September 2, 2012

Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair and Design Competition 2012

Watches Design31st Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair, 5-9 September, 2012, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The fair is organised by Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd. There is a strong emphasis on international brands and watch parades will show the latest models in fashion presentations.

This post was updated for the opening ceremony

hong-kong_watch_clock_fair_parade A watch parade at the press conference (August 29) features a selection of watches that will be on display at the 31st Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair’s Brand Name Gallery.

hong-kong_watch_clock_fair_2012 HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau (centre) and HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair Organising Committee Co-Chairmen Gabriel Au (right) and Mandy Lai (left) introduce this year’s HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair, 5-9 September, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Brand Name Gallery (BNG) once again presents licensed and original branded watches, as well as fine fashion labels and designer collections. The Gallery will gather about 120 brands.

hush_puppies_10th_anniversary Hush Puppies 10th Anniversary Watch

The USA brand, Hush Puppies Timepieces launches its 10th anniversary watch at the 2012 fair. Conforming to the original Hush Puppies casual style, the model features typical Hush Puppies leather material and bears the “10th Anniversary” stamp. The dial shows only the numeral ‘10’ to celebrate the anniversary event.

Memorigin, Hong Kong

Hong Kong's first tourbillon watch brand, Memorigin, is cooperating with the famous designer Kan Tai Keung to introduce Kan’s 70th Birthday Series at the last day BNG Public Day. Memorigin will also invite a professional watchmaker to demonstrate how this feat of watchmaking, ie the tourbillon, counters the effects of gravity to improve accuracy.

Peter Tanisman SA, Switzerland

Peter Tanisman SA, a brand from Switzerland, introduces its CARROUSEL collection, a perfect watch for the modern women. This Carrousel watch was nominated for the “Watch of the Year 2011” Trophy organized by the Swiss magazine “Montres Passion”.

Temporis Watch, Hong Kong

Temporis, a famous Hong Kong brand, is introducing its new Le Bonheur collection, a simple yet stylish design with a romantic French feel. It will also host a solo watch parade with Ms Myolie Wu, spokesperson and famous artist, presenting the runway show.

Chinese Timekeeper, Hong Kong

On the other hand, the Chinese Timekeeper beautifully exemplifies the Chinese culture in the Chinese Timekeeper three hands automatic with jade. With strong appeal to both the hearts and minds of collectors of Chinese objets d'art, the watch's design with 10 pieces of jade offers a rare visual treat to all viewers.

Zerone, Hong Kong

Zerone, another Hong Kong brand name, has invited 6 designers or artists from Hong Kong and Japan to have the “5+1 crossover” collection, which included Mr. Jan Lamb (DJ/ Artists), SK8THING (Graphic Designer), Hiroaki Masuda (Shoe Designer), Michiharu Shimoda (Graphic Designer/ Musician), Motoki Mizoguchi (Graphic Designer) and TORU EYE (Shop Director of “Title”), to show their innovative design.

Keypad watch by Click Watches, Hong Kong

As one of the Hong Kong brand name, Click Watches have ingeniously re-appropriated these 'retro-tonics' into an entirely new way to show digital watch functions. Keypad watch is a new product of Click from a concept of calculator, number pad and digital locker. It’s totally different from the conventional watch as seen in the display.

NUMLOCK watches’ Color-Psycho collection is according to color psychological definitions, means wearing of certain selected colors will bring encouraging & constructive implications and soothing the soul. The collection was selected as “Design-souvenir” for Tokyo Designers Week during 2009 & 2011.

With these and many more creative watches, BNG Public Day, to be held on the last day of the fair, is expected to attract many members of the public. Events in three major themes - sporty watches, elegant or luxury watches and ready-to-wear watches - will be held within the Wine Cellar in the Grand Hall.

To reach the world’s large luxury market, the fair's World Brand Piazza showcases rare timepieces from some of the world's most renowned watchmakers, including A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Breguet, Chopard, Franck Muller, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Panerai, Piaget, Roger Dubuis and Ulysse Nardin. The Piazza is sponsored by Prince Jewellery & Watch. Another zone, Pageant of Eternity, will feature high quality complete watch. Buyers catering to a quality-conscious market will find the Pageant of Eternity the answer to their sourcing needs.

In response to the growing market demand for suppliers of goods in small quantities, the “Small-Order Zone” will be set up at the Hall 1B concourse specifically to showcase products suitable for ordering in small quantities of 50-1,000 pieces.

The 2012 Asian Watch Conference during the fair, an important industry event, has invited Mr Shang Jianguang, CEO & Executive Director, China Haidian Holdings Ltd, to be the keynote speaker. Mr Shang is an icon of the Chinese mainland watch & clock industry. Also invited to speak are the representative of GfK Group, one of the largest market research companies in the world, who will present a Seminar on “China and European Watch Markets”. A seminar on “BRICS Market for Watches” and the Hong Kong International Watch Forum are also important information events during the fair period.

Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition Winners
The 29th Watch and Clock Design Competition is always a highlight of the fair. Designs inspired by sailing and water have won top honours at the latest Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition. The winners were announced last week (29 August 2012) by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), organiser of the HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair.

The design competition’s 29th edition attracted more than 220 entries, with Initial Dream and Love Vision the themes of the Open Group and Student Group respectively. The Open Group champion was Team 1 Design Limited’s Navigator I (photo). The piece features separate dials for hour and minute display, as well as a crown that can be turned to change time zones.

Team 1 Design Limited has been awarded Champion of the Open Group in The 29th Hong Kong and Clock Design Competition for the design of Navigator I

The Student Group’s top prize went to Hong Kong Design Institute’s Ngan Pik Ki, for her Ripple creation. The dial and strap of the watch feature grooves representing ripples, while blue crystal bearings symbolising water drops beneath the hour, minute and second hands roll in the grooves on the watch face.

watch_clock_design_winnersWinners of the Student Group (left to right): Yoyo Chung Hoi-yau (second runner-up), Ngan Pik-ki (champion) and Tang Chun-kit (first runner-up)

Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair's Opening Ceremony, 5 September 2012

HKTDC Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair - Officiating guests at the opening ceremony were (front row, left to right): Mandy Lai, Co-Chairman of the Fair Organising Committee; David Lai, President, Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd; Hilton Cheong-Leen, Honorary Life President, Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd; Fred Lam, Executive Director, HKTDC; Raymond Tam, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs; Eddie Leung, Chairman, HKTDC Watches & Clocks Advisory Committee; Samson Sun, Permanent Honorary President, The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd; Gabrielle Au, Co-Chairman, Fair Organising Committee; and Geoffrey Edward Kao, Vice-Chairman, The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd.

Winners of the Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition introduce their designs to Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Secretary Raymond Tam (fifth from left), and HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair Organising Committee Co-Chairmen Gabriel Au (fourth from left) and Mandy Lai (fourth from right)

Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Secretary Raymond Tam checks out timepieces at the fair’s Brand Name Gallery

Blancpain is showcasing its Tourbillon watch at the fair. Going for more than HK$16 million, the watch is on display at World Brand Piazza.

The fair’s watches mini-parades showcase the latest looks from exhibitors at the opening ceremony

The world’s largest watch and clock show continues through 9 September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Contest: YouTube

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