• Watch Anti-Shock Settings

    The balance wheel pivots are the thinnest in the watch, as they are the lowest torque. However they also carry what is often the heaviest wheel and so therefore are very vulnerable to break if the watch receives a shock. For pocket watches and clocks this was not a huge problem as they were generally …

  • Global Luxury Watch and UK Watch Repair Market

    I have put together this report to provide a brief overview of the state of the global luxury watch market, identify the popular brands and demonstrate the current size of the UK watch repair market. The Swiss luxury watch industry is extremely secretive and figures and data are never directly provided by the watchmaking brands …

  • Making my First Watch

    I have talked before about some watch designs that I’ve been thinking about for my first watch. See the article here. Originally I was going to make an ambitous regulator layout with retrograde hands, although once I calculated how much work was involved I decided to scale things down a little. Now I am satisfied …

  • BHI Practical Exam: Cock and Plate (Part 3)

    This is the final part of the series into the cock and plate exam that forms part of the BHI’s 2nd year exams. The 1st part is here where I do some planning, make the screw and the arbor, and the 2nd part is here where I make/mess up the plate. Under the new exams …