Chitralekha group announces watch awards

20 Sep,2011

By Akash Raha


The Chitralekha group’s Watch World magazine is all set to unveil the second chapter of Watch World Awards 2011 on September 24, 2011.


Commenting on the occasion, Mitrajit Bhattacharya, President and Publisher, Chitralekha  said, “With participation of international brands with their latest global launches, Watch World Award is an international award coming from India’s premier watch magazine. An event made possible, thanks to whole hearted participation by leading and iconic brands and a jury comprising the best from the world of horology, fashion, sports, aesthetics and design.”


According to Chitralekha group, this year’s awards received 40 per cent more entries, 30 per cent increase in nominations and 9 new participating brands. Marquee brands like Harry Winston, Zenith, Baume & Mercier, Carl F. Bucherer, Ulysse Nardin, TAG Heuer, Greubel & Forsey, Breitling, Hublot, Girard-Perregaux, Corum, Montblanc, Parmigiani, Romain Jerome, Seiko, Citizen, Swarovski, GC, Titan, Chronotech etc participated in the awards.


The coveted awards cover eleven product categories and six marketing categories and one mega award named as ‘Watch of the Year’. The product categories are Complicated Watch of the Year, Jewellery Watch of the Year, Sports Watch of the Year, Fashion Watch of the Year, Watch with Best Design, Watch with Most Innovative Design, Watch with Highest Utility, Watch with Artistic Excellence, Value for Money Watch of the Year, Limited Edition Watch of the Year and Concept Watch of the Year. The six Marketing Categories are Best Campaign in Print, Best Campaign on Television, Best Out of Home Campaign, Best In-store Merchandise, Best Boutique and Best Organised Event.


The composition of the product jury members was; Mr. Antoine Simonin, an extremely accomplished Swiss master watchmaker and author, based in Neuchatel with over 50 years of watch making experience; Ms. Chhaya Momaya, leading image consultant of India; Mr. Ayaz Memon, reputed journalist and a keen observer of the luxury space and Ms Varuna D Jani, distinguished jewellery designer. Ms. Sharda Agarwal and Mr. Shripad Nadkarni, founders of Market Gate Consulting and seasoned marketing professionals made up the Marketing Jury. Both the jury panels were moderated by Chitralekha’s Mitrajit Bhattacharya.


Says jury member Mr Antoine Simonin who is on his second visit to India to judge the awards: “I am honoured to be a part of the jury once again. There has been an exponential increase in the brands and quality of nominations this year. Seeing the response of global brands in the second year, Watch World Award has made a mark for itself in a very short span.”


The Award night will be a weekend event (September 24-25), where VIP guests will stay overnight at Jaypee Greens Golf & Spa Resort. The night promises to be an evening to remember with a priceless exhibition of exquisite watches. Next morning guests will enjoy a game of golf at the sprawling 18-hole golf course, one of the best in India.


The Watch World team is committed to making this annual event the most respected word for the watch industry. The event is supported by its partners, AU Finja, Luxure by Louis Philippe, GIA, Chhattisgarh Handicrafts, Bloomberg UTV (BUTV), Mint and Big FM besides outdoor and online partners.

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