Rising Franc Upends Daily Life in Swiss Borderlands
Bank secrecy was for decades a magnet for European tax evasion, making the Alpine country the world's biggest offshore center and one of the world's richest countries. More recently, Switzerland's robust economy, rock-bottom unemployment and strong ...
February 22, 2015
Bavaria boasts a winter wonderland
I inherited a Bavarian cuckoo clock this year. At first I dismissed it as kitsch, something to stash in the basement next to a few deflated piñatas and some Moroccan slippers. But then the clock struck the hour, the cuckoo dove out from a carved whorl ...
December 20, 2014
Will Apple Watch decimate Swiss industry? 'Geez, yeah right,' Lincoln watch ...
Not all too long after Apple gathered the tech press to announce its big new phone and latest iOS, and not too much longer after a U2 album virtually wall-repelled into seven zillion existing iPhones, Samuel Grandjean, owner of the Swiss Clock shop in ...
September 28, 2014
Switzerland's special status in Europe is gone – the euro crisis is here
Changing Swiss francs into euros. 'The fact the SNB made the decision in such haste most likely indicates the extent of its despair over the current economic situation.' Photograph: Ennio Leanza/EPA. Daniel Binswanger in Zurich. Friday 16 January 2015 ...
January 16, 2015
Robo-Tell hits Welsh National Opera
In Tell, this involves the love between Arnold and Mathilde across a national divide. It's the struggle of the Swiss — in a time before neutrality and cuckoo clocks — against their Austrian oppressors that, along with the Alps, forms the backdrop ...
September 25, 2014
Good Beer in Berlin? Finally, Yes
In contrast to the modern architecture outside, the room had well-worn, old-fashioned furniture like Alpine chairs with hearts carved into the backs. A collection of cuckoo clocks quietly beat time on the walls. From large platters arose the hearty ...
October 17, 2013
Bettina Stangneth: Eichmann before Jerusalem
No wonder Klement then decided to build his own house, to accommodate his lovely wife, his four sons, Fifi the dachshund, Rex the German shepherd, the cuckoo clock, and the paintings of alpine scenes. This was no contented man in his 50s, reading ...
October 30, 2014
Not all too long after Apple gathered the tech press to announce its big new phone and latest iOS, and not too much longer after a U2 album virtually wall-repelled into seven zillion existing iPhones, Samuel Grandjean, owner of the Swiss Clock... Translated to English, the headline of one read, “Apple Attack the Swiss Horological Industry on the Terrain of Design. The topic of all the stories was the final announcement that closed the big Apple event, the debut of the long-anticipated Apple Watch. For many, the mobile phone replaced the watch as the means to check the time. The Apple Watch will tell time to an accuracy of within plus or minus 50 milliseconds, said Apple CEO Tim Cook. It will offer all kinds of personalized watch face options, from classic three-hand analog to digital to a GPS-based pinpoint of your position on the planet to Mickey Mouse. Just prior to that big announcement, The New York Times reported that Apple’s design chief, Jonathan Ive, “gleefully said Switzerland is in trouble — though he chose a much bolder term for ‘trouble’ to express how he thought the watchmaking nation... In Cupertino, California, the audience responded to the Apple Watch news with aplomb. In Switzerland, Grandjean’s birthplace, horologists and watchmakers watched the.
On Thursday afternoon the president of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) announced that he would scrap a cap in the value of the Swiss franc against the euro , triggering turmoil on the currency market. At the moment no one seems entirely capable of giving a confident prediction of precisely what the future will hold. What is really baffling is that absolutely no one predicted the SNB’s sudden change of strategy. When the national bank introduced the cap in September 2011 , there were lengthy preparations during which political and business leaders were approached: the government, opposition, business associations and unions were all consulted well in... Even the business activity research unit of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, which usually collaborates closely with the SNB, was caught by surprise, issuing a press release that fluctuated between outrage and surprise. Until now the cap was seen as the guarantor of the truce between unions, industry and finance. For some time Switzerland’s unions have been asking not just to keep the cap in place at all costs, but even to raise it to SFr1. Now we may see why: ditching the cap could lead to a sharp rise in.
Is there a fundamental, insuperable problem with staging Rossini’s Guillaume Tell on a budget, without the resources to conjure up the sense of scale that was part of grand opéra ’s appeal and raison d’être . Take away the special effects, whip... In Tell , this involves the love between Arnold and Mathilde across a national divide. It’s the struggle of the Swiss — in a time before neutrality and cuckoo clocks — against their Austrian oppressors that, along with the Alps, forms the backdrop. In Cardiff, where WNO’s Tell will be followed shortly by a staging of his Mosè in Egitto , it took less time to get to that conclusion than it might have done. The score was heavily (but understandably) cut, while circumstances on the first night meant that Gisela Stille, unable to sing, acted Mathilde, while her cover, Camilla Roberts, herself recovering from illness, sang from the side of the stage. Roberts brought a big, rich sound to her assignment, but the decision was made to cut the character’s big scene.
You'll Go Cuckoo For This Gigantic Clock Carved Out Of A Single Tree
A remarkable cuckoo clock forged from a single maple tree is being used to crow about Portland, Oregon. Designed by Nicolas Gros and carved by chainsaw sculptor J. Chester Armstrong, the 24-foot-high, 7,000-pound clock is being shown off around the ...
November 26, 2014
Say hello to the cuckoo
wonderful Alpine House clocks, impressive Black Forest House cuckoo clocks and traditionally carved cuckoo clocks — all hand carved in the Black Forest. There is also an expensive variety called the handmade shield or wall clock. These clocks are hand ...
August 29, 2013
Heidelberg Swiss Chalet Home Black Forest Cuckoo Clock
Alpine architecture shows precise, dramatic scale on this Heidelberg collection clock. It's patterned after a Swiss mountain chalet, completed with 4 dancing figurines, trees and more. The cuckoo shows every hour with precise Quartz movement. Clock also ...
September 7, 2010