At the most recent edition of BaselWorld, distributor Nuval unveiled its three latest brands: Fendi, Porsche Designs and Davidoff. That moment finalised a brand reshuffle led by chief operating officer Chris Bedworth that completes a line up also including Philip Stein, Bedat & Co, Ball Watches, Eberhard, Graham and Metal.CH.

“We try to offer brands that have strong USPs and [the new] three really complement the portfolio,” he says. “The reaction at Basel was really exciting.”

Add that to the reintroduction of Graham Watches to Harrods, double-digit year-on-year growth for 2012 and the finalising of Nuval’s sales and management restructure, and Chris can reflect on an extraordinarily positive year.

And Chris is now looking to the future. “2013 is a year of focusing on the brands we have and working more closely with our retail partners to the grow their business with them. There are no plans to bring in any more brands at this stage.”

And with that, you would expect him to exhale, but Chris is not the type. He says as much himself, confessing that downtime is rare, but he does find time for his sons. “Both my sons are very keen on sport, so I end up relaxing by watching them participate as I don’t think about anything other than focusing on how they are doing.”

Yet for details on the future, you suspect he is playing that card close. “Who knows. I love what I do and I have a strategy in place that will hopefully see Nuval continue to grow into a strong player within the watch industry in the UK.”

He does at least admit that he expects 2013 to be another year of double-digit growth. Success is something that this award-winning football coach can always conjure up, and he explains why. “You always have to reflect on what you did and didn’t achieve. The key to success is to identify what you did well and why. Our chairman has a great saying, if we do tomorrow what we did yesterday the outcome will be the same.”