By: sham1 : February 22nd, 2021-19:35
Beauty as they say is in the eyes of the beholder.  I have been blessed with quite a number of beautiful watches over the years and decided to reward myself with a retirement gift when I placed an order for a  RW Smith Series 2 in rose gold in November 2016.  I managed to arrange a meeting with Roger Smith during Salon QP in London and after torturing him with a few questions, I decided I should take the plunge.  It is worth mentioning that prior to that, I had been corresponding with his wife, Caroline (who handles his communications) for six years.!!  I must confess that I have a bad habit of taking my time before making an important decision, probably due to the twenty five years I spent working in a Japanese conglomerate, the Japanese being known for their lengthy deliberations. smile

My watch finally goes into production next month and I had decided last month to change the case from rose gold to white gold which was accepted. While discussing the final specification of the watch, Caroline sent me a photo of a Series 1 in rose gold which made my jaw drop. Never have I seen a watch so perfect.  I decided to change my order to a Series 1 in rose gold hoping that it was still possible as Roger and his team had allocated a white gold case to me, no thanks to my fickle mindedness,  Thankfully, my request was accepted and best of all, Caroline offered to charge me for the watch at November 2016 prices!  smile

The watch shown here is actually in 40mm and I have ordered mine in 38mm where the dial size will remain the same but the bezel will be thinner.  I have always been concerned over the height of the watch but my love and attraction for this piece is so great, that I know I will overlook this. This RW Smith will be my pride and joy in my tiny 5 watch collection.

Thank you for reading and when I do receive the watch, hopefully before the year ends, I will share it with you.

Looks like will achieve the [horological] status of nirvana soon.

 By: Lankysudanese : February 22nd, 2021-19:45
Very excited for you. 

Thank you so much for sharing my joy! :-)

 By: sham1 : February 22nd, 2021-20:01
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What a beautiful watch Sham! Love the rose gold...

 By: : February 22nd, 2021-20:18
Great retirement gift to yourself and well deserved.  I have the series 2 at 40mm and it fits perfectly, the height is not any concern at 40mm and I don’t think it will make any difference in the 38mm version.

I just ordered my second RWS about a month ago and I think I will get the series 4 but as you spoke about, Roger is very flexible, at least until your watch actually goes into production.  I have been dealing with Caroline also and she is a pleasure to work with.

Enjoy your watch in good health and a long retirement, congratulations...Jim

Thank you JIm!

 By: sham1 : February 22nd, 2021-20:29
I love the hands of your Series 2 - very much like the Great Britain watch!  And wow, a Series 4?  That watch is beyond grail!!   smile


 By: aperna : February 23rd, 2021-10:43
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Thank you for the feedback!

 By: sham1 : February 23rd, 2021-15:42
I am overwhelmed actually by the positive response received so far from my fellow purists.

Great to hear that you will be receiving it soon, Sham!!!

 By: jleno : February 22nd, 2021-20:20
Good choice with the last minute change, I think rose or yellow gold is definitely the way to go on a watch like this. The one in this photo looks perfect! 

Thank you for saying so!

 By: sham1 : February 22nd, 2021-20:30
I know the wait has been long but for me, it has been worth it!

Congrats Sham, you could have hardly chosen a more exclusive and higher-quality horological gift for your retirement! Hope this special piece will soon be on your wrist!πŸ‘πŸ₯‚

 By: FabR : February 22nd, 2021-20:58
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Thank you very much!

 By: sham1 : February 22nd, 2021-21:19
I have never owned anything as special as this watch so I hope I will not be too nervous wearing it!  smile

I can't wait to see the results

 By: Brandon Skinner : February 22nd, 2021-21:40
Any watch from Roger is a monumental piece. I'm so happy for you!!!

Thank you Brsndon!

 By: sham1 : February 22nd, 2021-22:12
The results should be exactly the same as the watch in the photo!!  smile

Hard to do better...a grail for many...

 By: mdg : February 22nd, 2021-21:52
...I only wish I had more money when he first started : (

Thank you!

 By: sham1 : February 22nd, 2021-22:13
I have had to sell quite a number of pieces to be able to afford this gem but I guess it helps reduce the size of my collection and also it enables me to own this special piece.

RWS were relatively cheap 'back in the day,' but I was definitely poor : )

 By: mdg : February 22nd, 2021-23:14
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So was I!

 By: sham1 : February 22nd, 2021-23:35
But I think watches from most high end brands have at least doubled in the last ten to 12 years.  Some of course have even tripled!  The question then would be has our wealth in the same period doubled or tripled?!!  smile

I was emailing Smith in the early 2000s about his watches...missed opportunity : (

 By: mdg : February 23rd, 2021-09:20
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Now I understand! :-)

 By: sham1 : February 23rd, 2021-15:48
Wow, 20 years ago I had not even heard of Roger Smith. I think I was wearing an Alain Silberstein then  smile  Do take a look at Christian Lass. He could be the next big thing!  smile

The CP30 in 38mm

Sublime movement

What a treat my friend !

 By: Mike H : February 22nd, 2021-21:57
I think I am almost as excited as you are.
You have only superb pieces but obviously this one will be a very special one in your collection.
I very much look forward to seeing this incredible one and hope you come to Paris with it by the end of the year 🀞🀞.
Keep well my friend 

Thank you Mike!

 By: sham1 : February 22nd, 2021-22:17
I think I will need to make two trips to Paris. One by the end of this year with the Moritz Grossmann that you would like to take photos of and again in 2022 with the RW Smith!  smile  And you please take care too Mike!

Looking forward to seeing you πŸ‘

 By: Mike H : February 24th, 2021-21:50
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Same here Mike!

 By: sham1 : February 24th, 2021-22:28
It has been a while and I also need to deliver two watches to Paris by hand  (all proceeds to go to the Series 1 fund! smile)

Congratulations on both the watch and on retirement Sham!

 By: JTCL : February 22nd, 2021-22:08
I have to admit that I am not usually a fan of RWSmiths designs but this RG one pictured is stunning! Looking forward to your updates smile

Thank you for the well wishes!

 By: sham1 : February 22nd, 2021-22:19
I actually retired in June 2017 so this is a long awaited gift to myself.  Retirement really does suit me - the only thing I miss is the monthly paycheck!  smile

That's fantastic, enjoy! 🀣

 By: JTCL : February 23rd, 2021-16:16
Looking forward to that day myself πŸ€—

Thank you so much for your kind comments!

 By: sham1 : February 23rd, 2021-17:28
I have never looked forward to receiving a watch as much as I am with this!   smile

That's stunning - one of my favorites

 By: Spartacus : February 22nd, 2021-22:12
Congratulations on your wonderful retirement gift!  Less is more with his watches.

I tend to agree with you!

 By: sham1 : February 22nd, 2021-22:25
I guess I like simple watches anyway so any two or three handed watch tends to sway it for me. I believe Roger does arguably one of the most refined and best made three handed watch in the market today. Yes it is an English finish rather than a Swiss and yes others like Frodsham, Rexhepi, Voutilainen and Dufour can arguably be spoken of in the same breath but apart from Dufour, the sheer exclusitivity of a RW Smith timepiece is also hard to beat. And I also heard that the watches do not require a service for at least 15 years!

I'd love a Frodsham.

 By: Spartacus : February 22nd, 2021-22:37
I would guess Dufour's watches are so hard to get new that Roger Smith's probably seem like mass produced items by comparison. I've thought about ordering one myself but have never explored the process (or price). 
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