Newcastle jewellers Northern Goldsmiths, part of The Watches of Switzerland Group, recently celebrated the centenary of their partnership with Rolex. In celebration, The Group and Rolex launched the sale of 100 limited edition watches, with proceeds going to The Prince’s Trust.

The Watches of Switzerland Group and Rolex held a centenary dinner event in Newcastle on 25 April 2019, to commemorate and thank its North East clients and businesses, as well as announcing The Watches of Switzerland Group’s new partnership with The Trust – inspiring young people to live, learn and earn through our education programmes in Newcastle and beyond.

As part of the 100-year celebration, The Group partnered with Rolex to launch the sale of 100 limited edition watches, with a commemorative engraving to mark the anniversary. Each watch sold will generate £3,000 for The Trust, including a match donation from both companies.

“We’re truly honoured to have partnered with Rolex for 100 years and to have been able to support The Prince’s Trust. Northern Goldsmiths has a special place in the hearts of people in the North East and it seemed fitting that we could help young people in the area and beyond, to be able to live, learn and earn.” - Brian Duffy, CEO of The Watches of Switzerland Group

Specific funds have been set aside to support young people in the North East, where aspirations and educational attainment is at its lowest. In addition to the money raised, young people across the UK will benefit from mentoring opportunities held by colleagues at The Watches of Switzerland Group.

Faye Batch from Gateshead won our North East Young Ambassador Award in 2018, which is sponsored by Mappin & Webb – part of The Watches of Switzerland Group. She attended the centenary dinner, to share her Trust-supported journey with its guests.

“I believe that early intervention in school can make a real difference for young people across the UK, whatever barriers they may be facing, as it helps them to learn new skills and build confidence. I’ve been proud to share my journey with The Trust, with guests at the event, and I believe the additional support raised will really help many more young people in Newcastle and beyond.” - Faye Batch, 2018 Mappin & Webb North East Young Ambassador of the Year