Page and Cooper Our 2015 Round Up
It's at this time that we look back at the year gone by and reflect on the events that have made 2015 special for us.
In January the fine folk from Elliot Brown visited us to show us their super 'Mountain Rescue' and 'Clipper Round the World Race' limited editions. Already in 2015 these watches have provoked great interest. The 'Mountain Rescue' sold out very quickly and the 'Clipper' is selling strongly despite not being released until 2016!
February brought delivery of the 'very cool' blue dial Autodromo Prototipo’s. Again, now sold out. You have to be quick to catch an Autodromo release! The Prototipo has been a huge success for Page and Cooper and deservedly so. Attention to detail from this brand is second to none.
In a chill and snowy March we made a journey to see some of our German manufacturers and a very pleasant and informative trip it turned out to be. We had the opportunity to visit the wonderful people at Hanhart and saw the amazing work that they do at their factory in the Black Forest. We left full of admiration for their classic chronographs and of course wonderfully skilled Stop Watches, made entirely in-house.
From Hanhart we continued our journey to Pforzheim to see our friends at Laco. Laco produce amazing watches at amazing prices and we are proud to represent them in the UK.
For us, no German trip would be complete without popping in to see Sinn and an entire day was spent chatting with friends from across the watchmaking spectrum. We were also able to complete further technical training to expand our knowledge base of Sinn technologies.
April gave us the launch of the new Fortis Terrestis range. We are great admirers of the team leading Fortis. The company itself is over 100 years old and over the years has acquired an amazing archive of watches, innovative in the 1930's and 40's but which still look beautifully classic and restrained to the contemporary eye. A fine example is the new Terrestis Chronograph which takes its inspiration from a classic 1940 Chronograph. Fortis have even used a modular Dubois Depraz movement in homage to the original Valjoux 72 movement.
May, and we were thrilled to host a visit to London by Hanhart and Laco. We held the first Page and Cooper Club event at the Whip and even produced an original cocktail to celebrate the evening. Our barman created a clever 'Spare Thyme' cocktail which proved a very popular addition. All purchases from Page and Cooper bring automatic membership of the Page and Cooper Club and invitation to our events.
The very pleasant and enthusiastic men behind Garrick watches joined us at this evening event. We are great supporters of those who can bring horological skills and manufacturing techniques back to the UK and that is why we are, currently, the only retailer for Norwich based Garrick in the country. We were proud to sell our first bespoke Garrick 'Shaftsbury' that very evening. It is an absolute pleasure for us to bring our watchmakers and our customers together and Page and Cooper Club events make this possible.
We go to great lengths to share the skill and dedication of our watchmakers with our interested and loyal customers which is why, in June, we visited Garrick at their Norfolk workshops to film an extensive interview with director and designer Simon Michlmayer. The Garrick concept produces watches which have a flair and style all of their own and their attention to detail is very special.
In July we welcomed the delightful Damasko sisters to London and they brought with them their astonishing new DK200GMT. Only a fleeting visit but our relationship with the Damasco family is warm and personal and in our informed opinion they are doing astonishing work in the craft.
We are indeed fortunate in sharing a close bond with our customers. We listen to feedback and ideas and so have been searching for a wide variety of watch accoutrements. Unable to find quality manufacturers for inventive and creative straps, cases and other items we decided to produce our own. We now have a new Page and Cooper compact watch tool made in Germany, our colourful genuine Page and Cooper rubber straps are Italian and at long last our travel wallets which immediately sold out from a waiting list will be replenished in the New Year.
In November Page and Cooper were once again to be found at London's prestigious Saatchi Gallery to exhibit at SalonQP 2015. SalonQP is the UK's foremost watch show. We love SalonQP as it gives us a great opportunity to meet all of you. Joining us on our stand were Autodromo with their wonderful and new Group B watch, Garrick with the new and Nautically inspired Norfolk. Sinn, exhibiting for the first time in Great Britain with their technical timepieces and of course, Squale. At SalonQP We were proud to announce a new partnership with Vulcain watches from Le Locle, Switzerland. An amazing show, visitors from all over the world, and the best part? Meeting so many new friends and customers and catching up and socialising with so many old ones.
And so, at the end of 2015 we reflect on what has been a tremendous year. Many, many new and interesting watches, new customers, new friends. And all this in a year when the Smart Watch was meant to dominate sales. At Page and Cooper we are heartened that the interest and passion in our miniature mechanical marvels of technical excellence continues unabated.
From all the team here at Page and Cooper thank you, our friends and customers. It's people like you who make us 'tick'. Without your support none of this could have happened. May we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Peaceful New Year!