Rockingham International Horse Trials
Join us! We are the official timekeepers for Rockingham Castle International Horse Trials, 20th, 21st and 22nd May 2016.
For the third year running we are offering a hand-built English wristwatch to the competitor with the closest to optimum time for cross-country.
A huge list of international riders (16 nations this year) including many Olympic hopefuls for Rio will be competing. Last year Sir Mark Todd, NZ, walked away with what he said the most valuable prize he had ever won in thirty five years of Eventing.
Come, say hello, enjoy a superb day out or weekend even.
The Everest Watch – a fascinating horological experiment for Loomes & Co. A limited edition of 100 robust automatic watches built in Stamford.
As with the Robin watch, the dial and case are made in England. The dial is machined in the building with our unique integral dial feet.
Where our entirely British made watches rely on using vintage components, for the Everest watches we machined the bridges, cocks and rotor here in the building, to take a standard European wheel train and escapement. We chose an interesting escapement design with a low degree of engagement – one which chould handle temperature changes well and retain accuracy in the field.
Most Swiss watches have a high angle of lift at around 50-60 degrees. It is rugged and reliable. Marine chronometers have a much lower angle of only around 25 degrees but they are delicate. We compromised with a design at 42 degrees.
The watches were designed to survive the Royal Gurkha Regiment climbing on Everest for a 70 day expedition. The guys wore them every day through storms, blizzards and temperatures of minus 35 degrees.
One of the Everest watches was raffled for charity earlier this year, raising vital funds for the Gurkha Welfare Trust and The Mountain Trust.
A limited edition of 100 watches will be produced.
The Everest Story….
The Mountain Trust and the Gurkha Welfare Trust both provide education and healthcare in the remotest parts of the Himalayas. When the Royal Gurkha Regiment set out to climb Everest they were just as keen to test out our watches.
The watches left Stamford after a huge send-off at Stamford Town Hall with sundry fabulous guests including the Chairman of the Horological Institute and their vice president Viscount Middleton, curator of the Institute museum where one of the watches remains on display.
By the time they returned, we had already raised six and a half thousand pounds for the two charities involved.
The Everest watch is a unique piece of horological interest. Robust, automatic and waterproof, it is designed to cope with extremes. It sits inside the same elegant and discrete case as the Robin watch.
We have to thank our photographer, Alun Richardson FRPS, for the astounding images he was able to bring back. Alun spent weeks with the Gurkhas, climbing at altitude in the Himalayas, to bring back some extraordinary photographs.