Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair time again

After an opening ceremony yesterday, the 36th HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair continues through to Saturday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

Aimed at global buyers, it showcases watches, clocks, machinery and equipment, OEM smart watches, packaging, parts and components as well as trade services.

Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries, the fair has a record 820-plus exhibitors from 24 countries and regions.

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Concurrent with the fair, the Salon de TE hosts 150 international premium brands and designer collections in five themed zones: World Brand Piazza, Renaissance Moment, Craft Treasure, Chic & Trendy and Wearable Tech. The salon will open to the public on the last day, when more than 90 brands will hold retail sales.

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Sponsored by Prince Jewellery & Watch for the eighth consecutive year, the World Brand Piazza presents 13 international brands including four first-time participants, Jacob & Co, Jaquet Droz, Juvenia and Montblanc. Returning brands are Blancpain, Breguet, Chopard, Corum, DeWitt, Franck Muller, Glashutte Original, Piaget and Zenith.

A one-of-a-kind treasure at the event is Jacob & Co’s Billionaire Tourbillon watch, valued at HK$160 million (US$20.4 million) and featuring a case and strap set with 239 emerald-cut diamonds weighing 260 carats in total.

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Other feature timepieces include:

■ Jacob & Co’s Astronomia Solar Tourbillon, valued at $2.8 million and featuring a 3D simulation of the moon’s revolution around the earth.

■ Anpassa’s Ultra-Thin Ladies’ Tourbillon watch features an 8.1mm case as well as a bottom plate set with diamonds.

■ Memorigin’s Butterfly Rose Tourbillon features case accessories that can be worn seven different ways.

There are also watched designed to blend with classic vehicles:

■ HID’s T1D1 mechanical wristwatch with the second and minute displays resembling a tachometer and speedometer. The patented outer case is changeable.

■ Vespa’s Heritage series uses design elements of the classic scooter and offers five dials together with leather or mesh straps for customisation.

High-end technology features in a range of watches:

■ Exclamation’s Cupid Memory Watch series features patented leather straps in a range of colours, and are NFC and QR code enables so wearers can share moments via a mobile app.

■ DNX Co’s Qliq is a personal-safety watch with an LED display that features a siren, guardian alerts, location tracking and NFC payment.

■ KaHa’s Prism integrates smart technology and an analogue interface. Its high-end technology optimises battery use and offers smart apps and special features.

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HKTDC has organised 77 buyer missions involving more than 4300 buyers from 55 countries and regions, including watch and clock manufacturers, buyers, and retailers such as Taller Watches from Switzerland, Titan from India, Wenger’s 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 Jomashop.com from the US.

A special small-orders zone features nearly 130 watch and clock showcases, targeting buyers looking for minimum quantities of five to 1000 pieces, while the award-winning and finalist entries of the 34th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Competition are also on display.

More than 30 events have been organised, including networking opportunities and watch parades, the Hong Kong International Watch Forum and the Asian Watch Conference.
Celebrities are featuring in product launches.

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