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Roger W. Smith OBE, Mike France welcome collectors and enthusiasts to new trade body for British watch and clock makers - the Alliance of British Watch and Clock Makers


London, October 29, 2020 - Renowned British watchmaker Roger W. Smith OBE, and Christopher Ward founder Mike France, have today announced the establishment of a new trade body for the British watch and clock making industry - the Alliance of British Watch and Clock Makers - and they'reinviting watch and clock collectors and enthusiasts to join.

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Founded in collaboration with GREAT Britain campaign ambassador Alistair Audsley, the Alliance of British Watch and Clock Makers has four main aims:

  • To promote British watch and clock making around the world
  • To encourage British supply-chain, jobs and technology
  • To provide a powerful voice for the sector
  • To champion British provenance
Collectors and enthusiasts can support British watch and clock makers in their work by becoming a club member of the Alliance, with their membership fee directly contributing to help the organisation realise its vision for British watch and clock making.

In return for the annual £55 membership fee, 'Club' members receive:

  • Exclusive Alliance of British Watch and Clock Makers members pin
  • Access to exclusive Special Editions from Member watch and clock makers
  • Priority access to select meetings and special virtual events including Open Dial sessions, where British watch and clock makers give insights into their work and new products
  • Priority access to video recordings of events (2 months ahead of public posting)
  • Certificate of Club Membership
  • Digital badge for social media and emails
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The Alliance of British Watch and Clock Makers membership consists of British watch and clock makers. Alongside Roger W. Smith and Christopher Ward, founding members also include Fears, Mr Jones and Robert Bray-Sinclair Harding.

Britain has an undeniable heritage of innovation in watch and clock making, and a unique provenance within time-keeping. Observing the resurgence in British watch and clock making - there are now over FIFTY watch and clock makers in Britain - the need was felt for an organisation that could bring together both new and well established names to collaborate and drive the British industry forward.

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Roger W. Smith: "It's an exciting time because we have this real opportunity to forge our own vision of how watchmaking should be in Britain today in the 21st Century. If we can all start sharing our experiences, learning from each other, working out ways we can help each other, there's no limit to what we can achieve. Above all, our founding of this Alliance is an invitation to watch collectors and horology enthusiasts all over the world to join us and be part of this exciting journey. "

The first undertaking of the Alliance of British Watch and Clock Makers is already in progress with the commissioning of the first Bellwether report for the British watch and clock making industry. The report is being compiled by global accountancy and advisory firm KPMG.

January will see the first in the organisation's quarterly virtual events. Open to both Trade and Club members, the event will feature an introduction to theAlliance of British Watch and Clock Makers from the founders, details of the first British Watch and Clock Makers Day and an 'Open Dial' with Roger W. Smith, giving exclusive insight into his work.

For more details visit www.britishwatchmakers.com.
 
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