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Formula E: The Watch, the Team, the Car…

LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS, Switzerland, Aug. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

– The Future is Electric 

– TAG Heuer to premiere FIA Formula E Championship season at special VIP press event in Beijing


– TWO PIONEERS: The leader in prestigious and high-end chronographs joins forces with the world’s first-ever electric car open championship

Uber-cool Swiss watch brand TAG Heuer will mark the start of the world’s first electric car race season on 31st August with a king-sized VIP party in Beijing, home of the new championship’s electrifying season opener.

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The event officially inaugurates the pioneering Swiss brand’s latest adventure in motor-racing, which starts 13 September in Beijing and closes 27 June, 2015 in London. TAG Heuer is the Official Watch, Partner and Timekeeper of the FIA Formula E Championship for all ten events, a role it has played several times over the decades, for major motor-racing series and circuit around the world, from Formula One in the 1970s to Indy 500 in 20XX and the Monaco Grand Prix today.

“Cars have fueled and inspired this brand since its earliest days,” said Stephane Linder. We invented the first dashboard counters back in 1911, partnered with Ferrari in Formula One in the 1970s, have been part of the most wining team in the sport, McLaren Mercedes, since 1985, and backed champions from Juan-Manuel Fangio in the 50s to Jenson Button and Stephane Ogier in 2014. Now we are proud to be part of the world’s newest and most innovative open championship-a path-breaking initiative that, like TAG Heuer, is a fusion of engineering, technology, sport, science, and design – all combining to drive the change towards a better tomorrow.”

In all, 10 cities will play host to the Formula E series, including Putrajaya, Malaysia,  Buenos Aires, Argentina, Punta del Este, Uruguay, Miami and Long Beach in the United States, and Berlin and Monte Carlo in Europe.

TAG Heuer’s colors and crest will line the street circuits of each Formula E city. They will also be worn by the crew and car of TAG Heuer’s other Formula E partner: China Racing Formula E Team and its drivers Nelson Piquet, Ho-Pin Tung and Antonio Garcia.


Seiko Announces Grand Opening of First Boutique in US

– Luxury Timepiece Brand Expands Global Presence to New York City’s Madison Avenue

MAHWAH, New Jersey, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — It is with great excitement that Seiko Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Seiko Watch Corporation, announces the grand opening of its first Seiko boutique to enter the United States at 510 Madison Avenue in New York City. A celebration in honor of the announcement was held at 620 Loft & Garden in New York City last night, hosted by Seiko Watch Corporation President and CEO Shinji Hattori, and attended by over 150 industry influencers including Seiko’s partner and Wimbledon champion, Novak Djokovic.

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Surrounded by the world’s most iconic brands on Madison Avenue, the New York Seiko boutique is primarily dedicated to Seiko’s prestigious collections, including Astron and Grand Seiko. It also unveils collections never before sold in the US, including Galante and Credor, and various boutique exclusives within the US, including the Prospex collection. This venture continues to showcase Seiko’s progressive philosophy of presenting paramount design, quality and precision in each new project brought to the US fine timepiece market.

“The opening of the US market’s first boutique in New York City is achieving a passionate goal of mine, as I believe that the US market is the most important for Seiko outside of Japan,” says Mr. Shinji Hattori, President and CEO of Seiko Watch Corporation. “Seiko has been seeking the most ideal timing and location to spotlight our product, catering to our affordable luxury timepieces, including Grand Seiko and Astron. Opening a boutique in a market such as New York City does just that, following standards from Seiko boutiques in Paris, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Cairo as well as the original Wako luxury specialty store opened in 1881 in Tokyo.”

The New York Seiko boutique boasts a design that expresses Seiko’s brand vision of innovation and refinement as well as its core value of being the only watch manufacturer with every watchmaking expertise. Seiko’s brand elements of history, technology, luxury and craftsmanship are found throughout the boutique, focusing on a modern yet sophisticated style.

For more information on the New York Seiko boutique, visit www.seikousa.com/boutique.

For more information on Seiko Corporation of America, visit www.seikousa.com.

For more information on Seiko Watch Corporation, visit www.seikowatches.com.

Yiwu Fair to Celebrate its 20th Anniversary this Fall

YIWU, China, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — “Yiwu International Commodities Fair” (http://en.yiwufair.com) will celebrate its 20th Anniversary on October 21-25, 2014. As the most influential and effective comprehensive exhibition of Consumer Goods (after the Canton Fair, East China Fair), Yiwu Fair focuses on building bridges between small and medium enterprises in east China and foreign trade, targeting the global consumer market and the demand for low-priced product sourcing. Yiwu International Trade City and Yiwu Fair complement each other to form the production, supply, distribution, sales supply chain integration services mode. Started from a small market and gradually grew into an international level fair, Yiwu Fair has gained its way into UFI in 2011 and is constantly expanding. There are more than 20,000 international customers to purchase products during the Canton Fair every year.

Exhibition briefing

Yiwu Fair (http://en.yiwufair.com), hosting a total of 4,500 international standard booths, will feature seven industries: hardware, electronic and electrical appliances, knitwear, jewelry and jewelry accessories, crafts, daily necessities, and culture, sports & outdoor leisure products. The China Commodity City Trends Conference, New Product Launches, Industry Summit and many other supporting activities will also be held simultaneously. It is expected to attract 20 million domestic and overseas buyers from more than 200 countries and regions.

Joint action of exhibition and market

Yiwu Fair maintains a symbiotic relationship with the market. The market gave birth to the Fair while the Fair, in return, acts as a centralized procurement and market outreach event for the market. In the Fair, buyers are able to obtain the latest information of products and make enquiries to the suppliers. A set of services including foreign trade agency, logistics, convenient customs, transport, accommodation is available to the visitors.

Chinese manufacturing leader

Yiwu International Trade City has been the world’s largest integrated market for several years. 65% of the world’s Christmas products, 15% of the zippers, 10% of the socks, 65% of the domestic jewelry, 20% of the shirts are produced in Yiwu. Yiwu market has a strong demand for consumer goods and the whole supply chain advantage. In the explosive development of domestic e-commerce and with the Chinese government support of business transformation, Yiwu is appearing as a commercially viable destination for businesses worldwide. The Fair is a perfect occasion for you to meet with the beat suppliers in China.

Exquisite Craftsmanship and Chinese Classic Art to Blossom at 2014 Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair

TAIPEI, Aug. 1, 2014 /PR Newswire/ — Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair, the biggest international jewellery fair in Taiwan, will be held from 21 to 24 November 2014 at the Taipei World Trade Centre, Hall 1.

The current trend in Taiwan’s jewellery market is to combine Oriental flavor with Western quintessence.  The country’s designers are creating highly individualistic and unprecedented designs, which are filled with Chinese culture and modern aesthetics. The craftsmanship is developed and sophisticated, blending the designers’ infinite inspiration and innovative creativity. Many of them have received international awards and attention. Their artworks represent the strong personality and unique designs of Taiwan’s designers.

This year’s exhibition will feature a specially tailored “Designers’ Area” to spotlight the latest and most outstanding artworks of Taiwan’s leading and most talented jewellery designers. Over 40 designers will be exhibiting in this area and presenting their brilliant masterpieces.

Sneak Preview of Local Taiwanese Designers, Part II

Designer Chin-Tiao Shih

Mr. Shih has been working as a jewelry designer over thirty years. He loves to integrate folk culture and natural beauty into his artwork.

He has won numerous design accolades and patented his unique and innovative designs. He can transform the most traditional project into a forward thinking and modern masterpiece, and his aesthetic principal even breaks the limitation of techniques and materials to create a new breed of groundbreaking art. He attributes his endless inspirations to the ever-changing natural world.

As he says himself: “Art should imitate life, forever changing and evolving.”

Mr. Shih will present his own line, Atlen Jewelry Co., Ltd, at the Fair.

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Mr. Shih_Phoenix

Resplendent Phoenix

The Phoenix overlooks its splendid tail in a kingly way; you could feel its vigorous spirit through its condescending look toward us.

Its stately body and magnificent tail fully present the strength and beauty.

Mr. Shih uses a variety of precious stones with his superb skills into full play to present each stone’s characteristic perfectly.

Designer Wang, Yueh Yaw

Ms. Wang Yueh Yaw is well known for her Chinese influenced designs that pay homage to the rich tapestry of Chinese history and culture. You will find her artworks filled with oriental style design. She adores Chinese culture and loves to share the glory of it along with her jewelry to the world.

Her design mindset is usually based on Chinese auspicious meaning. She is inspired by each gemstone itself and gives each piece a rich story. You might consider them as an elegant landscape, a lyric or pastoral poem; when you purchase her jewelry collections, you are collecting a graceful story or historical series.

Ms. Wang’s designer pieces will be showcased in the designers’ area grouped with TCJDA.

Ms Wang_Moonlit Radiance on a Visage of Great Beauty

Ms Wang_Moonlit Radiance on a Visage of Great Beauty

Beauty under the Moon Series – Moonlit Radiance on a Visage of Great Beauty

Materials: Jade, Diamonds, 18KGold

Resplendently bright celestial crescent, under it stands a moonlit beauty, strumming delicately at her pipa, emanating forth the sweetest melodies. An oriole cheerfully chirps songs of joy, perched on a treetop; an enchanting harmony of entwined arias.

Designer Judie Ma

In 2011, Ms. Ma launched her flagship store Dynasty Artistic Jewellery Co., Ltd. Her sophisticated design is audacious and extravagant. Drawing inspirations from the Qing dynasty, her unique and extraordinary collection pays tribute to China’s last imperial dynasty.

Ms. Ma’s designer piece will be showcased in the designers’ area grouped with TCJDA.

Ms Ma_Qing Dynasty

Ms Ma_Qing Dynasty

Qing Dynasty — Imperial Classic Necklace

Materials: Tourmaline, kingfisher feathers, gilding, pearl, lazurite

The intricately designed necklace is quintessentially Asian with an aristocratic flair. Ms. Ma uses rare and exceptional stones such as dzi bead from Tibet and employs traditional techniques including Chinese filigree inlaying.

Designer Chun Ting Chang

Ms. Chang is a 23 year old young talented jewellery designer with a love for jadeite; she is always seeking for a fusion of jadeite and other precious stones. Her childhood memories and travel experience served as her design inspiration for transforming traditional jadeite pieces into modern stunning masterpieces. She gives a fresh take on classic jadeite jewellery. 

Ms. Chang’s designer piece will be showcased in the designers’ area grouped with TCJDA.

Ms Chang_Jadeite Bangle Watch

Ms Chang_Jadeite Bangle Watch

Jadeite Bangle Watch

In addition to reviving the traditional jadeite bangle, a whole new jewellery watch was born. The watch is provided with the feature of a jadeite bangle, while the refined craft of jewellery watch promotes the integrity itself. The practical and gorgeous bangle watch was given a rebirth not only by the warm texture of the jadeite, but also the whole new perfection.

Further Information:

Above are just some of the designers that will showcase their collections at the 2014 Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair. This B2B jewellery exhibition will feature group pavilions from Taiwan, India, Israel, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Italy, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand and USA. Due to last year’s overwhelming success, the upcoming 2014 Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair will feature an additional special-themed pavilion. “Splendid Square” will showcase exquisite collections of the world’s finest jewellery, top quality loose diamonds, gemstones and other exclusive products. It promises to be a spectacular event.

For more details on the exhibition, please contact:
UBM Asia Ltd., Taiwan Branch
Room 306, 3F, No. 51, KeeLung Road, Section 2, Taipei 11052, Taiwan
Tel: +886-2-2738-3898
Fax: +886-2-2738-4886
Email: info-tw@ubm.com
Contact: Ms. Rita Hung

Show Website: http://www.taiwanjewelleryfair.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/taiwanjewelry 

About UBM Asia Ltd. ( http://www.ubmasia.com/ )

Owned by UBM and publically listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is headquartered in Hong Kong and operates in all of the major countries across Asia. It has over 240 products, including and not limited to trade fairs, conferences, trade publications and on-line media. As Asia’s leading exhibition organizer, it stages market-leading events in numerous industries across the region. In the jewellery market, it organizes several jewellery exhibitions, including the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, the largest jewellery event worldwide.

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Two Masters, One from the East and One from the West, Meet In Shenzhen’s MANOR VIRTUOUS

Legendary Wall Street investor Jim Rogers meets with contemporary Chinese jade carving master Wu Desheng at the MANOR VIRTUOUS luxury villa complex in China’s Shenzhen

The ultra-high-value urban asset enables masters in international capital and Chinese art to ignite a new spark of interest

SHENZHEN, China, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Legendary Wall Street investor Jim Rogers visited the MANOR VIRTUOUS luxury villa complex in Shenzhen, China on June 29. Often dubbed as the “enfant terrible of Wall Street,” he is well-known worldwide for his excellent investment performance. His twice breaking of the Guinness World Records for round-the-world travel and his known exploit of tooling around China by motorcycle in the 1980s went a long way towards creating a charismatic aura around his persona. In his view, Shenzhen’s MANOR VIRTUOUS is “much like a piece of beautiful jade, not only because of its aesthetic magnificence but also as an object of very high value. In many parts of the world, it is impossible to come upon such architectural masterpieces.”

A group photo of Jim Rogers, MANOR VIRTUOUS owner Zhou Qing and Wu Desheng at the event

Prior to Jim Rogers’ visit, the architectural work at MANOR VIRTUOUS had also been highly praised by a master from China’s fine arts community – the contemporary Chinese jade carving master Wu Desheng, who is widely recognized as “the first artist to give jade carving characters new lives.” The jade carving master ensured the recognition of the high aesthetic value of architecture, when, as the authoritative voice in China’s art business world, he gave his stamp of approval. If Jim Rogers represents the world of international finance’s recognition of Shenzhen’s high value real estate asset, Wu Desheng represents a true aesthetic disciple drawing a link between or even a convergence of Chinese traditional art and the best of modern urban architecture.

What aspects of this high value urban asset enabled the meeting of international high finance and Chinese art and led to the creation of this new spark of interest? In other words, what secrets in terms of value were revealed when two top masters in different domains, one from the East and one from the West, met in MANOR VIRTUOUS?

Behind Rogers’ optimism about China – International capital eyes luxury residences in first-tier cities

An abundant crop of silver hair, a wondrous sense of humor, a hearty laugh, a pink bow tie and pink overalls…Jim Rogers said the overalls he wears display his favorite “Chinese dragon” element, demonstrating that he likes and, as always, is bullish on China. Despite his sometimes bearish comments on China’s economy, Jim opined, “The world’s largest creditor nations are in Asia, among them, China, South Korea, Japan and Singapore, and the largest debtor nations are the United States and several countries across Europe, and those debt levels are still increasing. A debt-ridden country will eventually find itself with a crisis on its hands. China is lucky in this respect. If the 19th century belonged to England and the 20th belonged to the United States, then the 21st belongs to China.”

So what about collectable luxury residences in China’s first-tier cities such as the MANOR VIRTUOUS complex? Jim Rogers confidently gave an answer to that question in his keynote speech when he said, “MANOR VIRTUOUS is based on a highly aesthetic architectural design that is rarely seen anywhere around the globe.” Commenting on urban real estate investment, the legendary investor added, “Although the real estate market always has its ups and downs, purchasing a top-level property such as MANOR VIRTUOUS helps maintain and increase the value of a portfolio as such property is least affected in a sluggish market.” Comparing a real estate investment with an investment in jade, something which he is interested in but has never tried, he said, “If I choose to invest in jade, I will be sure to invest in the best jade has to offer, just as I always do in real estate. MANOR VIRTUOUS , a top luxury residence in China’s first-tier city, is just like a very beautifully-carved and valuable piece of jade.”

Wu Desheng and MANOR VIRTUOUS share the same view when it comes to aesthetics – Unique artistic features add to the “scarcity” value of top-level urban residences

Sharing the same viewpoint as Jim Rogers, a master from the Chinese art community also sees the high value in MANOR VIRTUOUS. Chinese jade carving artist Wu Desheng, who has engaged in collaborative efforts with the luxury villa complex, is recognized as the world’s contemporary jade carving expert. He draws a close parallel between the pursuit of aesthetic excellence engaged in by both the masters of Chinese traditional art and those who design and build urban luxury residences.

Wu Desheng’s award-winning jade carvings have been snapped up by Chinese and foreign collectors. His sculptures of nude women integrate the physical characteristics of both European and American women with the traditional concepts of what constitutes the facial features of a beautiful Chinese woman. By incorporating the essence of great sculptors such as Rodin and Michelangelo into an oriental art form and giving a new connotation to Chinese traditional figure carving, he has developed a new aesthetic “standard” for Chinese jade culture with modern forms of presentation and design concepts.

The meeting in MANOR VIRTUOUS of Wu Desheng and Jim Rogers, two masters in their respective domains, one from the East and one from the West, represents a new milestone. Rogers compared real estate investment with jade investment by describing MANOR VIRTUOUS as a fine piece of jade. Wu Desheng said that he hopes Jim Rogers’ visit can promote Eastern and Western cultural exchanges. Rogers responded that Chinese, as the most important symbol of Chinese culture, will become the world’s most important language in the future, and said jokingly that he would settle in China once the quality of the air improves.

When Jim Rogers meets Wu Desheng – MANOR VIRTUOUS creates super high-value urban asset platform

The existence of such a collectable asset platform as MANOR VIRTUOUS led to the historical meeting between Wu and Rogers. As China’s global influence rises and with the 21st century well on track to belonging to China, the critical window of opportunity for investing in China’s cities and in their high-value assets will be short-lived. Luxury residences from China’s first-tier cities are increasingly drawing attention and being favored by international holders and managers of capital assets. Just as classic luxury properties such as London’s One Hyde Park and New York’s One57 once sparked an investment fever, investing in high-value urban assets means collecting the best of what cities have to offer.

Chinese culture has been experiencing unprecedented prosperity as the roster of world’s most important cultural events featuring Chinese elements grows ever longer. To wit, Chinese ceramics are being favored by top art collectors worldwide, a growing entourage of Chinese actors are getting title roles in Hollywood movies, and an increasing number of artists such as Wu Desheng are dedicated to integrating Chinese and western cultures and art forms into their work.

MANOR VIRTUOUS, the luxury residential complex at the top of the value chain, is an epitome of the above-mentioned hard and soft power behind China’s international value, and represents a perfect combination of Chinese culture and international capital. MANOR VIRTUOUS, which led to the historical meeting between Wu Desheng and Jim Rogers, has become an irreplaceable platform where masters in their respective domains can congregate.

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John Hardy Acquired by Catterton, the Leading Consumer Focused Private Equity Firm

NEW YORK, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — John Hardy, a leading luxury designer jewelry brand, today announced that it has been acquired by Catterton, the leading consumer-focused private equity firm. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 1975, John Hardy is a luxury designer jewelry brand known for its handmade craftsmanship, and iconic designs within its collection. The Company is a pioneer in sustainable luxury and uniquely positioned as the leading designer brand for which each piece is intricately handcrafted and one-of-a-kind. John Hardy’s recognizable and distinctive jewelry enjoys a loyal customer base and a top-tier, multi-channel distribution footprint, with collections available at more than 600 retail locations across 27 countries and regions, including world-renowned department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Harrods and Lane Crawford and stand-alone stores in Hong Kong, Jakarta and Bali. John Hardy recently signed supermodel Cara Delevingne to be the face of its new jewelry campaign.

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The Company has appointed Robert Hanson as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Hanson brings more than 25 years of brand development and retail experience to John Hardy, including with American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., where he served as Chief Executive Officer, and Levi Strauss & Co., where he served as Global President of Levi’s. Damien Dernoncourt, who has served as John Hardy’s Chief Executive Officer since 2007, will retain an equity stake in the Company and has been named Non-Executive Chairman, to which he will devote his full professional time. Guy Bedarida will continue to serve as Creative Director and Head Designer and Miles Graham will continue to serve as President and Chief Operating Officer.

“John Hardy is pleased to partner with Catterton, which will provide the support and resources to continue building our brand and accelerate our growth on an international scale,” said Mr. Dernoncourt. “I am confident that under Robert’s leadership and together with Catterton, we will enhance our status as a leading designer of unique handmade jewelry while maintaining our Company’s strong core values and luxury positioning. I am excited to be working with Catterton, Robert, and the entire John Hardy team as we grow and build on our success.”

Mr. Hanson said, “John Hardy is an iconic luxury brand with a loyal customer following, and I have been impressed with the strength of the brand under Damien’s leadership. I look forward to leading the Company and building upon its tradition of creating truly unique, authentic designs and providing outstanding customer service. John Hardy is well known for its distinctive style, extraordinary quality and commitment to handcrafted sustainable luxury. These key pillars will continue to be the cornerstone of our Company and our future success. With Catterton’s well-established track record for partnering with leading brands to help them capitalize on growth opportunities, I believe that John Hardy has significant potential and a bright future.”

Michael Chu, Managing Partner at Catterton, said, “Catterton is excited to partner with a differentiated brand with a strong heritage and a top-tier, multi-channel distribution footprint. With Catterton, John Hardy will have a robust platform to enhance its already exceptional brand and accelerate its growth trajectory. We are confident that John Hardy offers substantial upside through multiple paths for expansion, and look forward to working with Robert and the entire team at John Hardy to capitalize on new market opportunities and realize the Company’s significant potential.”

Catterton has partnered with luxury brands including Restoration Hardware, Baccarat, PIRCH, and Frederic Fekkai to name a few.

About John Hardy
One of a kind. One piece at a time. Each by hand. John Hardy is an authentic handmade jewelry brand reshaping the experience of luxury through a heritage of artisanal design, craftsmanship and ongoing sustainable practices. For more information, visit www.johnhardy.com.

About Catterton
Catterton is the leading consumer-focused private equity firm with more than $4.0 billion currently under management and a twenty-five year track record of success in building high growth companies. Since its founding in 1989, Catterton has leveraged its category insight, strategic and operating skills, and network of industry contacts to establish one of the strongest private equity investment track records in the middle market. Catterton invests in all major consumer segments, including Food and Beverage, Retail and Restaurants, Consumer Products and Services, Consumer Health, and Media and Marketing Services. Catterton’s investments include: Restoration Hardware, Baccarat, PIRCH, Outback Steakhouse, Sweet Leaf Tea, Noodles & Company, PIADA, Heartland RV, Frederic Fekkai, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Wellness and Nature’s Variety pet foods, Kettle Foods, Odwalla and P.F. Chang’s, to name a few. More information about Catterton can be found at www.cpequity.com.


For John Hardy:

USAAnn Watson
Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communications and E-Commerce
Tel: 212-965-3799
Email: Ann.Watson@johnhardy.com

Asia PacificJanice Leung
Director of Marketing & Communications
Tel: +852 9661 4159
Email: Janice.Leung@johnhardy.com

For Catterton:

Andi Rose / Bryan Darrow
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

Kingold Jewelry Announces Change in Payout Schedule for Special Cash Dividend of US$0.08 Per Share; Schedules 2014 Second Quarter Financial Results and Conference Call

WUHAN CITY, China, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Kingold Jewelry, Inc. (“Kingold” or “the Company”) (NASDAQ: KGJI), one of China’s leading manufacturers and designers of high quality 24-karat gold jewelry, ornaments and investment-oriented produ…