The Specialness of Zürich

Zürich, Switzerland, where I grew up, from 10 months old until age 16, when I fled its confines for Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Deutsche Bank has just named Zürich the No. 1 city in the world for quality of life. True, a wholesome and exquisite life awaits you there, with many lovely […]

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Watch Lust

When Eros shoots his arrow, you have no choice but to fall hopelessly in love. That’s what happened to me the other night when I went to an event at the New York Public library hosted by Patek Philippe, ostensibly to meet the Swiss watchmaker’s new U.S. president, Lisa Jones. I promptly found my pulse […]

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My Gift to You: Wine Tip

For all you good and loyal folk who follow my scribbles, a little gift in the form of a wine tip: The 2014 Evel Douro by Real Companhia Velha, from Portugal’s Douro region in the north, costs between $10 and $12 but tastes like a $40 bottle of wine – and earns 90 points by […]

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Inspiration

When I was a boy, my father used to tell me how he sneakily fished for salmon in the shadow of Francisco Franco in 1950s Spain. That tale became the inspiration for The Man with No Borders. These are some salmon flies he handmade and which I still have – and cherish.

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