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Time to Remember

HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair 2009

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The world's largest watch and clock fair in September is an event not to be missedf

There's nowhere quite like the HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair when it comes to sourcing the very latest and best timepieces for each and every market.

Regardless of the style or price point, buyers know they will be able to find exactly what they are seeking at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 2-6 September this year.

Everything from brand-name watches and clocks to parts and components can be sourced at this annual extravaganza, which is a must-attend event for exhibitors and buyers alike.

One of the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair's undoubted highlights is the Brand Name Gallery, a premium timepiece section dedicated to licensed and original branded watches as well as fine fashion labels and designer collections.

This year's Brand Name Gallery looks set to surpass last year's showing, which featured 124 outstanding brand names from some 17 countries and regions.

A 10% increase on the previous year and the highest brand total since the gallery was established in 2000, the 2008 exhibition amazed buyers with the excellent design, workmanship and performance of the numerous distinguished international timepiece brands on display.

Brands featured included 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.

Other not-to-be-missed attractions at this year's fair include such major exhibit categories as:

  • complete watches and clocks
  • parts and components, equipment
  • machinery
  • packaging
  • trade services

Given this range of stellar attractions, co-organisers the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries Ltd confidently expect the 2009 edition to surpass the 2008 event.

Last year saw 761 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions showcase their products, 615 of whom came from Hong Kong and 146 from overseas.

World time

Some of the most popular products came from the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, Korea, France, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, the US, Germany, Japan, the UAE, Canada, Denmark, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the UK.

Group pavilions from the Chinese mainland, Korea and Taiwan returned with a stronger presence, presenting a wide spectrum of complete timepieces, parts and components, equipment, machinery and packaging products to buyers.

A record-breaking 17,038 buyers from 99 countries showed their support for the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair 2008, including 10,313 Hong Kong visitors and 6,725 visitors from outside Hong Kong.

Top visiting countries and regions included the Chinese mainland, Japan, Taiwan, the US, Korea, Singapore, India, Germany, Malaysia and Switzerland.

A total of 59 buying missions brought more than 2,005 select buyers from around the world, including Cosmoda Corp (Canada), Louis Vuitton (France), Karstadt Warenhaus GmbH (Germany), The Clock House Co Ltd (Japan), Rolex (Switzerland) and Fossil Inc (the US).

Both buyers and exhibitors alike used the HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair 2008 as an important opportunity to obtain the most valuable and up-to-date industry knowledge.

Speakers at the Asian Watch Industry Conference included the brightest and most respected industry leaders such as Scott Wilson, founder of the multidisciplinary design studio MINIMAL and former Global Creative Director at Nike and Motorola, who shared his insights on global trends in timepiece design.

The 25th annual Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition provided young and creative designers with a unique platform to showcase their innovative designs, which combined technological expertise with visual appeal.

Divine designs

Open Group participants designed around an Oriental Fascination theme while those in the Student Group focused on Beauty of China, with the winning designs displayed at Hall 1 Concourse allowing visitors to appreciate the creativity of Hong Kong's newest designers.

This year's event will take place against a robust performance by the Hong Kong timepiece industry, which saw Hong Kong's watch and clock exports increase 11% to US$7.08bn in 2008.

Key markets such as the Chinese mainland, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and ASEAN all recorded double-digit increases, underscoring the industry's competitive edge and international reputation for speedy response, consistent quality and reasonable prices.

The HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair 2009 to be held from 2- 6 September 2009 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre will definitely be a time to remember for buyers and exhibitors alike!