Handmade Watches

The Legacy of WT Author

The independent microbrand that designs and builds limited edition, handmade watches from our workshop in Shropshire, UK.

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We collaborate with talented CNC toolmakers, leather artisans and sustainable print studios to assemble bespoke handmade watches full of character, meaning and originality.

Each watch is built-to-order and acts as much as an eye-catching talking point, as it is an incredibly functional timepiece.

Handmade Watches that are authentic

We build watches to order in our workshop. Nestled in the heart of Shropshire, here in the UK, we do things the old-fashioned way, using our hands.

Every component is thoughtfully designed, every aspect is painstakingly contemplated.

After forty-five individual watch releases, spanning seven collections, our goal has always been about authenticity and innovation.

exhibiting at the most prestigious events

We have shipped our products to over thirty countries, spanning four different continents.

For seven years we have travelled across Europe, exhibiting at the most prestigious events in our industry.

For us, it’s not just about the watches. It’s about making new friends. It’s about getting to know our customers on a personal level. These physical interactions open our eyes to important causes.

Charity auctions have become a staple of our yearly calendar, having raised over £3,500 in the last two years alone for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and Mission Motorsport.

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Jon meticulously builds each watch in our workshop before being sent to all corners of the globe.

Every item is assembled in-house, signed, packaged and wax sealed before being shipped.

He leads our incredible after-sales support centre and photography studio, allowing us to be incredibly reactive and responsive to our customers.

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Sam is the embodiment of creativity.

He gets under the skin of every design to give each component the opportunity to evolve.

Year after year, he creates collections that are authentic, innovative and full of meaning, right here in our studio.

He instils a sense of individuality into every watch, to pull away from anything else on the market.

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Handmade watches with a Story to Tell

We encompass all of our handmade watches with a unique character that is individual to the legacy.

Every object is full of meaning and symbolism to intrigue the wearer.

Each year we release another Chapter moving onto another decade of inspiration.

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We are Unique

The perfect way we’d hope a wearer to experience our products is as an eye-catching talking point, knowing that the person next to you is never going to be wearing the same watch.

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Handmade Watches that are Independent

WT Author was founded by Jon Shakespeare and Sam Holland in Birmingham, UK. It is entirely independent meaning we have no investors to answer to.

Every creative element from the website to the handmade watches is produced in-house.

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We are Original

Each component has the opportunity to evolve allowing us to get under the skin of the object and pinpoint the aspects that need presenting.

WT Author is self-sufficient and relies on creating originality instead of creating an alternative style from an established name.

Our ideas are never diluted and rather than design Chapters for the sake of being a “bestseller”, we are more concerned with pushing a notion based on what we think is right.

Handmade Watches that are Built-to-Order

Each product is assembled around a highly-reliable movement to give you the ability to maintain the watch with us directly or with another service.

Every Chapter is limited to a specific number allowing you to select from a designated quantity (whether it is limited up to 125 or just 25 pieces).

Each package is wax sealed and shipped to you for free, at the same price wherever you are in the world.

Every corner of the globe

Our leather watch straps are handmade in Britain using a variety of buffalo and Italian cowhide.

Everything from the product, the book, the screen print, and the package is brought together in our Workshop from every corner of the globe – from USA to South America, Asia to Switzerland and of course, Britain.

The Workshop is located in a disused Royal Mail sorting office where we build and photograph everything for WT Author.

Handmade Watches that are Limited

Exclusivity remains at the heart of WT Author.

Our products are bespoke as we take pride in individuality and keep everything highly personal.

Our handmade watches are accompanied by a signed and numbered print to match the specific item.

We are Collaborative

Get A Grip Studio, a Birmingham-based studio to produce the limited edition screen prints that accompany every Chapter.

Pinegrove Leather, a renowned leather goods manufacturer based in Hebden Bridge to make the watch straps for Chapters Nº 1934, Nº 1940 and Nº 1953.

Mark Wilkinson of Bear Industries, a Lincolnshire-based precision engineer to make all of our custom tools.

Handmade Watches with a Sense of Individuality

Our products are built in Britain with British and imported parts.

The group is highly creative with a sense of individuality to pull away from anything else on the market.

We act on inherent cultural quirks and peculiarities to take our followers by surprise.

We Tour Europe

Our unfiltered passion behind every Chapter is allowed to manifest itself at every exhibition by speaking directly to each individual involved in the making of the product.

Check out the latest dates to see if our exhibition is near you right here.

Our exhibition includes all sold out options, so visitors will always have the opportunity to view those that are no longer available.

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