Harry Winston may not be as well known to the French as the jewellers on place Vendôme, but it is a venerable American establishment, famously name-checked in the Marily Monroe song “Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend” and still considered one of the most famous jewellers in the world.
Harry Winston the man worked in his father's store in the early 1900s, after the family emigrated to the States from the Ukraine. Over the years he started to amass an impressive collection of jewels, many - ironically - bought from Cartier.
Now with a small network of boutiques around the world (seven in the USA and 10 elsewhere), only two are in Europe: London and Paris. The avenue Montaigne branch is probably best known for two large robberies in October 2007 and October 2008 (for which several arrests have been made). You may want to avoid the store in October then...
The Paris International Sailing and Watersports Fair
Fair has always aimed to share the joy of being on the water with as wide an audience as possible. This annual event is one of the most significant in the nautical world: There will be no fewer than 1,200 exhibitors (Beneteau, Jeanneau, Windward Islands ) and 1,500 brands representing the international sailing scenario. The show is split into different areas which include boarding/skiing, power, speed and performance, sailing events, diving, rental offers, tourism, equipment sales, canoeing and kayaking, rowing, speedboats, services and a specialist bookshop.