In this report

The smartwatch market is crowded, and the stakes will get higher with the launch of Apple’s design. Are wearables about to disrupt the Swiss watch industry?

Swiss watch industry awaits Apple smartwatch

What will the most eagerly awaited wrist wearable mean for mechanical watchmaking?

Jean-Marc Pontroué illustration

Roger Dubuis reveals mighty ambitions

Interview: chief executive Jean-Marc Pontroué believes young brand deserves high status

New era for Tiffany

US jeweller regards Europe as ‘land of opportunities’

Patrik Hoffmann

Analysis: Kering buys Ulysse Nardin

Technical innovation explains recent acquisition

Swiss exporters take long view of China

Free-trade agreement offers greater intellectual property protection

Dazzling Lima is Latin America’s latest economic star

Middle-class appetite grows for fine watches and jewellery

Henry Graves Supercomplication
©Charlie Bibby

Salerooms gear up for Patek Philippe’s 175th

Henry Graves Complication – the most valuable watch sold at auction – under the hammer at Sotheby’s

Antoni Norbert Patek de Prawdzic

Patek Philippe: discreet luxury brand with cult following

Nicholas Foulkes explains the myths and mechanisms

Madeleine Albright
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My favourite pieces: Madeleine Albright

Former US secretary of state signalled political mood with symbolic brooches

Slim Barrett
©Rosie Hallam

Interview: Slim Barrett

Thirty years after setting up a studio in east London, jeweller remains true to his artisan roots

Christie’s joins rush to retail

Auctioneer’s new website is ‘step closer’ to a shop

Private equity partner drives change at Buccellati

Family aims to hold on to brand tradition

Christopher Ward: made in the UK (with Swiss help)

British watchmaker offers chronometer-certified, self-winding movement for a modest price

Bremont: a turbulent take-off for high flying design

Bumpy launch for ‘in-house’ model the Wright Flyer

Louis Vuitton moves fine watchmaking under one roof

Brand opens Geneva home of ‘creative independence’

Fonderie 47: the timepiece that was once a lethal weapon

Social enterprise turns guns into luxury watches

Deconstructed: the Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire

Long life, happiness – and perpetual calendars with 328-part movements

Mozambique ruby mine boosts global supply

Gemfields rough stone auction generates $33.5m

Pink diamond supply dwindles

Global price push as Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine winds down

Interview: Boucheron chief executive

Pierre Bouissou says ecommerce is on the jewellers’ agenda

Fool’s gold leads groovy 1960s revival

Modernist designs from the mid 20th-century are the new saleroom stars

The many layered allure of agate

Comeback for Queen Victoria’s favourite stone

Young creatives revive skills and styles of Georgian era

Nearly lost arts rediscovered

Body jewellery: all go for the head to toe

Designers and buyers look beyond wrists and fingers

Savelli offers emerald-encrusted smartphone

‘Insane’ gadget could be a rational buy

From table to trinket – top brands downsize

Lalique and Baccarat among heritage names

Heritage names buy back their histories

Archive collections are an investment for brands

Past treasures exhibited at Domus

One of Bulgari’s latest marketing ventures opens above its Rome boutique

On the road with Bonhams’ fine jewellery expert

Jean Ghika’s valuations cast new light on old treasures

Second life for family diamonds

Demand increases for bespoke designs by skilled jewellers