Following the success of its first collection of watches earlier this year, British watch firm Duckworth Prestex has just launched its second collection of watches named ‘Bolton’, after the hometown of the company’s founder Neil Duckworth, whose grandfather originally started the well-known Prestex brand here almost a century ago in 1924. It is also today the home of Duckworth Prestex.
In fact, Bolton has a long history of watchmaking, as local man John Harwood created the very first automatic watch movement.
The new watches in the collection replicate the look of one of the first Prestex pocket watches ever made, which includes the same font for the numerals as well as characteristic ‘train tracks’ sitting on a clear white dial. But where the two watched differ is that the new Prestex Bolton watch offers the best of modern horological technology paired with ultra-reliable Japanese movements, ensuring a high degree of accuracy.
The period look is completed with a polished and brushed stainless steel cushion case that is 39mm in size and water resistant down to 200 metres.
The new collection is made up of three watches that include a fully automatic watch, a chronograph and finally a small seconds version.
The fully automatic Bolton Verimatic is priced at £625 and is an affordable yet sophisticated automatic watches. The clean, uncluttered white dial is complemented with a classic black leather strap, although you can choose another strap if you are looking for a more customised look to your new watch.
Priced at £495, the Bolton Chronograph combines a vintage chronograph look with a modern Japanese quartz movement and nicely balanced proportions. There is a scratch-resistant sapphire glass, which is standard on all Duckworth Prestex watches, and this particular chronograph represents very good value for money at under £500.
Last but my no means least, the Bolton Small Seconds watch is priced at just £395 and revives a classic style that went out of fashion for a number of years before enjoying a welcome comeback. The watch also provides a direct link to Duckworth Prestex’s history by repeating the timeless design of the original 1924 pocket watch.
Neil Duckworth sums up the new collection by saying:
“The Bolton is the ultimate expression of our heritage and I’m delighted that we’ve not only been able to revive our family watch brand but also grow it from strength to strength, always looking to the future while giving a nod to the past. Our watches represent the perfect balance between luxury and affordability, meaning that a genuine piece of British horological tradition is now accessible to everybody. I’m delighted that our story has come to life in such a spectacular fashion.”
Coinciding with the launch of the new collection, the complete collection of Duckworth Prestex watches is now available to buy at Watches of Switzerland’s flagship store in London’s Regent Street, which is one of the most recognised watch retailers in the world.
The watches have their own dedicated display on the lower ground floor of the Regent Street store and range from the first collection of brightly-coloured Verimatic and chronograph watches to the new Bolton collection. All the Duckworth Prestex watches can also be purchased on the Watches of Switzerland website: www.watches-of-switzerland.co.uk
Retail Director of Watches of Switzerland UK, Matt Shields, commented:
“Duckworth Prestex complements our existing range of watch brands perfectly, and we’ve been impressed by the blend of quality and affordability that they offer. I’m very happy to welcome Duckworth Prestex to our collection, and we look forward to a long and fruitful association.”
For more information about Duckworth Prestex and the new Bolton collection of watches, please visit: https://duckworthprestex.co.uk
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of Duckworth Prestex
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