Island watchmaker Roger Smith has been on a special mission to Downing Street.
He presented one of the most important watches of his career to the UK Prime Minister’s director of communications, Conrad Bird at No 10.
Roger told Business News he estimated the value of the one-off watch at £180,000.
The timepiece was commissioned by No 10 to commemorate Great Britain as part of the Prime Minister David Cameron’s 2012 Olympic Games legacy programme.
The initiative celebrates all the facets of what makes Britain ‘great’ and has been supported by the British Isles’ leading brands, thinkers, innovators, sports stars and celebrities.
The watch is being loaned by the Roger W. Smith studio in the north of the island for the period of the initiative, which has received UK Government funding at least until 2016. Roger told Business News he was approached to make the watch on thebasis that his business covers the areas of innovation, technology and creativity.
Roger and his small close-knit team are renowned for the quality of the hand-made watches made at his studio. They are snapped up by wealthy customers around the world.
He said: ‘I’m very proud to be involved in this. It seems quite surreal.’
Asked about how the campaign leaders knew about his work he said: ‘They said they have ways of finding out about me.’ The watch, months in the making, has a platinum case, silver dial and blued steel hands. The Three Legs of Mann are engraved on the back of the watch which is likely to visit several countries over the next couple of years. ‘It’s wonderful, positive news for the Isle of Man’ said Roger whose mentor was the late George Daniels.