The companyâ€™s modern facility allows it to craft much of its timepieces in-house. The assembly of Garrick timepieces takes place within a dust-free environment where â€œpositive air pressureâ€ prevents contaminated air entering the workshop. Traditional and modern machinery allow us to create dials, cases and movement parts in our own workshops.
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Often on mass produced watches, an index adjuster is used to effectively adjust the rate at which the balance oscillates. Whilst this approach lends itself to the mass production of movements, it does disturb the isochronism of the balance spring. Moreover, the rate is more susceptible to change, depending on the position the watch is held.
Garrick felt it could do better. By creating a free sprung balance, the length of the balance spring is fixed and the rate is adjusted by tightening or loosening the screws affixed to the balance wheel. The result is that the balance spring breathes better and confers greater accuracy.
However, Garrick wanted to go beyond this, creating its own in-house balance wheel, designed with the screws affixed in-board to the spokes of the wheel, mitigating the disruption to the airflow.
Trial results have vindicated the decision to adopt this approach by delivering superb accuracy. Nevertheless, with a desire to continuously improve, the design of the balance wheel has evolved further, with the latest version featuring rounded internal angles making it simpler to produce.
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An increasing number of watch brands choose to chemically treat screws or watch hands to achieve a blue colour. The outcome is a homogeneous shade of blue which is devoid of any personality. The screws subjected to this approach appear the same, adopting a predetermined shade and denoting their mass-produced origins.
In line with the companyâ€™s no-compromise philosophy, Garrick thermally blue watch hands by hand, carefully subjecting the steel to high temperatures to achieve the most exquisite blue tone.
The process begins with the hands being placed on a copper tray containing brass filings. The hands are heated and, courtesy of the brass filings, the temperature remains relatively constant.
During the bluing process, the time-served watchmaker has to allow for different depths of metal. Those areas which are thinner will adopt a bluish shade more readily than thicker sections. Consideration will also be given to the prevailing temperature of the room.
Thermal bluing requires a deft hand and is time-consuming, but the result is that each screw or watch hand is bestowed with its own unique shade, featuring a fusion of blue and purple hues.