VIP tour: Walking up the Vatican

Experience the Vatican like nobody else on a small-group tour that grants you access to the museum hours before it opens to the public. Alongside the resident keyholder, you’ll awaken the Vatican’s most iconic rooms, and marvel as the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms, and the Gallery of Maps are flooded with first light – an extraordinary opportunity usually only reserved for VIPs and Vatican employees. Plus, you’ll avoid the tourist crowds that surge into the Vatican within minutes of opening and enjoy a banquet-style breakfast after your visit. What You…

The essence of Hermès and the soul of fragrance

The Hermessence collection is emblematic of the signature of a house, of creative freedom, and of unique poetry for both women and men.  Christine Nagel: “I wanted to return to the origins of perfumery and immerse myself in its history. Each of these five creations is an individual expression of a dream of the Orient.” The creative freedom of the house of Hermès is matched by its know how and that of its métiers. The Hermessence collection welcomes five new olfactory compositions – two essences de parfum and three eaux…

„Orlinski Red“ (runs) in Hublot’s veins

The Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski has been paired with Hublot’s patented red ceramic. The colour of life and of passion, red evokes Richard Orlinski’s firstBorn Wild Crocodile sculpture. Created in 2004, it features this vivid and powerful shade of red, which has since gone on to become the most recognisable colour in his menagerie. A fascinating yet paradoxical colour, the colour red symbolises the sometimes contradictoryextremes of our sentiments. Love, rage, courage, risk, prohibition, zeal… A watch which appealsto the emotions. A few months ago, at Baselworld 2018, Hublot expanded…

Only pieces with provenance are sought at auctions and antique fairs

The antique furniture market has changed. Cabinets, chests of drawers, chairs and tables in Biedermeier, Baroque or Rococo styles were sought after, and antique dealers asked for many years soaring prices even for average pieces. As a result, period furniture has long been regarded as a good and sustainable investment. But the market has changed fundamentally. The Rococo chest of drawers, which was once bought for 25,000 Euros, generates with some luck 2,500 Euros today and for the Biedermeier table with six chairs, in excellent condition, the market only makes one-tenth…

Bernard Antony and Jean Franςois Antony – Cheese is their passion

“I am just a simple servant to the cheese”, says Bernard Antony about himself in his usual humble manner – quite an understatement, since the 72 year old ‘Affineur de Fromages’ is a master of his trade who is highly valued all over the world. His customer list reads like the who is who of the international award-winning cuisine. 20 three star chefs and 27 two star chefs treat their guests to delicacies from the ‘Sundgäuer Chäschaller’ (which means Sundgau cheese cellar’ – Sundgau referring to the local region). But also…

New Paisley Run sneakers by “Etro”

Etro launches the new Paisley Run sneakers collection for him and for her, featured on the catwalk of the 2019 Spring Summer Fashion Show. Inspired by hiking shoes, the different models are made of jacquard fabric with a Paisley motif from the brand’s archives. Check it out: www.etro.com