The Art of Watchmaking, Pinchbeck Style

Sometimes inspiration for watch design is on your doorstep and that’s the case with English watchmaker Harold Pinchbeck. The Cathedral at Lincoln is one of the great medieval churches of Europe and this limited edition watch has a landscape picture on the caseback.

Featuring the classic Swiss ETA 2824 movement, the watch retails at £2499, comes with a signed print and is available in a limited run of fifty pieces.

HP teamed with an artist to commission a unique design, here’s the word;

We thought our customers would value a special watch uniting these elements, particularly as it would be hand-assembled within a stone’s throw of the Cathedral.

Of course (remembering the watchmaker analogy), no watch can actually design itself, so our in-house stylist Guillaume set to work, transforming the Bishop’s Eye image into a dial: the tracery’s subtle shadows make it a pleasure to tell the time. Then we asked Dominic to create an oil painting: our first artwork commission, and the first time Dominic had painted for a watch. As a subtle finishing touch, the Fleur-de-Lys symbol on the crown also represents Lincoln.

We also decided to include an archive-quality print (personally signed by Dominic) with each Lincoln watch, so as well as containing a miniature artwork, it comes with a print you can frame! To our knowledge this is the first time a watch has been offered in this way.

Finally, to make the Lincoln watch really exclusive we are making just fifty examples. The number of your watch is machined into its caseback, and the associated print carries the same number.

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