FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Switzerland, Alps, Lake Lucerne

Mar 1, 2010
2010 / March 2010

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


KeramikAfter 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

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