From left: pieces by Farah Khan, Nirav Modi and Bao Bao Wan

Design talent harbours global ambitions

Jewellers are fusing techniques and styles from east and west – and winning customers everywhere

Destination inspiration

Rose Cottage at Dormy House
Hotels and holiday homes that are perfect for a short break from the city
The open road in southwest Iceland ©Luz Photo
Sail into deepest Myanmar or drive the route of Italy’s Mille Miglia road race: the world’s best road trips and river journeys
Joe Kidd takes his fatbike over some rocky outcrops on the Oregon coast ©Tim Neville
From a ‘fatbike’ tour of Oregon’s coast to heli-biking in New Zealand and a cycle trip through the Bhutanese Himalayas

Markets resilient beyond China

Demand in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and India has helped offset slowdown

Interview: Cindy Chao

Her extravagant jewellery is sought after by Asian collectors, but her focus is Europe and the US

Sotheby’s watch department

Auction houses target digital natives

Sophisticated watches are drawing a new generation of wealthy collectors

Traditional luxury retail cities hit by tarnished sales

Wealthy shoppers from mainland China are in search of new destinations

Superyacht spats in rougher legal waters

Public battles surge in wake of financial crisis

Patrik Hoffmann

Analysis: Kering buys Ulysse Nardin

Technical innovation explains recent acquisition

New era for Tiffany

US jeweller regards Europe as ‘land of opportunities’

detail of Louis Vuitton watch

Louis Vuitton moves fine watchmaking under one roof

Brand opens Geneva home of ‘creative independence’

Fool’s gold leads groovy 1960s revival

Modernist designs from the mid 20th-century are the new saleroom stars

Patek Philippe: discreet luxury brand with cult following

Nicholas Foulkes explains the myths and mechanisms

Salerooms gear up for Patek Philippe’s 175th

Henry Graves Complication – the most valuable watch sold at auction – under the hammer at Sotheby’s

Mozambique ruby mine boosts global supply

Gemfields rough stone auction generates $33.5m

Interview: Boucheron chief executive

Pierre Bouissou says ecommerce is on the jewellers’ agenda

Pink diamond supply dwindles

Global price push as Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine winds down

Bremont: a turbulent take-off for high flying design

Bumpy launch for ‘in-house’ model the Wright Flyer

My favourite pieces: Madeleine Albright

Former US secretary of state signalled political mood with symbolic brooches

Roger Dubuis reveals mighty ambitions

Interview: chief executive Jean-Marc Pontroué believes young brand deserves high status

Fonderie 47: the timepiece that was once a lethal weapon

Social enterprise turns guns into luxury watches

Christopher Ward: made in the UK (with Swiss help)

British watchmaker offers chronometer-certified, self-winding movement for a modest price

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