• August 2015 Update

    It’s been some time since I’ve provided an update, but fear not I have been busy behind the scenes. First up I took my 3rd year BHI exams in May 2014, which also included the Drawing Clock/Watch Escapement exam that I had postponed from the 2nd year. The reason for the postponement was that I …

  • 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 …

  • British Watchmaking

    BRIEF HISTORY OF BRITISH WATCHMAKING Watchmaking is a British trade. Every major escapement design, and around three-quarters of the remaining innovations came from these shores. It can be said to have started with Thomas Tompion (1639-1713), often referred to as the father of English clockmaking. A student of Tompion, George Graham(1673-1751), made further innovations before …

  • 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 …