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Category: independents

Charles Frodsham & Co: Independently Driven

Nine years ago, in a piece in the BHI’s Horological Journal, Derek Pratt FBHI set out a history of double-wheel escapements. The article encapsulated many ideas and approaches, from Breguet’s échappement naturel, to Daniels’ Independent Double-Wheel and Co-Axial Escapements, and described Derek’s own work to further develop these ideas into the…

Svend Andersen: the godfather of modern independent watchmaking

Disclosure: there is no financial relationship between the #watchnerd and Andersen Genève. I paid for my own travel and accommodation during my visit to Geneva in January 2017. If you wander away from the centre of Geneva along the Rhône, past the big hotels and the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, you might…

Struthers London: breathing new life into old movements

Original source: Ebers, Georg. "Egypt: Descriptive, Historical, and Picturesque." Volume 1. Cassell & Company, Limited: New York, 1878. p 187.
Representation of the Bennu (1878) – Original source: Ebers, Georg. “Egypt: Descriptive, Historical, and Picturesque.” Volume 1. Cassell & Company, Limited: New York, 1878. p 187.

There’s an Egyptian deity associated with creation and rebirth, Bennu. Bennu was often portrayed in the guise of a heron, or possibly a wagtail, and played an important role in the ancient Egyptian creation myth as well as being a focal point for sun worship at Heliopolis.