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Video interview with Chris Ward himself

Post by eggtronics » Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:33 pm

Late 2018 I was fortunate enough to be invited by Chris himself to take a look around and ask a few questions.

Of course, I’d never pass up an opportunity like that, so please enjoy the following discussion with Chris.

https://youtu.be/XvsAGWLrYbw
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Re: Video interview with Chris Ward himself

Post by Thegreyman » Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:37 pm

Thanks for posting this Josh.

A few interesting points for me from the interview:
- CW enjoying 20% year on year growth, current year expecting to be sales of 20,000 watches at an average selling price of £500, their most profitable year too Chris thought.
- about 20% of watches sold currently are bronze cases, Chris accepted that may be a potentially short lived trend for bronze and they are always looking at other materials such as titanium.
- they hope to bring out a quick release bracelet early summer 2019. This would be a great feature if they had this on the Trident mk3, I’m not sure if they mentioned that at the GTG?
- Didn’t appreciate CW was a scouser, or at least that’s what his accent came over to me
- there was a quick look at the workshop where the technicians were overhauling a few watches, I could have sworn one of them was EssexPaul’s C1 PR :shock:
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Re: Video interview with Chris Ward himself

Post by nbg » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:05 pm

^^^^^ Since I joined the forum in November 2013, a few numbers have often been mentioned in various threads, for number of watches sold and year on year growth.

If I recall correctly the numbers always seem to have been 20,000 watches and 20% year on year growth.

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Re: Video interview with Chris Ward himself

Post by Essex Paul » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:34 pm

Thegreyman wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:37 pm
Thanks for posting this Josh.

A few interesting points for me from the interview:
- CW enjoying 20% year on year growth, current year expecting to be sales of 20,000 watches at an average selling price of £500, their most profitable year too Chris thought.
- about 20% of watches sold currently are bronze cases, Chris accepted that may be a potentially short lived trend for bronze and they are always looking at other materials such as titanium.
- they hope to bring out a quick release bracelet early summer 2019. This would be a great feature if they had this on the Trident mk3, I’m not sure if they mentioned that at the GTG?
- Didn’t appreciate CW was a scouser, or at least that’s what his accent came over to me
- there was a quick look at the workshop where the technicians were overhauling a few watches, I could have sworn one of them was EssexPaul’s C1 PR :shock:

If it was Patrick were they using a hammer and chisel? Coz it sure came back scratched. Went to Biel too as they couldn’t fix it at CW towers. :lol:

Impressive stats too. Just tighten up on CS and QC and it’ll look good for them. :thumbup:
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Re: Video interview with Chris Ward himself

Post by Andy-Smith » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:16 pm

Great interview really enjoyed. many thanks. Andy

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Re: Video interview with Chris Ward himself

Post by H0rati0 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:19 pm

nbg wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:05 pm
^^^^^ Since I joined the forum in November 2013, a few numbers have often been mentioned in various threads, for number of watches sold and year on year growth.

If I recall correctly the numbers always seem to have been 20,000 watches and 20% year on year growth.

Neil
That is also my impression for the last two financial years certainy :?
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Re: Video interview with Chris Ward himself

Post by Caller » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:53 pm

H0rati0 wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:19 pm
nbg wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:05 pm
^^^^^ Since I joined the forum in November 2013, a few numbers have often been mentioned in various threads, for number of watches sold and year on year growth.

If I recall correctly the numbers always seem to have been 20,000 watches and 20% year on year growth.

Neil
That is also my impression for the last two financial years certainy :?
In fairness, one of the senior mods did once say that something mentioned in a casual way i.e. circa 20k, had become the accepted figure, whereas they believed it was actually less than that. So it's all a bit opaque really as like others, it does appear more Groundhog day than anything else. I'm pretty certain in an interview some while back, Mike France also mentioned the mystical 20k.

Anyway, that's a 10m UK sterling turnaround, now, what was their mark-up?
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Re: Video interview with Chris Ward himself

Post by Bahnstormer_vRS » Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:30 pm

Thegreyman wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:37 pm
Thanks for posting this Josh.

A few interesting points for me from the interview:
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- they hope to bring out a quick release bracelet early summer 2019. This would be a great feature if they had this on the Trident mk3, I’m not sure if they mentioned that at the GTG?
They did Patrick. Bracelet with QR pins will be de rigueur on the MkIII Trident. Hopefully will transfer to other models in time.
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- Didn’t appreciate CW was a scouser, or at least that’s what his accent came over to me
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Re: Questions - Chat with Chris - Manchester GTG - 27th April 2019

Post by Kip » Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:43 pm

Well done Josh. :thumbup:

I was wondering when you were going to publish this.
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Re: Video interview with Chris Ward himself

Post by Czechia » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:30 am

Chris is a Scouser!! Any chance of a limited edition Liverpool FC themed piece, could a good year to do one 💪😉

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Re: Video interview with Chris Ward himself

Post by Thegreyman » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:17 pm

Bahnstormer_vRS wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:30 pm
Thegreyman wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:37 pm
Thanks for posting this Josh.

A few interesting points for me from the interview:
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- they hope to bring out a quick release bracelet early summer 2019. This would be a great feature if they had this on the Trident mk3, I’m not sure if they mentioned that at the GTG?
They did Patrick. Bracelet with QR pins will be de rigueur on the MkIII Trident. Hopefully will transfer to other models in time.
Guy
Thanks for the info Guy, another big selling point for me on the mk3 :thumbup:
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