The lone producer of completely British watches and movements, Roger W. Smith has a mission: taking the traditions of British watchmaking into what’s to come.
A disciple of incredible watchmaker George Daniels , Roger W. Smith continues to make fine timepieces holding fast to the philosophy of his tutor, or to the so-called “Daniels Method” expecting him to design and make each watch completely without anyone else.
Since his first Series 1 watch in 2001, the British watchmaker based in the Isle of Man has delivered just 80 pieces accomplishing a significant milestone in 2010 with the production of a single-wheel version of George Daniels’ co-pivotal escapement.
Throughout the following years, he continued working on this escapement to carry further improvements to timekeeping. Understanding that the new, improved escapement would not find a way into the existing Series 2 development, he chose to design a completely new mechanism that could house it.
The resulting Series 1, 2, 3 and 4 watches – presented today at Salon QP (12-14 November) in type of prototypes – represent a significant step for his image as well as additional when all is said in done for Great Britain as a resurgent focus of greatness for watchmaking.
As Roger Smith explains, all the new pieces are based around the same train of wheels, new escapement, winding and hand-set mechanisms, however with each watch having its own individual base plate to house its specific complication.
The case design has also been reviewed with a breadth of 40 mm for the for the Series 1, 2 and 3 pieces and 41 mm for the Series 4 to house the extensive schedule complication.
All in-house movements are physically wound.
Series 1 is a period just wristwatch displaying hours, minutes and seconds.
Series 2 also displays hours, minutes, and seconds with the expansion of a power reserve pointer.
Series 3 displaying hours, minutes, seconds and a retrograde date complication straightforwardly inspired to the first Series 1 made in 2001.
The most momentous creation is without doubts the new Series 4, an instantaneous triple-schedule wristwatch which, despite the numerous data to display, maintains a really fantastic intelligibility thanks to a split dial and an ingenious voyaging date opening which solves the possible issue of a hand obscuring the day and month indications.
The bigger cased Series 4 displays hours, minutes, seconds with date, day, month and phase-of-moon.
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