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Calendar 2017-2018

Dec. 24

Festive celebrations at Waldorf Astoria Bangkok

Celebrate the season at Waldorf Astoria Bangkok with its holiday-themed menus and events: festive afternoon tea at Peacock Alley, Christmas buffet at The Brasserie or a set dinner at Bull & Bear, NYE celebrations at The Loft and The Champagne Bar and more. For more information, contact: bkkwa.fb@waldorfastoria.com

Dec. 26

Rolex Sydney Hobart Race Sets Sail

The Sydney summer sport icon returns for its 74th year, winding as always from Sydney to Hobart in one of the most difficult yacht races in the world. 2017 was a record-breaking year with a new fastest time set – will 2018 surpass it?

Dec. 27

Gstaad New Year Music Festival Kicks Off

The 12th edition of the festival will host concerts and events under the patronage of Prince Albert II de Monaco. Witness musicians young and old perform their pieces among the beautiful surroundings. Until 8 January.

Dec. 28

The 30th Taste of Tasmania

Stick around after the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race for this mouthwatering festival, which has celebrated and promoted Tasmanian produce for three decades. Up to half a million guests from the world over enjoy (usually) glorious weather. Until 3 January.

Jan. 05

Sydney Festival Begins

The diversity of the city’s art and culture scene is showcased at this long-running festival. Among the circus acts, ballet and theatre, expect world-famous stars in the vein of Grace Jones, Brian Wilson and PJ Harvey. Ends 27 January.

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On the Pulse

By Elisa Vallata

Until Friday London jeweller Bentley & Skinner is hosting the Jewels Inspired by Nature exhibition, showcasing 44 stunning enamelled pieces by contemporary Russian designer Ilgiz F influenced by the Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods.

By Avril Groom

Tod’s has unveiled the first in a new series of collaborations with other designers: Alessandro Dell’Acqua, best known for a lingerie-inspired take on femininity, adds velvet bows and kitten heels to the iconic pebble-soled shoe, among other items.

PRU, Jim Ophorst’s farm-to-table restaurant at Trisara Phuket, which plates delicious meals using the locale’s abundant harvest, has been awarded a Michelin star – the province’s first.

Wilderness Safaris’ six-tent Magashi camp in Rwanda, set to open in March, will offer its guests life-affirming tours on which chances to spot rare wildlife such as the shoebill stork will be in abundance.

Image: Wilderness Safaris

By Avril Groom

Belgian designer Alice van Cal’s first collection taps into women’s desire for pieces that work hard. Her glowing, precious gem pendants are double layered, with fitments allowing them to be drop earrings when suspended from studs, or a necklace/hand ornament when attached to a chain.

By Avril Groom

One of the extraordinarily beautiful cocktail rings in Harry Winston’s new Candy collection – 27 one-off pieces modelled on classic shapes but in joyful, imaginative colours and with rare, large stones.

By Elisa Vallata

A. Lange & Söhne unveiled its new Datograph Up/Down “Lumen”. With a 41mm platinum case, its semi-transparent dial and luminous displays, this debonaire timepiece is limited to 200 pieces.

Victor’s London customers can now select from a tailored menu of in-flight, altitude-enhanced dishes and champagne and wine pairings, in the jet charter marketplace’s new offering in partnership with On Air Dining and Moët Hennessy.

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Crafting Excellence

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