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Savvy student seals Swiss success

A Birmingham City University [BCU] horology [the study of watches and clocks] student was treated to a trip to the historical home of Swiss watchmaking, after winning a major competition sponsored by British watch retail giants Christopher Ward. Marcus Laing, a student at BCU’s School of Jewellery, enjoyed a week-long trip to the picturesque town of Biel, Switzerland – complete with a grand tour of Christopher Ward’s manufacturing facilities. The competition saw second-year BA Horology students at the university enter unique watch and clock designs as part of an end-of-year module. Laing used cutting-edge Computer Aided Design [CAD] technology available

Highlights of New Designers 2023

On Friday Benchpeg visited the New Designers show 2023. With a sparse showing of jewellery and silver specific courses in representation, combined craft courses are clearly becoming a dominant factor in educational pathways. However, it was great to see strength in many of the jewellery, silver, gold and horology specific course degree shows. Here are a selection of our found highlights of the show (in no particular order). Shinta Nakajima Shinta Nakajima In an age where ancient symbolism has lost its mysterious power, Shinta Nakajima, has confronted the question, “Why do we decorate?” In traditional silversmithing, flora has been used

Harrods to extensively redevelop Fine Watch Room

Over the coming months, Harrods had announced that it will be undertaking a complete redevelopment and expansion of it's Fine Watch Room, starting this month and due to be completed in Spring 2018. Harrods have worked closely with architects, Rundell Associates, to create an entirely new environment that celebrates the art of watchmaking, and brand partners in large new boutiques which will ultimately offer an haute horology destination in Knightsbridge. The new Fine Watch Room will expand across two floors, featuring a central sweeping, marble-lined staircase beneath a vaulted ceiling, with leather lined walls created by leather-expert Bill Amberg, a