FRANKFURT, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Classic jewellery – or new combinations of materials and colours for an individual style mix? With 171 exhibitors from Hong Kong, visitors will once again be spoilt for choice at the combined stand organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) in Hall 4.0 and 4.1 at Baselworld from 27 March till 3 April 2014. Along with 94 jewellery and 56 watchmaking companies (2013: 95 and 67), a further 10 companies will be exhibiting watch components and 11 packaging materials.
Hong Kong’s jewellers are masters in processing diamonds. And jewellery continues to be highly valued by purchasers as an investment, special gift or romantic declaration of love. Whether as solitaire, a sparkling blossom or in dewdrop look on a bracelet, a personal complement can be found for every style. Popular flower and animal motifs continue to have an elegant, delicate and decorative effect and include new designs for the year of the horse. Along with diamonds the focus is also still on coloured stones – whether in strong colours such as red or in pastel shades. As a centre for pearl trade, Hong Kong has put the spotlight on this classic stone in a large variety of forms.
When it comes to precious metals, jewellers are focussing on white and yellow gold alloys as well as on rose gold and bicolour combinations. These are increasingly also being combined with new materials such as carbon, wood, rubber and ceramics for creating an individual style.
In the case of watches and clocks, visitors can expect a wide range of materials and new designs in addition to the classic models. Kraft paper that stands for naturalness and simplicity is used for example as wristwatch dial. Other companies combine watchmaker’s art with intelligent technology making it easy to check messages.
Also in vogue are watches where various materials such as steel and plastic are combined with rose gold elements, to form a refined and yet fashionable statement.
Hong Kong achieved growth of 6.5 per cent to USD 7.3 billion with fine jewellery in 2013 – representing around 86 per cent of Hong Kong jewellery exports. The USA and Europe with a total share of 48 per cent continued to be the main sales markets. The industry expects considerable growth for the coming years – above all on the Chinese market where Hong Kong brands have a very good reputation. Imports of fine jewellery into Hong Kong rose during the same period by 3.3 per cent (USD 12.4 billion).
Hong Kong continued to be the largest exporter of watches and clocks worldwide in 2013. Battery operated watches represented the largest share at 60 per cent. Overall, Hong Kong’s watch and clock exports rose by 5.1 per cent to USD 6.93 billion. Imports reached USD 10.4 billion (-0.6 per cent). Switzerland retained its leading position as largest import market.