Saturday, October 30, 2010


   The ring watch has been around for centuries, however, it's appearance has been somewhat rare and intermittent. Similar to a pendant watch, which is more practical, these jewelry related watches saw popularity with women of wealth during the late 19thC and early 20thC. Fine examples can be found emanating from the better European and American jewelry houses of the 1920's and 30's. I have come across some very nice pieces in platinum, colored gemstone and diamond.
Ladies 18K ring watch
   I had wanted to make a ring watch for many years, and set forth hand to tool and made this  piece for my gallery on speculation.  The watch has just sold and I am thrilled that it will be enjoyed by someone other than myself.
   As a side note, all of the watches I make are one of a kind, so they have been numbered accordingly. The first watch I made was watch No.1 which my wife owns. The watch in the previous posting is watch No.10. The ring watch is watch No. 13
Sterling silver engine turned dial, sapphire crown, Hand engraved floral motif snap-fit case

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Gentleman's wrist watch in 18K gold, applique style dial, tube type lugs.
My name is Philip Peck and I am a master goldsmith. My intention for this blog is to promote and explore the world of handmade watches as well as share my ongoing experience in the arts of horology, metal working and micro machining.  I will be looking at practical component manufacture from a traditional approach. I do not use computer aided design or machining. All the work shop procedures and techniques are rather traditional lending themselves to the 18th, 19th and early 20th century. I feel that true beauty comes from the "hand". Allow me to begin with a few examples of my work.

The dial is sterling silver, engine turned on a straight line engine and then palladium plated. The center motif is pierced and hand engraved 18Kgold. The hands are hand made in blued steel.

The ETA 2846 movement was taken down, then hand engraved and palladium plated. The rotor is 18K gold and platinum in the form of a racing steering wheel. The rotor is unique in that it is not typically eccentric in shape, but circular. The circumference was lightened on one side and built up on the opposing side, then measured for weight distribution. The inner case was then treated with perlage.