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KENNETT Lady Savro shortlisted & commended in "Watches of the Year" report by WATCHPRO magazine

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

London, June 6. WatchPro magazine has unveiled its keenly anticipated Watches of the Year report, which lists the top timepieces that will make the greatest commercial impact in the UK this year. KENNETT's debut female model; The Lady Savro has been listed & commended within the "Rising Stars" section of the report.

Watches of the Year is an annual report that is compiled specifically to inform and excite watch retailers; bringing to their attention the greatest designs, technical innovations and commercial ideas that will drive sales in the coming 12 months.

WatchPro’s Watches of the Year is the culmination of months of research at Europe’s major trade shows and in consultation with the UK industry,” explains Kathryn Bishop, deputy editor of WatchProand editor of the Watches of the Year report. “It is a unique list of watches that are not only exceptional in their own right, but also present stunning business opportunities for retailers that stock them.”

Watches of the Year is made up of 10 categories, with one winner and nine highly commended timepieces in each category. “Of the thousands of models on sale in the UK, any watch that has made it into the WatchPro Watches of the Year is a truly exceptional timepiece, and the category winners are the bastions of the very best of what the watch industry has to offer.” Kathryn says.



WatchPro Showstopping Watch of the Year

Whether gem-studded or crafted with luxe materials such as fur and lizard skin, the WatchPro Showstopping Watches of the Year celebrate 2012’s finest timepieces from some of the best-known luxury watchmakers.

WINNER: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona

Highly Commended

Piaget Rose Limelight Garden Party G0A37180

Van Cleef & Arpels Bals de Légende
Dior La Mini D De Dior 
Chopard Imperial Tourbillon Full Set
March L.A.B. Yeti
Cartier Grand Complication Skeleton Pocket Watch
Breguet Crazy Flower
De Bethune DB25 s Jewellery
Corum Admiral’s Cup Legend 38 Mystery Moon

WatchPro Ladies’ Watch of the Year

The advent of women’s mechanical timepieces coming to the fore has been noted. This year’s WatchPro Ladies’ Watch of the Year celebrates everything from smart complications to classic diamond-set designs and fashion-led models.

WINNER: Patek Philippe Ref. 7140 Ladies First Perpetual Calendar


Highly Commended

TAG Heuer Lady Link Steel and Diamonds

Boss Black Watches 1502279

Dior VIII Grand Bal Plume

Gucci Timeless Bamboo

Meistersinger Ladies’ Neo F

Bulova Ladies Crystal Deco

Bulgari Serpenti Jewellery

Omega Constellation Day date

TW Steel Kelly Rowland CEO Tech

WatchPro Fashion Watch of the Year

These timepieces are bright, trend-led and demand to be noticed. Fashion watches are all about making a statement but offer consumers value for money with ever-more innovative designs.

WINNER: Ice-Watch F*** Me I’m Famous

Highly Commended

Michael Kors Titanium Ceramic MK5679
TW Steel CEO CE1023
Tendence Gulliver Medium Glam
TechnoMarine Night Vision
Swatch New Gent Lacquered
Vivienne Westwood Orb VV006RSSL
Holler Crazies Womack
Bering 11939-228 Men’s Day/Date
Burberry Black Ceramic unisex chrono


WatchPro Sports Watch of the Year
This year’s WatchPro Sports Watch of the Year was as competitive a category as its name suggests. Our 2012 selection covers rugby, golf, cycling, diving and – everyone’s dream hobby – flying.

WINNER: IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar

Highly Commended

Boss Black Regatta 1512501

Louis Vuitton Tambour Americas Cup

Festina ChronoBike

Seiko Sportura

Luminox Deep Dive

Graham Chronofighter Oversize Referee

Oris Artix GT Chronograph

Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium Golf BM7120-01A

Tag Heuer  Ladies Formula 1 White Ceramic

WatchPro Luxury Watch of the Year

Sharp details, fine materials and superior complications, this list is defined by the best and most beautiful timepiece in their class, with horological finesse as standard.

WINNER: Bremont Victory

Highly Commended

Blancpain Villerait Flinqué Lacquered
Fabergé Alexei Pavillon

Frédérique Constant Worldtimer FC-718WM4H6

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon With Three Gold Bridges

G-Shock Mr G

Hermès Dressage Small Second Rose Gold

Panerai Radiomir 1940 Oro Rosso

Rolex DateJust II

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionelle 14-day



WatchPro Most Innovative Watch of the Year

These are the watches that dared to go where others feared to tread and thus make for a technophobe’s nightmare. But we adore them for their vision and boundary pushing, bringing together traditional watchmaking with futuristic technology.

WINNER: HYT H1 Titanium

Highly Commended

Chopard L.U.C. 8Hz

Greuble Forsey 24 Secondes Tourbillon Titanium

MontBlanc TimeWriter II

Rado Hyperchrome

Ressence Series One 1002

Seiko Astron

Tag Heuer Mikrogirder

Timex IQ World timer

MB&F Legacy Machine 1

WatchPro Limited Edition Watch of the Year

If a watch is limited it will be in demand, and this year’s line-up of limited edition models showcases some of the watch world’s most talked about releases, covering sports watches, celebratory birthday designs and some that have looked to the stars for inspiration.

WINNER: Rado R-One

Highly Commended

Bell & Ross BR01 Turn Coordinator

Breitling for Bentley Supersports

Chopard L.U.C. Skeletec

Fortis Mysterious planets

Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer Limited Edition

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin Tribute to Mad Men

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 17 Jack Heuer 80th Birthday Limited Edition

Tissot PRS 330 Tony Parker Limited Edition 2012
U-BOAT U-51 Chimera B and B

WatchPro Rising Star of the Year

They might not all be new to the scene but this year’s Rising Stars are watch brands causing a buzz among retailers and aficionados and are our tip for the ones to watch in the coming 12 months.

WINNER: Schofield (Hero timepiece featured: Signalman DLC GMT PR)

Highly Commended

Bering (Hero timepiece featured: 11435-751 Women’s Ceramic)
Braun (Hero timepiece featured: Classic Chronograph)
Certina (Hero timepiece featured: DS1 Automatic)

Girard-Perregaux (Hero timepiece featured: Vintage 1945 Large Date Moon-Phases)

Hip Hop (Hero timepiece featured: Sportsman Collection)

Kennett Watches (Hero timepiece featured: Lady Savro)

Mühle Glashütte (Hero timepiece featured: Terranaut I Trail)
Nomos Glashütte (Hero timepiece featured: Zürich Blaugold)

Vivienne Westwood (Hero timepiece featured: Cube VV008BKBK)

WatchPro Mechanical Watch of the Year

With mechanical movements – a first for some of the brands selected – these are the timepieces that have wowed, showing off their complications and bringing to the fore the joys of old-fashioned watchmaking skills.

WINNER: Zenith Pilot Montre D’Aeronef Type 20

Highly Commended

HEBE Arrows of Time HB 23609-5800C

Mondaine Vintage

ToyWatch Toy2Fly Skeleton

Swarovski Piazza Grande Automatic

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Lune Rétrograde

Gc Skeleton Heartbeat X94103G1S

Breguet Classique Chronométrie 7727

Baume & Mercier Capeland 10068

MontBlanc TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph GreyTech

WatchPro Classic Watch of the Year

Classic by name, classic by nature. While some of these watches are legacy models updated for 2012, others are striking new designs that are sure to be future classics. Great looking watches that are supremely but subtly handsome.

WINNER: Jaquet Droz Grande Date Ivory Enamel

Highly Commended

A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1

Omega De Ville Chronograph Co-Axial Calibre 9301

Fossil Utility Heather

Audemars Piguet Extra-Thin Royal Oak

Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar

Longines Saint-Imier

Patek Philippe Ref. 5204 Split-Seconds Chronograph with Perpetual Calendar

Tissot Carson Lady Automatic

Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre Arpels