04 Apr

Cambodia Chen Zhi, philanthropist and watch enthusiast, visits a class to instil confidence in future Cambodian watchmakers.

Neak Oknha Chen Zhi, Chairman of Prince Holding Group, one of Cambodia's largest and fastest-growing conglomerates, paid a visit to Prince Horology Vocational Training Center students learning Swiss watchmaking.


The six Cambodian students, who are now receiving full scholarships and stipends, are on track to become the first watchmakers in Cambodia to repair and assemble watches to Swiss standards, which are widely regarded as the gold standard in the luxury watch industry.

Chen Zhi has devoted particular attention to the institute, which is financed by Prince Foundation, the Group's philanthropic arm. The facility is an important part of the Group's overall endeavour to improve education in Cambodia through scholarship programmes, thought leadership trainings, and other CSR projects.

“Three years back, this was just a vision,” shares Chen Zhi. “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 desire of these future pioneer watchmakers can serve as an inspiration for high-end workmanship across Cambodia by learning all about horology at a facility with best-in-class equipment and from international specialists.

“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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