WatchPro reveals inaugural Hot 100

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Watch industry celebration draws 500-strong crowd to Altitude 360.

The hotly anticipated WatchPro Hot 100, in association with the Company of Master Jewellers, was unveiled at an exclusive party tonight at Altitude 360 in London.

The impressive venue, located in Westminster’s Millbank Tower, was a suitably glamorous setting for the big reveal of the WatchPro Hot 100, a list comprising the UK watch industry’s finest. The list recognises individuals working tirelessly and creatively both at the forefront of the industry and behind the scenes, those who drive the UK watch industry forward and ensure it evolves.

Attendees enjoyed spectacular views, drinks and canapes among a guest list that read like a who’s who of the UK watch industry before the unveiling of the carefully composed Hot 100 list of key movers and shakers of the UK watch world.

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Those in the list were brought together in one glossy book of photos and profiles that capture the personality of the people who make the UK such an important market for watches.

During her speech before the unveiling of the final list, WatchPro editor Kate Doherty praised the work of the people working in the industry. She said: "The WatchPro Hot 100 has been created as a celebration not just for the 100 people that we have selected for this year’s list, but as a recognition of the efforts of thousands of people that make up the community of watch professionals in the UK.

"The 100 individuals we have selected this year have all made an outstanding contribution to their companies and the wider industry over the past year, but they are by no means alone, and there are hundreds more people that could have been chosen. We hope many of them will make it into the Hot 100 in future years."

The WatchPro Hot 100 was supported by principal partner the Company of Master Jewellers and gold partners Bremont and Bering.

THE WATCHPRO HOT 100 2013 RETAIL TITANS
Adrian Marroneau, DM London
Alison Warner, Andrew Warner, Christopher Warner & Stephen Warner, Identity the Jewellers
Andrew Pass, John Pass Jewellers
Ben Franklin & Oliver Peppiatt, Michael Spiers
Craig Rebuck, WatchWarehouse
Dino D’Auria, Frost of London
Dominic Wakefield & Melanie Wakefield, Wakefields
Grant Mitchell & Kyron Keogh, Rox
Jane Paine, Fish Brothers
Joe Milner & Tom Milner, Tustains
Jonathan Gill, Lloyd Amsdon, Matt Bowling & Stuart Hennell, Watchfinder
Jon Weston, Rudells
Kelly Best & Ron Jones, Signet Group
Mark Toulson, Aurum Holdings
Michael Laing, Laing the Jeweller & Parkhouse
Mike Rice, Hugh Rice Jewellers
Robert Stewart, Stewart’s The Watch Company
Robin Kamal, The WatchHub
Stephen Whittaker, Fellows
Wes Suter, Steffans

THE POWER PLAYERS
Chris Bedworth, Nuval
Claudia Ferro & Giuseppe Ferro, Argento Fine Products
Daniel Ozel & Jak Ozel, Unique Jewelry
Giles Bushby, Fossil Group
Hiroaki Kubo, Casio UK
Ian Shaffer, BQ Watches
Marcus Margulies, Marcus Watches & Time Products
Mark Winter, InterCity Group
Richard Saffer, DJJ Distribution
Richard Tibber, Zeon
Sam Rose, LBS
Steve Brydon, MGS
Victoria Campbell, Dreyfuss Group

BRAND CHAMPIONS
Craig Leach & Marcus Braybrook, Raymond Weil
Henrik Leth Møller, Bering
Indira Bhoja, Royal London Watches
Jean-Baptiste Maillard, Chopard
Jonathan Crocker, Accurist
Julian Pollock, Lulu Guinness
Mark Hearn, Patek Philippe
Mark Robinson, Citizen
Mark Ryder, TW Steel
Matt Cromie & Natalie Cromie, WeWood
Nick Jackson, Seiko
Patrick Mouffaridge, U-Boat
Paul Harry, Ice-Watch
Paul Kustow, Nomos & Meistersinger
Paul Thurlow, Oris
Simon Chambers, IWC
Steve Ramsay, Bulova

THE ENTREPRENEURS
Andrew Neilson & Anita Neilson, Neilson Photography
Anneke Short & Jerome Robert, AMS Design Studio
Crispin Jones, Mr Jones Watches
Giles Ellis, Schofield
Giles English & Nick English, Bremont
Mike Cohen, Bellagio Europe
Oliver Fowles & Patrick Bek, Uniform Wares
Robert Loomes & Robina Hill, Robert Loomes & Co
Tim Nadin, IWI Watches
Tom Kennett, Kennett

THE INNOVATORS
Daniel Malins, London Watch Show
Gordon Bryan, British School of Watchmaking
James Gurney, SalonQP
Jeremy Hobbins, Birmingham School of Jewellery
Jonathan Hedges, GfK
Lucy Hill, CMJ

ONES TO WATCH
Alex Elliot & Ian Brown, Elliot Brown Watches
Cos Costas, David Mason, Sol Solomonides & Vass Vassiliou, David Mason London
Glynn Barker, Axion
Jemma Fennings & Lesa Bennett, Olivia Burton
Kevin Lambert, OceanArc
Mustafa Khalifa, Boxer Watches
Ned du Maurier Browning, Du Maurier Watches
Simon Michlmayr, Meridian Watches
Sophie Ellis, Sophie E Ellis

 

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