I am in London for a few days to attend a Patek event and took the opportunity this morning to drop by at the newly launched Philips' watch boutique called Perpetual based at 30 Berkeley Square. I had the pleasure to meet James Marks, a renowned specialist and a director at Philips who graciously spent a lot of time explaining to me about the two watches I chose to view. Now some of you here might know that I have actually ordered a RW Smith Series 2 but I had not really tried it on before ordering it simply because one would be hard pushed to see a RW Smith anywhere to try on. So I was pretty excited to finally try on the Series 2 even though the latest version might have a slightly more rounded case around the edges,. The Series 2 at Philips is from 2006 and is one of the first made, hence spotting the first generation co axial escapement. As James Marks emphasized today, it was largely hand made whereas the later watches had more machine content in them. The 38mm diameter of the Series 2 suited me fine and so did the the weight but I am a little concerned over the 13mm height of the watch or is 13.5mm!
I also noticed an attractive Dubai Edition MB&F LM1 which I particularly like due to the lovely dial and the titanium case. Those who know me will know I tend to favour light watches so this watch ticked all the right boxes. Philips is the only MB&F authorised used dealer in the UK.
May I highly recommend any purist visiting London to drop by at Philips to view the Perpetual boutique. There are about 30 watches on show including Pateks, a FP Journe Tourbillon and some other quite exquisite delights so really, something for everyone!
Finally! The Series 2 on my wrist.
Too thick possibly?
I love the way the movement fills up the case back
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder but I love this dial!