The third edition of Watches&Wonders, which will take place in Hong Kong this September 30th to October 3rd, presents itself as a unique experience for visitors in the Asia-Pacific region, comprising tours, talks, personalised presentations, initiations to watchmaking, exhibitions, fabulous timepieces and digital technology. An immersion into the endlessly creative world of Fine Watchmaking.
This third edition is determined to be more than just a meeting-place, however unique, for brands and their clients. Its organiser, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, intends for each day spent at Watches&Wonders to be memorable. From the connoisseurs to the simply curious, everyone can experience a full immersion in Fine Watches.
Five themed tours are available and may be followed via a mobile phone app providing access to the information in the relevant displays.
Twice a day during the show, the exhibiting Maisons offer visitors group tours of their booth, including a special presentation of their collections.
Experts and international Asian speakers will cover the watchmaking industry, collections and trends through in-depth lectures.
This watchmaking initiation involves taking apart and reassembling the movement of a mechanical watch in a workshop supervised by a professional watchmaking.
A humorous and inventive staging of 24 Swiss cuckoo clocks, imagined by students at Geneva University of Art & Design (HEAD).
This year Watches&Wonders goes digital. Thanks to our WeChat app, as a complement to the fair’s hospitality teams, we will offer our guests five different ways to explore the show at their own pace through the following themed tours: Precious Time, Iconic Watches, Astronomy, Tribute to Asia and Extreme Watches.
Scanning QR codes along each route will provide them with information on the products and the corresponding brands for each of the chosen themes.
For the third consecutive year, Watches&Wonders delivered on all counts. In what is a challenging economic climate, it played its role as the foremost Haute Horlogerie exhibition in Asia to perfection. Throughout its four days, the twelve exhibiting Maisons welcomed some 20,000 visitors (+25% on 2014) from across the continent including 700 representatives of Asian media. This audience of seasoned journalists and enthusiastic customers, some travelling from as far away as Japan or Australia, others from Mainland China taking advantage of the Golden Week, were warmly welcomed by the manufactures. These crowds of visitors confirmed the appeal of technical and precious watchmaking for a public eager to discover the year’s new creations, and to experience first-hand the singular world of time measurement. They were joined by celebrities who, as the brands’ VIP guests, were invited to share a special moment with these enlightened enthusiasts.
Fabienne Lupo, Chairwoman and Managing Director of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, organiser of Watches&Wonders, reminded guests at the official opening how “Fine Watchmaking expresses itself as exceptional timepieces, but is equally a unique experience that must take us on a journey through the centuries, and through art and expertise.” Sharing the cultural significance of watchmaking is a vocation of the fair, relayed by each of the exhibiting Maisons and made possible thanks to a smartphone application that took the event firmly into the digital age. The public that flocked to the 3.0 version of Watches&Wonders were able to enjoy multiple experiences: guided tours, personalised presentations, watchmaking initiations, talks, face-to-face meetings with watchmakers and craftsmen, and other exhibitions.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)
1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
The HKCEC can be reached via the Harbour Road Entrance or via the Expo Drive Entrance.
Wednesday September 30th – Saturday October 3rd 2015
9 am – 8 pm