Roger Smith is an independent British watchmaker, formerly apprenticed to the late George Daniels. His relationship with Mr Daniels is the subject of an upcoming documentary, “The Watchmaker’s Apprentice”. In our exclusive interview, he explains how he came to live on the Isle of Man and how this has shaped his work. Roger discusses his relationship with his own apprentices, his views on independent watchmaking and his hopes for the future of British horology.
Roger was kind enough to share his insight into some of his fantastic designs; such as the Series 2, the smallest production wristwatch in the world, The GREAT Britain Watch and his latest piece, the Series 4. We asked him about his thought process, how he tackles new challenges and why he won’t be increasing production anytime soon (approximately ten watches a year). Finally, he showed us what kind of watches he himself collects.
It was a privilege visiting his workshop and we hope you enjoy listening to him as much as we did!
Many thanks to Roger, his wife and all his colleagues for their generosity and hospitality.
We currently have the only Roger W Smith Series 2 for public sale, anywhere in the world.
Some photos reproduced with kind permission from Roger W Smith Ltd. Original credit to Simon Park Photography.