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    1. November 7, 2014

      Panerai brings manufacturing under one high-tech roof

      ‘There was a desk, a chair, and me,” says Angelo Bonati of his first days as chief executive of Officine Panerai. That was...

    2. November 7, 2014

      Richemont group plans to expand beyond China

      The Richemont group’s watch brands are continuing their Asia push with gusto – and, as the luxury market slows in China, the...

    Special Reports

    1. Business of Luxury 2012

      Tourist buyers: the Chinese pay less when they are away from home. This may lead Europ...
    2. Watches and Jewellery

      The hard luxury industry has been challenged by tumultuous events in a year it would r...
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    1. November 7, 2014

      Perfect storm closes in on luxury goods sector

      When pro-democracy demonstrators took to the streets of Hong Kong in September, the luxury industry was challenged by...

    2. November 7, 2014

      The rulebreaker at IWC on the move to go global

      In an industry renowned for cautious, reserved executives, Georges Kern is an exception. The sharp-suited, silver-tongued...

    3. October 17, 2014

      ISPs told to block fake luxury goods sales

      Online sales of counterfeit jewellery, watches and other luxury goods over certain websites will be blocked by Britain’s...

    4. October 10, 2014

      Mounting global woes weigh on luxury industry

      Downturn for luxury goods Stellar growth appears to have gone out of fashion in the luxury goods industry. After several...

    5. September 30, 2014

      Watches & Wonders: brands return to demonstrate prowess

      Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), the fair held in Geneva every January, is among the most anticipated...

    6. September 19, 2014

      China luxury: diamonds in the rough

      Diamonds are forever, and the Chinese like to plan long term. This week, De Beers said 2013 was a record year for diamond...

    7. September 17, 2014

      Richemont suffers after Asian sales flatline

      Richemont has posted its slowest start to a year since the onset of the financial crisis in 2009, as the world’s largest...

    8. September 5, 2014

      Roger Dubuis reveals mighty ambitions

      Roger Dubuis is one of the smaller watch companies in the portfolio of Richemont, the Swiss luxury goods group. But its...

    9. June 6, 2014

      Interview: Giampiero Bodino

      Behind an iron gate in Milan, almost hidden by tumbling foliage, is the home of the latest addition to the family of brands...

    10. May 16, 2014

      Richemont: luxury of time

      It’s all about comfort not speed at Richemont, the luxury watches to handbags conglomerate. As sales growth has slowed,...

    11. May 15, 2014

      Richemont sees upturn in Chinese luxury market

      Sales growth at Richemont slowed over the past 12 months as China’s authorities continued their crackdown on gifting – but...

    12. March 26, 2014

      Brand development: Founded 1860 – just in time for the 21st century

      Many established watch brands are extremely wary in the current market. Which makes Officine Panerai’s optimism about its...

    13. March 26, 2014

      Budgets are blown as luxury exhibitors beat a path to Baselworld

      The world’s largest and most costly watch and jewellery fair begins in Basel, Switzerland’s third city, on Thursday and is...

    14. March 26, 2014

      Time is a vital ingredient for New York super-chef and watch lover

      Eric Ripert’s love for beautiful, finely crafted timepieces was sparked by a Cartier Santos watch, a gift from his mother,...

    15. January 19, 2014

      Salerooms predict a vintage year for watches

      The main watch auctions staged during the past two months of 2013 reflected a collecting market in rude health. The three...

    16. January 19, 2014

      Piaget concentrates on precious jewellery market

      After a decade and a half at the helm of Piaget, Philippe Léopold-Metzger is preparing to ramp up the Swiss watchmaker’s...

    17. January 19, 2014

      IWC backs Charles Darwin Foundation’s Galápagos conservation work

      The business of expensive watches is largely about brands making handsome profits by selling well-heeled customers things...

    18. Material World

      December 16, 2013

      The next big luxury M&A targets in 2014

      Getty Images Whoopee: the very fun holiday game of “Who’s Going to Buy Who Next Year?” has officially begun with a launch...

    19. Material World

      November 20, 2013

      Why Loro Piana could be a game changer for the luxury industry

      Could Loro Piana, the Italian cashmere casual wear brand beloved by wealthy Russians, point a way forward for a renewal of...

    20. November 8, 2013

      Luxury brands follow wealthy customers

      Call it the year of transition. A slowing in the Chinese luxury goods market, returning confidence among US buyers, the...

    21. Material World

      November 8, 2013

      Richemont's fashion problem

      Getty Images The analysts are not happy. As Richemont reported earnings Chairman Yves-André Istel’s said: “No disposals are...

    22. November 8, 2013

      Richemont denial aims to quash speculation over brand sales

      Richemont’s fashion statement Richemont said it was not planning any disposals “for the foreseeable future”, in an attempt...

    23. Material World

      October 17, 2013

      No smoke without fire? Rumours of Richemont's plan to offload 'soft luxury' assets gain steam

      Speculation that Richemont is looking to offload its poor performing ‘soft luxury’ portfolio assets continues to grow apace,...

    24. October 2, 2013

      Fashion finance: Start-up funding proceeds with fits and starts

      Despite a recent explosion in third-party capital for starry fashion eventures, from the $44m garnered by Far Fetch this...

    25. September 27, 2013

      Cloud of uncertainty hangs over Richemont’s fashion brands

      When Swiss luxury conglomerate Richemont hired Marty Wikstrom as CEO of their fashion group in 2009, chieftain Johann Rupert...

    26. September 6, 2013

      South Korea leads the way in Asia for taste and sophistication

      Already a wealthy country, South Korea’s reign as the strongest of the Next Eleven grouping of future world powers is no...

    27. September 6, 2013

      Slim line: Fashion puts mechanics to an extreme test

      The move towards a more understated, discreet look has affected every element of the luxury market from apparel to holidays....

    28. June 11, 2013

      Spanish and Italian financial stocks hit by German ECB court case

      Financial stocks fell sharply on Tuesday, particularly in Italy and Spain, as the European Central Bank’s bond buying...

    29. June 8, 2013

      Internet offerings: Young designers given chance to shine on curated jewellery site

      When Natalie Massenet founded net-a-porter.com in 2000, some industry insiders doubted that women would spend money on...

    30. June 8, 2013

      World timers: Jet-set piece is also a personal statement

      Given the critically important status that wealthy tourist shoppers now hold for the watch industry, it is perhaps not...

    31. June 8, 2013

      Masterpiece: Fun of a fair pitched at lovers of life’s finest things

      Masterpiece has firmly established itself as an integral part of London’s social and cultural summer calendar. Its past...

    32. June 8, 2013

      Watches and Wonders: Show gets on the road east

      It had to happen. After all, Art Basel launched itself in Hong Kong. Now it is the turn of the Salon International de la...

    33. June 8, 2013

      Hard luxury confronts a world turned upside down

      Richemont, the conglomerate behind Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Montblanc, recently provided the clearest indication of...

    34. May 31, 2013

      Swiss watchmakers lead retreat of luxury goods sector

      European stocks had a volatile week and month, and investors rode it out by taking profits from cyclical sectors which had...

    35. May 29, 2013

      Swiss financial stocks fall on US tax fears

      Swiss financial stocks were among the biggest losers on pan-European indices on Wednesday even after the country’s...

    36. May 28, 2013

      Tiffany sales sparkle once again

      Tiffany & Co reported better than expected first-quarter earnings thanks to a leap in Asian sales, lifting the company’s...

    37. May 26, 2013

      The Week Ahead: May 27 – June 2

      Diary commentary from FT reporters; data and company announcements, unless otherwise stated, from Thomson Reuters. Company...

    38. May 16, 2013

      Richemont gains despite wider slide

      European stocks rowed back on Thursday, giving up initial gains to follow US stocks lower. Shares in Richemont , the luxury...

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