If you ever needed a reason to travel to Hong Kong, this is it. Especially if you are a watch and clock lover. The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair — and the concurrent Salon de TE — will be open from September 3 to 7, 2019 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). I should note that I used to attend this fair on a regular basis (I haven’t been there lately) and it is truly a wonder. There are hundreds of exhibitors, and thousands of great new timepieces and clocks that will have your head turning. This year, the Watch & Clock Fair is expecting more than 800 exhibitors and thousands of buyers. In fact, in 2018, the fair welcomed more than 21,000 buyers from all over the world, reinforcing Hong Kong’s role as the trade hub of timepieces.
Additionally, the “Salon de TE” (which is open to the public — ages 12 and up– for free on the last day (9/7/19) gathers around prestigious watch brands and designer collections in five themed zones:
- World Brand Piazza presents leading brands that define excellence in world horology
- Chic & Trendy features stylish and trendy labels
- Craft Treasure is the home to hugely popular mechanical timepieces and exquisite jeweled watches
- Renaissance Moment is the historic showcase of timeless European classics
- Wearable Tech showcases an array of smart watches with dynamic technology
As if this wasn’t enough, the show also offers captivating watch parades, networking events and lucky draw sessions. Selected items are also available for sale.
The Pageant of Eternity at the Watch & Clock Fair displays premium and high-end collections of exquisitely finished watches. Other exhibiting categories consist of “Complete Watches,”, “Clocks”, “Machinery & Equipment”, “OEM Smart Watches”, “Packaging”, “Parts & Components” and “Trade Services.”
Design Competition Nurturing Home-grown Creativity
With the aspiration of stimulating creative exchange in local watch and clock design, the HKTDC, Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Associations Ltd. and The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd. co-organize the annual Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition again this year. The competition attracted approximately 130 submissions under the theme of “Abstract Wonder” for the student group and “Fresh Start New Look” for the open group. Winners will be announced in late August, and winning pieces will be on display during the fair at Hall 1 Concourse.
Diversified Events Stimulate Industry Exchange
An array of watch parades, seminars, buyer forums and networking events also will be held during the fair to present the latest market insights and inspiration to industry players and facilitate business interaction. On September 3, representatives of major watch associations around the world will gather at the Hong Kong International Watch Forum to discuss the latest industry developments and global trade performance. The next day, on September 4, industry experts including representatives from international researcher Euromonitor, a watchmaker and internet professional association, will explore the Integration of Internet and Watches at the Asian Watch Conference.
In short, the show is chocked full for those who want to explore timepieces, trends and important topics surrounding the watchmaking world.