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December 19, 2014 - Issue 7 – CHF 3.50 excl VAT

LUMP-SUM LIMBO

Swiss Vote to Keep Status-Quo

HOLIDAY TUNES

New Year Music Festival in Gstaad

RALLY QUEEN

Interview with Isabelle de Sadeleer


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Naughty or Nice? Neither?

Welcome to the first Winter 2014/2015 issue of GSTAADLIFE.

It’s that time of year again, and I’m seeing red. Poinsettias, shimmering garlands, and ruby-coloured Glühwein, that is. You guessed it; I’m nurturing my Christian side at one of Switzerland’s many fabulous Christmas markets. Whether you make it to the loveliest installations in Montreux and Basel, or opt for Gstaad’s unusual Winterzauber holiday market/circus/ice skating rink, there’s a hot drink of your choice waiting to warm those cold hands. Read, Race, Rouse the Revelers! This year we’ve decided to throw our standard release dates to the wind, publishing both Christmas and New Year’s issues of GSTAADLIFE. So even if you’re only in town for the holidays, you’ll have one more reading option in your hotel lobby, passenger’s seat, or cosy chalet living room. Speaking of chalets, we sat down with Isabelle de Sadeleer at her Gstaad home for a fireside chat about competing in the Carrera Panamerica. At the world’s most dangerous rally, Ms de Sadeleer’s unusual blend of steely nerves and delicate flexibility have earned her the elite title of champion. It’s probably my Jewish side that tells me there’s no time like the holidays to talk

death and taxes. Feel like stirring up the pot at that bland Christmas event? Read our piece on the move to keep Switzerland’s flat-tax regime for wealthy foreigners alive and ask the crowd to chime in with their thoughts on the recent vote. No matter which side of the fence you’re on, remember that some people vote with their hearts… and others with their heads.

The Sound of Music–and Art It may not have the clout of the other festivals in the Saanenland, but the New Year Music Festival in Gstaad is certainly a cause for celebration. Artistic Director (and talented pianist) Caroline Haffner shows us why up-and-coming talents and established professionals musically mingle here during the most festive week of the year. This year’s highlights feature two world premieres under the theme “Cellissimo,” with performances by young cellists of increasing renown. In our Lifestyle section, Januaria Piromallo attends the release party of Generoso Di Meo’s “Cal”—the beautifully designed calendar with world-class oeuvres by cult photographer Massimo Listri. From the sound of it, the crowd was world-class too, and packed with familiar faces of regular Gstaad guests and residents like

Princess Federica de Gregorio Cattaneo, Vittorio Sgarbi and Count Gelosio Gaetani, among others. The Naughty/Nice List Naughty or nice? GSTAADLIFE columnist Mandolyna Theodoracopulos does Santa’s dirty work in “Unus Pro Omnibus” by locating his secret gift list. If you’re unlucky enough to be caught on the naughty list, never fear—there’s always next year. As for me, I must confess I’ve been a bit of both. I’ve been parking illegally at an undisclosed location near the Promenande, without a single ticket to date (hint: Church attendance may have dwindled to make this possible). Yet before you think me a monster, I’ve also picked up after an older lady’s little dog on the sidewalk, so the poor thing didn’t have to remove her furtrimmed gloves to use a doggie bag. But should good old St Nick forget me on December 25, I won’t pout or cry – because I’ll still have 8 days’ worth of Hanukkah gifts to savour. Happy Holidays!

Best regards, Alexis Munier Editor in Chief

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Switzerland’s Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf visits Gstaad’s goose that lays the golden eggs. DANO • www.dano-cartoon.com Cartoons for Newspapers, Parties, Events


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Magazine

5 Letter from the Editor by Alexis Munier 6 Cartoon by DANO 22 Events Calendar

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Local News

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8 von Siebenthal Cookshop Closes Its Doors 8 Superpass Allows Access to Three Ski Areas 8 Menuhinweg Subject of New Book

Gstaad Living

9 Hotel de Rougemont Opens Its Luxurious Doors 11 Swiss Vote to Keep Lump-Sum Tax Agreements

Profile

Photo: New Year Music Festival

12 Interview with Isabelle de Sadeleer

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Arts & Culture 15 Christmas Markets in Switzerland 19 New Year Music Festival in Gstaad

Lifestyle

16 Di Meo’s 2015 Calendar Launch Party in London

Sports & Leisure 17

Gstaad Yacht Club Between Seasons

Last Word

21 Unus Pluribus Onus by Mandolyna Theodoracopulos

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Closure of von Siebenthal Cookshop Yet Another in a Long Line of Promenade Store Changes

After 142 years, Gstaad’s legendary von Siebenthal Cookshop has finally closed its doors. BY GSTAADLIFE

Gstaad’s Promenade has seen many changes these past few years, but none hits home, literally, like the passing of the von Siebenthal Cookshop. The Cookshop (which was formerly von Siebenthal für Tisch & Küche) was a haven for local kitchen aficionados. However, shopping habits have changed significantly over

the past decade, with many homeowners ordering kitchen equipment on line, or buying from larger stores in Bern or Geneva for lower prices. Additionally, many chalets are now owned by jetsetters who spend just a few weeks, if that, in the region each year. Another potential reason for the closure, given in a statement released by the family was the shorter winter season in the Saanenland. Fond memories of the Cookshop will remain with many a Gstaader and Gstaaderin. Its selection of practical quality cookware, utensils, and textiles was accompanied by

Menuhinweg Book

“A heartfelt thank you to all our loyal customers,” said Claudia von Siebenthal Fust, Manager. “It’s thanks to them that we were able to remain in business for so long.” A family affair, the current shop was run by sisters Claudia von Siebenthal Fust and Silvia Nolan-von Siebenthal, who took over management from their parents Gottfried and Katharina.

Superpass

Der Yehudi Menuhin Philosophenweg in Gstaad, a new book on the famed Menuhin path, is now on sale at Müller Medien.

This winter, up your game with the ski pass that will have you schussing from Luegli to La Barboleuse.

This hardbound, oversized edition by author Katja Riedel, recounts the life and times of Lord Yehudi Menuhin. Menuhin, a violin prodigy, settled here in the Saanenland with his wife and children. He founded a small musical gathering, now known as the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, and as the years have passed it has grown to feature concerts with world-reknown musicians and singers.

Superpass is a new combined lift ticket that permits access to three major ski areas in the region: Alpes Vaudoises (inlcuding Glacier 3000), Gstaad Mountain Rides, and Skiregion Adelboden-Lenk. With 188 lifts and more than 630 km of slopes, it’s one of the largest ski areas in Switzerland. The Superpass domain include runs of all colours, with an extensive grouping of beginner to intermediate slopes, making it the perfect choice for families. Prices start at 242 CHF for a four-day consecutive adult pass, with a full week for reasonable 377 CHF and the entire season for just 1170 CHF.

With text in both English and German alongside handsome full-page photos, the book makes an excellent souvenir of the region and its beloved adopted son, Lord Yehudi Menuhin.

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whimsical cake pans in every shape and size, and funky gadgets to accessorise any kitchen.

Der Yehudi Menuhin Philosophenweg in Gstaad

The book is available at Müller Medien

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Luxury Arrives in the Pays-d’Enhaut New Hotel Fills Need for Sophisticated Lodging in Rougemont

The newly debuted Hotel de Rougemont is the first luxury establishment to grace the Pays-d’Enhaut in many years. BY GSTAADLIFE

The hotel is a classic blend of luxury and alpine chic. Warm hardwoods grace the floors and ceilings, giving a calm, gracious feel beyond the standard mountain charm so often seen in Switzerland’s many ski resorts. Oversized scenes of local mountains fill the walls, all with a hint of retro glamour and artsy Alpine feel.

there that she studied alongside future husband Alexander Perper, 39, who was born in Cannes but raised in New York. The couple and their young daughter Chloé visited the Saanenland last year and fell in love with the region. Without hesitation, the Perpers took over the hotel’s management and relocated to Rougemont. “It’s great to be back in our homeland after so many years abroad,” says Ms Perper. And Mr Perper chimes in excitedly, “The quality of life, fresh air, and the friendly and

open attitude of the people here charmed us after our first visit. “ Mi Casa Es Tu Casa “Chez nous – chez vous” is the motto here at the Pays d’en Haut’s new Hotel de Rougemont. The hotel offers the chance to sleep graciously in the heart of Rougemont, just minutes from the Videmanette ski area. If you’ve got to leave home, the Perpers’ warm hearth might just be where the heart is. www.hotelderougemont.com

Opening in mid-December, the hotel boasts 19 rooms and 14 suites, including four penthouse suites. Restaurant ‘Le Roc’ is the hotel’s destination for fine food and regional specialties, while the Lounge and Bar ‘Le Roc’ provide the perfect spot for après-ski champagne and cocktails. A small movie theatre on site shows both cult classics and new releases, and the hotel’s amenities are topped off by a modern spa area. Who’s the Boss? Christine Perper, 34, had an extensive career in hospitality in far-flung locations from Hong Kong to New York. Perper grew up in Interlaken and earned a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Management at the famous Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne. It was

Managers Alexander and Christine Perper at “home” in the region’s newest luxury hotel.

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A TRUE FASHION EXPERIENCE IN GSTAAD Indispensable Indulgences Visit Lorenz Bach’s exclusive shop in the Palace for such necessary extravagances as Goralska Jewelry, Memo Perfumes and Luxury Cashmere pieces by Kadri. Ring in the New Year à la LB You’ll outshine the stars and out-sparkle the champagne this New Year’s Eve when you gild yourself in this gorgeous floor length gown by Chloe or this stunning emerald green lace dress by Ermanno Scervino, both available at Bach Sign – along with many more striking ensembles guaranteed to dazzle! Forget Santa Claus. Thanks to Lorenz Bach, you can treat yourself to the holiday gift – or two or three – you so richly deserve! For more than 35 years, Lorenz Bach has graced the Promenade with his simple philosophy of exceptional service and extraordinary clothing. As warm and inviting as an antique chalet, this effortlessly elegant boutique welcomes you out of the cold and into the glamorous world of Lorenz Bach – where modern classics and fine details encourage you to explore every corner and fall in love at every turn. Here you will find pieces that are destined to become the stars of your wardrobe for years to come – including the exclusive pieces that Lorenz has produced only for his boutiques.

Each Lorenz Bach boutique offers a special brand of style designed just for you: Soft, Softer, Softest Head to Bach Sign for soft cashmere sweaters with a touch of Fringe “Then Paris”. These modern cardigans will only grow softer and sweeter with time... Ski Chic Look swell on the slopes this season – check out the New Bach’s Bazar Sport Shop exclusive collection of Bogner and Jet Set!

Lorenz Bach considers fashion a game played by very personal rules – rules that you can make your own. His mission is as beautifully clear-cut as his mode: to provide the finest in fashion for your everyday life, from Dior and Saint Laurent to unique artisan brands that have caught his eye around the world. Whether you’re in New York or Dubai, at work or at home, shopping by day or clubbing by night, you’ll stand out, dressed in the luxuriously chic style that reflects the status and beauty of Gstaad.

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Maison Lorenz Bach – Promenade 81 Bach Sign – Promenade 47 Bach’s Bazar Sport – Victoriastrasse 3 Gstaad Palace Boutique www.lorenzbach.com


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Overwhelming No at the Ballot Box Swiss Voters Reject Move to Eliminate Flat-Tax Rate

A strong majority of Swiss voters – 59.2 % – rejected a proposal to end lump-sum tax payments for wealthy foreigners. Those numbers were even higher here in the Obersimmental-Saanen district, with 87.8% of Saanen voters, 90% of Lauenen voters, and a staggering 93% of Gsteig voters rejecting the measure. BY ALEXIS MUNIER

Finance Minister Eveline Wider-Schlumpf, a vocal opponent of the referendum, expressed relief at the results. The ability for each canton to decide on its own whether to offer the fiscal packages ensures that the federalist traditions of Switzerland will continue to thrive. Saanenland City Council President Aldo Kropf, who refrained from taking a personal stance either for or against the measure, still had this to say: “The large voter turnout and high percentage of votes against the measure showed how important this was for the people of Saanen.” Sigh of Relief In the Saanenland The no vote, which continues to allow flat-tax or lump-sum arrangements for wealthy foreigners provided they do not work within Swiss borders or earn any income in the country, comes as no surprise in resort villages, where much of the local population makes a living in the hospitality and services industry. “I don’t have the luxury of taking a moral stance,” says one local handyman who is employed by a family established in Gstaad for fiscal reasons. “If the tax regime ends, I’ll be out of a job.”

While the measure didn’t pass, the Federal Council had already agreed beforehand to implement several tightenings of the tax regime. Currently, the rate is calculated at five times the cost of living, but in 2016 that figure will be raised to seven. Tax Evasion or Tax Haven? The referendum generated heated debate, with citizens left to ponder several aspects of their economic and financial policies. The initiative’s leaders, a left-wing group that included the support of the Socialist party, urged voters to take a moral stance against tax evasion. A key argument was that the policies were unfair to monied Swiss nationals as well, as only foreigners may benefit from lump-sum arrangements. External pressure for the vote came not just from the far left, but from the OECD, Organisation for Economic Development, which equates the regime with tax evasion. Five cantons including Zürich, Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft, Schaffhausen and Appenzell-Ausserrhoden have also abolished the regime in recent years. As a result, more than half of Zurich’s wealthy beneficiaries have left the canton – some choosing to relocate to other tax-friendly nations like Belgium or Luxembourg, and the others, notably Russian Viktor Vekselberg, relocating to Canton Zug, where he is privy to another fiscally advantageous arrangement. Who Really Benefits The flat-tax was originally established in the 1800s to benefit from wealthy English retirées who settled along Lake Geneva.

Records from 2012 show less than 6,000 foreigners benefit from the lump-sum tax regime, which brings approximately CHF 695m into the cantonal coffers each year. The biggest argument to continuing the regime was not this sum itself, but the amount of money these individuals spend on services and products here. A Federal Council study commissioned for the referendum showed they contributed over CHF 1bn each year to the Swiss economy, with the ensuing VAT directly adding another estimated CHF 75m in revenues. This study was disputed by the opposing side, with Le Monde and other media outlets calling into question what they deemed an outdated and erroneous study. Among much commentary in the media, State Senator Christian Levrat mentioned Gstaad as a specific example of the harmful effects of rich expatriates in Alpine resorts. “What advantage does Gstaad take from these luxury chalets which sit empty a good part of the year?” Levrat was quoted on swissinfo.ch. “The super-rich spend hardly anything; they only serve to raise rents for local residents, who pay a high price for this unreasonable development.” All’s Well That Ends Well Levrat’s arguments aside, the lump-sum regime remains safe and sound. Switzerland – and the Saanenland in particular – will continue to remain a fiscal paradise for the world’s wealthiest for some time to come.

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The Art of Rally Racing

Champion Isabelle de Sadeleer on Automobiles & Alpacas With her lithe figure and show-stopping smile, Isabelle de Sadeleer looks more ex-model than Model T. And yet, the Swiss vintage car aficionado has just won the Carrera Panamerica – which is considered the most dangerous rally in the world.

dreamed of completing. To have won is the source of immense satisfaction on my part … for our team it certainly wasn’t a shoe-in.

short, with a maximum 5 and a half hours sleep and permanent stress during a full week. A constantly elevated level of adrenaline is the only thing that allows drivers to stay the course.

Tell us about the rally … is the journey really as dangerous as it’s reputed to be?

Funnily enough, we had a sticker marked “Don’t crack under pressure”, our watchmaker partner TAG HEUER’s motto, stuck to our car. Everyone joked that we should keep repeating it in order to make it through the rally.

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How do you feel after such a win?

Our trip was full of challenges and inconveniences; after the first day we weren’t even sure that we’d make it through the course. And the two days following we thought we would have to abandon our car, a 1954 Studebaker is exceptionally dangerous to pilot. That said, we had the entire length of the rally to evolve with it.

The Carrera Panamerica is a legendary racecourse that, just like for a good number of automobile-lovers, I’ve always

Extreme speeds of up to 250 km/hr are common at a backbreaking pace on steep cliffs on much of the route. Nights are

At her traditional wooden chalet in Gstaad, Ms de Sadeleer sat down with GSTAADLIFE to discuss her passion for everything on wheels, as well as her roots here in the region.

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And your experience with Mexico itself? There were sometimes 30.000 spectators awaiting our arrival at certain points – it was as if the heart of the Mexican people was beating along with us, to the frantic rhythm of the course. I discovered the


I fell in love with Mexico… the overwhelming kindness and respect of the Mexican people, even in the middle of nowhere. Isabelle de Sadeleer

country and fell in love with Mexico, as we drove more than 7500 km including the course itself and the reconnaissance. The indescribable beauty of the countryside. The overwhelming kindness and respect of the Mexican people, even in the middle of nowhere. These emotions were so profound I could write a book about them.

How did you meet your rally partner, former Formula One racer Erik Comas? I met Erik Comas nearly 10 years ago at the “Snow & Ice” rally. We quickly became fast friends and started to do rallys together. We won the “Tour Auto” twice, once in 2008 with an Alpine Renault A 110 Groupe 4, and the second in 2013 driving a Lancia Stratos Groupe 4.

How long have you been interested in racing? I’ve been attracted to cars as long as I can remember. Even as a child I preferred little pedal cars and Dinky toys to dolls! This passion only grew stronger with years. I have many hobbies but my real passions are vintage and supercars, as well as animals. With my friends Hansueli Brand and Stéphane Gutzwiller, I founded the Gstaad Automobile Club nearly 10 years ago. On February 28, 2015 we are organising a big party to celebrate this anniversary.

It is true that four-wheeled passion runs in the family, with two of your three sons racing as well? My youngest son, 17-year old Hugo, is also a professional driver – all while pursuing studies at Institut le Rosey. He drives a Formula Renault 2 litres in the Tech One team directed by Sarah and Simon Abadi.

Hugo has also been passionate about motor sports including motorcycles, karting and airplanes since a tender age. This year he passed his private pilot license. My eldest son Jérôme and his friend Caroline also participated in the Carrera Panamerica, at the wheel of a 1965 Ford Falcon. It was incredible to drive the rally simulataneously.

Do you cheer Hugo on as a fellow racer or worry like a mother when he races? My mother’s instinct is stronger than my love of racing. So of course, like all other moms in the world, I’m nervous and anxious when I see him race.

Why do you spend time here in Gstaad and Saanenland? Gstaad represents my roots – I’m very attached to the region. My children were born in Switzerland and spent their entire education at the John F. Kennedy School and afterwards at Institut Le Rosey. For me it’s a haven of peace; I love to come back here after my travels and I always have the same warm, happy feeling to be back in my chalet. My children feel exactly the same way. After living in New York for several years and now London, as soon as we enter the front door they always say: “It feels so good to be home again.”

Do you feel Swiss despite your international background? I was born in France but my great-grandparents on both sides were Swiss. I’ve always had a strong affinity for this country and for the Saanenland in particular – I’ve had a chalet here for more than 30 years now. So although I’m Swiss by nationality, and at heart, I do spend much of the year in Gibraltar, Monaco, the Caribbean, and London, where two of my sons, Jérôme and Arnaury, live.

You appear to be a Jill of many trades. What is your professional background? I studied at an International school in France and later pursed my education in

stylisme in Paris. I’ve always loved drawing and painting, and even started to make the traditional cut-outs, decoupages, when I arrived in Gstaad. I also do a lot of decorating, which is something I continue to do from my home in the Caribbean.

We hear you’re awfully fond of animals. Until last year I also ran an alpaca farm, where we had over 100 of these adorable little animals from South America. I raised them for 25 years – they have truly extraordinary personalities. The social attachments they create could be compared to that of elephants, and their memories too! I dedicated a lot of energy my alpacas, and both my veterinarian and I learned to take care of them over time. Years later, we were receiving calls from other veterinarians and zookeepers from all over Europe, asking us for advice. I still have an immense tenderness for these creatures. I miss my animals every day, but life changes with time – children grow up and our way of living as well.

Gstaad Automobile Club Founded in 2005, the Gstaad Automobile Club offers the Saanenland’s car enthusiasts the chance to perfect their driving skills. Admittance to the Gstaad Automobile Club is by invitation only and is limited to a group of friends who share the same passion for automobiles. The club is kept small to preserve its intimate nature. During the winter months, the club often organises training and free practice days on the ice & snow track at Saanen Airport. Besides these activities, the club organises social events where members can meet with other car aficionados, including staging events which respond to specific requests or needs from members. Even if you’re not lucky enough to score a membership in this exclusive club, locals are warmly welcome to attend public events.

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Holiday Food and Fancies, Swiss Style

When it comes to Christmas markets, no one does it better than the Swiss. Call it a Weinachtsmarkt or a marché de Noël, but you have to call it superb. BY ALEXIS MUNIER

Switzerland’s seasonal markets fill the streets from late November through Christmas Eve and even beyond. You’ll find anything and everything for family, friends, and your own deserving self at the plethora of colorful stands chock full of local specialties as well as imported goods. From foie gras and Berner Hobelkäse to Peruvian sweaters and handmade ceramics, your choices are many – and your shopping enjoyment is only enhanced when you sing along to the festive live music and indulge in a couple of cups of the Glühwein or vin chaud. Whether you’re based in Gstaad or arriving here for the holidays via Bern, Geneva, Zurich or Basel, stop in at the market of your choice. Then, stop in at the local Saanenland Christmas shopping spots. The Little Market That Could – Montreux There’s a reason nearly half a million people show up every year for the one-of-akind Christmas market in Montreux. Not only is it the largest marché de Noel in Switzerland, it’s one of the most attractive and appealing. With more than 150 brightly lit chalet-style shops ringing the promenade along the lake as well as the

main street, you have countless options to choose from – including a wide selection of surprisingly affordable handcrafted jewelry made by local artisans – before you take a break and head for the historic 1890s wooden dome, where the food and drink stands await.

If you’ve got kids, jump on the train that winds its way up to Rochers-de Naye and drop by Chez Santa Claus. You’ll also enjoy the authentic Christmas village in Caux – and its great views of Lac Leman. Last but not least, Chateau de Chillon hosts a medieval market just 15 minutes’ walk further up the lake. Double Your Flavor and Fun – Basel In Basel, twin offerings in Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz (by the cathedral) provide two unique shopping experiences. With the city’s historic old-town as a backdrop, you can check out the Christmas stands, many offering traditional handicrafts. Just remember to try one of the renowned Basler Leckerli spiced cookies, washed down with hot cider spiced with Schnapps or rum-infused Punsch. A Delight for the Senses – Bern You’ll find a small gem of a holiday market in Bern. With its quaint setting in the midst of historic 15th century buildings on Münsterplatz, this Weinachtsmarkt rivals Basel’s in sensorial charm. The air is rich with the scent of chestnuts, smoky

incense, cinnamon and pine; the stands are rich with tactile treasures. Check out the main square for arts and crafts, and proceed to Waisenhausplatz for more traditional offerings. The Right Side of the Tracks – Zurich Zurich’s most popular Christmas market happens right in the train station – perfect for shopping on the go. Whether you’re coming or going, you can pick up whatever you need – from handcrafted wooden toys and woolens to a wide array of cheeses and dried meats. The stands flank the show-stopping 40-foot Christmas tree adorned with Swarovski crystals. You don’t even have to leave the train station – but if you’re willing to move on down Bahnhofstrasse, you’ll discover the singing Christmas tree (performances daily), as well as additional market stands.

Winterzauber – Gstaad’s Magical Market Located next to the ice skating rink on Gstaad’s Promenade, this charming market runs through the holidays straight up until January 4. The festively decorated wooden chalets offer handmade gifts and delicious baked goodies. Watch the ice skaters jump and spin or reserve tickets to the market’s clown and circus-inspired theatrical shows.

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Left to right, Nicoletta Piergentili, Princess Federica de Gregorio Cattaneo, Vittorio Sgarbi, Nancy Dell’Olio and Roberto Di Meo

The Head Ball Rolls in London Di Meo’s Party in Full Swing at the Royal Academy of Arts

BY: JANUARIA PIROMALLO

It’s that wonderful time of year again – when Gstaad favorite Generoso Di Meo presents his annual bal en tete, aka “Head Ball, in celebration of the noted Italian wine producer’s new annual calendar. The glamorous roaming fete pays homage to the art and history of the world’s most interesting cities – from New York to Marrakesh – and this year London won the honour of hosting some 500 guests from all over the globe, including the Saanenland. Among the invited guests were Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent; Princess Beatrice of Bourbon-Two Sicilies; Afdera Franchetti, Henry Fonda’s fourth wife; and the English artist and art collector Damien Hirst, who went undercover in a green Adidas tracksuit. The Courtyard of The Cal Here Generoso and his brother Roberto, both ambassadors of wine and savoir faire, welcomed the elite of the aristocracy at the magnificent eighteenth-century Royal Academy of Arts in the heart of Piccadilly. In the courtyard entrance, guests were greeted by Anselm Keifer’s two huge fish tanks full of submarines, an impressive installation with an even more impressive title: Velimir Khlebnikov: Fates of Nations: The New Theory of War. Time, Dimension of the World, Battles at Sea Occur Every 317 Years or

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Multiples Thereof, Namely 317 x 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 … Party Like It’s 1764 Another exhibition that fascinated partygoers was the Sir William Hamilton collection. Hamilton was a diplomat, antiquarian, volcanologist, and Fellow of the Royal Society who served as the British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Naples from 1764 to 1800. Di Meo’s annual calendar, known as “The Cal”, honors Hamilton’s eye for art with its theme this year. “A Grand Tour around Vesuvius” features spectacular photographs of the places that he liked the most – the royal palace, Pompeii, the

ancient villas, and the beautiful coastline – as captured by cult photographer Massimo Listri. Next Year, Gstaad? Last year it was at the National Museum of Warsaw, this year the Royal Academy of Arts in London – but next year this annual extravaganza may happen right here at home in Gstaad. Famed fashion photographer Mario Testino gave Di Meo the inspiration: “Make a travelling party to have your genuine wine from Irpinia (in the south of Italy).” Now, wouldn’t that be fun?

Conte Gelasio Gaetani, Generoso Di Meo and Afdera Franchetti, wife of Henry Fonda

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Gstaad Yacht Club

Between-Season Successes Abound

BY GSTAAD YACHT CLUB

Fourth GYC Centenary Trophy A gentle breeze, warm sun, and blue skies. One couldn’t have asked for better weather conditions for the fourth edition of the Gstaad Yacht Club Centenary Trophy, the true rendez-vous for the oldest boats of the classic yacht circuit and the focal point of classic racing at the Voiles de Saint-Tropez. After some three hours, the first boat to cross the line was Philippe Oddo’s Olympian, skippered by Bruno Troublé. Despite the fact it was her first participation in the Centenary, the very competitive P Class gaff cutter was declared the trophy winner, to the utmost delight of her crew. “This Centenary Trophy is a very special regatta – the pursuit format is great,” said Bruno Troublé as he docked in the St Tropez harbour. “One after the other, we managed to take over our competitors and cross the finish line first.” Yet Olympian was not the only newcomer to display excellent speed performance. Second place was won by Silhouette, also participating in the regatta for the first time. But it won’t be the last, as owner and GYC Member Daniel Heine declared she would be back in the future.

of gathering information, details and news on the existing fleet for all Centenarians. The GYC had more to celebrate this autumn: 1) GYC Nacra 17 Team Matías Bühler and Nathalie Brugger qualified to represent Switzerland in the 2016 Olympics. With their 6th place in the ISAF World Championships held in Santander, Spain in September, Switzerland has secured a place on the starting line for Rio. Which means the GYC is the first club to have an Olympic place for 2016. 2) Our youngest GYC Racing team member Nils Theuninck is now a member of the Swiss National team. Due to his excellent results on the Laser Standard in the last 1.5 years, Nils has joined the Swiss Team. (e.g. 5th place for the “under 19 years old” age group at the World U21 Championship 2014) 3) GYC members Flavio Marazzi and Christoph Burger become world champions of the 5.5. metre class. By winning the 5.5 m World Championship in Santo Stefano in September they add yet another title to their belts. 4) Three GYC members were nominated for the Swiss Sailing awards.

5) Congratulations to Dona Bertarelli. After being nominated for the 2nd time Dona Bertarelli won the Swiss Sailing Award in the Category – Female sailor of the year 2014 for her sport achievements. 6) Congratulations to Commodore Peter Erzberger for the Swiss Sailing Lifetime Award. The ceremony took place in the House of Sport in Berne, November 22, 2014. We congratulate Mr Erzberger for all his achievements. The sport of sailing has enriched his life in many ways. Growing up on Lake Thun, the Swiss-Brazilian dual-national’s passion for Starboat sailing began at age 17. He took part in diverse national and 15 World Championships, even finishing 9th in the1980 Olympics in Tallinn, Estonia, with partner Eduardo de Souza Ramos. Wherever Erzberger was working, he remained a devoted sailor – in Brazil building the sailing team, in Caracas leading the PanAm Games in 1983, and later in England forming the Star sailing team. “One should give back in return after achieving so much” is Erzberger’s philosophy – a true great, inspiring others with his commitment and vision for the sport.

Photo: Juerg Kaufmann

Summer and winter may be the Gstaad Yacht Club’s key seasons, yet the happenings in between are a vital part of our activities. Autumn 2014 held many important events that were cause for celebration.

“Our commodore told us that there is no second place, so we have to come back,” smiled Heine. “Many thanks to all who made this fantastic race possible – we look forward to the 2015 edition.” Rounding out the event, the prize-giving ceremony was held in very private surroundings right on the water’s edge of St. Tropez. At the festivities, Commodore Peter Erzberger made an announcement: The Club has decided to launch a Centenary Trophy Register©. This will have the aim

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LOVELL CAMPS WINTER SKI CAMP! It’s that time again and we hope your children will join us for some real learning and real fun during the coming winter season. We offer 1-week sessions starting December 14, 2014, each with approximately 30 boarders and 10 to 20 day campers. The children ski or snowboard with professional instructors for up to five hours a day. After skiing, they return to the Lovell Camps' Mountain Lodge to enjoy a number of activities including language lessons in English, French or German; indoor rock climbing, swimming, ice skating, winter hiking, interest groups and our famous weekly disco. Older campers are always enthusiastic about our more challenging activities such as leadership training, survival skills and ski racing.

and musical activities, and offer daily ski instruction.

Lovell Camps also offers our Polar Bear Kids Club, based at the world-famous Le Grand Bellevue Hotel. This club is for little ones, aged 2 to 5, and runs seven days a week. Our qualified teachers instruct in English and French. We develop the children’s interest in arts and crafts, drama

We still have some spaces available at Lovell Winter Camps for day and boarding campers in our December weeks and during one February week. The other camp sessions are fully booked for boarders; however, please contact us if you wish to be put on the waiting list. For day campers,

the program runs from 09.00 to 17:45 from Monday to Friday. Our professional ski instructors and counsellors organise our well-planned educational program, which incorporates fun and learning in a safe and friendly environment. In addition, Lovell Camps offers parents an opportunity to enjoy some après-ski life while their children are making new friends and learning new skills.

LOVELL CAMPS SUMMER CAMP – NEW HOME! learning experience for each child. Camp activities include language instruction in French, English or Spanish; rock climbing, swimming, excursions, leadership activities, tennis, horse riding, golf, archery, mountain biking, hiking, overnight adventures, cultural excursions - and a lot more! Our popular Kids Club incorporates all aspects of our summer program for younger learners.

After 44 years at the John F. Kennedy School, the Lovell Family are sad to announce that we are no longer able to use the JFK facilities as part of the Lovell Camps summer program. We would like to thank all the people, both individuals and businesses, who have made our time in Saanen so memorable and who have supported us throughout the years. At the same time, we are delighted to inform you that camp activities will now be based at the Mountain Lodge in Schönried. In many ways our new headquarters offers our young clients much-improved facilities. Every

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room has its own washroom and shower and comfortably accommodates 3 to 6 children. The lodge also offers spacious recreation areas and lounges, and a large, cheerful dining room served by a professional kitchen. Multiple playing fields and one of the most spectacular views in the Saanenland complete our new centre of operations. The Lovell Camps Summer Camp program is designed for children aged 5 to 15 years old. The camp combines professional language instruction with a wide variety of sports, excursions and camping activities and provides a well-balanced holiday and

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Lovell Camps aims to provide each camper with a happy, well-balanced, challenging and safe learning experience that will broaden horizons and build skills that will last a lifetime. We hope to welcome your children to Lovell International Camps this year! Love Winter? Love Summer? Love Lovell Camps!


Photos: New Year Music Festival

Peter Schmidt, cello and Katia Michel, piano

The Little Festival That Could New Year Music Festival in Gstaad

It may be overshadowed by the larger Menuhin and Les Sommets Musicaux music festivals, but the New Year Music Festival in Gstaad has been providing the region with holiday cheer since 2005/2006. BY ALEXIS MUNIER

In the course of these past nine years, the festival has hosted more than 250 concerts and events featuring 400 musicians during this, the most festive time of year. Despite a limited budget, the New Year Music Festival in Gstaad draws the best in up and coming musicians, who are carefully selected by Artistic Director Caroline Haffner. Under the theme “Cellissimo,” this year’s festival features four evenings of music by celebrated cellists Peter Schmidt, Oscar Alabau, and Francis Salque, amongst others. Two Premieres in Store A variety of styles and pieces are offered during the weeklong festival, including a premiere of Strauss’s Melologhe Enoch Arden (in English) and the Dec 29 premiere showing of the film ’’L’amitié des Titans,’’ about the friendship between Rostropovitch and Shostakovitch (in Russian). Also planned is a celebration of Spanish music replete with Cristina Otero Ruiz-Herrera performing castagnettes.

The opening concert will be held at the Grand Hotel Park, with Russian soprano Olga Semenova accompanied by festival director and pianist Caroline Haffner (Princess Caroline Murat). As part of the Park’s traditional Russian Christmas celebrations, the duo will perform a programme of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff called “Great Russian Arias.”

in 2008/2009, and went on to a glowing win at the Queen Elizabeth of Belgium piano competition in 2010.

A Helping Hand The festival takes pride in supporting young artists, helping them to financially cover the cost of their continued studies while pursuing a career in music. For example, Denis Kojoukhine received grants

New Year Music Festival in Gstaad 2014/2015 runs from Dec 26 to January 4, with concerts in Gstaad, Lauenen, Château-d’Oex, and Rougemont.

“Our team is entirely volunteer-based,” says Caroline Haffner, Artisic Director, “so we depend on your generous donations, just as we do on our precious institutional partner, the Grand Hotel Park Gstaad.”

www.nymf.ch

Francesco Nicolosi, piano

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info@gasthausroessli.ch Tel. 033 755 10 12 , fax 033 755 11 80

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Unus Pro Omnibus

Hallelujah! The Swiss have voted. It is still all for one and one for all here in the Alps. BY MANDOLYNA THEODORACOPULOS

Rich and poor foreigners alike are breathing a sigh of relief, at least for the time being. For those of you who haven’t bothered to read a newspaper lately, the Swiss voted last November to keep the forfait, a tax break for foreigners in Switzerland. They also voted against lowering the cap on the number of migrant workers allowed entry into Switzerland. While the lure of xenophobia has yet to prove its superiority here in Switzerland, anti-immigration demonstrations are taking place across Germany in protest of the growing Islamisation of the Judeo-Christian world. Notably, the protesters are not neo-Nazis or right-wing extremists. The sentiment echoes across Europe, but it doesn’t seem like anyone is listening. Not far away, everyone in America seems to be at war over something or other, usually to do with race, and those that are anti-violence are taking to the streets to protest the use of force by the police. Astonishingly, no sit-ins contra criminality have been reported. The American president has granted immunity to millions of illegal immigrants. The American press carry on publishing impar-

tial stories, totally false stories, and biased news reports.

Ahhh, the cultural zeitgeist…. propaganda, propaganda, propagandaaaahhhhhh! How times have changed. South of the border in the Amazon rainforest, loggers allegedly cut down the world’s oldest tree. Conservationists and Amazonian tribesmen were very upset, naturally. But then, as it happens, the story turned out to be a hoax. False news reports are all the rage these days. From The New York Times to Rolling Stone magazine, journalists cannot seem to get their story right. Earlier this month, in a desperate bid to accomplish who knows what, the Spanish tried to tax Google for listing Spanish headlines and both true and false news stories. It is unclear if the Spanish were trying to pay off their debts or if it was a bid to challenge copyright laws. Google was unmoved. Like France, Germany and Belgium before them, Spain back peddled at lightning speed. At press time, they retain their spot on the Google index. While a lot of people think Google is the enemy, I don’t believe they have any idea what they are talking about or have much understanding of how the internet actually works. All traffic from Google is easily converted

to cash. Google is not the enemy. Neither is Paypal, who some believe to be the devil incarnate. But those are simply false allegations made by people who don’t trust or understand the internet. Paypal is a perfectly safe and wholly useful channel for doing business with strangers. Even dear old St. Nick does most of his Christmas shopping using Paypal. You’d be surprised, but Santa’s elves have moved into the 21st Century. They use Paypal and Google and a host of other modern devices to make sure they get toys to every poor child living in poverty. Santa has been slow to catch on considering he is a septuagenarian, but Mrs. Claus gave him an iPad last year for his birthday and he is learning how to navigate using the devise. This year Santa has been busy preparing for his big day. St. Nicholas has been using his iPad to get through his lists - no longer any need to check them twice. Ahhh, the wonders of technology! I have obtained, via an anonymous source in the Vatican, an extract from one the aforementioned lists, and hope to publish it without delay, for the sake of international transparency and for the integrity of all mankind. Happy Advent!

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Events Calendar Friday December 19, 2014 through Monday, December 30, 2014 Fri, Dec. 19 – Jan. 5

Gstaad

Sat, Dec. 20

Gstaad

Gstaad

Winterzauber

Nordic Winter Sprint

Welt & Gstaad Film Showing

Gstaad’s Xmas market located at the ice-skating rink

Cross Country Race on the Promenade, 5 pm

Daily projections in the open air, Chalet Naegeli, Free entry

Sat, Dec. 20

Saanen

Christmas Market

Sat, Dec. 20 

Christmas Market From 5 pm onward

Tues, Dec. 23

Gstaad

Sat, Dec. 27

Nightskiing Zükerli

Zweisimmen

Fri, Dec. 26 – Jan. 4

St Peter’s Anglican Church English-Speaking, Château-d’Oex Service every Sunday, 17.30 pm

Zweisimmen

www.allsaints.ch/chateaudoex Contact: cliveatkinson@bluewin.ch

Nightskiing on the Rinderberg

Wispile ,7 to 9:30 pm

On Saanen’s main street, gifts from local foods to exotic wares, 3 to 8 pm

Various

New Year Music Festival in Gstaad Array of concerts featuring world-­ reknown cellists and up-and-coming musicians.

Holiday Gift Guide Does the lady in your life have it all? This Christmas, give her something special that can‘t be found anywhere else but on Gstaad’s Promenade or at one of it‘s luxury hotels. Whether you’ve got millions or only pennies to spend, here are two unusual items that Santa certainly can’t get his hands on. 3780 VIP Card

This membership card allows discounts at many stores in the Gstaad area. The specials arrive in your inbox each week; sample offer might include two-for-one yoga, free champagne upon arrival at the newly opened T-bar, and discounted facials at a high-end spa. At a monthly draw, one lucky cardholder will be the envy of all their friends with a free gift certificate to one of the many participating establishments. The 3780 VIP Card is available for no cost at Bach Sign, Promenade 47, Gstaad.

GRAFF Jewels

Why bother with anything but the best? Legendary GRAFF diamond jewellery has a new collection of standout pieces. This includes the Royal Star of Paris, a mesmerising brooch (which can also be worn as a pendant) featuring the Graff Sunflower, a 107.46 carat Fancy Yellow cushion cut diamond and the Graff Perfection, a 100.00 carat D Flawless pear shape diamond drop. The world has seen very few diamonds that exceed 100 carats, so it is unprecedented that two stones of such quality and carat weight have been brought together in one jewel. Inquiries may be made at GRAFF Diamonds, Grand Hotel Park and The Alpina Gstaad.

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Fri, Dec. 26 – Jan. 4

Church Services

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6 to 9:30 pm Fri. Dec. 26 

Saaner

Gstaadlife is available in these Hotels

Classical Concert Church, 5 pm

**** * GSTAAD PALACE +41 (0)33 748 50 00, info@palace.ch

Sun, Dec 28

Zweisimmen

Classical Concert

**** * LE GRAND BELLEVUE +41 (0)33 748 00 00, info@bellevue-gstaad.ch

Church, 7 pm Mon, Dec. 29

**** * GRAND HOTEL PARK +41 (0)33 748 98 00, info@grandhotelpark.ch

Saanenland

Exclusive Winter Chocolate Train Ride from Saanenmöser to Broc and Gruyeres Mon, Dec. 29

Saanen

Winter Driving Training Snow and Ice course on Saanen’s airfield For further details please visit: www.gstaad.ch

Important Numbers Ambulance 144, Police 117, Fire 118 Medical Emergency 0900 57 67 47 Dental Emergency 033 729 26 26 Police Station 033 356 84 31 Car Accident 033 744 88 80 Zweisimmen Hospital 033 729 26 26 Château-d’Oex Hospital 026 923 43 43 Veterinarian 033 748 08 58/ 033 744 06 61 For additional useful numbers please visit www.gstaadlife.ch/useful-­ numbers.html

**** * THE ALPINA GSTAAD +41 (0)33 888 98 88, info@thealpinagstaad.ch ***** WELLNESS- & SPA-HOTEL ERMITAGE +41 (0)33 748 04 30, welcome@ermitage.ch *** * BOUTIQUE HOTEL ALPENROSE +41 (0)33 748 91 91, info@hotelalpenrose.ch *** * GOLFHOTEL LES HAUTS DE GSTAAD +41 (0)33 748 68 68, mail@golfhotel.ch **** HOTEL LE GRAND CHALET +41 (0)33 748 76 76, hotel@grandchalet.ch **** HOTEL ARC-EN-CIEL +41 (0)33 748 43 43, info@arc-en-ciel.ch **** HOTEL BERNERHOF +41 (0)33 748 88 44, info@bernerhof-gstaad.ch **** HOTEL CHRISTIANIA +41 (0)33 744 51 21, info@christiania.ch **** HOTEL GSTAADERHOF: +41 (0)33 748 63 63, info@gstaaderhof.ch **** HOTEL OLDEN +41 (0)33 748 49 50, info@hotelolden.com **** ROMANTIK HOTEL HORNBERG +41 (0)33 748 66 88, willkommen@hotel-hornberg.ch **** STEIGENBERGER ALPENHOTEL AND SPA +41 (0)33 748 64 64, gstaad@steigenberger.ch ** * HOTEL ALPINE LODGE +41 (0)33 748 41 51, info@alpinelodge.ch ** * HOTEL DES ALPES BY BRUNO KERNEN +41 (0)33 748 04 50, info@desalpes.ch *** HOTEL BELLERIVE +41 (0)33 748 88 33, info@bellerive-gstaad.ch *** HOTEL ALPENLAND +41 (0)33 765 91 34, hotel@alpenland.ch

Clubs Rotary Club Gstaad-Saanenland Meetings every Monday 12h00 Palace Hotel Gstaad (033 / 748 50 00), President: Rot. Christiane Griessen (079 / 432 73 93) Secretary: Rot. Markus Iseli (033 / 748 92 08)

Lions Club Gstaad-Saanenland Meetings each first and third week of the month on Thursdays, either at 12 pm for lunch or at 7 pm for dinner. Meetings in Ermitage, Wellness & Spa-­Hotel, Schönried, Tel. 033 748 60 60. For details and program contact Sigi Feller, president, 033 748 85 73, sigbert.feller@ubs.com gstaad-saanenland.lionsclub.ch

Soroptimist International President: Franziska Brändli, Tel. 079 636 13 33 Program: Gabi Thoenen, Tel. 033 748 11 11

*** HOTEL ALPHORN +41 (0)33 748 45 45, office@alphorn-gstaad.ch *** HOTEL KERNEN +41 (0)33 748 40 20, info@hotel-kernen.ch *** HOTEL LANDHAUS +41 (0)33 748 40 40, info@landhaus-saanen.ch *** HOTEL SAANERHOF +41 (0)33 744 15 15, hotel@saanerhof.ch ** * HOTEL SOLSANA +41 (0)33 748 94 94, info@solsana.ch ** * HOTEL SPITZHORN +41 (0)33 748 41 41, spitzhorn@spitzhorn.ch *** POSTHOTEL RÖSSLI +41 (0)33 748 42 42, info@posthotelroessli.ch *** SAANEWALD LODGE +41 (0)33 744 69 69, info@saanewald-lodge.ch *** SPORTHOTEL VICTORIA +41 (0)33 748 44 22, info@victoria-gstaad.ch HOTEL RESTAURANT BÄREN +41 (0)33 755 10 33, welcome@baerengsteig.ch HOTEL GELTENHORN +41 (0)33 765 35 91, brand@hotel-geltenhorn.ch HOTEL VIKTORIA +41 (0)33 755 10 34, hotel_viktoria@bluewin.ch HOTEL WILDHORN +41 (0)33 765 30 12, info@hotel-wildhorn.ch


Reopening

after renovation Friday, December 19, 2014

Visit the restaurant and bar, and join us for an apéro at La Cave starting at 6 pm

Après-Ski in La Cave

Every evening starting at 5.30 pm until January 11 Enjoy live music with Dalise and Band l We take care of light snacks

Welcome back to the ice-bar

Open every day at 3 pm from December 26 until it melts away Enjoy a glass of champagne or mulled wine on the pulsating promenade

New Year’s Eve Menu Hors-d’œuvre « Olden » Crème « Parmentier » aux salpicons de poireaux et foie gras à la truffe blanche d’Alba Blanc de turbot fourré en croûte de pâte feuilletée Filet mignon de veau cuite entier, sauce aux morilles. Brie de Meaux truffé Fantaisie des douceurs du Maître Pâtissier Mignardises « Porte-Bonheur »

Hotel Olden, Promenade 35, CH-3780 Gstaad l Tel. 033 748 49 50 l www.hotelolden.com l info@hotelolden.com

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