The momentous announcement has been made by Roger W. Smith: the first George Daniels 35th Anniversary Watch has been delivered! Roger W. Smith is co-creator of the watch and protege of the late Dr. George Daniels (1926-2011). The realization of this watch and its announcement in particular comes almost precisely one year following the passing of modern day watchmaking legend Dr. George Daniels; it is the culmination of a vision that Daniels approached Roger W. Smith with in 2009 and was announced to the world in 2010. But sadly, it was a vision that the great Daniels would not live to see come to life: in the fall of 2011, just three weeks after giving his approval for the prototype of the Anniversary Watch that he and Roger W. Smith had uncompromisingly and painstakingly worked on for two years, Dr. George Daniels passed away.
And so it was Roger W. Smith, up to then in close collaboration with George Daniels but now without, who pressed on with the daunting task of finishing the special Anniversary watch, a watch envisioned to commemorate the 35 year anniversary of the invention that made George Daniels forever famous in the world of high watchmaking — the co-axial escapement. The Daniels Anniversary Watch will now undoubtedly also be seen as a commemoration of the life of George Daniels.
Yes, you may have seen live pics already, but rest assured you haven’t seen a full break down on this watch like Perpetuelle delivers now. In particular you don’t want to miss our special look at the escapement in the watch (hint: it’s not quite what you think it might be). We’ve got all the details, on the jump.