This is an example of a Charles Frodsham Double Impulse Chronometer with a white gold case and a white ceramic dial with Arabic numerals and marine chronometer-style hands. The watch features the first instance of the miniaturisation of George Daniel's twin impulse escapement to fit into a wristwatch. The workshop produces no more than 12 examples of the Double Impulse Chronometer every year, with almost all components created and finished in house.
Charles Frodsham & Co is the oldest continuously trading firm of chronometer manufacturers in the world, dating back to 1834. Renowned for making marine chronometers, clocks, and pocket watches for the likes of J.P. Morgan and the British Navy. Today, the brand carries forward this heritage by restoring historic technical timepieces and, much more recently, creating their own wristwatches.
The research and development for the Charles Frodsham Double Impulse Chronometer took 16 years, although the company worked on other significant projects during that time, such as replicas of John Harrison’s H3 and H4. They wanted to include a chronometer escapement in their first wristwatch, as a homage to their history of making chronometers. However, having chosen George Daniels’ double impulse chronometer escapement, they found that miniaturising it was no easy feat. In fact, it was something no one had managed before – not even Daniels himself.