26 Aug 2009
Watch and Clock Design Competition Winners Announced
More than 700 Exhibitors Set for 28th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair
26 August 2009 – The winning entries in the Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition were announced today and will be on display at the 28th HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair, which takes place 2-6 September, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
"The Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair is one of the most important purchasing events in the industry," said Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Assistant Executive Director Raymond Yip.
"Each year, the fair attracts buyers from around the world, offering an ideal platform for local companies to show off their capabilities to the global market. Through the fair, winners of the Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition can also demonstrate their fresh design concepts to industry players worldwide," added Mr Yip.
More than 200 entries were received, with Hui Wing Tak taking the Open Group award for "Eternity," a watch design. "The competition stimulates our creativity and allows us to exchange ideas with other designers," said the designer.
This year's Student Group champion, Leung Wing Hing, was equally pleased with the experience the competition afforded him. "It gave us a practical opportunity to experience what a professional designer has to encounter, from developing a design concept to making a real product." The Hong Kong Design Institute student won for "Night," a clock design.
Design themes for the competition's two groups were, respectively, "Temptation of Jewellery" and "Black Beauty."
The winners will bring fresh ideas to the world's largest watch and clock trade fair. More than 700 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions, including new fair exhibitor Turkey, will attend the 28th edition, offering a multitude of new offerings.
Hong Kong's watch and clock industry boasts an excellent reputation, according to the HKTDC's Mr Yip. "Our designs and products are well-received among buyers worldwide. But our industry players keep striving to improve creativity and the use of technology. This year's Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition received many outstanding entries, which only underlines the talent we have to power the industry's development."
Fair highlights this year include "Pageant of Eternity," a new zone devoted to high-end watches.
Brand Name Gallery will return, displaying more than 100 watch brands from 13 countries and regions, including: o.d.m. from Hong Kong, Tonino Lamborghini from Italy, Angel Heart from Japan, FOCE from Korea, Jacob Jensen from the Netherlands and CYRIL RATEL from Switzerland. "For the first time," said Mr Yip, "Brand Name Gallery will open to the public on the last day to enhance public awareness and knowledge of branded timepieces."
Asian Watch Conference
The Asian Watch Conference is another major show event, according to Tang Shun Ching, Co-Chairman of the 2009 Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair Organising Committee.
"Noel Wong, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, of A. Lange & Söhne, will be our keynote speaker. He will spotlight the latest industry trends in the Chinese mainland," said Mr Tang.
This year's fair also features the first International Watch Forum. Representatives of world watch associations from France, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom will exchange views on the latest developments in the global watch industry.
Organising Committee Co-Chairman Wong Yip Kong noted that Hong Kong exported HK$20 billion worth of watches and clocks in the first half of 2009. "The major markets of the industry are the United States and Europe, which together account for about 40 per cent of the total," said Mr Wong. "Given today's economic situation, Hong Kong manufacturers can consider diverting their business to emerging markets, and to developing original design manufacturing as well as their own brands."
The HKTDC is organising the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair together with the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries Ltd.
The fair is restricted to trade buyers 18 and over. Brand Name Gallery opens to the public on Sunday, 6 Sept. Admission fee is HK$10; free admission for visitors under 12 and 65 and over.
Fair Website: http://hkwatchfair.hktdc.com/
The 26th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition
Design theme for the Open Group: Temptation of Jewellery
Design theme for the Student Group: Black Beauty
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Tel: (852) 2584 4216
About the HKTDC
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 offices worldwide, including 11 in the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The HKTDC 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, www.hktdc.com