Hong Kong’s largest watch fair is to return next week, to gather industry experts, highlight upcoming trends and explore new innovations in the world of watches and clocks.
Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair, a five-day event held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), will host multiple exhibitions, forums, conferences and networking events and will be open to both watch industry peers and the public.
The exhibition, which kicks off on September 4 and runs until September 8, will host The Hong Kong International Watch Forum on day one, looking into new trends and future industry developments.
The Asian Watch Conference, taking place on September 5, will feature the likes of Swiss watchmaking expert Elmar Mock, former engineer at Swatch, who will share insights on how to turn ideas into reality and Swatch’s design stories.
The last day of the fair, Salon de TE, will be open to the public, and will give visitors the chance to see a series of watch parades, product launches, watch-collection sharing sessions and lucky draws.
Organised by HKTDC, the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries Ltd, the fair will showcase works from 830 exhibitors from 25 countries and regions with new exhibitors from Denmark, Poland, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
The 35th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Competition will also be held during the exhibition, aiming to raise the design standards of Hong Kong watch brands and nurture budding local designers.
“Hong Kong is one of the world’s major exporters of watches and clocks, with exports reaching HK$37.3 billion in the first seven months of 2018, up 2.5% over last year. Local watch and clock companies have been developing original design manufacturing (ODM) products and own brands with innovative designs and superb craftsmanship to stay competitive,” commented Benjamin Chau, deputy executive director of HKTDC.