The Masterworks of Time collection of horological masterpieces is a tremendous example of one person spending their life in search of important and technically significant pieces that document the history watchmaking through the centuries. Click above to discover the highlights from the first of the four-part series of sales, George Daniels: Visionary.
Through the passage of time watchmakers strove to develop new mechanisms and skills to enhance the telling of time. As these skills developed so did the design and decoration. The early stackfreed watches of the 16th and 17th Century demonstrate the amazing craftsmanship and artistry of these makers at a time when the tools and resources available were very basic. As techniques enhanced so did the decoration of the watch cases with beautiful colourful enamels being prevalent in the 18th Century and even more so in the 19th Century for pieces made to cater for the new demand in the orient.
Throughout time all watch making ateliers used skilled outworkers to manufacture sole components. There where case makers, dial makers, wheel makers etc. The watch was then assembled by the artist craftsman. George Daniels, who was inspired by such revolutionary watchmakers as George Margetts, took it upon himself to master these individual skills to make every component himself. The mechanical masterpieces he created are appreciated around the world for their exquisite design and meticulous attention to detail.