The annual WatchPro Awards takes place on November 6, with the UK’s most successful watch businesses including major multiple retailers, family-owned independents, watch brands and industry suppliers gathering to learn who has won the prestigious gongs. In the first of two parts, we reveal here the finalists for WatchPro Awards in the Retailer Categories.
Independent Luxury Watch Retailer of the Year
We define luxury watches as those that sell for more than £1000. Independents must have a British-based owner and operate fewer than 10 stores.
- David M Robinson
Multiple Luxury Watch Retailer of the Year
We define luxury watches as those that sell for more than £1000. Multiples must have 10 or more physical stores.
- Mappin & Webb
- Chisholm Hunter
- Fraser Hart
- Watches of Switzerland
Volume Watch Retailer of the Year
This category is open to all retailers that trade in high volume watches priced at under £1000.
- T.H. Baker
- H. Samuel
- Chisholm Hunter
- Watch Shop
Ecommerce Retailer of the Year
This category is open to retailers that trade almost exclusively online.
- Watch Shop
- Luxe Watches
- First Class Watches
Best New Store of the Year
Stores all need to have opened since summer of 2017. The category is open to stores operated by watch brands and retailers.
- Pragnell, Mayfair
- Boodles, Manchester
- T.H. Baker, Wolverhampton
- Hublot, Mayfair
- Panerai, Mayfair
Best Refurbished Store of the Year
Stores all need to have been refurbished since summer of 2017. The category is open to stores operated by watch brands and retailers.
- Bucherer, Westfield
- Fraser Hart, Brent Cross
- Berry’s, Albion Street, Leeds
- Harrods Fine Watch Room
- Mappin & Webb, Glasgow
- Laings, Glasgow
- Wempe, London
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.
- Anna Blackburn, Beaverbrooks
- Jonathan Payne, Laings
- Charlie Pragnell, Pragnell
- Stuart Hennell, Watchfinder
- Craig Bolton, Mappin & Webb and Goldsmiths
- Melissa O’Brien, Bucherer
WatchPro readers were given an opportunity over the summer to nominate the businesses, individuals and teams they most admire, and many of these have made it into the list of finalists that has ultimately been compiled by the WatchPro team.
The finalists presented here have all been outstanding over the past 12 months — standing out among competitors and peers for the quality of ideas, execution, creativity and sheer hard work. They are not alone in achieving extraordinary things in our highly competitive and challenging industry, and in some ways represent the efforts of the industry as a whole.
Voting for the winners is not open to the public. WatchPro will be e-mail industry executives this week with a link to the voting form. Retailers will be asked to vote for the suppliers they most admire, while suppliers will be asked to vote for the retailers they most admire. This voting system ensures that the jury is comprised entirely of industry leaders that are immersed every day in the British watch business.