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In this report

As SIHH opens in Geneva, Switzerland’s strong franc and geopolitical tensions are adding to watchmakers’ woes

Strong franc brings new risk for exports

The Swiss National Bank’s decision to scrap its currency ceiling has unnerved the industry

SIHH 2015 watches

Unveiled: the stars of the 2015 SIHH show

A selection of the most creative and innovative timepieces to delight the crowds in Switzerland

Cartier chief on a creative mission

Interview: Stanislas de Quercize plans to be daring in a difficult market

Cartier La Maison des Metiers d'Art

Inside Cartier’s high-tech workshop

Significant investment to promote artisan skills

MAD Gallery

Niche Swiss watch brands try to woo crowds at SIHH

Satellite fairs seek to capitalise on SIHH’s popularity

Aurel Bacs

Phillips hires Aurel Bacs in direct challenge to Christie’s

Auctioneer who transformed the market for collectable watches will go head to head with his former employer

Breva Génie 03 Speedmeter

Deconstructed: the Breva Génie 03 Speedmeter

Graphic: Simon de Burton on the world’s first mechanical watch to boast an integral speedometer

a watchmaker employed by Moritz Grossmann in Glashütte
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Small watchmakers take on mighty names

Moritz Grossmann and Waltham do not lack expertise, but can they compete with the big houses?

Abbey Clancy and Daisy Lowe attend the Watches Of Switzerland flagship showroom launch on July 17, 2014 in London, England
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Competition hots up for West End boutiques

Luxury watch brands are rushing to open London outlets, but is the market saturated?

Red carpet jewels

Brands compete for the glittering prize of adorning award-winning actresses with their jewellery

My favourite pieces: Jane Seymour

The actress has marked her film career with unique and vintage items from around the globe

Interview: Pippa Small

The jeweller and activist sees a more ethical future for goldmines

How to set a value on the world’s rarest gems

Fancy coloured diamonds now have their own price index — real clarity in a colourful market

Mammoth ivory jewellery heading for extinction

New York state has extended a US-wide ban on the sale of elephant ivory to include prehistoric horn

Mastermind behind Bergdorf’s ambitious plan

Elizabeth von der Goltz plans an overhaul of the store’s fine jewellery

Cross-cultural curiosities tell a story all their own

Jewellers are refashioning ancient and modern artefacts into covetable new pieces

‘Just a little flash’: barely there designs add the finishing touch

Delicate gold bands made to fit mid-finger subtly complement conventional rings