Date added: 30/09/2016 Christmas Gift Guide: The Capsule Men's Collection
With less than 3 months until Christmas, it’s a great time to think ahead as the coming months will fly by and no-one wants to be in a state of panic raiding the shops on Christmas Eve when they could be indulging in festive food, games and mulled wine. We have a wide array of gifts for every man in your life.
L-R: Elliot Brown Stainless steel black and orange chronograph dial on a polished stainless steel bracelet (39-01-007) & TAG Heuer Formula 1 Stainless Steel & Black Rubber Strap 41mm Black Date Dial (38-02-021)
Why not treat the man in your life to a great, timeless timepiece. The perfect piece to put a smile on his face. This Elliot Brown chronograph is a fantastic, durable piece with an on-trend edge and can be easily worn for day and night. If you're looking for a bigger splurge, why not consider a sporty Tag Heuer Fornula One watch to really put a smile on his face.
L-R: Duncan Walton Rhodium Plated Mother of Pearl & Onyx Square Cufflinks (42-21-037) & Duncan Walton Rhodium Plated Pink & Grey Sculptor Cufflinks (42-21-044) & Duncan Walton Rhodium Plated Pink & Blue Flower Appleton Cufflinks (42-21-043)
A great gift for any man is a set of cufflinks. Whenever an occasion comes when cufflinks are required, men rummage around their drawers to find that old pair (often to no success). Cut out this painful search with an up-to-date pair that can be worn over the festive period and to all the New Year events. The Duncan Walton selection we stock is vast, with more flamboyant pairs and more classic pieces to suit every taste and occasion.
If you need any assistance getting the right gift, don't hesitate in giving us a call or popping into one of our stores! Follow us on social media to keep up-to-date with opening hours, special offers and everything John Pass.
The Team at John Pass
Date added: 19/09/2016 Christmas Gift Guide: The Capsule Ladies Collection
Christmas is a-calling and time is ticking away, it may seem like only September but blink and it'll be November. We've compiled a Ladies gift guide to make things that little bit simpler this Christmas time and to stop you from the last-minute rush. Whether it be a glitzy necklace you are after for a loved one, a charm for a daughter or giftware for a neighbour, we have something for everyone here at John Pass Jewellers Ltd. We have some new exciting brands amongst our collection this year and would definitely suggest popping into store and exploring the site. Don’t leave things last minute and plan ahead to avoid the rush!
1. £150+ - Links of London Effervescence Star Bracelet
This gorgeous Links of London bracelet is a great sparkly piece for the festive period and a really accessible piece that can dress up any outfit. This silver bead bracelet represents joy and celebration, making it an ideal gift for any special occasion. The bracelet can be purchased here.
2. £100+ - Henry London Yellow Gold Plated Watches
Henry London watches are a great gift this festive period and the vast collection means there is one to suit most tastes. Whether it be a first watch for a teenager or one to add to a collection, Henry has something to tick all of the boxes. The Holborn Mesh Bracelet with Berry Dial is bound to be a Christmas hit with the crimson dial, a perfect addition to an AW wardrobe. If simplicity is more appropriate then check out the Westminster Mesh Bracelet & White Date Dial, which can be purchased here. The inspirations for the watches are London boroughs and streets, with each watch representing a specific place. Wear London your way.
3. £50+ - Diamonfire Innocence Pearl Earrings / Jersey Pearl Dune Rose Gold Stud White Pearl Earring / Thomas Sabo Larger Hoop Earrings
Earrings are a great gift for any lady, whether it be a more classic pearl look like these Diamonfire pair (available here). If you are looking for a more simple, understated pair then why not consider a simple yet modern pearl stud design, like this one. After a hoop, how about these medium sized Thomas Sabo hoop earrings here.
4. Under £50 - Vamp Chic Rio Ruthenium Beaded Bracelet /
A simple bracelet is always a great addition to any jewellery collection, Vamp London stock a range of beaded bracelets in various metals to match or contrast with existing pieces. From ruthenium and yellow gold to on trend rose gold.
Unsure what to get a jewellery lover who has it all? How about somewhere to store all of their precious pieces? We have a huge selection of Stackers to suit every jewellery hoarder. From charm storage here, ring storage here or a larger stacker set here.
6. The Writer:
For those who have recently started University or spend their time writing away, from to-do lists to creatives, a pen or pencil is a fantastic gift. We have a huge range in a range of designs and colours to suit all budgets. For a sleek, classic refillable pencil look no further than this Cross Century II Medalist 0.7mm Pencil. For a more feminine pen, how about the Swarovski Crystalline Lady Ballpoint Pen.
If you need any assistance getting the right gift, don't hesitate in giving us a call or popping into one of our stores!
The Team at John Pass
Date added: 13/09/2016 Behind the Scenes: Q&A with John Pass
The history began when my great grandfather had a workshop in Coventry making parts for pocket watches. With the advent of mass production in Switzerland and America, the British watch making industry went into decline and his son Thomas Pass moved to Sandbach in 1906 to be a watch-repairer for CH Moody. He had three sons, the youngest being John Pass (John’s father) who served his time as an apprentice watch-maker alongside his elder brother Edwin/Ted. The second world war came along and they both joined the RAF as instrument makers. After the war, they joined a repair workshop in Haslington and realised that as they were both married men with families, they needed to do more. Uncle Ted went to Alsager and opened a shop, and John Pass came to Nantwich Road in 1956 to open a retail shop and a workshop. I joined the firm in 1963 and the cogs continued to turn from there on.
2. When was your favourite time working at John Pass?
It just kept getting better all the time. My working time was made of three stages – an apprentice at the bench, jewellery repairs and when Martin arrived I moved over to the retail side. John Pass senior retired when I was about 35, Jean joined the business at this stage. We then joined the CMJ shortly afterwards, completely advancing things. This continued to move on until 1997 when Andrew joined the business. The rest is history.
3. When did you realise that John Pass had the potential to become what it is today?
I never did, it grew gradually over the time and I could never anticipate where it would be today.
4. What has been your favourite piece you have seen in your time at John Pass?
Working here for so many years meant that there were some very significant points and pieces that passed through our hands – but selecting a favourite would be impossible as times and fashions change. It is all about progression and climbing the ladder. Milestones kept getting achieved through that time with an increase in diamond size and a change in watch styles and designs.
5. Who would play you in a film of your life?
6. If you could invite one celebrity, dead or alive, to dinner, who would it be and why?
Writer and explorer Ranulph Fiennes & comedian Norman Wisdom would be my chosen double act for the comedy factor and the exchange of stories.
7. Where is your favourite holiday destination? Why?
Nefyn on the North West coast of Wales. I’ve been visiting for many years and it has become a force of habit but remains a beautiful unspoilt corner of Wales.
The Team at John Pass
Date added: 02/09/2016 Following the Elliot Brown Story: From Animal to Elliot Brown Watches
1. How did you go from Animal to Elliot Brown watches?
Ian sold Animal in ‘99, whilst I stayed on there for another 14 years, but we always kept in touch and kept coming back to that ‘what-if’ question: what if we took that unique experience and started afresh with no constraints, and that question ultimately proved to be the trigger for starting Elliot Brown.
2. What was the inspiration for starting Elliot Brown?
Finding the answer to the question of what we could do if we started with a blank sheet and set out to make watches that we looked forward to wearing, that were smart enough to wear all week but so well made that they could shrug off the weekend’s extreme hobbies. We’re delighted with the answer so far, and we’ll never stop learning and refining what we make.
3. Who are your target market? or does it vary by watch?
It varies, depending on where people find us and what they’re looking for. Watch collectors appreciate the technical side of what we do whereas others discover the brand through our extensive event and athlete support program where we’re involved in a sport or activity. It’s more about a watch fitting in with someone’s lifestyle. Some people appreciate our taste in design and attention to detail; some really ‘get’ the idea of having one watch that can do everything; some are avid collectors, some have old Animal watches and are delighted to find we’re making ‘proper’ watches again.
''We naturally appeal to a broad range of people but the common denominator is quality – whatever people are looking for when they find us, it’s always about quality; quality of design, quality of construction, quality of aftersales.''
4. You recently mounted a watch to a Clipper Round the World Race Yacht and it survived the extreme 41,000nm round the world voyage. What inspired the Clipper Race watch test?
Curiosity. We wanted to prove to ourselves that our watches were as durable as our extensive lab testing suggests but in a real world environment as harsh as any we could think of. Could one of our standard watches survive such an ordeal and if it did wouldn’t that be a story! We’re not aware of another test that even comes close in terms of physical endurance for a watch.
A few facts about the voyage: 11 months at sea, 41,000 nautical miles, highest wind speed 86mph, fastest boat speed 30.7 knots, temperature range +36 to -2, highest wave 90 feet, 5 oceans, 6 continents. More people have climbed Everest than have circumnavigated the globe.
5. How did it endure its time mounted to the mast of a Clipper Race yacht?
Incredibly well. Despite being left to the mercy of the elements night and day for 11 months (plus a month on the boat prior to race start), it was still working perfectly when it returned, with only some minor discolouration from a reaction with the mounting plate and aluminium mast to show for its punishment. We even mounted it using our standard stainless strap pins rather than adding any kind of protection.
6. How long does it take from the design stages for your watches to hit the website or stores?
For a new watch, it depends on the type of manufacturing challenges we face along the way. We use almost no off-the-shelf components and are always looking to innovate where we can, so we have to design, re-design, and revise throughout the process, but typically it’s around 14-18 months. The Clipper Race watch was conceived, designed and made in time for skippers to wear them round the world in just one month. Having this kind of agility is rare in the watch industry but the late nights involved mean we won’t be clamouring to repeat that exercise in a hurry!
For existing models, we are always looking to improve what we make, so if there’s an opportunity to improve something, we’ll do it as soon as we can.
7. ‘Not revolution, just evolution’ is part of your philosophy, how do you feel watches have evolved in the last ten years?
The financial crisis has changed people’s behaviour significantly. Increasingly people are actively looking for quality and longevity, rather than snapping up shiny trinkets that don’t last. They do their research and buy something designed to last, rather than buying something for the short term.
The growth of smaller businesses and the growing interest in ‘artisan’ products is also creating opportunities for smaller brands with great heritage that appeal to customers actively looking for non-mainstream brands. I think a lot of people are frustrated with the impersonal service they get from big businesses, and are looking for a more personal experience such as the customising we’re able to bring to our customers.
8. Is there a particular place or item that you draw inspiration for the watches?
It’s our coastal lifestyle. We don’t focus-group or conduct market research for new watches; instead we trust our own instinct. Every watch we design is driven by our taste but is always inspired by where we live, work and play and how it needs to perform. There’s a huge community of designers and creatives in Dorset; there are beautiful areas of countryside to walk, ride, and explore, and the sea to surf, sail, and play on, so our watches need to pass muster with the designers and creatives as well as the outdoor and sports enthusiasts.
9. What’s next for Elliot Brown Watches?
Following the success of the Bloxworth and Canford is no easy task. Rather like a musician with a second album but we’re quietly confident that the Tyneham automatic arriving this winter might just reach number one in the Elliot Brown hit parade. It’s a beautifully wearable expression of everything we’ve learnt, full of subtle innovations that might not be immediately obvious but as they become apparent, they create a sense of reassurance in wearing a watch of such competence.
We also have some very exciting commissions underway that should add a few more feathers to the Elliot Brown cap and we have several new collections already in prototyping for next year.
We can't wait to continue following the Elliot Brown journey here at John Pass, and we hope you will join us. We stock a huge range of Elliot Brown timepieces, that can be purchased directly from our website. The iconic Bloxworth & Canford styles come in a range of colours and metals.
The Team at John Pass
Date added: 01/09/2016 Chloe Moss: The Chlobo Story
We were lucky enough to chat with Chlobo's founder, Chloe Moss, and gain some BTS knowledge of the brand and how it came to be the success it is today.
1. Where did you draw your inspiration from when starting up ChloBo?
I set off travelling when I was 21, and went all round the world.My last destination was Bali, and I was meant to stay 10 days, but ended up there for 2 months – the people and culture were inspiring and this is where the story of ChloBo began.
2. Some of the pieces have a bohemian twist, was this inspired by your travels?
All of the jewellery has been inspired by travels and journeys I have been on – each of the seasonal collections have been inspired by one of my adventures and the charms and colours used in each collection reflects this.
3. Who is your target customer for the products or is it dependent on collection?
I find that there is a ChloBo piece for every girl out there, regardless of age. ChloBo is more about style than age and personality plays a big part in choose a piece of ChloBo as each charm has a meaning.
4. What is your favourite piece (past or present)?
My favourite piece has got to be the iconic tassel – it’s a must have for any stack. We’ve also recently brought back the dainty mini disc tassel which looks great mixed with cuties.
5. Stacking jewellery and layering pieces seems to be styling advice that the brand carries with it, is there a combination you like to mix together most?
At the moment I’m all about mixing my metals – especially Rose Gold and Silver, they really complement each other, but my look changes day to day depending on how I am feeling. If I am feeling stressed I might stack up my Labradorite bracelets as they have calming and healing powers.
6. What can we expect from future collections?
My upcoming AW16 collection Gypsy Dreamer is one of my favourite so far. For me, the Gypsy dreamer woman is the mysterious woman in us all. Her style is darker with a rock and roll twist. This is reflected in the collection as the black sparkle bead is used. There are also statement pieces in this collection as a set which we haven’t done before. The designs are so unique and I’m so excited for it to be released 23rd September.
7. Where is your favourite place in the world?
Although I love Bali, Barbados is a second home to me, as my mum is from there.
8. What country that you haven’t yet visited is on your bucket list?
I am very free spirited and travel is about the journey more so than the destination and any adventure is what you make it not where you go. Who knows where I will head off to next!
9. Are you enjoying life in West London?
I have always loved the culture of London and living in Notting Hill is amazing and full of places to keep me inspired.
10. What do you like most about living in London?
The diversity and different cultures in London is so interesting, and there’s always something to do. It’s so different to Chester but it’s definitely for me. Read my recent blog post on my favourite places in Notting Hill - http://chlobo.co.uk/journal
We loved chatting to Chloe and finding out what she has up her sleeve for future collections. Check out our huge range of Chlobo on our website here to pick up bohemian styles that can be worn delicately or stacked up to make a statement. Keep your eyes pealed for new launches on the site!
The Team at John Pass
Date added: 25/08/2016 Our Winter Wedding Fayres
Our winter wedding fayres are as follows:
- 4th September - Wychwood Park Hotel, Weston - 11-3pm
- 11th September - Crewe Hall, Crewe- 11:30-4pm
- 25th September - Tern Hill Hall, Market Drayton - 11-3pm
- 9th October - Bet 365 Stadium, Stoke- 11-3pm
- 9th October - Cranage Hall, Crewe - 11:30-4pm
Pop along to see our huge selection of wedding bands, bridal jewellery and hear more about our services (bespoke design, information on how the rings are made and perfect fit wedding bands). The fayres are a really great opportunity to plan your special day with John Pass in mind and we provide information goodie bags for you to take away and help with the planning process. We will be on hand to answer your questions and help take the stresses out of the search for wedding bands.
Times will be announced over on social media (alongside some live streams and images). If you want any more information on the wedding fayres or want our assistance with picking the perfect wedding band, then don't hesitate in contacting us here.
The Team at John Pass
Date added: 24/08/2016 The Q&A Series Part 1: Martin Coombes
1. How old were you when you joined John Pass and what drew you to the role?
Luck drew me to the role and everything happened very quickly. I was 16 and my father came into the business one day to have his watch repaired and asked Mr Pass senior (the founder of the company) if he took apprentices on and it all started there. I left school on the Friday and started on the Monday, and never looked back. The rest was history.
2. What has made you stay all these years?
I love the job that I do and seeing people satisfied. The family unit element is extremely unique. Working alongside Stephen Latham in the workshop when I started was constantly exciting and I echo Stephen’s ‘I’d have worked here for nothing’.
3. What is your favourite thing about the job?
The variety. No one day is ever the same.
4. What has been your funniest day at work?
I once bought a Labrador puppy and brought it into work late one evening before we closed – my wife bought him in. The next morning I bought a plastic dog poo into work and placed it on the floor by one of the counters. John Pass went crazy and requested it was cleared up. He then proceeded to move the shop around to cover it until it was moved. He carried it in with a spade out to the yard and began to realise the funny side of things. There were many days like this.
5. Do you have a favourite piece that you have worked on during your time here?
No not really – there is such a large volume of pieces passing through my hands every day and they often have an interesting story attached to them.
6.If you were working elsewhere, where would it be?
7.Who would play you in a film of your life?
The American actor and novelist Gene Hackman.
8. If you could invite one celebrity, dead or alive, to dinner, who would it be?
The Team at John Pass
Date added: 19/08/2016 5 things that sum up the British summer
1. Complaints about the rain
You would think we'd be used to it by now... but no cue the miserable tweets and throwback palm tree images consuming your twitter feed.
2. Complaints about the sun
3. An irregular amount of day time drinking
We don't need any excuse to sit on a terrace sipping cocktails and prosecco and plastering our social feeds with all the evidence. With the races and the world cup to name just a few, day-time drinking has become a social culture for us Brits- come rain or shine.
4. BBQ after BBQ
Admittedly none of them end up looking this civilised and usually involve either sun burn, showers or a bbq-ing disaster (blackened sausages aren't everyone's things)
5. Beach crowding
We are one of a kind when it comes to finding flaws in whatever we are handed in terms of summer weather. But we shouldn't forget our relentless love of lapping up the sunshine with an abundance of food and beverages flowing. According to weather reports, our 'English Summer' has now ended so we return to scattered showers, breezy mornings and place those sandals into the realms of our wardrobes for another year.
The Team at John Pass
Date added: 18/08/2016 A-Level Results Day: Congratulations all around - The Gift Guide
The day has finally arrived and the anticipation and adrenaline are a thing of the past. Hopefully most students and families are happy with the results they received. Today is a celebration of achievement, and marks a new beginning for many - whether that be a new chapter at University or a pursuit for a first job. Today is all about savouring the special moments, and what better way to do this than by marking the day with a gift?
1. Pandora Rings
Make the gift personal by opting for a birthstone style, or a princess design (amongst many others). Pop into store to find the perfect piece.
A firm favourite with most, the rings come in various styles and designs to suit all personal styles. They can be easily worn for daywear or a sparklier variety for evening-wear. Pop into our Crewe store and head to our Pandora room to see what offerings we have for the special day.
2. Congratulatory Charm
Thomas Sabo Champagne Flute Charm, available here, Pandora Study Book Charm, available in our Crewe store, Pandora Lucky 4 Leaf Clover Charm, available in our Crewe store,
A charm is the perfect gift to mark a special occasion and look back on in years to come. What better way to add to an existing bracelet than with a sentimental touch? We stock a huge range of charms suitable for the occasion so it's worth popping by or heading to our online store here to get the right piece for this special day.
3. Anais Keepsakes
The Anais range are a perfect gift for the occasion. The keepsakes range includes a clear locket style in a heart or circle design, which holds interchangeable charms to suit an occasion, mood or festivity. Alternatively pick a birthstone heart charm in silver or rose gold with accompanying gem stones. The range of lockets can be purchased here or in store.
The completed charm and locket look shown above.
4. A Classic Pen
A glitter filled Swarovski pen, available here, a classic unisex style pen in a sleek design, available here
Whether they are off to continue studying at University or are pursuing a career in a creative industry, a special pen is a great gift to give and it will certainly get used.
Whatever you are doing today, make it one to remember. Our staff are on hand to assist you with finding that extra-special gift and will provide you with a memorable shopping experience.
The Team at John Pass
Date added: 15/08/2016 The Olympics So Far: The Gallery Edition
The much-anticipated Rio 2016 Olympics are in full swing and Team GB are truly fighting their corner. Here is a round-up of the best pictures and moments from the last week.
Murray did England proud by securing gold in the Men's singles last night against Argentina's Juan Martín del Potro. Potro put up a good fight but Murray reigned victorious.
Andrew Willis in action in the second Semifinal of the Men's 200m Breaststroke. In the final, Willis bagged fourth, coming in a mere 0.09 seconds after the bronze medal winner.
South Korea's Jim Hee Yoon won bronze in the women's 53kg group A weightlifting contest on day 2 after lifting an astonishing 199kg. Hee Yon came out of retirement to take part in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.
Everyone in unison: Footage from the men's road race on Saturday.
American Michael Phelps, holder of 25 medals, accepts the gold for Men's 200 meter butterfly.
Simone Biles in the split position mid-flip while crushing the balance beam on Day 6 during the Women's Individual All Around Final. Biles scooped gold for the United States.
Local superstar, Bryony Page secured second place in the Women's individual trampolining final on friday, gaining silver for Team GB.
We knew he could do it. Usain Bolt proves that he is the man for the job, securing Jamaica gold in the 100m Men's final. Bolt ran in at 9.81s, 0.08s quicker than the United States Justin Gatlin.
These are just a handful of our best bits, what are everyone else's highlights so far?
Luxury watchmakers Omega are the official timekeepers for the Rio Olympics, and Rio 2016 marks their 25th Olympic games. The official Limited Edition Rio watch (522.214.171.124.01.001) is available for purchase at our Newcastle store, contact us for more information or to view our selection of Omega watches, click here. If you want a slice of the action, or want to browse our range of Omega's pop into the Crewe or Newcastle store.
The Team at John Pass