Dear Friends & Clients of the Roger W. Smith workshop,
Having spent the best part of a decade teaching himself the necessary skills involved in the creations of a completely handmade pocket watch with the assistance of George Daniels’s book ‘Watchmaking’, Roger felt that a visual addition to this great book would be of benefit and perhaps be a useful educational tool for current and future students of English horology. Therefore we are pleased to announce the launch of our dedicated video channel on YouTube.
Currently there are 5 playlists which can be found by clicking on each of the titles below:
An Introduction - In which Roger gives a short summary of his history and philosophy.
Series 2 movement - In a series of 3 videos Roger discusses his Series 2 movement and his reasons for designing and making it, with an interesting insight into the co-axial escapement.
Watchmaking techniques - Finishing a set of hands - In this, the first of his watchmaking technique videos, Roger describes the process of finishing a set of hands for one of his Series 2 wristwatches in a series of 10 consecutive detailed videos. We think that you will be surprised to find out how much work goes into even this one small part of creating a truly handmade watch. Over time, Roger intends to create videos explaining bespoke case making, dial making and many other of the hand finishing techniques.
Watches - This section contains footage of Roger personally discussing individual watches, so far it includes the special new Series 2 Open Dial, and the unique Grand Date Flying Tourbillion. There is also a short clip of his No. 2 pocket watch which was filmed by an individual at the National Watch & Clock Museum (USA) where it featured in the Grand Complications Exhibit.
General information - Paul Moulton from Granada TV interviews Roger about his Grand Date Flying Tourbillion commission.
If you create your own account on YouTube you will be able to subscribe to the RWSmithwatches channel and receive email reminders when new videos are uploaded. If you click on the ‘subscribe’ button at the top left of our channel page www.youtube.com/user/rwsmithwatches, it will prompt you.
As always, thank you all so much for your continuing support and appreciation of Roger’s work. We really hope that you will enjoy these videos.
Roger W. Smith Ltd.
PO Box 67
Isle of Man