Every watch tells a story, what will yours be?
A watch is a timekeeper, and in this day and age of smart tech, it's also a personal statement. It is a form of fashionable decoration that also has a function. And for the wearer, it is a far more discreet and convenient way to check the time than looking at a bright screen, particularly if you are on a first date or in an important meeting.
Looking back in history, watches with their tiny, delicate mechanical workings, evolved from the larger European clocks of the 1400s that were portable thanks to being spring-driven. Originally, before the familiar wristwatch appeared, innovative European timepieces were decorative. They were carried in the hand and held in a pocket, or worn around the neck. Pendant-style watches were known as taschenuhr in Germany, or ‘clock-watches’, and they were the invention of Peter Henlein of Nuremberg in 1510. Thus earning his title as the father of the clock-making industry.
Few stories are better in horology than the challenge of finding one's latitude while navigating the worlds oceans. The perils of navigation without an accurate form of navigation were so great the British Parliament offered a reward of £20,000 (almost £3,000,000 today) for anyone that could find a solution to this issue. Harrison, a self-educated English carpenter and clockmaker won this prize by designing a clock that could keep time so accurately that with the use of sextants and celestrial bodies, latitude could be deduced whilst crossing oceans, aiding the safe passage of vessels the worlds over and saving many a sea-farers life. Harrisons sea clocks were huge in comparison to a device that could be worn or carried on one's person, it was only when Harrison moved to London in the 1750’s that he discovered the watches made by Thomas Mudge, watches that were keeping time just as accurately as his far larger sea clocks, Harrison set to work, alongside the famous watchmaker John Jefferys to create Harrison’s first “Sea Watch” - the H4, a breakthrough in accurate timekeeping with self-wind watches and a huge win for British Horology.
To this day, a vintage timepiece is also often a much-loved family heirloom. Both an artefact representing the history of your heritage, and also a symbol of how treasured that shared history is to a family. Whether you are considering watches for men or women’s watches, an heirloom should tell a story, and be evocative of the past. Something that people can hold and use, knowing that generations before them have done the same, every vintage timepiece starts of as a new watch and the culmination of one very exciting decision at time of purchase.
Express your own personal style by investing in a watch that has a story of its own already. Alongside Anglo-Swiss watch industry experts, Burlingham timepieces have been intricately designed by British designers Geoff and Henry right here in London. Basing their inspiration on such British classics as tweed and gold sovereigns, each watch has its own bespoke design and feel.
So indeed, it looks as though we have come full circle through fashion to function to fashion again. Now there is no greater reason to wear a watch than for the pure luxury of making a fashion statement.