Tuesday, 14 May 2013


The Watch Salon London: Preview

For the first time this season, The Jewellery Show London, organised by i2i Events Group, will be showcasing a dedicated area called The Watch Salon London. Housed in the West Wing of Somerset House, this area will showcase a selection spring/summer 2014 collections from 11-­12 June 2013.   

Renowned as a leading watch brand all over Europe, Festina produce high ­quality timepieces that combine fashionable designs with premium Japanese Miyoto Movements. The brand has been a key sponsor of Tour de France for over 20 years, and their strong involvement with sports has inspired their innovative styles. Also in the Festina Group is Candino, a Swiss brand with over 65 years in the market and distribution across more than 60 countries. With Classic, Casual, Sports, Elegance, and Planet Solar collections, their latest advertising campaign is called ‘Legend of our time’, featuring Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, this is a brand not to miss.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Seiko watchmaking, having produced Japan's very first wristwatch, The Laurel, in 1913. The brand prides themselves on being at the forefront of advances in watchmaking; they have released numerous world firsts, such as the first quartz wristwatch in 1969, the first automatic generating system in 1988, and more recently, the Seiko Astron GPS solar in 2012. This was the world's first watch to receive and use positioning data from GPS satellites, meaning the exact local time anywhere in the world could be displayed with the touch of one button, using the power of light. The brand aims to continue this success over the forthcoming years, and mark their 100th anniversary with limited edition pieces. Seiko will also be bringing Kenneth Cole, Ted Bakerand Breil to the Watch Salon London.  

Founded in 1998, American brand Jorg Gray has transformed from a specialist private­ label watch company to a globally renowned and distributed brand. Since 2007, when Barack Obama received a Jorg Gray watch as a birthday present from his Special Service detail, the brand has been photographed numerous times, gracing the covers of Time and Rolling Stones magazine in the past year. This triggered a huge expansion in the menswear line, which now includes classic and occasion wear watches, as well as sports watches and a new dive series.

Created by a group of aviation enthusiasts in 1998, Torgeon Swiss watches are built upon high-­tech designs, influenced by all elements of aviation. The features include dual or triple time­zone displays, E6B Flight Computers, and long­lasting non­radioactive uminescence that guarantee readability for day and night. With highly accurate Swiss quartz or automatic movement, each timepiece is of the highest quality and precision, being tested to withstand strong impact, temperature, humidity, dust, and other extreme conditions.

The ultimate 'preppy' accessory, Daniel Wellington team modern, minimalistic watch face designs with colourful Nato straps­ firstly worn by men in the British navy­ creating a stylish, adaptable accessory for everyday or occasion wear. The collection includes a men's and women's line, both with an extensive range of patterned, interchangeable straps. 

British watch designer and manufacturer, David Mason London, came onto the market in 2012 and are looking to expand their range this forthcoming year. Driven by Swiss movements and a commitment to quality, their latest collection welcomes 3 new ranges, accumulating 12 different watch styles. These include Aviator, Dive, Pilot, Sports and Racing collections, which will be launched in conjunction with major sporting events and backed by British­based sporting ambassadors such as; World Renault Series FR3.5 driver, Oliver Webb, and Scottish Rugby International, Tim Visser.

Also part of David Mason London is Arthur Oskar Stampfli (AOS), which launched in 2009 as a tribute to the designer's late father. The brand sought to excel upon the passion, dedication and willpower of Stampfli himself, which is presented through a range of limited edition, exclusively made pieces. Of the 7 current ranges, less than 100 copies of each model are made and distributed solely to an exclusive client list, retaining the brands unique originality. AOS will also debut their new piece, La Naissance d'un Garde­Temps, at The Jewellery Show London in June. This is a technically advanced piece with a wholly futuristic aesthetic.

In the last two years, Bering Time has progressed from a starting company in Denmark, to a globally successful brand. Inspired by the timeless, clear beauty of the Arctic, Bering combine optimal material strength with minimalist Danish design for each of their timepieces. Based on ideas of primitive simplicity, their streamlined designs match technical precision and durable, scratch­ resistant materials, with purely elegant styles.

BQ Watches will also be showcasing in June; as one of the UK's most experienced buyers and sellers of pre­owned Rolex and other high­quality watches, the company offer the most competitive value to both public and trade customers. With over 30 years of experience, BQ Watches have a worldwide client base and will be presenting pieces from Rolex, Cartier, Tag, and other top names.

Over the two days of the show, an impressive line­up of industry experts, including a host of leading retail jewellers, will offer advice on key industry issues and future­ trend forecasting across two seminar theatres, one dedicated to jewellery and the other to support The Watch Salon London.

Seminar content will include a retailer's guide to pre-­owned watches, the newest techniques and practices for cutting ­edge designs, building an online presence in watch e­tail, changes and growth in the industry, and timeless trends that will appeal to the customer. The expertise will be shared by the likes of Jon Parker, of the Birmingham School of Jewellery, Robin Kamal, Co­Founder of The Watch Hub, Chris Sellors, of CW Sellors and Jura Watches, and David Epstein, the Ecommerce Director of Watch Warehouse. The content will prove invaluable to professionals in all areas of the watch industry.

For more information, visit the jewellery show london website.

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Kate Stafford at Good Results PR (click to email) T: 0207 553 2080.

The Jewellery Show London are proud to be the main trade event sponsors of Jewellery Week.

About The Jewellery Show London

The Jewellery Show London will take place from Tuesday 11th - Wednesday 12th June 2013, at Somerset House, London. The organisers are i2i Events Group who also produce the Jewellery Show which takes place each February as part of the Spring Fair at the National Exhibition Centre. The Jewellery Show London 2013 is launching The Watch Salon London in conjunction with Retail Jeweller magazine. This is London's first dedicated trade ­only exhibition for the best in British and international watch brands.

About i2i Events Group

i2i Events Group delivers world ­class exhibitions and large scale events in key sectors including home and gift, fashion, retail, healthcare, energy, environment, education, technology and media. Its portfolio of world­wide events includes World Retail Congress, Bett, Spring Fair, RWM, CWIEME, BVE and Pure London. It prides itself on opening up possibilities for its customers and each year brings more than 250,000 decision makers together to network, source, test, buy and sell brilliant products, services, ideas and solutions. The company is headed up by Mark Shashoua who joined EMAP as Group MD of EMAP Connect in November 2011 and became CEO of i2i Events Group in March 2012. i2i Events Group is powered by Top Right Group, formerly known as Emap International Ltd.