The 34th HKTDC Hong Kong Watch Fair opened this morning with a large gathering of multi-cultural watch buyers and sellers.  Over 780 exhibitors from 23 countries are participating this year.

The opening ceremony speech was given by Mr. Philip YUNG Wai-Hung, JP, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development.  He predicted a positive outcome for Chinese watch and luxury business despite the downturn.

Haute Horology brands like Blancpain, Breguet, Chopard, Piaget, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Glashutte Original are showcasing the fine arts and crafts of haute horology.  So are trendy brands like Arne Jacobsen, Daniel Wellington, EDWIN, and Eone.

But the most impressive brands today were predominantly the Chinese brands who are really advancing watchmaking (whether it's movement, or dial work) in China: brands like Anpassa, Fiyta, Memorigin, Sea-gull, and Longio.  There is, of course, a large focus on wearable technology – and we're glad it is not being called smart watch.

A range of seminars shined a light on the emerging trends in the timepiece industry, including today’s Hong Kong International Watch Forum. Meanwhile, the Asian Watch Conference tomorrow will feature speakers Nick Gu, Co-founder and Chief Designer, Eone Timepieces and Sam Yang, Founder, Kairos Watches.