Page and Cooper 2016 Round Up
And so 2016 has come to a close.
It’s safe to say a lot has happened, but in case you missed anything, here’s just a few of the reasons 2016 has been such a special year for us.
This year saw the launch of the eagerly anticipated Autodromo Group B, a watch born from one mans vision to encapsulate the iconic group B racing era.
This watch is part of the reason Autodromo enjoys a worldwide following of enthusiasts, collectors, designers, and engineers alike. And as such, we feel privileged to have been a part of the story.
We introduced the Fortis Flieger Pro, sequel to the original Flieger Classic first introduced in 1987, which picked up the first 2004 European Aviation Watch award some 17 years after its introduction!
We welcomed the new and improved General purpose Mechanical (GPM) watch from Marathon, designed to be used in the field by infantry or other military personnel, and built to strict standards set by the US military.
The watch featured a new dual winding movement, scratch resistant sapphire crystal and improved water resistance.
Our loyal Instagram following grew to over 6,700 strong. We continue to feel humbled that so many people share our passion for these watches and their stories.
2016 saw us dive deep into Vulcain’s illustrious nautical heritage, shedding light on their important place in diving history.
We took a trip to the Damasko factory in the German countryside to see how this small family are pushing the boundaries of modern watchmaking.
We also paid a visit to our good friends Laco in Pforzheim, where we were able to chat with every member of the Laco team as our orders progressed through production.
It never ceases to amaze us how this small and dedicated team produce such fascinating and intricate watches.
We attended Baselworld 2016, the year’s premier international watch exhibition. Here we were lucky see many new releases and share with you some of the great watches from the likes of Vulcain, Sinn, Fortis, and Laco.
The year also saw the release of the hotly anticipated Squalematic from Squale. Every glimpse of the watch we shared on social media received an outpour of attention from fans of the watchmaker. And it’s not hard to see why.
We received the first samples of the Vulcain 1947 Heritage Replica. This limited edition piece marks the introduction of the world’s first mechanical alarm complication, made from components languished unseen and forgotten for nearly 50 years.
Assembled as a private collection of just 30 pieces, we were lucky enough to get hold of 5, where only 1 remains in stock!
We introduced Laco’s Erbstuck Heirloom Flieger range, exquisitely hand aged by a team of specialist craftsmen to recreate timepieces that have seen a lifetime of use. It came as little surprise that these unique watches are sold out until 2017!
With the success of our ‘A Stitch in Time’ event it was always a question of 'when' not 'if' we would again collaborate with Timothy Everest MBE to bring about a subsequent event.
‘Off The Cuff’ featured an informal, yet opulent evening of modern watchmaking and bespoke tailoring at Timothy Everest's stylish new concept store on Shoreditch's Redchurch Street.
It was not by accident that members of the Damasko family from Germany, Laco from Pforzheim, Vulcain from Switzerland and Marathon from Canada joined us in London for this very special event.
We added exclusive denim and nylon straps to our growing collection of Page and Cooper watchstraps, designed to give you freedom of choice and a style for every occasion.
As you know at Page and Cooper we live and breathe aviation. And so it was only natural that we should attended the 2016 Farnborough Air Show on the prestigious opening trade day.
We had the pleasure of joining our good friends at Air International for interviews with the press and took the opportunity to meet with many of our customers. We showed a fine selection of our aviation watches to create not only an interesting display of state-of-the-art Pilot’s watches but also a historic one.
As we are always on the lookout for new and intriguing watch brands from around the world, in September we made a secret visit to MAT in Paris to prepare for the very special UK launch.
2016 was also the year our video content would really take on a life of its own.
We realised that our videos could be one of our strongest assets. It is the most effective platform for giving the watch brands we work with a voice. We wanted to find a way to share our knowledge and passion for these watch brands with you, the customer.
One to Watch invited you to relish thirty minutes of never-before-heard, intimate conversation with some of the world's most exclusive watch brands and industry enthusiasts.
Matters of Time saw Jonathan and Josh talk about all things watches. From looking after your beloved timepiece to building an impressive watch collection for the same price as a Rolex.
We also introduced a new style of review, which really gets behind the face of the watches you love and explores each one in a level of detail never before possible - like this one for the Autodromo Monoposto, celebrating the 5th anniversary of the brand.
In 2017 we will continue to fine tune the way we bring this content to you, and feature even more of the world’s most exclusive watch brands.
Look forward to exciting new additions such as DuBois et fils, Anonimo and MAT, which we cannot wait to share with you.
And so, at the end of 2016 we can reflect on what has been another tremendous year. We saw new watches, made new friends and discovered new reasons to celebrate the world of watchmaking.
So from all the team here at Page and Cooper, thank you for helping us make it all happen. It is with your passion and love for the craft, that the industry is still very much alive and well.
May we wish you all Seasons Greetings and a very happy and peaceful New Year!