Our collection of classic watches

WT Author’s first Chapter, a collection of classic watches produced by Jon Shakespeare and Sam Holland.


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The History of Our Classic Watches


Set in 1905 (location unknown), our debut collection of limited edition classic watches is available with the first chapter of WT Author’s book and comes accompanied by a signed limited edition screen print with corresponding number.

A hugely successful crowdfunding campaign which ran from 13:00 Friday, 13th September 2013 introduced our debut classic watches Nº 1905. Securing over £10,000 this assisted us to kickstart the manufacture of each bespoke component, and the exclusive items that come with each watch.


Nº 1905 British classic watches for men draw inspiration from the turn of the 20th Century: a time when the first wristwatches for men were introduced by Louis Cartier and Edmond Jaegar. Taking inspiration from traditional aesthetics of the pocket watch, it reflects pioneering achievements of the era with signature shoulders brazed directly into the bespoke case, allowing a raw cut hand-made leather strap to be fitted.

The timepieces measure 46mm across, 52mm high including the lugs, with a case depth of 11mm. The dial utilises numbers taken directly from 1900′s pocket watches and is enhanced with Author’s unique hour markers. Traditionally formed custom-made hands complete the dial.

The classic watches have been modernised with a beautiful enamel screw down case back, the signature red aluminium crown embossed with WT Author’s ‘A’ trademark and a Swiss made Ronda 513S Quartz movement. The collection has been designed and built in Britain exclusively by WT Author and is strictly limited to 125 limited edition pieces.

Each natural leather watch strap has been handmade in Britain using Argentinian-sourced buffalo hide. The rich colour of these 9 to 10 ounce double shoulders, which is applied during the tanning process, goes completely through the leather. The result is a glazed leather with exquisite beauty, that will uniquely mould itself to your wrist over time. The strap has been designed and manufactured to fit a 24mm lug width with an overall thickness of 4 – 5mm and is embossed with WT Author’s ‘A’ trademark. It is completed with a stainless steel roller buckle.

Chapter 1 of 13: Classic Watches

Time. Beyond physical substance… Matter… Emotion… Time.

By 1905 his sacrifice and commitment had begun to bear fruit. The air was alight with the whispering foundations of quantum physics. He was a specialist, a craftsmen, focussed on a single objective. Where evolution and relativity had occupied his predecessors, so precision was his end. Imagine a world in total harmony, where the complexities of life interlocked in seamless accord. An exactness so acute it left the very notion of error redundant. This was his achievement. This is when they came.

Hidden away, submerged in silence, he lay paralysed by their presence. Every chart, plan, map and grid, stripped from him like digits from a hand. His workshop ravaged by a demand for certainty, the answers to all that’s past and all which lies ahead. As sudden as their arrival, they were gone.

What of author, broken and bare? What of author, plunged into disarray? He carries his obsession inked on his body. When he dares for truth he reads his limbs. His chest and sides project a future nightmare. And so he continues. Thrown into chaos. Lost in the distortions of time. What of author? Time will tell.

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