New designs drum up interest in 'world’s largest timepiece event'

Organizers of the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair like to tell people they host the "world's largest timepiece event."

And for the 30th edition of the event - to be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from September 7 to 11 -  they have started drumming up publicity by announcing the winners of this year's Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition.

There were more than 210 entries in this year's contest - the 28th time it has been run - and winners were, in the Open Group, Wincy Horological "10.2" - a pocket watch that can also wrap around your wrist - and, in the Student Group, "Globe Watch" by Fok Yiu Chor, from the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE). Fok's creation keeps track of time in two regions with the use of a world map.

This year's Hong Kong Fair will host 700 exhibitors from 12 countries and regions, making it the largest "watch and clock only" event in the world and a major rival to Switzerland's Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show which is held each year each year in March.

The city itself is the world's second largest watch and clock exporter - behind those Swiss - and positions itself as the gateway to the ever-growing Chinese market. Already this year Hong Kong has imported some US$2 billion (1.4 billion euros) worth of Swiss watch products alone - a 45 percent year-on-year increase - with Chinese tourists seeing the city as a major source for luxury watches.

More than 110 of the world's leading watch brands will feature at the fair, among them the Swiss hand-made watch brand Alexis Garin, and Hong Kong's own Chouette Teslar, which is designer Christie Wo's new "health watch" collection.

Rare timepieces will be on display at the World Brand Plaza, while the event will host more than 25 related events including "cocktail receptions, conferences, lucky draws, public seminars and product launch events," according to organizers, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

30th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair

September 7-11

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

http://www.hktdc.com/hkwatchfair

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