watchmaking

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.

On the bench - the Harold Pinchbeck Christopher watch

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.

Building watches to last

Looking in jewellers' windows, I am often struck by the glittering, flashy appearance of the watches and other goods on display. Carefully arranged, and lit with the latest technology, they are shown at their brand new, most seductive best - in much the same way as clothes and cars.

Does the watch you are buying still have a genuine history or is it second hand?

When we are buying products these days, it is vital to know the background of the product. This is especially true in the case of luxury watches or timepieces. Many English watches have roots that go back centuries, literally. But is that history still evident in the current product or is it simply a "selling point"?

Are you paying your watchmaker for craftsmanship or advertising?

It is a very nice feeling when the day has arrived where the bills are all paid, you've got some money in the bank, your investments are working for you, your family is happy, and it just seems like it's time to splurge a little bit on yourself.

Is a wristwatch a practical tool or a work of art?

For those that care about having both an accurate timepiece and a piece of jewellery that makes a statement, these individuals are regularly pleased when the words "Those are beautiful luxury watches!" are directed their way.