Breakfast Seminar: From Watches to Fashion Accessories - Are Digital Native Brands Disrupting the Watch Industry?
Breakfast Seminar: From Watches to Fashion Accessories – Are Digital Native Brands Disrupting the Watch Industry?

How often do you look at your watch to check the time during the day? You won’t probably know, as most of the times you may just check your smartphone. This makes smartphones a clear example of disruption coming from outside the watch industry.

However, besides their functionality, watches have always conveyed a social status, passed onto the next generations to symbolize timelessness and sense of belonging. Within the luxury sector, it is still the case, and luxury brands are revisiting their timepieces to maintain their desirable aura, but at the same time crafting new models to engage younger crowds. Following this, the “watch” is still a collectors’ favourite object, and the pre-owned luxury market is becoming more and more profitable.

In contrast, digital native brands are proliferating to offer younger generations of fashion accessories, which happen to tell time. Every day, social media play with Millennial brands, building empires for some and pushing back others. How to remain relevant depends on how fast you can keep innovating the products and engaging the audience.

Join us and our watch experts with different backgrounds articulating a discussion about trends within the sector and new disruptors.


Quinn Lai, Founder & Director, EONIQ

Currently, Founder of EONIQ and Hey5, Quinn Lai has been a serial entrepreneur in Hong Kong and the United States. Quinn hosts a Master Degree from Stanford University (Stanford Graduate Fellow) with focus on Design Methodology, a program under Stanford Design School. He also co-mentors startups in Stanford with multiple professors. Quinn conducts design thinking, social media marketing, and startup toolkit workshops. His workshop and talk exposure include TEDx talks, Business TV shows (HSBC wise business) and documentaries on creativity.


Nicola Giglio, Founder & CEO, Belton China Limited

Nicola Giglio moved to Hong Kong in 2005 to head the Product Design Division of Belton China, later becoming CEO in 2010. Since the beginning, Nicola has been leading the manufacture of watches and its components for a wide portfolio of brands, spanning from high-end Swiss watch brands to millennial brands. He has a deep understanding of the changing preferences of customers globally and works closely with his clients to continually revise the design and the range of products to offer. Focusing on The Internet of Things wearable, BCL has also developed smartwatches and activity trackers.


Mario Nobile, Creative Director, KLASSE14 

“Design is my passion and cannot imagine a day going by without creating something”.

Currently, Creative Director of KLASSE14, Mario Nobile has always had an eye for creativity and design. His first passion was to sketch cars and lots of them. He then decided to move into fashion and accessories and started working for Bencivenga Atelier in Naples, till he transformed his passion into his own business launching his own fashion brand in Italy and UK and setting up his own studio. In the last 9 years, Mario Nobile has also embarked on different projects designing watches, jewellery, and accessories for several International Brands.


Bruce Pye, Managing Director Pure Performance Distribution Limited

Hailed from South Africa, Bruce Pye moved to Hong Kong in 1995. In 2008, he started Sportsworld, which he grew to two branches by 2010, and secured the exclusive distributorship for Garmin products for Hong Kong and Macau. In 2012, Sportsworld took a turn in its retail business and became Pure Performance Distribution Limited, to concentrate on distribution full time.

An avid marathoner and Ironman, Bruce participated in more than 10 Ironman’s, 3 Vibram 100s, Otillo Swimrun World Series amongst many others. His passion and knowledge of sports have made him one of the most influential people in the sports watch industry in Hong Kong.


Massimo Romagno, International Brand Manager, Fashion & Luxury Timepieces, Jewelry and Accessories, TIME MANAGEMENT Services, Hong Kong

Massimo is currently Global Brand Manager for the Italian brands within the portfolio of the group, with full responsibility of license management as well as maintaining control of the Group KA.

He has more than 5 years experience in business management and international trade, coordinating regional organizations for worldwide leading brands within respective industries; he has extensive expertise in markets such as South East Pacific, Middle East and Russia. He has recently taken up a new challenge in Asia, and he is based in HK.



UniCredit, Prague Room, 26/F, Man Yee Building, 68 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong


3月 12 2019, 8:30 上午 - 10:00 上午


Member 100HKD
Non-Member 180HKD
(including light breakfast)


Sarah Chan



Breakfast Seminar: From Watches to Fashion Accessories - Are Digital Native Brands Disrupting the Watch Industry?


Breakfast Seminar: From Watches to Fashion Accessories - Are Digital Native Brands Disrupting the Watch Industry?

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