it’s great!” he exclaims. What can you do but take great pride in being part of Swiss News! As a thank you to you, our friends, readers, contributors and clients – without whom none of this would be possible – we would like to invite you to join us on a little trip down memory lane through 30 wonderful years of Swiss News.






Passport to Switzerland Politics. Places. Healthcare. Current affairs. Expats. With updates on business, all the latest in Swiss current affairs and a comprehensive guide to the country’s events, Swiss News started life as an A to Z of Switzerland, to serve an expat community settling into their new home. From the Swiss elections of 1983 to an outlook for the Switzerland of the 1990s, we had it covered.


















New perspectives Luxury. People. Destinations. Art & Culture. Business. As the expat community developed from year to year, so did Swiss News. A brief spell in newspaper format paved the way for ever-improved design and, finally, a contemporary new look in November 2011. An editorial concept, including Swiss personalities, destinations and lifestyle, catered to the increasing international population in Switzerland. 2003














The team Emily Mawson

| Emily has been Swiss News’ Editorial Assistant since July 2011. Having spent two years living and working in the Tyrol, Austria, she swapped one Alpine wonderland for another. She enjoys exploring the loveliest locations and hotels in Switzerland. Writing the monthly fashion feature, she relishes the opportunity to meet designers from across the country and keep an eye on trends. As a graduate in French and German, Switzerland is the perfect place to hone her language skills, as well as allowing her to satisfy her desire for the outdoors. She also enjoys horse riding, kayaking and yoga.

Nicole Collins

| Nicole joined the Swiss News layout team in August 2009. Born and raised in Zurich, Nicole completed her studies in Advertising Art Direction in the US. She moved back to Switzerland after more than a decade and found the perfect job with Swiss News. The job enables her to connect the two worlds she loves the most: Switzerland and America. With an art, web and advertising background, she is dedicated to continuously improving the design and appearance of Swiss News. In her free time, Nicole loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Marc D’Arrigo | Marc joined the Swiss News Sales and Marketing team in February 2010. Marc has a background in graphic and media design. Linguistically talented, Marc speaks English, German, Italian and French fluently. He went to an international boarding school in Switzerland, before spending a year living and studying in the United States. In his free-time, Marc is a passionate vinyl collector. Not a week goes by that he doesn’t get records delivered to the office! As a Dj and photographer, he likes to create capture moments and create atmosphere. Marc will leave Swiss News at the end of March to find a new challenge.

Carina Scheuringer

| Maybe it was their shared birthdays. Maybe it was their passion to discover the most secret pockets of Switzerland. When Carina met Swiss News, it was love at first sight. The former editor-in-chief of AIR Magazine, Carina joined the team in September 2011 after a two-year stint in Business Development with Ernst & Young AG. She has since been injecting new life and ideas into the magazine and is excited about the future of Swiss News. In her free-time, Carina loves to be creative, to discover other countries and cultures and to keep in touch with her family and friends in Ireland and Austria.

Jenna Silverboard

| Jenna joined the Swiss News Sales and Marketing team in November 2011. Prior to joining Swiss News and moving to Switzerland, Jenna worked in Paris for seven years in the International Real Estate and Private Equity businesses. Her recent move to Zurich has her excited about all things Swiss, and Swiss News is the perfect place for her to gain an insider perspective to her new home. Jenna is a Certified Yoga Teacher and, in her spare time, loves to travel, wine and dine, and spends time keeping up with her friends and family in the US.

Michael Collins

| Michael joined Swiss News in July 2010. Having spent five years in the Real Estate business in Arizona – and being married to a Swiss wife – he decided to move his family to Switzerland, so their two boys could enjoy their early years in this beautiful country. In order to become more familiar with Switzerland's rich history, culture, news, politics, and everything Swiss, he became an avid reader of Swiss News. Michael became so passionate about this resource in his native language,, he decided to bring his years of experience in sales and marketing to help further promote Swiss News.

Matthew Beattie

| Matthew joined Swiss News in October 2009, having already contributed a number of articles to the magazine. In February 2010, he became Associate Editor. Trained in journalism at the Schule für Angewandte Linguisitk in Zurich and fluent in German, Matthew has a passionate interest in Swiss history, politics and culture. He also confesses to being a petrol-head, and as an accredited automotive journalist, he enjoys nothing more than putting cars through their paces for his motoring column. When he's not on the road or writing articles, Matthew sings tenor with the Gemischte Chor Otelfingen.









By Emily Mawson


Quintessentially Swiss scenery makes the perfect backdrop for an advertising campaign by a Swiss heritage fashion house. When Bally’s creative directors shot their spring/summer 2012 collection in Gstaad, on a stage of luscious pastures, alpine peaks and with the odd Bernese mountain dog thrown in, they hoped to recreate Switzerland’s luxurious lifestyle and “a natural optimism that is beautiful and captivating.”

Classy pairing So, it is perhaps surprising that Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler hail from Britain. The former, with his mop of dark hair, was born to an English father and Guyanese mother. He moved to London after spending his childhood in South America. The latter grew up in North East England, where he could admire Newcastle’s Tyne Bridge and enjoy the area’s “wonderful beaches.”

Modern craftsmanship As they take Bally into the future together, Herz and Fidler admit that they have different approaches to design. Herz says he settled on a creative career, having drawn princesses and pretty girls when he was young, while Fidler drew inspiration from a love of architecture and vintage clothes. He says, “I knew I would like to somehow create them.” However, they agree they “have a shared vision to create a contemporary heritage for Bally that applies the brand’s signature details, including the Trainspotting stripe (red-andwhite striped ribbon) and the Swiss mountain goat.” The charismatic design duo believes that staying true to Bally’s original values will help them ensure the label remains relevant.

‘Herz and Fidler’ rolls off the tongue. The pair have come as a package since they met at British rainwear label Aquascutum seven years ago. They say they “share the same work ethic and respect each other’s approach.”

They must also establish a suitable contemporary feel for Bally. In their spring/summer 2012 resort collection, Herz and Fidler designed fresh and minimalist pieces, including pleated cotton dresses for womenswear and pastel-coloured short-sleeved shirts for their menswear line.

As creative directors at Aquascutum, the bespectacled twosome steered the label towards the future. They explain: “It’s about understanding and respecting a brand’s heritage and how that fits with the contemporary image.” At the helm of Switzerland’s 160-year-old leather goods house since March 2010, they have taken a similar approach.

The London-based designers were inspired by a summer spent at the lakeside playground of St. Moritz. “We want customers to feel enveloped by that mood when they wear our pieces,” says Fidler. “The collection embodies understated elegance, combining a luxury lifestyle with relaxed sports chic and the occasional splash of jewel tones and pattern.”

Leather heritage

Label of love

Bally was founded in 1851 in Schönenwerd by Carl Franz Bally. The entrepreneur developed shoemaking techniques, while running his father’s fine elastic and silk manufacturing business. By the mid-1880s, Bally was a European leader in shoemaking technology, recognisable for its fine leathers and craftsmanship.

As part of their push into the future, Herz and Fidler fashioned a project to underline “Swissness, substance and sophistication” as Bally’s key attributes. BallyLove#2, a capsule collection, created in conjunction with Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach, blends art, creativity and fashion.

Herz and Fidler’s designs honour this tradition. Each collection, which includes handbags, accessories and ready-to-wear fashion, begins with the shoes. “Shoes are at the heart of all we do,” says Herz. “This means luxurious, functional pieces.” The designers describe Bally’s extensive shoe archive as a “treasure trove” of inspiration. Located in Schönenwerd, it holds 13,000 pairs – some from a time when shoes didn’t come in left and right. Chunky brogues of the 1930s were the inspiration behind Herz and Fidler’s first menswear collection for Bally in autumn/winter 2011/12. They recreated the heavy style by using lightweight crepe soles and a more flexible, modern construction. The iconic Bally Scribe shoe plays an important role in their work, too. Its shape, sheen and exquisite stitching correspond with the brand’s reputation for attention to detail.

New York-based Swiss artist Olaf Breuning created the artwork for the collection – including a quirky king motif – in his irreverent, contemporary style. Key pieces include a cotton scarf, featuring this motif and the colourful Borinca clutch. Herz and Fidler describe the collection as “playful and applying a vibrant spring palette to high quality leathers.” Launched during Art 42 Basel last June, BallyLove#2 was the sequel in Bally’s love story. Swiss artist Philippe Decrauzat helped create the original BallyLove project last year, which turned Bally products into visual sensations. Asked where they see Bally in the future, Herz and Fidler reply that they want to capture the label’s charm and intelligence in all they do. Heritage is a buzzword for them and as the brand embraces modern, artistic projects, we can be sure the legendary Trainspotting stripe will have a place on exquisitely crafted leather goods for a long time to come.

Information www.bally.com


All photos © Courtesy of Bally

Behind the scenes

- Michael Herz graduated from Westminster College and the Royal College of Art; Graeme Fidler studied BA Fashion Design at Northumbria University in Newcastle - The designers met at Aquascutum in 2004, where Herz was Head of womenswear and Fidler Head of menswear. Previously, Herz was employed at Iceberg and Guy Laroche, and Fidler worked for Ralph Lauren in New York - Herz and Fidler were appointed as Bally’s Creative Directors in March 2010. When asked to describe Bally in five words, they agree on: Swiss, familiar, elegant, quality, craftsmanship - Bally’s Trainspotting stripe is inspired by the colours of Switzerland’s flag and the efficiency of the Swiss rail network. Herz and Fidler’s recent projects for Bally include collaborations with London’s Central Saint Martins College and Zurich University of the Arts - They hope to further evolve Bally as the “one and only Swiss heritage luxury house in the global industry”

Bally at a glance

- Bally is the Swiss Heritage Luxury House, renowned for shoe manufacture and leather goods. It also has a ready-to-wear line and accessories. The label has a reputation for high quality and fine leather - Bally was founded in Switzerland in 1851 by Carl Franz Bally, who gained experience in shoe manufacturing at his father’s fine elastic and silk manufacturing business. When C.F. Bally died in 1899, his two sons took over the business - At the turn of the century, Bally had 3,200 employees and produced over 2 million pairs of shoes a year - In 1916, sales reached a record 3.9 million pairs of shoes and the company’s ranges expanded to produce footwear for all occasions, including military footwear during the wars - In the 1960s, Bally’s innovation led to a range of new materials, including rubber components in the boots worn by Neil Armstrong during his walk on the moon - In March 2010, Bally appointed Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler as creative directors to bring a fresh focus and vision to the brand - Bally’s production and development take place in Switzerland and Italy - The label is owned by the Labelux Group - C.F. Bally’s house in Schönenwerd is home to the Bally Shoe Museum


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BASELWORLD 2012 novelties By Carina Scheuringer

“Baselworld really is about novelties. That’s why people come,“ explained Michel Jordi of JORDI watches in an interview for our Insider section last month. It was with great expectations that 100,000 visitors from 100 countries flocked to the annual springtime watch and jewellery fair at Messe Basel this March to discover what’s new and hot on the market. Below, are some of this year’s exciting novelties:

OMEGA: Seamaster Aqua Terra GMT

Hublot: Classic Fusion Skeleton Tourbillon

Longines: 180th Anniversary Limited Edition


Movado Watch Company: Movado Datron

Part of OMEGA’s exclusive Co-Axial family of movements

Tourbillon movement; available in Titanium/18K King Gold

A reminder of the first Longines chronographs from 1878

For the benefit of ‘STAR TEAM FOR THE CHILDREN’

Inspired by the 1970 Datron self-winding chronograph

Technical specifications: • Omega 3603 calibre, selfwinding chronograph with column wheel mechanism, free sprung-balance and Co-Axial Escapement for greater precision and durability; officially certified chronometer • 24 hours GMT and a second time zone through 24-hour hand • Domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment on both sides • Steel case and teak-grey dial • Bi-directional rotating bezel • Rhodium plated finish and gold plated engravings • Water resistant to 150 metres; features a screw-in crown

Technical specifications: • Self-winding skeleton tourbillon movement produced by the Manufacture, MHUB6010.H1.1(Titanium)/ IMHUB6010.H1.8 (King Gold) • Frequency of 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour) • ‘Classic Fusion’ case, Titanium or 18K King Gold, polished, satin-finished; Titanium or 18K King Gold bezel, vertical satinfinished; 6 H-shaped titanium screws, countersunk, polished and locked • Case-back: Satin-finished titanium or 18K King Gold, satin-finished; sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflective treatment

Technical specifications: • Chronograph in rose gold with a single push-piece, movement L788 developed exclusively for Longines; limited series of 180 numbered pieces • A reminder of the first chronographs produced by Longines from 1878 onwards, this watch is closely based on the first wrist chronograph manufactured by Longines in 1913 • Distinctive moving lugs and Agassiz dial, white with 11 black numerals and a bright red ‘12’

Technical specifications: • Automatic chronograph movement (316 components) • Toric sapphire (double angle, rounded 12–6 and 9–3), worldwide patented • Official logo of the STAR TEAM FOR THE CHILDREN around second counter • Rubber with red ‘stitches’ (= paint injection) • A clear glass bottom in the shape of a ‘C’ (Cyrus) revealing the chronograph movement and its exclusive CYRUS-oscillating mass • Delivered in a box with ‘ALBANU’ bracelet, made in Monaco (leather and steel fibre), designed exclusively for this collection • 99 pieces





Technical specifications: • Precise Swiss quartz 1/10-ofa-second chronograph movement • Black chronograph dial with big date at 12 o’clock • 40 mm brushed and polished lack PVD-finished contoured stainless steel case • Antireflective sapphire crystal • Deployment buckle www.movado.com


Bulgari: Serpenti

Louis Erard: Small Seconds 1931


Maurice Lacroix: Masterpiece Lune Retrograde

Heritage Watch Manufactory: The Firmamentum

A contemporary reinterpretation of the heritage collection

For collectors and lovers of Haute Horlogerie

The first de GRISOGONO tourbillon – a sparkling creation

Part of the brand’s flagship collection

A unique measurement and navigation instrument

Technical specifications: • Mechanical hand-wound movement, ETA/Peseux 7001 • Stainless steel case with domed sapphire and crystal with antireflective treatment; transparent back • Silver-toned, grey or blue dial • Gilded or silver-toned hourmarkers and Arabic numerals; • Off-centred small seconds at 6 o’clock • Water resistant 5atm • Genuine leather strap in coffeecolour, grey or blue • Stainless steel folding cap

Technical specifications: • Calibre DG 31-88; manual Tourbillon at 8 o’clock with hour and minute display in the centre • White gold case, XL-sized and fully covered with 469 white diamonds of 4.2 carats; • Bezel set with 33 white diamonds of 3.5 carats, crown set with a black diamond of 0.1 carat • Dial: Plate coated with white mother-of-pearl • Dauphine hands in white gold • Buckle: in white gold set with 140 white diamonds of 0.84 carat • Strap: White Galuchat • Water resistance: 3 ATM • Limited edition to 10 pieces

Technical specifications: • Automatic manufacture movement ML192; 18,000 alt/h, 2.5 Hz • Stainless steel case, satin and polished finishing; Domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating • Water-resistant to 50 metres • Dial based on a 925 solid silver plate; diamond-cut applied hour and power reserve markers • Stamped hours and minutes hands with diamond-cut head • Moon phase disc; rhodied moon and stars on black sky or pink gold moon and rhodied stars on deep • Large-scale crocodile-skin strap, hand-stitched

Technical specifications: • Independent manufacture; calibre 870 • Hand bevelled movement plates • 3 patents pending • Hour angle instrument for the observation of heavenly bodies by means of 13 hands with two additional displays • Polished/satinised Eric Giroud steel case; domed sapphire glass • German silver plate and white gold applications designed by Eric Giroud • Leather/alligator bracelet



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A feverish and mesmerising journey into the human psyche, Waiting for Sunrise, takes you from Vienna to London’s West End, from the battlefields of France to hotel rooms in Geneva. It is a beautifully observed portrait of wartime Europe, a plottwisting thriller and a literary tour de force from the bestselling author of Any Human Heart, Restless and Ordinary Thunderstorms.

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It is commonly believed that money replaced a bartering system. With no evidence to support this, anthropologist Graeber presents a stunning new theory: that humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods for more than 5,000 years. Since the beginning of the agrarian empires, humans have been divided into debtors and creditors. Through time, virtual credit money was replaced by gold and the system as a whole went into decline.

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