Chopard and happy sport diamonds

 

 

This year is the 25th anniversary of the iconic Chopard Happy Sport Watch. The watch is having free moving diamonds between the two sapphire crystals in the dial. The automatic movement includes hours, minutes and seconds.

There are four different kind of case options, including stainless steel, 18k gold or a combination of the two metals, with or without diamonds. The mother-of-pearl dials can be white or in a soft pastel shade of either pink or blue. This Happy Sport Watch is water resistant up to 30 meters.

The straps include lavender blue, matt pink or matt white leather or 18 gold pin buckle.

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Green Bonds – financial tools to mitigate trade wars and Climate change

Green Bonds have got a new meaning in the era of trade wars and tariffs. It can be used to mitigate the growing trade tensions but also to mitigate the Climate Change.

Green Bonds are targeted to projects that have environmental impact on for example energy efficiency, the efficient use of natural recources or green city infrastructure. Because of this nature, green Bonds are also modern tools to engage with the Paris Agreement and thus mitigate Climate Change.

According to Moody’s research the global green bonds issuance was nearly 45 billion dollars during the second quarter in 2018. And it is expected to grow to 175-200 billion dollars this year.

Many goverments have also talks related to public-private partnerships in order to finance different infrastructure projects.

Today the Japanese Nikkei newspaper stated that Japan is in talks with the US in order to build up sovereign wealth fund for US infrastructure investments. Japan and US have trade talks next week in Washington.

According to Nikkei Japan would raise capital from the private sector through bond issues as early as April 2019.

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CTA: Smartphones will soon rival TVs

Smartphones are becomming more and more common among the consumers in the US. According to CTA research smartphones will soon rival TVs as the most owned tech product with 87 % ownership versus 96 % for TVs. It is estimated that smartphones will match with TVs during the next five years.

New emerging tech categories include also for example Amazon Echo and Google Home. The ownership has risen to 22 percent.

Smartwatches are also gaining growth to 18 % of the US households. The increase is 6 % from year ago.

The CTA research was done during the Feb-March 2018 and it included 2016 persons.applewatch_nylon_photo_4

 

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Bulgari luxury watch to celebrate 100 anniversary

 

Diva Finissima Minute Repeater from luxury watchmaker Bulgari is for the ones and only. This fine artistic jewellery watch is having limited edition of ten pieces globally, with the price of 187.000 dollars. It has been designed to celebrate the company´s 100 years anniversary.

The watch is a combination of Italian jewellery design and Swiss high-quality watchmaking. This is also the world´s thinnest minute repeater movement for ladies.  The Japanese style of design (Urushi lacquer) in the dial shows fine gold dust as the reminder of beautifull craftmanship.

This watch is having 42-hour power reserve and water-resistant to 30 meters. The strap is black alligator leather by an 18kt rose gold folding clasp with diamonds.

 

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Volvo XC60 Hybrid – new style and power

Volvo (VOLVB) has reinvented itself. This is the feeling when driving with new Volvo XC60 hybrid (T8 Twin Engine). The company is pure safety company with modern technology and the pleasure of driving.

And the car itself? The new Volvo XC60 is having very nordic interior and exterior design: simple, classic and functional. But also modern with high quality. The car is made to please the visual and functional driving with easy access to manual driving but also keeping in mind that the various tech assistant services will help you to enjoy your driving. Safe and sound.

This dual motor (petrol and electric) is having low CO2 levels, 49 according to the company information. And the consumption with high-way drive (with petrol) is about 7 litres per 100 km, but the combined consumpion is about as low as 2,1 litres according to the company. The petrol tank is big enough and the average electric driving range is about 50 km.

According to the company information, the battery charging time with 6 A would be about 7 hours and with 16 A about 3 hours. In order to make the hybrid work, one should have a charging station.

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The tech innovation services include for example the service to help the driver to avoid the collision with the other car coming from the opposite direction. This automated system is active between 60-140 km / hour speed.

The Volvo XC60 consists of 5 different categories of steel. The max high -strenght steel is the red  and orange ones in the above picture. It is not surprise that the company says that they have the vision that no one gets bad insured in a new Volvo by 2020. In the front of the car, Volvo uses also aluminium as the body material.

Focus on environmental issues as well

Volvo is also known for its long history related to environmental issues. This June the company announced that they will increase the use of recycled materials in the car production in order to help to prevent the world oceans from the plastic problem.

  • From 2025, at least 25 per cent of the plastics used in every newly launched Volvo car will be made from recycled material, the company said.

The company also urged auto industry suppliers to work more closely with car makers to develop next generation components that are as sustainable as possible, especially with regards to containing more recycled plastics.

The new Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 is easy to park with for example 11,4 meters turning circle. So, no need to worry about how to get it right at the first time or if you need to make an U-turn. In the interior design the panorama roof is excellent choice when having summer temperatures. The acceleration is good enough with 5,5 seconds ( 0-100 km/h) and top speed as well 230 km/h.

See also the video of Volvo Safety and Pulizer Prize Winner photographer Barbara Davidson:

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Hublot CEO: Double digit growth this year – Chinese consumers ranking 1st

Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe says that he expects the company to grow double digit, that is about 10-11 %, this year, well above the average luxury watch industry. Speaking to ComteamPUB+ he says that this year also the Chinese consumers will be the first big customer segment for this Swiss Luxury Watchmaker.

– This year will be very unique for Hublot. Our growth estimate is double digit that is 10-11 %, which is well above the 5-6 % average growth rate in the luxury watch industry this year. This year is also the first year for Chinese consumers to be ranked the number one. Our biggest growth is coming from the Greater China area, he says to ComteamPUB+.

Hublot, part of the LVMH Group (MC:FP),  is having 8 different brand stores in China and totally 18  in Greater China and the company is planning to open new stores globally so that the total stores would be around 100 in the next couple of years. This week the new opening is in Genf, Switzerland and in June they will open a new brand store in London, in the Old Bond Street.

-We want that our customers can experience the Hublot brand when they are travelling. So this is also important that the store locations are fitting our targets. We also want to demonstrate our strong brand, he explains.

Digital transformation in the focus

Digital transformation is in the focus of luxury watch industry nowadays. Companies are building different customer experiences in the internet with storytelling and strong social media channels. For example Hublot is having 2,9 million Instagram followers and in Facebook they are having 4,1 million followers.

-Digital transformation is shaping our industry. For example Hublot is having now 50 % of its advertising costs in digital channels compared to other media channels. And we are planning to build our own e-commerce platform in the couple of years. We want Hublot digital boutiques to offer a new Brand experience to our worldwide customers, he adds.

This e-commerce has been very difficult with the luxury watch industry because of the pricing and brand value. For example another Swiss luxury watch company, Richemont, has decided to buy back their luxury watches from external dealers. This has caused the company 200 million euros profit fall according to the Financial Times.

Mr Guadalupe sees the market differently and says that Hublot would not have to do the same thing than Richemond.

-We know our customers and we track the watches we sell. Hublot has no stock while our production is in line with the demand, he explains.

Hublot´s annual production is about 50.000 units, price range from 6000 – 50.000 euros each and the production site is in Nyon, Switzerland. The average price is 20 000 euros according to the company.

The first smartwatch, Hublot Big Bang Referee

During the BaselWorld2018 Hublot also launched its first smartwatch, operating with Android. This luxury smartwatch is part of the company partnerships with FIFA World Cup now in June in Russia.

-We are thrilled with the feedback from this watch, Hublot Big Bang Referee FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. This is really the first smartwatch for us and it is also seen as the first marketing tool for our FIFA partnership. We have invited about 1000 stakeholders in our FIFA events and we are looking forward for this big event, Mr Guadalupe comments.

The luxury smartwatch industry is very diversified. Apple Watch is the market dominant, but other luxury watchmakers like Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Tag Heuer are also in the markets with their smartwatches. In the LVMH Group, the development of the smartwatches, is being taken care of the internal development unit.This is also the way the Group can have efficient R&D expenditures. 

It is estimated that the global smartwatch sales would exceed 141 million units this year, while the estimates for the last year were 75 million units. In 2016 the sales were 38 million units.

Hublot was the first luxury brand to invest in football and has partnered with football for over 10 years and the company has different brand ambassadors like Pele, Usain Bolt, Dwyane Wade, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson and Lang Lang.

The company has worked with the luxury car manufacturer Ferrari for many years and according to Mr Guadalupe some kind of connected smartwatch with Ferrari might be one option in the future.. The autonomous, connected cars can have also new innovations for smartwatches.

-When we work with smartwatches, it is good to remember that it is totally different market compared to mechanical watches, which is our core business. But working with wearables we want to show the innovative, unique and piece of art work in our products, he says.

The launched Hublot Big Bang Referee smartwatch enable users to take part in the FIFA game by sending them notifications and live score updates.The company says they have produced 2000 units of this watch so far.

Hublot and sustainability

As part of the LVMH Group, Hublot has also developed tools to track for example the raw materials in the luxury watches. Sustainability is becoming more common and part of the luxury watch industry processes more.

-We use different raw materials like gold, diamonds and titanium in our products. Sustainability means for us that we track the sourcing of the materials as good as possible and want to expand that analysing and recycling also in the future, he explains.

Quality, passion and details

But what does the CEO do at home?

-I am a football fan and therefore it is a pleasure for me to work in collaboration with FIFA. This is a third World Cup for me. And when I am at home, I like to cook. Gastronomy is my hobby as well  You know: it is like watch making: quality, passion and details, he says.

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Bulgari ´s new gold and steel design

HD_Bulgari_LuceaTubogas_01Bulgari has redesigned new luxury watches for ladies. The tubogas bracelet, with its flexible links that coil around the wrist, is one of the brand’s signature looks, first used by Bulgari in the 1940s.

– Tubogas is so-called because of its similarity to a woven-metal gas pipe, an elegant expression of industrial-inspired design. It is formed by wrapping long bands of gold or steel around a steel core, interlocking to hide the core metal. It is combined for the first time this year with the case of the Lucea, Bulgari’s most modern ladies’ watch. The name Lucea comes from luce, Italian for “light,” and celebrates the essence of the sundial, with its light-reflecting mother-of-pearl and diamond dials, the company says in the press release.

Lucea Tubogas watches come in a two-tone combination of gold and steel. This watch has hours & minutes  and it is water-resistant to 50 meters. The dial is white mother-of-pearl and all dials are with 12 brilliant-cut-diamond hour markets.

 

 

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