I would like to recommend a great article from the UK Daily mail about British watchmaker Roger Smith. Making barely 10 pieces per year, no two Roger Smith timepieces are alike, and each one is made almost entirely by hand. Smith is one of a very select group of men worldwide who know how to do this, in large part due to the tutelage of watchmaking legend George Daniels (Daniels is best known for inventing the co-axial escapement, now used widely by Omega). Watch enthusiasts can give thanks that some of George Daniels watchmaking talent lives on through Roger Smith, though Smith certainly is one of those unique individuals with talent all his own.
So it is a fantastic story, I think you will enjoy and learn an interesting thing or two as well: The British watchmaker beating the Swiss at their own game with £86,000 timepieces, Mail Online June 16, 2012
More on Roger Smith at http://www.rwsmithwatches.com/ — he has a splendid website, too!
A Roger Smith Timepiece
Roger Smith’s unassuming premises
Dr. George Daniels and Roger Smith