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World's Largest Watch and Clock Fair Set for September
Fair to Feature Watch and Clock Design Competition Winners

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From left to right: Co-Chairman of Fair Organising Committee Mr Bob Wai and Jerry Tsang announced the result of Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition with Mr Raymond Yip, Assistant Executive Director of TDC.
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Models showing Skin Dial Watch (left), which is the champion work of the open category designed by Chan Wing Tak and Yellow Ribbon Action (right), which is the champion work of the student category designed by Chau Pei Shan.
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Picture shows winners of the open category, (left to right) Chan Fung Yin, Chan Wing Tak and Mak Tsz Wah, who is represented by Silcon Watch Co Ltd.

August 23, 2007 - The world's largest fair of its kind, the Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair, takes place September 5-9, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Along with a dazzling range of timepieces from all over the world, the fair will feature the winning entries of this year's Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition.

Chan Wing Tak's Skin Dial Watch took the open category Championship, with its Lifestyle Culture theme. His design incorporates a hollow case encircled by 12 LED lights; time is displayed by the light projected on the skin of the wearer. "I joined the competition because I love designing new products, especially something not thought about before," said Mr Chan. Mak Tsz Wah and Chan Fung Yin were the runners-up.

The student competition, under a Dream of the Future theme, was won by Chau Pei Shan, a design student at the University of Central England in Birmingham (UCE). Runners-up were Tang Ho Pan of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Shatin), and Chan Kar Him of UCE.

Yellow Ribbon Action, the name of Chau Pei Shan's winning design, was inspired by the yellow ribbons protestors put around their arms, symbolising "peace, hope and love". The timepiece is both an elegant necklace and a watch. Ms Chau also won the student Championship three years ago.

"The Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition works to enhance the design and quality of Hong Kong-made watches and clocks," said Jerry Tsang, Co-Chairman of the Fair Organising Committee. "We received more than 300 entries for the competition, which shows that design plays an increasingly important role in the industry."

Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC), the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries Ltd, this year's Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair will gather more than 800 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions. The Chinese mainland, Korea and Taiwan will feature group pavilions.

"The fair's Brand Name Gallery will showcase 110 prestigious brands and designer collections, up more than 14 per cent over last year. The popular Asian Watch Conference will also be held during the fair period. Taking place September 8, the Asian Watch Conference features Jean-Daniel Pasche, President of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH, as keynote speaker," said Raymond Yip, Assistant Executive Director of TDC.

Mini-watch parades will also be held throughout the fair period, highlighting some of the outstanding designs from exhibitors.

"Hong Kong watch and clock exports totalled HK$22 billion in the first six months of 2007, up 5.2 per cent over last year," said Bob Wai, Co-Chairman of the Fair Organising Committee. Southeast Asian exports were up nearly 17 per cent over the same period. Hong Kong is now the second-largest watch and clock exporter in the world, with exports to the United States and Europe making up 40 per cent of the total.

About the TDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) creates opportunity for Hong Kong companies, promoting trade in goods and services and connecting China and the world through Hong Kong's business platform. The TDC has more than 40 offices worldwide, including 11 in the Chinese mainland. Trade publications and sector-specific research reports are available online or at the TDC Business InfoCentre. For more information, visit http://www.tdctrade.com

For more information
Please contact the TDC's Media and Public Affairs Department:

Teresa O
Tel: (852) 2584 4554
Email: teresa.cy.o@tdc.org.hk

Fair website: http://hkwatchfair.com

24th Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition

Open Category Theme: Lifestyle Culture
Student Category Theme: Dream of the future

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Open Champion
Title: Skin Dial Watch
Designer: Chan Wing Tak
Description: The design incorporates a hollow case encircled by 12 LED lights; time is displayed by the light projected on the skin of the wearer.
1st Runner-up (Open)
Title: A Blend of Strength and Tenderness
Designer: Mak Tsz Wah
Sponsoring Company: Silcon Watch Co Ltd
Description: The watch plate is supported by four shock absorbers to cushion external impact.
   
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2nd Runner-up (Open)
Title: Good ol' dayz
Designer: Chan Fung Yin
Description: The time pops up by pressing the sides of this women's bangle watch. It can also measure ultraviolet rays and calories expended in walking or exercising.
Student Champion
Title: Yellow Ribbon Action
Designer: Chau Pei Shan (University of Central England in Birmingham)
Description: Inspired by the yellow ribbons sometimes worn by protestors, the watch also serves as a necklace for party wear.
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1st Runner-up (Student)
Title: Black Attraction
Designer: Tang Ho Pan (Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education Shatin)
Description: The design incorporates clock, thermometer and calendar modules, with each column kept in place by magnetic force.
2nd Runner-up (Student)
Title: D Revo
Designer: Chan Kar Him (University of Central England in Birmingham)
Description: A built-in Bluetooth system enables the watch to connect with the wearer's mobile, and the caller's face can be shown on the watch.

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