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VTC design students sweep top three spots and merit awards in 34th HK Watch and Clock Design Competition

6 September 2017

Students and graduates of the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) and the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), both member institutions of the Vocational Training Council (VTC), won the top three places as well as three merit awards of the Student Group in the 34th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). Their innovative designs chimed in with the theme “Future Luxury” and reminded people to cherish what they have.

THEi student of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design HO Wing-ki won the championship with her work “Arche”. The traditional watch strap is replaced by a sleek but minimalist bracelet with three-dimensional-patterned ripples, driving home the message of water conservation. “The world population is rising and water is becoming a scarce resource,” said Wing-ki. “Clean water may become a luxury. I hope to remind people of the importance of conserving fresh water.” Wing-ki thanked THEi for the training she received which provided a balanced mix of theory and practice. Practical skills like 3D computer drawing and printing helped her to turn her out-of-the-box ideas into functional products. She was awarded a cash prize of HK$15,000 and will join a tour to BASELWORLD to be held in Switzerland next year to learn about the global industry development.

This year’s THEi graduate of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design WONG Chun-na was named first runner-up for her men’s and women’s watch collections “Mirror,” which shows the simple harmony of matter and nature as an alternative luxury style. The blue mirror on the watch surface symbolises water, and reflects the sky. The marble texture represents the wear and tear of rocks over the years, showing the power of time. Chun-na hopes to remind the busy city people to enjoy the peace of nature and a moment of “luxury”. She was awarded a cash prize of HK$8,000.

HKDI graduate of Higher Diploma in Jewellery and Image Product Design CHAN Wai-mau won the second runner-up prize with his pocket watch design “Cherish”. His design employs the geometry of time in the theory of relativity to stand for the present and the future. He uses bronze and the form of a pocket watch to represent the past, reminding us to cherish every single moment of our life; otherwise we will regret. Currently a junior designer in a local optical company, Wai-mau was awarded a cash prize of HK$5,000.

Meanwhile, THEi students of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design LI Ling-fung, WONG Man-sum and Eunice YUEN Wai-yan won merit awards of the Student Group with their designs “The Extinction”, “ForTrees” and “Eakeys”.

Divided into the Open Group and the Student Group, the 34th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition was organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council with a view to identifying talents for the industry and providing a platform for budding designers to showcase their creativity. More than 200 entries were received and entrants of the Student Group came from registered tertiary institutes in Hong Kong.

The winning entries will be exhibited at the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair in Hall 1B concourse in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre between 5 and 9 September.

The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) is a member of VTC Group. It offers vocationally-oriented degree programmes across three faculties: Design and Environment, Management and Hospitality, and Science and Technology. The programmes are offered in areas where the VTC has strengths, and which are also growth industries not only in Hong Kong but also across the region. They feature the synthesis of knowledge acquisition and practical applications that enable students to grow into professionally-competent graduates. With its strong links with industry partners, THEi provides students with a vital platform for enhanced development.
Website: www.thei.edu.hk

The Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) is a member of VTC Group. HKDI was established in 2007 with the mission to be a leading provider of design education and lifelong learning, including foundation design, communication design and digital media, fashion and image design and architectural, interior and product design. With a view to providing professional designers for the creative industries, it promotes the ‘think and do’ approach and encourages interdisciplinary thinking in its broad range of design programmes. HKDI maintains a strong network with industry and provides its students with essential practical experience enriched with cultural sensitivities and sustainability. Overseas exchanges are actively arranged for students to broaden their international perspective. The campus in Tseung Kwan O provides a creative, inspiring and vibrant learning environment for students. 
Website: www.hkdi.edu.hk

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VTC students HO Wing-ki (second from left), WONG Chun-na (first from left), CHAN Wai-mau (second from right) and WONG Man-sum (first from right) sweep the championship, first and second runner-up prizes and merit award of the Student Group in the 34th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition. Together they receive the prizes from Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries Ltd Harold SUN (centre). (Photo provided by HKTDC)
VTC students HO Wing-ki (second from left), WONG Chun-na (first from left), CHAN Wai-mau (second from right) and WONG Man-sum (first from right) sweep the championship, first and second runner-up prizes and merit award of the Student Group in the 34th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition. Together they receive the prizes from Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries Ltd Harold SUN (centre). (Photo provided by HKTDC)
THEi student of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design HO Wing-ki (centre) wins the championship of the Student Group with her work “Arche”. (Photos provided by HKTDC)
THEi student of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design HO Wing-ki (centre) wins the championship of the Student Group with her work “Arche”. (Photos provided by HKTDC)
This year’s THEi graduate of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design WONG Chun-na (centre) is named first runner-up of the Student Group for her men’s and women’s watch collection “Mirror”. (Photos provided by HKTDC)
This year’s THEi graduate of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design WONG Chun-na (centre) is named first runner-up of the Student Group for her men’s and women’s watch collection “Mirror”. (Photos provided by HKTDC)
This year’s HKDI graduate of Higher Diploma in Jewellery and Image Product Design CHAN Wai-mau (centre) wins the second runner-up prize with his pocket watch design “Cherish”. (Photos provided by HKTDC)
This year’s HKDI graduate of Higher Diploma in Jewellery and Image Product Design CHAN Wai-mau (centre) wins the second runner-up prize with his pocket watch design “Cherish”. (Photos provided by HKTDC)
THEi student of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design LI Ling-fung wins the merit award of the Student Group with her work named “The EXtinction”. (Photo provided by HKTDC)
THEi student of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design LI Ling-fung wins the merit award of the Student Group with her work named “The EXtinction”. (Photo provided by HKTDC)
THEi student of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design Eunice YUEN Wai-yan wins the merit award of the Student Group with her work named “Eakeys”. (Photo provided by HKTDC)
THEi student of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design Eunice YUEN Wai-yan wins the merit award of the Student Group with her work named “Eakeys”. (Photo provided by HKTDC)
THEi student of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design WONG Man-sum wins the merit award of the Student Group with her work named “ForTrees”. (Photo provided by HKTDC)
THEi student of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design WONG Man-sum wins the merit award of the Student Group with her work named “ForTrees”. (Photo provided by HKTDC)