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By Jason Garth Edwards, Apr 22 2017 08:25PM

'Oxford Today' is The Universiry of Oxford's magazine, distributed to their 200,000+ alumni body and is produced in a range of formats.

Dr Richard Lofthouse, Editor of Oxford Today, came to visit with us over lunch to ask us a few questions and chat about our history, watches, and business. We had a very pleasant afternoon and chat over coffee.

You can read his fascinating and pleasant article 'Ode to a watch, a motorbike and Lawrence of Arabia' in Oxford Today magazine here:


By Jason Garth Edwards, Apr 8 2017 06:01PM

The tenth annual Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch took place on Thursday 6th April 2017. The Lunch, in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, has raised more £1.5 million since its launch in 2007 and attracts some of the leading figures in Government and the City.

This year saw HRH The Duke of York as its Guest of Honour. The Lunch was hosted by the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, who was accompanied by Alderman and Sheriff Peter Estlin and Alderman and Sheriff William Russell.

Harold Pinchbeck were again proud to be guests and sponsors of this great event:

Harold Pinchbeck at the 2017 Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch
Harold Pinchbeck at the 2017 Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch

The event is held at Guildhall London, home to the City of London Corporation. The day starts with lots of friendly chat, drinks, and silent auctions in the Old Library, a spacious room - once filled with a collection of over 40,000 volumes and manuscripts.

At your appointed time, you make your way into the Great Hall for the Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch...a fantastic and very tasty traditional curry lunch.

A great day was had by all at this wonderful event, and of course, more importantly, the proceeds of the day go to a very worthwhile cause!

Harold Pinchbeck are very proud to be associated with the Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch, and intend to make this an annual event for our calendar!

Harold Pinchbeck watches sponsors the 2017 Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch
Harold Pinchbeck watches sponsors the 2017 Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch

By Jason Garth Edwards, Nov 30 2016 02:31PM

We were honoured to be invited to this years City Invitational Cup in September. The City Invitational Cup is a special charity Twenty20 cricket match & gala dinner at the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) in London.

Proceeds from this wonderful event go towards the HAC1537 Partnership – a charitable partnership between the Honourable Artillery Company and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, to provide a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families in times of need.

Special guests included cricket legends Mark Ramprakash, Matthew Hoggard, Paul Nixon and Chris Read.

A wonderful afternoon was had by all and all in the name of a great and worthy cause. Harold Pinchbeck were proud to be part of this wonderful event and to support such a worthwhile charity.

By Jason Garth Edwards, Oct 10 2016 07:34PM

It’s always interesting to collaborate with a customer to create a bespoke watch, so it’s twice as interesting to work with a couple on a ‘his and hers’ pair of timepieces. That’s exactly what we did with Brian and Terry, from Cleveland, who recently celebrated their Ruby Wedding Anniversary, and who commissioned two very special watches as part of their celebrations.

Interestingly, and rather nicely, they didn’t go for watches which were identical except for size. Brian chose a personalised Christopher, with a special, traditional dial design in ruby red on a cream background. Terry opted for a mid-sized (36mm) watch; her dial was similar to our classic design, although the ruby red figuring was applied to a mother-of-pearl base. The back of her watch has an exhibition crystal showing a motif based on the famous Bishop’s Eye rose window of Lincoln Cathedral. Both watches are engraved with the date of their Ruby Anniversary. The result: a pair of watches which, although different from each other in many respects, are united through their shared features.

The whole process, from our initial meeting to delivery, took about five months. It was wonderful to receive Brian and Terry’s email when they opened the packages:

“We have received our watches, and cannot thank you enough; the attention to detail, and courtesy shown to us throughout our experience has made these watches something to treasure for many years to come. Once again thank you to you and your staff.”

By Jason Garth Edwards, Aug 19 2016 11:40AM

The Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge has become a much-anticipated fixture in our annual calendar, and we were delighted to be in London for this year’s race on 20th July. Despite it being the world’s oldest continually-held sporting event, having been held every year since 1715, it’s not as well-known as it should be, although its popularity is growing. It’s a single-scull rowing race, held on the Thames between London Bridge and Chelsea, the competitors being apprentice Watermen of the Thames. Spectators line the riverbanks at various points on the route. As the name suggests, the winner is awarded a magnificent red coat, with a huge silver badge on the sleeve. There’s now a supplementary prize in the form of a specially made Harold Pinchbeck watch – part of our limited edition Lambeth Reach.

We’re proud to be the Official Watchmaker to the Race, and to present this watch each year. The 2016 winner was 24-year-old Benjamin Folkard, from Medway. Steeped in tradition, and reflecting the colourful history of the Thames, the Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge is organised by the Fishmongers’ Company.

Paul Pinchbeck with race winner Benjamin Folkard and Sir Steve Redgrave.
Paul Pinchbeck with race winner Benjamin Folkard and Sir Steve Redgrave.

See our website for more information about these limited edition watches. With a more traditional dial than our other watches they are collectable classics with a subtle link to a fascinating byway of English history!

Regretfully, we are having to increase the price of our watches from Thursday 1st September. Increased costs, and the need to maintain a high standard of service, make this necessary – so, if you’re considering a purchase, now’s the time to beat the price rise!

New prices from 1st September 2016:

William: £479 (£80 supplement for Tanner Bates strap)

Florence: £479

Edward: £649

George: £1,399

Christopher: from £3,699

By Jason Garth Edwards, Apr 27 2016 03:53PM

Earlier this month our team were guests at a special event at London’s prestigious Guildhall. The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch is held annually in support of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, and as well as successfully raising money, it’s become something of a City tradition. The Lord Mayor was host, and H.R.H. Prince Harry was Royal guest of honour, so it was quite an occasion.

The Royal Guest of Honour – HRH Prince Henry of Wales
The Royal Guest of Honour – HRH Prince Henry of Wales

It was a splendid day and an enjoyable lunch, in aid of a most worthwhile cause. We were invited because we had donated a ‘his and hers’ pair of watches to help raise funds. These were one of two prizes in the ‘cocktail bar’ draw, the other prize having been donated by Susannah Lovis, jewellers of Burlington Arcade. We’re looking forward to continuing our association with, and support for, the Soldier’s Charity in the years to come.

Robert and Jason presenting the Winners watches
Robert and Jason presenting the Winners watches

Paul Pinchbeck at the Big Curry Lunch
Paul Pinchbeck at the Big Curry Lunch

I’m pleased to say that the William watch is again available to order; in fact, it has been upgraded by the inclusion of a sapphire glass, which offers better scratch resistance than the previous mineral glass. This means that all Harold Pinchbeck watches are now fitted with a sapphire glass, as we seek continually to improve our offerings.

By Jason Garth Edwards, Apr 6 2016 03:12PM

This Thursday, 7th April, we will be guests at The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch at Guildhall, London.

We’re proud to be supporting this worthwhile event, which is held annually to raise funds tor ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, and the Guest of Honour this year will be H.R.H. Prince Henry of Wales. It’s an excellent cause, and we are donating a pair of Harold Pinchbeck watches as prizes for the draw at the lunch.

It promises to be an enjoyable day, and we’ll be posting full details soon.

By Jason Garth Edwards, Mar 2 2016 02:05PM

I'm reading Peter Ackroyd's 'London: the biography'. It's a substantial tome, deeply packed with 79 absorbing chapters describing the city's history in very human terms. Chapter 51, 'Where is the well of Clerkenwell?' explains how that area of central London was famous for many reasons over the centuries. Horology was one of its more reputable activities. At the end of the 18th Century almost half the parish - some seven thousand artisans - were involved in making 120,000 watches per year. As Ackroyd tells, Christopher Pinchbeck I lived and worked there until 1721, and today there are plaques commemorating him and seven other clockmakers at Watchmakers' Court, 33 St John's Lane.

Clerkenwell may have been a capital of watchmaking, but watches and clocks were, of course, also being made in many other parts of the city and country.

It's fascinating to think about this hive of industry. Who bought all these watches - and what has happened to them, because only small numbers survive? Of course, each part of every watch was made by hand. Even today, this work is painstaking and eyestraining, so imagine how difficult it was before the invention of electric, or even gas, lighting.

Contrast this ancient industry with the situation today, with a much greater population and fairly universal ownership of watches. Yet there are, perhaps, just a dozen or so watchmaking businesses in the whole of Britain.

It's certainly food for thought.

By Jason Garth Edwards, Feb 22 2016 03:17PM

The Race for Doggett's Coat & Badge sponsored by Harold Pinchbeck.
The Race for Doggett's Coat & Badge sponsored by Harold Pinchbeck.

The Chelsea Reach is a superb bespoke watch: a distinguished addition to our collection.

It’s a 40mm automatic watch, made in stainless steel with 18 carat gold embellishments.

Along with the Lambeth Reach it is part of our first limited edition of watches, which alone makes it rather special! Only 25 Chelsea Reaches will be made, all to individual order. Each one will be individually numbered and certified, with your own choice of engraving on the gold disc inset in the case back. A gold chapter ring between the glass and the dial will be minutely hand-engraved with details of the Race. All this makes it a serious collector’s piece, as well as being completely practical. The movement is a superb Swiss made automatic, and your choice of Tanner Bates handmade leather strap completes the ensemble. It’s presented in a beautiful wooden box with an individually engraved brass plaque. You can choose your own watch’s number, subject to availability.

The Chelsea Reach watch by Harold Pinchbeck
The Chelsea Reach watch by Harold Pinchbeck

We have created the Chelsea Reach to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge. This rowing race, held on the Thames since 1715, is the world’s oldest continually-held sporting event. It’s one of the City of London’s best-kept secrets, although everyone is welcome to spectate (this year’s race is on July 20th*).

The Chelsea Reach limited edition watch by Harold Pinchbeck
The Chelsea Reach limited edition watch by Harold Pinchbeck

Perhaps more restrained in its appearance than the Lambeth Reach, and even more exclusive, it’s a classically elegant English design. Whether or not you have rowing or City interests, the Chelsea Reach is the perfect accessory on your wrist!

The Cheslea Reach limited edition watch by Harold Pinchbeck
The Cheslea Reach limited edition watch by Harold Pinchbeck

Exclusivity is guaranteed, as no more than 25 Chelsea Reach watches will ever be made. The limited edition of 300 will be completed by 270 Lambeth Reaches, and 5 King’s Reaches, and there’s more about these on our website.

Chelsea Reach: £5,995.00


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