Meet the Chasing Chrono team

Built by watch enthusiasts to promote and elevate watch dealers across the UK, whilst providing outstanding value to both buyers and sellers, Chasing Chrono was born from our co-founders’ passion for watches and technological innovation.

Our team is on a mission to support the British watch market, while listening to and learning from industry experts and growing an online community of lovers of all things horological through a single national platform.

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Gerry Hughes

Co-founder & Director


With a background in finance and business development, and a longstanding love of watches and cars, Gerry lives and breathes the Chasing Chrono mission. As a luxury watch buyer himself, the COVID Lockdown provided time for him to reflect on the challenges facing watch buyers and sellers, particularly in a post-Brexit world in the UK. Building a central national marketplace for the British watch industry felt like a great opportunity to overcome some of those challenges, whilst also ‘flying the flag’ for UK watch experts by providing a single ‘go to’ hub for the British watch market.

Gerry’s all-time favourite watch:
IWC Galapagos 50 Years of Science Chronograph Edition
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James Syrett

Co-founder & Director


With an entrepreneurial spirit and a record of building successful businesses through digital innovation, James is a huge watch enthusiast. His love of all-things creative and mechanical extends to an equally strong passion for art and cars. James has his sights firmly set on making Chasing Chrono the favoured destination for watch buyers in Britain, through the growth of the UK’s first national marketplace for watch dealers and makers, offering transparent value and homegrown expertise.

James’ all-time favourite watch:
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch “Snoopy” Apollo XIII 45th Anniversary Limited Edition
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Ben Kelly

Head of Sales & Dealer Acquisition

The son of a premium watch collector turned dealer, Ben learned from an early age about the joy and excitement of learning more about the history and provenance of iconic timepieces, a love which now also extends to beautiful cars. With a background in software sales, events and hospitality, Ben leads the acquisition of new dealers wishing to join our platform, speaking with our accredited dealer members on a daily basis to ensure their needs are met. Having quickly encouraged the sign up of 100+ top UK independent watch retailers since launch, Ben is thrilled with the industry feedback he has received for Chasing Chrono and is confident in our ambition to create a one-stop hub for British watch experts.
Ben’s all-time favourite watch:
Panerai Luminor 1950 8 days Chrono Monopulsante GMT
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Simon Kelly

Editor in Chief

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A watch lover and collector for most of his adult life, Simon also became a dealer of vintage watches in 2016, setting up The Chrono Duo with his partner David Coleman, originally at the suggestion of their wives as a means for managing their own extensive collections. As such, Simon brings a lifetime of knowledge to his role as editor in chief, and is responsible for building content that offers watch expertise and industry insight for our growing network of dealers and watch enthusiasts.

Simon’s all-time favourite watch:

Oscar Hughes

Director of Operations

With a background in business management, Oscar joined Chasing Chrono as a founding team member and brings several years of experience to his leadership of operations and back office functions. Known for his huge enthusiasm, Oscar is also an accomplished cocktail mixologist and ski instructor.
Oscar’s all-time favourite watch:
Rolex Daytona 116509 with a Meteorite Dial

Oonagh Storm

Social Media Director

A social media strategist with experience in both luxury retail and the hospitality industry, Oonagh manages the day-to-day handling of all our social media channels and the creation of engaging multimedia content. Her love of art, fashion and luxury goods makes her a perfect fit for Chasing Chrono’s mission of championing the creativity and expertise of
British watchmakers, dealers and artists.
Oonagh’s all-time favourite watch:
Rolex Day-Date 118138 36mm Green Dial, Green Alligator Leather Strap.