A small piece of history comes to Derby
A Cathedral Quarter jeweller has been chosen by an iconic watch brand to stock a limited edition watch, made with parts of Lord Nelson’s flagship vessel, HMS Victory.
Watts 1858, Derby’s oldest jewellery shop, in the Cornmarket, have five of the 250 steel and one of the 40 18ct gold watches made by award-winning UK watchmakers Bremont – incorporating some of the original oak and copper from the ship which is undergoing constant refurbishment and repair.
Watts Director Glyn Smoothy was invited by Bremont to a show at the Saatchi Gallery in London where they celebrated the watches which are now gracing some of the top jewellers throughout the world.
HMS Victory is the only remaining 18th Century ship anywhere in the world and part of the proceeds of each watch will go towards the refurbishment and preservation of the ship.
Launched in 1765, she is most famous as Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. In 1922 she was moved to a dry dock at Portsmouth, England where she is preserved as a museum ship. She continues to be flagship of the Second Sea Lord and is the oldest naval ship still in commission.
Glyn Smoothy said: “The watches not only look spectacular but, with being limited editions, are real collectors’ items and are a unique opportunity to own a little piece of Britain’s history.
“We were delighted to be chosen by Bremont as a premium stockist for the watch. Interest in the watches has been tremendous since they took centre stage in the window and they are definitely some of the most unusual watches that we have ever stocked at Watts.”
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