OMEGA And Orbis – A Non-Profit Dedication

Charity – Introduction

Here in Switzerland, we’re living an amazing life with no boundaries and limits. Life is good here and we’re far away from hunger, pain, war or diseases . We’re sort of living in a bubble. Even more, it is important to help and to support others. And I personally believe, we must work hard an help as much as we can. It’s our duty to help. So you can trust me, I’m already working on other charity projects, hopefully we’ll be able to present them beginning of 2017.

OMEGA, as an international brand with a brilliant reputation, is well aware of their duty to support and help others. I highly respect the dedication and commitment of OMEGA and the Orbis project. A beautiful story to write about…


OMEGA And Orbis

Since 2011, OMEGA has been a proud supporter of Orbis International, a non-profit organisation dedicated to treating avoidable blindness in some of the world’s most remote regions.

Founded in 1982, Orbis International has successfully carried out programmes in more than 90 countries across the globe. Not only has it performed millions of medical and optical treatments on board its Flying Eye Hospital, the organisation is also dedicated to training new eye care professionals who can continue the great work in the visited locations.

The partnership with OMEGA began with an insightful documentary called Through Their Eyes, and followed OMEGA brand ambassador Daniel Craig on his visit to the Flying Eye Hospital in Mongolia. The film proved to be such an effective tool in raising awareness of Orbis International’s life-changing eye care, that a new documentary, The Hospital in the Sky, was produced in 2015, this time featuring long-time OMEGA brand ambassador Cindy Crawford, who visited the Flying Eye Hospital with her daughter in Peru.

Other OMEGA brand ambassadors have backed this incredible partnership too. In 2015, a series of print advertising featuring Nicole Kidman, Cindy Crawford, Chad le Clos, Michael Phelps and Sergio Garcia was released to highlight the work of Orbis and celebrate World Sight Day on October 8th.

As well as raising awareness through film and advertising, OMEGA supports Orbis in several other ways, including the provision of teddy bears to young patients and the donation of vital funds. Three OMEGA De Ville Prestige watches have been created especially for the cause. Proceeds of their sales are earmarked for the organisation, giving customers a chance to select a fine OMEGA wristwatch and, at the same time, know that they are supporting a fantastic cause.

With so much success so far, the partnership between OMEGA and Orbis is set to continue for many years to come. With the unveiling of a brand new plane, the future is looking very bright.


Orbis – The New Flying Eye Hospital

Orbis proudly launched its brand new MD-10 aircraft. This updated jumbo jet serves as the newest Flying Eye Hospital and is  equipped to perform the latest and most advanced eye care operations.

The Flying Eye Hospital is the world’s only ophthalmic teaching hospital onboard an MD-10 aircraft. It features a state-of-the-art, fully accredited eye hospital with technology that can transmit live surgeries around the world in 3D. Equal parts teacher, envoy and advocate, the Flying Eye Hospital not only provides a platform to train doctors, but also serves as a powerful machine for raising awareness, creating change and bringing local governments and global organisations, major donors and everyday people, together in the global fight to end blindness.


The new MD-10 features significant upgrades to the DC-10 that has previously been used. On board, there are 12 dedicated rooms to aid in Orbis’s work. These include:

  • A Classroom equipped with 46 seats where in-country medical colleagues can watch and interact.
  • A cutting-edge Operating Room with full equipment and supplies.
  • A Patient Care and Laser Room for anterior and posterior procedures.
  • An updated Flight Deck.
  • An Administration Room for staff and volunteers
  • An IT /AV Room that provides the communications nerve centre of the plane.
  • An Observation Room where visitors can watch live footage of operations.
  • An Instrument Sterilisation Room that complies with the most stringent international standards.
  • A Pre and Post-Operative Care Room where patients are prepared for surgery, and also where they recover afterwards.
  • A Biomedical Work Area that houses the tools and parts necessary of surgery and donation.
  • Patient and Staff Changing Rooms.
  • And a Forward Work Area that houses modified aircraft galleys.

After its launch in LA, the first missions of the new Orbis Flying Eye Hospital commenced in September 2016, with visits in China and Indonesia.


The OMEGA Teddy Bear

Undergoing eye surgery can be a confusing and scary time for children. That’s why OMEGA and Orbis came up with a simple way to soften the procedure – a cuddly teddy bear.

OMEGA provides this friendly companion for every young Orbis patient. It makes it easier for doctors to explain what’s about to happen and gives comfort to the children before and after surgery.

As well as being a big hit with the children, the teddy bear has provided a playful way for OMEGA’s brand ambassadors to raise awareness for Orbis International and their fight against preventable blindness.

The cuddly toy also graces the design of the new Orbis watches. Used as an inspired pattern, the OMEGA teddy bear can be found on the dial and caseback of all three De Ville Prestige watches.


OMEGA’S De Ville Prestige Orbis Collection

OMEGA offers three De Ville Prestige timepieces that celebrate the brand’s partnership with Orbis International.

Along with the Orbis colour blue, the comforting touch of the teddy bear has been used as the inspiration behind this playful watch collection. In fact, the teddy bear logo on the vertically brushed caseback has been specially designed just for these watches.

OMEGA will donate a portion of the De Ville Prestige Orbis sales to the work of Orbis International. By purchasing these watches, customers will be helping to make a difference around the world.

Omega De Ville – Men’s 39.5mm Watch

The men’s edition of the new De Ville Prestige Orbis has a 39.5mm stainless steel case and is equipped with OMEGA’s Co-Axial Calibre 2500. The sun-brushed and lacquered blue dial features a subtle OMEGA teddy bear pattern as well as polished-domed Roman numerals. The watch includes rhodium-plated hour and minute hands and an Orbis blue central seconds hand. There is a date window at the 3 o’clock position and the watch comes presented on a handsome blue leather strap.


Omega De Ville – Women’s 32.7mm Watch

For women, a 32.7mm version has been created with a stainless steel case and an elegant polished Prestige bracelet. Also equipped with OMEGA’s Co-Axial Calibre 2500, the timepiece includes a white mother-of-pearl dial with an OMEGA teddy bear pattern. The dial also features polished-domed Roman numerals as well as eight sparkling diamond indexes. The rhodium-plated hour and minute hands are complemented by an Orbis blue central seconds hand, while a date window has been positioned at 6 o’clock.



Omega De Ville – Women’s 27.4.mm Watch

The 27.4mm stainless steel version for women is equipped with OMEGA’s Quartz Calibre 1376. The sun-brushed and lacquered blue dial features an OMEGA teddy bear pattern as well as polished-domed Roman numerals and eight sparkling diamond indexes. The hour and minute hands are rhodium-plated and the final watch comes presented on a polished Prestige bracelet.


“I feel truly proud to witness the incredible partnership between OMEGA and Orbis International. Eyesight is so important and it’s very inspiring to go to these remote regions and see how the treatments are changing millions of lives. For that reason, we are always honoured to support this organisation in every way we can.”

Raynald Aeschlimann – President & CEO of OMEGA

“OMEGA has been a tremendous partner for Orbis, providing generous support and helping us to raise our profile and bring the world together to fight blindness.  We are immensely grateful that Orbis will be benefiting from the sales of their beautiful new range of OMEGA De Ville Prestige Watches. Their provision of OMEGA teddy bears, which give comfort to all our young patients before eye surgery, is another example of their care, commitment and creativity.”

Bob Ranck, Orbis International President and CEO

“I have had so many opportunities to do great things, but my trip with OMEGA and Orbis was really special. To share an experience like this with my daughter and to see first-hand the work that the doctors are doing was incredible.”

Cindy Crawford – OMEGA brand ambassador

“I think that it’s important to do all that we can to draw attention to the invaluable work that Orbis is doing. By sharing this partnership, I hope we will be able to make more people aware of the issue of preventable blindness and to let them know how much difference they can make. I’m delighted that OMEGA feels as strongly about this initiative as I do.”

Daniel Craig – OMEGA brand ambassador

Huawei Mate 9 By Porsche Design

Huawei Mate 9 – Introduction

What’s the role of a smart phone in a gentleman’s world?

It is of course a daily companion. But meanwhile, I think it’s more than that. It is a tool, a gadget, a statement and it simply suits well to the Porsche Macan GTS.

Pictures and rights by Diana Kottmann – Vision Of Touch




You just changed your mobile phone from an iPhone to the new Huawei Mate 9, how does it feel?

After almost 10 years, it is a change of course. But honestly, I’m super happy with the new Huawei Mate 9 and I’m going to keep it for sure.

Any difficulties?

Not really. It’s all pretty hands-on. Took me 5min to transfer the contacts, a couple of minutes more to download all the apps I wanted.



Why did you change to a Huawei Mate 9?

Sometimes in life, it’s time for a change. And Huawei’s technology is really impressive. On the other hand it looks very sharp and stylish. Plenty of good reasons to change.

But my memory tells me that Huawei is a cheap brand?

It never was. It’s a Chinese brand that started with mobile phones for a reasonable price. Meanwhile, Huawei is an advanced and acknowledged technology company. The revenue has been multiplied by 5 since 2007 – that’s impressive.

Back to the styling & the design…

The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9 is a limited edition smartphone combining Porsche Design’s signature brand aesthetic with Huawei’s mobile engineering expertise, giving high-demanding individuals unprecedented luxury and performance.

The Huawei Mate 9 features the best materials available to deliver a phone that’s as comfortable to hold as it is beautiful. Their relentless commitment to craftsmanship is evident in the smooth and sleek unibody design, which creates a unique and unparalleled feel in the hand.




What’s the most outstanding feature of the new Huawei Mate 9?

Impossible to reduce it to one outstanding feature. There are a couple of really impressive aspects, let me explain:

Refined speed

My new phone is super fast and reliable. Lately we have compared it to HTC and it is much quicker! With the premium Kirin 960 chipset, Huawei maximizes power and speed to create a device that runs efficiently over its lifetime.

Advanced battery

I’m used to charge my phone every day. That’s not the case anymore and it sort of feels strange if your battery is still okay after 2 days of not charging…

With the Huawei Mate 9, Huawei combines a 4000 mAh high-density battery and SuperCharge technology for a remarkably longer lasting battery life. Huawei’s SuperCharge technology charges faster and safer to keep you connected wherever you go. Equipped with Super Safe 5-gate protection, the HUAWEI Mate 9 virtually eliminates safety hazards and safeguards battery life by guaranteeing a cooler charging temperature.

Stunning photography

The photography is probably the most unrivaled advantage.

Co-engineered through a landmark partnership with Leica, the Huawei Mate 9 second generation Leica dual-lens camera captures professional-quality images in all lighting conditions, letting you capture and share the world through your smartphone. The HUAWEI Mate 9’s hybrid focus technology, Hybrid Zoom and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) solution ensures a perfect, professional shot each time.




This model is a collaboration with Porsche Design, anything about that?

Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9 features seamless curved edges, a graphite finish and stylish black coloring combined with the latest technology. This is perfectly complemented ‘under the hood’ by a unique, intuitive user interface that exudes sophistication thanks to Porsche Design’s signature design language. With a shared commitment to functional design, innovative craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology, the collaboration delivers highly discerning customers an unrivaled, premium smartphone experience; with revolutionary speed, extensive battery life and luxurious design cues.

Alright, what about the price?

1499 CHF is not that cheap, but now you have plenty of arguments to get one. btw… Hurry up, it’s limited to 150 pieces at digitec.


Hotel Krone Regensberg

Hotel Krone Regensberg – A Piece Of History

Unbelievable what treasures you can find just a short hop from Zürich. You need a few days to relax and escape the stress? We have the perfect place for you! Within a 30 minutes ride from Zürich you’re ending up in a different world. Regensberg is a small ancient village, located up on a hill surrounded by beautiful vineyards.

The ‘Hotel Krone Regensberg’ is part of this lovely village, a classic Boutique Hotel which has been renovated after a fire in 2011. A 4 years investigation was required to renovate and rebuild this unique and antique building.

At a first glance, the Hotel shows its proud appearance and the historic energy. The outstanding architecture is another key point of this beautiful Hotel


Krone Regensberg – The Ambiance

Another highlight is the wonderful ambiance we discovered at Krone Regensberg. A pleasant way of slow living. It’s just stress-free and comfy. From the very point of arrival until you leave, it’s just pure relaxation.

Just unwind and leave your daily routine behind. It will happen quite naturally. That is what guests have been experiencing at the Krone ever since the Middle Ages – for anyone arriving in the little town of Regensberg will find themselves entering another world. A world without cares. A world where time passes more slowly. This is where people have wanted to stay… for hundreds of years.

You’re welcomed with a glass of wine from a regional production and a small snack, the perfect way to calm down and enjoy your trip.



Krone Regensberg – The Rooms

Each room comes up with its own look, architecture and design. There is a room for all kind of tastes. The beds are super comfortable and make you sleep like princess and prince.

Modern amenities, finely crafted natural materials complemented by collectors’ pieces and antiques create a comfortable atmosphere. You will feel utterly at ease in this exclusive ambiance.


Krone Regensberg – Eating and the Staff

As a hotel guest, you will already experience the culinary sophistication at your delicious breakfast, which in summer can be savoured on the terrace while taking in the panoramic views. Indoors, in the Restaurant Taverne, you also have a fantastic view of the Alps. Here you should feel as if you’re staying at home with friends. The Head Chef uses fresh produce to conjure up sophisticated creations in a style ranging from traditional to modern, inspired by influences from all over the world.

‘Slow food’ and regional cuisine is part of the concept and it simply tastes delicious. Every meal is prepared with a lot of love and detail.  Small but mighty describes this place and the behaviour of the staff. We were served in the very best way.



Hotel Krone Regensberg – The History

The little town was established in 1248 by Baron Lüthold V of Regensberg, who ruled a large part of what is now the Canton of Zurich at that time.

In the foothills of the Jura, 200 metres above the lowlands, the little town was considered a natural fortress and had the advantage of being located near the trading route. Moreover, there was enough limestone to construct a town. Lüthold built himself a castle with a moat, a drawbridge and an entrance that was almost five metres above the ground. The distinctive “Bergfrid”, a 21-metre-high, round tower with walls that are an average of three metres thick, was constructed at the same time as the castle. The tower was habitable, with a kitchen and hot-air heating.

When the Feud of Regensberg broke out in 1267, the Habsburgs, supported by troops from Zurich, declared war on the town. Subsequently, in 1302, Lüthold VIII, the founder’s great-grandson, sold Regensberg to the Habsburgs. Finally, in 1409, the Habsburg Duke Frederick “of the Empty Pockets” mortgaged the town to the City of Zurich.

In 1540, a great fire destroyed the “Oberburg” – the upper part of the town, and only the castle and the “Bergfrid” were spared, thanks to a deep moat. In just one year, however, the Oberburg was rebuilt.

The Krone was already entitled to run a tavern before the great fire of 9 September 1540, which broke out at the “Journeymen’s House,” where the flames spread at a rapid pace. As there was too little water available, the bailiff attempted to douse the fire with wine. From the Middle Ages to the present day, there has been a succession of landlords, and many guests have enjoyed their hospitality. The district court and a prison were housed in the building until 1870. History reports that, in those days, the innkeeper would frequently pass the time by fetching prisoners from their cells in order to play cards or drink a glass of wine with them. In 1955, Willi Günthart of Regensberg acquired the Krone from the Zwinggi family, who were already considering expansion plans at that time.

Until the 1970s, only the section above the gatehouse had been developed to accommodate guests. The rest of the building was renovated in 1972. The Krone was finally closed as a guesthouse in 1997. After the disastrous fire of 12 September 2011 – almost exactly 471 years to the day after the fire of the Middle Ages – the Krone reopened its doors on 3 June 2015. After more than four years of building and renovation, this uniquely beautiful edifice has now been restored to its former glory.

With much dedication and passion, the Schäfer family has succeeded in reviving the building as the Hotel Restaurant Krone.