WATCHPRO’S WATCHMAKERS TO WATCH: Loomes & Co

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Loomes & Co can hardly be described as a breakthrough brand. The British watchmaker has been making its own watches in its Stamford workshop for over a decade (it was a retailer and repair shop for generations), and took the craft to a new level after discovering a cache of Smith movements in 2011 that it has been modifying and mounting into classic timepieces ever since.

Owner Robert Loomes is at heart a horologist and traditionalist, but the business has been modernising and taking on a more commercial posture recently that is well worth keeping an eye on.

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The company is not likely to move into the high volume market, but that doesn’t mean it can’t make a greater impact with watches like this Stamford Original limited edition, made just 12 times in a yellow gold case and 12 times in white gold selling for around £48,500.

Every component of the Stamford’s movement was designed and made in Britain, including hairsprings and jewels.

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