Inhorgenta, which took place from February 12-15, 2016, impressed exhibitors and visitors alike with its new hall concept, forums and supporting events. Although 940 exhibitors, including many new exhibitors, and 26,000 trade visitors from 75 countries did not reach the figures of previous years, the new concept gives hope for an increase in 2017.
As a B2B trade fair, Inhorgenta 2016 once again proved to be the ideal networking platform for the jewelry and watch industry. Unlike in Basel or at the Geneva Watch Salon, Inhorgenta also offers space for mid-range watches. Brands such as Ingersoll, Casio, Ratius, Junkers and many others were represented in Hall A1. The jewelry section was split up to reflect the new hall concept. Hall C was available for modern jewelry design under the name Contemporary Design & Vision. Fine Jewelry was presented exclusively in the newly designed Hall B1. The exhibition offer was complemented by the Inhorgenta Munich Seminar Area and a Trend Forum, where answers and solutions to the industry's pressing issues were sought. Art installations and a live fashion show further enriched the program.
The Messe.TV team was able to immerse itself in the fascinating world of jewelry and watches. In an interview with Klaus Dittrich, Managing Director of Messe München, we learned what emotions are released at the opening of a trade fair after years of preparation. He considers personal communication at a face-to-face trade fair to be essential and that this cannot be replaced by the Internet. Jörg Lindemann, head of the German Gemstone and Diamond Industry Association, also sees Inhorgenta as a very important trade fair for the industry, especially as the timing of the fair at the beginning of the year is ideal for the trade. The project manager of Inhorgenta Munich 2016, Ms Stefanie Mändlein, already saw the spirit of Inhorgenta realized on the first day of the trade fair, as the themes of watches, fine jewelry, lifestyle, design and the topic of carats with stones, pearls and diamonds can be discovered here in a single location.
We were able to discover quite a few celebrities in the exhibition halls. Star guest Kathy Hummels chatted to us about her jewelry preferences. Presenter Annemarie Carpendale was enthusiastic about the fashion show, Karen Webb, presenter of many TV shows, was a guest at the opening event and actress Funda Vanroy revealed that she prefers delicate, elegant jewelry. We also met the gentlemen of creation with actor Ralf Bauer.
In the jewelry world portfolio, we found classic pearl necklaces at Schoeffel, coral jewelry and individual jewelry design at jewelry designer Andrea Frahm, designer jewelry in knot form at designer Martina Tornow and exquisite gold and silver jewelry at the family-run company Bernd Wolf. At the stand of the Pforzheim-based company Leo Wittwer, we encountered magnificent jewelry and wonderful handbags. Cilor presented a modular system with which every bridal couple can find the perfect wedding ring. Solitaire and affordable stones sparkled at the Diamond Group. At Aristo Vollmer, we found out where the trend in the watch sector is heading. And at Augusta Technic, we were able to experience how watches and jewelry can be repaired or redesigned.