Watchmaker going for gold with £15,999 timepiece

The Red Robin, made by Robert Loomes
The Red Robin, made by Robert Loomes

A Stamford-based watchmaker has been invited to show his latest gold standard product at an international exhibition.

Robert Loomes has taken his Red Robin watch to the Salon QP show at the Saatchi Gallery in London, which starts today (Thursday)

The watch has an 18-carat solid rose gold case and is on sale for £15,999. It is the culmination of two years’ work and follows the Robin, an entirely English-made timepiece.

Robert said: “We went to a lot of engineering companies for the Robin. Since then we have invested fairly heavily in our own machinery, including one that was the price of a house.

“We can now do a lot of the work here so we have been able to manufacture this solid gold watch here in Stamford.”

Many of the components are now made in the workshop in St Mary’s Hill, including a specialist dial that comprises a 0.2mm sheet of copper with layers of white glass and glass ink.

Robert said: “It will last forever. Most ordinary dials fade and chip.”

The Salon QP show first ran three years ago. Last year Robert was invited to show off the English-made Robin and this year he is expecting a lot of interest in his latest product.

He said: “Before we even put out a picture of the Red Robin we had four customers pay large deposits to get one.

“The was hugely pleasing. That was the real push that meant we knew we were doing it right.”

The Red Robin comes in men’s and ladies’ sizes, with only 50 of each for sale.

They will be exhibited at the Salon QP show until Saturday and will be on sale at the shop or at the Robert Loomes website.