Watchmaking is a competitive arena, and brands sometimes explore new materials in order to create a buzz of attention. Here are at five of the more unusual substances used in high-end watches.
A watch made from fairydust, well almost
Based on the tear-drop shape of several of Harry Winston’s favourite gems, the Diamond Loop collection is a modern interpretation of a timeless motif.
For all watches by Swatch Group brands from Breguet and Blancpain to Longines and Tissot, the Customer Service Centre is open to watch owners as well as retailers
Some fine jewellery brands perform exceptionally well in the auction rooms
Harry Winston's glorious ascent as 'Jeweller to the Stars'
An event presenting the best of the best, in London, 27 June -3 July 2013
Areas of intricate pavé, one of the jewellery trends this summer