In this report

We celebrate the 30th anniversary of the FT’s Watches & Jewellery report, covering everything from the troubled diamond market and turmoil in the watch industry to what we can learn from world time watches.

Brexit runs risk of watch price rises and store closures

Rolex by the Watch Gallery at One Hyde Park
©TheWatchGallery.com

Brands will compensate for a weak pound by lifting prices

Time stops for no man (or newspaper)

This issue celebrates 30 years of Watches & Jewellery. We take a look at how the watch world has changed over that era

If it’s 3pm, I must be in Baghdad. Or is it Moscow?

World time watches have changed with the times — and they have a curious tale to tell us

Swimming: 2008 Summer Olympics: Underwater view of USA Michael Phelps (L) and Serbia Milorad Cavic (R) in action, touching wall to finish Men's 100M Butterfly Final at National Aquatics Center ( Water Cube ). Phelps won gold medal by .01 and set Olympic record with time of 50.58. Beijing, China 8/16/2008 CREDIT: Heinz Kluetmeier (Photo by Heinz Kluetmeier /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: X80790 TK2 R1 F16 )
©Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

On your marks  . . .  Get set  . . .  Time!

In this summer’s Olympics, every millisecond will count. But how did sport and the watch industry become inseparable?

Smartwatch by Fossil

Fossil to flood the smartwatch market

The company hopes that releasing 100 models will establish a broad base of buyers

Style guru: Pierre Rainero

Cartier defies retreat like clockwork

Pierre Rainero, the house’s style director, says the only way is forward

Guests at the TimeCrafters show in New York
©FilmMagic

Recovery glimpsed despite economic gloom

The US could lead a pick-up in fortunes for the watch industry, even if Hong Kong and China are still in trouble

The Diamond Producers Association’s millennial-inspired moodboard

Diamonds are forever, their slogans are not

A new advertising campaign hopes to turn millennials into enduring lovers of diamonds

Shining light: Botswana’s Karowe mine has given up a 1,109-carat stone

Big stones sparkle to deceive as market remains weak

High prices for large diamonds should not disguise an otherwise ailing sector

The Watch "Bulgari Otto Minute Repeater Finissimo"
©Anthony Anex/KEYSTONE

Deconstructed watch: Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater

The technology behind the watch was devised for telling the time in the dark

Las Vegas jewellery fairs fight apathy and economic fears

Brands must find new ways to engage retail buyers beyond taking a stand

Not your grandmother’s jewellery store

A new wave of websites claims to offer buyers and sellers of second-hand gems transparency and keen prices

Chinese brands have global glitter

An economic slowdown and corruption crackdown have not kept homegrown companies from expanding into national and foreign markets

Fake gemstones shed undignified image as fashion jewellery thrives

Cubic zirconia is no longer just for those who cannot buy the real thing

Auction round-up: A Heuer motors on, a box offers answers

From a Heuer Carrera chronograph to a gold Breguet and a ‘Magician Box’

John Redfern’s films peer inside watches

A clock restorer brings his skills into the digital age to create intricate animations

All hands on deck as rigged watch comes into dock

One of the most talked-about launches of the Baselworld fair was the naval-themed watch

Joan Rivers’ jewellery up for sale

Sale of her estate is at Christie’s on June 22

An enormous diamond expects an enormous price

Sotheby’s estimates the Lesedi la Rona’s value at $70m

Tribal trinkets, trials and tribulations

Dealer and collector Lesley Schiff loves pieces originating from remote communities

Ten alternatives to a nuptial solitaire

If you are going to propose, have you considered an engagement crown? Or a betrothal nose ring?

Mandarin much heard in Manchester

The city’s jewellers have been enticing Chinese shoppers

Freed slaves celebrated in ethical emeralds

Vania Leles creates a six-piece high jewellery collection using responsibly sourced gems

SHARE THIS QUOTE