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Watchmakers Look to Women in the Middle East

Although the last few years have been challenging for the watch industry, one sector actually has shown noteworthy growth: women’s luxury timepieces in the Middle East. In 2016, the value of women’s high-end watch sales in the region increased by 9 percent year over year; in 2015, the rise was 21 percent, according to the …

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The ‘Happy Tandem’ Behind DeWitt Timepieces

Words like “heritage” and “tradition” often seem overused in the watch world, but one house that can justly lay claim to illustrious ancestors is the Geneva watchmaker DeWitt. The house was established in 2003 by Jérôme de Witt, a fifth-generation descendant of Napoleon Bonaparte, and whose forefathers also include King Léopold II of Belgium and …

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Maximum Sparkle, With No Apologies

LONDON — Modest minimalism might be the prevailing trend in haute horology, but at least one company didn’t get the memo. Backes & Strauss has a reputation for unapologetically bold diamond-set timepieces — and there is no plan to change course, the company’s chief executive, Vartkess Knadjian, said. That determination was evident as the house …

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From Vacheron Constantin and Hodinkee, a (Very) Limited Edition

The cocktail napkins provided a clue to the event: They were emblazoned with the Maltese cross, the logo of Vacheron Constantin. The occasion, on Feb. 7 in New York, was the unveiling of a partnership between the Swiss watchmaker and the online watch site Hodinkee: the Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 Limited Edition …

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As Alexandra Shulman Departs, Who’s Next at British Vogue?

Last month, Alexandra Shulman, 59, editor in chief of British Vogue and architect of the magazine’s glittering centenary celebrations last year, shocked the fashion world by announcing that she was stepping down after 25 years. The news broke during Paris couture week — when hundreds of industry insiders sit next to one another for hours …

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How Kevin Durant Became Silicon Valley’s Hottest Start-up

SAN FRANCISCO — Until last summer, Kevin Durant was certainly famous, but maybe not famous enough. Here was a perennial N.B.A. All-Star and former most valuable player who had been ranked No. 4 on GQ’s list of the most stylish players in N.B.A. history. He had a reported $300 million endorsement deal with Nike, and …

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Future Tense: The Culture of Nastiness

Future Tense By TEDDY WAYNE Perhaps the most memorable line from last year’s presidential debates was Donald J. Trump’s characterization of Hillary Clinton after she alluded to his tax issues. “Such a nasty woman” immediately entered the national lexicon, inspiring feminist Halloween costumes, T-shirts and sundry other merchandise. Liberals seized on Mr. Trump’s comment not …

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Red Carpet Watch: Nicole Kidman’s Strategy: Never Play It Safe

Peruse any list of best red carpet dresses of all time, and you’ll certainly find Nicole Kidman on it. Her 1997 chartreuse gown by John Galliano for Christian Dior was a head-turner. With its Asian-inspired floral embroidery and fur-trimmed side slit, there was nothing like it at the Oscars. Two decades later, Ms. Kidman, 49, …

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