An Old-Time Grace in Travel Clocks
“What people have in a travel clock is a piece of soul,” said Arnaud Nicolas, the chief executive of Swiza, the Swiss clock maker, which has been making travel clocks since 1904. “It can be placed inside the room as an extension of oneself to give some ...
March 18, 2015
Bringing Old Watch Brands Out of Obscurity
Vintage pieces included a travel alarm-clock dated 1788, given by Marie Antoinette to her friend the Swedish count Axel de Fersen. In 2010, the brand was resuscitated by Arnaud Faivre, owner of TEC Ebauche, a Swiss watch component manufacturer....
November 5, 2014
Dear Soon-to-Be Big Brother or Sister
Hide an alarm clock in your crib and set it to go off every 30 minutes. This alarm will remind you to wake up your parents by whatever means necessary. Sure you won't get a good night's sleep either, but you have to dig deep. Crying is fine, but ...
February 2, 2015
First solar-powered flight around the world departs
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — With its wings stretched wide to catch the sun's energy, a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft took off from Abu Dhabi just after daybreak Monday in a historic first attempt to fly around the world without a drop ...
March 9, 2015
Tragedy and triumph on the Matterhorn
The first ascent of the iconic peak left four dead and caused an international scandal, but also propelled the embryonic sport of mountaineering into the public imagination. As Switzerland readies for the 150th anniversary, Ed Douglas makes a bid for ...
February 20, 2015
Kids, Sleep and Daylight Saving Time
On Sunday morning at 2 a.m, everyone except residents of Arizona and Hawaii will spring forward one hour. Those of us who savor our sleep will feel the loss of that single hour, but the early-to-bed, early-to-wake routine will be an especially hard ...
March 9, 2015
How Will Apple's 'Smart Watch' Affect the Industry?
The Apple Watch will undoubtedly be the most technologically advanced smart watch on the market. Consumers will evaluate the Apple Watch based on functionality and form. Consumers will continue to purchase high-end Swiss watches because they make ...
November 5, 2014
This year has been a special one of transition for us (with graduations, a wedding, a death, and some other pretty big life events), and, yes, it’s been another full one for all of us in the BAP family. Three of Britti’s friends from Saint Mary’s College (Sarah, Kathleen, and Katie) were also in the wedding along with Britti’s childhood friend, Laura. From the church, the guests and wedding party traveled a few blocks to the Lafayette Hotel. We had a sit-down dinner, complete with good food, some moments of comic relief (such as the fire alarm sounding during one of the toasts), fun (the photo booth and dancing), and wonderful conversations with so many who came to support Brittany... The entire week-end was amazing—from the rehearsal dinner to the pre-wedding preparations to the ceremony to the reception and then on to more celebrations the next day as Ramon graduated from Ohio University. We hosted a graduation party, and we were grateful that so many of the wedding guests stayed to mark Ramon’s achievements. As one more reason to rejoice, we commemorated Ramon’s birthday a day early… Wow, a wedding on Friday, graduation on Saturday, and birthday on Sunday—that’s packing a week-end, even by BAP family standards.
Tuesday, 5. 45 am – alarm is ringing. Monika has offered to take me down to Busselton where there is the longest Jetty of the Southern Hemisphere, 1. 8 km long. But it is a long way down there, approximately a 4-hours-drive one way. We left shortly after 7 o’clock and started our trip. As we went along the freeway south, we were puzzled by all the cars going in opposite direction. The traffic jam went down to the very last suburb of Perth, a traffic jam with the length of at least 40 kilometres. Distances are long in Australia, in order not to lose concentration we listened to an audiobook. Soon the first break came along and we bought a coffee at a petrol station. Then we were back on the road again and I suddenly became aware that I loved such road trips. We used to travel for long hours every holiday, actually our holiday used to be one long road trip. When we’d arrived at Busselton Jetty I first went for a short walk around to capture some memories and to play around with my new filter I’d bought not that long ago. As the jetty is rather long and it was already around midday I took the funny little train that went along the jetty to its very end. Now what is so special about this jetty apart from its length. Within this observatory one can walk down to the ground of the ocean and observe the corals and the fish outside.
These ten races are IMHO the ultimate sine qua non mountain ultra trail running events for me. I have already finished the first five of them. The final five still remain on my bucket list. The hype around this UTWT (Ultra Trail World Tour) event is incredible. It was a great experience to run around the Mont Blanc Massif in a weekend (46 hours time limit) with 2300 other runners. The Steepness Ratio (SR) is 'only' 57, but there are a few surprisingly challenging sections along the way in France, Italy and Switzerland. The highest point is Grand Col Ferret (2537m). The weather tends to be unstable around Mont Blanc, so be prepared for anything. I finally figured a few key things out and finished in 2012. the elevation gain was +7015m (SR 63) then. The energetic organizers have since then renamed 'La Boucle' as 'X-Alpine' and made the first half of the course even more challenging, climbing up to Orny hut (2826m). The cumulative climb is now +8424m (SR 76). From La Fouly onwards the course... This is another UTWT event that used to be tough, but is now even tougher. The new 126km +8500m TransGC is quite steep (SR 67). They have aded an extra 1. 5km in order to move the finish line from the beach to the Maspalomas Expo.