WatchHub Launches New Mobile Site For Christmas

 Independent retailers are finding themselves rubbing shoulders with the big chains selling women’s, unisex, children’s and men’s watches as Robin Kamal, Co-Founder of WatchHub.co.uk, has noticed. “Thanks to the lower costs of creating a good looking and easy-to-use mobile site, we have a better chance of taking on the big stores.” In a world that seems to favour the larger online retailers when making purchases by smartphone, it looks like independents have an ace up their sleeve.

Sales via mobile phones and tablet computers have sky-rocketed in last two years. A report by IMRG (Interactive Media in Retail Group) Capgemini in June this year stated that purchases via tablets and smartphones had shot up by 356% over a 12 month period. The IMRG has also published that the estimated value of the UK online retail market in 2012 will be £77bn, of which 20% will be online sales. This is an ever-growing area for retailers to explore, and up until now it’s been a provision for larger companies.

Previously, the building of sites devoted to mobile sales has been incredibly expensive. Today, there are web marketing companies producing lower cost services, creating an opportunity for independents to get involved. Robin added, “we’ve been able to create a mobile site that has a coordinating look to our regular site. This is perfect for keeping our customer’s trust. They feel confident this is still WatchHub, but just a more convenient way to buy men’s watches, or whatever watch it is they’re looking to buy.”

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OMEGA Watches to be US PGA Timekeeper

Already a sponsor of numerous golfing tournaments around the world, OMEGA Watcheshas renewed and expanded its links with the US PGA Tour.

The Swiss watches brand has signed a five year deal to be the organisation’s Official Timekeeper. The new partnership will be launched at the 2011 PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club which begins on 8 August and will run through to the PGA’s Centennial year celebrations in 2016.

The new deal will encompass two of golf’s best known events, the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup, alongside a number of popular subsidiary contests. The commitment from the watch manufacturer includes advertising on TV broadcasts of the sport and marketing support for the PGA’s Player development efforts.

As the Official Timekeeper of The PGA of America, the company will also provide timings and other support to the Senior PGA Championship, the PGA Championship and Grand Slam of Golf, and the Official Licensee of the 2012 and 2014 Ryder Cup. The sponsor also allows the manufacturer presenting Sponsor rights at certain events and the status of Official Timekeeper of the Professional National Championship.

As well as organising prestigious golf events, the US PGA also organises representation and accreditation for the 27,000 men and women PGA professionals who work with golf clubs as golf tutors, course managers and other associated roles.

OMEGA watches also supports golf outside of the United States, serving as title sponsor of the European Masters, the Mission Hills World Cup of Golf and the OMEGA watches Dubai Desert Classic. The roster of Brand Ambassadors includes a number of current golf stars such as Sergio Garcia and Michelle Wie and one of the game’s all-time greats, Greg Norman.

With a rich history in sports timekeeping, OMEGA watches has served as Official Timekeeper at 24 Olympic Games since 1932. It has extended its agreement with the International Olympic Committee through to 2020.

OMEGA watches are available at the Watch Hut, the UK’s largest watch website, at http://www.thewatchhut.co.uk.

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Citizen Watches Ambassador Kim Clijsters Misses Wimbledon

Citizen watches ambassador Kim Clijsters has confirmed that she will miss this year’s Wimbledon tournament.

The injury is the second suffered this year by Clijsters, after the first prevented her from playing in this year’s French Open. Clijsters sustained the new injury during her match against Romina Oprandi at the UNICEF Open in the Netherlands.

During the match, she skidded on the grass court and fell, twisting her right ankle which resulted in severe bruising and a tendon injury. The new injury is unrelated to her previous ankle problem and it is thought it could not have been prevented by the application of ankle tape.

The Citizen watches ambassador has been ordered to rest and will resume training in a month’s time to enable her to take part in this summer’s major US events such as the US Open, which takes place in late August. The event features Clijsters’ major sponsor Citizen watches as the official timekeeper.

Earlier this season, the player had to take time off to recover from shoulder and wrist injuries sustained as a result of the WTA tournament in Miami at the end of March. In early April, she injured her ankle whilst attending the wedding party of a cousin. She returned to the courts at the French Open but her lack of competitive play and training activity showed and she was ousted in the second round by the Dutch player Arantxa Rux, currently ranked 114th in the professional standings, 112 places below Clijsters.

Clijster has so far reached four Grand Slam finals and has won 34 singles titles in her career. She has also won 9 doubles titles with her partner, Japanese player Ai Sugiyama. She retired from the sport in 2007, playing her last tournament in Warsaw. Kim returned to the game in March 2009 initially aiming to participate in exhibition tournaments but returned to competitive tennis in August 2009. A few weeks later she returned to the US Open, the tournament she won in 2005.

To view over 7000 watches from more than 65 watch brands and to find out the latest developments in the world of watch brand ambassadors, visit the Watch Hut at http://www.thewatchhut.co.uk.

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Hollywood starlet Cameron Diaz is set to become the latest high profile celebrity to endorse TAG Heuer watches

Although an official announcement is yet to be made, reputable sources report that Diaz is set to join Leonardo DiCaprio as an ambassador for the popular, prestigious watch brand.

TAG Heuer watches, which are particularly popular in Diaz’s native US, have long been associated with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars; prior to DiCaprio’s current role as ambassador, Brad Pitt and Uma Thurman both featured in TAG Heuer campaigns.

With sources pointing to Diaz being next in line to the TAG Heuer ambassador throne, the company’s reputation for attracting the Hollywood elite is as strong as ever.

Diaz can currently be seen in cinemas in hit comedy ‘Bad Teacher’, where she stars alongside ex Justin Timberlake, and was last year ranked by Forbes Magazine as the third highest-paid actress in Hollywood.

The actress’s box office appeal has spanned over a decade of cinema, from her breakout turn in ‘There’s Something About Mary’ to dramatic roles (‘In Her Shoes’, ‘My Sister’s Keeper’), indie endeavours (‘Being John Malkovich’, ‘A Life Less Ordinary’) and successful franchises (‘Shrek’, ‘Charlie’s Angels’).

Her new role as TAG Heuer ambassador will cast Diaz in a promotional role for the Swiss watch brand. Upon an official announcement, promotional shots featuring Diaz wearing a timepiece will be expected shortly afterwards.

TAG Heuer watches have provided watch fans and collectors with the best in Swiss ‘avant-garde’ since 1860. Many of the brand’s watches have gone on to become iconic examples of watch-making craftsmanship, including the Carrera line and the infamous Monaco. TAG’s long-established relationship with the field of motorsports means Diaz will feel right at home, following her stint behind the wheel of an Indy Race Car in the first ‘Charlie’s Angels’ movie.

For more information on TAG Heuer watches and for all the latest ambassador developments, visit the Watch Hut at http://www.thewatchhut.co.uk.

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Emporio Armani S/S 2011 Collection at the Watch Hut

Make sure you spend your time stylishly this summer with a watch from the new Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2011 collection, available now at the Watch Hut.

New Emporio Armani watches are just waiting to give your wrist a style overhaul, over at the UK’s largest watch website.

Famed for its sexy and youthful appeal, Giorgio Armani’s Emporio Armani brand is one of the most recognised fashion labels on the worldwide market today. Its clothing and accessories output is trendy, smart and cool – and its watches are no exception.

This season’s brand new Emporio Armani watches don’t fix what isn’t broken, providing the brand’s fashion-conscious followers with an extensive choice of sexy, sophisticated designer timepieces that complement the existing collection.

Key trends include the continuing popularity of black and white ceramic models, sporty yet smart chronograph bracelet watches, and contemporary takes on classic leather strap dress watches.

All-new Emporio Armani watches can be viewed on the Watch Hut’s dedicated brand section or within the ‘Latest New Models’ category.

The UK’s largest watch website is home to some of the world’s leading designer watch brands, including another hot Armani off-shoot, Armani Exchange. With over 6000 watches available from more than 60 popular watch brands, the Watch Hut is a one-stop destination for the best in wrist style.

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Big Trak Is Making A Comeback With The UK’s Favourite Gifts And Gadgets Retailer, Menkind

It was the subject of a massive craze in the 1980s and the toy you simply had to have. Now, decades later, Big Trak is making a comeback with the UK’s favourite gifts and gadgets retailer, Menkind.

Big Trak Is Making A Comeback With The UK’s Favourite Gifts And Gadgets Retailer, Menkind

This six-wheeled, high-tech monster was once roaming around houses all over the world and now it’s about to do the same again. Punch instructions into Big Trak’s keypad and the tank will obey, zooming across the lounge or lurking by a kitchen cupboard before pulling a sharp turn and firing its photon canon. Wives and girlfriends watch out!

There’s loads of fun to be had with Big Trak including plotting routes around your office, ambushing friends and delivering the TV remote to someone else in the lounge if you just can’t face moving.

Not content with releasing details of just one new product, Menkind has announced it is also about to start stocking the new official Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver. Around in various forms since the 60s, the Doctor’s most useful tool has broken locks, mended electrical faults and remotely controlled the TARDIS.

And while the new BBC licensed sonic screwdriver might not be too helpful if you find yourself in another dimension by accident, it certainly looks the business. The screen accurate, die-cast replica has lights and sound effects, and interchangeable heads with Philips and flathead screwdriver extensions.

You’ll never be stuck for a screwdriver again or fail to impress a fan of the show with this in your pocket.

Paul Kraftman, managing director of Menkind, said: “We know full well that boys love their toys, and expect these two iconic products to go down a storm. Big Trak was a huge hit when it was released back in 1979 and the 21st century remake brings all those childhood memories flooding back.

“The Doctor uses the sonic screwdriver to open doors all over the universe and we know people are going to have fun trying to do the same! Would you ever want to use a normal screwdriver again after using Doctor Who’s?”

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Menkind Customer Gets Dream Start To The Year

Menkind, the UK’s leading retailer for men’s gifts and accessories, has given one of its customers a dream start to 2010 by sending him £1,500 worth of gadgets and goodies absolutely free.

The Surrey-based company, which sells a massive range of gifts for men and boys toys, from lava lamps to remote control helicopters, has announced Robert Gallimore as the winner of its Christmas prize draw competition.

Mr Gallimore, of Stafford, simply entered the draw at www.menkind.co.uk and is now the proud owner of 20 of the company’s best-selling Christmas gifts worth just under£1,500. Included in the monster haul is a Steepletone CD, radio and iPod jukebox valued at £500, a Rovio mobile webcam worth £200 and a host of other top products including the official Top Gear board game, a mini-football table, lava lamp, luxury bath robe and much more.

Paul Kraftman, managing director of Menkind, said: “Understandably we had a massive response to this competition from our customers, who all wanted to get their hands on the fabulous prizes on offer.

“However, there could only be one outright winner and we’ve spoke to Robert to let him know the good news. He’s over the moon to have won the competition.

“We wanted to make sure the prizes included in our Christmas draw were really something customers would get excited about and so all of our top 20 Christmas gifts were included. With all of the toys and gadgets that are now heading Robert’s way, he’s sure to be kept entertained for quite some time.”

Robert isn’t the only one with a reason to smile though. Another 50 runners-up have also been picked out of the hat and each one will receive a £20 voucher to spend on the gift of their choice at Menkind’s online store.

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Men’s Gift And Accessories Firm Is Groomed For Success Thanks To Bank And Government Funding

£987,000 enterprise fund cash helps ensure new stores are looking good. EXPANSION plans for mens gift and accessories company Menkind Stores certainly created the right impression with the Royal Bank of Scotland, when it agreed to help fund the company’s plans to open five new stores.

The high street bank decided that Menkind could benefit from a little ‘grooming’ if its plans to expand beyond its original single store and launch a cutting-edge new website were to take it to the next level.

So Menkind Stores’ founder, Paul Kraftman, went to his bank manager, Robert Laurie, with his plans, and was put in touch with the administrators of the government’s Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme.

And the bank helped Menkind secure £987,000 of EFG cash which has gone a long way to funding the buying and fitting out of the five new stores. The funding boost has certainly had the desired effect on the business’s fortunes.

“Our new store openings were fitted out in a new concept, which has proven to be a great success in driving sales,” said Mr Kraftman.

“We are grateful to Robert and the team at RBS for arranging the finance package we needed.”

One thing Mr Kraftman is only too well aware of is the seasonal nature of the men’s gift market, but he believes Menkind’s growth has been achieved because of, rather than in spite of, this.

“Our flexible operating model allows us to manage and align costs so effectively with the seasonality of our market,” he added.

Menkind opened its first store in 2001 in the Lakeside Shopping Centre, Essex. The five new stores are in Aberdeen, Cardiff, Nottingham, Liverpool and Manchester.

Its new-look website, www.menkind.co.uk, is now live in good time for Christmas, and is crammed with thousands gift and novelty ideas for men (and big boys) of all ages to suit every pocket from football gifts to mens watches and remote control cars.

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Rainbow Collection by Edward Mirell

Titanium-Jewelry.com, a leading online retailer of men’s wedding bands, tungsten rings, titanium rings and unique contemporary jewelry, is pleased to introduce the latest designs f r o m the Edward Mirell Rainbow Collection. In addition to the rainbow titanium jewelry, Titanium-Jewelry carries one of the largest selections of Edward Mirell jewelry available online.

Rainbow Collection by Edward Mirell

“Color is hot this season when it comes to jewelry and the rainbow jewelry f r o m Edward Mirell features stunning colors against the cool backdrop of its classic titanium and black titanium rings,” said Ron Yates, founder, Titanium-Jewelry.com. “Those who appreciate the distinctive appeal of Edward Mirell will be drawn to the inspired addition of color.”

The Edward Mirell Rainbow Collection offers several uniquely designed pieces. One of the most popular selections is the matching black titanium and rainbow grooved wedding bands for couples. Other popular pieces f r o m the Rainbow Collection are the Rainbow Sapphire BlackTi Ring which measures 6mm and is studded with bezel set mulit-colored sapphires and also comes in a grey titanium option. The matching Rainbow Sapphire Titanium Heart Necklace and Earrings, with genuine multi-colored sapphires, are also great gift giving jewelry options f r o m the Rainbow Jewelry collection. Whether shopping for rainbow rings as a show of commitment, or as a beautiful gift , the Edward Mirell Rainbow Collection has something for any occasion.

Known for its distinctive designs that blend art with the science of metallurgy, Edward Mirell is the brainchild of jewelry designers Edward Rosenberg and Mirella Connor. Rosenberg, CEO of Spectore, the parent company of Edward Mirell, pioneered the use of titanium in high-end jewelry design and fabrication more than 30 years ago when the material was used primarily in aerospace. His foray into the use of contemporary metals led to Edward Mirell becoming the authority on titanium jewelry innovation.

In addition to carrying the Edward Mirell collection, Titaniun-Jewelry.com offers designs f r o m ArtCarved, Benchmark, COGE, Diana Classic, Formotion Watches, J.R. Yates, Orange County Choppers and Triton. Enticing grooms and couples worldwide, the online retailer provides a multitude of styles and metals representing the best selection of palladium rings, titanium rings, tungsten rings, and men’s wedding bands for the up and coming male and female demographic.

For a limited time, Titanium-Jewelry.com is offering $25 savings on orders of $100 or more. To receive promotion, please use coupon code FLY25 at checkout.

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Titanium-Jewelry.com provides a wide selection of titanium rings, tungsten rings, men’s watches and black titanium jewelry uniquely styled for men and women. Experts in modern mens wedding rings and modern metals jewelry, Titanium-Jewelry.com leads the industry in contemporary jewelry fashions. For more information, please visit www.Titanium-Jewelry.com.

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Leading Online Jeweler Offers Resources To Simplify And Demystify Ring Shopping For Brides And Grooms

 

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Titanium-Jewelry.com, a leading online retailer of men’s wedding bands, tungsten rings, titanium rings and unique contemporary jewelry, announces the launch of its his and hers wedding bands shopping page. Specializing in alternative metals and men’s wedding rings, the site offers companion bands for couples looking to make a statement with matching palladium, platinum, titanium and tungsten wedding bands.

“Today’s couples are blending the beauty of old tradition with their own, new practices, such as choosing wedding bands made of materials other than gold,” said Ron Yates, founder, Titanium-Jewelry.com. “The use of modern metals allows us to continue the time-honored tradition, while ushering in a new era of style and design made possible by advances in metallurgy and the use of contemporary metals. Our his and hers wedding band selections make it easy for brides and grooms to find just the right wedding bands to symbolize their unity.”

Titanium-Jewelry.com showcases its matching wedding bands that range f r o m the affordable Classic Titanium Wedding Band by Edward Mirell, to the ultra chic brushed satin finish of the 7mm Flat Palladium Wedding Bands by Diana Classic. Titanium-Jewelry.com is happy to assist couples in search of the ultimate wedding bands that fit their personalities and lifestyles.

Offering the finest selection of wedding bands f r o m designer such as ArtCarved, COGE, Diana Classic, Edward Mirell and J.R. Yates, Titanium-Jewelry.com is a trusted resource for its depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in contemporary metals. Through a series of educational videos available on Titanium-Jewelry.com, customers can research and learn about the benefits of modern metals and how to protect their investments in precious gemstones and fine jewelry.

Titanium-Jewelry.com brings cutting edge designs to market offering affordability and stylish value to couples in search for unique rings and contemporary jewelry. Enticing grooms and couples worldwide, the online retailer provides a multitude of styles and metals representing the best selection of palladium rings, titanium rings, tungsten rings, and men’s wedding bands for the up and coming male and female demographic. For more information, please visit http://www.titanium-jewelry.com.

For a limited time, Titanium-Jewelry.com is offering $25 savings on orders of $100 or more. To receive promotion, please visit http://www.titanium-jewelry.com/his-and-hers-wedding-bands.html.

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titanium rings, tungsten rings, men’s watches and black titanium jewelry uniquely styled for men and women. Experts in modern mens wedding rings and modern metals jewelry, Titanium-Jewelry.com leads the industry in contemporary jewelry fashions. For more information, please visit www.Titanium-Jewelry.com.

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