In this report

The question of what exactly consumers expect — or want — from a wrist device is increasingly concerning the world’s largest jewellery and timepiece manufacturers

The year of the ‘battle of the wrists’

As Swiss watch exports decline, sector tries to second-guess changing tastes

New brands join SIHH traditional line-up

Arrivals are known for their unconventional designs and will breathe fresh life into Geneva show

Jaeger-LeCoultre Ladies Reverso Cordonnet
©Johann Sauty

Jaeger-LeCoultre to cut Reverso inventory

The brand is to simplify range while retaining concept of personalisation

Roger Smith in his workshop

Making timepieces the British way

In his workshop on the Isle of Man, Roger Smith is in pursuit of perfection

Paloma Picasso
©Keystone/Anthony Anex

My favourite pieces: Paloma Picasso

The jewellery designer says why she cherishes her gold sun pendant

Interview: Jean-Christophe Babin, Bulgari

The chief executive says watches are jewellery for the arms

Richard and Maria Habring

A labour of love for owners of Habring2

Husband-and-wife team say that production will always be limited

Flying Tourbillon Geneva Seal Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton watch gains Seal of Geneva

Brand is dispensing with tradition with its modern timepiece

Buyers turn to vintage pieces

Decline in new sales prompts collectors to negotiate deals with retailers

Brian Duffy
©Beth Walsh

Growing UK interest in luxury timepieces

Buyers are increasingly prepared to spend larger sums of money

Deconstructed: The Harry Winston Opus 14

A mechanical marvel inspired by the workings of a 1950s American jukebox

Ralph Lauren opts out of SIHH watch fair

Luxury brand prefers to concentrate on retail stores and develop dedicated salons

It’s 9am and your heart rate is 65 bpm

Smartwatches may help to monitor or control lifestyle diseases

Swatch and Visa announce watch project

The Bellamy watch will allow wearers to make contactless purchases

Artist and architect add shine to brands

Tracey Emin and Zaha Hadid join Stephen Webster and Georg Jensen in win-win alliances

Details matter in world of luxury outlets

Architect Christophe Carpente believes retailers are opting for more intimate selling environments

Heritage brands stand the test of time

Discerning owners have given a new lease of life to neglected names

Relaunch of a Parisian atelier

John Rubel, which rose to fame in the 1940s, has been revamped by a family member

The house built on 400 rupees

Amrapali’s chief describes the journey from the workshops of Jaipur to global brand

Film stars shine in promotional campaigns

As jewellery sales expand globally, increasing numbers of brands are hiring famous faces

Trophies, decanters and silver tables

Asprey’s master silversmith Billy Boreman says the principles of hand craftsmanship do not change

Cartier helps China’s fledgling museums

Brand’s foundation can offer expertise in a country where culture and commerce are interlinked



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