A posting on Instagram today reminded me of news that has been trickling out about an in house movement from the British watch makers Struthers. The husband and wife team of Craig and Rebecca Struthers have years of experience of vintage and antique watch restoration are now taking the next step and developing their own movement inspired by 1930’s engineering.
The picture (below) that appeared ion Instagram is of a back plate in German silver. The movement should be ready by the end of this year and in a watch in two yearThe picture (below) that appeared ion Instagram is of a back plate in German silver. The movement should be ready by the end of this year and in a watch in two years.
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.
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
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
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.
· 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
Britain has a long history and a worldwide reputation for bespoke luxury items. This fact has been acknowledged in a recent article in QP Magazine on bespoke watches. The article starts off with the usual raft of famous names but then goes on to give some coverage to Garrick and Struthers; well worth a read if you are looking for a special treat.
This has been a pretty exciting week from a watch point of view given all the new watch announcements. One company worth a mention, despite them not being British, is Tudor. I am particularly taken by their Black Bay in bronze which I like to believe is following the lead of Pinion and Schofield in the use of this material.
Anyway moving onto the news in the title of this entry, Bremont and their new models. At the watch fair they announced no fewer than 10 new watches.
Four of which coming from their involvement in the Americas Cup and collaboration with Boing.
On the left is the AC-R in steel and the right the OTUSA.
Bremont also have three new watches for women. Based on the 32mm case below.
The latest newsletter from Pinion, that arrived this morning, announced that the Axis II range now consists of a choice of three cases, Steel, Bronze and Black DLC. Each being available either with a closed or exhibition back. One interesting “Pinion Fact” is that emerged from reading about these watches was that the Bronze Axis was the first bronze watch from a modern British company.
On one of my browsing sessions I came across another British “micro-brand” that has escaped my notice up until now. Offshore Professionalb from Classic Chronographs Ltd whose stated aim is to build unique chronographs under the OFFSHORE Professional model name.
These are the broad specifications:
44 mm diameter (47.5 mm incl crown), 14.5 mm thick
Custom made triple complication 25 jewel Swiss Valjoux automatic movement with anti-magnetic key components
Movement manufactured to a customised top echelon grade with decorated and rhodium plated mainplates
Day and Date display
Hour, minute and 1/8 second chronograph
Layered shock resistance
Pressure rated to 10 ATM (300 ft water depth)
Suitable for any climate (tested in the arctic, tropics & middle east)
4 layer dial designed for maximum low-light and harsh-light visibility
C1 Super Luminova solid wafers in hour and minute hand
C3 Super Luminova hour markers on dial
No luminous markings on subdial or second hands for clear night time legibility of hour and minute hands
Silicon impregnated leather strap with rubber core and neoprene anti-sweat lining
316L stainless steel multi-hinge deployment clasp with engraved Trident logo
316L stainless steel bracelet with Trident logo deep engraved into a butterfly clasp
Both the bracelet and strap are included with each watch
Leather travel case suitable for up to 2 watches
2 year Warranty & a Lifetime Guarantee
There is a great description of this limits of this guarantee :
There isn’t much in day-to-day life that will destroy one of these watches. If you break a crown, button, sapphire crystal, damage the movement or do anything else from any reasonable level of accident (dropping onto a tiled floor for instance) over the first 2 years of ownership then just send it back and it will be repaired or replaced. Same goes for any water ingress provided you promise you didn’t push the chronograph buttons when swimming.
The warranty extends to the strap, clasp and bracelet. You can swim or shower with the leather strap as it is silicon impregnated to be more waterproof than your skin, but please remember not to apply any mosquito repellents containing high levels of DEET as they will dissolve the neoprene lining and leave a black stain on your wrist.
If you manage to break an OFFSHORE Professional Field Engineer through something not covered by the Warranty, like running over it with a car, then I will replace it at half the price of a new one. This is a lifetime guarantee (my lifetime as I don’t want to pass any liabilities onto my children) regardless of abuse, lack of servicing or number of owners. Failure analysis is a important part of engineering and from a dent or damage size, I can back calculate the impact energy that caused it and the energy levels that were absorbed or transmitted through each of the shock absorbing layers.