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the eclecticum

published:
2020-11-30

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Roger W. Smith, snapshot, watches, watchmakers

“Guy´s Eclectic Choice of The Week”: Roger W Smith – ´Great Britain`

Photographer Guy Lucas de Peslouan shares his images and thoughts on the Roger W Smiths ´Great Britain` and we ´the eclecticum` added some context

Photographer Guy Lucas de Peslouan shares his images and thoughts on the Roger W. Smiths ´Great Britain` and we ´the eclecticum` added some context

A few thoughts by Guy:

Why this watch?

Roger W. Smith was being appointed an ambassador of the GREAT Britain campaign. So, he decided to create a unique piece to celebrate British innovation and technology around the world.


Photographer Guy Lucas de Peslouan shares his images and thoughts on the Roger W. Smiths ´Great Britain` and we ´the eclecticum` added some context

Based on his Series 2 watch, he presents with this watch, one of the most complex dials ever made by hand, (34 parts), and a movement which is one of a kind. The dial featuring an off-centre union flag, using different guilloché patterns.


Photographer Guy Lucas de Peslouan shares his images and thoughts on the Roger W. Smiths ´Great Britain` and we ´the eclecticum` added some context

With this watch, Roger W. Smith, reveals not just his approach to watchmaking, but what he believes is a new peak in British watchmaking tradition – recalling the glorious past some two to three hundred years ago, that is carried through the architecture of the dial, the movement and the use of a raised barrel bridge.


Additional context by the eclecticum:


“´THE GREAT BRITAIN´ – a unique piece on loan to the British Government.”

“Being invited by the Prime Minister to become an ambassador for the GREAT Britain campaign was one the highlights of my career …”

“… a watch which would say ´this is what Britain can do`”

Those are quotes from Roger´s official homepage. The honour awarded to Roger Smith is immense, the statements however not to our taste – at least parts of it, which sound almost comical given current state of affairs. It smells too much driven by (current!) ´politics´ instead by the pure passion for artisanal crafts in general and fine English watchmaking details in specific which we certainly would prefer.

The man itself is a real (English) gentleman which we had the pleasure to meet for the first time during a ´European PuristS GTG` eleven years ago.

Photographer Guy Lucas de Peslouan shares his images and thoughts on the Roger W. Smiths ´Great Britain` and we ´the eclecticum` added some context

It was in the ´private room` of the oldest Pub in London/England and the atmosphere was perfect – with fun, class, and passion for fine watchmaking. On Roger´s wrist there was an Omega … and one could easily feel his serious love for watches and sharing passion in general.

Photographer Guy Lucas de Peslouan shares his images and thoughts on the Roger W. Smiths ´Great Britain` and we ´the eclecticum` added some context

Photographer Guy Lucas de Peslouan shares his images and thoughts on the Roger W. Smiths ´Great Britain` and we ´the eclecticum` added some context

Photographer Guy Lucas de Peslouan shares his images and thoughts on the Roger W. Smiths ´Great Britain` and we ´the eclecticum` added some context


Conclusion: The watch – this one is stunning to the detail and we love every bit of it. Kudos, great job!


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2020-11-30

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Roger W. Smith, snapshot, watches, watchmakers

“Guy´s Eclectic Choice of The Week”: Roger W Smith – ´Great Britain`

Photographer Guy Lucas de Peslouan shares his images and thoughts on the Roger W Smiths ´Great Britain` and we ´the eclecticum` added some context


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