The guest list for tomorrow’s sell-out WatchPro Awards reads like a Who’s Who of the British and, increasingly, international watch industry.
Owners, managing directors and chief executives of the watch sector’s biggest companies gathering for the ceremony including the top brass at The Watches of Switzerland Group, Patek Philippe, Bucherer, Beaverbrooks, LVMH, Richemont, Swatch Group, H. Samuel, Ernest Jones, Citizen Watch UK, Chopard, Berry’s Jewellers, Amazon, Time Products, David M Robinson, Movado Group, Garmin, Gucci, Fraser Hart, Seiko, Casio and many more.
“WatchPro closely studies and publishes the financial results of the biggest watch brands and retail groups in the UK when we publish our State of the Nation reports every year. When I look down the guest list for tomorrow night’s WatchPro Awards, I can safely say that executives responsible for sales of well over one billion pounds will be in the room,” says WatchPro editor Rob Corder.
Add in the influence of the night’s Guest of Honour, Jean-Claude Biver, who will receive a lifetime achievement award for his services to the global watch industry, and the importance of the WatchPro Awards takes on an even more international significance.
There will be 14 awards presented on the night, recognising excellence from the UK teams of the world’s biggest watchmakers, their wholesalers and retailers.
“The aim of the WatchPro Awards is to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the entire British watch industry — the best in the world in my opinion — by high rewarding the very best over the past year,” Mr Corder explains.
Finalists for each award are selected by WatchPro’s editors with the assistance of nominations from readers. These finalists are then put to a vote. Awards for the best retailers are voted on by executives from the brands that work with them while watch brands are voted on by the retailers.
“This is a unique voting process that recognises the massive importance of partnerships between British watch retailers and the brands they work with. WatchPro’s mission is to help all businesses to profit from the sale of watches and we feel the Awards are a vital part of our strategy to identify excellence and share it as best practice that the entire industry can learn from,” Mr Corder states.
The WatchPro Awards would not be possible on the scale we will see this week without the support of our generous sponsors, which this year are: Braun, Redd Retail, Group, Mondaine, LBS Watch Straps, Hearst, Garmin, WOLF, Sekonda and ICE-Watch.