In this report

Some of the biggest names in the hard luxury sector are seeing sales slow, as currency fluctuations and wavering Asian consumer enthusiasm take their toll

Watchmakers face a bumpy ride after boom

Luxury leaders remain bullish in the face of currency fluctuations and a slowdown in Asian markets

All eyes on the Apple Watch

Robin Swithinbank discovers he would rather have an orange than an Apple Watch

Shelby Cobra

Swiss timing and American racing make strong contenders

Baume & Mercier and Shelby American join forces

Arnold Schwarzenegger

The terminator turns to timepieces

Inspired by his movie career, Arnold Schwarzenegger has designed a range of watches

Anna Sui wears items of her favourite jet jewellery
©Pascal Perich

A passion for jet and Elizabeth Taylor

Fashion designer Anna Sui loves the flea market finds and her lucky ring

Arnaud Bamberger

Interview: Arnaud Bamberger, Cartier UK

The executive chairman planned to stay only two years at Cartier UK — 23 years later, he is retiring

Insurance sales rise on diamond heist

Underwriters are becoming more precise about understanding their clients’ security arrangements

Assembly line for the Swatch Sistem51 watch

The watch made in 28.5 seconds

Swatch may lift production of its robot-built watches to 2m units a year

Makeover for fine jewellery sales

Market is evolving due to changing consumer tastes

Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch (left) and the Alpina Horological Smartwatch

Introducing the smart strap

Brands are innovating and developing devices with different applications to take on the Apple Watch

The Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition

The ‘Grand Exhibition’ brings together a collection of 400 masterpieces

Clients want handcrafted luxury

Adapting products for the digital age proves a creative strategy for Montblanc

Baume & Mercier goes back to school

The brand is hoping to attract a younger generation of buyers

Bulgari’s Diagono Magnesium Wrist Vault

The idea is that the watch could be used for everything, from storing codes to transmitting payments

‘I have a piece of gold in my hands’

Antonio Calce, Sowind chief executive, will promote the brand’s history

Phillips returns to Geneva sale

Patek Philippe and rare vintage pieces dominate the four-day spring event

Fine jewellery follows the fashion

Traditional brands and independent designers courted the younger customer at the Couture Show

Excite and mix it up for the new consumer

Retailers need to adapt and innovate if they are to appeal to changing tastes

Champion of the young and the innovative

Gannon Brousseau, director of Couture, has opened the show to non-traditional retailers

A guaranteed diamond is forever

To reassure its customers, De Beers has invested $10m in a grading facility in India

The appeal of a synthetic stone

Technological advances are increasing the number of high-end, lab-grown gems

A sixth sense for the exceptional

London’s Dover Street Market has developed a reputation for identifying and nurturing fresh talent

Designers take the financial strain

Independent jewellers are being crippled by stores’ consignment deals

Berber traditions woo western designers

Corals, amber, coins and handcrafted silver are the hallmarks of the region

‘An auction is like theatre’

David Bennett has presided over many record-breaking sales at Sotheby’s

Appreciate the finer things in life

Collectors are honing their expertise and learning about stones

China and Cartier’s shared influences

The Making of Art show pairs antique pieces from the jeweller with eastern works of art

‘A new retail category — accessible’

David Chu of Georg Jensen has refocused the business and hopes to win a younger audience

The Empress Eugénie pearls

From France to the United States, and then London, where the earrings will be offered for sale

A passion for Rome and gems

The Bulgari brothers have produced a history of the city and jewels that inspired them

Exhibition marks phases of Buccellati

The designs and techniques of the Italian jeweller are on display in Turin

An enlightened approach to jewellery

Growing trend for pieces inspired by spirituality

New lease of life for art deco jewellery

Contemporary pieces are drawing on the styles of the 1920s