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My book on the art of Breguet

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As I progressed along my chosen road for horology, I learnt more and more about the subject, and not only just the subject but the important people who were responsible for all the advancements in horology, which were of particular interest to me because with the success of my escapements, I had reached the conclusion that if all went well and these escapements remained in production, then it would be clear evidence that I had made the contribution to horology that I wanted to make when I was a boy and read the names of all these people, Arnold, Ernshaw, Mudge and those people. What do to with all this knowledge if I didn't want to continue? Well, there were lots of people who didn't have that much knowledge.

George Daniels, CBE, DSc, FBHI, FSA (19 August 1926 - 21 October 2011) was an English watchmaker most famous for creating the co-axial escapement. Daniels was one of the few modern watchmakers who could create a complete watch by hand, including the case and dial. He was a former Master of the Clockmakers' Company of London and had been awarded their Gold Medal, a rare honour, as well as the Gold Medal of the British Horological Institute, the Gold Medal of the City of London and the Kullberg Medal of the Stockholm Watchmakers’ Guild.

Listeners: Roger Smith

Roger Smith was born in 1970 in Bolton, Lancashire. He began training as a watchmaker at the age of 16 at the Manchester School of Horology and in 1989 won the British Horological Institute Bronze Medal. His first hand made watch, made between 1991 and 1998, was inspired by George Daniels' book "Watchmaking" and was created while Smith was working as a self-employed watch repairer and maker. His second was made after he had shown Dr Daniels the first, and in 1998 Daniels invited him to work with him on the creation of the 'Millennium Watches', a series of hand made wrist watches using the Daniels co-axial escapement produced by Omega. Roger Smith now lives and works on the Isle of Man, and is considered the finest watchmaker of his generation.

Tags: Thomas Mudge, John Arnold, Thomas Earnshaw

Duration: 55 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008