NSquare Founder & Design Director: Mr. Nicky Lee’s Speech

‘Hong Kong’s local watch industry has become a sunset industry?’

Watches have always been the representatifves of luxury goods. Swiss watches and some high-end watch brands are familiar to everyone. How can Hong Kong's small and medium enterprise(SME) stand out? Or is it doomed to fail?

Nicky, as the founder and design director of Hong Kong watch brand ‘NSquare Watches’, has been in the watch industry for many years and has experienced great and small disturbances. Although electronic products are popular nowadays, the number of people who wear watches seems to be declining. However, he still has confidence in the Hong Kong watch industry.

 

Stepped into a complicated and challenging world

Influenced by his father, Nicky has been immersed in the watch world since he was a child. Watch components are his childhood toys. The complicated watchmaking process is his entertainment program. 'Why watches are always sold expensively?' This question has been surrounded in his mind and never disappeared. Gradually it turned into a belief as he grew up, prompting him to stepped into the complicated and challenging watch industry without hesitation.

As early as 2016, Nicky co-founded NSquare Watch, a Hong Kong watch brand, with several like-minded partners based on his experiences and enthusiasm for watches. Moreover, Nicky personally served as the design director. Someone has asked him: "Why don't you devote yourself to those famous and mature watch brands? Establish a new watch brand is risky. Hong Kong's watch industry is declining. There is no future anymore." But Nicky just frowned and shook his head slightly to express his disapproval.

 

Fight with faith

It is not easy to set up a company in Hong Kong. As a small enterprise, it is difficult to compete with international enterprises in terms of production costs, publicity, labour force, etc. On the other hand, Hong Kong's watch industry is declining. Introducing or acting as an agent for the sale of foreign famous brands is the majority of the market. Why will Nicky still develop his own business in such a risky way? "There are still many opportunities here. I want to create an original watch brand that belongs to Hong Kong. People can wear Hong Kong brand watches to different seminars or events without embarrassment." He said. 

"Fine clothes make the man. People usually wear a branded watch to the seminars or events. But I would like to say, Hong Kong brand watches can also be outstanding and high-qualified. Producing an affordable luxury watch that belongs to our customers and Hong Kong is my faith."

 

Watches are not only a tool

Wearing a watch usually reflects a strong sense of time and personal style of himself. "Watch styles are designed to be much simpler because people take it as a tool only. But watches are not only a tool!" Compared to the founder of NSquare, Nicky is a watch lover first. He said it with chuckle, "Watches represent not only time control, but also an attitude and persistence. Just as people are paying more and more attention for dressing, why don't watches need to be dressed up?" Nicky noticed that there are not much bold and specially designed watches on the market. Insist producing every watch with meticulous design, from the appearance to the interior. He persists every part of a watch is essential.

Balancing design aesthetics and watch quality is the hardest problem he often encounters. The materials used, the placement of accessories, or the shape of the cases all needed to cooperate with each other to finally make a watch with rigorous structure. Just like NSquare's hot series-SnakeKing/SnakeQueen series, the initial design was not pleased. After many times of revised and improved, the beautiful and unique shape finally reached the heart of customers and became NSquare's Masterpiece.

 

"NSquare represents I, I represent NSquare"

"Except stand for Nicky, N also represents infinity in mathematics; NSquare is equal to an infinite power: everyone has infinite development space. I hope every customer who wears our watch could understand our philosophy behind and appreciate the design of each watch. You can also be gorgeous and decent with a Hong Kong original brand instead of the international brand. You can express yourself boldly and don't limit yourself to the rules. You could have much more choices."

[Bold innovation and stylish style] is the philosophy of Nicky and NSquare, who do their best to focus on unique design and pursue a value watch that coexists with aesthetics and quality. Adhere to the quality commitment to customers, and will never let it go.

 

NSquare創辦人兼設計總監 Mr. Nicky Lee 專訪

‘香港本地鐘錶業已成夕陽行業?’

鐘錶一直以來都是名貴奢侈品的代表,瑞士名錶、高級品牌大家都耳熟能詳。香港錶行林立,各大品牌打著瑞士名錶的旗號,吸引一波波慕名的旅客購買。香港自家製作的小店如何能脫穎而出?還是註定失敗?

Nicky作為香港腕錶品牌NSquare的創辦人兼設計總監,於鐘錶界打滾多年,經歷了大大小小的風波。儘管現時電子產品盛行,大眾看時間只需掏出手機或帶上智能手錶、一錶多用,會佩帶腕錶的人似乎日漸減少,但他對香港鐘錶行業仍然充滿信心。

毅然奔向鐘錶夕陽

Nicky受到同樣投身於鐘錶界的父親影響,從小已浸淫在鐘錶世界中並對鐘錶產生濃厚興趣及熱愛,各式的鐘錶零件是他的兒時玩具,繁複的砌錶過程是他的娛樂節目。’憑甚麼腕錶賣得這麼貴?’這個疑問一直盤旋在他的腦海中,從未消失。這個疑問伴隨成長逐漸化作一個信念,促使他義無反顧地緊隨父親的步伐,毅然走進繁複、具挑戰性的鐘錶界,決心自己打造高水準的香港腕錶。

早於2016年憑他的經驗和對鐘錶的熱誠,他與幾位志同道合的伙伴合作創辦NSquare Watch – 一個香港本地鐘錶品牌,兼親自擔任公司的設計總監一職。有人問他:「既然熱愛鐘錶,何不投身於大品牌?反而另起爐灶自行開設品牌呢?太冒險了,自香港工業式微,香港鐘錶界早已沒有前途。」他眉頭緊皺,輕輕搖頭表示不認同。

秉承信念而戰

於香港開設公司並不容易,更要與財力雄厚度的大品牌競爭。作為小公司,不論是製作成本、宣傳、人手等都難以比拼;更何況香港鐘錶業日漸式微,市場大多都是引入或代理外國名牌鐘錶銷售,為何要冒險自設公司?「香港仍有很多機會。我想製造出屬於香港原創的腕錶品牌,令人帶著香港牌子的腕錶出席不同場合都不會失禮。」他如此道。 「人靠衣裝,佛靠金裝。出席各大場合為免失禮,大家都會帶一隻名牌腕錶。但我想告訴別人,香港品牌的腕錶也可以很出色、很特別,面對任何大大小小的場面也不會失禮。生產一隻性價比高的錶,任何人都可以輕易負擔得到一隻屬於自己、屬於香港的原創腕錶,腕錶不一定要貴買,香港腕錶亦能踏上舞台。」 腕錶不只代表時間 佩戴腕錶,通常反映了一個人有著較強的時間觀念;不同款式亦代表個人的風格口味。「現在很多腕錶款式設計越傾簡約,因為人們把它視為工具而已。但腕錶不應如此!」Nicky比起NSquare的創辦人,首先是一位腕錶愛好者,他笑笑地說:「腕錶代表的不只是掌握時間,更是一種態度、一種堅持。正如現時人們越來越會注重打扮,腕錶為甚麼就不需打扮? 」Nicky留意到市面上有大膽並特別設計的腕錶選擇不多,因此自己兼任設計總監一職,堅持每一隻生產的腕錶都必需經過設計,從外觀到內部,每一絲細節不容忽視。

平衡設計美學與腕錶品質是他經常遇到最大的難題,有時很有信心的設計呈現出的效果卻強差人意。採用的物料、配件的擺放、錶殻的外形每一項都需要互相配合才能最終製成一隻結構嚴謹的腕錶。正如NSquare皇牌系列-SnakeKing蛇皇/SnakeQueen蛇后系列,初期設計並不討好,經過不斷的改進和磨合,最終憑藉其美麗獨特的造型打動顧客的心,成為NSquare成名作。

‘NSquare代表我,我代表NSquare’

「N除了代表Nicky,數理上亦代表無限;NSquare等於無限次方,意指無限創作空間、沒有限制。我希望帶上NSquare腕錶的每位顧客都理解我們理念,能夠欣賞每隻腕錶的造型配色,背後的悉心設計和獨特巧思。帶上香港品牌的錶其實並不失禮,一樣都可以大方得體,放膽表現自我、不要規限自己於框框條條中,擁有多一些選擇。」NSquare所有出售的腕錶全部會經過Nicky的精心設計才開始生產,不止錶殻、錶盤或錶帶,甚至把的和擺輪等都會細緻製作。每個系列的構思都是他日夜絞盡心思所創作出來。 【大膽創新・時尚型格】是Nicky及NSquare的理念,竭盡心力注重獨特設計,追求美學與品質並存的價值腕錶。堅守對顧客的品質承諾,絕不會得過且過。