We are particularly pleased to be able to present you in the form of this Swiss Annual Edition 2013 with a compendium that strikingly reflects the exclusive values and quality symbols that are unique to Switzerland. The special theme of gold leads directly to an aesthetic tradition that has long dominated the jewellery and watch sector and one that enjoys universal appreciation. The colour gold was not only the hallmark of European monarchs. In China aurora yellow was the colour that symbolized the Emperor. In the scientific and medical tracts of the 19th century, gold, as a healing agent and in form of a drinkable essence, enjoyed great prestige. Theophrastus Paracelsus, for whom alchemy was the art of preparing medicines, employed therapies using gold, and aurum is given a special place in his “Homeobiotic Medicine”. In an exclusive interview with the CEO of the Schulthess Clinic, Matthias P. Spielmann, MHA, readers are given an insider glimpse of the famous clinic’s model for success and what lies behind the clinic’s unique position among the galaxy of top establishments in Switzerland. A focus on an exclusive culture of spas as found in the hotel elite transports you to a congenial world of tranquillity, relaxation and enjoyment. Echoing this spirit, we wish you pleasurable and inspirational moments.