Roger W Smith

Open Dial

Designed and made on the Isle of Man


“I had always wanted to reveal a stratum of the watch that is not normally seen by anyone apart from the watch maker – the under-dial work. So, in 2008 I conceived the Series 2 Open Dial watch, finally completing the first one in 2010.”


Open Dial

Featuring - Hours, minutes, seconds and up down indicator

Movement:

  • Roger W Smith’s latest single wheel version of the Daniels co-axial escapement
  • Free sprung Quadrajust balance
  • 18,000 vibrations per hour
  • Raised barrel bridge and balance cock, engraved with a choice of English floral designs
  • English finished with frosted and gilded plates
  • Gold chatons and flame coloured screws to a purple/blue hue
  • Numbered and signed, R.W. Smith - Isle of Man

Hands:

  • A complimentary set of the unique Roger W Smith’s sculpted hands

Case:

  • A choice of Platinum or 18 carat white gold
  • 40mm diameter
  • Sapphire crystals to front and rear

Strap & Buckle:

  • A leather strap with matching buckle to suit the case material
  • Engraved R. W. Smith buckle

Presentation Box:

  • An English worked, leather presentation box
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Roger’s personal remarks

“I had always wanted to reveal a stratum of the watch that is not normally seen by anyone apart from the watch maker – the under-dial work. So, in 2008 I conceived the Series 2 Open Dial watch, finally completing the first one in 2010.


As my collectors know well, my whole aesthetic is about celebrating the three-dimensional architecture of my watches. It’s not just about design, but about longevity. I want watches that don’t just tell the time, but can stand the test of it!


While I’ve always enjoyed holding watches at an angle and being drawn in by the cliffs and plateaus of their inner workings, I’m always disappointed when a watch looks flimsy and overly filigreed.


This robustness and three-dimensionality influences my dial design of course but, with the Open Dial, I wanted to showcase my movement, with all that bevelled and black-polished gold and steel work, framed by English frosted and gilded plates.


Although starting out as a personal challenge, the Open Dial has become something of a chapter in the British watch making story for some.


The final watch, in its current Series 2 configuration, is being delivered in 2016 after which I will be developing an entirely new version...”


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