Harold Pinchbeck at the 2017 Race for Doggett's Coat & Badge.

Harold Pinchbeck at the 2017 Race for Doggett's Coat & Badge.

Tuesday (25th July) was a great day: the annual Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge! It’s been held on the Thames every year since 1715...

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

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

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.

Harold Pinchbeck at the City Invitational Cup Cricket match 2016

Harold Pinchbeck at the City Invitational Cup Cricket match 2016

We were honoured to be invited to this year's 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.

Harold Pinchbeck at the 2016 Race for Doggett's Coat and Badge

Harold Pinchbeck at the 2016 Race for Doggett's Coat and Badge

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.

A great day at The Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch

A great day at The Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch

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 the host, and H.R.H. Prince Harry was Royal guest of honour, so it was quite an occasion

Harold Pinchbeck and The Race for Doggett's Coat & Badge

Harold Pinchbeck and The Race for Doggett's Coat & Badge

This year was the 300th race of the famous and historic Race for Doggett's Coat & Badge, held every year for 300 years now on the Thames between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier, Chelsea. Up to six apprentice Watermen compete in this 4-mile race which passes under eleven bridges en route.

Harold Pinchbeck watches used in the 2015 'Smithwicks' advert.

The 2015 Smithwicks advert is a stylish display that shows us the start date of some very smart, stylish and classic things we most probably all know. The Flat Cap, Vinyl records , and Brogue shoes . . . so we were quite honored when they chose to use Harold Pinchbeck watches to represent classic understated style on the actor's wrists:

More testimonial letters in the post for Harold Pinchbeck watches.

There seems to be a growing trend of our customers sending written letters for their testimonials, which we think is great. We never ask for testimonials, but of course we are always very grateful when we receive them.

The handwritten testimonial - a nice way to say thank you!

Receiving feedback from customers is the best indicator of how we are doing, we never ask for it but are always very grateful to receive it, it lets us know we are providing the right kind of service and also that the customer is happy...the ultimate goal!

Harold Pinchbeck watch straps - A watch strap of choice...

Whether you call it a strap, a bracelet or a band, it's an essential part of your watch, both functionally and aesthetically. In fact, it's quite easy to refresh the look of your watch, just by fitting a different strap.

What makes a Harold Pinchbeck watch an English watch?

The English Watch resurgence is a positive thing I believe, countries being able to produce their own product so it can be purchased within that country, or exported, can only be a good thing I am sure, but this has created a buzz and maybe a bit of a bandwagon in the UK for the English watch industry. 

Bringing back the human touch!

The Industrial Revolution proved that machines can manufacture more cheaply, but the goods they made were still sold and served by humans. Today's mass produced goods are, increasingly, also served to us by machines!

A good indicator for great customer service

As an update to my last post 'Give a little, receive a lot', the very next day we received this very nice email testimonial from one of our recent customers, so I thought to post it on here to add more depth and credence to my writing.

Give a little, receive a lot.

Every week I get together with some people who I would consider good friends to train together in a Martial Art, I wont go into the details of the training, as this is just to set the scene slightly, but after the training we were having a discussion about the great camaraderie we have.

Designing a watch - It all starts with a sketch

At Harold Pinchbeck watches we design our own watches, we do not sub-contract this out to design companies or buy the manufacture and design in from large watch manufacturing facilities, like so many other companies do.

Harold Pinchbeck watchstraps - beautifully made by Tanner Bates

We always like to do things a little different and special at Harold Pinchbeck watches, if we can make something in a more genuine and organic way...we will. A watch being the sum of its parts, what really matters in our eyes is what the whole watch looks like, its overall style, design and quality is key.