Let's be brutally honest: mechanical
watchmaking is a dying trade. The small pockets of activity are centred
around mega brands who themselves go through cycles of boost and bust.
Consequently the lack of interest from youngsters to join the trade and
devote a decade or two in an exclusive but fast declining industry is
quite understandable. The carcass has been decaying for a while - but
thanks to the new world of fast communication and social media, we are
witnessing an unusual development: horology being hijacked by vocal
outsiders. Enthusiastic social media amateurs, watch forums, influencers
financed by brands, startups, peddling the $20 Chinese watches while
waving the banner of "new horology for the young, modern man". The real
watchmakers - the nerdy introverts - who actually sit behind the
workbench, who make and repair watches and clocks - and invest a
substantial amount of time training and passing their knowledge, are
watching silently, slowly sliding into irrelevance.
Last night I spent nearly 3 hours conversing with Tommy Jobson, a thirty
five years young English clockmaker. An hour and a bit of that
conversation has been video recorded - for your enjoyment. Tommy is a
down to earth, skilful and pedantic restorer trained in both watches and
clocks. And we've discovered we have one thing in common: admiration to
the best living clockmaker in the world - who nowadays, out of all
places, resides in Australia!
The interview with Tommy is yet another attempt to reclaim horology by
two students of horology, as we proudly call ourselves. It is yet
another humble attempt to reverse the tide, to excite and re-focus your
attention to things that matter. Ultimately, to lift your appreciation
of horology to another level.
Next week we will surprise you with another guest so make sure to stay tuned in and to subscribe to our YouTube channel.