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, making it the oldest such event in the world; many say it’s one of London’s best-kept secrets. Harold Pinchbeck have the honour of being Official watchmakers to the Race.
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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
Yesterday I took part in a watch consultation with a customer and their spouse who had requested we meet with them and consult on their watch purchase of a bespoke Harold Pinchbeck 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.
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!
My Grandfather, Harold Pinchbeck, was one of the very many who saw action in the trenches in France: he was part of the first wave to enlist, leaving his watchmaking work in Hull in 1914, and returning to it after the war.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a Harold Pinchbeck Christopher automatic watch on the workbench, this is where it all finally comes together to produce a very special bespoke watch. After many weeks of work, all the carefully crafted parts are finally brought together on the workbench, under the meticulous care of a highly skilled watchmaker.