Hong Kong: The 33 rd HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair, the largest event of its kind in the world, opened today with over 760 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions taking part. The fair, which runs from 3-7 September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, is organised by 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.
“This event is an annual highlight for the timepiece industry. We are delighted to have first-time participating companies from Belgium, India, Iran and United Arab Emirates here this year,” said HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau. “During the fair’s Public Day on Sunday, the general public will be able to enjoy the excitement of the fair while industry representatives can make direct contact with end consumers and receive valuable feedback on their products and brands.”
Global spotlight: The Watch & Clock Fair gathers leading brands and industry players from around the world for a five-day timepiece journey. Following its highly successful debut last year, “Salon de TE”, which is organised concurrently with the Watch & Clock Fair, returns this year featuring 145 luxury brands. “Salon de TE” includes five thematic zones: World Brand Piazza, Chic & Trendy, Craft Treasure, Renaissance Moment and the inaugural Wearable Tech zone.
Exhibitors are taking full advantage of the trade fair to pitch new watch designs and timepiece technologies to the market. This includes product launches and parades by such high-profile names as MINI, Van Gogh, Longio, LOCMAN, Giorgio Fedon 1919 and MEMORIGIN. Special Zones include the Small-Order Zone and Pageant of Eternity. The Small-order Zone caters primarily to the sourcing needs of small and medium-sized enterprises, while Pageant of Eternity is dedicated to premium complete watches. Other major exhibit categories are complete watches, clocks, machinery & equipment, packaging, parts & components and trade services.
More than 30 signature events, including networking and knowledge-sharing activities, are being staged during the fair period. They include the Hong Kong International Watch Forum (3 September), the Asian Watch Conference (4 September) and Buyers Forums (4-5 September) with experts coming together to discuss key trends and issues related to the industry.