Monday, July 13, 2020

Reclaiming the horology

A few weeks ago we started the project titled 'Horology Raw and Uncut'. Essentially, a series of interviews with watchmakers and clockmakers who share their stories. Last night, my guest was Mike Cardew. Electronics engineer by trade, Mike got into watchmaking perusing his passion for design and making. There is so much I like about him: he is focused, productive, creative and unorthodox. He uses tools which he has at his disposal and incorporates watch parts sourced from other timepieces into his own made main plates, bridges and cases. Cardew Watches is a ‘company’ which makes watches but as Mike says, does not have customers – only ‘people I like’. You will be surprised to learn what happens to Mike’s watches once assembled.

Yes, horology comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. There is no doubt that you will find this interview inspirational – especially if you like to make your own things – whatever they are.

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