LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS, Switzerland — Standing in front of a wide window with views over a green valley dotted with buildings and houses, one of Cartier’s marquetry artists gently tapped his foot on the wooden power pedal of a custom-made crossbow saw. Read more

adoptionIF YOU ARE an American who has contemplated adopting, don’t fret just because you’re currently living overseas. For expat Americans interested in starting or adding to a family, adopting—whether from the country you are living in, from the U.S. or from a third country—is definitely still possible.

“We tell people, you do it one step at a time, but then you always have a few more steps being a foreigner living overseas—whether it’s your taxes to going back home to visit family,” says Carol Albers, the founder of Adopt Abroad, a nonprofit agency that helps American expats with adoptions. “It is a little more complicated but obviously in the end it works and is worth doing.” Read more

expat

LONDON–Over the years I have found it problematic to call myself an expat. And I really got to thinking about it after a recent article in the Guardian newspaper brought up the question of who is an expat and who is an immigrant. But the story didn’t answer for me the question I’m constantly struggling with: “Does the word expat define me?” I don’t think so. Read more

Kate Middleton wearing pink walking for cameras

LONDON–It was a quiet Sunday outside the Lindo Wing entrance of St. Mary’s Hospital in London: The press pens were empty and there was no sign of royal watchers, ready to cheer on an impending royal birth. Read more

Stainless steel Tag Heuer watch

LONDON — When Kate Collins was looking for a combination 18th birthday and high school graduation present for her eldest son, Will, time was of the essence.

She wanted a milestone gift, something he would always remember receiving at a pivotal time in his life, as he was leaving home in London to begin his studies at Harvard University.

She decided on a watch, something that was cool as well as practical, that he could have and use all his life. After some initial searching online, Ms. Collins, an American mother of four based in London, decided on a stainless steel Tag Heuer. She said it was not inexpensive, but she was drawn to the watch because it was not flashy, was a practical timepiece and could even be worn when swimming. Read more