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Glittering Designs Highlight Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair
Trend-Setting Brand Name Gallery Sets New Exhibitor Record

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Hong Kong is now the second largest watch and clock exporter in the world, Hong Kong companies must differentiate their products from competitor in terms of quality and design, spoke the Hon John Tsang at the Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair open ceremony.
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Joining the Hon John Tsang at today's opening ceremony were (left to right) Mr Jerry Tsang, Co-Chairman of the Fair Organising Committee, Dr Samson Sun, Permanent Honourary President of the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries, Mr Stanley Lau, Chairman of the TDC Watches and Clocks Advisory Committee, Mr Fred Lam, Executive Director of the TDC, Mr Tommy Leung, President of the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association, and Mr Bob Wai, Co-Chairman of the Fair Organising Committee.
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Checking out the quality Hong Kong watches on offer in the Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair are, left to right: Mr Fred Lam, the Hon John Tsang and Mr Stanley Lau.

Sept 5, 2007 - The Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair, the largest fair of its kind in the world, opened today and continues through Sept 9 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

The show this year has attracted 800 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions, including Hong Kong, Canada, the Chinese mainland, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. The Chinese mainland, Korea and Taiwan will feature group pavilions.

The Hong Kong watch industry is enjoying glittering growth, said Fair Organising Committee Co-Chairman Jerry Tsang, speaking at the open ceremony. "In the first seven months of this year, Hong Kong watch and clock exports increased by 4.5 per cent, to US$3.4 billion (HK$26.4 billion). Such numbers underline the industry's competitive edge, its international reputation for speedy response, consistent quality and reasonable price," Mr Tsang said.

"This year's fair spotlights a timely spectrum of watches and clocks, parts and components, packaging materials and equipment and machinery. The premium section Brand Name Gallery includes 113 brands represented by 87 companies from 15 countries and regions, nearly 18 per cent more than last year and the highest brand total since the gallery was established in 2000," said Fair Organising Committee Co-Chairman Bob Wai. Brands featured at the premium zone include Hong Kong brands such as JACQUES FAREL and ROYAL LONDON; France's ELITE MODELS' FASHION and THIERRY MUGLER; Italy's GF FERRÈ and LOTTO; UAE's Daniel Hechter; the US's STUHGLING; Korea's Romanson; and Switzerland's CYRIL RATEL.

A fair highlight, the Asian Watch Conference, takes place September 8. This year's conference features Jean-Daniel Pasche, President of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH, as keynote speaker. Mr Pasche will speak about the global industry's latest market developments and challenges.

The winning pieces of the 24th Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition are also on display. And there is more glamour and glitter in the show parades, which feature models wearing a variety of dazzling timepieces.

Those attending this year's fair include more than 1,470 companies from 64 buying missions organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC). The TDC organised the fair, in cooperation with the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries.

Joining Mr Tsang at today's opening ceremony were the Hon John Tsang, Financial Secretary of the HKSAR, Fred Lam, Executive Director of the TDC, Dr Samson Sun, Permanent Honourary President of the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries, Tommy Leung, President of the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association, Stanley Lau, Chairman of the TDC Watches and Clocks Advisory Committee, and Bob Wai, Co-Chairman of the Fair Organising Committee.

Fair website:
http://hkwatchfair.com

Brand Name Gallery product photos can be viewed at the following link:
http://hkwatchfair.tdctrade.com/bng2007/index.htm

Photos of selected Brand Name Gallery exhibitors can be downloaded from the following link:
http://hkwatchfair.tdctrade.com/chi/press_rel/july.htm

Media enquiries:
Please contact the TDC's Media and Public Affairs Department:

Teresa O
Tel: 2584 4554
Email: teresa.cy.o@tdc.org.hk

About the TDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 offices worldwide, including 11 in the Chinese mainland, the TDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with the Chinese mainland and Asia. The TDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, visit www.tdctrade.com

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