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World's Largest Watch & Clock Fair Opens in Hong Kong
Smart Watches in the Spotlight, Premium Brands in the Salon de TE

HONG KONG, Sept 6, 2016 - (ACN Newswire) - The 35th HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair, the world's largest timepiece event of its kind, opened today and continues through 10 September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Organised by Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries Ltd, the fair features more than 800 exhibitors from 27 countries and regions, including first-time participating countries and brands from Australia, Hungary, Iran, Lithuania, Monaco, Thailand and Turkey.

Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the Hong Kong SAR Government, was guest of honour at this morning's opening ceremony. A highlight of the five-day fair is Salon de TE, a top-tier brand showcase for the trade that will also be open to public visitors (aged 12 or above) free of charge on the last day of the fair (10 September), with timepieces from more than 80 brands available for sale to the public.

Premium watches at Salon de TE

Salon de TE spotlights premium watch brands and unique watch designs, gathering 150 international brands at five thematic zones: World Brand Piazza, Chic & Trendy, Craft Treasure, Renaissance Moment and Wearable Tech. World Brand Piazza presents artisan masterpieces from 13 renowned international brands, including Blancpain, BOVET, Breguet, BVLGARI, Chopard, CORUM, DeWitt, FRANCK MULLER, Glashutte Original, H. Moser & Cie, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget and Zenith.

Chic & Trendy gathers a wide range of stylish wrist watches. Craft Treasure showcases high-end functional mechanical watches and jewellery watches. Renaissance Moment presents classic European watches in various styles, including the Swiss Eminence pavilion showcasing six top-quality Swiss brands and the Swiss Independent Watchmaking pavilion showcasing seven Swiss independent watchmakers' collections. Wearable Tech features watches that combine new technology and stylish design.

Salon de TE and the Watch & Clock Fair gather a wide range of eye-catching wrist watches, including:

- Piaget's world's slimmest mechanical jewellery wrist watch Altiplano, priced at over HK$1.4 million. (around US$181000) (Booth no.: 3E-WBP)
- Jaeger-LeCoultre's Reverso Cordonnet Duetto, featuring a double-dial design with a single movement driving both front and back dials to show time, valued at HK$1.9 million. (around US$245000) (Booth no.: 3E-WBP)
- Boegli's Grand Opera series musical watches are equipped with a musical module and mechanical movement, capable of producing 17 notes to play classical musical pieces. Only 99 pieces are available for this limited edition watch. (Booth no.: 3E-D44)
- Kronsegler's da Vinci automatic mechanical watch KS 745 combines art with function by featuring a rotating 24-dial of Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man with the figure's head indicating the current time. (Booth No.: 3D-B43)
- Memorigin's Marco Fu watch series is themed around snooker with three black diamonds set at the 1, 4 and 7 dial markers, representing snooker player Mr Fu's 147-point scoring record. (Booth No.: 3E-E18)
- AKTEO's finance-themed watch Wall Street 42, in which the hour hand shows the Wall Street Journal, the minute hand a US bank note, and the second hand a 999.9 gold bar. (Booth No.: 3D-A38)
- FIYTA's 3D Time, which emphasises 3D art, was awarded the Red Dot Academy Awards in industrial design in 2014. (Booth No.: 3E-E37)

Smart watches as market spotlight

Responding to the increasing popularity of smart watches, the industry is focused on creating more high-tech timepieces. Pure Performance Distribution Limited's Garmin fenix(R) 3 HR multisport training GPS watch, with feature sets for fitness training and outdoor navigation, provides users with reliable fitness and GPS data for their daily life and for professional training. As such, this year's fair introduces a new zone, OEM Smart Watches, showcasing the latest OEM designs. Among the exhibits, Montrichard (HK) Ltd's smart watch Chronologia is capable of dual-time display and alarm, and can be connected to a smartphone to display lost-phone notification, SMS, fitness tips and more.

Another dedicated zone, Pageant of Eternity returns this year to spotlight an endless range of complete watches. Other exhibiting categories consist of Complete Watches, Clocks, Machinery & Equipment, Packaging, Parts & Components and Trade Services.

Over 70 buyer missions coming to do business

During the fair period, the HKTDC has organised more than 70 buyer missions, comprising about 4,000 buyers from 50 countries and regions, including renowned watch and clock manufacturers, buyers and retailers, such as Rivoli Group from the Unite Arab Emirates, Abiste from Japan, Dakota Watch from the United States, Birks Group from Canada, Gmarket from South Korea, S Bacher & Co. from South Africa and Crystal Time from Singapore. Apart from Salon de TE, the popular hktdc.com Small Orders zone is featured in the lobby of Hall 1D with some 160 clock and watch showcases, targeting buyers looking to source products in minimum quantities of five to 1,000 pieces. Some of the items are also available for orders online. The award-winning entries of the 33rd Hong Kong Watch & Clock Competition are also on display in the lobby of Hall 1B to showcase local designs to international buyers.

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. Highlighted events include the Hong Kong International Watch Forum held this afternoon while the Asian Watch Conference, to be held tomorrow afternoon, will look at developing trends related to the smart wearable tech sector and the Internet. Celebrities, including Alex Lee, Lisa Ch'ng, Derek Wong, Karena Ng, Wong You-nam, Ma Wing-shing and Marco Fu, will take part in product launches. On Public Day (10 September), visitors can take part in a series of entertaining activities as well as two lucky prize draws.

Fair Websites
HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair: www.hktdc.com/fair/hkwatchfair-en
Salon de TE: http://www.hktdc.com/fair/te-en/TE.html
HKTDC Photo Link: http://bit.ly/2cwpWz7

Fair Schedule
Date: 6-10 September
6 Sept 10:30am-6pm; 7-9 Sept 9:30am-6pm; 10 Sept 9:30am-5pm
Venue: Hall 1A-1E, 3C-3E and 3F-G, HKCEC

Media Registration
Media may register at either the Press Registration Counter or the Media & Webcast Centre; please bring your business cards and/or media identification.
Press Registration Counter Harbour Road Entrance, HKCEC
Media & Webcast Centre at Expo Entrance, HKCEC
Press release in Chinese at http://mediaroom.hktdc.com/tc.


About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The HKTDC is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and services providers. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in overseas markets, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter @hktdc, LinkedIn.

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+hktdc
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hktdc
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/hong-kong-trade-development-council

Contact:
HKTDC
Communication and Public Affairs Department
Joe Kainz
Tel: +852 2584 4216
Email: joe.kainz@hktdc.org


Sept 6, 2016 18:00 HKT/SGT
Source: HKTDC

Topic: Trade Show or Conference
Sectors: Retails, Trade Shows, Travel & Tourism, Business
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