In 2016 independent watch maker Roger Smith debuted four new watches. These new timepieces are considered to be his “first series of watches,” meaning that they won’t all be one-off pieces. Smith began producing watches back in 2001 and, according to him, has only produced 80 watches during those 15 years.
Although the Roger Smith Series 4 Triple Calendar Moonphase was presented in 2015, it is not yet in working condition. Expected is to have a working condition in a couple of years, showing the intense work that is needed to produce watches as a one-man-job the old fashioned way. The Roger Smith Series 4 Triple Calendar Moonphase watch is the most complicated of the new group and showcases so much of what Roger Smith is fondly known for.
One of the key elements of Roger Smith’s watches are co-axial escapements. George Daniels – Smith’s tutor – invented the co-axial escapement, which was technology later sold to Omega. It is believed that outside of Omega, Roger Smith is the only person able to make use of the technology.
Overall improvements in a co-axial escapement more or less translate into more accuracy over time, longer intervals between serving, and less performance degradation over time as the next service interval nears. The newest generation of co-axial escapement wheels from Roger Smith also feature a one-piece construction.
As an annual calendar, the Roger Smith Series 4 Triple Calendar Moonphase will prove very popular. Although you have to adjust every four years, the reality remains that most people with timepieces at this level don’t wear the same watch all the time – meaning the movement is likely to totally wind down. When that happens, setting the date on an annual calendar movement is decidedly more simple than setting the date on a perpetual calendar movement because you need to get that whole leap year thing down correctly.
Prices for the Roger Smith Series 4 Triple Calendar Moonphase watches will begin at £250,000 and vary depending on the level of customer customization. rwsmithwatches.com
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