It is thought that Frodsham delivered the watch, the first white gold example ever made, to an English collector in 2018.
The price is an illustration of how much heat there currently is in the market for independent watchmaking of the right calibre, something which has only been exacerbated by the lockdowns of 2020. Gone are days where Rolex and Patek Philippe were the only brands making serious returns on the pre-owned market; in recent years they have been joined by Philipe Dufour, then F.P. Journe and now, it would seem, Charles Frodsham.
The watch was only revealed to the press in recent years after nearly two decades of development and refinement by the London clockmaker. Its story takes in the most famous names in the history of watchmaking with legendary English watchmaker Derek Pratt suggesting Frodsham use an escapement invented by George Daniels, who himself was inspired by Breguet’s natural escapement.
Despite the watch’s historic inspiration, present day Frodsham used some groundbreaking techniques to produce it including a dial of ceramic rather enamel and dial indices printed using PVD, a technique more commonly used to add coatings to watch components.
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