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In this report

The Swiss watch industry hopes for a change in fortunes as it gathers for Baselworld, the world’s largest hard luxury fair

Brands make the best of it

the Apple Watch

Swiss watchmakers adapt to life with a strong franc and competition from smartwatches

Baselworld: exhibitor costs on hold

Currency gyrations and slowing sales set the tone

Baselworld 2015: watch picks

Robin Swithinbank rounds up the must-have timepieces unveiled in Switzerland today

Louis Vuitton Escale Worldtime Minute Repeater
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Deconstructed: Louis Vuitton Escale Worldtime Minute Repeater

A new complication for Baselworld

The Fascination — a $40m, 152.96-carat diamond wrist watch

Graff Diamonds eyes Asian markets

The jeweller will unveil a $40m show-stopper at the fair, but can buyers be tempted?

Wilhelm Schmid, a former BMW senior executive, the watchmaker will occupy its new manufacturing hub this summer
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Interview: Wilhelm Schmid

The chief executive of A Lange & Söhne explains why the German watch company limits production

Swatch collection under the hammer

The ‘superlot’ could fetch $5m

François-Paul Journe

Watch industry promotes next generation

Competition gives horology apprentices a chance to showcase their abilities

Have diamonds lost their shine?

Prices have eased and banks have cut exposure to the trade

Barbara Taylor Bradford in pearls
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My favourite pieces: Barbara Taylor Bradford

Collecting: the novelist is never without her trademark string of pearls when meeting her fans

Instagram: brands target young consumers

Instagrammer Anish Bhatt is attracting big deals

Fine jewellery: discreet charm eases Chinese qualms

Sales lift in Asia

‘Little brand’ takes on Swiss central bank

An open letter lambasting the decision to scrap the Swiss franc’s euro cap has unexpected results

Watchfinder buoyed by free-floating franc

Strong Swiss currency encourages second-hand buys

Interview: Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani

Bulgari creative chief on the challenge of preserving the past

Student 3D-prints version of Swiss watch

Karel Bachand creates ‘tribute’ Urwerk UR-202

Interview: Jean-Claude Biver

LVMH’s watch chief on the strong franc and smartwatches

Paris Beaux-Arts to showcase jewellery

Event run by organisation behind Biennale

Fine watches for women feature feathers and lace

Rare textiles and trimmings are in demand in women’s watches

Behind the scenes at La Montre Hermès

Slim d’Hermès range is the first since watchmaker achieved vertical integration

Patek Philippe: facility to meet promise

Workshop staff will develop new watches and mend old ones

Tudor emerges from under Rolex’s wing

Brand takes steps towards establishing independence

Salerooms raise digital stakes in search for growth

Brand takes steps towards establishing its independence

1stdibs spies jewellery opportunity

Dealers seek new clientele via virtual shop window

Digital venture combines 3D printing with savoir faire

Gemmyo has jettisoned centuries of French tradition

Switched on to wearable technology

Annie Van Harlingen is bringing traditional know-how to Ringly’s high-tech jewellery

Fashion brands lead fine jewellery revolution

Entrepreneurs are carving out a niche and transforming the industry in the process

Functional, in vogue and unlikely to break the bank

Michael Kors and Coach are among a new wave of jewellery watchmakers to catch the attention of young adults

Designers flock to Prêt-à-Porter to meet demand for affordable designs

Paris in spring is a big draw for fashion fine jewellers

Japan’s young jewellers making their mark abroad

Lack of a tradition liberates designers’ sense of style

A cool head and a steady nerve amid soaring prices

Sotheby’s Lisa Hubbard talks about the thrill of a record-breaking auction

Brooch, hairpiece or pendant — the choice is yours

Bespoke brooches are in demand, while lapel pins are on trend for male formal attire

Micro-masterpieces present the biggest challenge

Today’s jewellers are taking the work of Victorian miniaturists a step further to create pieces of stunning complexity

Style-conscious men pin fashion hopes on return of tie pieces

20th-century favourites are back in vogue

Turquoise demand soars as mines close

Demand for the semi-precious rock has soared following the closure of important mines

Inspired by the Grand Bazaar, available at Harvey Nicks

‘A culture of dressing up’ lies behind Middle Eastern jewellery designs marketed internationally

Mr and Mr want to ring the changes when they marry

The legalisation of same-sex marriage in the UK is driving demand for adventurous designs