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VTC students bag top prizes in watch and clock design competition

18 September 2018

Students and graduates of Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi), Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) and School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE), member institutions of the Vocational Training Council (VTC) shone at the 35th Watch and Clock Design Competition by winning championship, first-runner up, second-runner up and three merit prizes in Student Group section. Another HKDI graduate won the Second runner-up prize in the Open Group by designing a UFO-like watch.

The theme of this year’s student group competition was “Colourful World”, encouraging local designers to use their limitless imagination to create unique watch designs. SHAPE graduate of related bachelor’s degree in jewellery and metalwork design LAM Yuet-wan clinched the championship of the Student Group with her work titled “Aurora”. She loves Mother Nature and regards seeing aurora as an once-in-a-lifetime experience. The dial of her timepiece uses four coloured pyroxene crystals to create arch bridges, representing the colours of the Northern Lights. The outer glass is dome-shaped, making the wearers feel that they are overlooking the Earth from mid-air as if natural scenery is within grasp.

Before joining the SHAPE programme, Yuet-wan had completed HKDI’s Higher Diploma in Jewellery and Image Product Design. She said, “I have learnt timepiece design, 3D Drawing and skills to use rendition software and the HKDI programme laid the foundation for me in design. The bachelor’s programme thereafter enabled me to further grasp the skills of jewellery design and learn how to turn imagination into material objects.” Yuet-wan was awarded a cash prize of HK$15,000 and will be arranged to visit BASELWORLD to be held in Switzerland next year to keep abreast of the latest development of timepiece design.

THEi graduate of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design SZETO Yuk-yu named her first runner-up prizewinning design “Axis” as it redefines “colours” with the light of stars. The metal grooves on the dial simulate the trajectory of stars and beams brightly under the Sun. The semi-circle bezel in the lower part represents the Sun and the Moon, which turns per minute. Yuk-yu received a cash prize of HK$8,000 for her outstanding work.

THEi student of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design Hattie CHAN was named second runner-up. Her entry “Merge” skilfully uses three colours - namely pink, yellow and blue - to accentuate the round patterns in the dial, representing second, minute, and hour. As time passes, the patterns overlap and form different colours and shapes. The message behind is that Hongkongers shall embrace the cultures and voices of people around us. Hattie received a cash prize of HK$5,000. Merit prizes were also awarded to this year’s THEi graduate of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design LEUNG Yan-lum and HKDI students of Higher Diploma in Jewellery and Image Product Design SZETO Ling-fung and CHEUNG Yee-lam. Their works are titled “Blossom”, “Life is a Shuttle” and “Dream Reminder” respectively.

The theme of this year’s Open Group section is “Innovative Craftsman” which requires the application of innovative concepts and technologies in traditional craftsmanship. Designer and HKDI graduate of Higher Diploma in Jewellery and Image Product Design LEE Cheuk-chung won second runner-up with his work “Space”. Hemisphere glass is used to greatly increase the capacity of the dial which is made with 3D metal printing. The unique case design moulds the watch into a UFO shape. He will attend a five-day study course in Japan next year to sharpen his skills in watch and clock design.

The annual competition was hosted by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair 2018 Organising Committee, co-organised by the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd. The competition was divided into the Open Group and Student Group. The aim of the competition is to call on young designers to showcase their flair to the industry. About 100 entries were received and no more than ten entries were shortlisted in each group and made into real products. The winning and final entries were exhibited at the 37th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair held earlier.

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. Website: www.hkdi.edu.hk

The School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) is a member of the VTC Group. SHAPE was established to provide further study opportunities to Higher Diploma graduates and other sub-degree holders. Full-time and part-time top-up degree programmes are offered locally in collaboration with internationally renowned local and overseas universities and students can normally complete their programmes within one to two years. SHAPE has now established collaboration with over ten local and overseas universities offering more than 50 top-up degree programmes. Website: www.shape.edu.hk  

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This year’s VTC graduates LAM Yuet-wan (third from left), SZETO Yuk-yu (second from left) and student Hattie CHAN win championship, first and second runner-up prizes in Student Group in the 35th Watch and Clock Design Competition. VTC students CHEUNG Yee-lam and SZETO Ling-fung and this year’s graduate LEUNG Yan-lum (starting third from right) win merit prizes. (Photo provided by Hong Kong Trade Development Council)
This year’s VTC graduates LAM Yuet-wan (third from left), SZETO Yuk-yu (second from left) and student Hattie CHAN win championship, first and second runner-up prizes in Student Group in the 35th Watch and Clock Design Competition. VTC students CHEUNG Yee-lam and SZETO Ling-fung and this year’s graduate LEUNG Yan-lum (starting third from right) win merit prizes. (Photo provided by Hong Kong Trade Development Council)
SHAPE graduate of related bachelor’s degree in jewellery and metalwork design LAM Yuet-wan (centre) clinches the championship of the Student Group with her work “Aurora”. (Photo provided by HKTDC)
SHAPE graduate of related bachelor’s degree in jewellery and metalwork design LAM Yuet-wan (centre) clinches the championship of the Student Group with her work “Aurora”. (Photo provided by HKTDC)
This year’s THEi graduate of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design SZETO Yuk-yu (centre) wins the first runner-up prize in the Student Group with her design titled “Axis”. (Photo provided by HKTDC)
This year’s THEi graduate of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design SZETO Yuk-yu (centre) wins the first runner-up prize in the Student Group with her design titled “Axis”. (Photo provided by HKTDC)
THEi student of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design Hattie CHAN (centre) is named second runner-up in the Student Group with her entry “Merge”. (Photo provided by HKTDC)
THEi student of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design Hattie CHAN (centre) is named second runner-up in the Student Group with her entry “Merge”. (Photo provided by HKTDC)
HKDI graduate of Higher Diploma in Jewellery and Image Product Design LEE Cheuk-chung (centre) is named second runner-up of the Open Group with his work “Space”. (Photo provided by HKTDC)
HKDI graduate of Higher Diploma in Jewellery and Image Product Design LEE Cheuk-chung (centre) is named second runner-up of the Open Group with his work “Space”. (Photo provided by HKTDC)