WatchPro is delighted to announce the finalists in the Multiple Luxury Watch Retailer of the Year category of the 2016 WatchPro Awards.
Retailers in this category must be destination watch boutique businesses with more than five stores that excel in sales of watches priced at over £1000.
The winners of each award will be decided by a private vote among WatchPro readers.
A survey form will be sent on September 26 to a list consisting purely of retail executives, asking them to vote on awards categories concerning watch brands and wholesalers.
A separate survey will be sent on the same day purely to executives in the watch brand and wholesaler community, asking them to vote on awards categories concerning retailers.
The winners will be announced at a spectacular black tie dinner taking place on October 26 at the Globe Theatre in London.
The finalists in the WatchPro Awards Multiple Luxury Watch Retailer of the Year category are:
Watches of Switzerland
Aurum Group’s luxury watch brand completed what it calls the golden triangle of stores in London this year with its Knightsbridge store joining the Regent Street flagship and Bond Street boutique. In total, the group spent £24 million expanding its empire over 12 months, which have contributed to a 35% surge in UK market sales of luxury watches this summer.
The Watch Gallery
The Watch Gallery runs arguably the most valuable 5,000 square feet in Britain: The Wonder Room in Selfridge’s London. Its other locations, including the Rolex boutique at one Hyde Park, aren’t far behind. The latest Watch Gallery is in Covent Garden, proving that tourist hotspots are critical for multi-brand luxury watch sales.
Judging by the number of industry leaders that nominated it, Beaverbrooks is held in the highest regard by luxury watch brands. It is also loved by its employees; frequently featuring in studies of the best places in the UK to work. Chairman Mark Adlestone, OBE, and CEO Anna Blackburn, run 68 stores like an extended family business, with community and ethical causes constantly influencing their trading practices.
David M Robinson
Founder David Robinson always thought of himself as a goldsmith first and retailer second, but his six highly successful showrooms in prime UK locations including his home city of Liverpool suggest otherwise. It might be the perfect engagement ring that first brings customers to the boutiques, but it is luxury watches from Patek Philippe, Rolex and Cartier that keep them returning.
Glasgow-headquartered ROX took years to convince luxury watch brands to take it seriously. Nobody is laughing now as its six boutique empire that now stretches as far south as Leeds stock Hublot, Audemars Piguet and Bremont, among a raft of top end marques. Co-owners Grant Mitchell and Kyron Keogh have become industry celebrities along the way thanks to their gregarious and generous natures.