about Robert Loomes & Co
Robert Loomes & Co is a small family business of extraordinary watch and clockmakers.
Situated in the stunning market town of Stamford, half way between London and York on the old "Great North Road" the building houses four floors of horological expertise. Our principle business for many years has been the servicing, repair and restoration of fine clocks and watches.
With a large watch workshop where we devote our time to the repair of some very fine watches we felt bitterly frustrated that we saw so very few English watches or British watches. Robert felt doubly frustrated as his antecedent Thomas Loomes was making fine English watches in the seventeenth century. It was the smallest of leaps to see if we could produce our own watches.
England has always been at the forefront of luxury watchmaking. If you scratch the surface of a great Swiss brand today, you will find English designers working there, even English managing directors. Quite simply we lost our way in the 1960s and lost our manufacturing base.
It is quite lovely to see micro-firms produce watches of great skill and handicraft. What we wanted to do was to show that it is possible to manufacture in this country and in doing so to create a thing of beauty and rarity. The result speaks for itself.
Above shows detail of the engraved signature on one of Thomas Loomes' 17th century watches. You can easily see how we took care to copy the style of engraving and the traditional methods used by Thomas in the planning and design of our modern English watch.
Robert is a well known figure in the watchmaking world. He grew up in the family business working with his father, Brian Loomes HonFBHI in North Yorkshire, before moving to Stamford in 1991 to open his own workshops.
Robert is a fully qualified Member of the British Horological Institute, the organisation for training, standards and education in this country. He has in the past served as a director of the Institute for six years.
Robert is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce. He is an enthusiastic Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, founded in 1631 by Royal charter, this is the oldest horological organisation in the world and works hard to both encourage the training and development of watch and clockmakers and repairers in this country.
We had a nice writeup on www.escapement.uk.com. The website for the finer things in life!
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