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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  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

    It is no surprise that as members of the industry gather in Switzerland at the annual ...
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  1. 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,...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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,...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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....

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. May 16, 2013

    Richemont: clocking off

    One wonders whether Richemont chairman Johann Rupert will go backpacking around south east Asia, attend a full moon party...

  27. May 16, 2013

    Richemont head Rupert to take a year off

    Richemont’s chairman and founder, Johann Rupert, is to take a 12-month sabbatical from the Swiss luxury goods company that...

  28. Material World

    May 16, 2013

    The way to win with fashion reality TV

    Getty Images The announcement that came along with Richemont’s 2012 annual results that chairman Johan Rupert (left), is...

  29. FT Alphaville

    May 16, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE The short arm of the SEC: So, there was evidence this week that the US authorities...

  30. May 15, 2013

    China agrees free trade deal with Switzerland

    China has agreed the technical details of a free-trade agreement with Switzerland, and the deal is likely to be signed in...

  31. April 25, 2013

    Retail: Multibrand store opens its doors in the City of Light

    Earlier this month the first customers crossed the threshold of a new retail venture in Paris: a multibrand watch and...

  32. April 25, 2013

    SIHH assessment: ‘Shaky momentum’ as industry faces some difficult realities

    It has now been three months since the curtain fell on the 2013 edition of Le Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie...

  33. April 25, 2013

    Watch industry faces ‘unpredictable’ future

    After three years of relentless growth, the path the Swiss watch industry will follow in 2013 is less clearly signposted....

  34. April 23, 2013

    Coach: worth holding

    Coach had been looking a bit worn and faded. At the start of the year, the US handbag maker posted a rare sales decline in...

  35. April 23, 2013

    Kone lifted by Asia and North America

    A bullish outlook from Kone, bolstered by “exceptionally strong” growth in Asia and North America, prompted investors to buy...

  36. April 23, 2013

    Richemont’s annual profits set to soar

    Richemont, the Swiss luxury group, said that it expects its annual net profits to rise about 30 per cent, countering...

  37. March 21, 2013

    Sharp declines for Swedish lenders

    European markets swung into negative territory on Thursday as key eurozone manufacturing data for March triggered fresh...

  38. January 25, 2013

    Novozymes enjoys strong week of gains

    Novozymes, the industrial enzymes maker, put in a strong performance after reporting forecast-beating fourth-quarter profit...

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