(Sponsored post) The HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair is gearing up for its 37th edition, which takes place September 4 -8 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. As usual, iW will be there to check out all the newest watches from among the more than 830 exhibitors, including newcomers from Poland and South Africa.
As we noted in 2017, the fair welcomes more than 20,000 buyers from all over the world, reinforcing Hong Kong’s role as an important source of many timepiece trends. The show is wide-ranging, with exhibitors that include fashion-forward watchmakers, traditional watchmakers and digitally connected timepieces.
The Salon de TE (which opens to public visitors for free on the show’s last day, September 8) for example gathers about 150 watch brands and designer collections in five themed zones. Also, the show’s World Brand Piazza spotlights limited editions and rare timepieces from many well-known brands. Last year, Blancpain, Breguet, Chopard, Corum, DeWitt, Franck Muller, Glashütte Original, Jacob & Co., Jaquet Droz, Juvenia, Montblanc, Piaget and Zenith exhibited there.
The show’s ‘Chic & Trendy’ section features brands like Doxa (Switzerland), Julius (Korea), Tintin (Belgium) and Van Gogh (the Netherlands). The ‘Craft Treasure’ area features mechanical timepieces and jeweled watches from brands such as ANPASSA (Hong Kong), Beijing (Chinese Mainland), Fiyta (Chinese Mainland), Kentex (Japan) and Memorigin (Hong Kong).
The Swiss Independent Watchmaking Pavilion is expected to bring eight Swiss-made watch companies (including André Mouche) to the event, while the ‘Renaissance Moment’ display features European brands such as Carl von Zeyten, Guy Laroche and Louis Arden. This year, the Wearable Tech section showcases an array of smart watches, including those from the U.S.-based Garmin.
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