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Calendar 2017

Jul. 20

Space Exploration Auction at Sotheby’s

A bag used by Neil Armstrong in the pioneering Apollo 11 mission to bring back moon samples is among the lots at this auction to mark the landing’s 48th anniversary. Mission artefacts, spacesuits, lunar photography and maps are also on offer.

Jul. 21

Verbier Festival Begins

Classical music fans will take delight at this two-week celebration of the genre. A series of concerts takes place in this aesthetic Alpine retreat, while the joined Fest’off activities aim to bring audiences together via exhibitions, workshops and chess tournaments. Until 7 August.

Aug. 01

W Suzhou Debuts

The stylish newcomer joins the scene in the underrated Chinese city with 334 guest rooms, 45 suites, 60 serviced apartments and the brand’s rejuvenating AWAY spa.

Aug. 02

Opening of the Locarno Festival

A Swiss town at the foot of the Alps embraces film for ten days. The revered festival – celebrating its 70th edition – boasts a huge screen showing movies to more than 8,000 people in Piazza Grande. Until 12 August.

Aug. 02

Restaurant Mirazur’s Collaborative Dinner

For one night only, two-Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco welcomes the White Rabbit’s head meal-maker Vladimir Mukhin to cook with him at the world’s fourth-best restaurant, Mirazur. Cote d’Azur-flecked classics will meet Moscow mainstays.

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On the Pulse

By Elisa Vallata

A sneak peek at the jewellery shoot for the upcoming edition of Centurion magazine – with the objects of desire intriguingly nestled in a tiny house.

Guntu, a floating hotel comprising 19 guest rooms, a beauty salon and a gym, will serve fresh local produce as it travels around Japan’s island-dotted and serene Setouchi inland sea from September.

By Avril Groom

Azzedine Alaïa’s first Paris haute couture show for six years was lit up by Naomi Campbell. The wizard of finely cut exotic skins was showcasing one-off pieces that will grow in value.

By Avril Groom

The launch party for Dior’s Couturier du Rêve exhibition at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs was Parisian elegance encapsulated. Running until 7 January next year, it celebrates 70 years of the House of Dior.

By John Maher

Hotel chain the Ritz-Carlton is moving onto the water: from 2019 it will offer bespoke, intimate cruises on three custom-built yachts. Reservations open next May.

By Avril Groom

A sneak preview of the handcrafted items showing at jewellery showcase Goldsmiths’ Fair, beginning 26 September. Pictured are delicate sapphires from Maya Selway.

By John Maher

Welcome to the future: Rolls-Royce’s vision vehicle for the next 100 years, code-named 103EX. It has no steering wheel, a luxurious white-silk sofa and is the epitome of automotive haute couture.

The modern-yet-classic Alila Yangshuo, in a former sugar mill, is nestled among rugged hills while affording great views of the Li River. Opens 1 July.

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Crafting Excellence

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