Spent an hour with the Frodsham watches

Sep 14, 2018,03:07 AM


I had the good fortune of spending about an hour with Richard Stenning of Frodsham yesterday and got to see the new watches. A lot has been said about this watch and the the SJX article that Spangles shared the other day provides photos better than mine and provides a lot of good information about the development of the watch. So I just want to add my thoughts and a few images.

In short, I have not had such a visceral, positive reaction to seeing a watch in person since I handled the Roger Smith Great Britain watch for the first time. The feel of the final product (the bluing of the hands, the feel of winding, the casework, the fineness of the dial printing, etc.) was beyond my (high) expectations. While I personally don't think size is a very relevant factor when discussing such a singular watch, I found the size very comfortable and attractive on my wrist thanks to the design of the lugs. This is, of course, all in addition to the intellectual satisfaction of the escapement.

The dial is not only beautiful, but robust. I got to handle a sample of the dial material and watched Richard bang it on the edge of the table without effect on the dial. 

I could go on, but I'd just be reiterating how much I like the watch so I'll just post some pics:

The strap doesnt have holes, hence the partial wristshot.



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thanks for sharing...

 By: maverickmahesh : September 14th, 2018-04:08
gr8 pics & the dial is elegant ! best, mahesh.,

Awesome! Thank you for checking it out in person!

 By: Spangles - Mr. Tabby : September 14th, 2018-04:42
Did you have a chance to chat about the movement itself? Any insights? I have a question or two for Richard, although I know he is quite busy.

Very nice watches.

 By: VMM : September 14th, 2018-05:57
I like them a lot, the movement is really something else. A bit smaller would have been great. Thanks for sharing the live pics. Vte


 By: Jurry : September 14th, 2018-08:26
I only got into appreciating watches few years back and, amongst others as a result from all the interesting posts on this blog, I’m learning something new every day. Today I learned about a brand I had never heard of, thanks for sharing

Thank you for sharing

 By: ChristianDK : September 14th, 2018-09:06
what are your thoughts about the case design and execution? In the pictures it looks bland compared to the rest of the watch....almost a mismatch??? Interested to hear about your impressions

Good question

 By: brandon1 : September 17th, 2018-10:50
I was actually really impressed with the case and crown. The crown is very large and a pleasure to wind, and it's 2 o'clock position makes it very comfortable. The case lugs are short and curved for comfort. There is actually a really nice little step fro... 

Thank You, Brandon

 By: ChristianDK : September 17th, 2018-12:47
For your detailed reply. The t sounds like they are trying to make sure it is also a contemporary watch. I think my beef with the case is that it reminds me of the case on my IWC Big Pilot. So I see the case as more utilitarian or tool watch’esque than ho... 

These are beautiful and...

 By: mdg : September 14th, 2018-11:41
...seemingly well-made by any standard. But I can’t get past the size. It looks enormous. I have a 7 1/4 inch wrist and I don’t think I could pull it off. It’s bigger than my Submariner. When will someone put this kind of quality into a reasonable (opinio... 

Sham1 and I were discussing a <37mm guilloche dial Lange1 that's gorgeous.

 By: Spangles - Mr. Tabby : September 14th, 2018-11:47
I have a 6.75mm wrist, fairly flat, and right now wearing a 42.2mm Breguet with long Breguet lugs and the whole thing fits nicely on my wrist. It's not a small watch, but it fits well. So, maybe there's hope! Proof: ...  

That looks great.

 By: mdg : September 14th, 2018-21:41
Coincidentally I tried on a 42mm Vacheron today and it fit very well. But it was also very slim. So maybe it’s more the height than the diameter. But I also don’t think a dress watch should be too showy...it’s not a RO Offshore.

That's a good point and brings up a question:

 By: Spangles - Mr. Tabby : September 15th, 2018-05:49
Are these, both the Breguet and the Frodsham, really dress watches? Usually, we really only think about dress watches versus various sporty caregories such as dive/pilot/etc. However, the one on my wrist really can't be compared to a strict dress watch. A... 

I agree that classing the Frodsham as simply another dress watch does a disservice to this watch

 By: brandon1 : September 17th, 2018-10:45
The watch is meant to be a unique horological expression, like Greubel Forsey IP1 or a JLC Gyrotourbillon, both of which are substantially larger and thicker. I think it's delightfully wearable given this context. The watch is not for everyone, and the pr... 

Thanks for live pics and report - How about the shock question?

 By: Velociphile - No longer in the building : September 16th, 2018-01:10
Any more insight on the shock resistance we were discussing recently? Velociphile

Sure is beautiful work

 By: Velociphile - No longer in the building : September 17th, 2018-11:14
And your live pics really add to the story

In case any readers are interested,

 By: Spangles - Mr. Tabby : September 17th, 2018-19:19
I was able to confirm with Frodsham that the escapement is oil-free. Of course, lubricants may be used elsewhere, but the situation is different than in Omega co-axials (and the Millennial series, which Brandon reminded me is based on the 2500) where lubr...