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More Good Stuff
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.
Continuing with more fun from of the 2016 China Watch & Clock Fair! I'm happy to have had the chance to spend some time with a watch from one of the coolest and absolutely the friendliest group of people in the building that day. The team from ANGIE, a Taiwanese watch brand, have found a niche and are doing very well among the fashionable young Chinese crowd.
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 Rossini 5685T02B really is an eye catching piece from the Zhuhai brand. The dial finishing is excellent, and the stainless steel case is topped off with a 18K gold bezel that really adds a perfect touch of elegant contrast.
The 1963 Seagull Chronograph is perhaps one of the most iconic and recognizable watches ever to come from China. As Li Wei stated in his article on the timepiece, "Because the 304's production quantity was so small, and because it was a daily-wear watch, original pieces are not easily found today. The Seagull watch factory and watch enthusiasts have been duplicating this watch in a variety of versions in recent years, attempting to satisfy the desires of 304 enthusiasts."