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“Bubbly Breakfast” at the Lausanne Royal Savoy. When talent and creativity meet.

“Bubbly Breakfast” at the Lausanne Royal Savoy. When talent and creativity meet.

Reading Time: 9 minutesThis morning there was only one place where LuxuryActivist could be. It is a exceptional place where luxury, art and know-how meet. This place is called the Lausanne Royal Savoy. Around this very exclusive breakfast table 5 amazing talents: Mr Benoît Gouez, Chef de Cave at Moët & Chandon Mr Marc Haeberlin, 3 stars Michelin and Signature Chef at the Lausanne Royal Savoy Mr Julien Krauss, Executive Chef at Lausanne Royal Savoy Mr Adam Bentalha, Brasserie Chef at Lausanne Royal Savoy Mr Reza Nahaboo, Chef Sommelier at Lausanne Royal Savoy The idea was to discover the new desserts coming in the new menu and to taste the unique and amazing Moët & Chandon Millésime 2008. It was a true Bubbly Breakfast. Several journalists and bloggers were invited to this very special occasion. Having these 5 great talents around the table was definitely our most inspiring experience of this year so far. Benoît Gouez,…

The Very Best of Vaudois Wine at Lausanne Palace – Every Monday!

The Very Best of Vaudois Wine at Lausanne Palace – Every Monday!

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Office des Vins Vaudois have the pleasure to invite you to an exceptional journey in which you will be able to taste and discover the best Grands Crus of the Vaud region. Exceptional wines that can be tasted only in exceptional places and in Lausanne only one place would honor this exceptional experience: The Lausanne Palace and Spa. During one month, you will be able to be charmed by the enchanting power and richness of Vaudois wines. It will give you a taste of the Christmas magic. Every Monday, discover 2 Grands Crus from Vaud and enjoy a relaxing start of the week. Monday 21st of November 2016 – Château La Bâtie 1er Grand Cru – Vinzel, Cave de la Côte – Château de Montagny 1er Grand Cru Villette, J. & M. Dizerens Monday 28th of November 2016 – Château de Châtagneréaz 1er Grand Cru, Mont-sur-Rolle – Les Roches Plates 1er Grand…

Louis Moinet is officially the inventor of the Chronograph.

Louis Moinet is officially the inventor of the Chronograph.

Reading Time: 10 minutesAfter the best part of six months of procedures and thorough investigations, Louis Moinet has become the official holder of the title of “First Chronograph”, awarded by the official Guinness World Records organisation. In bestowing its Guinness World Records award, the worldwide authority brings further recognition of a fact already widely acknowledged in the world of watchmaking: the chronograph was first invented by Mr Louis Moinet in 1816, with his “Compteur de Tierces”. Chronometer versus Chronograph: What is the difference? According to Thesaurus, a watch is an apparatus fo measuring and recording the progress of time. Obviously in the past 300 years watches have become more than just timekeeper objects. Several watchmaking complications joined the field of possibilities. Chronometer: A name that is given to only watches with the highest precision standards. These watches have passed rigorous testing of the Swiss Official Chronometer Control which consists of 15 days under…

Manufacture Royale: A Ray of Light in Swiss Watchmaking.

Manufacture Royale: A Ray of Light in Swiss Watchmaking.

Reading Time: 5 minutesSometimes we feel that we have seen it all, especially in Watchmaking. Well you are wrong. In Switzerland you can discover true marvels, small treasures in the serious business of Watchmaking. When it comes to Luxury watches, Manufacture Royale is like a ray of light providing bright, luxurious watches aligned with a strong heritage. Thank you very much Mr Voltaire! It was all about Voltaire and his free spirit François-Marie Arouet, also known as Voltaire (his writer name), was a French writer, historian and famous philosopher of the 18th century. He believed in freedom of religion, freedom of speech and separation of church and state. Definitely not an easy position to maintain, especially in France. Voltaire was a versatile writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was…

Davidoff Yamasa, exceptional new Cigar. One of a kind.

Davidoff Yamasa, exceptional new Cigar. One of a kind.

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe life of Davidoff Cigars is the life of Zino Davidoff. His brilliant savoir vivre infused all aspects of cigar craftsmanship and enjoyment. A visionary in all regards, Zino was a man who ensured time, like each of his cigars, was always beautifully filled. While we think everything was invented, everything was already done, Davidoff launches a new Cigar. After 20 years in the making, Davidoff Cigars unveils its newest cigar range, Davidoff Yamasá: an intense exhilaration in taste. Davidoff is a Swiss luxury tobacco goods brand name, which is carried by a range of products including cigars, cigarillos, cigarettes and pipe tobaccos. The company is otherwise independently owned by Oettinger Davidoff AG. Here are some key figures about Davidoff Cigars: 2015 Turnover: CHF 1.126 Million Employees: 3’541 Number of total cigars produced annually: 45 Million Davidoff cigars are sold worldwide through a selective distribution system. The Davidoff Flagship Stores have a special position among the carefully selected…

Medieval Factory by L’Espace des Inventions – Lausanne

Medieval Factory by L’Espace des Inventions – Lausanne

Reading Time: 4 minutesL’Espace des Inventions opened in 2000 in Lausanne. Since then, their mission is to inspire vocations and to awaken young people’s interest in science and technology. These are 2 key elements to our modern culture that should educate future generations. They are located in a very special building, constructed for the National exhibition of 1964. The roof is a giant solar dial and the space is located at the bottom of an amazing park called the Youth valley. The main surface is about 250m2. Generally L’Espace des Invention hosts different ephemeral exhibitions dealing with a science or technical theme. Visitors are stimulated and exposed to experiences thanks to observation and manipulation. L’Espace des Inventions welcomes over 23’000 visitors each year. Right now you can discover an amazing exhibition called Medieval Factory.  It is displayed until December 2016 and visitors will discover, understand and manipulate catapults, medieval engines, learn more about the…

Swiss Blog: Aesop opens new store in Lausanne

Swiss Blog: Aesop opens new store in Lausanne

Reading Time: 4 minutesAesop just opened a new store in Lausanne. Year after year, the Australian brand is investing into the Swiss Market as being part of one of its key european territories. Aesop is an amazing brand. It all started in 1987 in Melbourne – Australia. It was founded by Dennis Paphitis. His aim was to have a precise and expert range of superlative products in which he would gather the best of what nature and science can offer. In addition to skincare, Aesop also produces hair care, soaps and fragrance. Each time Aesop opens a new store, it is an unique new story starting. Each store has an unique design and atmosphere. In Lausanne, it is all about wood. Located in the historical area of the city, the new Aesop boutique was designed by  Marion Mouny, architect at Aesop Design department. The space is inspired by what Gio Ponti did at the Intercontinental Hotel in Naples….

Victorinox Fall Winter Fashion Collection, Modern Craft story.

Victorinox Fall Winter Fashion Collection, Modern Craft story.

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhat is surprising with Swiss Ingenuity is the large numbers of possibilities. Victorinox is the proud ambassador of such philosophy and the Swiss manufacturer has season after season innovated in the fashion industry. They propose a modern and clever fashion, crafted for outdoor and daily adventures. Here is our review of the new Fall-Winter collection by Victorinox. It is our Swiss Blog of the month. This is how Victorinox describes the new collection: “In the new-season collection from Victorinox, we embrace craftsmanship, celebrating artisanal skills and enjoying innovative textiles in apparel and accessories designed for endurance. The pieces in the new collection showcase the company’s trademark Swiss quilting in unexpected ways. Another key element in the collection is Damascus steel – the patterned metal giving a blade an interesting and artisanal look. Its distinctive markings are made using a handcrafting technique dating back to medieval times.” What we can say…

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Breaking luxury news: Ladurée opens at Quai des Bergues in Geneva!

Breaking luxury news: Ladurée opens at Quai des Bergues in Geneva!

Reading Time: 5 minutesWe just got the information, Ladurée will open a new store in Geneva, in one of the prestigious adresses in town: Quai des Bergues. The store is designed by India Mahdavi. This is definitely the luxury news of the month. Geneva is the perfect place in Europe to enjoy a stylish and a luxury life. Ladurée is already present in certain point of sales but here it will be a central point for the brand. Ladurée is a French luxury bakery and sweets maker house created in 1862. It is one of the world’s best-known premier sellers of the double-decker macaron, fifteen thousand of which are sold every day. Parisian tea rooms’ history is intimately tied to the history of the Ladurée family. It all began in 1862, when Louis Ernest Ladurée, a miller from the southwest of France, founded a bakery in Paris at 16 rue Royale. In 1871, while Baron Haussmann was giving…

Victorinox Classic Limited Edition 2016 – Design rules.

Victorinox Classic Limited Edition 2016 – Design rules.

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe Swiss Army Knife is one of Switzerland’s most iconic and famous products. Most people are familiar with the classic red design and the unmistakable Victorinox cross and shield. The annual limited edition of the Classic pocket knife is a popular collector’s item and gift all around the world. The fresh and new designs should also increase the impulse buys and strengthen the Victorinox brand and its reputation of being creative, functional and appealing. It is already an annual appointment made with the very best graphic artists out there. Each year Victorinox challenges the most creative minds in order to create astonishing designs for the iconic Classic pocket knife. The Swiss company utilizes the crowdsourcing platform Jovoto and year after year we get our mind blown away with very interesting and creative ideas. Victorinox narrowed down the pool of ideas from 1,022 to 40 and then let Victorinox fans around the…

Video: when Swiss Tradition meets Pop Music, by La Cote International School

Video: when Swiss Tradition meets Pop Music, by La Cote International School

Reading Time: 5 minutesSwitzerland is full of contrasts where traditions meet modernity. This week, the students of the prestigious La Cote International School created a surprising act in one of Switzerland shopping malls. By partnering with a traditional Swiss men’s choir they performed a flash mob allying Swiss traditions and French Pop. The video is quite interesting as we can see the 2 worlds collision and a very interesting synergy. In the spirit of a flashmob, The students from La Cote International school and the Swiss Choir of Candy interpreted the French pop song “L’avenir” by Louane. The act took place at the Centre Commercial Manor Chavannes. This is our Swiss blog of the month. Swiss traditions are stronger than never In this video we see one of the strong traditions in the Swiss region of Gruyere: the Traditional Choirs also called “Choeur des Armaillis de la Gruyère”. This tradition of male choirs started…

Victorinox Alox Limited Edition 2016 – Violet for your eyes

Victorinox Alox Limited Edition 2016 – Violet for your eyes

Reading Time: 3 minutesLast year, Victorinox started a series of limited editions on the Alox range. Each year a new color will mark the passing years with a memory of their own. This year the Alox scales dresses up with a crispy Violet Orchid color. Every year, 3 pocket knives receive new colored scales: The Classic Alox 58mm The Cadet 84mm The Pioneer 94mn Each pocket knife will have the year engraved in the back, so you know which year belong each limited edition. While the traditional Swiss Army Knife has the Cellidor scales, the Alox family is about another story. The scales are made in aluminum oxide, generally called Alox. The alox scales are thinner and more resistant to chemicals and daily usage, than the cellidor scales.  However, the Alox forgoes the tweezers and toothpick that the traditional cellidor version includes. What Alox fans like as well on these scales is the work done…

Camille Bloch, Swiss ingenuity since 1929

Camille Bloch, Swiss ingenuity since 1929

Reading Time: 7 minutesSwitzerland is the king land of chocolate and Camille Bloch is one of the key players of a flourishing industry. The Swiss company was founded in 1929 and its history is marked by determination and innovation, always thinking out of the box. Today, 87 years after the company creation, Camille Bloch launches Ragusa Friends and a very special edition Lara Gut, celebrating the tremendous performance of the Swiss Skier. Camille Bloch, Swiss chocolate avant-garde since 1929 Switzerland’s chocolates have earned an international reputation for high quality with many famous international brands. From the 19th century until the First World War and throughout the Second World War the Swiss chocolate industry was very export-oriented. Today most Swiss chocolate is consumed by the Swiss themselves (54% in 2000 and 45% in 2014), and Switzerland has the highest per capita rate of chocolate consumption world wide (11.6 kg (25.6 lbs.) per capita per annum). The…

Sion Festival 2016, one of the best classical music festival in Europe.

Sion Festival 2016, one of the best classical music festival in Europe.

Reading Time: 4 minutesWe all know that Switzerland is an amazing country for festivals. From small music festivals to major ones, Switzerland stands for quality, uniqueness and expertise. One of the best examples is the Sion Festival. This year it will take place from August 19th to September 4th 2016 and once again, the festival organizers have prepared an outstanding programme. Year after year this Swiss festival climbed all the stairs of the Classical music world and stands today as one of the major events in Europe. The International Music Festival Sion Valais was founded in 1964 by Tibor Varga, Hungarian violinist and renowned pedagogue. Three years later, he merged it with a violin competition, which quickly became an true part of the Festival. In 2002 the artistic direction of the Festival was taken by Shlomo Mintz, the famous violinist. Also appointed Chairman of the International Violin Competition, he invited a number of prominent violinists (soloists and…

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