Recommended Reading Roger Smith Talks About His First Production Watch
When I consider Roger Smith, I consider uncompromising respect for the subtleties, a close virtuosic specialized dominance, and an immediate connect to the incomparable George Daniels.
In a new post to his site, Smith discusses his absolute first creation watch, the rectangular, unnumbered Series 1, which the watchmaker made in 2001.
Smith is displaying the Series 1 in Geneva from May ninth to 12th at Independents’ Day, a non-selling presentation of autonomous watchmaking corresponding with the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction: Nine at the Hôtel La Réserve. The model that Smith is showing will be sold soon by his absolute first collector.
Around the time Smith commenced work on the Series 1, he and his renowned guide Daniels had been talking about what “living day to day after Daniels” may look like for the youthful disciple. Smith delivers his choice to make his first solo horological work a wristwatch as opposed to a pocket watch just as his longing to set up a methodology that was unmistakable from that of Daniels. With the first Series 1, Smith in reality set up his own way of creating dials from different components, as opposed to Daniels’ favored strategy for making them from a solitary component.
In the post, Smith likewise talks about how his underlying arrangement was to construct his watch around a Swiss development that he had purchased, however the idea didn’t agree with him, and eventually, he chose to plan completely new development plates for the Series 1.
“When I hold this Series 1, it is with a staggering feeling of appreciation that I tuned in to my gut,” Smith says. “This watch truly possesses a legitimate spot as the initial move towards all that has come since. On the off chance that I’d stayed with that unique development, at any rate it would have been something of a bogus beginning for my studio; or, in the event that I’d been glad to utilize a purchased in development, I may have ended up being a totally extraordinary kind of watchmaker.”
Check out the full article on rwsmithwatch.com .
You can likewise get a direct look inside Smith’s workshop from our 2016 visit to the Isle of Man here ; and you can re-watch Smith’s Talking Watches scene here .