British Watchmaking & the Longitude Act  0 Comments


The plenary session at Tempus that I moderated was to be a panel discussion of the state of British Horology with the great achievement of John Harrison who solved the longitude navigation problem.

I attach here our combined slides but much of our conversation during the session is not represented here. Both Roger Smith and McGonigle's current work as independents are getting international acclaim and following - esp. many of their pieces are being ordered from overseas in particular Asia and North America.

It is unfortunate that over the few hundred years since John Harrison that the grand watch making industry in Britain has come down to a mere handful of independents but there appears to be a possible revival through new houses such as Dent - a resurrected brand that will soon make its mark with its launch. I managed to see a prototype on the wrist of a British watch journalist and it looks like the face of Big Ben with a slate grey matt case. Lets hope the revival will bring good fortune for all in the British watch industry.

For those interested in reading the powerpoint file on the Longitude Act achievements, CLICK HERE.



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