Here our are highlight William Wood Watches achievements thus far:
On 26th December 2016 the idea for William Wood Watches was formed after hearing a heroic story about my late grandfather from my grandmother during our family Christmas festivities. Just 6 days later on the 1st January 2017 we posted our first image on Instagram and the rest his history.
On 23rd March 2017 I flew out to Baselworld in Switzerland, the world’s largest Watch and Jewellery Trade Show. I had just 10 hours to fly in and out and find a world class supplier willing to take on my new watch brand. All I had was my sketches, a vision and tenacity by the truck load! I flew back to London that night with a smile from cheek to cheek having achieved my goal knowing that William Wood Watches would soon be known to the world!
A date I’ll never forget is 1st August 2017. This was the date that I launched William Wood Watches on Kickstarter, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform for creative projects. This would be the first time the world could pre-order my debut collection. The anticipation was indescribable! 8 months of 18 hour days all came down to this. I needed to raise £25,000 in order to produce my first production order, I pressed the big green go live button and it gives me huge satisfaction even to this day to say that we smashed through our funding goal in less than 7 days and William Wood was now real!
After 3 months of production my watches were ready. We delivered all of our Kickstarter orders before Christmas 2017. It was a huge achievement and the perfect finish to an amazing year. It was time for some rest and recuperation with family to then blitz 2018 with a bang which is exactly what I did!
On 28th April 2018 I participated in the Esquire Magazine Self-Made Elevator Pitch. Sixteen businesses, including mine, were shortlisted to present their idea to a panel of industry experts including Alun Williams (Managing Director Men’s Health & Fitness, Hearst, Esquire, Men’s Health, QP), Leni Zneimer (General Manager, WeWork) and Paulo Diana (Founder, Sigillus Lifestyle). One week later I took a call from Esquire letting me know that I had won! The prize being a free hot-desking space for me and 3 members of my team in Central London for 1 year through WeWork and an editorial in Esquire Magazine. This was a huge win and cemented in my mind that other internationally recognised businesses can see the vast potential William Wood Watches has to offer.
We’ve been featured in the June 2018 edition of British GQ magazine and the July 2018 edition of Esquire magazine. We’re working on a second collection which we are launching on Kickstarter and are set to smash the amount raised in our first campaign.
Fast forward to today on 14th August 2018 and we have grown our social media following to over 26k followers with customers in 11 countries around the world.
The future of William Wood Watches is exciting. Our aim is to be a quintessentially British luxury brand producing watches, wallets, bags and accessories that promote modern chivalry. I’m looking forward to what the future holds and seeing William Wood Watches in a town or city near you!