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Britain's best watch company entrepeneurs

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:05 pm
by Bahnstormer_vRS
Article on WatchPro.com today featuring Britain's best watch company entrepeneurs

"It was really the two world wars that robbed Britain of its historically leading role in watchmaking as industrial production shifted wholesale to Switzerland. But a passionate bunch of entrepreneurs is determined to keep designing, assembling and manufacturing watches here as Tom Mulraney discovered in pursuit of homegrown horological talent."

List comprising;-

Bremont
Elliot Brown
Christopher Ward
Farer
Garrick
Fears Watch Company
Larsson & Jennings
Struthers Watchmakers
Vertex
Weird Ape


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Re: Britain's best watch company entrepeneurs

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:20 am
by EddieTheBeast
It's a shame: 'Although headquartered in the UK, a lack of homegrown talent and know-how means most are forced to largely rely on manufacturing partners abroad to bring their ideas to life.' It would be good to see more 'British Made' instead of 'Swiss Made'.

I really like the look of the Vertex MP45 Monopusher.

Re: Britain's best watch company entrepeneurs

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:11 pm
by StrapMeister
Disappointed not to see Marloe or Pinion in the list - they certainly merit attention.

Re: Britain's best watch company entrepeneurs

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:39 pm
by biggus_richus
StrapMeister wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:11 pm
Disappointed not to see Marloe or Pinion in the list - they certainly merit attention.
I thought exactly the same, but thought it would just be me.

Vertex are certainly entrepreneurial if they can shift units at that price!

Re: Britain's best watch company entrepeneurs

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:00 pm
by Caller
There are other smaller independent brands going around their business in their own way, such as Schofield. I would place Pinion in the same category.

Worth pointing out that CW is proudly Anglo-Swiss, so British entrepreneurs - yes (mainly), but not British per se.

Re: Britain's best watch company entrepeneurs

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:01 pm
by nauf
Good info, thanks. Just knew other British brands. Love Farer watches for their designs and colour combinations.

Re: Britain's best watch company entrepeneurs

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:38 pm
by Amor Vincit Omnia
StrapMeister wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:11 pm
Disappointed not to see Marloe or Pinion in the list - they certainly merit attention.
Nor indeed Loomes or Pinchbeck.

It would seem that, despite his unusually erudite use of the vernacular, the author is not infallible.

Re: Britain's best watch company entrepeneurs

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:23 pm
by Oldhooky
Or AnOrdain.

Some are a bit more British than others. Made in Britain would be great, and possibly a collectors item in the future.