Roger W Smith to speak at George Daniels Lecture


City University London’s annual George Daniels Lecture, which takes place on December 2, will feature the screening of the documentary film, “Roger W Smith: The Watchmaker’s Apprentice”.

Most WatchPro readers won’t need to be told that George Daniels CBE, who died in 2011, created the co-axial escapement, one of the most significant developments in horology for the last 250 years.

After his death, the George Daniels Educational Trust was created to provide scholarships for City’s students and to benefit research in measurement and instrumentation at the University.


Roger W Smith was taught everything he knows by Daniels including all of the thirty-two skills required to design and make a watch entirely by hand.

He has continued to honour his mentor by incorporating the Daniels Workshop into the Roger W Smith Studio.

“I am delighted to be participating in the annual George Daniels Lecture,” said Smith. “City was of tremendous importance to George, especially given his beginnings at its previous incarnation, the Northampton Institute, where he studied horology and has left a substantial legacy for the provision of education in scientific instrumentation.”

After the screening of the film, Smith and chairman of the George Daniels Educational Trust, David Newman, will take questions from the audience.

The event takes place in the City University Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre (OTLT) at 6:30pm.

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