'As mechanical art, I think watches and their movements are a cross-roads between the subjective and the objective. Subjectively, we can appreciate a watch and a movement for the passion and soul of the maker, or the significance of that watch being on a historic wrist. Objectivity is all about the mechanical virtues of the watch or its movement.
I think, for British watchmakers, our history has always been in innovation and leans towards the objective perspective and that is certainly what has influenced my own outlook. Fundamentally…Does it work better?!
The movement of my choice has to be the co-axial escapement that Dr George Daniels fitted to a standard Rolex watch around 1989. This had two imperatives; firstly, to prove, once and for all, the Co-axial’s advancement over the traditional Lever escapement and secondly, to show that it was possible to scale the escapement down to fit into a production wristwatch and could be industrialised. That, for me, has always distinguished a serious movement from an artistic whimsy.
It looks prototypically crude - but it works and triumphantly so. Above all, it overcame the lengthy industry scepticism George had been battling for years.'