Logan, my Chinese contributor sends us this interesting report from Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

Two days ago Logan went to the exhibition at HKCEC held by Richemont Group called Watches & Wonders. Please enjoy Logan´s report and his 90 photos …

Logan, thank you once again for this report. What a pity I did not make it to Hong Kong it looks like I missed something…

This is Logan´s report… to enlarge his photos please click on them once and then again… You will discover a lot of details …

Alexander has introduced this show already. Basically, the contents of this show are similar to SIHH in Geneva, but the conception is totally different.

Everyone who wants to enter the show needs an invitation of course. The interesting part is that not only watch related media got admission, but mainly VIPs of brands and VIPs of luxury hotels, airlines and buyers of automobile brands.

Richemont Group invited potential buyers into Watches & Wonders and taught them what is Haute Horlogerie, what is real fine watchmaking, what is the value of watches of its brands.

People could easily get an idea that how difficult it is to make a watch and how much they need to pay for it by listening and observing things in this interesting show.

Another fundamental difference between SIHH and Watches & Wonders is that people can only see watches at the SIHH but watches were sold here in Hong Kong.

The show was held in a main hall in HKCEC. The decoration had a feeling of minimalism. Just everything was in an ivory color.

Registration

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

Main entrance

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

5

Welcome desk

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

Tiny cubicles of media

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

You really could find the display of concept of this show everywhere. They set a separated region for showing the charming processes of making watches.

A watchmaker was decorating the plate of movement.

Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 One was allowed to observe watchmakers’ working from a short distant. You can really see how they add value into a machine.

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 Not only would they show you how they do things, but also introduce the aesthetic meaning of doing this and how to understand the sprit of watchmaking. I really think that they successfully planted seeds in many people’s hearts and attracted plenty of potential buyers.

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 Some contrasts would show people the importance of watchmakers’ work.

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 One watchmaker was assembling a movement. The difference between a normal show and this live version is that they did not just assemble things but also describe the basic principle of the movement.

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 If you listen to this lady, you would know what builds enamel its beauty.

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 There were some watch related books available here to bring you into the kingdom of horology further.

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 The show

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

There was a little exhibition inside Watches & Wonders held by www.hautehorlogerie.org showing the history of watchmaking. I do think that history always can make people fall in love with something. In addition, the history of human’s mastery of time itself showed a sort of fascination.

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 They also held a watch class for people to learn how to assemble a movement; interesting and instructive.

Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

Eleven brands presented in this show in total, including A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Panerai, Piaget, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Vacheron Constantin and Van Cleef & Arpels (here in alphabetical order).

Most of them revealed some new versions of old series and some of them just simply showed their products line.

The outsides of booths of brands were similar to each other. They just differed by the designing of the inner scenes. The theme of Watches & Wonders was quite clearly presented by the decoration: Watches & Wonders & Watches & Wonders WWWWWWW

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 A. Lange & Söhne brought this big model here.

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

Audemars Piguet

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 You could see staff introduce things to people everywhere in Watches & Wonders. The main job of staff was to let people understand the beauty and the prices of watches.

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 A watchmaker was explaining how the dials of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak are made.

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 Baume & Mercier

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 Big logo on the ceiling

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

Showing the parts of the “new” Baume & Mercier tourbillon movement (delivered from sister brand IWC) can help people understand how tiny things could be and how difficult to assemble it and that’s the reason for the price.

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 Cartier

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 Again, Cartier not only showed the watches, but also showed the art of making watches.

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 Cartier also brought the ID Two and some vintage watches.

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 IWC Schaffhausen

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

Jaeger-LeCoultre

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 Again, they not only showed the watches, but also showed the complication of movement and the complications of assembling them.

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 Montblanc

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

This is a little but impressive show of Montblanc telling the story of its watches’ functions. Again, it was aiming to express the value of watches to those potential buyers by using an acceptable way.

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

Panerai

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

It launched two new watches PAM502 and PAM503 in red gold and white gold respectively, incorporate caliber 2004. They put the watches inside some glass cylinders. Sorry for the degraded pictures…

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

Piaget

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

Richard Mille

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

A decoration of watch movement

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

The Richard Mille Celestial Machine

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 The gallery showed the aesthetics of watches as well

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

Roger Dubuis moved their eagle to here…

Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 Roger Dubuis Excaliber Quatuor got a black version only limited in 3 pieces. Unfortunately, I just photographed the “ordinary” one because the black titanium one was not available for photographing after they were all sold.

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

Vacheron Constantin

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 Their machine, their vintage pocket watches, their model of the new minute repeater movement, their enamel dials…

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

Last but not the least, Van Cleef & Arpels

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Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 I left after lunch.

Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

Watches are wonders!!!!!!!!

Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong
Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

 

Logan cool, I appreciate your work!

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments

  • Wow – what a detailed report – almost feels like being there! Seems all brands have put an emphasis on making craftmanship tangible!

  • Thanks for sharing this great insight !
    It’s a very very valuable and informative step of the brands to show the detailed work of their watchmakers live at the fair.

    That’s what I enjoy most when visiting a fair – regardless what branch it is actually.

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