2 Sept 2009
World’s Largest Timepiece Event Opens
More than 700 Exhibitors Open 28th Watch and Clock Fair
2 September 2009 – More than 700 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions are taking part in the 28th HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair, which opened today and continues through 6 September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).
At the fair’s opening ceremony, Professor KC Chan, Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, said: “Throughout the years, the watch and clock industry has experienced many great challenges. They have all been overcome by the industry’s creativity and resilience.” He noted that the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) and the cross-border trade settlement in renminbi have brought business opportunities in the midst of challenges.
Also speaking at the opening ceremony, John Wong, Co-Chairman of the Fair Organising Committee, “welcomed the buying missions here from all over the world and our first-time participant Turkey – all of you here for the largest watch and clock fair in the world.”
Fair organiser the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) this year organised 63 buying missions representing more than 2,460 buyers from 61 countries and regions. Buyers include: Australia’s Rip Curl Pty Ltd; Austria’s Dorotheum GmbH & Co KG; Canada’s Cosmoda Corp; France’s Le Manège à Bijoux; Japan’s Abiste Corp; Spain’s El Corte Inglés; the United Kingdom’s Time Products (UK) Ltd; and the United States’ Fossil Inc.
Among this year’s fair highlights is “Pageant of Eternity,” a new zone devoted to high-end watches, with 260 exhibitors participating.
Brand Name Gallery Open to Public
Brand Name Gallery returns, showcasing more than 100 watch brands from 13 countries and regions, including: Hong Kong’s odm; Italy’s Tonino Lamborghini; Japan’s Angel Heart; Korea’s FOCE; the Netherland’s Jacob Jensen; and Switzerland’s CYRIL RATEL. As well, a number of new European brands are joining this year, from the UK’s Nite to Turkey’s WINZ Club.
For the first time, Brand Name Gallery opens to the public on the fair’s final day, 6 September (Sunday). Along with the high-end timepieces on display, visitors will be treated to a dance performance and two mini-watch parades. In addition, Ms Hong Kong 2009 Sandy Lau and the contest’s first two runners-up, along with the overall champion and youth group champion of Mr Hong Kong 2009, will showcase the winning pieces from the Watch & Clock Design Competition. Two lucky draws will offer six brand watches as prizes.
Asian Watch Conference
Noel Wong, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, of A. Lange & Söhne, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Asian Watch Conference, 5 September. A well-known watch expert and critic, Mr Wong will spotlight the latest industry trends in the Chinese mainland, including spending patterns of the mainland’s high-end consumers.
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 discuss the latest developments in the global watch industry.
Winning and final entries in the 26th Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition will be on display in the Hall 1 concourse.
Watch and Clock Exports
In his fair-opening address, Mr Wong noted that Hong Kong had exported about HK$20 billion worth of watches and clocks in the first half of 2009.
“Despite today’s global financial turmoil, the Hong Kong watch and clock industry continues to create quality products, continues to invest in innovative watch design, continues to maintain its enviable international reputation for quick response and competitive pricing,” he said.
The fair is restricted to trade buyers 18 and over.
Brand Name Gallery opens to the public on Sunday, 6 September. Admission fee is HK$10; free admission for visitors under 12 and 65 and over. The ticket counter closes at 3pm. All exhibits are for display only and not for sale.
The Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair is organised by the HKTDC together with the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries Ltd.
Fair Website: http://hktdc.com/hkwatchfair
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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