Leave Switzerland without a fine watch and live with regret forever. Jacques Gevril was the first Swiss watchmaker to export a timepiece, at the request of Spain’s King Ferdinand VI in 1758. A 1781 Gevril pocket watch, on display at the Museum Geneve, has distinctive texturing of dial materials. That “Guilloched” technique is embodied today in the limited edition Avenue of Americas collection, featuring raised numbers, white mother-of-pearl, sapphire crystal and a Louisiana crocodile leather band. Collection ranges from $2,195 to $8,995, for the full case diamond. www.gevril.com
After a day in the Alps, warm up with a cuppa poured from this Terra Keramik ceramic teapot. The Winterthur-based artisans embody Swiss affection for clean lines and simple design when creating the teapots, which come in eight colors. Terra Keramik uses environmentally friendly techniques, such as lead-free glazes, clay that fires with lower energy and recyclable packaging. Teapots hold eight cups. $112. www.artazza.com
Visitors are welcome to tour the Glasi Hergiswil factory on the shores of Lake Lucerne, where craftsmen blow glass into delicate dinnerware, candlesticks and more. Be sure to also tour the Museum of Glass and follow the factory’s history, which dates back to 1817. This Glasi Hergiswil birdfeeder is about $43.
When thinking about Swiss precision and mastery, the first thing to come to mind probably isn’t a toy. But perhaps it should be. Wooden Naef Toys are handmade in Switzerland with meticulous attention to detail, imagination and safety. The colorful Cella challenges children to create designs using nine half-cube shells. About $150–180. www.naefusa.com
COMO Hotels and Resorts offers travelers new immersive luxury retreats for 2022. Perfect for couples, small groups or solo travelers, the new COMO Journeys are available to book in Australia, Bhutan, Indonesia and Thailand.
Considering an autumnal adventure or Thanksgiving trip this year? Well, with walkable cities, cozy pubs and lots of seasonal festivals, the island of Ireland is calling. And if you need more reasons to Press the Green Button and go, take a look and see what awaits you on the Emerald Isle …
Anantara Chiang Mai, the deluxe resort on the banks of Thailand’s Mae Ping River, relaunched the city’s most famous high tea experience, served on the terrace of the 100-year-old British Consulate that today houses the resort’s Service 1921 Restaurant & Bar.
The Hotel Bel-Air hosts a new end-of-summer BBQ with Master Chef Wolfgang Puck on the lawn of the hotel. The event is back after a three-year hiatus, set to take place Sept. 6. Guests will be able to enjoy an evening featuring backyard-style barbeque and seasonal summer favorites.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
The Oberoi, Marrakech introduces its new holistic wellness program, SAHA. Meaning health in Arabic, SAHA aims to help guests reach their full wellbeing potential. The program operates on four key cornerstones: soul & spirit, active body, holistic treatments and a better plate.
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Emerald Cruises christened its newest Star-Ship, Emerald Luna, in a ceremony in Amsterdam as it prepares to sail the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers of Europe. Equipped to host up to 180 guests, Emerald Luna saw many members of Scenic Group, the parent company of Emerald Cruises, attend the ceremony, including U.S. travel industry advocate and educator Vanessa McGovern, who took honors as godmother during the ceremony.