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PROFILE: Birmingham-inspired watch brand Thomas Ore

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Thomas Ore, the individual, was a prominent clockmaker in the 18th century, during a time when Birmingham was a world leading city in clock production.

Ore worked alongside Matthew Boulton, who had become a leading figure in the industrial revolution of the time.

Ore even opened his own shop in Birmingham’s Great Charles Street in 1779, and his reputation as a clockmaker was almost peerless. Indeed, one of his finest works has stood the test of time so well that it can still be seen to this day – the turret clock for Birmingham Cathedral.

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The shop was sold in 1789 following Ore’s death in 1786, but his legend lives on.

Today

Inspired by both Birmingham’s industrial heritage and Thomas Ore’s clockmaking prowess, modern Thomas Ore watches combine the engineering skill and craftsmanship that Ore himself was renowned for, with the best elements of contemporary design, precision and innovation.

Thomas Ore utilises the finest Swiss mechanics with a touch of added luxury through the addition of 26 jewels and polished stainless steel to produce watches that really stand out from the crowd.

Warstone White Moon Phase

The Warstone White Moon Phase timepiece allows the wearer to see the current phase of the moon as it is in the sky, on your wrist. It comes in varying colours, including white, blue and black.

The Warstone’s name was inspired by the famous road in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham, where jewellery workshops have traded for over 400 years.

The movement inside Warstone watches is a regulated Swiss Made Sellita SW-280-1 automatic movement, with a beat rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The watches have self-winding mechanisms and a running time of 38 hours.

Vyse Date Time

Our Vyse watch is another luxurious timepiece that’s based on the stylish clocks made by Thomas Ore. The classic design brings elements of industry and mixes it with modern fashion to create an original, eye-catching style.

The name of this model originated from the main thoroughfare of the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham; Vyse Street is lined with scores of jewellery shops.

The movement inside Vyse watches is a regulated Swiss Made Sellita SW-200 automatic, with a beat rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The watches have self-winding mechanisms and a running time of 38 hours.

Boulton Chronograph

The Boulton Blue Chronograph is named after Thomas Ore’s employer and great industrialist from the 18th century, Matthew Boulton. These gorgeous, stylish watches are available in three simple yet eye-catching colours; white, blue and black.

The movement inside Boulton watches is a regulated Swiss Made Sellita SW-510 automatic movement, with a beat rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The watches have self-winding mechanisms and a running time of 48 hours.

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