Fencing has become a popular sport in the city after the Hong Kong fencing team obtained excellent results in the Olympic Games and the National Games. Being a big supporter of local sports development, the Hong Kong tourbillon brand Memorigin recently partnered with the team’s elite trainer Gregory Koenig from France, Olympic fencer Cheung Siu-lun, and the FIE-qualified international referee Gerald Cheng Chi-hung to collaboratively design a fencing-themed timepiece. With a hope to further promote the sport in the community, proceeds from the sale of the Fancy Fencing Series tourbillon watches will be partly donated to Cheers Up Foundation. It has created exclusive educational materials on fencing so that more students will have the opportunity to participate in the sport.
Fencing was a sport of royalty in the past. It consists of elegance, tactics, and etiquette. Each game starts with a salute to the opponent, the referee, and the audience, which represents a fencer’s pledge of honor. Therefore, it is also known as “combat with grace”. Meanwhile, the tourbillon requires high-quality craftsmanship and has one of the most complex mechanisms in the world. As they both exhibit elegance through their contemporary forms, they are believed to be a great blend.
The watches have adopted a timeless color tone with a black alligator strap, a silver watch case, and a grey dial, making them endlessly versatile. The dial features an iconic foil mask metal relief on the twelve o’clock position. It is skeletal so that the operation of the delicate movement components underneath can mildly be seen. The Fancy Fencing Series includes three watches, each named after a characteristic of the sport, and they demonstrate classic minimalism in a notable way.
Hong Kong fencing team coach Gregory Koenig from France embodies elegance in his training. The watch is inlaid with five fascinating black diamonds as the hour markers. The day and night indicator on the three o’clock position is carved with the word ‘FENCING’. The hand of the power reserve indicator is in the shape of the sword, subtly representing a fencer’s passion for the sport.
The watch has a movement with 80 hours of power reserve. It can run for three days without winding. The tourbillon at the bottom has a vibration frequency of 28,800 oscillations per hour. Accuracy and functionality are encased in a classy design.
“It is a rare and unforgettable experience to work with Memorigin as I not only had the chance to visit its R&D center but also took part in creating a watch. I am proud to design this wonderful with such a great local watch brand,” said Gregory Koenig.
Cheung Siu-lun, a veteran fencer on the Hong Kong Olympic fencing team, is prided on his agility and flexibility. The Resilience tourbillon watch features a watch case with a smooth bullnose edge. The hands are in the form of three weapons: foil as the hour hand, épée as the minute hand, and sabre as the hand of the GMT indicator. The day and night indicator is adorned with yellow, red, and black penalty cards. Fencing elements can be found everywhere.
The watch is equipped with 40 hours of power reserve and a GMT indication. It is suitable for athletes and businessmen who always travel around. The rounded edge of the case has highlighted the fine polishing and sits more comfortably on the wrist.
“I want to thank Mr. Shum as he offered us an opportunity to work on a fencing-themed tourbillon watch with Memorigin. I hope this collaboration will allow members of the public to know more about fencing,” said Cheung Siu-lun.
As a referee, concentration and decisiveness are very important during a game. The Focus tourbillon watch designed by the FIE-qualified international referee Gerald Cheng Chi-hung has a watch case with a sharp edge, representing the traits of integrity and consistency. The yellow, red, and black penalty cards are embedded in the form of metal relief on the day and night indicator, catching every attention when the watch is being seen.
The watch comes with a movement with 40 hours of power reserve and a GMT indicator, which is suitable for athletes and businessmen who always travel around. As the watch case incorporates a modern sharpness, it is vaguely sporty while being office appropriate.
“I have broadened my horizon in this project with Memorigin. I was amazed to its high-quality production and designs. I hope the fencing team and the brand can achieve more breakthroughs after this collaboration,” said Gerald Cheng.