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The Gift Guide 2016

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Calendar 2016 - 2017

Dec. 10

A Rock & Roll Anthology: From Folk to Fury Sale

Sotheby’s New York outpost hosts an eclectic array of music memorabilia, including John Lennon’s Broadwood Upright Piano.

Dec. 12

Nabucco at The Metropolitan Opera

Legendary tenor Plácido Domingo, along with longtime collaborator conductor James Levine bring Giuseppe Verdi’s biblical Narbucco to The Metropolitan Opera, complete with extravagant set designs of John Napier. Until 07 January.

Dec. 15

Thailand Yacht Show

A diverse array of local and international charter yachts up to and in excess of 100 metres take to the waters of Ao Po Grand Marina for four days of sea trials and socialising. Until 18 December.

Dec. 15

Thai Airways Launches Bangkok - Moscow direct Flights

To meet customer demand, Thai Airways has shuffled its winter schedule to launch this new direct, 4 times weekly route, operated by the airline’s Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.

Dec. 16

Qatar Airways Launches Doha – Chiang Mai Route

This new service will operate five times weekly, travelling via Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar.

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Lifestyle

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On the Pulse

IWC Schaffhausen has announced three limited-edition Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante timepieces. Bearing the name of IWC’s boutiques in Milan, Paris and Munich, each of the 76240-calibre models features an engraving of a city icon on its reverse.

By John McNamara

Combining private dining, a museum and trio of bespoke guest rooms alongside its eponymous production facility, The Distillery on London’s Portobello Road will be a four-floor haven of discerning drinking when it opens on December 16.

The most powerful car yet to take part in its racing series, the 488 Challenge was unleashed by Ferrari at the Daytona World Finals event last weekend. With a 670cv 3.9-litre V8 engine, the 488 is the first turbo-charged model - and the sixth overall - to participate.

As of 1 December, NUO Hotels takes over the management of Raffles Beijing Hotel, with the property to be further known as Beijing Hotel NUO.

A brand debut in Australia, Van Cleef & Arpels has recently opened a boutique on Melbourne's prestigious Collins Street  – a drawing-room-like space showcasing the brand's most precious pieces.

Photo: Van Cleef & Arpels / Jimmy Cohrssen

In Antigua, the January completion of renovations work on the Blue Waters Resort & Spa draws near, and with it, fresh public spaces, updated suites and a new menu and look for its beach bar and restaurant.

Overlooking an Ernie Els golf course and Indian Ocean lagoon, the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita's newly renovated four-bed villa also boasts a new rooftop terrace and Virginie Dalais interior.

Fully refurbished to include a plethora new deluxe suites, freshly manicured grounds, gardens and a specially curated art collection, the Belmond La Residence d'Angkor in Cambodia reopens.

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Crafting Excellence

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