HANDS-ON : Roger W. Smith new Series 1

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HANDS-ON : Roger W. Smith new Series 1

Post by koimaster » August 31st 2018, 8:25am

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Two years ago, I wrote a post about the Daniels Anniversary watch, which you can read at this link. Less than a year before I saw the Anniversary, at Salon QP 2015, Roger Smith announced new Series 1, 2, 3 and 4 watches, scheduled for delivery commencing in 2018, and it is one of these new pieces that is the focus of today’s post.

Firstly, let’s go back a bit. In 2010, Smith created a single-wheel version of George Daniels’ co-axial escapement, This improvement enabled more accurate escapements which led to improvements in actual timekeeping. He did not sit on his laurels, but continued to work on it. Smith found that the lighter the escape wheel, the better it performed.

The next major evolution was the one used in 2013’s Union Jack adorned GREAT Britain. The escape wheel, now 23% lighter and leading to improvements in timekeeping, was as light as he could make it, so he decided to reduce its size, which meant that the rest of the escapement, main plate, and bridges, also needed to change. This watch also lead to enquiries about the possibility of a time-only wristwatch sans the flag.

https://horologium.com.au/2018/08/30/ha ... -series-1/
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