Whilst Brexit has seen many retail sectors take a hit, the London watch market has thrived during this year. When Britain decided to leave the EU, many assumed this would mean trouble for all retail sectors. However, the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FHS) reported the watch exports to the UK from Switzerland went up an incredible 23% to SFr327m (which is around £255m) from the previous year already. This result means that the market looks positive, with many customers investing in antique watches in 2016, as sales for watches valued at £1,000 or over increased by 19.5%, July to September, on the previous year.
Many peoples’ admiration of antiques, and antique wrist watches, stop at collecting, but not for Todd Sloane. Sloane is fascinated by the mechanics of a wide range of antique products and this fascination has turned into the subject of his art.
Autumn is bringing us cooler temperatures and shorter days, with the sun setting much earlier than the summer nights we have been used to. Daylight saving time is about to be upon us, meaning an extra hour lie-in for us all!
If you are a lover of watches and haven’t visited the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society museum in Broad Street, in Spalding, we highly recommend you take a trip to go. The museum had an open day on Sunday 9th October with a guided tour, showcasing a wide range of antique pocket watches and clocks, as well as the interesting history and stories behind the craftsmen and repairmen.
Nicholas Parsons, CBE is an English television and radio presenter and actor, renowned for his long career in the television, radio and theatre industries. He is best known for hosting comedy radio game show ‘Just a Minute’ and ‘Sale of the Century’, a TV game show that received 21 million viewers.
A pocket watch, made by Robert Milne of Manchester, was awarded to mill worker John Burgess, more than a century ago, on his retirement. The pocket watch was given to him for his dedicated service to the mill.