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Re: A Flurry of New Members?

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I took at a look at the forum stats. Over the approximate comparable periods from Nov 1, the C1 Bel Canto initial launch, through yesterday, new member registrations were up about 75% over the past 2 comparable periods
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Wow! That’s quite the jump. I’d say it makes for nice anecdotal evidence of the impact of the release of the BC.
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A random google search for watches showed me a pic of the C65 Aquitaine and I fell in love. Since then, I have identified 2 or 3 other CW watches to add to my list (none are the bel canto).
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1. Yes, had never heard of CW prior to the BC release, and have never seen a CW in the flesh.

Have been very impressed with how CW works with customers (so far during the information request, general follow up and ordering phases).

This is a nice site, glad I found it.

I visit Watchuseek some as they do a great job covering my main brand (GS).
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I’m not a new member as such. Been a member for a few years but don’t post. I would really like to have more access to some one off/limited editions though so want to be more involved so I can see them when they come available.
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^^^ The ball, as they say, is in your court. :D
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This thread got me thinking about Google Trends and searches. So I did a comparison between the search terms Christopher Ward watches and Christopher Ward Bel Canto. It is pretty interesting. The first take away is that the pandemic had a big effect. Searches of Christpher Ward watches were relatively flat (although steadily growing) until about May of 2020 and they have maintained periods of high search volume since then. The other is that the Bel Canto is definitely a contributor to the numbers in late 2022/2023.

I should also note that this is for the entire lifespan of the company from 2004 forward. I am not sure what the noise is in the Bel Canto graph especially early on. I just ignored that because I know the Bel Canto wasn't around then.

Looking at the right hand side of the graph, the first peak above 50 was May 2020. The second peak above 75 was Sept 2020. The Bel Canto peak on the right was Nov 2022. Looking back through time (going left) the next peak is April 2018. Then March 2010 and Nov 2009. You can gain some insight by comparing the Google Chart to the timeline in the Archives. For instance May 2010 is when CW moved the headquarters to Maidenhead.
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I had stumbled on CW perhaps a year or more ago in some random YouTubes, and quickly got attracted to the C63 Sealander. I think I ended up here in December 2022 based on Google search results looking for info on CW sales, as I wanted to take the plunge to commemorate a family milestone with the object of my desired.

Interestingly, I picked up a C63 and a C65, and the C65 has blown me away.... Funny how it works: When I ordered them I thought the C63 would be my true love and perhaps I'll keep the C65 once I see it. The Universe had a different plan for me, however! :)

All that said, the community here rocks!
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Recently joined too. I’m in category 2. I “lurked” and for over a year. What tempted me to the brand was a JOMW review of the C60. I’m now a definite fan, although not of the Bel Canto, sorry.
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rkovars wrote: Thu Jan 12, 2023 4:26 pm This thread got me thinking about Google Trends and searches. So I did a comparison between the search terms Christopher Ward watches and Christopher Ward Bel Canto. It is pretty interesting. The first take away is that the pandemic had a big effect. Searches of Christpher Ward watches were relatively flat (although steadily growing) until about May of 2020 and they have maintained periods of high search volume since then.
Interesting data, thanks. I believe CW ran their first ever TV ad starting in May 2020, featuring the recently released C60 Sapphire. That would likely account for some of the spike. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.
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ajax87 wrote: Fri Jan 13, 2023 4:17 am
rkovars wrote: Thu Jan 12, 2023 4:26 pm This thread got me thinking about Google Trends and searches. So I did a comparison between the search terms Christopher Ward watches and Christopher Ward Bel Canto. It is pretty interesting. The first take away is that the pandemic had a big effect. Searches of Christpher Ward watches were relatively flat (although steadily growing) until about May of 2020 and they have maintained periods of high search volume since then.
Interesting data, thanks. I believe CW ran their first ever TV ad starting in May 2020, featuring the recently released C60 Sapphire. That would likely account for some of the spike. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.
Yep. Matches up with the timeline in the archive.
On May 1, the first ever TV advertisement was released in the UK.
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rkovars wrote: Wed Jan 11, 2023 7:00 pm
Njmavs wrote: Wed Jan 11, 2023 6:38 pm Also a new member here as of maybe a week or so ago. I can't actually remember how I got here. Maybe through a YouTube video. I've come across CW numerous times in the last year or so, but never gave them much attention. Once I'd taken more time to look more closely they seemed like great ppace to start a watch journey.
I will say that reading about the sale in the forum was part of my decision to sign up, and even though I've been unsuccessful full (too slow) in the sale so far. It seems like a great community here.
Just like cwjc's comment above, I am also in search of a Pelagos 39. However I've actually found most ADs to be quite friendly. I'm on a handful of lists with a couple of them saying I should expect to be able to get one within 8-12 months which I don't think is too unreasonable.
Either way I'll be sticking around here and trying to get my first CW in the near future.
Keep an eye out in the Sales Corner on the forum too! Good deals can be found there on a regular basis.
If you're UK based, There's a Pelagos 39 on Gumtree at the moment, At pre price rise price.

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I am new too. Cannot recall how I came across the brand but was a lurker and used the photos and reviews to decide what I wanted. Got myself a C60 Trident Pro 600 in the sale which I love. This is the first automatic watch I have owned and can see myself getting hooked.

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New member here from Toronto Canada... started researching various brands/models and came across this forum.. then youtube reviews (countless videos, but all mentioned very positive things about the brand and quality/value as you all know already) and then the January sale got me to pull the trigger on a C65 Cranwell Series 1. Just recd an email that it should be here before end of day, so pretty excited to see my first CW in person.

Thanks for all the great info on this forum - such a great community.
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jkbarnes wrote: Wed Jan 11, 2023 4:10 pm For the newly joined members, two questions:
1. Did all the recent attention brought to CW bring you to the forum?
2. For the lurkers, how long did you lurk before coming out of the shadows?
Lurked for many years and almost bought on loads of occasions. Before the recent logo change despite liking various models I couldn’t get passed the name on the dial, and they used to be such large diameters too. Then the sizes started to follow market trends and become smaller which piqued my interest but I still couldn’t get past the dial name. Then the logo changed, and the 36mm sizes are perfect for me so this morning I had a 36mm C63 Sealander in the basket, good to go. But now I’ve found out that discounts are no longer offered and that’s put me off buying, because I’d factored that in and I do like a bargain.
Oh well, back to the marketplace (and what a huge marketplace it is!)