First Look at Watches & Jewellery ’22: The Collector's Issue
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First Look at Watches & Jewellery ’22: The Collector’s Issue

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Your sneak peek into Country & Town House’s Watches & Jewellery Collector’s Issue, edited by Avril Groom and available for subscribers from 7 October.

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Watches & Jewellery ’22: The Collector’s Issue

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Models wear Boucheron Ailleurs Cristaux pendant earrings in smoky quartz, pavéd with round and baguette diamonds in 18ct white gold. Photographer: Rachell Smith. Fashion Director: Nicole Smallwood

The 2022 edition of Country & Town House’s Watches & Jewellery special, edited by Avril Groom, is the Collector’s Issue, featuring the most covetable – and collectable – gems and timepieces to launch this year. It includes:

– The eye-catching cover shoot, realised by photographer Rachell Smith and C&TH’s Fashion Director Nicole Smallwood, bringing together the most exquisite fine jewellery to launch this year.

– The watch shoot, art directed by Ursula Lake and photographed by Matthew Shave, offers a humorous take on this season’s most exciting limited-edition watches, pairing them with other, more unexpected, collectibles.

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Rolex Air King navigator’s watch, Oystersteel, 40mm. Vintage Dinky cars, Andy Morant Toys. Photographer: Matthew Shave. Art Director: Ursula Lake

Melanie Grant brings her expertise to a fascinating feature on when fine jewellery becomes art – and why there’s no call to distinguish the two.

Simon De Burton speaks to five experts to discover the watches to invest in now – and which to avoid.

– As men’s jewellery goes from tawdry to tasteful, consider curating your own armoury, says Shane C. Kurup.

– Mary Sanderson on the new designers to add to your watch list when it comes to collecting.

Avril Groom on the uncut gems bewitching a new generation of jewellery lovers.

– All the latest news from the watch and jewellery worlds, by Tim Barber and Francesca Fearon.

– Finally, Francesca Fearon compiles four swoon-worthy shopping pages and Amy Wakeham outlines the best world and dual timers, and the small-scale watches that pack some serious mechanical movements.