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Inhorgenta fair to shed light on coming watch and jewelry trends

Striking colors and clear shapes will prevail in watches and jewelry this coming year, while the 'lifestyle' section gains importance and designers look to 'retro' styles for inspiration.

Opening its doors on February 25, Munich's 38th Inhorgenta - which serves as a trend barometer before other major jewelry events, such as the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show (March  4-8) and the industry's referential appointment Baselworld (March 24-31), kick off - has shared the main directions that can be seen among the fair's exhibitors.

While many brands are sticking to more conservative designs due to the recent economic crisis, a preference for striking colors, especially marine-inspired ones, can be observed. Leonardo's jewels will mainly use blue and other aqua-tone stones, for example; Elysee's Duxbury II men's watch will be available in a turquoise shade; and Fossil's PR, Marlene Schnabel said: "Blue will play an essential role this season, whether it's a white leather bracelet and blue face (DKNY), or entirely blue models as those by Michael Kors."

Schnabel also highlights two other important trends: silicone bracelets and vintage inspiration such as smaller diameters and flat watchcases in watches or rose gold hues in jewelry.

Lena Brandstädter of Ehinger-Schwarz confirms that "as for color, trends hint at powdery tones," achieved with rose quartz, mother of pearl, or rose opal, for instance.

A more future-oriented approach comes from Novero, which will present Bluetooth headsets hidden in fashion accessories such as necklaces. The company will also sell licenses for the technology, allowing jewelry and watch designers to integrate it into their own pieces.

Inhorgenta runs February 25-28.

For more information, visit http://www.inhorgenta.com.