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We Made It: Watchmaker Roger W Smith | reviews, news & interviews

We Made It: Watchmaker Roger W Smith

We Made It: Watchmaker Roger W Smith

The world-leading horologist keeping British watchmaking alive, crafting exquisite timepieces by hand

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Long before the Swiss came to dominate the watchmaking world, British horologists were leading the way, grappling with miniscule screws and the vagaries of time. In the eyes of many collectors and aficionados they still are, thanks to Roger Smith, who spurns quartz crystals and mass production techniques to produce exquisitely crafted mechanical timepieces almost completely by hand.

Long before the Swiss came to dominate the watchmaking world, British horologists were leading the way, grappling with miniscule screws and the vagaries of time. In the eyes of many collectors and aficionados they still are, thanks to Roger Smith, who spurns quartz crystals and mass production techniques to produce exquisitely crafted mechanical timepieces almost completely by hand. He joins theartsdesk from his studio on the Isle of Man to discuss “retrograde date complications", six-figure price-tags, and being named Best British Luxury Craftsman at this year’s Walpole Awards. Read the article on the Bruichladdich website.

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