HANDMADE WATCHES BY WT AUTHOR:

PHYSICAL

In an age where there is instant access to anything at any time, we’ve come to value the beauty of exquisite objects that exist in the real world with you. Handmade watches are our priority and the focus is on exhibiting these items. Not only for the romance attached to them but the interaction they demand from the wearer – the weight of the handmade watches, the smell of the raw leather straps, the opening of the wax sealed packages and the mysteries inside.

INTERACTION

Digital devices and applications are excellent and are integral to our lives, but 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.

LEGACY

We are building a legacy, and something that will evolve and adapt. It is not a flash in the pan but something we will pass down. We create our products by instilling depth into every idea and this vision will be carried forward into everything we do.

– WT AUTHOR

Design: Author Studios
Film: Burning Reel
Music: Soundsmiths
Post-production: Author Colour

STORY:

CHAPTERS

Chapter numbers are assigned to pieces from the WT Author collection in the order they are released, with each one representing ideas and techniques from a specific point in time. We encompass each limited edition product with a unique character that is individual to the legacy. Each Chapter is finished with a short story to commemorate the release.

DETAILS

Every object is full of meaning and symbolism to intrigue the wearer. The case back is inspired by a casino chip to represent “the bet” we place when releasing a new Chapter. The signature red colour is selected so it is recognised across a room in the same way our dials are distinguished through the tuning fork shaped indices.

THIRTEEN

At 13:00, Friday, September 13, 2013, we launched the first Chapter dedicated to the memory of the patient teacher Wynn Phillips and the loving grandfather Thomas Hall – the first initial from both names are represented in the identity of our brand. For the debut release we looked to the beginnings of the gent’s wristwatch that came at the turn of the 20th century. Each year we release another Chapter moving onto another decade. Thirteen handmade watches to chart thirteen decades in the evolution of the wristwatch.

WT Author
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Peter Woolliscroft
Peter Woolliscroft
2019-12-09T12:59:24+0000
Great company to deal with, despite having loads of customers they always treat you as if you are their only one and... nothing is too much trouble.Don’t go and buy a “regular” watch, look at what they have firs, you won’t be disappointed!read more
Dave Jennings
Dave Jennings
2019-12-06T15:53:47+0000
My Cerulean No 1968 arrived yesterday, and I absolutely love it 😍. Looks fab and feels great on my wrist!! I’m... thinking I might go for another 🤔. Many thanks guys, I love my watch... 👍👍read more
Gillian White
Gillian White
2019-01-18T15:28:11+0000
I bought my husband one of your watches for his 50th birthday. I was lucky to get for Christmas the Emmeline with both... the metal and also the leather strap. It is beautiful - just perfect and I love the versatility of the different straps.read more
Stu Viner
Stu Viner
2019-01-18T09:40:32+0000
Great range of watches. Great customer service.
Pete Smith
Pete Smith
2019-01-17T16:18:03+0000
Great stylish watches. I have the 1914 watch. Absolute masterpiece & good back up service. The battery needed changing... & service was prompt, plus cleaned as well.Well done WT!!!read more
Anne Untisz
Anne Untisz
2018-11-29T19:48:03+0000
Wow just opened my retirement pressie, it’s amazing thank you so much for creating such an amazing watch.
Anthony Lennox
Anthony Lennox
2018-09-19T20:25:00+0000
Theres something very special about this company which is addictive dont ask me why but the story behind the watches... just draws you in and if you ever have the pleasure of meeting the owners you will understand why.read more
Marjorie Shakespeare
Marjorie Shakespeare
2018-09-13T06:10:35+0000
We have been a follower of WT Author watches since it was first launched. My husband now has quite a collection. The... latest collection including the ladies is that nice that I’m treating myself to oneread more
Brian Tyler
Brian Tyler
2018-08-07T18:14:31+0000
A brand of unique high quality time pieces, not to be missed
Peter Croft
Peter Croft
2017-12-25T11:16:45+0000
My wife has given me a Chapter Five No.1940, 29 SQN Hercules,11/25 in black and it's brilliant. A great looking watch... with a superb strap and I love it. I have many watches from Hublot to Citizen to Hamilton and this watch sits with them proudly, with it's own character and charm.read more
Lee Whiteman
Lee Whiteman
2017-12-15T18:13:52+0000
Great watches, great people, great story. Love the story! Keep up the excellent work folks can’t wait till next year!!
Keith Squires
Keith Squires
2017-12-01T12:51:25+0000
First purchase from a friend recommendation, amazing purchase love it. Looking forward to more �
Chris Mckellick
Chris Mckellick
2017-09-14T20:43:12+0000
Graeme Marsh
Graeme Marsh
2017-08-30T21:23:46+0000
It's a big decision buying a watch. For most of us chaps it's the only piece of jewellery we will wear (and rightly so)... so it's got to be right. I looked hard at all the British Watch makers and for me WT Author had the right balance of originality (why pay thousands for something that looks like a Rolex and isn't?), style, uniqueness, and provenance, all at an affordable and not outrageous price. Nearly 6 months on and I'm really happy with it. They are watches that can be worn with jeans or with a suit. Smart and classy but just that little less formal than the more traditional dress watches out there. So, any negatives? Well, not many - the power reserve on the automatic movement could be better, and mine runs fast at quite a rate (but then so did my old JLC Amvox) so adjustment needed every couple of weeks. Aside from that? No. Very soft and comfortable strap and elegantly packaged. Outstanding service from the guys and it'll take all my powers of resistance (and a house purchase) to stop me buying the next one out! If you're able to lose the brand snobbery, and you want something unique at a price tag that won't leave you eating beans for weeks, you'll end up with something really rather special on your wrist. Highly recommended and a very happy customer. Thanks guys.read more
John Shakespeare
John Shakespeare
2017-08-18T11:50:11+0000
I have followed W. T. Author watches from the first crowd funding days, I have never been disappointed in the watches... produced. I wanted a watch that was different to the run of the mill, didn't break the bank and was eminently usable. I have a model of every edition and didn't realise I was a watch collector until I bought the first 1905. Support British made goods, buy a quality limited edition watch from W. T. Author today! (but make sure I've bought mine before they sell out...)read more
Steve Thomas
Steve Thomas
2017-08-16T16:48:20+0000
Like the other reviewers, I couldn't stop at one W. T. Author watch, my first being the 1934 blue automatic, quickly... followed by the 1914 in black and more recently the 1929 in white. The concept of designing watches around historical moments and of course the tie in of getting a new book chapter with each watch really appeals to me. I guess we are tied in to 13 watches and I hope they are all as individual and classy as the existing ones.I live in US and the guys at W. T. Author have been brilliant in ensuring my watches reach me quickly and in great condition.My favorite and most commented on is my black 1914. Love that watch!!read more
David Morris
David Morris
2017-08-16T14:06:25+0000
I have a real love of watches and like to think I am a bit of a collector. From common Casio's to rarer Breitling's I... like to try and keep in the loop with new releases.W.T. Author caught my eye, with the fact that they are assembled in Britain and also seem to be released in a very limited number. (So far) I have two of the W.T. Author watches. The No. 1914 Blue Trench Watch and also the No. 1934 Blue Dress Watch with the Automatic movement. Both are absolutely stunning and more often than not get admiring comments from passers by.The care and attention to detail that the guys at W.T. Author take is obvious to see. From the superb packaging that they come in, the hand stitched leather straps, to the hand written number card and service booklet.You can also sense when owning one of these timepieces that you have a real unique item and one that is special to you. I was able to choose two different numbered editions and knowing that they're the only ones in the world like that is very special, especially in the watch industry.I also really like the fact that they only release one design a year, it keeps me wondering what they might have in store for us in the future. If my current watches are anything to go by then I can't wait to see the next one.read more
Nils Vermeire
Nils Vermeire
2017-08-16T14:04:51+0000
I am the very proud owner of all the blue models and supporter of the brand since the first day. There is something... about W.T. Author that you will never find in any brand alike, they tell a story and unfold the history of watchmaking and the world. That, and the fact that they will only create 13 limited models, makes it quite a special timepiece to wear. The make is very high quality, all models feel very solid and sturdy. The straps are made of very strong leather and give the pieces an adventurous and original look. The battery life is very long, actually my 1905 is still running on the same power as it did when it first arrived, where the 1914 needed to have it's battery changed only once. Every year Sam and Jon come up with a new great concept, connected to a specific year in history only one per decade, telling a unique story.The anticipation that starts every year at the end of summer and ends around half november - december for me is hard to describe, I am always eager to find out what they come up with next and every time they exceed my expectations.read more
Andy Smith
Andy Smith
2017-08-16T13:27:41+0000
I purchased the Nº 1934 green dress watch as a gift to myself as I've never really owned a time piece that had much... more purpose than simply telling the time. W. T. Author's watches are more than just a timepiece, they have a history and a story to tell with each model. After months of looking through the range on the W.T. Author website, I finally decided to go with the Nº 1934 as soon as it was released in September 2016 and purchased #08 of 25 which gave it even more personal value to me.The full service from Jon and Sam has been exceptional from first contacting the guys, through purchasing to after care service. The watch arrives in a beautifully presented box and you get a real sense for how much pride they have taken in designing, building and sending the watch.I'm sure I'll be buying a few more products from W. T. Author in the very near future!read more
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INDEPENDENT:

FOUNDERS

WT Author was founded by Jon and Sam in Birmingham, UK. As the brand’s founders and primary designers, engineers, makers, and photographers, we are the creative force behind the brand. This changed in 2015 when Sarah, a frequent collaborator became a full member of our team too.

SERVICE

We take pride in the quality of a highly personal service. The setup allows quick and thorough support meaning you are never placed into a queue. You can talk directly to any of the group by email, social media, phone, or post.

SELF-FUNDED

WT Author is entirely independent meaning we have no investors to answer to. This allows us to create freely – and bypass corpocracy. Every creative element from the website to the handmade watches is produced in-house by three people. The ultimate dream is to have complete manufacturing control.

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ORIGINAL:

STUDIO

Sam designs and engineers every component that surrounds the movement. Every product that is created in our Studio is limited, bespoke and very different by nature. Every Chapter is given room to breathe and develop organically. Each component has the opportunity to evolve allowing us to get under the skin of the object and pinpoint the aspects that need presenting. It permits us to be selfish and create something unique with expression and emotion without pandering to a trend.

COPYCATS

We do not like copycats. WT Author is self-sufficient and relies on creating originality instead of creating an alternative style from an established name. The market is overcrowded by overpriced lookalikes, with very little or no ambition placed into introducing something new.

INDIVIDUAL

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. The world completely lacks personality, and so we decide to bring passion to the objects we produce. From the start we wanted items that remain honest and have character.

BUILT-TO-ORDER:

BUILD

Jon builds every watch 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. The Workshop is based in Shrewsbury where we receive each custom component. Each product is built and fitted with a precision movement that is tested beyond the usual quality standards. Our handmade leather straps are fitted onto the handmade watches, where it will sit in a sealed package with a signed book and limited edition print.

CHOICE

Every Chapter is limited to a specific number allowing you to select from a designated quantity (whether it is limited up to 125, 100 or just 25 pieces). Simply ask us if the number is still available, and if it is then it’s yours!

SEALED

Each package is wax sealed and shipped to you for free. Everybody has access to our products at the same price wherever you are in the world.

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HANDMADE:

STRAPS

Our leather watch straps are handmade in Britain using a variety of buffalo and Italian cow hide. Each strap is a reflection on the decade and refinement of each Chapter.

INCLUSIVE

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 desire to remain fair, open, and collaborative has given us the ability to produce unique objects to ship all over the world.

WORKSHOP

The Workshop is located in a disused Royal Mail sorting office where we build and photograph everything for WT Author. The location has given us the flexibility to setup creative spaces and assembly units to manage every aspect of the brand.
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LIMITED:

CAPACITY

Every Chapter is limited to varying capacities. The standard quartz handmade watches are limited to 125 pieces, the automatics are limited to 100 pieces and the Novelties are limited to 25 pieces. Exclusivity remains at the heart of WT Author.

MASS-PRODUCTION

Our products are bespoke as we take pride in individuality and keep everything highly personal. WT Author is against mass-production. It lies in authenticity and the beauty of the thing itself. There is no necessity to artificially add anything.

SIGNED

Our handmade watches are accompanied by a signed and numbered print to match the specific item. It sits alongside the graphics represented within the package and book.
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COLLABORATE:

PRINT

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

LEATHER

We work with 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. We make the straps for our previous Chapters ourselves.

TOOLS

We work with Mark Wilkinson of Bear Industries, a Lincolnshire-based precision engineer to make all of our custom tools. His talent creates functional objects that are as beautiful as each Chapter.
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BRITAIN:

ASSEMBLY

Our products are built in Britain with British and imported parts. Each component is assembled around an existing movement and individually tested before delivery.

DESIGNERS

The group is highly creative with a sense of individuality to pull away from anything else on the market. We value design over any other aspect to allow us complete freedom.

STYLE

We act on inherent cultural quirks and peculiarities to take our followers by surprise. Each Chapter is a celebration and snapshot of British eccentricity.
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EXHIBITION:

DIRECT

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.

TOUR

We tour across Europe throughout the year with our full collection. Check out the latest dates to see if our exhibition is near you right here.

ARCHIVE

We archive every Chapter we build. 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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DIGITAL:

INFLUENCERS

We do not believe in influencers.

SOCIAL

Our social media is personal and focuses on the journey and process. We share everything from the Workshop, Studio, exhibitions, and new collections throughout the year.

NEWS

It starts with news. Our homepage is the main channel for all the latest information. Subscribe to our newsletter here.
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