Don't be fooled by the headline -- this 'student' is actually one of China's most widely regarded watch experts. Logan Rao Kuan, a 20 year old Chinese student currently enrolled and studying in England, is an extremely knowledgeable collector of all things horological.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), it is "intended to salute the excellence of worldwide horological production and annually rewards the finest creations and the most important operators in the watchmaking sector." This year there are two Chinese brands nominated for their excellent quality and craftsmanship. Hong Kong based Memorigin is nominated in two categories, while Longio is nominated in another.
Making their debut at the 2016 CWCF was JONAS&VERUS, a young brand from parent company FIYTA, aimed at a younger and more fashion-conscious demographic. While FIYTA continues to challenge norms both domestically and internationally with their bold and outgoing ideas, these collections from Jonas & Verus tone things back down and ride the minimalist train right onto the wrists of China’s most stylish 20-somethings.
In case you haven't seen this piece before and aren't sure exactly what you're looking at, I'll explain. The 3D watch is built to display the time in two different ways, as shown in the two images below. From straight on, you can tell the time as usual with the standard hours and minute hands using the indices on the outer edge of the dial. But you can also tell the time by looking at the watch from the 6 o'clock position below.
An unexpected gem from Tianjin Sea-Gull just recently showed up on their Taobao shop in the form of their new 200 Meter Automatic Ocean Star dive watch. The Ocean Star follows up on the success of their Limited Edition Dragon King diver from 2012. There are a few similar elements to the Dragon King, but many more unique features that show a step in the right direction for China's oldest (and the worlds largest) watch manufacture.
This past weekend I was in Macau for the 1st ever International Exposition of Intangible Cultural Heritage and Ancient Art. I was very fortunate to be invited (by my friends from the China Horologe Association) to have a look at some cool watch products that were showcased along with many other Chinese cultural relics, both old and new. I was pleased to be introduced to a brand that was not previously on my radar, Zhang Dao, from Shanghai.
The Chinese Timekeeper has big changes for 2016, starting with the launch of their new website and online store. The French founder Adrien Choux, a former marketing strategist for Panerai with over 15 years in China and Hong Kong, said that by moving online they hope to "...offer a more aggressive price point to our customers globally." CTK brings true Chinese heritage to life through their collection of proudly Chinese themed timepieces.
What has to be the coolest and most unique Year of the Monkey design yet thus far, this concept will be a collaborative effort from the Central Academy of Fine Arts and Koncise, a luxury watch brand from Beijing famous for their intricately detailed enamel dials.
Last week the winners were announced for the 2nd China Horologe Design Competition. The contest, held every two years, was for both real and concept watches and clocks. The following is a roundup of the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners on the watch side of the competition. The original article can be found here.
In his 1888 novel "Looking Backward 2000-1887", American writer Edward Bellamy predicted a world where cash would be replaced by alternative payment methods. Granted, his predictions came true many years ago with the advent of credit cards, but beginning in just two weeks a major watch brand is paying tribute to the forward thinker by launching their pay-by-the-wrist watch, the BELLAMY, in China.
As I continue to study and learn about the watch industry, there’s one major (perhaps obvious) difference between Chinese and foreign brands that keeps making itself apparent. What is it that separates a “luxury” Chinese brand from truly luxurious foreign brands?
I've lived in China for a while now, and have been in and out of factories of all kinds, watches and otherwise. I have to honestly say...I was not expecting the state of the art watchmaking facility that I found there. From the outside grounds to the administrative offices to the factory itself, it's obvious that Rossini not only cares highly about the product, but they also ensure that their employees are comfortable and taken care of.
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