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The social side of the 25th Annual Clock and Watch Show in Shenzhen was mostly...high-end Chinese food heaven with a terrific group of people.

Some I've mentioned in previous threads (for example, Mr. Ha from Watchlead, btgalen from Watchlead and now WatchuSeek ;-), Mr. Kong Lingjun of koncise, Watchmaker and Designer Mi Changhong of Longio and his wife Holly, and there will be a couple of people whose names I unfortunately didn't catch.

And this post is going to be in three sections:

1) A short section on the evening dinners while in Shenzen at the show, and then 2) the morning after dinner #2 of this post, with me headed back to Beijing, and 3) just a small collection of random outtakes from the trip so far. Photos with blue borders, courtesy LiWei.

My understanding of Mandarin is poor, so in social situations in China I generally miss most of what's going on except when someone like btgalen is there, or someone speaks English. That's not 100% true--some decent communication is possible now with phone translator apps but it's not that fluid--but still, it can be...confusing sometimes :).

Luckily me for me, I had terrific English speaking company both evenings, btgalen evening one, and a woman introduced to me as Amy Chen evening #2.

First photo, of course, fun times at the CWCF with LiWei of the China Horologe Association who I thank hugely for including me in so much activity during the CWCF. He's an energetic, knowledgeble, friendly, intelligent and generous man, and I'm proud to call him a friend. I'm grateful beyond words.



Evening one was at one of Shenzen's local specialty eateries (including one food that I can' t recall except to say I enjoyed it and that I was told is only available one or two weeks a year). :)

Evening number 1, with LiWei (not shown) btgalen (back of head), two of Mr. Ha's associates/drivers (gray t-shirt: Lin Sheng/yellow shirt: not known). Then, I don't know the name of the nxt gentleman in the white shirt, but btgalen described him, if I understood corrctly, to me as a collector as well as a master watch repair artist in Shenzhen. I do know he was recognized warmly and with respect everywhere we went. Then Mr. Ha (in brown/stripes), and next: Mr. Lin Yong Hua, watchmaker, of Shenzhen's Bora Watch shop (repairs, sales since 1989) is in the darker gray t-shirt with lettering.

Oh yeah, incredible food. Can't say enough about Chinese beer; it's wonderful.





We stopped by mr. Lin's "Bora Watch" shop immediately after dinner since it was across a small street from the restaurant.



Evening two was more of the same with a spectacular view overlooking most of Shenzhen, then coffee. I have no idea what floor we were on for dinner on night #2, or even what building, but we were waaaaay up there (and you can tell by the photos).



Galen and I shoot each other:



Amy Chen is seated to my right.













I was hardly the only person impressed enoughwith the view to take photos. Everyone was shooting :) ...





One of the evening's numerous "ganbei"...



...and a photo of "the boys"...



...followed by an hour or so just chatting at the Kafeluku Coffee bar...







The next morning, btgalen took me to the impressive building that houses Mi ChangHong's Shenzen offices for a final friendly goodbye and look over the watches...





















...then I had to head quickly back to the hotel and get my things for the taxi ride to the Shenzhen airport for my flight back to Beijing for my last few days in China.



Saw this along the way to the airport:







The Shenzen airport building is spacious, bright, impecaably clean, and very organized.









Ending this post is just a bunch of outtakes, shots that I like but that weren't used in previous posts. Why here, now? Because, as I just noted, heading back to Beijing meant that my days in China were coming to a close for this trip. So while I was writing this post, I was feeling homesick a bit, and looked back over my photos. I remembered how I felt at the airport knowing how little lime I had left, looking back on where I'd been over the previous three very busy weeks, and...I miss China.







































































....Wait...all that and no watch content?!?!?!?

Well...there's this :) ... a one-shot piece I was shown at one of the Shenzhen dinners along with two more watches I can't show as the pieces have not yet been patented. This is just one example of what independent makers are doing in China. In this example, the back shows constellations and the front hour hand expands and recedes, then retrograde, according to the hour, with a small minute hand. handmade abalone dial...









...and another one-of-a-kind built by one of the independent watchmakers at the Shenzhen dinner tables. Note the power reserve by the very unique winding mechanism, and the retrograde minutes indicator...











And ending this post wirth my brother Ma Rong saying hi to everyone :)



More to come, from Beijing.
 

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Now I'm feeling like I'm missing China, and I haven't even been there!

Shenzhen is an astounding city isn't it? To think that most of that is just a couple of decades old. It's like somebody threw a magic bean out a window and 'Pop!' there's a city. Not just the buildings, but all the life as well.


And I love that watch with the concertina hour hand. That is profoundly creative.
 

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Now I'm feeling like I'm missing China, and I haven't even been there!
My plan is working ;-)

Shenzhen is an astounding city isn't it? To think that most of that is just a couple of decades old. It's like somebody threw a magic bean out a window and 'Pop!' there's a city. Not just the buildings, but all the life as well. And I love that watch with the concertina hour hand. That is profoundly creative.
You're correct on both counts: Shenzhen is a beautiful city, and the concertina hand is profoundly creative. Always glad to bring you novel ideas, Chascomm :)
 
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