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Results Announced Ahead of Next Week's HKTDC Optical Fair

Hong Kong, Nov 1, 2012 - (ACN Newswire) - Innovative and winsome creations are in the spotlight as the winners of the 14th Hong Kong Eyewear Design Competition were announced today. Under the theme "Timeless," the competition, organised by the Hong Kong Travel Development Council (HKTDC) and the Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association, saw more than 200 entries this year. Eleven prizes were awarded to nine local designers, whose creations will go on display at the region's leading HKTDC Hong Kong Optical Fair, opening next week.

The results of the eyewear design competition were released at a media conference this afternoon with the OKIA Optical Company sweeping the champion, first runner-up and second runner-up prizes in the Professional Group section. The champion piece, "Mag Type" by Lee Tsun Hung, borrows from the appearance of a vintage typewriter and its distinctive sound. Infusing modern elements into the classic typewriter, the spectacles use no screws, are interchangeable and feature a spring-hinge function.

Viola Pak's creation "Chang'er," based on the legendary Chinese goddess of the moon, took top prize in the Open Group category. The vintage-style eyewear features a rounded shape reminiscent of the moon, with patterns representing auspicious clouds. The right temple stem is made out of jade with a jade ornament adorning it.

The winning design in the Student Group category also took the Creativity and the Made-to-Sell awards. "Look Back," by Pang Horng from the Hong Kong Design Institute, uses contrasting colours, as well as a mixture of plastic and metal, to make the spectacles resemble the classic toy robot.

All winning and finalist pieces will go on display at the Wine Cellar, Hall 1B, during the Hong Kong Optical Fair, 7-9 November, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Buyers can vote onsite to choose the winner for the "The Latest Look Award."

New Product Zones

The 20th edition of the fair will feature more than 620 exhibitors from 22 countries and regions, a new record, including first-time exhibitor Turkey. France will also set up its first country pavilion at the fair. Three new product zones: Eyewear Accessories, Sporting & Professional Eyewear, and Diagnostic Instruments, will showcase the latest cutting-edge products in those sectors.

The fair's Brand Name Gallery will showcase 166 brands from 20 countries and regions, the largest to date. Major brands that will be exhibiting include Guy Laroche, Hummer, ic! berlin, Issey Miyake, Karen Millen, TD Tom Davies, Vera Wang. Several catwalk-style eyewear parades will be held throughout the three-day event.

Focus on Electronic Eyewear

The 10th Hong Kong Optometric Conference will take place on the second day of the fair under the theme "New Frontiers in Ophthalmic Dispensing," which will discuss the latest trends and technology available in the field of prescription eyewear. Among the featured speakers from Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States will be Dr Richard Clompus, Vice President, Global Professional Affairs, PixelOptics, US, who will introduce the company's innovative electronically focusing eyewear.

Industry experts from Austria, France and Italy will also be featured at several seminars, including from renowned market research company GfK Italy, spotlighting the latest trends in eyewear and fashion design.

The Hong Kong Optical Fair is organised by the HKTDC, with the Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association as co-organiser. We cordially invite you or your representative to cover the fair and related events. Details as follows:

Date/Time: 7 November (Wednesday) 10am-6:30pm
8 November (Thursday) 9:30am-6:30pm
9 November (Friday) 9:30am-5pm
Venue: Hall 1 and 3B, HKCEC, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai
Press Registration:
Please register at the Media Centre,
located at Expo Drive, HKCEC,
or the Registration Counter
at the Harbour Road Entrance, HKCEC.
Fair Website: www.hkopticalfair.com/en

Major Fair Events:

7 November (Wednesday)

Kick-off Reception and "Brand Name Gallery" Eyewear Parade
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
Venue: BNG Wine Cellar, Hall 1B, HKCEC

"Brand Name Gallery" Eyewear Parade
Time: 2pm-2:20pm & 3pm-3:20pm
Venue: BNG Wine Cellar, Hall 1B, HKCEC

Seminar: Retail Outlook in Optical Products
Time: 3pm-4pm
Venue: Meeting Room N106-108
Language: English
Speakers: - Gianni Cossar, Global Director (Optics & Eyewear),
GfK Retail & Technology Italy, GfK Consumer Choices;
- Giampaolo Falconio,
Global Eyewear Manager & Global Retail Manager (Optics),
GfK Retail &Technology Italy, GfK Consumer Choices

Buyer Forum: Opportunities in the Mature Markets
Time: 4pm-4:30pm
Venue: BNG Wine Cellar, Hall 1B, HKCEC

Networking Reception
Time: 6pm-7:30pm
Venue: HKTDC SME Centre, HKCEC

8 November (Thursday)

Media Breakfast Meeting
Time: 9am
Venue: Meeting Room S426-427
Guests: - Tai Cho Yee Mui, Grace,
President of Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association,
- Chow Ching Lam, Tony,
Vice President of Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association

The 10th Hong Kong Optometric Conference: "New Frontiers in Ophthalmic Dispensing"
Time: 9am-6pm
Venue: Meeting Room N101
Language: English (simultaneous translation service in Cantonese)
Speakers: - Professor Mo Jalie, Visiting Professor in Optometry,
School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, UK;
- Dr Chea-su Kee, Assistant Professor, School of Optometry,
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University;
- Timo C Kratzer, Programme Manager, Lens Design, R&D,
Carl Zeiss Vision GmbH, Germany;
- David Chow Tak-Fung, FPVC (Hon) 2008,
The Professional Validation Council of Hong Kong
Industries and Managing Director, Easy Power Ltd;
- Professor George Woo, Emeritus Professor,
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University;
- Dr Victor C P Woo, The Hong Kong Ophthalmic Associates;
- Professor Arnold Wilkins,
Professor and Head, Visual Perception Unit,
University of Essex, UK;
- Dr Richard Clompus, Vice President,
Global Professional Affairs, PixelOptics, US

Seminar: A European Fashion Tour
Time: 11am-12:20pm
Venue: BNG Wine Cellar, Hall 1B, HKCEC
Language: English
Speakers: - Dominique Pinton, Ambassador, Lunettes de France;
- Christian Wolf, Marketing Manager & Shareholder,
ROLF Spectacles, Austria;
- Giovanni Vitaloni, CEO, Nico-design, Italy;
- Jean-Philippe Palengat, Lunettes Grasset Associes, France

Buyer Forum: Opportunities in the Emerging Markets
Time: 2:30pm-3pm
Venue: BNG Wine Cellar, Hall 1B, HKCEC

"Meet the BRICS" Networking Reception
Time: 5pm-6pm
Venue: BNG Wine Cellar, Hall 1B, HKCEC

9 November (Friday)

"Brand Name Gallery" Eyewear Parade
Time: 2pm-2:15pm
Venue: BNG Wine Cellar, Hall 1B, HKCEC

Fair Websites
HKTDC Hong Kong Optical Fair: www.hktdc.com/hkopticalfair

About HKTDC

A statutory body established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 global offices, including 11 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and on the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com . Follow us on Twitter @HKTDC.

Source: HKTDC

Contact:
Joe Kainz
Tel: +852 2584 4216
Email: joe.kainz@hktdc.org




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