19 January 2019
What do you get when you put 35 watch aficionados, three co-founders and lots of juicy pre-release watch prototypes into a room? A CW GTG of course!
The first in our inaugural series of 4 Christopher Ward Get Togethers (GTGs) planned for the UK in 2019, the Edinburgh meet had a great atmosphere, no doubt encouraged by the open, talkative crowd with lots of friendly banter enjoyed by online friends meeting IRL for the first time (and the free beer of course!). Attendees had travelled from all over the UK to attend the Edinburgh CWGTG, and with members from both the Christopher Ward Forum and the Facebook Enthusiasts Group, the debate was lively.
Edinburgh Skybar perches high above Bread Street, in the shadow of the Castle; a large, light-filled room, it was perfect for viewing watches against the ever-changing backdrop of city and sky. The Christopher Ward team arrived early to set the stage for the event; white-clothed tables groaning with watches from the current collection (Declan, the Showroom Manager, was in attendance with a large selection of the range); a selection of pre-release and ‘sneak peek’ prototypes of upcoming launches, a rumoured sighting of the May-launching Trident Mk3; a big screen playing rolling videos of recently launched watches; prototype ‘eco-packaging’ on display; plenty of drinks and snacks to keep energy levels high; and of course, a token ‘goodie bag’ showing our appreciation to the aficionados who’d attended on the day.
“It was my first ever watch meet up, so I was unsure what to expect. Everyone was friendly, it was great getting to meet the founders and discuss what’s coming up. Getting a chance to see a lot of watches in the flesh was really good as it’s hard to get a good idea of how a piece will look on your wrist.” Kevin
After a good meet and mingle, the “Chat with the Co-founders” kicked off at 3pm. An open forum-style chat, the format replicated the ‘Chat with Chris’ AMAs which have been a mainstay of the annual Christopher Ward Forum calendar for over a decade. Questions were taken from those assembled in the room, with questions that had previously been asked within the Facebook Enthusiasts group or the Forum being fed in by Guy Haller, one of the tireless Christopher Ward Forum moderators, and Chris Skivington, the undisputed CWE ‘boss’, as well as live questions from the YouTube live stream comments. The CW Co-founders were open and candid in answering all and any of the questions which arose, discussing topics varying from new watch design influences and business plans to website performance and logistics. After nearly 90 minutes of Q&A the room took a well needed break – back to soak in more detail of the upcoming releases, much in debate.
Chris, Mike and Peter answer questions from the floor at the ‘Chat with the Co-founders’ session
“It’s was great to see and hear from the founders and chat with all the CW team. An especially great day seeing and hearing what their plans are for the future and future designs. No other watch company does this and you really feel part of the story of CW.” Stephen
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Upcoming CWGTG Events
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