Giving Confidence To Future Cambodian Watchmakers

Chen Zhi Cambodia, philanthropist and watch enthusiast, inspires future Cambodian watchmakers with a class visit.

Neak Oknha Chen Zhi, Chairman of Prince Holding Group, one of Cambodia's largest and fastest-growing conglomerates, paid a visit to students at Prince Horology Vocational Training Center who are learning the art of Swiss watchmaking. Read more here The six Cambodian students, who are currently receiving full scholarships and stipends, are set to graduate as the country's first watchmakers capable of repairing and assembling watches to Swiss standards, which are widely regarded as the gold standard in the world of luxury watches. Chen Zhi has given personal attention to the institute, which is supported by Prince Foundation, the Group's philanthropic arm. The centre is a critical component of the Group's broader efforts to improve education in Cambodia through scholarship programmes, thought leadership trainings, and other CSR initiatives. “Three years back, this was just a vision,” Chen Zhi explains. “I am impressed with the progress that has been made since we founded the school before the start of the pandemic and I look forward to see the birth of Cambodia’s first-ever watchmakers trained to Swiss standards.” Chen Zhi hopes that the passion of these future pioneer watchmakers will serve as an inspiration for high-end craftsmanship throughout Cambodia as they learn all about horology at a centre with best-in-class equipment and from international experts. “Unique to Cambodia, the school brings world-class facilities that rival those found in ateliers or facilities in Switzerland” said Sack-Man Loui, Executive Principal of Prince Horology. “As instructors, we want to do our part to further elevate a culture of artisanal craftsmanship, and have spared no expense to ensure our Cambodian students get the very best.”


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