***Voting for this competition is now closed***
All of our watches are named after bodies of water that hold personal importance to us, whether in Great Britain or further afield. The Cherwell, Derwent, Lomond and Haskell have all taken inspiration from their namesake.
We launched a competition to Name Our Next Watch and have received hundred of entries and thousands of votes - and now, we finally have our winner.
Inspiration behind the name for our competition winner, Alan Lewis, came from Coniston Waters in the Lake District, which is famed for the Campbell family's water speed record attempts. At 5 miles in length it was the perfect lake for Sir Malcolm Campbell to set a new record of 141.74 miles per hour in Bluebird K4 in 1939.
Between 1956 and 1959 Sir Malcolm's son Donald Campbell went on to set four successive records on Coniston Waters in Bluebird K7. In 1967 Donald achieved a top speed of over 320 miles per hour on the return leg of a record-breaking attempt. He then lost control of Bluebird, which somersaulted and crashed, sinking rapidly. Campbell sadly lost his life.
Donald Campbell in Bluebird K7 on Coniston Waters
Between them, Donald Campbell and his father set eleven speed records on water and ten on land. On 28th January 1967 Donald Campbell was posthumously awarded the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct "for courage and determination in attacking the world water speed record".
Designing The Coniston
We'll begin designing the Coniston very soon and keep you all informed of the progress. We hope to make it available to you this summer.
Thank you to everyone who contributed and voted in our competition, it's been an exciting journey - that's only just begun. And if you'd like to know more about what's behind the names of our other collections, you can read our latest blog piece.