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Watchmaking - Reflecting After 8 Years

Posted on March 13 2019

It has been 8 years since I officially launched The Stanton Watch Co and recently I took some time reflect on this amazing adventure. I opened up the safe and spent some time going through all my past limited editions that I’ve created. At this point, I've created 15 different editions or variations of an edition. There’s a few that actually sold out so quickly that I never got a chance to save one for my own collection.

When I introduce a new watch edition, I truly only make enough components to complete the amount that I designated for that limited edition. This helps maintain the integrity of the editions and also lets you know that the watch on your wrist is a unique piece that I've built with precision, patience, and meticulous attention to detail.

Overall, I’ve got 11 of the 15 watch editions in my own collection. Each watch brings me back to a specific time in life. Looking at each edition reminds me of the many things that influenced my design choices at that specific moment in life.

Here's the list of editions: 

Ludlow Edition - Gold
Ludlow Edition - Stainless
Essex Edition
Mulberry Edition (women's)
Mercer Edition
LES Edition - I (a/k/a LES Blue)
LES Edition - Series II
Grand Edition
Newport Edition - Silver
Newport Edition - Blue
Hudson Edition - Classic
Hudson Edition - Series 5214
Libertas Edition
Voyager Edition
Voyager Edition - Smoke Series

I often get asked which of the watches are my favorites. That’s a hard question for me to answer because I truly love them all. However; I hold a special place in my hart for two of them, the Ludlow Edition - Gold and the Hudson Edition - Classic.

The gold Ludlow Edition was the first limited edition that I ever created. I built that watch with a two-tone stainless steel case and yellow gold bezel. I learned so much from that journey. Most importantly, I learned just how much I loved creating something that a person can immediately appreciate and treasure for generations. 

The classic Hudson Edition was one of my most intricate endeavors. I worked with an incredibly skilled case maker to create a subtle lip over the side of the case where the bezel and case back would extend. Navigating those design challenges was exciting and whenever I put that watch on my wrist, I am reminded of the sense of accomplishment I felt when I completed the first Hudson Edition. 

Thanks for reading and I look forward to adding more to the Watchmaker's Journal each month.