Let’s face it – the proud British industry is no longer what it used to be. With few exceptions, such as the thriving shoe manufacturing in Northampton, many industries have been swept away completely in favor of manufacturing in low-wage countries. The same goes for the British clock manufacture – once even world leaders with expertise in London, which among other things made marinkronometrar, a type of highly accurate clocks for navigation at sea, and until the mid 1900 ‘s, with a strong regional industry in Coventry.
Nowadays there are no large-scale production at all of the watches in the United Kingdom, but a number of interesting niche brands (often with part-or full manufacture in Switzerland or the far East). Eddie Platts is the gentleman with his company and webshop TimeFactors rated be the curator of a number of late but resurrected British watch brands. Platts, who has ten years of military experience, offering under the brand Precista reissues and tributes to old military watches under the name Sewills watches with a more elegant and nautical profile reminiscent of old marinkronometrar and, finally, Let bring Mark Smith’s (which, sorry Rolex, it was Sir Edmund Hillary wore when he climbed Everest). A company not made watches since the late 70 ‘s. Below, a new edition of the British military’s classic W10-watch from Smith’s;
In cooperation the British Masters hiding two British watch brands, Graham, Arnold & Sons. They are both named after major profiles in the UK our workshop, but differ quite radically in style and stuk. Graham, named after the resourceful Englishman who, among other things, is the father of stopwatch, have a sporty and almost a little ostentatious design if you can borrow an English expression is Marmite; either love or hate it. As with signaturmodellen Chronofighter, whose trigger timing leaves no one indifferent…
Arnold & Son is the opposite–the brand, named after perhaps the most famous maker of chronometers for navigation and explorers, has a conservative haute horlogerie-design with clear influences from 1700-talets marinkronometrar and not rarely functions for navigation, or world time. Below, a specialserie to commemorate James Cook (as, places to eat, once gave out into the world with an Arnold-chronometer)
George Daniels is often regarded as the world’s greatest living watchmakers and is the father of the Co-Axial technology used in Omega’s watches. What many do not know, or think about, is that Daniels is not only a skilled designer and developer, but also a highly skilled craftsmen who know that quality takes time—on average, half-a-watch per year since 1970 left the workshop in the Isle of Man Thanks to everything in the watch is manufactured in the traditional way (and costs afterwards). Daniels, soon 90 years old, has also become something of a mentor for the young rising star Robert W Smith, who next door builds amazing bracelet and pocket watches from scratch.
Classic British elegance and luxury, spiced with a bit of motorromantik, is the one most often associate with Dunhill. Nowadays, it is part of the Richemontkoncernen (where a number of the world’s leading watch brands included), which means that you get the proper help in watch production of Jaeger-LeCoultre. A model that shares many traits with the classic Reverso is model Facet from Dunhill, who stands out with its faceted case (and a clever glass!). Overall, the range of interesting and innovative, and offers many different watches with British elegance and humor.
A company that builds both large and small clocks are Dent-and every London tourist have, without knowing it, reviewed the firm’s most famous timepiece. Which? Big Ben, of course. In a little less segment is also here the inspiration from ancient times strong and features of proud big watches are clear, as here in the model Parliament, which of course its design language from that clock tower…
Anyone who has the slightest interest in military watches have a hard time avoiding Cabot Watch Company, known by the acronym CWC. The company, founded in 1972, and thus in time the world is more or less an infant, have through their lifetime more or less exclusively manufactured watches for British armed forces all branches, and is known to have made the Deputy to the mythical Rolex “MilSub” for the Royal Navy’s divers. The bells are also available to the public through the dealer Silver mans and is rare affordable classic militärstuk hard-liners.
Last out are young Bremont, created as recently as 2007 by the flying brothers English (Yes, the name is actually so) as a brand of watches for rough work and mainly flying. The watches are specially designed and tested to withstand shock, vibration, magnetism, temperature extremes and more – and not least huge G-forces. Something that was proven in cooperation with Martin Baker who is the world’s largest manufacturer of ejection seats (and who by his own admission, rescued more than 7300 life). The pilots in distress protruded out of an airplane with one of the company’s ejection seats automatically becomes a member of (that right …) company “Martin Baker Tie Club” and honored with a tie and now also the option to buy it for Club members exclusive Bremont MB-in (below) on the back is engraved with the serial number on the Chair that saved the pilot’s life. For the rest of us, whose experiences at air force extends to a well-played VHS copy of “TOPGUN”, model MB-II which is just as nice…
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