Husband and wife watchmaking team Craig and Rebecca Struthers went on a road trip to hand-deliver the first piece from their collaboration with Morgan Motor Company.
Craig and Rebecca attended the MOG2014 event in Harrogate last weekend arriving in style after driving to the event in a stylish Morgan 4/4, which served as the “coolest wrapping we could think of” for Struthers for Morgan #1 of 5 according to Struthers London managing director Rebecca.
Master watchmaker Craig Struthers, who personally custom designs each watch in collaboration with a network of craftspeople and the buyer, said of the first watch: “the client was amazing to work with; they visited our studio at the start of the build where we ran through samples, exchanged ideas and made suggestions. We completely tailored the watch to suit the client’s classic Plus 8.”
The duo selected the Omega 30TS series movement, which as well as being durable, can easily be dated by year allowing Struthers London to select movements based on the year of each customer’s birth.
Craig Struthers added: “We colour matched the burgundy leather to the car trim, added walnut burl panels to the box to mirror the dash. The solid silver dial which we make in-house was fired with cream ivory hard enamel to match the paintwork. Where we initially had traditional English acanthus leaf engraving on the movement, the client requested a more contemporary grill design to match the iconic Morgan car grill used throughout their ranges. As a final bespoke touch, we set a garnet into the solid 18ct rose gold crown using a unique setting design by our master goldsmith.”
This first watch is one of only five being produced in 18ct rose gold.
Discussing the watch’s three-month build time, Struthers continued: “Our watches manage to be brand new yet manufactured with an instant heritage. Each watch comes with a story which we are passionate about sharing with our clients, to make sure it’s conveyed we produce a unique printed manual of the build process which is given with each of the watches we make featuring the exact watch the client walks away with on their wrist.”