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CULTURE
Notes: Baselworld and Trade Show Life
I call it my week of suits. In actuality, it's my other life. Four years in a row now I've woken up in an apartment in Basel, Switzerland, dressed myself quite professionally, hopped on a tram and worked a nine to six or seven job—for one week each...
TRAVEL
Word of Mouth: Basel, Switzerland
Basel, Switzerland doesn't draw the traditional tourists for Swiss outdoor sports or the après-ski lifestyle. In fact, a large influx of internationals can be tied to the fairs, conferences and trade shows taking place in the city's epic Messeplatz...
TRAVEL
Pontresina, Switzerland's Grand Hotel Kronenhof
A collection of time-tested attributes unite behind the words "Grand Hotel." Some allude to a palatial structure, others reference five-star service and even more address historic international clientele. All of this can be found at Pontresina, Switzerland...
CULTURE
Bob Colacello's Curatorial Debut at Vito Schnabel Gallery
For those familiar with the name Bob Colacello, it may come as a surprise that he hasn't curated a gallery exhibition until now. A close Warhol confidante—and the force behind Interview magazine through the 1970s until '83—Colacello's journalistic...
TRAVEL
Five Facets of The Historic Kulm Hotel St Moritz
Tucked in the southeastern corner of Switzerland, the Engadine valley—and its centerpiece St Moritz—carries a century and a half of history and stakes claim to the birth of Swiss winter tourism. A region of four languages—Italian, Swiss-German, French...
DESIGN
Baselworld 2016: Zaha Hadid + Georg Jensen
At the dinner of a mutual friend, David Chu, the Chairman and Chief Creative Director of Danish design brand Georg Jensen, sat beside globally acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid. Chu, a longtime fan of Hadid's work, was taken by the jewelry she was...
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ELECTRONICS_APPLIANCES
Shelf Loudspeaker
In an attempt to make a passive loudspeaker that not only sounds impeccable but looks beautiful from any angle, new Swiss brand Vonschloo created a conical acoustic cabinet unusually made of composite cement—all of which is cut and shaped by hand...
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MusicMachine 3
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, MB&F collaborated with Switzerland’s famous music box maker Reuge with the new MusicMachine 3. Inspired by the TIE Fighter from Star Wars, this futuristic design is the third joint venture by the two companies...
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Editions Starfleet Machine
For years now, we've followed the work of Max Büsser, the mastermind behind horological design house MB&F. His distinct timepieces represent mind-bending innovation and eccentric inspiration, all hand-crafted, in an industry that more often than...
DESIGN
Baselworld 2015: Moon Phase Watches
A rather popular complication in luxury watchmaking, a moon phase indicator is often a nice design touch rather than a useful tool—unless one looks to the stars for more than inspiration. At this year's Baselworld, many brands presented stellar updates...
DESIGN
Cycling through Spring Two Ways
Save for the hardened wool-laden road warriors and fat bike single track explorers, winter is a tough time for cyclists. It often means chaining oneself to an indoor trainer or simply accepting that you might just lose a bit of your prowess on the...
TRAVEL
Skijoring with Bentley
Given the extreme winter weather in the Northeastern United States, we thought it would be appropriate and entertaining to resurface this story from 2012 Roughly translated to "ski driving," skijoring is a Scandinavian-originated snow sport where...
DESIGN
Clerc's Limited Edition Hydroscaph H140 Watch
For a 140-year-old brand in the ever-crowding market of haute horlogerie, material innovation that directly impacts functionality stands as the key to continued success. That's exactly what luxury Swiss watchmaker Clerc accomplishes with their recent...
DESIGN
MB&F Horological Machine No. 6: Space Pirate
Max Büsser, the man behind some of the most unusual timepieces in the world, says that "no one needs a watch to tell time." Instead, he thinks about the watches his company MB&F (Maximilian Büsser and friends) creates as a collaborative process in...
CULTURE
Art Basel 2014: 14 Rooms
One of the highlights of Art Basel 2014 is an exhibition neatly tucked behind the main halls in a smaller gallery. "14 Rooms" is curated by current art-world darling Hans-Ulrich Obrist of London's Serpentine Gallery and Klaus Biesenbach of MoMA...
DESIGN
Götti Frames's Subtle Refinement
Since 1998, Zurich-based optician-turned-designer Sven Götti has been dreaming up shapes and concepts (releasing about 40 new models each year) that tickle his fancy. At first glance, götti Switzerland frames look pretty conventional with clean...
CULTURE
OKOLO Magazine Explores Design in Lausanne
With an eye for design, architecture, art, fashion and culture in general, Prague-based creative group OKOLO has been on our radar since we first met co-founder and publication Editor-in-Chief Adam Štěch (who is also a CH contributor) during 2012...
DESIGN
Baselworld 2014: Christophe Claret's Margot
To commence this year's illustrious Swiss watch and jewelry fair, Baselworld, veteran watchmaker Christophe Claret announced the release of Margot, a magnificent, limited edition, automatic winding addition to the world of haute horlogerie. For...
STYLE
SIHH 2014: Watches with Visible Movements
Among the many magnificent watches we had the opportunity to preview at this year's Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, more than a few incorporated visibility into their movements and complications. From skeletons to just...
STYLE
Van Cleef & Arpels' Midnight Planétarium Poetic Complication
A highlight of the annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), held every January in Geneva, is seeing the various brands compete against each other in the very technical and artistic ends of the market with creations that have never...
FOOD-DRINK
Idilio Origins Chocolate
For a country with such a storied history in chocolate, Switzerland has little to show for new players in the cacao game—that is until Niklaus Blumer and Pascal Wirth decided to follow their passion for dark chocolate and the time-honored Swiss...
FOOD-DRINK
Kuhn Rikon Corn Twister
Grilled corn on the cob is a summer BBQ staple, but fresh corn "off" the cob can be even more versatile, adding color and sweetness to any dish from breakfast to dinner. Providing an alternative to the cumbersome, messy and semi-risky method of removing...
CULTURE
Art Basel 2013: The Changing Worlds of Sculpture
Transportive and transformative, the following six sculptural pieces found at this year's Art Basel push the boundaries of the medium and its definition within art. Chaotic, thoughtful and sometimes even funny, each work manages to bring a new world...
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