World’s Largest Watch & Clock Fair Opens with Record Exhibitors

Officiating at today’s opening of the 36th HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair were (front row, from left): Moses Leung, co-Chairman, The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd; Harold Sun, Chairman, The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries Ltd; Samson Sun, Permanent Honorary President, The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd; Kenneth Wong, Vice President, Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd; Edward Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the Hong Kong SAR Government; Margaret Fong, Executive Director, HKTDC; Hilton Cheong-Leen, Honorary Life President, Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd; Enders Lam, President, Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd; and Wayne Leung, Vice President, Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd

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, the 36th HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair opened today and continues through 9 September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The fair showcases complete watches, clocks, machinery & equipment, OEM Smart Watches, packaging, parts & components as well as trade services to provide a one-stop sourcing platform for global buyers.

At the opening ceremony, Edward Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the Hong Kong SAR Government, was the guest of honour. The fair features a record-breaking 820-plus exhibitors from 24 countries and regions, including first-time participating country Lebanon. Concurrent with the Watch & Clock Fair is Salon de TE, which features a wide range of international premium brands. Salon de TE will open free of charge to public visitors aged 12 or above on the fair’s last day (9 September). More than 90 brands will hold retail sales on Public Day for visitors to purchase their favourite timepieces.

Salon de TE spotlights close to 150 international premium brands and designer collections at five thematic zones: World Brand Piazza, Renaissance Moment, Craft Treasure, Chic & Trendy and Wearable Tech. The World Brand Piazza, sponsored by Prince Jewellery & Watch for the eighth consecutive year, presents 13 renowned international brands, including four first-time participants – Jacob & Co., Jaquet Droz, Juvenia and Montblanc – as well as returning brands Blancpain, Breguet, Chopard, CORUM, DeWitt, FRANCK MULLER, Glashütte Original, Piaget and Zenith.

The fair gathers a wide range of eye-catching wristwatches, including:

One-of-a-kind treasure

Jacob & Co.’s one-of-a-kind Billionaire Tourbillon Watch, valued at HK$160 million, features a case and strap set with 239 pieces of emerald-cut diamonds weighing, in total, 260 carats. (Booth no: 3E-WBP)

Exquisite timepieces with great craftsmanship

Jacob & Co.’s Astronomia Solar Tourbillon Watch, valued at HK$2.8 million, features a 3D model on the dial, simulating the moon’s revolution around the earth. The watch displays time with a 3D celestial panorama. (Booth no: 3E-WBP)

Anpassa’s Ultra-Thin Ladies’ Tourbillon Watch features a case with a thickness of only 8.1mm as well as a bottom plate set with natural diamonds. (Booth no: 3E-E28)

Memorigin’s Butterfly Rose Tourbillon Watch caters to the modern woman. The accessories on the case can be worn in seven different ways. The unique design challenges the traditional masculine form of Tourbillon watches. (Booth no: 3E-D32)

Blending watches with classic cars

H.I.D.’s T1D1 Mechanical Wristwatch is inspired by the vintage design of classic vehicles from the 1960s. The second and minute displays resemble a tachometer and speedometer. The patented outer case is changeable and the automatic mechanical movement has a power reserve of up to 80 hours. (Booth no: 3E-F17)

VESPA’s Heritage series spotlights the design elements of classic scooters’ rational, emotional and functional features, offering five dials together with leather or mesh straps for customisation. (Booth no: 3E-B42)

High-end technology offers a variety of multi-functional features

Exclamation Ltd’s Cupid Memory Watch series features patented leather straps with a range of colour choices. Enabled with NFC chips and QR code, users can share their precious moments with beloved ones via a mobile app. (Booth no: 3C-E09)

Dnx Co, Ltd’s Qliq is a smart and fashionable personal-safety watch with an LED display, with features including siren, guardian alerts, location tracking and NFC payment. (Booth no: 3G-C32)

KaHa Pte Ltd‘s PRiSM integrates the latest smart technology and the charm of an analogue interface in a single module. The watch uses high-end technology to optimise battery consumption and is powered by “Cove” to bring users a range of smart apps and features. (Booth no: 3G-C29)

70+ buyer missions coming to do business

The HKTDC has organised 77 buyer missions, comprising over 4,300 buyers from 55 countries and regions, including renowned watch and clock manufacturers, buyers and retailers, such as Taller Watches from Switzerland, Titan from India, Wenger’s Ltd from Canada, Isetan Mitsukoshi from Japan, Shilla Duty Free from Korea, S. Bacher & Co from South Africa, Rivoli Group from the United Arab Emirates, and from the United States. The Small Orders zone, located at Hall 1D concourse, features close to 130 watch and clock showcases, targeting buyers looking for minimum quantities of five to 1,000 pieces. The award-winning and finalist entries of the 34th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Competition are also on display at Hall 1B concourse to showcase local creativity to international buyers.

All-round Events Facilitate Industry Exchange and Public Day on 9 September

More than 30 events, including seminars, networking events and watch parades will be organised during the fair period to facilitate exchange of market information among industry players. The Hong Kong International Watch Forum this afternoon examined the future challenges and opportunities in the watch industry, while the Asian Watch Conference tomorrow will discuss future trends and designs of smartwatches. A Guide to Swiss-made Label will feature several industry representatives to discuss the ordinance in detail. Celebrities, including Lisa Ch’ng, Ricky Fan, Milky Leung, Zoie Tam, Max Cheung, Jim Chim, Karena Ng and Daniel Chan, will take part in brand product launches. On Public Day (9 September), there will be a series of sharing sessions and activities where the industry can promote the latest watch trends. Visitors can also take part in two lucky draws.

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