We wouldn't be surprised if you have by no means heard of R.W. Smith. This softspoken, mainly selftaught horological rock star does not make that numerous watches, and he definitely does not make them for just anybody.Actually, Roger makes only about 12 watches per year. You are reading that correct; 12 watches per year. When Roger Smith was only 18 years old, 1 year prior to he would graduate from the Manchester School of Watchmaking, he approached a living legend, George Daniels (aka the man who invented the coaxial escapement) having a pocket watch he had crafted himself.
It contained a tourbillon that he created. Daniels was impressed, but told him to go house and attempt once more.Eight years later, Smith reapproached Daniels, this time having a new oneminute tourbillon pocket watch. Daniels was impressed, and invited Smith to join him in his studio on the Isle of Mann. To this day, Smith functions alongside the elder Daniels, and now produces watches below the R.W. Smith nomenclature.It's these watches, mainly Smith's Series two line, which have earned him the title of “Horological Virtuoso,"being featured alongside eleven in the other greatest living watchmakers in Elizabeth Doerr's Basel 2010 release “Twelve Faces of Time".Lately, we had the chance to meet with Roger Smith whilst on a US tour. We got to deal with two of his watches, and let us just say…wow.It's Smith's conventional take on watchmaking that has produced him sought following by a few of the world's most significant collectors. His watches are traditionally British, and frequently take the type of what numerous would describe as Pocketwatchlike.
Smith has created only 35 Series two watches to date, and he's been creating them for coming up on 3 years. The craftsmanship and care that goes into Smith's Series two watches is absolutely nothing brief of extraordinary. Take a appear in the video beneath to determine Smith clarify:On leading of Series two, which have becomes Smith's calling card, he will occasionally accept oneoff bespoke commission orders. Smith occurred to have 1 such commission with him when we met; a grand date flying tourbillon. This sophisticated piece is among the most impressive pieces of handmade haute horology we've come across. The engraving on the dial, the grand date complication (created by Smith himself) and obviously, the robust flying tourbillon make this watch absolutely nothing brief of a accurate sleeper. Towards the layman, this watch might not appear like a lot (the tourbillon isn't visible from the front), but think us when we let you know this, in the event you ever see somebody wearing an R.W. Smith that looks like this, that man knows his watches. This specific piece took Smith more than 3 years to total. Bespoke pieces from Smith range in between £100,000 and £300,000.Roger Smith's watches are an extraordinary example of handmade haute horology. Within the spirit of John Harrison,, Smith's watches, even though definitely appreciated and wearable these days, may be serviced and repaired just as effortlessly these days as they could've been two hundred years ago, and just as effortlessly as they'll be hundreds of years from now. These are really individual creations, the likes of which you merely do not see any longer.Click right here to become taken to R.W. Smith's official webpage.