In this report

The US re-emerges as strong market for the hard luxury industry

Jewellery a driving force for hard luxury

Groups restructure as sales to China slow

Albert Bensoussan
©Dominique Maitre

Kering’s hiring signals gear change

Albert Bensoussan is likely to look for efficiencies

Stéphane Linder
©Anoush Abrar

Interview: Stéphane Linder, chief executive, TAG Heuer

The brand known for chunky, sporty watches will offer sleeker styles to Asian customers


Chaumet high jewellery workshop at place Vendome in Paris on May 07, 2014. ©Christophe Petit Tesson
Many famous pieces of jewellery have been produced here, including those worn for Napoleon I’s wedding in 1796

Rolex’s race to reclaim market share

Time is ticking for the once untouchable brand

Tudor vintage ad

Tudor’s classic appeal boosts exports

Return to the UK helps style icon go global

The ‘Special Edition Brutus Deepsea’, as customised by George Bamford

George Bamford: ‘It’s good to polarise opinion’

Entrepreneur meets demand for personalised luxury models

(left to right) Swatch Entusiasmo; Bulgari Octo Bi-Retro Brazil; Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono

Watch brands catch Brazil fever

Official partner Hublot is not the only hard luxury sponsor of football and the World Cup

Duomètre à Grande Sonnerie

Deconstructed: Duomètre à Grande Sonnerie

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s masterpiece replicates the chimes of London’s Big Ben

Baselworld 2014: the finest watches reviewed

Simon de Burton chooses the best of this year’s selection

Ulysse Nardin’s Jazz minute repeater

Minute repeaters: technical prowess chimes with collectors

More brands are offering watches that strike or otherwise appeal to the ears of their customers

Ethical gold: Chopard wants to start a ‘Fairmined’ revolution

Watchmaker has long-term plan to invest

Profile: Caroline and Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Chopard co-presidents

The siblings are worlds apart but pulling in the same direction

Geneva watch auctions: record-breaking Rolex steals the show

Simon de Burton reviews saleroom highlights

Patek Philippe: nine unique watches are the talk of New York

Models up for auction were made to order

Watches of Switzerland opts for new site in ‘magical’ London

Emporium’s Regent Street showroom is on three floors, each aimed at a different type of customer

Watch funds offer investment in limited editions

A Patek Philippe in a safe-deposit box can be lucrative, but values remain subjective

Zenith sacrifices self-reliance to underpin growth

‘Insider’ brand is to buy in movements

Mexico’s buzz driven by brand-crazy customers

Appetite for hard luxury is growing in region’s second-biggest economy

Couture Show: new designers are quietly confident in Las Vegas

US fair is a smaller alternative to international hard luxury events

Interview: Giampiero Bodino

Brand’s chief explains his ‘experiential’ venture with Richemont

Business model: Stone & Strand

Stories and videos about fine jewellery boost sales for digital venture

Bitcoin venture opens digital payment system to jewellers

Companies dealing in the currency are urged to proceed with caution

Jewellers turn to mobile gaming

Apps such as ‘Fashion Eye’ claim high levels of engagement

My favourite pieces: Zandra Rhodes

The British fashion designer favours handmade costume items – and some have a hidden secret

Archibald Knox: Liberty & Co’s shy hero steps out of the shadows

‘Breathtaking’ art nouveau designs celebrated in a new exhibition

International visitors boost attendance at Masterpiece London

Attendance at collectors’ fair on the rise

Jewellers embrace single earring and ear cuff trends

Bold styles prove popular

The new engagement rings

Demand is growing for imaginative alternatives to the diamond solitaire

Behind the scenes: Chaumet prepares for Biennale des Antiquaires

The jeweller has been hard at work for the past 18 months in preparation for the Paris Biennale

Paris Biennale: jewels are elevated to high art

Only a select few are invited to attend ‘the ultimate exhibition’

Luxury jewellers collaborate with bloggers

Tacori and Tiffany & Co among brands finding opportunities online