Right on time

Beware being fashionably late or you may start losing your invitations

A restored Perrin Frères pocket watch that began Michel Parmigiani’s career

The art of restoration

Luxury watch restorers have moved into creating their own high-end models

How to buy pre-owned watches

The timepiece market is booming… here’s how to find a bargain that will hold its value

The Wish List

Exclusive timepieces

This car will accelerate your social advancement

The Range Rover Sport manoeuvres with the grace of a gazelle

What went wrong with the Brooks Brothers shirt?

The classic button-down is no more – unless you know where to look

The Wish List

Above: 1 Shard gold and garnet cuff, £7,500, Annoushka, 2 D’amour diamond bracelet, from £27,000, Cartier, 3 Paloma Picasso Olive…

Property: town mouse or country house?

What you could buy in London – and elsewhere for the same price

Interview: Paddington Bear on immigration and buns

From deepest darkest Peru to Elstree Studios: Olivia Cole talks to Paddington Bear

A toast to grape Britain

A Prosecco shortage? Maybe try Grape Britain.

A young family plan their time in Margate, 1955

Return to Dreamland

How Margate got it’s groove back

Let’s build bridges

Give Thomas Heatherwick £175m and he’ll turn London into Venice.

Snap election

Andrew Parsons’ behind the election curtains.

A Frank Gehry building at Paddy McKillen’s architectural theme park in Provence

The house collectors

Gathering bricks and mortar, rather than oil and canvas.

Buck fizz

Surely it should be OK to dislike Champagne?

Snobbery with violence

The ginger-haired man in the three-piece suit had been standing at the bar all night, ordering gin and tonics in a proprietorial…

From Fettes with love

Ian Fleming went to Eton in the autumn of 1921 and left, aged 17, in 1926 for a crammer in…

Screen princess

Sarah Gadon has been in no fewer than three David Cronenberg films. She was cast in A Dangerous Method, his…

To write a bestseller I had to become a woman

It’s remarkable the efforts some authors will make in order to achieve literary fame. Take the American writer James Frey.…

Glass distinction

Was it the Russians? The Saudis? Or Elton John, who once received a florist’s bill for £293,000? Someone’s to blame…

Dahlia’s design for a plane bed

Wings of desire

When Lewis Carroll created Alice’s wonderland, he sent his diminutive heroine down rabbit holes and through looking glasses and in…

Turn on, tune in, cash out

I’m what you call a Sixties person. I still believe in sex and drugs and rock ’n’ roll, and radical…

The Wish List

Above. Clockwise from left: Sea urchin spine necklace, £525, Patrick Mavros; Daisy Tryst ring, £21,500, Theo Fennell; Chrysoprase Amulette de Cartier,…