By Sze Man Young
Translated by Elmo Wong
Designs at this year’s Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition revolved around the fascinating world of automobiles. Jointly organised by the HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair 2017 Organising Committee, the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd, the annual event aims to enhance the design quality of Hong Kong watches and clocks, and raise their profile and sales both locally and overseas. The 2017 competition was divided into the Open Group and Student Group, with the themes of “Luxury Automobile” and “Future Luxury” respectively. More than 200 entries were received this year. The judging panel of nine professionals from various sectors evaluated the entries based on originality and creativity, aesthetics and marketability.
Title of Design: Roadster
Designer: Tam Kwok Tung
Sponsoring Company: Wincy Horological Ltd
The "Roadster" upholds the spirit of speed and luxury. The streamline on the side of the case represents speed while the dial design alludes to car cockpit instruments. Inspired by the ENGINE START / STOP button, the watch places the crown on the top surface. The special rotational shock-resistant case allows drivers to check the time easily by adjusting the watch to the proper angle.
1st Runner Up
Title of Design: Timespeed
Designer: Sketto Ltd
Inspired by cars, the design uses a variety of lines to shape the contour, which is similar to an automobile. The designer projects a sense of luxury through the watch’s sophisticated shape.
2nd Runner Up
Title of Design: Speedway
Designer: Wong Ting-Bong
Sponsoring Company: Youngs Watch Co Ltd / Po Fai Precision Ltd
Cars and watches have been evolving since they were invented in the 18th century. Modern automobiles and watches have improved tremendously in both design and function. The meticulous mechanism of cars is the main inspiration of this modern watch.
Title of Design: Keyless
Designer: Lok Man Chun
Sponsoring Company: Innomore Co Ltd
Overcoming the trouble of carrying car keys, the “Keyless” watch takes one step forward by installing an advanced chip on its case-back that allows drivers to start the engine or unlock their car with the watch. The unique dial design inspired by the dashboard and braking systems makes “Keyless” a technical and stylish watch.
Title of Design: Silver Stone 2.0T
Designer: France Citole HK Binli International Investment Ltd
The design is inspired by a car’s automotive transmission, where transmission and control functions are combined. The use of stainless steel highlights the watch’s mechanical style. The double crown design reduces the size of the dial, prevents it from getting damaged and enhances its waterproof ability. The design also protects the caliber from disruptive external forces.
Title of Design: GPS – Light Wave
Designer: Silcon InnoProducts Ltd
The design draws inspiration from sports cars and engine assembly. The watch is shaped like a sports car, with an engine-inspired deluxe surface design. It is also highly functional as it is equipped with a solar panel and GPS, making it a unique and luxurious piece of work.
Title of Design: Beautiful Black
Designer: Lee Cheuk Chung
The design of the watch is based on the shape and engine of the sports car, which is in essence the automobile’s soul. Taking design cues from a pocket watch, the dial is covered just like a car’s hidden engine. Moreover, its jet black colour represents stability and elegance.