Tips from an expert – how to spot a watch forgery

In 2013, the counterfeit goods trade was valued at a staggering USD $461 billion with watches among the most commonly forged goods. With the advent of ‘super-fake’ watches making it harder than ever to identify phony timepieces – we speak to award-winning watchmaker, Robert Loomes, for his advice on how to spot a real from a fake.

Identifying fake jewels and fraudulent jewellery

Once upon a time, diamonds were a girl’s best friend. Nowadays, it’s coloured stones like rubies, sapphires and emeralds that compete for her affections. As more diverse jewels and jewellery become popular, the opportunities for fakes and frauds to pass unnoticed into the market grows. We speak to John C Benjamin, independent jewellery valuer, lecturer and jewellery historian, for his advice on how to make sure you’re buying the real deal.

What’s rarer than a diamond?

Jewellery designers are looking beyond traditional gems to create one-of-a-kind pieces whose value can lie beyond the raw material. Telegraph Luxury’s Sarah Royce-Greensill finds the desirable in the obscure.

Anything but round: a history of Cartier watches

As an exhibition celebrates the elegant, unique work of Cartier, Tim Barber salutes the makers of the first watch designed specifically for the wrist and whose creations found their way onto Warhol’s wrist

Hidden depths: what goes into a diving watch

With two new versions of the iconic Rolex Sea-Dweller and the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms now available, Tim Barber considers the technology that makes diving watches so tough and the style that makes them so recognisable

Understanding the role of the art consultant

What constitutes a great work of art may be a simple matter of taste but the decision to buy a piece can be a little more complicated. Whitney Hintz, Curator of Hiscox’s art collection, deciphers the role and responsibilities of the art consultant