People often refer to horology as a ‘dying trade’, but it certainly doesn’t look that way from where we sit! There are only a tiny handful of qualified horologists in the Canberra region, and in the past twelve months demand has skyrocketed, particularly when it comes to repair and restoration of watches. We have a large backlog of work, including a number of challenging and exciting jobs, and are currently booked through with watch work for the first six months of the year. We would still love to hear from you, so please contact Mathew, our watch specialist, at the shop if you have a job in mind to discuss your options for later this year.
Horologist Mathew Little polishing a pivot for a wrist watch
A happy new year to you all from us here at Little and Son! Some news and updates from us as we head into 2015:
Intensive training in Switzerland Roger will be travelling to Switzerland at the end of April to undertake specialist training at WOSTEP (Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Education Program) – the premier watch training school based in Neuchatel. He will be away from the end of April until the end of June. We will post some updates from his travels, so keep an eye out.
Reduced opening hours During Rogers two month hiatus the shop will open two days a week – generally mondays and Wednesdays. Please phone prior to your visit to avoid disappointment.
Now servicing Braidwood We are now able to service the Braidwood area so if you live in or around this beautiful town give us a call to make arrangements. Visits on site to your home or business are available – please contact the shop for pricing and availability.
No clock work from mid March Due to high demand and Roger’s study travel we will not be taking clock work from the middle of March until July. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
We look forward to working with you in 2015.
Mathew Little – Little and Son Horologists
We have had to stop taking in new work for the rest of the year due to a large backlog and a high volume of new enquiries. During this time we will continue to do quartz movement replacements and minor jobs but no overhauls or complicated repairs. We apologise for any inconvenience but this will be better for everyone in the long run! We will resume standard operations from the middle of January 2015.
Thankyou for your understanding.
Roger and Mathew Little
Christmas opening hours
We will be closed on the, 16th, 17th, 18th of December
Open on 19th, 20th, and 23rd of December
Closed from 24th of December until 13th of January
We wish you all a very relaxing Christmas break!
Roger and Mathew Little
Little and Son
Over recent weeks, Mathew has been working on a collaboration with Melbourne-based furniture designer Elliot Gorham for Fringe Furniture – an exhibition taking place as part of Melbourne Fringe and showcasing innovations in furniture design. Together they have produced ‘Sabbatical Cabinet’, a wall cabinet which locks away a vice of your choice for a time of your choosing. Using handmade and pre-existing components, Mathew fabricated a 24 hour time lock to sit within the cabinet where a clear perspex cover enables the inner workings of the machine to be seen and enjoyed.
Fringe Furniture opens this Wednesday the 26th at the Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne. Find out more about the exhibition at the Fringe Furniture website HERE
The time lock before its installation in the ‘Sabbatical Cabinet’
This short video was recently released online and brings to light some serious issues creating major concern for watchmakers everywhere. It’s a cause that needs all the support it can get – please take some time out to watch this great short film. If you are interested in finding out more then we suggest heading to www.Save-the-Time.org where you can add your support by signing the petition.
“The Swiss watch industry has prevented the supply of parts to independent Australian watch repairers. Yet another corporate monopoly forcing independent traders out of business.
Help confront restrictions set by Swiss watch brands on the supply of parts for independent repair.”
Earlier this year we were fortunate enough to be visited by Gordon Land from the Lifestyle program at Radio and Media Productions. Gordon is himself a keen watchmaking enthusiast, and after two great visits and extensive interviewing with us he put together two recordings that you can download from the Radio and Media site. Thanks Gordon!
TO VISIT THE RADIO AND MEDIA SITE AND DOWNLOAD RECORDINGS CLICK HERE
Thanks also to Gordon Land for the photo!