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Perfect Matches(HKTDC Watch & Clock, Vol 01,2009)

His 'N' Hers Watches

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This classic set of his 'n' hers watches comes from International Timers Ltd, which specialises in quartz analogue watches

Casual, unisex looks and subdued tones are all the rage when it comes to his 'N' hers watches

Going beyond telling time and making a style statement, matching watches for couples are a symbol of enduring affection, so producing beautiful his 'n' hers watches is clearly a labour for love.

An example of a head-turning pair is "Dual Time" from Nova Time Co Ltd, with multi-dial faces in black and white that create a bold visual contrast. "There are two Japanese movements in each watch to power the dual-time feature," notes Managing Director Jack Wong.

In the gents' version, the main time is shown on the larger dial and the secondary time on a smaller one, and serving each dial is a sub-dial displaying the seconds.

The ladies' watch sports a similar design except that there is just one sub-dial to fit the model's smaller size. "The face of the ladies' model features a mother-of-pearl effect," notes Mr Wong.

Customers' call

"The stainless steel cases of both models are usually available in silver, rose gold or black colours, but we can provide yellow gold on request, too," he says.

The watches come with genuine calf leather straps, whose standard colours are brown and black, although white is also available for the ladies' version. "We can also offer bracelet-style or rubber straps according to customer requirements," Mr Wong advises, adding that the watches are priced at US$22-25 per piece FOB Hong Kong.

"We mainly produce gentlemen's watches, but some of our customers like to have a matching ladies' version to make up a set. We can do this for them, depending on the quantity, and we can provide them with special gift boxes, too," he notes.

Nova Time supplies watches under customers' brand names to markets in Europe, particularly Germany, Italy and Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Japan. "Our watches have a European look to them and we are finding that the Japanese like this," Mr Wong says.

Glitz & glamour

His 'n' hers watches are often bought to mark a special occasion such as an anniversary, calling for something special in the design - a requirement that can clearly be fulfilled by the Ingot watch line from QPF Ltd, which includes paired sets of gents' and ladies' watches.

"Each watch incorporates one Credit Suisse ingot on the dial, weighing either 1 gramme or 2 grammes," explains Marketing Manager Carl Chan.

"Each ingot carries a serial number and is accompanied by a certificate, thus making each timepiece unique. Every year we add new elements to this line. We now have more than 100 models for customers to choose from."

He says that the Ingot line "carries on" the Swiss watchmaking tradition as company founder, Mr L.C. Siu, trained in Switzerland. QPF's major markets are in the US, UK, Germany, Thailand, Japan and the Chinese mainland.

Best known for its range of trendy ladies fashion watches, Winmix HK Ltd leverages its expertise to produce special sets of his 'n' hers watches, for which design inspirations come nevertheless from classic styles.

"The simple, classic look is more suitable for these type of watches," remarks Marketing Manager Irene Kwong.

One popular pair, for example, has alloy cases. "The alloy series includes two round-case models, one for him and the other for her, incorporating Japanese Miyota movements that display both day and date, and come with three hands," Ms Kwong explains.

"The watches are water-resistant, and the cases feature acid gold plating. The simple dials are white and have big Arabic numerals. The PU straps come in classic colours such as brown, black and blue," she says.

Simply popular

"The simple designs of these matching sets of watches are popular in all our markets, be it the US, Europe or Australia," Ms Kwong says, adding both the mens' and ladies' versions are unit-priced at US$7.50 FOB Hong Kong.

"Winmix was founded in 2003 but we actually have about 25 years of experience in the watch business. We carry a very wide range of products and we have strong technical experience," Ms Kwong says.

Hong Kong watch manufacturers are always adept at providing customers with new opportunities to drive their business further, and the creation of matching sets of men's and ladies' watches are the perfect illustration of this capability.

These his 'n' hers watches are clearly the perfect matches that no passionate lovers or canny traders can afford to miss.

TEXT BY ANN WILLIAMS

FAST FACTS

International Timers Ltd
Units A-D, 16/F
Sun Ying Ind Centre
9 Tin Wan Close
Aberdeen
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2554-0225
Fax: 852-2873-5946
Email:
intima@hkstar.com
Web: www.intima.com

Year Established: 1970
Major Product Categories: analogue quartz watches
Own Brands & Certificates: Intima
Minimum Order: -
Monthly Production: -
Delivery Time: -
Factory Size & Location: -
Workforce: -

   

Nova Time Co Ltd
Rm M, 1/F, Blk 3
Camel Paint Bldg
60 Hoi Yuen Rd
Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2157-2968
Fax: 852-2345-1911
Email:
nova@novatime.com.hk
Web: www.novatime.com.hk

Year Established: 2000
Major Product Categories: watches
Own Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: 500 pieces per model
Monthly Production: -
Delivery Time: 90 days
Factory Size & Location: Shenzhen
Workforce: 17

   

QPF Ltd
Rms 2205-6
Fook Yip Bldg
53-57 Kwai Fung Crescent
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2420-3191
Fax: 852-2619-9332
Email:
sales@qpf.com.hk
Web: www.qpf.com.hk

Year Established: 1994
Major Product Categories: ingot watches, karat gold watches, steel watches, OEM products
Own Brands & Certificates: Louis Carmani
Minimum Order: 50 pieces (karat gold watch), 500 pieces (brass watch), 500 pieces (steel watch)
Monthly Production: 150,000 pieces
Delivery Time: 60-90 days
Factory Size & Location: Shenzhen
Workforce: 100

   

Well Luck Holdings Ltd
Rm 1308
Riley House
88 Lei Mok Rd
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2481-0153
Fax: 852-2481-0517
Email:
wellluck@hkstar.com

Year Established: -
Major Product Categories: watches
Own Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: 500 pieces
Monthly Production: -
Delivery Time: 60 days
Factory Size & Location: Shenzhen
Workforce: 60

   

Winmix HK Ltd
Rm A2, 12/F
Rm 2402
Tak King Ind Bldg
27 Lee Chung St
Chai Wan
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2889-4078
Fax: 852-2976-0268
Email:
winmix@swingy.com.hk
Web: www.swingy.com.hk

Year Established: 2003
Major Product Categories: pocket watches, ladies' bracelet watches, fashion watches
Own Brands & Certificates: Swingy
Minimum Order: 500-1,000 pieces per model
Monthly Production: -
Delivery Time: 45-60 days
Factory Size & Location: Guangzhou
Workforce: -