Pragnell’s Stratford-Upon-Avon flagship showroom became one of the largest fine watch and jewelry boutiques in the UK following a major expansion and refurbishment in 2019 that added 50% more retail space to its internationally renowned showroom in the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
Pragnell is one of the most respected fine watch and jewellery retailers in the UK with turnover in the 12 months to the end of May 2022 of £85 million ($105 million) from just three showrooms in England: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Leicester and Mayfair in London.
Before the pandemic, the last set of accounts from the company showed that turnover from overseas visitors exceeded domestic sales, but that has been dramatically reversed in the 2022 financial year British buyers outspending visitors by three to one.
The business works with prestigious brands including Rolex, Patek Philippe Omega, Cartier, F.P. Journe, Greubel Forsey, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Chanel, Panerai, Breitling and Tudor in addition to globally important gems and jewelry sourced and created by a peerless team of in-house experts.
Pragnell’s Tudor building in Stratford-upon-Avon’s historic centre has lived many lives.
It was built after a fire destroyed most of the town in 1594, and was designed and financed by architect Abraham Sturley, a close friend and drinking partner of then-30-year-old Shakespeare.
Mr Sturley was granted permission by the court of King James to adorn the ceiling and fireplaces with regal Jacobean patterns used in royal households; features which have been painstakingly preserved to this day.
Watch and jewellery displays and meeting areas are ingeniously knitted in-between the building’s ancient wooden beams, history-worn floors and low ceilings, all expertly navigated by the six-foot-something owner Charlie Pragnell and his team.
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