Watches & Jewellery


In this issue

- Movement wars: Roll-up for what may be a critical round of the Swatch ruckus
- Security of supply: Prominent brands have started buying specialist suppliers

A new frontier for big brands

The jewellery sector has always been a poor cousin to high-end watches. That might all be about to change

Movement war: Swatch hopes to call time on supply of components

Swiss industry is focused on outcome of court battle, says Haig Simonian

The Mikrotimer 1,000

The Mikrotimer: Mechanical movement with accuracy of quartz

Simon de Burton reports on the cutting edge of technical prowess


Richard Mille
Haig Simonian talks to a very patient watchmaker
George Daniels
Simon de Burton on a unique man who mastered all 34 skills
Nicholas Foulkes looks back at the man who designed AP’s Royal Oak

Diversification: Swiss agent in Asia takes on a saleroom role

Haig Simonian reports on a trading house that has branched out into auctions

Piaget: Overseas presence helps China sales

Lucie Greene takes a look at one company’s Asia strategy

Specialist acquisitions: Time to go backwards in order to go forth

Nicholas Foulkes reports on prominent brands buying up supplier companies

US retail strategies: Different ways to attract and connect

Jim Shi looks at two companies’ methods of appealing to customers

Lalique winged woman brooch

Porcelain: Heritage brands set sights on the lifestyle market

Sceptics worry that profit will trump craftsmanship, writes Claire Adler

Queen Elizabeth in 1956 wearing the Girls of Great Britain‘ tiara

The Queen’s Collection: Diamonds to die for mark Queen’s jubilee

Claire Adler considers the potential impact of an unprecedented display

Rosanne Karmes designed the script diamond pavé ‘love’

Alternative rings: Cultural shift sees many shun traditional settings

Couples choose their own way to show commitment, writes Syl Tang

Men and machines: Why would you sponsor the world’s craziest race?

Simon de Burton explains the connection between watches and fast cars

Holiday hot spots: New generation of global vacationers drives sales

So where do you go if you want to buy a watch? Insiders suggest you should think more of Bodrum, Beirut or Grand Cayman, writes Elizabeth Paton

Consumer behaviour: Top tips on sales to irrational shoppers

Claire Adler considers the implications of behavioural economics on the industry

Limited editions: Exclusive, top notch makers are on a roll

Demand for one-offs continues to exceed supply, says Jim Shi

Custom built: Something for the truly sophisticated connoisseur

Timothy Barber reports on the trend for timepieces you design yourself

Geneva sales: Big ticket items at the autumn auctions

Three houses are holding events within two days, writes Simon de Burton

Collection: Family’s obsession with Swatch adds up to a lot

Simon de Burton on a single sale of 4,363 items

Palladium: So much for heavy metal in difficult times

Syl Tang looks at a potential replacement for gold and platinum

Generation game: The hand-me-downs that a girl might want

Avril Groom considers the potential for inheritance tactics with a feminine side

Endorsement: The lessons of Tag and Tiger Woods

Elizabeth Paton on a switch in ad campaign strategies

Pink diamonds: Attempt to make the exotic more ‘everyday’

Their rarity and expense may prevent them becoming more popular, writes Syl Tang

Remakes: How to put vintage pieces back in vogue

S.J. Phillips has refashioned 20 antique pieces, says Avril Groom

Inventories: What to do with your unsold stock

Claire Adler considers the options when supply outstrips demand

The watches: Test of provenance value on ET’s ‘modest’ selection

Maria Doulton asks whether the sale of the actress’s watches will be a game changer

Art and design: What you can buy when you know the right people

Claire Adler considers a trend toward cultural crossovers

Rare Fancy Vivid Sun-drop: To go under the hammer

The Sun-drop will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in Geneva on November 15 with a pre-sale estimate of between $11m and $15m, writes Maria Doulton

Creativity: Homage to jewellery as art form

Maria Doulton reports on a show of contemporary art with a difference

Seiko: Quartz company puts more emphasis on prestige

Timothy Barber looks at the offering to mark the company’s 130th year