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David Ericsson’s original plan was to stay in Hong Kong for about a year. Photo: Martin Adolfsson
David Ericsson’s original plan was to stay in Hong Kong for about a year. Photo: Martin Adolfsson

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David Ericsson designs watches in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a great place to start a small business – provided you can find your lucrative niche. David Ericsson found his in the hip Sheung Wan district.

David Ericsson studied mechanical engineering, with a focus on product development, at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm before heading to Malmö to work at the Zenit Design Group. Originally, he moved to Hong Kong to work for a Swedish-owned company and started Void Watches in 2008 as a side project. The plan was to stay in Hong Kong for about a year, but before he knew it, he had become rooted. Void Watches is no longer a side project and today, it employs six people.

Ericsson became interested in watches in the late 1990s and trawled flea markets for vintage wristwatches by small Swiss watchmakers.

“That’s where the idea for Void was born,” Ericsson says. “In those days there were plenty of small, independent brands making exciting products. At first I knew little about watches, but it helped that I had studied mechanical engineering. Watch design is hard to wrap your head around. You have to learn how everything works and how a change of a fraction of a millimeter can be very significant.”

An advantage of living in Hong Kong, Ericsson says, is being close to Chinese production.

“We can keep a much closer eye on production than would be possible if we were based in Sweden.”

David Ericsson designs watches. Photo: Martin Adolfsson

 

Text: Marcus Joons

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