The one thing that the British have always done well is watchmaking. They were the undisputed masters of crafting time for centuries and lost their title only after refusing to change the way they worked. While Switzerland and America embraced the machine age, the
British preferred slow and steady. By hand. One watch at a time. And that stubbornness paid off. Finely-crafted British watches are irresistible to serious collectors. That’s why I love nothing more than exploring the tiny watch shops of London. I never know what I’ll find or when.
The Stauer Kensington is based on a black-dialled beauty I spotted
in the crowded display case of a vintage watch shop on Kensington High Street. I was running late for a flight home, so my decision
came quick. The shop owner couldn’t remember exactly where it came from, but it was clear that the watch had been someone’s
faithful companion. It had the scuffs and scratches of a world
traveller. I felt the face that striking wasn’t for retirement just yet.
I brought it along for one more hop across the Atlantic, so that it
could have a second chance...on your wrist! Stauer designers
have recreated the original watches bold dark face and oversized
numerals and added a trio of complications including a day, date
and 24-hour dial. The dial is protected by a stainless steel case and
a sturdy disc of Cotswold™ Crystal. The Kensington features an
extra wide stainless steel bracelet that secures with an integrated butterfly clasp. Inside, this watch keeps impeccable time with a
precision quartz movement and is water-resistant to 3 ATMs.