HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair and Salon de TE open today

HONG KONG, Sep 8, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – The special edition of the 40th HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair and ninth Salon de TE, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries Ltd, officially open today, bringing together more than 160 exhibitors. The physical fairs run from 8 to 12 September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), while the online version runs until 19 September, providing continued sourcing opportunities through both physical and online formats.


Officiating at today's opening of the 40th HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair and ninth Salon de TE

Sponsored by Prince Jewellery & Watch for the 11th consecutive year, World Brand Piazza presents 12 renowned international brands including spectacular pieces from Piaget and Jacob & Co.

A series of public activities including watch parades, "Watch X Fashion" parades and product launches are being held throughout the fair period with models showcasing the latest designs.


The five-day fairs are open to the general public for the first time, offering visitors the opportunity to appreciate precious timepieces and shop for watches at discounted prices. Organised by the HKTDC, Asia's premier fashion event CENTRESTAGE runs from 10 to 12 September at the HKCEC, presenting designer brands from around the world. The concurrent fairs create synergies and new business opportunities for participants from both the watch and fashion industries.

World Brand Piazza features exquisite international brands

Showcasing quality watches of different designs, Salon de TE comprises various thematic zones including World Brand Piazza, Craft Treasure, Chic & Trendy and Renaissance Moment. Sponsored by Prince Jewellery & Watch for the 11th consecutive year, World Brand Piazza presents 12 renowned international brands, including Blancpain, Breguet, Chopard, CORUM, FRANCK MULLER, Glashutte Original, Jacob & Co, Jaquet Droz, Juvenia, PARMIGIANI FLEURIER, Piaget and SARCAR Geneve.

A broad range of timepieces are under the spotlight, including the following:

Masterpieces showcase exquisite micro-engraving skills

– Memorigin highlights the Six Steeds in the Tang Dynasty tourbillon watch, its first manual-winding watch that possesses a central tourbillon with free sprung balances. Each piece involves 260 hours of craftsmanship to showcase the Yangtze River, Yellow River, mountains and 18k galloping gold horses on the 42mm-diameter watch. (Booth: 1D-A20)

– ANPASSA presents its Racing Tourbillon RXD31MCS with an 18k gold micro-engraved golden dragon featured on the tourbillon movement. The titanium case is set with rainbow-coloured gemstones, showcasing the talent of the watchmaker in creating three-dimensional visual art. (Booth: 1D-A17)

Sparkling designs grab attention

– Fouette presents the Le Petit Prince L'Etoile, which is produced in a limited quantity of just 100 pieces. The watch features 76 pieces of cubic zirconia on the bezel and eight pieces on the L'Etoile dial. It also includes a Le Petit Prince figurine in 925 sterling silver with luminous stars and hands – features that are all highly attractive to fans of the Little Prince. (Booth: 1D-B05)

– The Temporis "My" collection, inspired by the 12 zodiac constellations, has the watch case, bezel and crown set with 350 sparkling stones. The highlight of the piece is the constellation symbol rendered in black sparkling stones that provide a strong contrast to the silvery white background. (Booth: 1D-B07)

Artistic designs on trend

– The MONA LISA, Da Vinci @ Traveling Muzeum Collection Watch was designed by renowned fashion designer Vivienne Tam, and engineered by eminent scientist James Wong. The dial is decorated with 29 pieces of genuine topaz and features a crown set with valuable alexandrite. The watch, which also features a high-quality, shock-tolerant 316 S/S Swiss movement, is available for sale in a limited edition of 1,680 pieces. (Booth: 1D-B01)

– The Roulette Master Skeleton automatic model by Romago has a transparent case back showcasing an open-worked rotor. The watch is water resistant up to 50m. (Booth: 1D-B09)

Classic and trendy must-haves

– The Iza Collection C174RRD from Swiss brand COINWATCH showcases a stainless-steel case with 16 diamonds and a rose gold PVD bezel. The piece also features an interchangeable double-wrap leather strap. (Booth: 1D-A09)

– Empire Watch brings back a classic with a modern twist, featuring a metallic blue colour and a minimalist dial design. This quartz analogue watch is made from stainless steel with a mesh band safety lock, sapphire glass and a Japanese movement. (Booth: 1E-C35)

The Watch & Clock Fair also showcases parts and components. For example, the Japanese watch movement MIYOTA is introducing the Caliber 9029 at the fair, a new calibre that meets the latest trend for slimmer watch designs using its two-hand Premium Automatic movement. Other zones showcase complete watches, clocks, packaging and trade services.

Events, lucky draws and attractive shopping offers for public visitors

Various public activities are being held during the fairs including watch parades, "Watch X Fashion" parades and product launches, with the participation of local celebrities such as Cheung Tat-ming, Nelson Cheung, Derek Wong, Lilian Kan and Chan Wing-luk. Lucky draws will be organised during the fairs with prizes such as a tourbillon watch valued at HK$28,000, a one-carat moissanite diamond ring, jewellery pieces, fashion items and more. Visitors can also participate in Smart Bidding to bid for watches starting at 10% of the original price, including a tourbillon watch valued at HK$47,000. Visitors can download electronic coupons (https://bit.ly/2W7eWU7) to enjoy discounts of up to 40% when buying watches at the fairs. In addition, key opinion leaders are conducting livestreaming shows during the fairs to introduce selected watches at the onsite studio.

A watch craftsmanship workshop with the theme "Reminisce and Inherit: Locally-Made Tourbillion Demonstration" (12 September) will feature local watchmakers introducing Hong Kong-made tourbillons and demonstrating aspects of the manufacturing process. Visitors can take this chance to get a deeper understanding of the art of watchmaking.

Industry experts offer valuable insights on market prospects and trends

Industry participants should not miss a series of forums and seminars that provide first-hand market information and insights into the latest business trends. A seminar titled "Global Luxury Watch Investment and Market Outlook in Mainland China" (10 September) will invite John Ng, Horologer of Montres S.A. and known as the only Asian disciple of master horologer Philippe Dufour, Ho Sai-chu, Chairman of Chih Lo Lou Art Promotion (Non-Profit Making) Ltd, and watch experts and consultants from renowned auction houses such as Sotheby's, Christie's and Phillips to share insights into global and Mainland Chinese luxury watch investment, the role of the younger generation in the watch industry and the watch industry outlook in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong International Watch Forum, broadcast online on 6 September, featured sharings by representatives of watch associations from Mainland China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and Switzerland. In addition to the latest market insights, participants discussed the future direction for development in the global watch manufacturing sector. Video playback is available for viewing on the fair website. Under the theme "Redesigning the Future of Luxury Watches", the Asian Watch Conference (9 September) will invite a representative from iClick Interactive to share her views on online and offline marketing strategies for luxury watch brands in the mainland, while Dayton Industrial's representative will offer insights into the latest developments of the watch industry. Louis Chan, Principal Economist (Global Research) from HKTDC Research, will share future markets insights for the watch industry.

Click2Match enables business matching

The HKTDC has mobilised its network of 50 offices worldwide to invite overseas buyers to connect and maintain contact with exhibitors through video conferencing. The AI-powered online business matching platform Click2Match helps to bring exhibitors together with the most suitable buyers. Participants can also take advantage of functions such as a meeting planner, live chat and e-business card exchange, helping them to overcome barriers and build business connections around the world.

Design competition to promote local creativity

To nurture budding local designers, the HKTDC joined together with the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd to organise the 38th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Competition. The theme of the Open Group was "Minimalism" and the winning design, "SPACE BAR" by Tam Kwok-tung, presents an empty transparent container in which the hands are hidden under the wheels. The student group's theme was "Live Fully" and the first prize went to Yip Tsz-yan from the Hong Kong Design Institute for her "Insight" design, which took inspiration from the optical arts. The winning and finalist entries from the competition are on display at Hall 1D Concourse during the fair, showcasing the best of Hong Kong's creativity to buyers and the public.

Websites:
– Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair: https://hkwatchfair.hktdc.com
– Salon de TE: https://hkwatchfair.hktdc.com/te
– Photo download: https://bit.ly/3l3krM0

About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn

Media enquiries:
HKTDC's Communications & Public Affairs Department
Janet Chan, Tel: +852 2584 4369, Email: janet.ch.chan@hktdc.org
Angel Tang, Tel: +852 2584 4544, Email: angel.hc.tang@hktdc.org

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Strong Mainland China demand boosts Swiss watch industry

HONG KONG, Sep 7, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries, the special edition of the 40th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair and the ninth Salon de TE begin tomorrow at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. To help industry participants grasp the latest market information and trends and formulate strategies for post-pandemic growth, the three organisations hosted the Hong Kong International Watch Forum on 30 August. The forum invited watch association representatives from Mainland China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and Switzerland to share on the watch industry's current trade performance in the region and offer perspectives that can help the global watchmaking industry continue to move forward.


Daniel Tsai, Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd (centre), with Student Group merit award winners Chan Yin-kei (R), Lau Ka-ki and Ho Wing-kiu; champion Yip Tsz-yan; and first runner-up Ho See-long (L)

"Insight", the creation of Student Group champion Yip Tsz-yan

The "Global Luxury Watch Investment and Market Outlook in Mainland China" forum on 10 September will feature insights from John Ng, Horologer of Montres S.A.


Swiss representative – US demand has also rebounded

Even though the pandemic has battered the global economy and posed significant challenges for the watch and clock industry, the speakers' view was that markets are steadily recovering. They noted that imports, exports, production volumes and profits have all rebounded from the depths of 2020, although still remain shy of 2019 levels.

Thierry Dubois, the representative from Switzerland's Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH, explained that Swiss watch exports during the first six months of 2021 have improved year-on-year. In 2020, the country's total exports dropped 21.7% compared to the previous year. However, the total export value remained on a par with that of 2019, dipping only 0.5% to 10.6 billion Swiss francs. This was thanks to the Mainland China market, which has seen a surge in demand for luxury Swiss watches since last summer. Demand from the US also began picking up from March this year, which was sooner than the Swiss watch industry anticipated.

Mr Dubois pointed out that Asia now represents the largest market overall for Swiss watch exports, with Mainland China being the leading market, followed by the US, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. He foresees that by 2025, the mainland's consumption will pull further ahead and account for 46-48% of all luxury watch purchases.

He added that the pandemic has created new consumer habits, with prolonged lockdowns giving consumers more time to reflect on their watch purchases and make new discoveries. "We have observed that online sales quickly replaced physical sales, as shops had to close during the lockdowns. In 2019, online sales represented 10-15% of total sales of luxury products. We expect this will rise to 30% by 2025. At the same time, the importance of social media for communication, interaction and sales has continued to grow. Livestreaming has exploded, and the trend is particularly visible in Asia. With the increase in e-commerce, the demand for efficient logistics and delivery has also climbed, because today's online shoppers expect swift product deliveries once they have placed an order," said Mr Dubois. He remarked that there has also been a notable increase in the demand for "pre-owned" watches – or watches that have been possessed by someone else – which is expected to rise by 15-20% within four years.

German representative – physical stores remain attractive

Guido Grohmann, the representative from Germany's Federal Associations of Jewellery, Watches, Silverware and Supplying Industry e.V. (BVSU), said the country's exports of watches, clocks and parts saw a significant year-on-year decline of 14.1% in 2020, including falls of 7.5% in the European Union (EU) and 16.4% in Asia. The situation was largely echoed in imports. In 2020, German imports of watches, clocks and parts fell 6.2% compared to the previous year, with the biggest decline registered in Asia, at 8.7%. Despite this, imports from the EU rose 28.5%, with logistics operating more smoothly among EU countries. In 2021, both exports and imports continued to strengthen during the first five months with imports faring even better than the same period in 2019.

While e-commerce continues to gain popularity, Mr Grohmann said that offline stores are still maintaining their attractiveness. He remarked that even though lower-priced products were sold online during the pandemic, consumers still preferred going to stores to buy high-end products as it allows them to try out the luxury goods. As for logistics, he noted, "The COVID crisis has reflected that we still have huge problems within the supply chain, especially in shipping parts. Industries are looking into reinventing local suppliers in Europe to attain a more secure supply chain. It would be much better if the world's governments [could] focus on how to re-enact the fast and solid supply chain that we used to have. From the watch industry's perspective, we have to discuss this on a global level. It is difficult, but it can be solved."

The Hong Kong International Watch Forum was held as a webinar on 6 September. A replay will soon be available on the Watch & Clock Fair website.

Hong Kong Watch & Clock Competition identifies local design talent

To raise the design standards of the Hong Kong watch industry, nurture local designers and inject new impetus into the industry, the HKTDC collaborated with the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd to organise the 38th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Competition. This year's competition was once again divided into the Open Group and the Student Group, adopting the themes of "Minimalism" and "Live Fully" respectively. About 90 high-quality entries were received, from which a panel of 10 judges from various sectors selected the winning entries.

The results of the competition have been announced and the champion in the Open Group was Tam Kwok-tung for his design titled "SPACE_BAR". Housed in a transparent container, the design beautifully encapsulates the simplicity of the watch's movements. The first runner-up prize was claimed by the Ballerina Watch Company Limited and its design "Singing Bowl". The design forgoes a traditional watch crown to accentuate the unified and symmetrical watch case design. Second runner-up was Wong Ting-bong for his design "D012". The unique open design of the minute dial is topped with a linear second hand, which perfectly represents the concept of points, lines and surfaces as the hands move.

In the Student Group, the Hong Kong Design Institute's Yip Tsz-yan was crowned champion for her design "Insight". Her watch's bezel and glass are made with a diamond-cut design, and the case-back contains fancy glass that refracts light and reflects colours. Ho See-long from the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong claimed first runner-up with her design titled "Serendipity". The design reflects the idea that the happiness and fortune people seek may already be surrounding them and that every trivial matter in daily life can be a miracle. The second runner-up prize was taken by another Hong Kong Design Institute student, Pui Hong-yiu, whose design "Expedition" drew inspiration from the film Around the World in 80 Days. The watch's oversized design symbolises the confidence and motivation for taking an expedition, while the mini globes on the face can display the wearer's location.

The champions of the Open Group and Student Group will be sponsored to attend the INHORGENTA MUNICH 2022 trade fair in Germany. All the winning and finalist entries will also be displayed during the Watch & Clock Fair to showcase Hong Kong's design prowess to global industry participants and the general public.

Renowned watchmaker shares tips on luxury watch investment in Mainland China

In addition to the above events, the annual Asian Watch Conference will be held on 9 September during the Watch & Clock Fair. With the theme, "Redesigning the Future of Luxury Watches", experts will look at the future for the luxury watch sector from the perspective of product design trends and marketing strategies, helping watchmakers and manufacturers to be more future-ready. Trade professionals interested in attending the conference can register at the event website. https://tinyurl.com/crnrkc2r

Meanwhile, a sharing session titled "Global Luxury Watch Investment and Market Outlook in Mainland China" will be held on the afternoon of 10 September. John Ng, Horologer of Montres S.A., who is known as the only Asian disciple of master watchmaker Philippe Dufour, will be joined by Ho Sai-chu, Chairman of Chih Lo Lou Art Promotion (Non-Profit Making) Ltd, as well as three auction house representatives: Cissy Ngan, Associate Vice President and Specialist at Christie's, Mary Lee, Consultant at Sotheby's and Jill Chen, Head of Watches, Hong Kong at Phillips. They will discuss global luxury watch investment and share insights on watch collecting, the prospects for watch investment in Mainland China, the role of young people in the watch industry, and the industry's outlook in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Interested trade professionals can register here. https://tinyurl.com/crnrkc2r

The 40th HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair and the ninth Salon de TE both begin tomorrow. The physical fairs will run from 8 to 12 September at the HKCEC, while the online version will run until 19 September. The hybrid format will help global watch traders explore more business opportunities. The five-day fairs at the HKCEC will open to industry buyers and, for the first time, also to the general public, offering local watch lovers the opportunity to shop for precious timepieces.

Fair websites
– Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair: https://hkwatchfair.hktdc.com
– Salon de TE: https://hkwatchfair.hktdc.com/te
– Photo download: https://bit.ly/3zH79e9

About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn

Media enquiries:
HKTDC's Communications & Public Affairs Department
Janet Chan, Tel: +852 2584 4369, Email: janet.ch.chan@hktdc.org
Angel Tang, Tel: +852 2584 4544, Email: angel.hc.tang@hktdc.org

Copyright 2021 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. http://www.acnnewswire.com

HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair and Salon de TE open in September

HONG KONG, Aug 25, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – The special edition of the 40th HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair and ninth Salon de TE, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association and The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries, return next month. The fairs will run in physical and online formats for the first time. The physical fairs run from 8 to 12 September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), while the online version will run until 19 September, helping global watch traders to explore business opportunities through both physical and online formats. The five-day fairs at the HKCEC will be open to industry buyers and, for the first time, to the general public, offering local watch lovers the opportunity to shop for precious timepieces.


Benjamin Chau, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director, Philip Lau, Co-chairman, HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair Organising Committee 2021 (L) and Daisy Mok, Co-chairman, HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair Organising Committee 2021 (R)

Models at the press conference showcase selected timepieces, including winning timepieces from the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition

The results of the 38th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition were announced at the press conference. Gary Lau (Second from left), President of the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd, is pictured with winners in the Open Group.


Exports recovery is seen with optimistic prospect of watch & clock industry

The Watch & Clock Fair has long been regarded as an effective business platform for manufacturers and buyers, while Salon de TE introduces some of the best-known branded watches. The fairs are bringing together over 150 exhibitors, showcasing a wide array of watches from high-end designs to trendy day-wear watches.

Benjamin Chau, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director, said: "Hong Kong's total exports of watches and clocks were valued at HK$27.8 billion from January to June this year, representing a year-on-year growth of 45.4%. The export index for timepieces was 21.6 for the third quarter of 2020 but had rebounded to 44.6 for the second quarter of this year, indicating that watch exporters are now more optimistic about the industry outlook. This year's fairs will give exhibitors and buyers the chance to explore more business opportunities through the physical fairs and online platform. What's more, Asia's fashion spotlight, CENTRESTAGE will be held concurrently from 10 to 12 September, enabling visitors to see the latest collections from more than 240 watch and fashion brands."

International exquisite brands featured at World Brand Piazza

The Salon de TE will feature a series of top-tier international designer brands. Sponsored by Prince Jewellery & Watch for the 11th consecutive year, the World Brand Piazza will present 12 renowned international brands, including Blancpain, Breguet, Chopard, CORUM, FRANCK MULLER, Glashutte Original, Jacob & Co, Jaquet Droz, Juvenia, PARMIGIANI FLEURIER, Piaget and SARCAR Geneve.

Wide array of luxury and fashion watches in different product zones

Showcasing watches of different designs, the Salon de TE will comprise various thematic zones including Craft Treasure, Chic & Trendy and Renaissance Moment. The Craft Treasure zone will feature high-end functional mechanical watches and jewellery watches. Among them is the Six Steeds in the Tang Dynasty from Hong Kong brand Memorigin – the company's first manual-winding watch with a central tourbillon and free sprung balances. The watch features the stunning scenery of the Yangtze River, Yellow River, China's famous sacred mountains and a vivid 18K golden horse sculpture, showcasing exquisite micro-engraving skills requiring 260 hours of intricate craftsmanship. This artistic timepiece is a collectable item for watch lovers.

The Chic & Trendy zone highlights a series of fashionable watch brands, including a solar-powered watch from Belgium brand Ice-Watch. Users simply need to expose it to natural or artificial light to operate without the need to change the battery, making it easy to use and eco-friendly. The Roulette Master Skeleton Automatic from Swiss brand Romago features a dial with a roulette design and a transparent case back exposing the open-worked rotor through the sapphire-crystal. This is a watch with inner and outer beauty, which has water resistance up to 50 metres.

A series of classic and elegant watches are showcased in the Renaissance Moment zone. The Iza Collection from Swiss brand COINWATCH is an elegant lady's watch with 16 diamonds and a rose gold bezel, complemented by stylish double-wrap leather straps. Many more international famous brands are featured in this zone, including DOXA, Leonard Montres and more. In addition, visitors can visit the Pageant of Eternity, which is a premium zone for original equipment manufacturing (OEM) and original design manufacturing (ODM) high-end watches.

Click2Match enables business matching, seminars offer business insights

The HKTDC has mobilised its network of 50 offices worldwide to invite overseas buyers to connect and maintain contact with exhibitors through video conferencing. The AI-powered online business matching platform, Click2Match will help to bring exhibitors together with the most suitable buyers. Participants can also use the tool to enjoy functions such as a meeting planner, live chat and e-business card exchange, helping them to overcome barriers and build business connections around the world.

Industry participants are also invited to join a series of forums and seminars that will provide first-hand market information and insights into the latest business trends. The Hong Kong International Watch Forum will be broadcast online on 6 September, featuring sharing from representatives of watch associations from Mainland China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and Switzerland. They will share the latest market insights and discuss the future direction for development in the global watch manufacturing sector. Under the theme "Redesigning the Future of Luxury Watches", the Asian Watch Conference (9 September) will invite representative from iClick Interactive to share her views on online and offline marketing strategies for luxury watch brands in the mainland, while Dayton Industrial representative will offer insights into the latest developments in the watch industry.

Events, lucky draws and attractive shopping offers for public visitors

A selection of public activities will be held during the fairs including watch parades, "Watch X CENTRESTAGE" crossover parade and product launches, with the participation of local celebrities such as Cheung Tat-ming, Nelson Cheung and Chan Wing-luk. There will also be watch craftsmanship demonstrations and introductions to valuable collections, helping the public to get a deeper understanding of the art of watchmaking.

Lucky draws will be held during the fairs with prizes such as trendy watches, jewellery pieces, fashion items and more. Visitors can also participate in the Smart Bidding Game to bid for their favourite watches starting at low prices. Public visitors can download electronic coupons ( https://bit.ly/2W7eWU7 ) to enjoy discounts of up to 40% when buying watches. In addition, key opinion leaders will conduct livestreaming shows during the fairs to introduce selected watches at the onsite studio.

Design competition to promote local creativity

To raise design standards for the Hong Kong watch industry and nurture budding local designers, the HKTDC has joined together with the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd to jointly-organise the 38th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Competition. This year's competition was divided into two categories – the Open Group and Student Group – under the respective themes of "Minimalism" and "Live Fully". The creations of the competition winners and finalists will be on display throughout the Watch & Clock Fair to showcase the best of Hong Kong's creativity to visitors.

Organised by the HKTDC, CENTRESTAGE, Asia's premier fashion event will be held from 10 to 12 September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), featuring designer brands from around the world. The concurrent fairs will create synergies and new business opportunities for both industries.

Export performance for Hong Kong watches and clocks
– 2020 (total value): HK$46.4 billion
– YoY change: -27.8%
– Jan-June 2021 (total value): HK$27.8 billion
– YoY change: +45.4%

Websites:
– Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair: https://hkwatchfair.hktdc.com
– Salon de TE: https://hkwatchfair.hktdc.com/te
– Photo download: https://bit.ly/3zibQuX

About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn

Media enquiries:
HKTDC's Communications & Public Affairs Department
Janet Chan, Tel: +852 2584 4369, Email: janet.ch.chan@hktdc.org
Angel Tang, Tel: +852 2584 4544, Email: angel.hc.tang@hktdc.org

Copyright 2021 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. http://www.acnnewswire.com

HKTDC twin jewellery shows conclude today

HONG KONG, Jul 29, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – The 37th HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show and 7th HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), concluded today. In addition to trade buyers, the twin shows were also open to jewellery-loving public visitors for the first time this year. The five-day shows attracted more than 13,700 industry buyers and over 17,000 public visitors who came to explore and purchase a wide array of jewellery products. The twin shows also run online until 5 August to enable global jewellers and traders to engage in business talks via video conferencing, with more than 1,200 online meetings between exhibitors and buyers arranged. As of 29 July, the online edition of the shows recorded some 2,500 buyers exploring products and conducting business discussions online.


The physical editions of the 37th HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show, 7th HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show and the HKTDC International Sourcing Show all drew to a successful close today.

For the first time, this year's jewellery shows were open to the jewellery-loving public who came to purchase quality jewellery products at competitive prices.

Jewellery parades displayed new and unique jewellery designs.


Recovering purchasing power creates new opportunities

With the pandemic changing the global economy and international travel restrictions disrupting regular business travel, enterprises are looking to conduct cross-border business through both online and physical channels. Benjamin Chau, Acting Executive Director of the HKTDC, said: "An independent survey conducted on-site found that 44% of the interviewed exhibitors and buyers considered business travel restrictions during the pandemic as the biggest current challenge. On a more positive note, 31% and 19% of respondents respectively believed that the recovering purchasing power of customers and business leads driven by e-tailing would be the main source of new business opportunities this year."

Mr Chau continued: "The HKTDC is adopting a strategy that clearly aligns with the survey results. Addressing both exhibitors' needs and market trends, we made a swift decision to open the twin shows to public visitors for the first time. This has enabled exhibitors to reach out to more retail clients and broaden their customer base. Also, the fact that the two shows run in a unique physical and online format for the first time has helped to create more business opportunities for traders."

During the shows, the HKTDC conducted an on-site survey in which more than 800 exhibitors and buyers were interviewed. The survey found that buyers and exhibitors remain cautious regarding the market outlook, with 54% of respondents expecting overall sales to decrease this year and only 29% expected sales to remain unchanged. In terms of sourcing prices and production costs, 45% of respondents said they were under more pressure. Despite this, more than half of them (54%) expected that retail prices will remain unchanged.

Diamond jewellery items were the most popular products purchased at the shows

Regarding the growth prospects for jewellery products in major countries and regions over the next two years, respondents considered that North America (41%), Western Europe (33%) and Hong Kong (31%) were the most promising traditional markets, while Mainland China was considered by 51% as the most promising emerging market. Hong Kong was recognised by interviewed buyers as an ideal sourcing hub, with quality (75%), use of material (73%) and services (71%) being the three most appreciated aspects.

In terms of popular product categories, the survey found that nearly half (49%) of the respondents favoured karat-white gold, followed by karat-rose gold (42%) and karat-yellow gold (38%). Diamonds remained the most popular (54%) among all gemstones.

Half of the respondents expected trendy fashion jewellery to have the greatest market potential. The survey also found that 28% of public visitors interviewed had spent more than HK$10,000 each on-site and that diamond jewellery items were the most popular products (51%) purchased at the shows.

Exhibitors value jewellery shows as effective business platforms

The twin shows were the first two physical trade fairs staged by the HKTDC since the pandemic began, creating business opportunities for exhibitors and buyers alike.

A Hong Kong exhibitor, Just Gold Company Limited, joined the Jewellery Show for the first time this year. Arthur Tang, the company's Managing Director, Greater China, shared that the show was an effective business platform that helped their company enhance its branding and increase market exposure. "We promoted our new designs as well as special collections for our 30th anniversary. A number of buyers approached us to enquire more about our products. We've already concluded some business deals and the response has been encouraging," said Mr Tang.

Another exhibitor, Yvonne Pong, Director, Wing Hang South Sea Pearl Company Limited, considered the Jewellery Show as the perfect place to promote their pearl jewellery collections and drive new business. "Customers love our classic designs, and jewellery with gold-coloured pearls is particularly sought after. The response has been better than expected. We've met some quality buyers, including a number of new customers," she said. "The HKTDC has done an excellent job making the show a success despite the pandemic. I am confident the show will get even better, with more overseas buyers coming to source products once travel restrictions are lifted."

A local buyer, Edmond Chan, Head of Jewelry Asia, Luxeford Hong Kong Limited, was pleased to see the Jewellery Show being staged again. "We specialise in purchasing high-end jewellery and watches. I am here looking for partners and to find suitable products. I've already found an exhibitor to explore cooperation with whose jewellery collection boasts some outstanding designs," he said.

A host of activities were held during the two shows, including seminars on changes that the pandemic and online marketing have brought to the jewellery industry supply chain, a series of expert talks tailor-made to guide the public on the appreciation of rare-colour diamonds and pearl evaluation methods, jewellery smart bidding session, workshop, lucky draws and jewellery parades. These events not only facilitated the exchange of market intelligence among industry players, but also enhanced public knowledge about gemstones and jewellery products.

Physical edition of International Sourcing Show ends concurrently

The physical edition of the HKTDC International Sourcing Show also ended today, the 4-day show attracted over 14,000 buyers to attend or explore products online. To help local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) grasp business opportunities, the HKTDC contacted quality buyers through its network of 50 offices worldwide and arranged close to 1,100 business matching meetings during the physical show.

This physical edition of the International Sourcing Show was complemented by an online element, which started in March, enabling traders to stay connected both online and offline and boosting business opportunities during the pandemic.

Fair Websites:
– Hong Kong International Jewellery Show: https://hkjewelleryshow.hktdc.com
– Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show: https://hkdgp.hktdc.com
– International Sourcing Show: https://isshow.hktdc.com
– Photo download: https://bit.ly/3x6UrTR

About the HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly SMEs, in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus.

Media Enquiries:
HKTDC Communications & Public Affairs Department
Agnes Wat, Tel: +852 2584 4554, Email: agnes.ky.wat@hktdc.org
Janet Chan, Tel: +852 2584 4369, Email: janet.ch.chan@hktdc.org

Copyright 2021 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. http://www.acnnewswire.com

Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition winning pieces on display at Jewellery Show

HONG KONG, Jul 26, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show and HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show opened yesterday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and will run until 29 July. Guest of honour at the opening ceremony today for the twin jewellery shows was Eliza Lee, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Commerce, Industry and Tourism) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). In advance of the twin jewellery shows, the results of the 22nd Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition were announced, throwing the spotlight on the creative flair of local jewellery designers.


Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show and HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show opened at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) yesterday.

Open Group Best of Show Award and Craftsmanship and Technology Award – Designer: Yuen Ching-chi

Student Group Champion – Designer: Chan Wing-lam


Under the theme "Light. Shadow", this year's competition highlighted not only the level of talent locally but also the resilience of Hong Kong's jewellery industry and its ability to move forward from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The winning pieces are now on display at the Jewellery Show (Hall 3E Concourse) to showcase the ingenuity of original Hong Kong designs to jewellery buyers and exhibitors.

Jointly organised by the HKTDC, the Hong Kong Jewellers' & Goldsmiths' Association, Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association, Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers' Association and the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China, the Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition aims to enhance the design quality of the local jewellery industry, identify talent, and promote Hong Kong's outstanding jewellery collections to local and international buyers. This year's competition was divided into two categories, the Open Group and the Student Group, in which experienced and budding jewellery designers demonstrated their creative edge and excellent craftsmanship.

Open Group: Best of Show Award Winners demonstrate unique concepts

Three Best of Show awards were given in the Open Group. Yuen Ching-chi's entry, "Follow the Wind" won a Best of Show award as well as the Craftsmanship and Technology Award. The winning piece can be worn in different ways. A fan with a pearl in the middle can be taken off and added to a ring, while two black jadeite fans can be combined to create a different style of necklace. Ms Yuen explained that the pearl on the fan represents the sun while the icy jadeite represents flowers. The sponsoring company for the piece, Sharon Yuen Jewelry Design, also received the Craftsmanship and Technology Award, recognising the production team's excellence in jewellery craftsmanship.

Another Best of Show Award winner was Tang Yuk-ying, who selected a variety of materials and gemstones of different colours to create "Window of the Heart", a ring with a hollowed-out design. There's a saying that "when a door closes, another one opens", and in her winning piece Ms Tang is encouraging people to open the door to their heart and take a leap forward to a brighter future.

The third Best of Show Award winner was Ng Ki-kai, whose design titled "Ming" incorporates the concept of light and shadow expressed through the sun and the moon. The golden pearl represents the sun and a black pearl represents the moon, while three-layered "golden lines" represent the hills and clouds from classical Chinese paintings. Diamonds on the edge of the ring symbolise the rays of the sun breaking through layers of cloud at dawn.

Student Group winners showcase next-generation creativity

Open to students of institutions registered in Hong Kong, the Student Group category aims to inspire more young design talents to join the jewellery design profession. Chan Wing-lam from the School of Continuing Education at Hong Kong Baptist University won the Student Group Champion with her brooch design, "Spring Bird". The design was inspired by the reflections created by Chinese revolving horse lanterns, where light and shadow work together to produce stunning projections that are often seen as a metaphor for life.

The First Runner-up in the Student Group was Lo Lok-yi from CCC Mong Man Wai College. Her design, "Polaris Melody", is a necklace composed of various interwoven metals, Swiss blue topaz and olive-green cubic zirconia. It was inspired by the rhythm and trails of light of the Polaris star, symbolising how there is always a ray of hope to guide us in the dark.

The Student Group's Second Runner-up title was awarded to Lam Wai-yee from the School of Continuing Education at Hong Kong Baptist University. Her design, "Yanxia Ring", is a piece of jewellery that can be worn separately as a pendant or a ring, or together as a combined piece. The work is inlaid with gemstones of different colours, representing the radiant glow between light and shadow and the beauty of a rainbow. The centre of the ring is inlaid with white jade to symbolise bringing light into the world.

Nearly 150 entries were submitted for this year's competition. The six-strong judging panel evaluated the entries based on creativity and innovation, aesthetics, craftsmanship and wearability, topic relevance and marketability (the latter applicable only to the Open Group). The three Open Group winners will be sponsored to attend a three-day online jewellery design course at the Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery in Japan.

Twin jewellery shows conducted in physical and online formats for first time

As the pandemic continues, this year's twin jewellery shows are being conducted in a physical and online hybrid format for the first time, bringing together close to 440 exhibitors including overseas exhibitors who are joining the show online. Both shows are also open to jewellery-loving public visitors for the first time. Overseas buyers who cannot attend the physical events at the HKCEC can make business deals through online video conferences with exhibitors. The online show runs until 5 August.

Photo download:
– Opening Ceremony and fair ground: https://bit.ly/3i0faEF
– Open Group: https://bit.ly/3y83K7k
– Student Group: https://bit.ly/3kUXigl
– Press Conference: https://bit.ly/3BFo6XM

Fair websites:
– Hong Kong International Jewellery Show: http://hkjewelleryshow.hktdc.com/
– Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem and Pearl Show: http://hkdgp.hktdc.com/

About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus.

Media enquiries:
HKTDC Communications & Public Affairs Department
Agnes Wat, Tel: +852 2584 4554, Email: agnes.ky.wat@hktdc.org
Janet Chan, Tel: +852 2584 4369, Email: janet.ch.chan@hktdc.org

Copyright 2021 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. http://www.acnnewswire.com

HKTDC twin jewellery events open today

HONG KONG, Jul 25, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – The 37th HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show and 7th HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and will run until 29 July. The twin shows are the first two physical trade fairs to be staged by the HKTDC since the pandemic began and are being held in a hybrid format for the first time, with both physical and online exhibitions. The online show will run until 5 August to help global jewellers capture business opportunities as the pandemic continues.


The 37th HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show and seventh HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), opened today and runs until 29 July at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), helping jewellers capture business opportunities as the pandemic continues. The twin shows are the first physical trade fairs to be staged by the HKTDC since the pandemic began.

The highlight zone at the Jewellery Show, World of Glamour, showcases a selection of refined and precious pieces.

The Antique & Vintage Jewellery zone features a wide selection of antique pieces.


The physical fairs have attracted close to 440 exhibitors and are open to jewellery-loving public visitors for the first time. The majority of exhibitors are local companies as travel restrictions are still in effect between Hong Kong and the rest of the world. However, some overseas exhibitors have sent their local representatives to participate in the fairs, representing companies from Germany, Switzerland, the United States, Italy and India. Some of the overseas exhibitors are also joining the online exhibition. In addition to local trade buyers, the HKTDC has mobilised its 50 global offices to invite overseas buyers to take part in the fairs and conduct business deals via video conferencing.

Hong Kong exports of pearls, gemstones and rough diamonds increase by 83.1%

As the global economy begins to recover, and taking into account the relatively low base in the same period in 2020, Hong Kong's exports of fine jewellery registered a sharp increase in the first five months of 2021, climbing 82.3% year-on-year to a total of HK$28.65 billion. For raw materials, the gross export value of pearls, gemstones and rough diamonds climbed 83.1% in the same period this year to HK$57.24 billion. The total export value of fine jewellery is already back to the pre-pandemic level with a positive export outlook for pearls, gemstones and rough diamonds.

There has also been a corresponding rise in confidence in the retail market. The provisional figure for retail sales in the first five months of 2021 is HK$146.31 billion, a rise of 8.9% year-on-year. There was also a sharp increase in the sale of jewellery products, watches and clocks and valuable gifts, climbing 34.2%. The jewellery industry is heavily reliant on the retail sector, which remains hampered by ongoing travel restrictions and compulsory quarantine measures. The full recovery of business and leisure travel is still dependent on the pandemic situation.

HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau said: "The HKTDC twin jewellery shows provide a one-stop marketing and sourcing platform to showcase the latest and finest jewellery items as well as raw materials, helping Hong Kong to maintain its position as a trading and sourcing hub for this important sector. We are happy to see that the jewellery export and retail markets have been picking up, and we hope our fairs can assist industry players in navigating the current challenges."

He added: "Following the availability of vaccines and the gradual rollout of the global vaccination programme, we have seen some easing in the local pandemic situation with a corresponding improvement in the consumer sentiment. The first payment under the Consumption Voucher Scheme will be made at the beginning of August, and we believe Hong Kong companies will grasp the opportunity presented by our shows to source jewellery of different types and price ranges in anticipation of this business opportunity. Meanwhile, consumers will soon have some extra money in their pockets and can join the shows to look for daily wearable or collectable jewellery items."

World of Glamour showcases wide range of precious jewellery

Different product zones have been set up at the Jewellery Show this year, including the World of Glamour, the highlight zone that has attracted several well-known local jewellery companies to showcase a selection of refined and precious pieces including:

– A Blue Sapphire and Diamond Set from Valerie & Co Limited (Booth 3E-F11) with natural South African diamonds and rare Sri Lankan sapphire that highlight its extraordinary preciousness. This is an extravagant and timeless piece for the collector.

– The Monet collection designed by Sabina Lee of Green G. (Booth 3E-E12) pays due respect to the famous French impressionist painter, Claude Monet. Referencing Monet's unique broken-colour painting technique, the designer has used precious and semi-precious stones of different colours and shades to create the Monet ring and earrings.

In addition, products zones such as Antique & Vintage Jewellery, Fine Jewellery, and Silver and Finished Jewellery highlight different kinds of accessories, such as jewellery made with gemstones, Fei Cui, antique pieces, trendy designs and more. Highlighted pieces include:

– The Sparkling Ocean jewellery set from John Chan Jewellery Limited (Booth 3E-G29) in the Fine Jewellery zone features 14 baroque pearls, 94 emeralds and 735 diamonds. The set is one of a kind, showcasing a gorgeous and eye-catching glamour.

– The Kingfisher Brooch presented by YUKINGFISHERART (Booth 3E-H11) in the Antique & Vintage Jewellery zone demonstrates traditional Chinese handicraft. This gorgeous and elegant piece has a bright shine and vibrant colours that will never fade.

Valuable jewellery raw materials on display

The Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show features different product zones arranged according to raw stone categories to make it easier for buyers to find what they need. The Hall of Fine Diamonds showcases prime quality diamonds of different shapes, cuts, grades and rare colours. The Treasures of Nature zone displays a wide array of dazzling coloured stones and semi-precious gems from various regions, while the Treasures of the Ocean zone houses some rare fine pearls. An impressively large number of special exhibits are on display, including:

– A Paraiba Tourmaline from RMC Gems Limited (Booth 3G-C02) features a delicate briolette cut where the refraction highlights the quality of the gem. The stone is a copper-bearing tourmaline with an extraordinary neon blue colour.

– The Mix Shape Light Yellow Diamond Ring presented by Dynamic International (Booth 3F-F04) uses 18K white and yellow gold together with a pear-shape rose-cut diamond to create an elegant yet unique style.

– Bright Town Gems Jewellery Co (Booth 3G-F02) showcases a series of 925 Silver Pendants with different precious stones such as black agate, prehnite, smoky quartz and rose quartz.

Expert sharing sessions broaden horizons of industry players

A host of seminars are being held during the twin shows, helping to boost the knowledge and broaden the horizons of jewellery industry players. The seminar "What's Next for Jewellery Industry Supply Chains" will be hosted by a representative from De Beers tomorrow (26 July); representatives from Chow Tai Fook will talk about digital marketing on Tuesday (27 July); and a speaker from the Gemmological Association of Hong Kong (GAHK) will talk about the internationalisation and testing standards for Fei Cui.

Since the twin fairs are open to the public for the first time, there are also expert talks aimed specifically at jewellery-loving visitors. They include a representative from internationally renowned jewellery college L'ECOLE sharing on the art and science of rubies; representatives from the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong and Jade Manufacturers Association discussing how to appreciate rare-colour diamonds; and a representative from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) introducing its pearl evaluation methods. In addition, visitors can learn how to make rose twist rings at the "Rosy Twist – Handmade Rose Ring Tutorial".

Daily lucky draws offer quality prizes

The Jewellery Smart Bidding session is being held today (25 July) with visitors invited to bid for their favourite jewellery items among 20 pieces starting at around 10% of the original prices. Various jewellery parades and lucky draws are also being held throughout the fairs. Lucky draw prizes include an 18K white gold pendant with a natural ruby and diamonds, an Italian 925 Sliver 18K rose gold vermeil simple-cuff bangle, Fei Cui ornaments, and more.

Physical edition of International Sourcing Show runs concurrently

The physical edition of the HKTDC International Sourcing Show begins tomorrow and runs for four consecutive days (26 to 29 July) in parallel with the twin jewellery shows at the HKCEC. The International Sourcing Show will take the form of a display showcase featuring thousands of the latest products. Themed "Your Source of Inspirations", the event will highlight a broad range of quality lifestyle products and solutions under four themed categories:

– Smart Home features household and textiles items for the bathroom, bedroom, dining room, kitchen, living room, home workspace and garden

– Smart Play showcases kids' products, including dolls and figurines, vehicle toys, interactive and educational games, as well as baby care and nursery products, accessories, strollers and gear

– Smart Tech displays electronic products, medical and healthcare products, and lighting solutions

– Smart Style highlights a range of garments, fashion accessories and gift ideas, as well as printing and packaging solutions

Moreover, the Hong Kong Exporters' Association, Guizhou Provincial Department of Commerce from Mainland China, Korean Trade-Investment Promotion Agency as well as the Busan Chamber of Commerce and Industry from Korea have organised group pavilions presenting a quality selection of offerings to buyers.

Websites
– Hong Kong International Jewellery Show: http://hkjewelleryshow.hktdc.com/
– Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show: http://hkdgp.hktdc.com/
– International Sourcing Show: http://isshow.hktdc.com/
– Photo download: https://bit.ly/3zwBc7V

About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly SMEs, in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via research reports and digital news channels.

Media enquiries
HKTDC Communications & Public Affairs Department
Agnes Wat, Tel: +852 2584 4554, Email: agnes.ky.wat@hktdc.org
Janet Chan, Tel: +852 2584 4369, Email: janet.ch.chan@hktdc.org

Copyright 2021 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. http://www.acnnewswire.com

HKTDC twin international jewellery shows open in July

HONG KONG, Jul 8, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – The 37th HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show and seventh HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), will run from 25 to 29 July at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). This is the first time for the shows to be held in a hybrid format with both a physical exhibition and an online business matching service. The latter will run until 5 August, allowing global jewellers to make business deals through online video conferences. The physical fairs welcome industry buyers and, for the first time, members of the public with a passion for fine jewellery.


Hosting the press conference to introduce the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show and the HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show are (from left): Winston Chow, Chairman, HKTDC Jewellery Advisory Committee; Benjamin Chau, Deputy Executive Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC); and Lawrence Ma, Chairman, HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show and HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show Organising Committees.

Winners and guests at today’s prize presentation ceremony for the 22nd Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition, which attracted some 150 quality entries.

A magnificent Jadeite and Diamond Pendant Necklace (right) from On Tung Company worth HK$8.5 million. The other Jadeite Necklace (left), valued at HK$6.9 million, comes with matching earrings and a ring with the same exquisite design.


Fine jewellery exports climb 82.3% in first five months of 2021

The twin shows, the first two physical trade fairs to be staged by the HKTDC since the start of the pandemic, have attracted more than 400 exhibitors, the majority of which are local companies as travel restrictions are still in effect between Hong Kong and the rest of the world. However, some overseas exhibitors are sending their local representatives to participate in the fairs, representing companies from Germany, Switzerland, the United States, Italy and India.

Speaking at a press conference to introduce the twin shows, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau said: "The pandemic situation has remained stable in Hong Kong while quarantine and immigration control measures continue to be in place globally. I believe the physical and online hybrid format will become the new trend for trade fairs. This HKTDC-organised one-stop exhibition and sourcing platform is showcasing a huge range of quality jewellery to suit the needs of buyers from around the world, helping exhibitors to build connections and make more business deals."

In the more than one year since the pandemic first hit, the impact on the jewellery sector has been significant. However, global demand has begun to rise this year, leading to a 29.4% increase in exports for the first five months of 2021. This compares to a low base in the same period in 2020 but it is clear that the export market is showing signs of recovery. Hong Kong's exports of fine jewellery registered a sharp increase of 82.3% year-on-year to HK$28.65 billion for the period from January to May this year. Exports to the largest market, Mainland China, skyrocketed nearly 230% while Asia regions including Macao, Taiwan and Malaysia also showed a significant increase. For raw materials, the gross export value of pearls, gemstones and rough diamonds climbed 83.1% in the same period this year.

The figures clearly show that the pandemic pressure on the jewellery sector is easing. HKTDC Jewellery Advisory Committee Chairman Winston Chow said at the press conference that local companies may wish to take a more diverse marketing approach in the long run amid continuing global economic uncertainty. In addition to tapping into emerging markets, companies should explore online sales channels and sourcing platforms or participate in virtual fairs in order to capture new business opportunities. Meanwhile, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups need to seize opportunities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area as well as exploring markets in the mainland.

Wide variety of precious jewellery and modern pieces

Different product zones are being set up at the twin shows this year, including the World of Glamour at the Jewellery Show that has attracted several well-known jewellery companies to showcase a selection of refined and precious pieces. Numerous modern design pieces will be available at the fair including:

– A magnificent Jadeite and Diamond Pendant Necklace from On Tung Company (Booth 3E-A14).
– The g monogram collection from Just Gold (Booth 3E-B02) highlights the company's intricate yet classic designs with fine lines and a delicate hollowed-out pattern. This collection marks a new direction for this classic brand.
– The Sapphire Necklace from Legrand Jewellery (Booth 3E-C02) comprises an oval-shape sapphire necklace with diamonds set on 18K white gold. The waterfall design adds a sense of dynamism to this precious piece.
– The Amethyst, Diamond & Gem-set Puppet pendant from Young's Creation Co Ltd (Booth 3E-D09) was inspired by famous fairytale character Pinocchio.

In addition, products zones such as Fine Jewellery, Antique & Vintage Jewellery and Silver and Finished Jewellery highlight different kinds of accessories from high-end pieces to casualwear items, including jewellery made with rubies, Fei Cui, antique pieces, trendy designs and more.

The Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show showcases a fine assortment of raw materials including diamonds, gems and pearls. Different zones include the Hall of Fine Diamonds, which showcases prime quality diamonds of different shapes, cuts, grades and rare colours. The Treasures of Nature zone displays various glittering precious gemstones, semi-precious gems and other natural raw materials, while the Treasures of the Ocean zone houses the highest-quality pearls from Tahiti, the South Seas and other pearl-producing areas around the world.

An impressively large number of special exhibits will be on display:

– RMC Gems Limited (Booth 3G-C02) will showcase a fine-cut Paraiba Tourmaline with a water-drop shape whose reflection highlights the condition of the gem. The stone has an extraordinary neon blue colour.
– CK Crystal Limited (Booth 3G-F18) will feature a meteorite ring that includes genuine pieces of meteorite from outer space and displays a unique Widmanstatten pattern.
– SM Gems Limited (Booth 3G-E27) will display a Pink Morganite, that highlights the beauty of nature. This is a very durable and dazzling gemstone belonging to the Beryl family.

Seminars improve professional knowledge, Day 1 smart bidding adds excitement

A host of seminars will be held during the twin shows including one hosted by a representative from De Beers, who will share how the jewellery industry supply chain has changed amid the pandemic. Representatives from Chow Tai Fook will share about online marketing, while speakers from the Gemmological Association of Hong Kong (GAHK) will talk about the internationalisation and testing standards for Fei Cui. There will also be expert talks to meet the needs of the jewellery-loving public, including a representative from the internationally renowned jewellery college L'ECOLE sharing on the art and science of rubies. Representatives from the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong and Jade Manufacturers Association will talk on how to appreciate rare-colour stones, while a representative from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will introduce the its pearl evaluation methods.

In addition, the Jewellery Smart Bidding session will be held on the first day of the Jewellery Show (25 July) with visitors invited to bid for their favourite jewellery items starting at low prices – around 10% of original prices. Various jewellery parades and lucky draws will also be held throughout the fairs. Lucky draw prizes include an 18K white gold pendant with a natural ruby and diamonds, an Italian 18K rose gold vermeil simple-cuff bangle, hotel dining coupons, and more.

On display at the Jewellery Show, in Hall 3E Concourse, will be winning entries from the 22nd Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition, jointly organised by the HKTDC and four major jewellery associations in Hong Kong. The theme for this year's competition was "Light, Shadow", with some 150 entries divided into the Open Group and Student Group.

Physical edition of International Sourcing Show runs concurrently

The physical edition of the hybrid HKTDC International Sourcing Show will be held from 26 to 29 July, running in parallel with the twin jewellery shows. The International Sourcing Show will take the form of a display showcase featuring thousands of the latest products. Themed "Your Source of Inspirations", the event will highlight a broad range of quality lifestyle products and solutions under four main categories:

– Smart Home: Featuring an extensive selection of household items including indoor furnishings and home textiles.
– Smart Play: Showcasing a range of kids' products including dolls and figurines, car toys, interactive toys and educational games. Buyers can also source baby care and nursery products, gear and accessories, including strollers.
– Smart Style: Highlighting an eclectic mix of garments, fashion accessories, fashion tech and fabrics. Also featured are gifts and premiums for different budgets including handicrafts, beauty and healthcare products, travel and outdoor equipment, environmental protection and festive items, as well as printing and packaging solutions.
– Smart Tech: Displaying a wide variety of tech products, including electronics, medical and healthcare and lighting products, as well as gifts, fashion and household items employing the latest technologies.

Websites
– HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show: http://hkjewelleryshow.hktdc.com/
– HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show: http://hkdgp.hktdc.com/
– HKTDC International Sourcing Show: http://isshow.hktdc.com/
– Photo download: https://bit.ly/3yNqU39

About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly SMEs, in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via research reports and digital news channels.

Media enquiries
HKTDC Communications & Public Affairs Department
Agnes Wat, Tel: +852 2584 4554, Email: agnes.ky.wat@hktdc.org
Janet Chan, Tel: +852 2584 4369, Email: janet.ch.chan@hktdc.org

Copyright 2021 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. http://www.acnnewswire.com

Tim Da Jeweler Announces His Remarkable Custom Hats Laced With Hand Set Diamonds

Oakland, CA, Apr 23, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – Trailblazer custom Jewelry designer Tim Da Jeweler is elevating his creativity and design skills with the release of his breathtaking custom hat composed of 1,300 handset diamonds of the highest quality, paired with sparkling gold. Best known for his innovative and extraordinary approaches to creating custom jewelry, Tim is not going to disappoint as he boldly uses a generous number of diamonds in his most recent work.





"I've been putting my logo on hats and other accessories, and I thought what better way to brand myself than to make a diamond-encrusted hat," he shares. "It just brings so much life and interest to the hat. I was determined to make this my next masterpiece," he explains.

As can be expected of Tim, he takes pride in creating artistic designs with great quality without compromising the client's budget. When it comes to pleasing his clients and meeting their expectations, he is known to go above and beyond the standard. He has been in the industry long enough to understand that nothing beats prioritizing building a lasting professional relationship with customers, getting to know them, understanding their taste, and getting to know their personal style. It is also for this reason that he can easily come up with designs that will blow their minds. At the end of the day, every piece of custom jewelry should be able to capture the essence of each client.

Tim's eye for details is second to none. Choosing the right type of diamond, picking the right size, and choosing the ones with the right amount of shine earned him the label Shine Time, a perfect representation of his personal brand when it comes to custom jewelry. He never settles for second best but instead makes sure that his clients get their money's worth all the time. He carefully inspects every completed project after production before it is turned over to the customer. As a result, clients become more and more confident that they are in good hands.

Prior to becoming a jewelry designer, Tim spent a considerable amount of time in the insurance industry. It was in that season in his life that he passionately searched for his real calling. On the side, he would create simple pieces of jewelry that he would sell online. Little did he know that his creations would become a sensation hit among e-commerce clients. Realizing that a door was opening for him, he grabbed the opportunity to establish his business and decided to leave the insurance industry for good.

His trendy and sophisticated design ideas are transformed into breathtaking pendants, chains, earrings, watches, rings, and grillz. Just recently, Tim upgraded his client's custom jewelry experience as he transitioned from a virtual jeweler to one that has a physical store that clients can visit. Visiting the store is by appointment only and is limited to a small number of customers, as Tim wants to spend as much time as he can with every one of them.

Working hard to position himself as one of the most trusted jewelry designers in the industry today is something that Tim is fully focused on. As he continues to grow his brand, expand his business, and cater to more clients, he is expected to dominate the industry and make an impact unlike anyone in the past.

Learn more about Tim Da Jeweler by visiting his website. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter for updates on his latest projects.

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SOURCE: Tim Da Jeweler

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Trendy Lifestyle Products take their Cue from Big Data

HONG KONG, Dec 7, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Amid the current challenges, companies are taking new approaches in the quest to grow their businesses. Twenty-two webinars held recently as part of Autumn Sourcing Week | ONLINE (ASWO) brought leaders from various industries together to share the latest market intelligence on lifestyle trends that can help companies develop new business opportunities. The seminars included the "Hong Kong Toys Industry Conference – Toys for the Future", "Divulge the Next Era of Home", and the "Hong Kong International Watch Forum".



Kenny Sham, Director, Head of Marketing (Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macau), LEGO Group, suggested that small and medium-sized toy makers could try to find local YouTubers to represent their brands.


Speaking at the Hong Kong International Watch Forum, Samuel Lee, Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Limited (centre), advised the industry to build a strong foundation for domestic markets in Hong Kong and Mainland China.



New toy industry initiatives attract millennials

The "Hong Kong Toys Industry Conference" was jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, the Hong Kong Toys Council and the Toys Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong. Jason Tjiptadi, Research Analyst at Euromonitor International, provided his perspective on the current state of the industry through data analysis. He pointed out that in regions such as Mainland China, India and Indonesia, millennials are now high-income earners who are willing to spend on quality products. They are also tech-savvy, sensation-seeking and environmentally conscious. To attract millennials to spend, multi-platform entertainment and physical/digital crossover toys are the way to go for large toy manufacturers, while small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can explore licensing opportunities, such as the record-breaking box office hit Ejen Ali in Malaysia, to create peripheral products that can help develop their businesses.

Another speaker at the conference was Kenny Sham, Director, Head of Marketing (Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macau), LEGO Group, who also saw millennials as a key target group. He said that ViuTV and Netflix are two of the media channels that have emerged rapidly among kids in Hong Kong. He suggested that small and medium-sized toy makers could try to find local YouTubers to represent their brands as they are very popular with children. Understanding that millennials value shopping experiences, LEGO has incorporated new technologies into its brick-and-mortar stores. For example, customers can swipe their intended purchase over a scanner to see a 3D image of the finished product on the screen, which helps to capture their attention and drive them to make a purchase.

Responding to the rising popularity of environmentally friendly toys, Alain De Rauw, International Sales Director of PlanToys, shared his insights on striking a balance between conservation and profitability. Established in Thailand in 1981, the brand is unique in that it produces wooden toys with no chemicals, uses recycled wood chips and lists the amount of carbon dioxide emitted during production. He remarked that one of PlanToy's business strategies is to develop green and aesthetic designs and communicate the brand's story, which drives customers' word-of-mouth recommendations on platforms such as Instagram to create free marketing. He said that the road to sales is not easy, but he believed that millennials would "buy less, but buy better".

Decoding four houseware trends

Under the current trend of working from home, people have become more concerned about the design and configuration of their homes. Creative Trends Services has been selling books and magazines based on global trend forecasts for many years. Michael Leow, Founder & CEO of the company, presented the fall/winter trends for home products in 2021/22 under four themes: "New Era", mixing old and new styles to build emotional connection and security; "Revive", a vintage style of the 1950s where the colour schemes are vibrant and warm, with the feature of curves; "Dawn", emphasising handmade products with a slightly surrealist style; and "Brute Force", which strives for simplicity with earthy colours and a strong emphasis on tactility.

Hong Kong brand EMOH specialises in furniture inspired by Scandinavian design. Ally Yu, Business Development Manager at EMOH, discussed some of the latest interior design trends under the pandemic. As the work-from-home trend grows, people have greater demand for lighting, storage and soundproofing furniture, as well as more greenery and designs with a reduced environmental impact. In terms of e-commerce, Ms Yu said that brands are beginning to develop online showrooms that allow customers to place orders once they have something in mind. She explained that EMOH is investing in user interface and user experience design capabilities to improve its mobile homepage.

Watch Forum explores impact of digital transformation

The pandemic has had an impact on the performance of the watch industry in many countries. At the "Hong Kong International Watch Forum", co-organised by the HKTDC, the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Limited and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Limited, industry representatives from France, Germany, Mainland China, Japan, Korea and Hong Kong pointed out the pressures facing the industry, with watch imports and exports in all regions showing a year-on-year decline compared to 2019. Speakers at the conference explored a range of topics including smart watches and the importance of digital transformation to help manufacturers protect their businesses during this challenging period.

A trend observed by the industry in many countries is for people placing more emphasis on their health due to the pandemic, with smart watches incorporating healthcare functions becoming the way forward. Japanese representative Hiroyuki Baba noted that this might lead to a challenge to the market for entry-priced quartz watches. Swiss high-end watch brands, however, are continuing do well. In Japan, for example, Patek Philippe, Omega and Richard Mille all posted a slight increase in sales after June.

The watch industry continues to shift its focus to online platforms. Korean representative Dae-boong Kim noted that the three offline sales giants in Korea – Emart, Lotte Mart and Homeplus – have all been actively developing their online capabilities, while French representative Patrice Besnard noted that "without online platforms, many retailers would be gone". German representative Guido Grohmann said that physical fairs are still difficult to replace and that "the impulse to buy a watch has much to do with being able to show it to someone else".

Regarding the watch industry forecast for the coming year, it was noted that the Mainland China is the only region optimistic about the coming year. Zhang Hong-guang, Director General of the China Horologe Association, explained that the pandemic has been effectively brought under control in the mainland and citizens who were not able to travel had turned to domestic consumption. This has helped to drive up revenue from watch sales. Samuel Lee, Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Limited, said the watch market has been volatile since 2015 due to political, currency and global economic issues, advising the industry of a need to build a strong foundation for domestic markets in both Hong Kong and the mainland.

The results of the 37th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition were announced during the conference. Under the theme of "Persistent Spirit", the Open Group Champion honour went to Benny Tam, sponsored by Wincy Horological Limited, with a design titled "Headwind". Wong Ting-bong, sponsored by Po Fai Precision Ltd/Youngs Watch Company Limited, was the first runner-up with his piece "Parallel Universe". The second runner-up spot went to Lee Tung-chun with his piece "The Filmera". The design theme for the student group was "Beautiful Legend" and the winning entry was "The Adonis Rose", designed by Wong Ka-yan from the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE). First runner-up was designer Liu Shing-kai from the Hong Kong Design Institute, with a design titled "Promise", while the second-runner award went to Chow Hong-man from the Technological & Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong for his entry "Essence".

Organised by the HKTDC, Autumn Sourcing Week | ONLINE showcased the latest products from 11 industries including electronics, houseware, lighting, outdoor lighting, green technology, gifts and premiums, toys, baby products, stationery, eyewear, watches and clocks, providing a one-stop online sourcing platform for SMEs. The online exhibition, which drew to a successful close on 27 November, featured more than 2,600 exhibitors and attracted more than 27,000 buyers from 132 countries and regions to participate.

Websites
– Autumn Sourcing Week | ONLINE: http://asw.hktdc.com
– hktdc.com Sourcing: http://sourcing.hktdc.com
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About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via trade publications, research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn.

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