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It is no surprise that as members of the industry gather in Switzerland at the annual Baselworld trade fair, there is more than a little caution in the air

Wrist wars storified

FT writers debate the collision between technology and fashion

ZTE smart watch

Watchmakers resist tech groups’ advances

Swatch among those wary of partnership deals

Baselworld 2014: day four

Forward-thinking brands are devising methods of combining analogue displays with wireless applications

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Baselworld 2014: day three

Smaller manufacturers also capitalise on lower-market gap

Baselworld 2014: day two

Updates from Tudor, Chopard, Patek Philippe and Shinola

Baselworld 2014: day one

Retailers and public flock to industry’s biggest trade fair

Price cuts are a sign of the times

Market expectations for Baselworld are likely to be subdued

a watchmaker at work in Chanel’s factory in Switzerland

Chanel reveals impact on watch industry

Assembly plant shows fashion leader’s commitment

Jean-Claude Biver and Antonio Belloni

LVMH shakes up product-mix and strategy

The French group’s reshuffle is broadly welcomed

Graff exhibit

Budgets blown as exhibitors head to Basel

Prices are up but brands cannot afford not to attend

Industry prepares to unveil showstoppers

A preview of the watches likely to become the talk of Basel

Rival events offer lower-cost access

Many think there is too much emphasis on watches and not enough on jewellery

Luxury tourists set a trail for exporters

Chinese driving industry growth despite clampdown on gift giving

Dip in China demand fosters cautious mood

Trade fair points to subdued year, but long-term outlook is good

GDP growth draws luxury brands to Africa

Big watchmakers are investing heavily in the continent

Founded 1860 – just in time for the 21st century

A relative newcomer in the international market, Officine Panerai draws on its maritime heritage

New generation of collectors sets the pace in the saleroom

Discerning buyers in their 20s and 30s are helping Sotheby’s break records in Asia’s regional market

The battle is on to stop trademark infringement

Audemars Piguet has won a landmark victory to protect a design icon

Time is a vital ingredient for New York super-chef

Eric Ripert explains his love of watches

Halo strategy sets right tone for fine tuning on a grand scale

High-end collections give brands a reputational boost

Internet revolutionises vintage watch collectors’ world

Buyers are getting younger

Richard Mille launches its Sébastien Loeb tribute G-sensor watch

The rotary G-sensor might be a mere 17mm in diameter, but it contains 50 components and can display forces of up to 6G

Appeal of aviation theme is more than a flight of fancy

Pilots’ watch sales are taking off

Brand image: Watchmakers fall in love with everyday heroes

Real-life achievers are replacing celebrities and film stars in advertisements as marketing moves on

Industry mourns Raymond Weil who defied quartz crisis to go solo

A lookback at the life of the pioneering Swiss watchmaker

Watchmakers weigh the challenge of change

Subtle variation lies at the heart of any attempt to revamp a classic

Diversification is name of the game for watchmakers

Trailblazing companies have begun to offer other products

Swiss brands expand their US workshops

Aftersales is ‘customer experience’ at Chopard and Patek Philippe

Prototypes prove their value as pieces of watchmaking history

Models that were used in the development of chronometers are surprise hit among collectors and enthusiasts

Jeweller to the stars throws the most glittering parties in town

Fawaz Gruosi, the man behind de Grisogono, has broken with tradition in design and marketing

Certification industry provides reassurance on coloured gems

Slips of paper from leading labs can send prices soaring

Pomellato: Buyout boosts cult brand for independent women

Kering deal means new boutiques in prime locations

Demand for ancient art revives as age of bling starts to wane

Craftsmanship is taking precedence over brand names

‘Our artisans are world-class, but poor at marketing’

Matteo Marzotto, the new chair of Fiera di Vicenza, reveals his plans to revitalise his country’s gold industry

Gold rediscovers its sparkle as investors reach out for safety

Turmoil in Ukraine has played a big part in a sharp turnround

Exclusive, irreverent and ‘completely winging it’

London dealer and designer Glenn Spiro talks about his approach to work

Six-second test weeds out fake diamonds

New technology is tackling the threat from fakes

London’s East End offers antidote to Bond Street

Overseas visitors are heading for Hackney and Shoreditch – once they locate them on the map

Hidden treasures await the visitor to Ironopolis

One of the UK’s most important jewellery collections will go on display to the public for the first time this year

Lapis lazuli is a building block in Afghanistan’s reconstruction

Jewellery from women artisans is to be sold online



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