Signs of the times
A pocket watch that can also be wrapped around your wrist and a wristwatch that uses a world map to help keep track of two time zones have earned top honours at the Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition - and a place in the spotlight at next week's HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair.
More than 700 exhibitors from 12 countries and regions are expected for the fair, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Set to take place at the Convention and Exhibition Centre from September 7 to 11, it is the world's largest event for timepieces.
Themes for the design competition were 'Classic Reunion' in the open category, and 'Dream Team' in the student category. The champions, selected from more than 210 entries, included Wincy Horological's '10.2', and 'Globe Watch,' by student Fok Yiu-chor.
The World Brand Piazza will feature rare timepieces from top international brands.
The Brand Name Gallery, showcasing more than 110 brands including Alexis Garin, a Swiss manufacturer of handmade watches, and Chouette Teslar, a new health watch collection launched by Christie Wo of Hong Kong, will open to the public on the last day of the fair. Seminars by Christie Wo and Simon Shia will also be open to the public.
Hong Kong is the world's second largest watch and clock exporter and growing demand from the mainland is expected to further expand the market. The city is also the top import market for Swiss watch products, with imports in the first half of this year from Switzerland totalling US$2 billion, a 45 per cent increase over the same period last year. For more details go to www.hktdc.com/hkwatchfair