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In this report

The hard luxury industry has been challenged by tumultuous events in a year it would rather forget

Perfect storm closes in on the hard luxury industry

Unrest in Hong Kong, anti-corruption measures in China and smartwatch rivals are piling on the pressure

Hong Kong luxury retailers count cost of street protests

Sales fall but mainland shoppers continue to arrive

illustration of Patrik Hoffmann

‘Kering was the right partner to keep Ulysse Nardin innovation in place’

The Big Interview: Patrik Hoffmann on why the brand will be keeping in-house expertise to itself

Small miners are the key to glittering prizes

Investors seek out ‘junior’ companies with lean operations and the knack of recovering large stones

Interview: IWC’s rule-breaker on global ambition

Chief executive Georges Kern explains why the brand is pushing into Asia with a mid-size range

William Boeing’s split-second chronograph

Geneva on the cusp of setting horological history

The most valuable watch in the world is among 1,800 pieces on offer

Sharon Chan

Interview: Auctioneer Sharon Chan on her stellar career

Fine watches call for a nerd’s eye

Low-end market looks ripe for Apple

Apple’s wearable smartwatch is due to shake Swiss makers of sub-$500 timepieces the most

Chris Newlands tests out the Hotblack Stockmarket
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Review: the Hotblack Stockmarket, a British-made smartwatch

Chris Newlands roadtests the high-tech timepiece on a day out with his young daughter

guests arrive at the Grand Théâtre

No red carpet, but an eyeful of industry diamonds

Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve is serious business, as Nicholas Foulkes explains

‘I am terrible – it is a hopeless endeavour’

Syl Tang sets out to learn the skills of fine watchmaking

Richemont group plans to expand beyond China

As the biggest market slows, the group shifts its focus to consumers elsewhere in the region

Deconstructed: the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Tribute

A timepiece in tribute to the spirit of exploration

Panerai brings manufacturing under one high-tech roof

Eco-friendly factory offers space to grow

Antiquorum practises art of perfect timing

It may not grab headlines but the specialist auctioneer is confident in its niche

My favourite pieces: Jerry Lauren

Ralph Lauren’s executive vice-president of menswear on his personal collection of fine watches

Breitling chooses to do its own thing with quartz

The Swiss brand’s in-house strategy reveals the scale of its ambition

Tag Heuer’s mothballed movement could return

The ‘pragmatic’ decision to shelve Calibre CH80 may not be a permanent one

‘Manufacturing is alive and well in Motor City’

Shinola, the American-made brand with big ambitions, ticks off an overseas expansion

Official failings make Thailand a rip-off Rolex Shangri-La

The fakes market is flourishing across Asia

It takes more than a tax rise to spoil Japan’s taste for luxury

Economic reforms and tourist shoppers have fuelled steady spending on fine watches

Fear of the period piece is a thing of the past

Buyers in Asia have shaken off superstitions about pre-owned jewellery

It survived a revolution. Now Fabergé is reborn as a start-up

The jeweller’s president faces a unique challenge

A secret mission in pursuit of the world’s finest stones

The head of Cartier’s coloured gemstone department remains incognito, but is trusted by dealers

The macho appeal of stylish bracelets for the boys

Diamonds and macramé now decorate a man’s world

High price tags for jewellery made of humble materials

A new wave of up-and-coming jewellers prize skill above stones. But are their pieces worth the expense?

Old-style glamour ignites lust for ’80s baubles

Move over Alexis Carrington, the 1980s-era jeweller is back – and the stones are bigger than ever

Ingenious mechanical jewellery pieces made for the selfie generation

Springs, levers and art-in-miniature look good on camera

A gleaming pearl grows ever more lustrous

A combination of global scarcity and royal association have seen prices soar at auction

The millennial girl in pearls gets a modish makeover

Minimal, asymmetrical and brightly coloured, contemporary pieces are rarely ladylike

East and west are in perfect accord, just off the Place Vendôme

‘Luxury does not have to be French’ – but an outlet in the capital is de rigueur for Chinese brands

Jet, diamonds and onyx show that black is back

Many leading houses presented covetable monochrome pieces at the Paris Biennale

Industry attempts to plug artisan skills gap with scholarships and training schemes

Some aspirant jewellers lack the core capabilities that employers want

Fine pieces to help women disconnect but stay in the loop

Company offers ‘smart’ jewellery

G-Shock responds to rise of smartwatch

Latest models are solar-powered and feature GPS technology