Weekend Sojourn: On Safari in Lower Zambezi at Chongwe River Camp

 |  September 24th, 2016

Few things in life compare to a wide open safari — especially when one gets to experience great animals such as the elephant without leaving a carbon footprint. Animal conservation, as well as environmental conservation, is top on today’s “issues” of concern. Tens of thousands of elephants have disappeared in the fragile ecosystem over the past half a dozen years, and so elephants – and their protection – are top on the conservation list. These jumbo beasts are becoming scarce and the issue is a puzzle to African governments. Teams are being sent out on reconnaissance, poaching is being combatted by NGO’s and other organizations, and many safari sites are implementing sustainable tourism — allowing grand views of the elephants…

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Commentary: Swiss Watch Industry Still Ticking Despite Decline

 |  August 4th, 2016

Just about a week ago, Bloomberg published a very good article about the decline of Swiss watch exports and the factors influencing this fall. The article came on the heels of the release of industry export numbers by the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry. Certain other online publications and blogs referenced the story in their own write-ups about the doom and gloom – the perfect storm — of the watch industry. Yes, it may be the year of a perfect storm — with this $20+ billon dollar Swiss watch industry experiencing double-digit drops in exports. Yes it may be a year of global economic downturn, of loss of business in key Asian markets, of slowed tourism, of disinterested millennials,…

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Monday Cheers! American Whiskey at its Finest, and the Virgil Kaine Lowcountry Hurricane Cocktail Recipe

 |  August 1st, 2016

With August upon us we enter what may be the hottest month of the year. So, cooling off and relaxing this month is in order (especially for the Swiss who are celebrating the country’s birth today). One brand that has ideas on how to do that is a new American-made blended whiskey brand: Virgil Kaine Lowcountry Whiskey Co.. Founded by two  Southern chefs – David Szlam and Ryan Meany — Virgil Kaine is going against traditional American whiskeys and bourbon by emphasizing taste and flavor profiles. The concept of applying culinary know-how to make great tasting whiskey brands a  new Southern rebellious spirit that is likely to attract. The brand is named for a railway conductor from the age of bootleg…

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Philippe Leopold-Metzger, CEO of Piaget, Talks About the Significance and Design of the Piaget Polo S Line

 |  July 28th, 2016

Recently Piaget unveiled its newest Piaget Polo S watch in New York, where we also had the opportunity to talk to global CEO, Philippe Leopold Metzger about the launch of the new line that is created only in stainless steel and that represents a new opening price point for the brand. Consisting of five models, including three-hand automatics and chronographs, the Piaget Polo S marks the first time the brand has introduced a collection that will be built only in stainless steel. Back about 15 years ago, the brand unveiled a stainless steel version of its short-lived Upstream watch, that collection was offered in noble metals, as well. To launch the new Piaget Polo S, the brand has also built…

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Tiny Jewel Box’s Jim Rosenheim to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

 |  July 12th, 2016

Yes, this is a watch industry insider news story. One that deserves telling because the person involved deserves recognition. Yesterday, Jewelers of America announced that Jim Rosenheim, chairman of Tiny Jewel Box, a Washington DC retailer, has been named to receive the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Rosenheim is the third-generation in the family jewelry business, which has become a nationally renowned jewelry store. He started working at the store with his parents when he was 12 and quickly became a bench jeweler and lapidary. He led the store on an expansion from antique jewelry to current cutting-edge, fashion-forward offerings, and recently oversaw the expansion and renovation of the store — transitioning it to a high-jewelry and watch destination at a time when…

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