World's Largest Watch and Clock Fair

The winning designs of the Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition were announced today and will be on display at the 27th HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair, 3-7 September. The fair will showcase over 760 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions, and Spain will be participating for the first time. Koo Wai Shan, a designer with eight years experience, took the Open Group honours. His winning design, "the Art of Face-Changing, " was inspired by the traditional Chinese masks of Sichuan opera. "I am so delighted to win this competition, which provides Hong Kong designers with an opportunity to showcase their outstanding design talent, " said Mr Koo.

Runners-up in the Open Group were Lit Wai Ching and the Silicon Watch Company Ltd.

Chan Ka Yi, a student at the Hong Kong Design Institute, won the Student Group award, with its "Beauty of China" theme. "I learned how to go from a design concept to a real product by participating in this competition, " said Ms Chan, whose winning design was inspired by the Chinese traditional art of paper-cutting.

Runners-up in the student group were Chan Cheung Kin, also from the Hong Kong Design Institute, and Leung Po Ki, from Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

"The fair, entering its 27th edition, has witnessed the development of Hong Kong's watch and clock industry, " said Raymond Yip, Assistant Executive Director of the Hong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). "In recent years, Hong Kong's designers have attracted international buyers with their innovative design and creative use of technology."

"Brand Name Gallery will be among the fair highlights, featuring more than 120 watch brands from around the world, including o.d.m. from Hong Kong, CYRIL RATEL from Switzerland, Lafuma from France, Lotto from Italy, Jacob Jensen from the Netherlands and Angel Heart from Japan, " Mr Yip added.

"Another highlight will be the Asian Watch Conference, with Scott Wilson, former Creative Design Director for Nike and Motorola, discussing global trends in timepiece design, " said Anthony Cheung, Co-Chairman of the Fair Organising Committee.

Hong Kong's trade in watches and clocks has experienced strong growth, according to Kenneth Wong, Co-Chairman of the Fair Organising Committee. "Exports of Hong Kong watches and clocks in the first six months of this year totalled HK$25.9 billion, an increase of 17 per cent over last year, " Mr Wong said. "Markets such as the Chinese mainland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States recorded double-digit increases."

The 27th Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and is organised by the HKTDC, the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries Ltd.

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