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August 28, 2014 Exhibitions No Comments Email Email

The 33rd HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair, the largest event of its kind in the world, opens next week from 3-7 September with more than 760 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions taking part. As a prelude to the fair, winners of the 31st Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition were unveiled today.

Time to Shine

The Design Competition attracted around 180 entries under the themes of Time Controls World and Smart World for open and student entries respectively.

The Open Group champion was Leung Ho-him, with a nostalgia-inspired design entitled The Catcher, featuring a watch display that is divided into 24 time zones. By adjusting the watch to the local time zone, the reflector ring turns accordingly, enabling the wearer to read both the local and hometown time on one watch.

Li Ka-sing was 1st Runner-up in the open category with a design that constantly keeps the number “6” at the bottom of the watch face, while Tang Siu-hung was 2nd Runner-up with a design entitled Explorer.

In the Student Group category, Wan Nok-yiu from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, was crowned champion with a smart watch design entitled Essence, which is described as “a watch which demonstrates your own attitude towards life and reminds you of your own stance”.

All the winners and finalists of the Design Competition will be displayed at next week’s Watch & Clock Fair organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries Ltd.

Global spotlight

Opening on 3 September, the Watch & Clock Fair will feature exhibitors, buyers and industry experts from around the world during the five-day event at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. First time participants this year include companies from Belgium, India, Iran and the United Arab Emirates.

“Salon de TE”, spotlighting premium products, returns to the fair this year with 145 luxury brands from 19 countries and regions, including, for the first time, from Belgium, India and New Zealand. “Salon de TE” introduces five thematic zones: World Brand Piazza, Chic & Trendy, Craft Treasure, Renaissance Moment and Wearable Tech.

The World Brand Piazza will showcase 12 leading brands, namely Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Breguet, BVLGARI, Chopard, DeWitt, FRANCK MULLER, Glashutte Original, H. Moser & Cie, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget and Zenith. On the final day of the fair (7 September), “Salon de TE” will open to the public with events including watch parades, demonstrations, retail sales and lucky draws.

Perfect Timing

Exhibitors will roll out new watch designs and technologies during the fair. Product launches and parades will be held by MINI, Van Gogh, Longio, LOCMAN, Giorgio Fedon 1919 and MEMORIGIN. New innovations that incorporate smartphone technology into watch functions will also be on display at the fair.

Market Watch

More than 30 signature events, including networking and knowledge-sharing activities, will be held during the fair period. They include the Hong Kong International Watch Forum (3 September), the Asian Watch Conference (4 September) and the Buyers Forum (4-5 September) which bring together industry experts to discuss key trends and issues related to the industry.

Specific international markets will be in focus during the ASEAN Markets Networking Reception (4 September) and the Sharing on Russian Watch Market forum (5 September).

Time is Money

Hong Kong, the leading importer of complete watches in the world, has seen continued strong growth for the industry this year. In the first six months of 2014, the value of Hong Kong’s imports of watches and clocks reached US$5.2 billion, representing 9.7 per cent growth compared to the same period last year. Over the same period, Hong Kong’s exports of watches and clocks increased 6.1 per cent to more than US$4.8 billion. Hong Kong’s top export destinations for watches and clocks are Switzerland, the Chinese mainland, United States, Macau and Japan.

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