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In this report

For years the script was simple. Luxury brands wishing to increase profits headed east to China. But now, the dream has begun to sour

‘The good old days are gone’

One bright spot is that the Chinese continue to spend abroad

Nirupama Rao, a former foreign secretary of India and a former Indian ambassador to the US photographed wearing one of the favourite pieces of jewellery photographed at her Bangalore, Residence in Bangalore, India on Thursday August 27th, 2015
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Nirupama Rao: my favourite pieces

India’s former ambassador to the US collects vintage costume and heritage items

Chow Tai Fook to open more stores

What can the Hong Kong jeweller, do to stem a fall in revenue?

Luxury groups turn to social media

Weibo and WeChat are now central to companies’ marketing strategies

Through the window at the Watches and Wonders exhibition

Watches and Wonders draws the crowds

The event provides an opportunity for companies to get to know their customers better

Patek Philippe World Time

Collectors drawn by vintage models

Hong Kong is a leading centre for retailers and auction houses

Shinshu Watch Studio

Seiko eyes high-quality mechanical market

The Japanese brand believes it has something to offer the broader-minded customer

Parmigiani Fleurier women’s Tonda 1950

Watchmaker wants to raise its profile

The Parmigiani Fleurier name is simply not well known enough believes its founder

(from left): Hourstriker Erotica Jarretiere, Musique d’Amour and RM69 Erotic Tourbillon

The appeal of pieces that titillate

Manufacturers are interpreting the ideas of the 17th century

Rolex Yacht-Master 37 in 18ct Everose gold

Wealthy consumers take discreet approach

Streamlined, sleek pieces are becoming increasingly popular, but understated does not mean cheap

Fears over China slowdown ‘exaggerated’

Many dealers appear to be more optimistic than the media

Georg Jensen upbeat over expansion

Danish brand ignores economic uncertainty in the region

Thai designers make their mark

The domestic market is small and independent brands seek international exposure

Asian fine jewellery brand expands

Qeelin will rely on region’s network of department stores rather than open its own retail outlets

Emerald miners hope to make the grade

Gemfields is trying to introduce transparency and order into a chaotic and inconsistent market

Gemstones show their true colours

Demand rises as consumers recognise the investment potential of this previously undervalued category

Pieces with provenance

Bonhams have set an estimate of £30,000 - £40,000 for the 18th century turban ornament

EM turmoil is bad news for Swiss watches

Analysts rein in forecasts as Asia exports fall

In pursuit of millennial spending power

Sally Morrison on how LoveGold is reaching out to the young

My favourite pieces: Jacqueline Wilson

The children’s author buys a ring for every book finished and loves subtle colouring in jewellery

Interview: Zenith’s Aldo Magada

Chief executive put the brakes on his predecessor’s pursuit of volume

Sotheby’s ‘Victory’ ends the summer lull

The busy season is approaching, with a packed calendar of watch sales

Apple Watch unnerves middle-market brands

Anticipated revolution fails to ignite in luxury sector

Elie Top has designs on the fantastic

Fine jewellery debut showcases technique rather than gemstones with family of pieces

Zara Phillips launches collection

Collaboration with John Calleija has resulted in pieces on an equestrian theme

Gold price fall ‘positive’ for brands

Drop in demand from China may yet affect jewellers

A less than golden future

Pollution and climate change in are taking their toll and placing the industry at risk

Zeitwerk ‘pitch perfect’ minute repeater

Watch combines jumping numerals display with ‘decimal’ minute repeating mechanism

‘Taking the watch business seriously’

Tiffany hopes to lift profits and strengthen its presence in Asia

Shortage of watch apprentices

A UK government scheme could boost the dwindling number of watchmakers

Summer sales rise for Patek Philippe

Brand reduced its UK prices this year by 10 per cent% in response to change in exchange rate

A love affair with watches

Hotelier has combined a passion for horology with business

Self reliance for Swiss watch industry

Brands have invested heavily in the production of in-house calibres

Messikas rock the diamond business

What started as a family obsession has become a glittering career

The lion, the serpent and the marketers

Animal images are consistently top sellers for many of the leading houses

Family affair spans Italian generations

Innovative resin designs are Pellini’s hallmark

Ylang 23 to celebrate 10th anniversary

Investment in apps has paid off but US-based retailer still blends ecommerce with bricks and mortar

Revamp for London Chanel store

The brand’s investment reinforces London’s hold on the luxury market

US jewellers set sights on Europe

Department stores in London and Paris are starting to champion emerging designers

Brands move to Miami Design District

Striking modern works are on view in area predicted to become an international destination