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Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Winners Announced
Upcoming HKTDC Watch & Clock Fair to Feature Brand Name Gallery

  Benjamin Chau, Deputy Executive Director of the HKTDC speaking at a media preview for the upcoming Watch & Clock Fair explains how Hong Kong has imported HK$10.4 billion worth of watches from Switzerland in the first half of 2010. In terms of imports, the city has since 2008 surpassed France, Italy, Japan and the United States to become the world’s largest importer of Swiss watches
  Joseph Chu, Co-Chairman of the HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair Organising Committee 2010, explains how the fair’s Brand Name Gallery will open to the public on the final day to allow exhibitors to directly gauge market response
  Peter Sin, Co-Chairman of the HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair Organising Committee 2010, tells the media that as the global economy gets back on track, the export value of Hong Kong’s watch and clock industry in the first half of the year has exceeded HK$24.5 billion - a 24 per cent year-on-year increase

Dr Samson Sun (right), Permanent Hon President of the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd congratulates winners in the Open Group of the Watch & Clock Design Competition


Paul So (right), President of the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd congratulates Student Group winners in the design competition

26 August 2010 – A wristwatch inspired by the seasons and a clock which doubles as a tiny garden have won top honours at the Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition  and a place at next month’s HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair, the world’s largest event of its kind.

The award winners were announced today during a preview of events for the 6-10 September fair, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) together with the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries Ltd.

Some 700 exhibitors from 15 countries and regions have booked places at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre for the fair, which will include industry seminars and special zones focusing on name brands and limited-edition timepieces.

Top Designs
From more than 200 entries submitted for the 27th edition of the design competition, Team 1 Design Ltd’s “Spring & Winter” watch was chosen as champion in the Open Group, while Kin Waily’s “Garden Clock” won in the student category.

Team 1 Design said the theme “Change” inspired it to create a watch that represents the “seasonal change from spring to winter.” The timepiece features a top ring that can be rotated, and a double-sided strap that can be changed depending on the wearer’s “own preferred season.”

Mr Waily, who graduated from the School of Business and Information Systems and studies at the Hong Kong Design Institute, was selected champion in the green-themed Student Group category for his combination clock and potted plant. The device runs on electricity from a solar panel and the natural chemical energy from the soil it holds. “The design is made of eco-plastic and eco-paint,” said Mr Waily, adding that most parts of the clock can be recycled and that it would be shipped with a packet of wheatgrass seeds, “so the user can plant wheatgrass to make juice.”

World Brand Piazza
Highlights of this year’s fair, the 29th edition, include the Brand Name Gallery. The Gallery will feature about 100 brands, including Alan & Anthony Watches, ARBUTUS, EVERLAST, FIYTA, Galtiscopio, Guy Laroche, ICE-WATCH, INNERPOWER, KIN-MIX, Levi’s, Louis Armolo, MAX XL WATCHES, MC marie claire, odm, QUE, SOLUS, TEMPORIS, Tonino Lamborghini, UNITED ARMY, wize & ope and ZERONE. Catwalk-style fashion shows will be held in the Brand Name Gallery’s Wine Cellar, where visitors will also be able to enjoy wine and coffee.

A new feature of this year’s fair is the World Brand Piazza located on the concourse leading to the Brand Name Gallery. Sponsored by Prince Jewellery & Watch Company, it will pay homage to the art and craftsmanship of haute horlogerie. World Brand Piazza will feature limited-edition timepieces from global brands that represent the “pinnacle of watchmaking.” Timepieces by Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Cartier, Omega, Piaget and Vacheron Constantin will be on display.

The fair also will see the return of the Pageant of Eternity. Located in Hall 1, the special zone features timepieces with outstanding beauty and craftsmanship. Members of the public aged 12 or above will be allowed free admission to the Brand Name Gallery on the final day of the fair, allowing exhibitors some instant market feedback on their new designs.

Conference, Forum and Seminars
The Wine Cellar will also be the venue for seminars on the final day of the fair. Collectors with a passion for watches will be able to hear expert advice about how best to preserve luxury timepieces, as well as a discussion about whether luxury watches should be viewed as fashion or investment items.

The Asian Watch Conference also returns with a half-day session that will feature Will A Stein, President of the Philip Stein Group. Mr Stein, an influential member of the international watch and clock industry, will join Chinese mainland government official Ren Xing-zhou. Ms Ren is Director of the Institute of Market Economy Research in the Development Research Centre of the State Council.

Mr Stein’s address will cover a number of topics, including “Natural Frequency Technologies,” used to keep watches in tune with the wearer’s body. Ms Ren will offer insights about the latest developments for the luxury watch market on the Chinese mainland. Industry trends will also be the focus at the Hong Kong International Watch Forum, which brings together leaders of world watch associations.

Fair Website
HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair 2010: www.hktdc.com/hkwatchfair

Admission Details
6-10 September: Limited to trade visitors age 18 and older
10 September: Brand Name Gallery opens free to public visitors age 12 and older

Media Enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC's Corporate Communication Department:

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





Photos of 27th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition Winners and their Designs

Open Group        







Title of Design: Spring & Winter
Company: Team 1 Design Limited


1st Runner-up

Title of Design: Casino


2nd Runner-up

Title of Design: China Changes the World
Designer: Lam Chung Hong
Sponsoring Company:  Bon Jour Industries Limited

Student Group        







Title of Design: Garden Clock
Designer: Kin Waily
(Hong Kong Design Institute)


1st Runner-up

Title of Design: Cartesian Timer
Designer: LI TAN NI
(Hong Kong Design Institute)


2nd Runner-up

Title of Design: World Crisis
Designer: SHIU HAU LAM
(Hong Kong Design Institute)

Photos of 27th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition Winning Entries


Team 1 Design Limited won top honours in the Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition in the Open Group category for their Spring & Winter watch “inspired by the seasonal change from spring to winter”

  20100826ChampionGraden.jpg Garden Clock, the winning entry in the environment-themed Student Group, was designed by Kin Waily of the Hong Kong Design Institute. The device uses solar power and chemical energy generated by mud which also allows wheatgrass to grow beside the clock
20100826Firstrunner.jpg Open Group 1st runner-up Casino was created by designer Henry Kwong to reflect the changes found in games of chance. The watch changes a card every five seconds, as dice in the centre mark the minute and a roulette wheel on the outer edge denotes the hour.   20100826FirstrunnerupCartesian.jpg Student Group 1st runner-up Cartesian Timer, created by Li Tan Ni of the Hong Kong Design Institute, operates using water pressure inside a tube similar to the method divers use to control their ascent and decent in the water. Constructed with plastic, water, a small amount of metal and no  electronic parts, the clock is entirely biodegradable
20100826Secondrunnerup.jpg Watches called China Changes the World earned 2nd runner-up honours for designer Lam Chung Hong who was sponsored by Bon Jour Industries Limited in the Open Group competition. The timepiece takes inspiration from the architecture of Beijing’s National Stadium, and includes a world map which is overlaid by the shape of China in red transparent film   20100826SecondrunnerWorld.jpg World Crisis is 2nd runner-up in the Student Group and aims to deliver an environmental-protection message. Designed by the Hong Kong Design Institute’s Shiu Hau Lam, the clock uses solar energy, and is formed into an ellipsoid shape symbolising a planet bent out of shape and turning black with three rings representing air, land and water pollution

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