Lifestyle_Fashion_710x350.jpg Playing the Part
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Lifestyle_Basel_710x350.jpg A Run Against Time

The 100th edition of Baselworld should’ve been a monumental moment for the fair, but as the world rethinks its buying habits and spends more cautiously, the industry responded with conservatism. 

But still, there were a few bandwagons that watchmakers seem to have jumped on, with the moon phase being one of them this year. We explore some of the most fascinating complications and spoke to one of the few watchmakers that see the downtime as the best time to make a difference. 

Find the full article in the May issue of The Peak.

Lifestyle_Travel_710x350.jpg By Way of Water

The warm currents from the Tamina Gorge channel to the Swiss town of Bad Ragaz, where wellness, and a good night’s sleep, begin with a dip in the thermal bath.

Have you ever wonder how your colleague sitting in the room next to yours has been to the gym, sat down for a proper breakfast and read the front and the entire business sections of two newspapers before they even get to that 9am meeting with ten minutes to spare? But if you drag yourself out of bed at the start of each day angry that the world is built for morning people, you’ve probably wondered why you’re not one of them.

As I’ve tried to gear myself towards a healthier lifestyle, with plenty of exercise slotted in between healthy meals, I wonder why I can’t fall asleep earlier. I’ve done the no-caffeine thing; I’ve tried the ‘take as many melatonin pills as it is safe to get knocked out by 11pm but not kill you’ approach; and I’ve just straight up worked on forcing myself to go to bed earlier. 
Nothing worked. 

As I began to wonder if there’s some deeper problem with my body, I decided that finding a way to more restful nights is worth a closer look. 

After some initial research, I came across a resort in Bad Ragas, a thermal spring town in Switzerland’s northeastern Canton of St Gallen, that’s been channelling waters from a 70-metre high cliff some four kilometres away in Bad Pfäfers. Bad Ragaz is about an hour away from Zurich, nearby the country’s oldest town of Chur. At the edge of the landlocked country’s border, an hour’s drive will take you to three other neighbouring countries, Austria, Germany and Liechtenstein. 

In the 13th century, monks living in a monastery overlooking a suspicious steam that crept between the cracks of large rock formations warned those in the nearby village to steer clear. The steaming gorge, they warned, was either a dragon’s den or the gates to hell. But of course there’s always that one villager who never listens; in this case it was two, actually. The huntsmen followed a wild beast into the steamy abyss, only to discover there were no dragons and Satan wasn’t waiting either. An ushering current found its way down a steep 70-metre cliff to the gorge. The monks soon discovered that a dip in the thermal waters gave them a warm, tingly feeling. The 36.5-degrees thermal water did wonders for the body, and was especially beneficial to those who suffering from joint and muscle pain, as well as skin diseases. 

The only problem was, accessing the thermal water that came rushing to the bottom of the gorge was extremely treacherous. Ever the entrepreneurs, the monks began offering weeklong treatment packages to the rich that included being lowered down by rope into the gorge.

Those who got hoisted down would spend days, and sometimes even longer, continuously sitting inside this natural thermal pool. The sick would eat, sleep and relieve themselves in the water until their skin blistered and ripped open. It was only then, when the skin bursts, that the illness is thought to have left the body. While the process was painful, the continuous rush of fresh water coming from above had a sterilising effect. But the chance of infection was incredibly high once they left the waters and returned to their daily life.

This practice continued for centuries, until the 1700s, when the water was channelled from Tamina Gorge to the nearby town of Bad Ragaz, where the thermal current meets the Rhine that flows through much of Switzerland.

Find the full article in the May issue of The Peak.

May 2017 Issue