For those admirers of American horology, RGM has something exceptionally unique going on in Mount Joy, PA, one month from now that you might not have any desire to miss. The American brand, established by watchmaker Roland Murphy in 1992, commends its 25th anniversary with an open house on September 15 and 16, 2017. Also, on Saturday the 16th, following the morning open house, guests will join Murphy for a three-hour private visit through the close by National Watch and Clock Museum (NAWCC) in Columbia, PA. There, RGM will divulge a few new watches made to commend the quarter-of-a-century birthday.
What is so extraordinary about this isn’t only that this excellent American brand is 25 years of age, yet additionally guests are ensured to get a genuine in the background take a gander at the unfathomable workshops and specialized ability of this company and its watchmakers and craftsmans. It isn’t each day that a watch brand welcomes its devotees and watch sweethearts inside for shows of vintage machines and cutting edge innovation working couple to make dazzling American watches. Truth be told, the brand was the first and is the simply one to make mechanical developments in arrangement creation in the United States since the late 1960’s.
Roland Murphy is known for his enthusiasm for keeping certain watchmaking expressions alive, including the excellent specialty of hand guilloche – the creation of fine engraved examples on watch dials and parts. This work, done by hand with a unique rose device, is unbelievably hard to accomplish. One should apply consistent pressing factor consistently for a uniform plan, and tolerance is genuinely an ideals with this motor turning workmanship. It is one that Murphy and RGM have idealized, and one that will be very fascinating to witness.
I have known Roland Murphy since the dispatch of his company, and have, on numerous events, had the opportunity to chat with him about his energy for repairing old developments and for building new ones, too. All that he makes honors the extraordinary time of American watchmaking, with refreshed panache.
The eponymous (through initials) brand is the chief American watch company making top of the line watches utilizing American-made developments and just the best materials. In addition to the fact that RGM offers quality assortments, unique releases and restricted arrangement watches, yet additionally the brand makes custom watches of top bespoke quality inside and out.
In actuality, in his workshops, Murphy fabricates his own developments and certain assortments are profoundly pined for. The Pennsylvania (801) arrangement watches, for example, have a strong yet old style advance gratitude to the ribbed case sides of the made-in-America cases. Wrapped up by hand, the design of these cases consummately coordinates with the nature of the inside calibre.
The American 801 development is motivated by America’s watchmaking history. For example, the scaffolds review those found in the Keystone Howard Watch Company’s “Edward Howard” model – a darling piece of now is the ideal time. The manual breeze, 19-gem, development is hand gotten done with a Cote de Genève perlage and offers hours, minutes and seconds.
Each of the watches in this assortment has reference numbers that suggest some significant element of the watches. For example, the letters PS addresses Pennsylvania arrangement, and different letters are likewise utilized for appropriate purposes: E represents Engine-Turned dial; EE implies Enamel and Engine-turned dial; S represents Skeleton dial; ES addresses Engine-Turned with Skeleton dial, etc.
In expansion to choice developments worked in the RGM workshops in Pennsylvania, the brand additionally has dominated the craft of lacquer, bringing Grand Feu genuine glass veneer work to a large number of the brand’s unique watches. These dials are outstanding and are frequently graced by similarly as natural accents, including minute tracks, subdials, inventive numerals and innovative hands.
For occurrence, RGM has reviewed the cherished Keystone Hands initially made by Keystone Watch Company in Lancaster, PA, from 1886 or 1891. In a portion of its watches, he uses these cornerstone hands, which isn’t only suggestive of history yet in addition of the brand’s own DNA, as Pennsylvania’s epithet is “The Keystone State.”
The rundown of accomplishments by this 25-year-old company proceeds to works of haute horology, with complex chronographs and even tourbillons being produced. notwithstanding building his own watches, RGM has been picked by galleries, closeout houses and watch companies to support and reestablish uncommon and elite watches and to make exceptional arrangement pieces.
Getting an insider’s perspective on where the sorcery in American watchmaking occurs, visit the RGM 25th Anniversary Open House. Pre-enlistment isn’t required.
Details of the RGM Open House
- Friday, September 15, 2017 – 10am to 4pm – Open House at RGM Watch Company, 801 W. Principle St., Mount Joy, PA 17552
- Saturday, September 16, 2017 – 9am to 12pm, Open House at RGM Watch Company, 801 W. Principle St., Mount Joy, PA 17552 – 2:30pm to 5:30pm, Reconvene at NAWCC Museum 514 Poplar St., Columbia, PA 17512
contact: RGM Watch Company