Getting into the frame

On a breezy night by the banks of the Rhine in Basel's St Johann neighbourhood, around 2,000 people of all ages from around the world cheer for the acrobats painted in gold and a man squeezing himself into a gigantic green ball.

Sunday, 8 July, 2012, 12:00am

An art hub up and running already

If the troubled history of the West Kowloon arts hub project does nothing for our city's image as an Asian cultural centre, the annual international art fair makes up for it. With 266 galleries from 38 countries showing contemporary art from around the world, the fair at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai is the biggest and best yet.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Alpine nation holds the aces

Asked to name an archetypal Swiss, most people would pick tennis champion Roger Federer, even though his mother was born in South Africa. Besides being at the top of his game, quadrilingual Federer puts as much effort into his charity work as he does on court, and is rich even by the standards of his homeland.

10 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Sound bites

ShContemporary returns this September for its 'second edition'. At the same time the Shanghai Biennale opens. How are you going to sustain the huge buzz the art fair created last year?

Director/partner of ShContemporary Lorenzo Rudolf (below right):

8 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Stepping beyond the displays

Thomas Mao, watch collector and moderator of the connoisseur's resource, believes that high horology enthusiasts should attend BaselWorld and SIHH at least once in their lifetime.

Consumers may be able to buy admission tickets at Basel, but that does not mean they get appointments at the 'working shows'.

12 May 2006 - 12:00am

Style keeps up with the times

The world's key watch and jewellery exhibition for buyers, sellers and collectors - held in the city of Basel on the Rhine - saw a record year, attracting more than 2,100 exhibitors and close to 100,000 visitors

Photographer Samantha Sin

Stylist Johnson Ho

Art direction Jowie Chan of Ginger Design

4 May 2006 - 12:00am

Revolutionary movement

Every spring in Switzerland, BaselWorld: the World Watch, Clock and Jewellery Show, is held in the historic city of Basel, which straddles the Rhine. This year the river was high, matching the expectations of the buyers and sellers who made it a record year for the show.

4 May 2006 - 12:00am

The bane of banks' existence

It is an irony of modern times that the more the principles of market forces and individual freedoms come to be accepted and revered, the more official rules and regulations intrude on our business and personal activities. These may be defensible, to varying degrees, as ensuring that life is safe and fair, or protecting us from our own folly.

15 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Swissair flights ready for takeoff

All Swissair flights in and out of Hong Kong with the exception of the one to Manila will resume today after the Swiss Government bailed out the airline. Two hundred Hong Kong tourists in Europe and 400 travellers in the SAR were stranded by Swissair's decision to ground its fleet on Wednesday.

5 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Top tour deals on offer

Package tours to Switzerland starting at $9,900 are on offer until the end of October.

The 'Air/Land Super Buy' deal includes round-trip flights aboard the national carrier, Swissair, two nights' hotel accommodation in Geneva and Zurich and a four-day Swiss rail pass. Breakfast and airport transfers are also included.

1 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Carrier has obsession with quality

IF you are looking for adventure, do not fly Swissair.

That is the message one gets from Richard Meichtry, regional director of the airline with a reputation for reliability.

'You don't get any unexpected excitement from us,' he said.

'We take off on time and fly you to the listed destination.

1 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

On the Road

VIRGIN Atlantic is refitting its four Airbuses to allow for two Upper Class cabins seating 38 passengers, instead of the present 28, on its Hong Kong-London daily route.

Upper Class service is claimed to be comparable to First Class on other airlines, but with a Business Class fare.

7 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Paint job for Swissair

SWISSAIR is to introduce a new livery for its aircraft fleet starting at the end of the month.

The present two-tone brown line will be replaced with a colour scheme based on red, white and grey. The Swissair logo and Swiss cross-tail fin remain the focal points of the new design.

18 May 1994 - 12:00am

Airline seeks larger market slice

WHEN Swissair first flew to Hong Kong in 1957, the DC6 started in Geneva, and stopped en route at six more cities before arriving two days later.

Now, Swissair, which was one of only two European airlines to make a profit last year, flies MD11s twice a week non-stop from Zurich and 747-300 aircraft four times a week via Bombay.

1 Aug 1993 - 12:00am