Nominations for this year’s WATCHPRO Awards close on Friday.
After a covid-inflicted absence from last year’s calendar, WATCHPRO Awards roars back in November with a gala event that promises to bring the industry together for much needed reflection and celebration of its endurance, adaptability, compassion, business skill and strength.
This year’s format and venue are the same as in 2019, so we will be gathering again in the stunning Victorian ballroom of 8 Northumberland, which has space for 330 VIP guests.
The only significant changes are that for 2021 we will be honouring the achievements of a two year period from autumn 2019 to this summer.
That means stores that have been opened or refurbished since September 2019 can be nominated for awards, and the achievements of leading retailers — independents and multiples — and the brands that supply them will all be judged on their performance through the roller-coaster period we have endured.
Nominations are open now. This is an opportunity for brands, suppliers and retailers to make their case for why they should make it onto the list of finalists that will be judged by their industry peers.
A reminder, should you need it, that every executive in the British watch business gets a vote in the WATCHPRO Awards. Retailers vote for the brands they most admire and brands vote for the retailers that have impressed them most.
Nominating could not be easier. Simply e-mail your suggestion to email@example.com stating the brand, retailer, individual or team you would like to propose, and a brief description of why the nominee should be considered.
Supporting evidence can include photography, facts and figures, reviews from the public and testimonials.
Deadline for nominations is September 17, so do not delay, and the list of finalists on which the industry will vote will be published in the October edition of WATCHPRO and online at WATCHPRO.com.
This year’s Awards categories are:
Independent Luxury Watch Retailer of the Year
Independents must operate fewer than 10 stores and specialise in watches priced at more than £3000.
Multiple Luxury Watch Retailer of the Year
We define luxury watches as those that sell for more than £3000. Multiples must have 10 or more physical stores.
Midmarket Watch Retailer of the Year
This category is open to all retailers that trade predominately in watches priced at up to £3000.
Ecommerce Retailer of the Year
This category is open to all retailers that trade almost exclusively online.
Pre-owned Watch Retailer of the Year
For specialists in second hand watches with or without physical stores.
Best New Store of the Year
Stores all need to have opened since autumn of 2019. The category is open to stores operated by watch brands and retailers.
Best Refurbished Store of the Year
Stores all need to have been refurbished since autumn of 2019. The category is open to stores operated by watch brands and retailers.
Retail Leader of the Year
This category honours an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to their retail business in the past 12 months.
British Watch Business of the Year
Watch brands competing in this category need to be headquartered in the UK but are permitted to manufacture overseas.
Executive Leadership Team of the Year
The following executive leadership teams have demonstrated outstanding service and assistance to their retail partners in the past year.
Lifestyle Watch Brand of the Year
The finalists for lifestyle watch brand of the year category are judged on the best products, sales, service, and marketing.
Independent Watch Brand of the Year
In an era of blockbuster groups, these innovative and nimble businesses keep the spirit of independent watchmaking alive and prospering.
Luxury Watch Brand of the Year
The finalists for luxury watch brand of the year category are judged on the best products, sales, service, and marketing.
Fashion Watch Brand of the Year
The finalists for fashion watch brand of the year category are judged on the best products, sales, service, and marketing.
The 2021 WATCHPRO AWARDS takes place on November 11 at 8 Northumberland.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org without delay to make your case for any finalists you feel should be considered.
Once the list of finalists is sealed, the industry will be invited to vote for the winners.
Only retailers will be asked to vote for the suppliers they most admire and only suppliers will be asked to vote for the retailers they most admire.
Invitations to vote will be sent by e-mail in the final week of September, following the publication of the 2021 finalists.
Thank you to our sponsors
We would like to give a special thanks to the sponsors of the 2021 WatchPro Awards, without whom we would not be able to host such a spectacular event on November 11.