In the 19th century it was British not Swiss watchmakers who were considered the best in the world. Today, a new generation of British watch brands are producing some of the world’s most exquisite timepieces.
Here are some of our favourites:
Founded in 2002 by Nick and Giles English, Bremont specialise in aviation watches made to the highest COSC certification. This award-winning company hand makes all of its watches in Henley On Thames.
Few global watch brands can say they operate out of a bucolic village in the West Sussex countryside. And even fewer watchmakers can also boast ‘ukulele maker’ on their CV. However, such is the visionary nature of Giles Ellis’s pioneering watch brand, Schofield, that the horological rule book is being quietly re-written, from a leafy corner of the English countryside.
A 45 year veteran of the watchmaking business, Peter Roberts qualified as a fellow of the British Horological Society in the early 70s. His Concentrique Grand Complication 5 is the world’s first wristwatch with 5 hands from the centre, and released this year in a limited edition of 40.
Sekford watches is named after the Clerkenwell street that was once one of the most important watchmaking hubs in the world. Sekford wristwatches take their design inspiration from pocket watches, particularly the use of whitespace and elegant fonts.
Founded in 2009 by Patrik Bek and Oliver Fowles, Uniform Wares watches are distinguished by their rigorously minimalist aesthetic. Every watch is designed in their London Studio and workshop.
Founded in 2011 by Mark Daniel, Valour watches take their design cues from the aviation chronometers, dials and medals of WWI and WWII. All watches are made in Britain using high quality parts and movements imported from Switzerland.