Today WatchPro is launching its annual search for the greatest watches of the year by asking for your nominations.
Each year in November WatchPro publishes its Watches of the Year list of the 100 most notable watches of the year; with one eye on design and technical excellence and another on the watches’ commercial potential for the UK retailers and distributors.
As always, we are asking for your nominations for watches to populate 10 categories. The WatchPro team will select a shortlist of 10 watches in each category, with one being named the overall winner of each. The final list will be unveiled in the Watches of the Year issue of WatchPro in November.
The 2015 categories are Luxury Watch of the Year, Fashion Watch of the Year, Trendsetting Watch of the Year, Sports Watch of the Year, Quartz Watch of the Year, Mechanical Watch of the Year, Women’s Watch of the Year, Smartwatch of the Year, Showstopping Watch of the Year and Rising Star of the Year.
This year we have added the Quartz Watch of the Year category to offer a natural, dedicated home to timepieces driven by quartz movements, which will always represent the vast majority of sales by volume in any territory. To maintain ten categories we have merged the Innovative and Showstopping categories into one, which will represent both characteristics.
We are asking you, the readers of WatchPro, whether you represent a brand, retailer or distributor, to nominate the strongest watches that you’ve seen this year.
James Buttery, editor of WatchPro, said: “Watches of the Year is the most concise representation of the best new watch models we’ve seen throughout the year and sifting through your nominations to create the shortlist is, hands down, the exercise I most look forward to each year.
“Strong design and manufacturing is usually immediately apparent, but by publishing in November – long after Baselworld – we have plenty of time to consider the commercial potential of each watch as well. It is also perhaps the only award of its kind in the world that pits watches at all price points against each other, you will see haute horology alongside ‘haute’ volume.”
If you would like to suggest one or more watches for Watches of the Year 2015, please let us know which ones and why. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or simply download and fill in the completed form here, and email it back to us. High resolution images, product information and reasons for nomination should be included for each nomination.
The deadline for nominations will be Monday 28 September.