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Check out these first images of the BWAF 'State of Mind' being considered in the Tourbillon and Escapement category of the 2017 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève. There is some stiff competition in the category with the likes of Arnold & Son, Zenith, Ulysse Nardin and others, to name a few. But Beijing Watch Factory has offered something quite special here with this piece, and appears to really want to stand out from the crowd visually. In terms of striking color use and design, I've never quite seen anything so bold from the Beijing brand.
From now until the end of August, you can enter to win this beautiful Prince Gera automatic watch! To enter, you need to follow the steps listed on the Giveaway page. Earn up to 4 entries!
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.
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.
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.
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.