Super Typhoon Hagibis: Rugby matches cancelled

The Rugby World Cup is facing changes due to the super typhoon Hagibis. It is approaching Japan during the weekend.  According to Evening Standard for example the England – France match has been cancelled.

It is estimated that the super typhoon equivalent to Category 5 hurricane, is going to weaken somewhat before it approaches the Japan current on Saturday.

 

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Hublot CEO: China markets the main focus (updated)

Hublot, one of the leading luxury watch makers in Switzerland, is targeting China markets even more. The company, part of the LVMH (LVMH) Group, market cap 186 billion euros, and its Watch division, said the same thing already a year ago, but the target is still the same. According to the CEO Ricardo Guadalupe, Hublot is aiming to become one of the leading watch brands in China and Greater China.

– We are focusing on China and Greater China markets. Our aim is to be one of the leading watch brands in China and Greater China, Mr Guadalupe said in the ComteamPUB+ interview on Thursday.

The company has not revealed the export figures, but according to Swiss Watch Industry information the China, Hong Kong and Singapore markets totalled nearly 30 % of the overall Swiss watch exports. In May the export totalled over 2 billion Swiss francs, growth 11,4 %. The biggest growth was in the premium & luxury watches, which are priced over 3000 francs.

The company is expecting a very strong growth for this year. The double-digit growth is said to continue “over the end of the year” according to Mr Guadalupe.

China is seen one of the fastest growing luxury markets in the future. In 2018 the Chinese consumers spent about 115 billion dollars on luxury items, which is one third of the global spending. And this is expected to growth in the future also so that by 2025 40 % of the world’s spending on luxury goods would be by Chinese consumers (McKinsey). So, it is not a surprise that Mr Guadalupe is talking about China.

Is luxury becoming more common?

This question is about the luxury spending and how the luxury markets are expected to develop in the future. But Mr Guadalupe has a point.

-Absolutely not for the real luxury, he says.

And he is referring for the real thing. Real luxury has always its prestige and value among its users. And this is also part of the demand for the vintage or retro luxury items in the markets at the moment.

For example financial markets are expecting the US company RealReal to be listed in New York. The company is an online marketplace for luxury products and according to the company info the trading of the shares are expected to start today, not yesterday as earlier estimated. The company raised 300 million dollars, at 20 dollars each, above the 17-19 dollars range earlier estimated. Sustainable, circular luxury is also entering the main markets.

Hublot and “Art of Fusion”

The clear sustainable standing point for Hublot is the materials. The company has been innovative and finding new ways to integrate different materials in the watch production over years. It is part of the company ideology of the Art of Fusion – the way the tradition of high-quality Swiss craftsmanship and innovation can be combined.

The material lists include magic gold, carbon, rubber, aluminium, ceramic, king gold, palladium, platinum, stainless steel, tantalum, titanium, tungsten, zirconium, osmium and aluminium. Hublot can say that it has clearly been the innovator in this area in the Swiss watch industry.

The company says that it is now also working with sustainable bags while the banning of plastic bags is already a trend in Europe.

Collaboration with Ferrari and FIFA

– The collaboration with Ferrari and our involvement in FIFA World Cup are our two main partnerships, Guadalupe says.

– This year we have two collaborations with Ferrari. The Classic Fusion Ferrari GT, which is an elegant and contemporary piece that draws inspiration from the “Gran Turismo” universe. And the Big Band Scuderia Ferrari 90 ans. This is a model that reflects the rich history and heritage of Scuderia Ferrari, he continues.

Japanese food and sea

But what does Mr Guadalupe do for the summer time? Japanese food and sea.

– Food can be compared to the watch industry in a certain way for their attention to quality, time and details. I like to spend my holidays in the Mediterranean, at Mykonos or Ibiza. Holidays is for me synonymous with relaxing, sport and good food, he concludes.

Hublot, which was founded in Switzerland in 1980, has made the journey with innovation and unique products. Watches like Big Bang have paved the way to new flagship collections like Classic Fusion and Spirit of Big Bang.

Picture: Hublot classic watches from BaselWorld 2017-2019

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Intel to show virtual reality at the Olympic Games -CES2018

Intel (INTC) will present virtual reality first time at the Winter Olympic Games in South-Korea this year. The company said that they will focus on having 30 different events to engage real-time virtual viewing. Intel showed details about the project during the CES2018 in Las Vegas today.

– Intel will focus primarily on infusing its 5G platforms, Virtual Reality, 3D and 360-degree content development platforms, artificial intelligence platforms, and drones, along with other silicon solutions to enhance the Olympic Games, the company said.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Intel announced in June last year this long-term technology partnership in New York.  IOC President Thomas Bach and Brian Krzanich, Intel’s chief executive officer, said the partnership is through 2024 and they expect this partnership will transform the Olympic Games and the experience globally.

The first Olympic Games activation will take place at the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018, in South Korea, in February 2018, where Intel technology will provide real-time virtual reality viewing.

Intel’s global activation rights will include the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and the Olympic Games in 2024 in a city yet to be selected.

– Intel 360 replay technology will allow fans to experience the greatest, most memorable Olympic moments from every angle at the Olympic venues. In the future, TV viewers at home will be able to experience what it’s like to be at the Olympic Games with a front-row seat, or choose from many different viewing points in the Olympic venues. The power to choose what they want to see and how they want to experience the Olympic Games will be in the hands of the fans, the company says.

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Premier League to wear TAG smartwatches

The Swiss watch brand TAG Heuer (MC:FP) has today signed new agreement with the Premier League. Twenty teams, all their matches, and the most followed football league in the world, will now be running on TAG Heuer time, both on English pitches and on broadcasts across the globe in 185 countries.

TAG Heuer & Premier League in HK (4)

On the field, the fourth official’s boards will now be shaped like a TAG Heuer Carrera watch, and will bear the name of the Swiss watch brand. The referees will be sporting the TAG Heuer Connected smartwatch. During TV broadcasts, the TAG Heuer logo will also appear on screen.

– Our partnership with the Premier League seals the important and strong involvement in football of TAG Heuer. We are particularly proud and pleased about this partnership, as it will be key in the promotion of our brand and its football activities in Asia and in the whole world, said CEO of TAG Heuer Jean-Claude Biver.

Already the Official Timekeeper for the German Bundesliga, MLS (Major Soccer League) in the USA, the 2016 Copa America which will take place in the USA in June, the Chinese Football Association Super League, and the Australian National Football team, TAG Heuer is now also the partner of the prestigious English Championship.

 

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TagHeuer might be it – the wanted smartwatch

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Is this TagHeuer Connected it? The long waited smartwatch for the markets? It surely has many elements that make it a good candidate. One of the most important ones: this operates alone, so you do not need any smartphone nearby. This makes it a perfect partner for sports, and specially outdoors.

This Android smartwatch enables you to have the  digital communications channels you need: notifications and alarms. It is designed to make the best of traditional watch integrated with digital elements powered by dual-core Intel.

The quality and the luxury design are one of the things that position this smartwatch with the high end of this segment, but surely this is one of its kind.

 

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Intel: Focus on diversity globally – sport watch at the end of 2016

Intel (INTC) will focus more on diversity issues globally and to use conflict-free materials in its processors. The company CEO Brian Krzanick announced the targets during his keynote presentation at CES2016 in Las Vegas today.

– When Intel started its work to address conflict minerals and gaps in diversity and inclusion, we were told by many people that our goals were unrealistic and would be impossible to achieve,” Krzanich said. – Our collective efforts show that we can influence entirely new and different ways of doing business that also improve the human experience, he stressed.

The company also announced several interesting co-operations projects with leading industry brands that will use technology and data analytics to benefit people’s overall health, fitness and athletic performance. Intel announced plans to work with ESPN* and Red Bull Media House* to design Intel-powered solutions that empower athletes and bring amazing viewing experiences to life, and joint efforts with Oakley* to personalize and advance the tools people use to be more active.

– Oakley is the first Luxottica Group brand that Intel is working with to fuse premium, luxury and sports eyewear with smart technology. Engineered with Intel Innovation and crafted with Oakley’s high-quality design and materials, the smart eyewear is designed to provide runners, cyclists and workout enthusiasts with in-the-moment feedback and analytics, helping to track progress and improve real-time performance, according to the press release.

Announcements includes also the strategic partnership with New Balance running shoes, tailored with 3D and disclosed plans to develop a smart sport watch available for the 2016 holiday season.

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Swatch and Visa to make contacless pay

Swatch SA and Visa have signed an agreement related to contacless payments. This new pay-by-the-wrist watch, Swatch Bellamy will be launched in early 2016.

According to the companies this service can be used globally where Visa payments are accepted.

– It‘s also true that “bel ami” means “good friend” in French, and the new BELLAMY watch will doubtless become a good friend to its wearer. Contactless NFC technology uses high-frequency radio waves to enable electronic devices to communicate over short distances, usually less than 10 cm.Pay-by-the-wrist transactions require absolutely no energy at all from the watch itself, meaning customers can expect the usual battery life of a Swatch, the company stated in the press release.

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