Paulin Watches: Turning back time in Partick
Paulin Watches have launched their debut collection of timepieces – all designed and assembled in their Partick workshop.
Watchmaking was once a thriving industry in the UK. And Paulin Watches say they have an ambitious plan to bring the manufacture of affordable, high quality watches back to Britain.
This first range of watches has three basic styles, each with three or four variations. Understated and minimalist in design, these are classic dress watches powered by Japanese quartz Miyota movements, featuring 316L grade stainless steel cases, Italian leather straps and presented in UK-made packaging.
But the Purdon Street-based company’s long-term aim is to manufacture every component in the UK.
Co-founder Charlotte Paulin said: “There’s an ecosystem of suppliers behind a watch and those suppliers, and their expertise, disappeared from the UK decades ago. So with a project like this we’re really starting from scratch and the only way to build up UK suppliers is by generating a demand they can supply. We believe the way to do that is by selling watches in volume and this belief has really shaped our business model – affordable luxury, able to thrive in a global market.”
The second phase of the company’s plans are already underway with on-going investment in training and equipment to bring strap manufacturing in house by early 2015.
* With prices from £120 see paulinwatches.com