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Evolution of Luxury

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Calendar 2017–2018

Jul. 19

Verbier Festival

Nestled in the Swiss Alps, this coalescence of classical music talent, young and old, also boasts a range of activities including the boundary-transcending fest’off, in which guests can enjoy unscripted concerts and a merging of the electronic and symphonic genres.

Jul. 20

Festival Napa Valley

Pairing the performing arts with the California region’s exemplary cuisine and vintages, the event formerly known as Festival Del Sole has previously welcomed huge talents including actor Robert Redford and cellist Nina Kotova – expect more of the same this time around. Until 29 July.

Jul. 22

Gold Cup Final

A mainstay on the rolling lawns of Cowdray Park estate in England’s West Sussex, the final will decide the champions of the British Open polo tournament.

Jul. 23


Indian Motorcycle and Baume & Mercier at EAA AIrVenture Oshkosh Airshow

See Indian Motorcycle and Baume & Mercier display their wares at this celebration of the world’s top aerobatic pilots. Daily air shows feature the best of today’s world of flight – precision aerobatics, the latest innovations, rare and unique flying examples, and warbird and vintage showcases. Until 29 July.

Aug. 01

Locarno Film Festival

The 71st iteration of this celebration of celluloid returns with various prizes on offer, including the Golden Leopard for the best international film. Until 11 August.  

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On the Pulse

Castello di Ugento Salento, which opened recently, boasts nine contemporary suites housed in an ancient castle. Extensive renovation, which began in 2013, has restored it to its former glory and created something truly special.

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island, set to open in October on Lhaviyani Atoll, is a sustainability first in the region, as the Japanese-styled, 15-villa resort is fully powered by solar panels on a main building – The Retreat.

By Avril Groom

Paris shows: Givenchy’s British artistic director Clare Waight Keller moves on from the Markle wedding dress with an autumn haute couture collection strong on handcraft, sharp tailoring and floaty shapes.

The University Arms, Cambridge: landmark 192-key hotel set to reopen on 1 August with a John Simpson/Martin Brudnizki refurb that draws on the city’s classical architectural heritage.

By Avril Groom

The V&A’s exhibition Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up elucidates the life of the fabled Mexican artist through personal items such as medical corsets, photographs, jewellery and distinctive clothes, all shown outside Mexico for the first time.

With a living area reflecting the interior of a traditional manor house, the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire’s redesigned Royal Suite evokes the past but is forward-thinking too in its use of swish lanterns and a marble bathroom.

In a revamped space on The Mandarin Oriental, Munich’s rooftop, take in panoramic views of the dome-dotted city while feasting on Asian, Latin American and Mediterranean fare – then jump in the heated pool.

Image: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

By Avril Groom

Richard Mille’s first in-house automatic women’s tourbillon, the 71-01 Automatic Talisman, was revealed in Paris. The Cécile Guenat-designed timepieces feature fine strips of hardstone, enamel and diamonds on gold.

Image: Philippe Louzon

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SIHH 2018

Crafting Excellence

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