In between courses at London’s Le Gavroche, I rolled back my sleeve to check the time. My British friend across the table took immediate notice of my Canterbury Watch. A self-described connoisseur of “the finer things,” he seemed genuinely surprised that a Yank like me actually had a sense of style. “I’ll bet you dinner that you can’t guess, within £1000, how much I paid for it,” I told him. Each of his guesses was over £5000. He was stunned when I delivered the bad news.
Time for a change. I used to buy all of my watches at auction. Then the rooms started getting crowded and the winning bids shot through the roof. It took me losing a lot of great finds to people with deeper pockets to realize something important: a great timepiece doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
They don’t make things like they used to. But we do. Our passion is for rescuing great watches forgotten by history. We find a timeless style and recreate it piece by piece, down to the most exacting detail. The Canterbury features a classic face with three subdials, a rose gold-finished case, and a genuine leather strap. It’s the kind of thoughtful design that harkens back to those rare, 150-year-old moon phases. It was a look that once could only be found under glass in a collector’s trophy room. Today, it can be on your wrist.