Tuesday, January 21, 2014

HMT Watch showcasing - An HMT watch lover's delight

It all looked like a dream to us. Yes, the much awaited and much doubted HMT watch showcasing finally got organised on 18th January 2014.This was the first time in the history of HMT watches that such an event was organised for the fans of HMT watches. After continuous discussions with the HMT leadership for the last couple of months we were finally able to organize this event.
The day began with HMT lovers bubbling with enthusiasm reaching the HMT Bhavan showroom (our assembling point). We had a quick round of introduction and as we shook each other’s hands, our eyes (as always) checked the wrists of every person we met. Every glance on one’s wrist would end up with a compliment and a mental note was made of a new addition to our never ending wish-list of HMTwatches. We quickly browsed the watches displayed in the showroom and left for our venue in Jalahalli.

HMT watch fans outside the HMT bhavan showroom Jalahalli


We reached the venue in good time and were received warmly by the HMT staff. All of us were quite excited to see so many HMT watches under one roof. While we were the first ones to arrive other HMT watch fans kept on trickling as we browsed through the various showcases displaying the watches. 

HMT watch Fan's browsing the watches displayed in the showcasing




HMT staff had very thoughtfully segregated the watches in different showcases. Watches from different categories were displayed separately.

Tennemax and the analog-digital watches


Quartz watches for ladies and gents– This included the HMT Roman series moon phase and chronograph watches and the famous Chandan watch (it has a sandalwood bezel)





Handwinding and automatic ladies and gents watches – Pocket watch, excel,suraj, roman automatic, shakti series, etc were displayed


 


Zap and pace quartz watches – Zap watches are kid’s watches that have Disney cartoon characters displayed on the dial/case. Pace and Sundar watches were made keeping the teenage customers in mind. These came in attractive colours and were quite durable.  

 Astra series – The digital chronograph watches from HMT



HMT Table and alarm clocks – This was a surprise for a lot of people who never knew that HMT made table and alarm clocks. 



All of us got the HMT price lists and latest catalogue of watches along with the New Year calendar.HMT fans shared their suggestions, ideas and concerns with the HMT marketing leadership. We also got an overview of the HMT watches and its evolution. This was the first time HMT leadership and fans got a common platform to share their ideas and concerns and the opportunity was utilized well.

HMT Overiview session in progress






Below are some of the points that we discussed and key decisions that were made on the day:
  • 1.        For some of the rare watches like HMT Kohinoor electric blue dial, excel etc HMT team agreed to consider the idea of producing a batch exclusively for us if we have an order of 100 watches. We will initiate the process of confirmation with the HMT fans soon on our page.
  • 2.        The marketing team suggested that they can share the regular updates on product launches, discount sales etc directly by creating an email group. We will have to collate and share our email-ids with them for this initiative.
  • 3.        We had more than 30 HMT fans visiting this watch showcasing that got organised for a couple of hours only and thus encouraged by the response a decision was taken to organize another showcasing event in the coming few months where a much higher number of watches will be displayed.
  • 4.        We gave a list of watches that we wanted along with our names and contact numbers and HMT assured us that the same will be arranged for us. We were also given an email id where we could drop an email with our wish-list and we were assured that the team will help us in getting the watches we want.
  • 5.        We requested the HMT team to arrange a factory visit to the watch factory in Bangalore to observe how automatic watches are made. HMT team assured that they will try and get this arranged for us in near future.
  • 6.        A lot of us were keen on understanding the HMT mechanical and automatic watch movement. Thus, we requested the HMT team to organize a one/two day crash course aimed at providing an insight on this subject. We will initiate the process of enrolling interested people on our page and will share it with the concerned team in HMT to organise it at the earliest. 
  • 7.        We were asked by HMT marketing team to buy watches from HMT showrooms and authorized dealers only at the company price with the proper bill and guarantee card. We were given the price-list as well so that we would know the prices of watches we want. We were asked to report against any individuals and dealers who are selling watches without documentation and at prices higher than the company’s sales price. We were assured that proper action will be taken against them.

The group photo


Wristshots Galore




At around 1 pm we proceeded towards the HMT factory outlet. One of the most noteworthy watches that were bought from the showroom was an HMT Sujata hand winding watch. This watch was the first ladies mechanical watch from HMT and it came in golden and white dial variants, along with HMT prabha, skeleton steel automatic watches etc.

HMT Watch Factory, Bangalore




HMT Watches factory outlet, Bangalore


Shopping Time




We then moved to the CSD Jalahalli showroom to continue our shopping spree and bought watches like Indra, mahaveer, ankit, amit etc.

HMT Watches CSD , Jalahalli outlet


A quick view at the watches inside the store



Once we were done with our shopping we exchanged courtesies and most of us called it a day. A bunch of us decided to break for lunch at Kamat restaurant next to the Jalahalli showroom. As we enjoyed the lunch in the company of our friends personal experiences and stories of HMT watches added flavor to our meal.



Jaideep and Karthik who had come down from Chennai for this event wanted to continue with their shopping and I was delighted to accompany them. Me and my friend Rahul took them to the city market area where I helped them in purchasing watch straps, watch repair equipment etc. I had identified some shops that kept some stock of old HMT watches and from there I bought myself a Gaurav mechanical watch while Karthik bought himself a Blue dial Trisul and Arun handwinding watches. It was already 8 pm when we decided to conclude the day with a promise to meet again we left for our respective destinations.

To conclude, we would like to thank the entire team at HMT Bangalore specially the marketing and after sales team for showing faith in us and organizing this event. Trust me friends it was not easy and till the last moment uncertainty shadowed this event and had it not been for the passionate team at HMT Bangalore this event would have never happened.

I would like to request each one of you HMT watch lovers, to act as a brand ambassador of these great watches and spread the word far and wide. It’s important that we buy original HMT watches from authorized HMT dealers to ensure that the company gets much needed revenue to ensure its survival. Trust me its each one of us that can make it happen for HMT watches.   


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi - thanks so much for the detailed note on the event. I missed it badly.

Pls give updates about the further plans ( arranging mailing list, etc, further such sessions).

Thanks Prashant for this wonderful initiative.

Saqi
sasaqi@aol.in

Karlos said...

Wow!

I'm very impressed by your access to HMT!

I agree with your call to support the company by only purchasing through authorised dealers.
Unfortunately HMT fans such as myself who reside overseas find this impossible, and are often offered watches that can hardly be called authentic hmts with no revenue returning to the company.

I hope I am not imposing upon you with a request that you please ask HMT to consider the provision of an online direct purchase option for international fans? I live in New Zealand and have no confidence in the so called refurbished HMTs that are available here.

There is overseas demand for mechanicals and automatics that are guaranteed original HMT products (I myself am a fan of the Pilot and pocket watches) and I would hope this untapped revenue steam could be directed to hmt itself, rather those independent operators who tarnish the HMT name worldwide with badly refurbished watches.

Please keep up the excellent work.

Yours sincerely,

Karl

Prashant Pandey said...

Dear Karl,

Thank you for your kind words.I can understand that getting an original HMT watch in locations outside India is a big challenge. To be frank getting original HMT watches in India also is a challenge to a large an extent. If you need HMT watches in your country, you can probably reach out to any of your friends in India and i would be glad to help them in spotting a watch for you. They can buy it on your behalf and ship it across to you. HMT has already received the suggestion of starting online sales but till such time it all starts up, i guess you need to depend on your friends.

Yuvraj said...

Last more than 50 years HMT gave service to nation motto of HMT is good quality watches with affordable price but due to some market situation last some years hmt is having loss making organisation. some reason I found why HMT make loss Showroom timings:- HMT is having very inconvenient timings for customers Monday to saturday 9:30 to 5:30 P.M. which is general office timing & Sunday is holiday which same for most of the offices in india so it is very difficult to visit showroom for purchase HMT Watches 2) Availability :- HMT giving very low commision as compair to their competitors so most of the watch seller not prefer HMT watches for selling purpose so If anyone need to purchase hMT watch it directly visit HMT showroom it is very inconvenient option. 3) Online Shopping option Just now HMT starts online shopping option on their website portal which is very effective medium of marketing which is also very beneficial of customers. you may please check hmt watches online shopping transaction you realize this situation. please do not stop their manufacturing unit because next upcoming days hmt watches will receive very high quantity of order from their online shopping.Please give one chance to HMT.

Yuvraj said...

Last more than 50 years HMT gave service to nation motto of HMT is good quality watches with affordable price but due to some market situation last some years hmt is having loss making organisation. some reason I found why HMT make loss Showroom timings:- HMT is having very inconvenient timings for customers Monday to saturday 9:30 to 5:30 P.M. which is general office timing & Sunday is holiday which same for most of the offices in india so it is very difficult to visit showroom for purchase HMT Watches 2) Availability :- HMT giving very low commision as compair to their competitors so most of the watch seller not prefer HMT watches for selling purpose so If anyone need to purchase hMT watch it directly visit HMT showroom it is very inconvenient option. 3) Online Shopping option Just now HMT starts online shopping option on their website portal which is very effective medium of marketing which is also very beneficial of customers. you may please check hmt watches online shopping transaction you realize this situation. please do not stop their manufacturing unit because next upcoming days hmt watches will receive very high quantity of order from their online shopping.Please give one chance to HMT.

Rajiv R said...

Excellent posts..loved it. Keep it up. I have recently found interest in hmt watches and have ordered few mechanical ones from Hot watches.in.....hope they get delivered.any suggestion on the time taken by them for dispatching the watches.

abbas kalolwala said...

Hello,
I was excited to read through your experience. I'm a late entrant, but would love to join you all in future visits.

I am personally interested in collecting HMT watches.

Whom can i provide my name and details to be added? Kohinoor Electric BLue, Trishul, Pilot, Janata, Vivek, Prabal,Sujata, ADSL, etc.