Space Traveller Revived in London

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Hoptroff’s latest watch movement echoes a classic London watch design.

What the Dickens? The movement in a completed watch

What The Dickens?

More than ever, watches tell people about who we are, and what we believe in. Only by combining aesthetics and personalization can you truly achieve that.

London-based manufacturer of watch movements and timekeeping electronics, Hoptroff, today announced The Dickens, a new 7-motor quartz watch movement. The design was inspired by styling of The Space Traveller pocket watch, one of the most audacious creations by George Daniels, England’s greatest living watchmaker.

The Dickens uses Hoptroff’s patent-pending near field communications (NFC) technology to provide the extensive depth of personalization and customization in which the company excels. Each device can be tailored with individual user data, such as the birthdays of spouses and children, local sunset and sundown times, and tide patterns.

Hoptroff founder, Richard Hoptroff said: “Back in the era of Apollo moonshots, Daniels created a timeless masterpiece, imagining the needs of a space traveller. He understood the importance of tracking the positions of stars, the moon and the sun in combination. Though our contemporary version can be tailored to show whatever information the watchmaker desires, my favourite among our early prototypes stays close to Daniels’ original vision, showing solar time, moon phase and sidereal time.”

Both designs share two main dials side-by-side, each with one subordinate sub-dial, and a retrograde indicator at 12-o’clock. While Daniels placed a sweep second hand at the centre of the face, Hoptroff allows for two, one centred on each of the main dials.

Hoptroff added: “It’s the symmetry and delicately overlapping circles that drew us to this classic format. More than ever, watches tell people about who we are, and what we believe in. Only by combining aesthetics and personalization can you truly achieve that.”

The Dickens is named after writer Charles Dickens who lived in The Borough, not far from Hoptroff’s workshops in Southwark’s Bankside district of London. For more information on the watch movement or just to learn more about Hoptroff innovations, please visit http://www.hoptroff.com.

About HOPTROFF
Based in London, Hoptroff timekeeping electronics is a silicon foundry specialising in the design and manufacture of watch movements and associated electronics for highly personalised luxury timepieces. Hoptroff movements deliver breakthroughs in the design of tailored timepiece collections for the world’s watch making industry sing its patented electronics innovations. For more information, please visit http://www.hoptroff.com.

Hoptroff Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)20 7127 0605
Email: info(at)hoptroff(dot)com

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