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Triumphant Times(HKTDC Watch & Clock, Vol 01,2009)

Hong Kong Watch And Clock Design Competition

Traditional Chinese elements captured the imaginations of winners in the 25th Hong Kong Watch and Clock Design Competition, which once again affirmed the remarkable creativity of the local timepiece industry.

The competition was a highlight of the HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair 2008 held from 3-7 September, which was attended by 17,038 buyers from around the world as well as 761 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions.

The fair displayed finalists' designs selected from a total of 207 entries, including 137 in the Open Group under the "Oriental Fascination" theme, and 70 in the Student Group with its "Beauty of China" theme.

Koo Wai Shan grabbed the Open Group top award for his work entitled "The Art of Face-Changing", referring to the repeated split-second changing of masks by performers in Sichuan opera, a traditional Chinese art form. Simulating this feat, the watch shows a different mask on the dial every five seconds.

"I am so delighted to win this competition, which provides Hong Kong designers with an opportunity to showcase their outstanding design talent," enthused Mr Koo.

The Student Group champion was Chan Ka Yi of the Hong Kong Design Institute for her watch named "Jian Zhi", meaning "cut paper". The dial sports intricate, cut-out patterns reminiscent of traditional Chinese paper cut art, partially revealing the mechanical movements, while the hour and minute hands together take the shape of a pair of scissors. "I learned how to go from a design concept to a real product by participating in this competition," said Ms Chan.

The winning pieces attest that Hong Kong, apart from being one of the world's leading exporters of watches and clocks, is also a thriving design capital for timepieces.

Student Group    
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Jian Zhi
Chan Ka Yi
(Hong Kong Design Institute)
First Runner-Up
Wood Only
Chan Cheung Kin
(Hong Kong Design Institute)
Second Runner-Up
Wane Rhyme
Leung Po Ki
(Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Open Group    
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The Art of Face-Changing
Designer: Koo Wai Shan
1st Runner-up
Designer: Lit Wai Ching
2nd Runner-up
Company: Silcon Watch Co., Ltd