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Watch & Clock Fair Opens with More Than 750 Exhibitors
New Timepiece Extravaganza Among Fair Highlights

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Officiating guests at today’s opening ceremony for the HKTDC Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair are (front row, left to right): Elise Tsui, Co-Chairman of the Fair Organising Committee; Gabrielle Au, Chairman of The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd; Samson Sun, Permanent Honorary President of The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd; Eddie Leung, Chairman of HKTDC Watches & Clocks Advisory Committee; Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the Hong Kong SAR Government; Fred Lam, Executive Director of the HKTDC; Hilton Cheong-Leen, Honorary Life President of the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd; David Lai, President of the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd; and Sze Wai Hung, Co-Chairman of the Fair Organising Committee

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 Winners of the Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition meet Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So (second from left) and Eddie Leung, Chairman of the HKTDC Watches & Clocks Advisory Committee (left) 
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 Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So checks out the brands at the fair’s Timepiece Extravaganza
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 The fair’s mini-parades showcase the latest offerings from exhibitors
4 September 2013 – The HKTDC Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair, the largest fair of its kind in the world, opened today and continues through 8 September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). 

This year’s fair showcases more than 750 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions. Germany, Russia, Singapore and Turkey are first-time exhibitors. 

Timepiece Extravaganza
Highlights include the new Timepiece Extravaganza. An expanded version of the popular Brand Name Gallery, it features more than 140 brands and includes four thematic zones: World Brand Piazza, Chic & Trendy, Craft Treasure and Renaissance Moment.

“World Brand Piazza” is spotlighting a dozen high-end brands: Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Breguet, Chopard, FRANCK MULLER, Glashütte Original, H. Moser, Hublot, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, Ulysse Nardin and Zenith. Nearly 90 brands are on display in the Chic & Trendy zone, from Hong Kong’s Arbutus, France’s Elle to Denmark’s Lego. Craft Treasure presents top-range functional mechanical watches and exquisite jewellery watches, including Beijing Watch, Fiyta from Chinese mainland and Memorigin from Hong Kong. Renaissance Moment presents a variety of European brands, including Elysee from Germany, Van Gogh from Netherland and Yves Bertin from France.

Other special areas include the Small-Order Zone, offering some 75 showcase units. And the Pageant of Eternity is located in Hall 1B, focusing on complete watches.

Special Events
The Hong Kong International Watch Forum, 4 September, and the Asian Watch Conference, 5 September, along with product launches, are among the special events taking place during the fair.

Public day, 8 September, features watch expert Noel Wong, celebrities Ella Koon and Pakho Chau, a car-racing simulation by The Chinese Timekeeper, an antique watch repair demonstration, lucky draws and watch parades. Watches from more than 70 brands will also be available for sale.

Design Display
The 28 winners and finalists of this year’s Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition are on display in the Hall 1D Concourse throughout the fair.

Fair Organisers
The show is organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries Ltd.

Exporting Time
In the first seven months of this year, Hong Kong exported US$5.4 billion (HK$42.4 billion) worth of timepieces, parts and components, up 2.6 per cent, year-on-year. Switzerland, the United States and the Chinese mainland were Hong Kong’s top three export markets.

Winning entries of the 30th Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition
http://filesharing.tdc.org.hk/hktdc/download.php?fid=_phpmef8oI

Video
http://youtu.be/3XFLVucYJKk

Website
www.hktdc.com/hkwatchfair

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

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

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: www.hktdc.com. 

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