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. We create, think out, design and build our watches from scratch.

Often it just starts with a sketch on paper, we have several new designs in the pipeline due for making and release in the near future, for these I just start with an inspired sketch on paper and then move to drawing the image on design software. This of course is just the very start point for the thought process of how the watch may then be built.

First pen sketch of the bespoke Keating watch

First pen sketch of the bespoke Keating watch


From these very first sketched out conceptual ideas, the next stage is to more clearly define the design by drawing it out as a vector graphic, to refine the details and test out different combinations of colour and finish:

Second render sketches.

Second render sketches.

After we were happy with these initial drawings, the next step is to start to turn this idea into a reality and work out how this very complex case could be produced, so these sketches are translated into a workable plan, this is a long process and of course is an entire story in itself!

From here there is a long process of refining and prototype manufacture, for this watch it was a year in the making, but after a long time, and a lot of hard work, the results I believe, are truly worth it. The beautifully finished prototype watch, from first concept to the finished item: