W.T Author

W.T. Author arrived just after I started this blog and some how I managed to miss them, which is a shame. Yes, they are another British watch brand producing a range of watches with largely quartz movements the Swiss made Ronda 513S Quartz . One model , The Black cushion 1929 does have a Citizen 9015 Automatic movement. They do offer a distinctive design direction.

W.T.Author 1905
W.T.Author 1905
W.T. Author Classic 1914
W.T. Author Classic 1914
W.T. Author Classic 1929
W.T. Author Classic 1929

 

The brand is the idea of Sam Holland & Jonathan Shakespeare. According to their website it all started in 2013.

“At 13:00 Friday 13th September 2013 we launched an independent watch brand, the likes of which had never been seen before; the result of countless meetings at local coffee houses under Birmingham’s prestigious School of Horology. Discussing our love of fine watches, it soon dawned on us exactly how our friendship and passion for design could be directed into manufacturing a collection of our very own that charts the history of watches.”

Starting with the Classic 1905 they plan to produce a new model a year for thirteen years, each to mark a decade of watchmaking. Each watch to be produced in a series limited t 125 pieces, the latest, the 1929, being limited to 100 pieces.

Their workshop is based in the Shropshire countryside where they receive each tailor-made component from every corner of the globe (from USA to South America, Asia to Switzerland and of course, Great Britain). They assemble each product and fit precision movements, tested above and beyond the usual quality standards. They make and fit each strap from beautiful Buffalo hides onto the watch, where it will sit in the packaging with the signed book and limited edition screen print.

To read the considerably longer explanation of the two men’s philosophy and for more details of the watch specifications go to

https://wtauthor.com

 

Farer

Before starting this post I had a couple of doubts:

  • Have I already written about them ?
  • Should I include these watches in my British watch brands ?

In answer to my first question, I couldn’t find any previous piece. The problem was the story seems pretty familiar. British designed quartz watches assembled in Switzerland. I decided that in the end this is not very different from Christopher ward that I mention quiet frequently. So here we go.

https://www.farer.com/collections/watches/products/barnato
The New British brands Farer Banarto

Farer was launched in 2015 with the mission: to create quality timepieces that stand out from the ordinary. Designed in detail in Piccadilly, London and handmade without compromise in Geneva, Switzerland. The range of seven watches are all driven by a Swiss Made ETA 955.102 movement with second hand.

You can find the full range at  https://www.farer.com

 

Pinion – Yamaha motorcycle

This is a rare opportunity to post about two things that occupy the most of my online attention. Watches and motorbikes, I am also quiet interested in Japanese denim but that’s for another time.

During the last Apex evening Piers Berry did mention there was a “Pinion Motorcycle ” in arrival. In collaboration with Yamaha Europe, they are working on a customised XSR700.

Shun Miyazawa - Yamaha
Shun Miyazawa – Yamaha

Shun Miyazawa is the Product Manager at Yamaha Europe and the man behind ‘Yamaha Yard Built’ motorcycles. Shun wears the Pinion X Iron Heart Watch 01 – And last year we were delighted to produce a very limited run of these watches with a special ‘Yard Built’ engraved case back.

I am really looking forward to see what the result looks like.

Struthers of London

One company that has remained on my “to investigate” list is Struthers of London, because they produce some beautiful looking watches built around vintage movements. The arrival of the Kingsley gives me the excuse to write about them

http://www.struthers-london.co.uk/the-kingsley
The Kingsley – Strutters London

The Kingsley is the second watch in their Tailor-Made range which gives customers the opportunity to specify their watch from a list of options.

Specifications

· Movement – Manual-wind recommissioned vintage Omega from the 1950s, rescued from the bullion industry and stripped back to basics. Refinements include traditional hand engraved acanthus leaf scrolling, additional jewelling and precision regulation.

· Case – 38mm and available in sterling silver, 18ct gold or platinum. The solid case back is hinged and opens to reveal the hallmarks and movement beneath a crystal back.

· Dial – Pictured in French matt white but available in a range of colours, the numerals are available in rose and yellow gold or silver leaf.

· Strap – A wide range of leathers and colours are available, please contact us for details.

· Presentation – This watch is presented in a case hand-made in Scotland by award-winning bespoke designers and cabinetmakers Method, along with a unique build book photo documenting the creation of the watch.

Every watch is hand-built to order, a process which takes 3-4 months.

Prices start at £16,250 (inc. VAT)

To find out more and to see their other watches visit

http://www.struthers-london.co.uk

Brent Adventurer’s Evening

As I enjoyed the last event so much I popped along for my second Bremont Adventurer’s evening. The adventurer for the evening was Alex Gregory the the Olympic rower.

Alex Gregory Olympic Rower
Alex Gregory Olympic Rower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I cannot claim to have been a keen follower of rowing, so I came with no idea of what to expect. Alex gave a really inspiring talk, such that I found myself taking notes thinking there were many nuggets of wisdom to retell to my children. Then something guaranteed to make sports mad boys really jealous, I got to hold his 2012 Gold medal !

Alex Gregory's 2012 Olympic Gold medal
Alex Gregory’s 2012 Olympic Gold medal.

Having seen seen all the newly announced Bremont models on my previous visit there was less to look out for this time. I did however manage to get a couple of questions to the staff. The key one being, how many of the Bremont cases are actually made the Siverstone facility, well apparently it is 100%.

As before a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Thank you.

Christopher Ward – rebranding

This week Christopher Ward with the arrival of new versions of their revised C65 model, showed their new bolder logo on the watch faces.

https://www.christopherward.co.uk/collections/retro-collection
Christopher Ward C65 with new branding

As you can see gone is the somewhat cryptic “Chr.Ward-London” in the traditional position in the centre of the upper half of the face. This has been replaced by “christopher ward” all lower case place very unusually on the left side. Here the name is much more evident. This bold position certainly demonstrates a new pride in the  name, less homage more their own watches.

Personally, I preferred the old design. I liked the old-world look of the Chr. abbreviation. It will be interesting to see what watch buyers think.

Pinion Apex Meeting

I am finally catching up with my recent watch events. I was fortunate enough to attend my third Pinion Apex event in the Century Club in London. For those of you not familiar with these events, there a great opportunity to chat directly with Piers Berry the founder of Pinion Watches.

The big news of these event was the opportunity to see the latest Pure Pro range.

https://pinionwatches.com/pure/
Pinion Axis Pure Pro range

From talking to Piers these are the watches that best express what

Pinion is all about, robust time only manual watches in straight three straight forward versions. Steel, Black DLC and Bronze which has defined Pinion on Google search for some time.

These evenings are really enjoyable. If you are interested in Pinion watches or just interested in hearing what someone who really works at the “coalface” of the British watch business I thoroughly recommend you try to get along for the next one.