Apple Watch set for face off with Swiss

Arrival of smartwatches as a new market segment set to rock Alps

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

Versace maintains growth rate in China

Fashion house develops organically as it side steps crackdown

Burberry and Mulberry fuel luxury woes

Brands feel the effects of slowing demand from Chinese shoppers

The sailing yacht Elena in full flow
©Alexis Andrews

No ordinary sailing holiday

Even complete novices can experience some of Europe’s most celebrated regattas. Claire Wrathall joins the crew

What protest? Sotheby’s has record wine sale in HK

While some retailers suffer, Sotheby’s wine lot goes for $1.6m

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

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

Analysis: Kering buys Ulysse Nardin

Technical innovation is behind recent acquisition

New era for Tiffany

US jeweller regards Europe as ‘land of opportunities’

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

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


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