First UK horology graduates exhibit project clocks


The first graduates of Birmingham City University’s new Horology degree course exhibited their graduate project clocks in the heart of the city’s Jewellery Quarter on Tuesday night.

The exhibition culminated in a prize giving ceremony with awards sponsored by Cartier, Christopher Ward, LVMH, Fellows, the Antiquarian Horological Society, Meeks, the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and HS Walsh.

Anna-Rose Kirk was the big winner on the evening winning the award for Best Performance over all three years of the degree, Highest Results award, Highest Result for Professional Practice work with clocks and Highest exam result for Horological Theory with Clocks. Kirk also jointly won the Best Combined Masterpiece and Supporting Written Work award with James Harris.

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Edward Mason was honoured for producing the Best Masterpiece Clock while Thomas Richardson won Highest Result for Professional Practise Work with Watches.

Andrew Law took the Highest Examination Result for Horological Theory with Watches while Stuart Andrews was honoured In recognition of Workshop Contribution.

Despite an initial brief which called for a simple clock design, the final projects included a tourbillon, a horizon clock and a regulator with half second deadbeat.

The ten graduates of the first cohort designed the clocks in their second year and began making them in September last year.

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