The Marloe Watch Company make hand wound timepieces with irresistibly intricate mechanisms. Based in Oxfordshire, the startup has attracted a cult following after reinvigorating a forgotten craft and smashing its initial crowdfunding target.
Marloe was formed by Oliver Goffe after guests at a bachelor party were unable to tell the time because all of their smartwatch and smartphone batteries had died. Goffe was also inspired by childhood memories of seeing his dad hand wind his own watch.
The idea embraces a slow-living counterculture, taking things back to a time of simple and traditional devices – although the mechanisms employed on Marloe’s wristwatches are anything but.
Designed in the UK, the Cherwell includes an “exhibition” case-back that reveals the inner workings of the Sea-Gull ST36 winding movement selected for its reliability and delicate design.
The timepiece takes its name from a river that meanders through Oxford close to the city’s famous university and includes an engraved quote on the rear from one of its most most famous alumni, C.S. Lewis.
The Chronicles of Narnia author was part of famous Oxford literary group the Inklings that included The Lord of the Rings creator J.R.R. Tolkien. The engraved quote reads: “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour”.
Featuring a smaller 38mm face, compared to the Cherwell’s 43mm design, the collection also includes the Derwent. It’s based on a pressure gauge design by thermometer maker Sidney Brannan and named after a river that passes through the Lake District.
The Derwent features a Japanese-made Miyota 6T33 winding movement, selected for its small size and reliability, and will be joined by another Marloe model expected to arrive later this year.