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Raymond Castillo
Raymond Castillo

Alpine Gold

The species is native to California, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.[4] Within California, it grows in the Sierra Nevada and in the White Mountains. It grows between 2,900 and 4,300 metres (9,500 and 14,000 feet) in elevation, in alpine and subalpine talus habitats.[5]

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Matt, who turns 35 in April, surpasses now-retired Norwegian great Kjetil Andre Aamodt as the oldest Alpine skier to win gold. Aamodt was 34 years, 170 days when he won the super-G at the 2006 Turin Games.

The 1-2 finish by Matt and Hirscher helped Austria win the Alpine medal race with nine, which was four more than the Americans. Austria kicked off the Olympics with Matthias Mayer taking gold in the downhill and Matt brought the show to an end in fine fashion.

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The USA defeated Norway in the gold medal final 3-2; Nina O'Brien edged Kristin Lysdahl by 0.13 seconds, before Alexander Steen Olsen tied scores for the Norwegians, pipping River Radamus by just four hundredths of a second.

Demand for gold storage has risen since the 2008 financial crisis. Many of the wealthy see owning gold as a hedge against the insecurity of banks and a reasonable investment at a time when markets are volatile and bank accounts and low-risk bonds pay almost no yield. It may also be a way to avoid the increasing scrutiny of tax authorities. In high-profile cases, U.S., French, and German prosecutors have gone after citizens of those countries with undeclared Swiss bank accounts.

Of the roughly 1,000 former military bunkers still in existence across Switzerland, a few hundred have been sold in recent years, and about 10 are now storage sites holding gold as well as computer data, according to the Swiss defense department.

"Dear CEOs, why the rose gold agenda?" I asked at every possible turn. My friends all prefer yellow gold, every fashion editor I know prefers yellow gold, and historically, yellow gold has been worn by the most celebrated and glamorous style icons; Paloma Picasso, Bianca Jagger, and Elizabeth Taylor (notably in her role as Cleopatra) to name but a few.

Earlier this year, I wrote an article for Hodinkee Magazine lamenting the fact that so few brands were producing their novelties in my preferred precious metal. I prefaced the whole article with an incident between myself and a PR rep for Chopard back in 2019, right after the Alpine Eagle had just launched. She showed up to a photo shoot with two iterations of the watch; one in stainless steel and one in, yup, you guessed it, rose gold. I was visibly upset with this offering, I simply couldn't understand why there was no yellow gold model. I reacted to her as if the whole thing were a personal attack; lucky for me, she took it in stride, and we are still friends.

Readers, I am pleased to say that after a long and bumpy ride, we have come full circle. The watch gods have answered my prayers: The 41mm Chopard Alpine Eagle has been made in yellow gold and I can't quite believe it.

Despite the famous rose gold incident of 2019, I have always had a soft spot for the Alpine Eagle. It's a well-made, good-looking watch. Which brings me to my next point, Chopard is a brand that doesn't always get the credit it deserves, it often feels underrated amongst many of its horological peers. Bought by the Scheufele family in the early '60s, the brand as we know it today is more commonly associated with its prominence in the high jewelry space and its sponsorship of the Cannes Film Festival. But Chopard originated as a bonafide watch manufacturer, it was created by namesake founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard way back in the 19th century.

The story of the St. Moritz starts in 1980, it was then announced at Basel in 1982 and hit stores late in 1983 and was sold in three colorways: stainless steel, two-tone (steel and yellow gold), and solid yellow gold. "We were obviously very good at manufacturing gold cases and bracelets," Mr. Scheufele laughed and took a pensive pause: "But cases and bracelets in stainless steel. That was the real novelty. That was also something which needed some persuasion."

We spoke about my obsession with yellow gold, which Mr. Scheufele seemed to understand from the outset of my explanation. In fact, he got it without barely any prompting on my part. It was a refreshing reaction from a Swiss-based watch executive. "When I started in the watch industry, every gold watch was basically yellow gold and I think now we can obviously sense a return." This was maybe the best news I'd heard from any watch CEO, or really from anybody working at any Swiss watch brand. I tried to keep calm and not get super New York and loud about it. He continued, "Yellow is, in a way, more edgy. Or you could even say, more contemporary." I definitely let out a little squeal but I think Mr. Scheufele was probably relieved at the fact that I had such a positively strong reaction.

Chopard is now opening a new flagship boutique on Fifth Avenue in New York, in the historic Crown building. The city has sentimental value to the Scheufele family. The images for the first-ever St. Moritz campaign were shot in a studio in New York, and Mr Scheufele remembers the day fondly. He also explained that it was his grandfather's wish to have a boutique on Fifth: "My grandfather went to the States for 18 months, when he was in his twenties. He worked in New York as a goldsmith to finance a trip he wanted to take to the West Coast." Chopard opened its first US subsidiary back in 1976, inside the Rockefeller Center.

I got my hands on the new 41mm model in time for its debut, which will be unveiled tomorrow at the brand-new Fifth Avenue boutique. The features of the watch remain pretty much identical to the 41mm rose gold and stainless steel versions. The satin, polished bezel, complete with beveled edges, sits atop the tonneau-shaped case (which measures 9.7mm thick) and is fixed in place with screws, which ensure 100 meters of water resistance. The crown is signed with a compass rose motif located at three o'clock, in between the polished crown guards, which are also repeated at nine o'clock. And while this feature does bear a resemblance to the Nautilus design, it keeps things looking symmetrical.

The Alpine Eagle has a glare-proof, flat, sapphire crystal which helps the owner to admire all of the fine details on the textured dial, as well as the gilded applied hour-markers and numerals which are enhanced by Super-LumiNova (as are the gold-plated, baton-style hours and minutes hands). The arrow-type seconds hand with eagle feather counterweight is made of bronze and also plated with yellow gold. The date window is displayed between four and five o'clock with a gold disc to match the dial.

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- For the first time in Olympic history, an Alpine skiing race ended in a tie for the gold medal as Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland both won the women's downhill.

At the 1992 Albertville Olympics, Diann Roffe of the United States and Anita Wachter of Austria both took silver behind Pernilla Wiberg of Sweden. At the 1964 Innsbruck Olympics, Christine Goitschel of France and Jean Saubert of the United States were second to gold medalist Marielle Goitschel of France.

Additionally, the lid makes it more burdensome to retrieve items in the main compartment, especially while wearing less-dexterous gloves. I would be hard-pressed to use the lid in the alpine but can see its functionality for day trips or cragging. Regardless, if additional space is needed, the lid can be easily and quickly attached.

Final ThoughtsAfter extensive use, I can confidently say Hyperlite Mountain Gear has raised the standards for alpine packs. Surely, other stellar alpine packs exist on the market, but a couple of unique features set the Prism apart. The pack carries extremely well on approaches and wears even better during sections of technical climbing. Steep snow and ice are no problem for this burly, low-profile pack, and I feel completely unhindered during long blocks of leading.

The stunning Alpine Gold Wash Spur Straps from Martin Saddlery are a deep chocolate leather with a dusting of gold. The spur strap has floral tooling and the gold wash gives it extra depth and a luxury look.

Johnson's victory at Lauberhorn was the first American men's downhill World Cup win of the modern era, the U.S ski team says. His gold at Sarajevo was the first time an American man had won gold in Alpine skiing. 041b061a72


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