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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 lines...
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...
DESIGN
Design Miami/Basel 2013: Casting Light
It could be argued that it doesn't matter what, or who, is in any room if the lighting isn't right. The following pieces—seen among the other wares at Design Miami/Basel—emit, warp or interact with light in exotic ways. Each piece embeds functionality...
DESIGN
Design Miami/Basel 2013: Resting Upon Imagination
Design Miami/Basel houses the extraordinary. Objects as ordinary as a chair, and as everyday as a bench to sit upon, wow at this annual celebration of collectible design. With deft artistry, designers re-envision the structure and function of day-to...
CULTURE
Art Basel 2013: Paint, Zippers and Partnering
With the history of art stretching back to the earliest stages of humanity, it can be difficult to enter unexplored frontiers. The following artists presented work at this year's Art Basel that, whether by means of innovation or refreshing clarity...
CULTURE
Art Basel 2013: Light and Fire
Like moths to flame, light art—and its use within, and as a complement to, sculpture—attracted the attention of many visitors at this year's 44th edition of Art Basel. Lamp-like orbs and rods, shadow art and even live fire mesmerized spectators. The...
STYLE
Xetum Kendrick Collection
Jeff Kuo founded Xetum to create watches with fresh, California-inspired, modern design and old school Swiss craftsmanship. Launched in 2009, the watches are immediately recognizable, marked by unadorned, lugless cases and simple dials. Inspiration...
CULTURE
Nowness In Residence: Rolf Sachs
For their first venture in a new series exploring the intimate side of a designer's life, Nowness takes a look at the alpine-obsessed artist Rolf Sachs and his Olympic Stadium-turned-holiday home in St. Moritz. The dynamic London-based designer...
TECH
Stromer Electric Bicycle
Best known for their chocolate, watches and banks, the Swiss are also quite skilled bicycle makers as it turns out. If the BMC + Lamborghini collaboration wasn't proof enough, see Stromer and new ST1 pedal-assisted electric bicycle. Now available...
DESIGN
L'Etagere-en-Bois
Seeing Lausanne University of Art and Design (ECAL) students top international design competitions is nothing new. Most recently, the prestigious D3 Contest, part of the international furniture fair IMM Cologne, has awarded its first prize distinction...
CULTURE
Body Language
The Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris has gathered a selection of photos focused on the concept of the body from the Fotomuseum Winterthur's collection, as part of the city's "Mois de la photo" (Month of Photography) event. Throughout its history...
DESIGN
Low-Tech Factory
For its 14th edition earlier this month, Designers' Saturdays in Langenthal, Switzerland invited ECAL undergraduate and Masters students in industrial and product design to let their imagination run free while developing a series of machines exploring...
DESIGN
ECAL Yearbook
During last week's Swiss Design Days, Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne—more commonly ECAL—debuted "ECAL Diplomes 2012," a conceptual yearbook showcasing student thesis work from the past academic year. With sections devoted to everything...
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