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The bluing of steel watch hands and screws takes place in-house using traditional methods

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 company’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.

Quill & Pad

Thanks to the new Calibre UT-G01, the Portsmouth is set to become the first watch that defines the company as a watchmaker first and foremost

Escapement

The Garrick Portsmouth is an expensive watch but, based on its array of attributes, justifiably so. Indeed, I would even suggest the watch is actually underpriced and would warrant another £4000 on the asking price and still prove competitive

Monochrome

The important thing for British watchmaking is that Garrick Watch Co. is very much part of the conversation.

The Telegraph

Norfolk based outfit incubating long lost skills, and turning out exquisitely finished watches using a new movement.

Quill & Pad

Thanks to the new Calibre UT-G01, the Portsmouth is set to become the first watch that defines the company as a watchmaker first and foremost

Escapement

The Garrick Portsmouth is an expensive watch but, based on its array of attributes, justifiably so. Indeed, I would even suggest the watch is actually underpriced and would warrant another £4000 on the asking price and still prove competitive

Monochrome

The important thing for British watchmaking is that Garrick Watch Co. is very much part of the conversation.

The Telegraph

Norfolk based outfit incubating long lost skills, and turning out exquisitely finished watches using a new movement.