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Watch & Clock Design Winners Feature Wet Look
Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair Opens Next Week

  At today’s press conference, 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
  Geoffrey Edward Kao (right), Vice-Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd, presents the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition’s Student Group Championship award to Ngan Pik-Ki (centre)
  David Lai (right), President of the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd, congratulates Ivy Leung, Senior Designer (centre) of Team 1 Design Ltd, the Watch & Clock Design Competition’s Open Group winner
  Open Group winning designs (left to right): “Light Up My Life,” “Navigator I” and “Castle”
  Winners of the Student Group are honoured at today’s press conference. They are (left to right): Yoyo Chung Hoi-yau (second runner-up), Ngan Pik-ki (champion) and Tang Chun-kit (first runner-up)
  A watch parade at today’s press conference features a selection of watches that will be on display at the fair’s Brand Name Gallery
29 August 2012 – Designs inspired by sailing and water have won top honours at the latest Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition. The winners were announced today by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), organiser of the HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair. The world's largest watch and clock show opens 5 September and continues through 9 September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Winning Ways
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." The piece features separate dials for hour and minute display, as well as a crown that can be turned to change time zones.

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.

Big Brands
The 28 winners and finalists of this year's design competition will be on display, in the Hall 1 Concourse, throughout this year's Watch and Clock fair. Other highlights will include the Brand Name Gallery, presenting more than 120 brands from 14 countries and regions, among them: Swiss watch company Alexis Farin; Hush Puppies, which will roll out its 10th anniversary watch; Hong Kong's Memorigin, which will introduce its tourbillon watches; and local brand Zerone, which will unveil its "Zerone and 5+1" collection at a ceremony featuring six designers from Hong Kong and Japan.

Brand Name Gallery will open to the public on the last day of the fair, offering watch parades, tourbillon demonstrations and such sessions as "Fashion Watches, Mix & Match" by fashion designer Cecilia Yau, and "Finest Watches to Watch" by Ashley Lung, watch critic and chief editor of The Watch Magazine.

The fair's 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, Panerai, Piaget, Roger Dubuis and Ulysse Nardin. A Blancpain Léman tourbillon watch, selling for more than HK$16 million, will be among the exceptional watches on display. In addition, the Pageant of Eternity will offer outstanding timepieces from more than 260 exhibitors.

Special Events
The fair will present a variety of special activities, including cocktail receptions, conferences, product launch events, watch parades, lucky draws and seminars. They will include "The True Value of Prestigious Watchmaking," a Prince Jewelry-sponsored seminar featuring Philip Ng, founder of Watch Report magazine.

Representatives from global watch associations will discuss the state of the industry, 5 September, at the Hong Kong International Watch Forum. And the Asian Watch Conference, 6 September, will offer the insights of Shang Jiangguang, Vice President and General Manager, Zhuhai Rossini Watch Industry Ltd.

Ticking Along Nicely
Hong Kong is the world's second-largest watch and clock exporter by value, exporting US$4.45 billion (HK$34.72 billion) worth of timepieces, parts and components in the first half of this year, up 13 per cent over the same period in 2011.

Winning entries of the 29th Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition:

Fair Website: www.hktdc.com/hkwatchfair

Time for Luxury: (2011 HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair highlights)

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Joe Kainz
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About the HKTDC
A statutory body established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 global offices, including 11 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and on the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, please visit: http://www.hktdc.com/ 

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