History

30Aug

How Andrew Grima Changed the Face of Jewellery in Britain.

The Telegraph: In the Sixties, following a decade of ladylike clothes and neat little diamond suites, Andrew Grima’s approach to jewellery design was considered revolutionary. Giant, semi-precious stones dominated in his collections, set in their raw, natural forms among complex, textural gold structures. Every Grima piece

Read More...
27Oct

The 1989 BBC Radio 2 William Mansell Tour.

As the clocks go back this weekend (Sunday, October 30th at 2am) we remember our chat with Derek Jameson on BBC Radio 2

Read More...
04Aug

Actress Maria Felix – La Doña de Cartier.

[caption id="attachment_1868" align="alignright" width="300"] María Félix's bespoke two-headed Cartier Panther bracelet[/caption] 'Some friends tell me that pearls make people cry.  The only pearls that make me cry are fake ones.'  (Maria's famous words) An icon of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema in the 1940s, María

Read More...
27Jun

Watch Battery Replacements, Reseal and Pressure Testing

  When we replace your watch battery we clean the contacts and if necessary we change the case back gasket.  We check timekeeping and use only brand new Swiss or Japanese batteries. Your old battery is checked first to see if it’s the real reason for your watch not working. The contacts are cleaned and

Read More...
11May

Put your Name on Red Arrow Plane To Help Raise Money for RAF Museum

The Red Arrows have backed a multi-million pound campaign to transform the RAF Museum in time for the service’s 100th anniversary in 2018. Members of the public will also be able to take part in the Names On A Plane initiative as part of a huge fund-raising effort for the site in Colindale. This will mean that

Read More...
28Jan

Paving the Way for Horological Instruments

Imperfection in the adjusting and regulating of movements did not prevent craftsmen of the XVIth and XVIIth centuries from making exquisite watches, and horologists began to congregate in certain well-defined centres.  The fact of being able to share technological knowledge and experience, caused the rise of what back then may

Read More...
06Jan

A Little History on an Art Deco Vitascope

Art Deco Vitascope clock with automaton rocking ship on an illuminated ocean scene with a cloud background.  It has original ‘Art Deco’ hands and an electric movement, cream Bakelite case and an original grey metal back with start wind and light switch, & labelled ‘Vitascope Industries Ltd’. The clock  was

Read More...