MAKING TIME AT BASELWORLD
March 22-27 in Basel, Switzerland
A small town in northern Switzerland will become the epicentre of horology once again this March. Baselworld returns in a more concise format, welcoming over 1,800 marques over six days, instead of the previous eight-day extravaganza.
“Baselworld remains a unique place not only to look but to discuss, exchange and feel all the emotions behind the products, the brands and even just the atmosphere of the exhibition,” says François Thiébaud, president of Tissot. Tickets are currently available ahead of the event and a free smartphone app has been designed to help you navigate the show.
A BENEVOLENT BASH: THE ROSE BALL
March 24 in Monte Carlo, Monaco
The Rose Ball isn’t like most high society events – it is first and foremost an internationally recognised charity event. Originally created by Princess Grace of Monaco in 1954, all proceeds from the exclusive soirée have been donated to the Princess Grace Foundation since 1964, with a focus on developing humanitarian and philanthropic projects.
Presided by Monegasque royals Prince Albert II and Princess Caroline, the exclusive event is held in the legendary Salle des Étoiles overlooking the seaside principality, where guests dance alongside VVIP attendees and a range of royal revellers.
IMMERSIVE EXHIBITIONS AT ART BASEL HONG KONG
March 29-31 in Hong Kong
Since its introduction five years ago, Art Basel Hong Kong has helped raise the profile of the East Asian enclave to one of the continent’s most important cultural hubs. The 2018 edition features 248 galleries from 32 countries and territories and, in addition, half of the participating galleries boast exhibition spaces in Asia and Asia-Pacific.
The sixth edition of the show will provide an in-depth overview of the region’s diversity through both historical material and cutting-edge works by established and emerging artists. Visitors can also make time for some gallery hopping in Wong Chuk Hang, where doors will be flung open for South Island Art Day on March 29.
JOCKEYING FOR POSITION AT THE DUBAI WORLD CUP
March 31 in Dubai, UAE
A star studded event with lavish VIP packages, a host of celebs and US $30 million of prize money at stake – and then there’s the just the small matter of some horse racing. The Dubai World Cup is one of the biggest events in global sports, with US $10 million awarded to the overall winner, with a calendar of smaller events and races building up to the grand finale on March 31.
Watch out for appropriately named sister horses ‘Thunder Snow’ and ‘Winter Lightning’, having bagged some serious prize money at various heats since November. ‘The world’s richest horse race’ promises adrenaline aplenty.