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Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Winners Announced
Creations on Show Next Month at World’s Largest Timepiece Fair

 

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  Speaking at a media preview today for the upcoming HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau says Hong Kong’s timepiece exports rose 25 per cent, year-on-year, to HK$30.7 billion in the first half of 2011
 

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  David Lai, Co-Chairman of the HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair Organising Committee, says the fair’s Brand Name Gallery will showcase limited-edition timepieces from 12 top international brands this year
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  More than 25 special events will take place at the watch fair, Barry Tse, Co-Chairman of the HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair Organising Committee, tells the media at today’s press conference. Product-launches, conferences, cocktail receptions and watch parades will also be held throughout the fair period
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  A watch parade at today’s press conference features a selection of brand watches from the fair’s Brand Name Gallery
25 August 2011 – A pocket watch that can also wrap 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 latest Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition – and a place in the spotlight at next month's HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair, the world's largest timepiece event.

The winning designs were announced today by organisers of the 7-11 September fair, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

More than 700 exhibitors from 12 countries and regions are expected for the event, which will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

In Sync with Design
Themes for the design competition's 28th edition 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 Ltd's "10.2" in the Open Group, and "Globe Watch," by Fok Yiu Chor, a student at the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE), in the Student Group.

Wincy Horological Ltd's designer said watches can be made with classic design, and "classic for me is something that never ends – beauty that lasts." The designer said "10.2" includes a hand-winding mechanism, creating a combination "modern watch and pocket watch," which avoids "sacrificing the core spirit of a pocket watch and allows its classic nature to stand out."

Student Group champion Fok Yiu Chor noted that, while Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) helps divide the world into different time zones, "many existing watch designs do not provide a user-friendly interface for GMT." The world map dial in his design, however, helps the wearer connect two different places with two different time zones.

Big Names, World Brands
In addition to the designs of tomorrow, visitors to this year's Watch & Clock Fair will see today's top creations at the Brand Name Gallery and World Brand Piazza. The gallery will feature more than 110 brands, including Alexis Garin, a Swiss manufacturer of handmade watches, Chouette Teslar®, a new health watch collection launched by Christie Wo of Hong Kong, and EDWIN from Japan, which will launch its Dragon & Phoenix limited-edition watches for couples. Cosmopolitan, ELLETIME, Gemtique (by Aaron Shum), Levi's, Neolog, o.d.m., Romago and Temporis are among the other notable brands taking part.

World Brand Piazza, sponsored by Prince Jewellery & Watch Company, will feature rare timepieces from 12 internationally renowned brands: A Lange & Sohne, Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Breguet, Chopard, Franck Muller, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Omega, Panerai, Piaget and Vacheron Constantin. Within the Piazza, Celsius X VIII presents the world's first cell phone with a tourbillion, retailing at HK$2.8 million.

Complementing the brand-name zones is the Pageant of Eternity, which features original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and more than 270 exhibitors showing timepieces of outstanding beauty and craftsmanship.

Industry Trends
The fair will present more than 25 special activities, including cocktail receptions, conferences, lucky draws, public seminars and product launch events. About a dozen parades will be staged,  with Chouette, Temporis and Romago organising their own, while o.d.m will host a cocktail party featuring product designer Michael Young. In addition, a launch party will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the EDWIN brand watches.

Representatives from global watch associations will discuss the state of the industry at the Hong Kong International Watch Forum, 7 September. The 8 September Asian Watch Conference will feature the insights of award-winning US designer Jason Martin from "new" design. Brand Name Gallery will open to the public on the last day of the fair. Public sessions are also planned, including "Crossover between Watches and Fashion," by Christie Wo, and the "Finest Watches to Watch," by Simon Shia.

Counting Exports
Hong Kong is the world's second-largest watch and clock exporter; growing demand from the Chinese mainland is expected to further expand the market. The city is also the top import market for Swiss watch products, with January to June 2011 imports from Switzerland totalling US$2 billion (HK$15.8 billion), a 45 per cent increase over the same period last year.

Fair Visitors
Trade only (free admission). Visitors under 18 will not be admitted.
11 September: Brand Name Gallery opens to the public. Visitors under 12 will not be admitted.

Fair Website
www.hktdc.com/hkwatchfair

Fair Visitors
Trade only (free admission). Visitors under 18 will not be admitted.
11 September: Brand Name Gallery opens to the public. Visitors under 12 will not be admitted.

The 28th Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition Winning Designs

Open Group: Classic Reunion    

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Champion
Title of Design: 10.2
Designer: Wincy Horological Ltd

Designer considers classic to be something without end, a form of beauty that is timeless. Everything can have a classic design; for watches, my favourite is the pocket watch. This design combines modern and classic elements, without sacrificing the core spirit of a pocket watch. The hand-winding mechanism keeps the wearer in touch with a timepiece.

 

First Runner-up
Title of Design: INCESSANT……
Contestant: Silcon Watch Co, Ltd
Pocket watches became common in the 16th century, but the materials and technology available at the time restricted design. This collection offers a blend of current technology, materials and imagination meant to represent a "glorious past and ongoing development." 

 

Second Runner-up
Title of Design: London Journey 1462
Designer: Lam Chung Hong
(Sponsoring Company: Bon Jour Industries Ltd)
The first-known document to mention pocket watches was dated 1462, not long before the invention of mechanical watches. This significant year in the history of timepieces was the inspiration for London Journey 1462, a watch designed to honour the spirit of vintage pocket watches and modern mechanical designs. In addition, it features a background image of London's Big Ben.

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Paul So (right), President of Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd, congratulates a representative of Wincy Horological Ltd, the Watch & Clock Design Competition’s Open Group winner   Open Group winning designs (left to right): "INCESSANT," "10.2" and "London Journey 1462"    
         

Student Group: Dream Team

   

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Champion
Title of Design: Globe Watch
Designer: Fok Yiu Chor (School for Higher and Professional Education)
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) helps to divide the world into different time zones. But while GMT is in step with time, many existing watch designs do not offer good reading and graphics to represent the time zones. The highlight of this design is the world map printed on the dial, dividing the two zones and identifying the two different places and their respective time of day.

 

First Runner-up
Title of Design: Planning Watch
Designer: Tang Chung Leung (Hong Kong Design Institute)
The shape of the watch is streamlined, and simple colours bring out a feeling of the future. Key design features include a day planner, allowing the user to set an activity and time. The watch's modern shape leaves the impression that the wearer is keeping up with changing times.

 

Second Runner-up
Title of Design: Tap Tap Watch
Designer:
Chiu Kin Lung (Hong Kong Design Institute)
The Tap Tap Watch was conceived as an interactive digital watch, and inspired by music. A timepiece with a music player, it allows the wearer to play a drumbeat by tapping along to a favourite song.

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Joseph Chu (right), Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd, presents the award to Fok Yiu Chor, the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition’s Student Group Champion   Winners of the Student Group are honoured at today’s press conference. They are (left to right): Tung Ho Shing (merit), Tang Chung Leung (first runner-up), Fok Yiu Chor (champion), Chiu Kin Lung (second runner-up), and Ng Ting Hin (merit)    

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Please contact the HKTDC's Corporate Communication Department:

Joe Kainz
Tel: (852) 2584 4216
Email: joe.kainz@hktdc.org  

About the HKTDC
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