Winner: Cookson Gold - Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)
For this new award for this year, judges were looking for a brand, supplier or manufacturer that has shown significant innovation across design, equipment or manufacturing. Cookson Gold fitted the bill with its impressive advances in 3D printing, having introduced the first commercially available Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) tailored to the jewellery and watch industry. One judge said: “This is the future of our industry.” The DMLS can create complex pieces not always possible or commercially viable through other methods, freeing designers from the constraints of conventional technologies.
Highly commended: Hoptroff London - Atomic Wristwatch
Accurate to within one second in 1,000 years, the No 16 Atomic Wristwatch from Hoptroff London is the first atomic watch of its kind, with incredible precision. The watch cases come in steel, gold and platinum. Next on the agenda will be to complete the No 10 Atomic Wristwatch by adding a back dial with a further 20 complications, to make 48.
Clogau - Clogau Compose
Bringing choice direct to the consumer, Clogau Compose offers customers the option to compose engagement and wedding rings both in store and online. Judges praised Clogau’s innovative interpretation of the market’s desire for more choice.
H&T Pawnbrokers - secondhand jewellery retail concept
Redeveloping 38 discount secondhand jewellery stores as a retail concept, H&T has bridged a gap on the high street for offering pre-owned and reconditioned jewellery and watches.
Pursuit - jewellery retail performance innovation
Focused on providing innovation to its existing clients, Pursuit focused in 2014 on five key changes to its EPoS, online sales, stock management and back-office reporting software suites.
Seiko - Astron Chronograph
The Seiko Astron GPS Solar Collection has enjoyed success since its 2012 launch and, in 2014, the brand introduced a second-generation caliber. Using just the power of light, it connects to a GPS network and tells the time with atomic clock precision.
Storm London - Tourbo-X
Reimagining a traditional tourbillon watch for modern tastes, Storm London has realised the gap in the market for combining high-spec with fashion. Judges praised the design’s daring and perceptive interpretation of market needs.
Tom Blake - Keep Me Jewellery
The silver charm rings of Keep Me Jewellery double as collars for 10 animal figurines. Judges commended designer Tom Blake for introducing the concept of gifting and collectable jewellery in one piece.
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