The 35th HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair, the world’s largest timepiece event of its kind, opened today and continues through 10 September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).
Organised by Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries Ltd, the fair features more than 800 exhibitors from 27 countries and regions, including first-time participating countries and brands from Australia, Hungary, Iran, Lithuania, Monaco, Thailand and Turkey.
Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the Hong Kong SAR Government, was guest of honour at this morning’s opening ceremony. A highlight of the five-day fair is Salon de TE, a top-tier brand showcase for the trade that will also be open to public visitors (aged 12 or above) free of charge on the last day of the fair (10 September), with timepieces from more than 80 brands available for sale to the public.
Premium watches at Salon de TE
Salon de TE spotlights premium watch brands and unique watch designs, gathering 150 international brands at five thematic zones: World Brand Piazza, Chic & Trendy, Craft Treasure, Renaissance Moment and Wearable Tech. World Brand Piazza presents artisan masterpieces from 13 renowned international brands, including Blancpain, BOVET, Breguet, BVLGARI, Chopard, CORUM, DeWitt, FRANCK MULLER, Glashutte Original, H. Moser & Cie, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget and Zenith.
Chic & Trendy gathers a wide range of stylish wrist watches. Craft Treasure showcases high-end functional mechanical watches and jewellery watches. Renaissance Moment presents classic European watches in various styles, including the Swiss Eminence pavilion showcasing six top-quality Swiss brands and the Swiss Independent Watchmaking pavilion showcasing seven Swiss independent watchmakers’ collections. Wearable Tech features watches that combine new technology and stylish design.
Salon de TE and the Watch & Clock Fair gather a wide range of eye-catching wrist watches, including:
– Piaget’s world’s slimmest mechanical jewellery wrist watch Altiplano, priced at over HK$1.4 million. (around US$181000) (Booth no.: 3E-WBP)
– Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso Cordonnet Duetto, featuring a double-dial design with a single movement driving both front and back dials to show time, valued at HK$1.9 million. (around US$245000) (Booth no.: 3E-WBP)
– Boegli’s Grand Opera series musical watches are equipped with a musical module and mechanical movement, capable of producing 17 notes to play classical musical pieces. Only 99 pieces are available for this limited edition watch. (Booth no.: 3E-D44)
– Kronsegler’s da Vinci automatic mechanical watch KS 745 combines art with function by featuring a rotating 24-dial of Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man with the figure’s head indicating the current time. (Booth No.: 3D-B43)
– Memorigin’s Marco Fu watch series is themed around snooker with three black diamonds set at the 1, 4 and 7 dial markers, representing snooker player Mr Fu’s 147-point scoring record. (Booth No.: 3E-E18)
– AKTEO’s finance-themed watch Wall Street 42, in which the hour hand shows the Wall Street Journal, the minute hand a US bank note, and the second hand a 999.9 gold bar. (Booth No.: 3D-A38)
– FIYTA’s 3D Time, which emphasises 3D art, was awarded the Red Dot Academy Awards in industrial design in 2014. (Booth No.: 3E-E37)
Smart watches as market spotlight
Responding to the increasing popularity of smart watches, the industry is focused on creating more high-tech timepieces. Pure Performance Distribution Limited’s Garmin fenix(R) 3 HR multisport training GPS watch, with feature sets for fitness training and outdoor navigation, provides users with reliable fitness and GPS data for their daily life and for professional training. As such, this year’s fair introduces a new zone, OEM Smart Watches, showcasing the latest OEM designs. Among the exhibits, Montrichard (HK) Ltd’s smart watch Chronologia is capable of dual-time display and alarm, and can be connected to a smartphone to display lost-phone notification, SMS, fitness tips and more.
Another dedicated zone, Pageant of Eternity returns this year to spotlight an endless range of complete watches. Other exhibiting categories consist of Complete Watches, Clocks, Machinery & Equipment, Packaging, Parts & Components and Trade Services.
Over 70 buyer missions coming to do business
During the fair period, the HKTDC has organised more than 70 buyer missions, comprising about 4,000 buyers from 50 countries and regions, including renowned watch and clock manufacturers, buyers and retailers, such as Rivoli Group from the Unite Arab Emirates, Abiste from Japan, Dakota Watch from the United States, Birks Group from Canada, Gmarket from South Korea, S Bacher & Co. from South Africa and Crystal Time from Singapore. Apart from Salon de TE, the popular hktdc.com Small Orders zone is featured in the lobby of Hall 1D with some 160 clock and watch showcases, targeting buyers looking to source products in minimum quantities of five to 1,000 pieces. Some of the items are also available for orders online. The award-winning entries of the 33rd Hong Kong Watch & Clock Competition are also on display in the lobby of Hall 1B to showcase local designs to international buyers.
More than 30 events, including seminars, networking events and watch parades will be organised during the fair period to facilitate exchange of market information among industry players. Highlighted events include the Hong Kong International Watch Forum held this afternoon while the Asian Watch Conference, to be held tomorrow afternoon, will look at developing trends related to the smart wearable tech sector and the Internet. Celebrities, including Alex Lee, Lisa Ch’ng, Derek Wong, Karena Ng, Wong You-nam, Ma Wing-shing and Marco Fu, will take part in product launches. On Public Day (10 September), visitors can take part in a series of entertaining activities as well as two lucky prize draws.
Date: 6-10 September
6 Sept 10:30am-6pm; 7-9 Sept 9:30am-6pm; 10 Sept 9:30am-5pm
Venue: Hall 1A-1E, 3C-3E and 3F-G, HKCEC