Here is a story of neglect, replacement, and resurrection in Hollywood spanning nearly a century and involving Hugh Hefner, eBay, and the last American watch manufacture, RGM. It’s a fascinating journey leading to where we are now, and it is chock full of truly American entities. Meet the Hollywood 1923 watch by RGM, which incorporates a piece of American history.
Watches galore in NYC as WatchTime New York returned for its third edition October 13 and 14, 2017 at Manhattan’s elegant Gotham Hall. The annual event brings together some of the most prestigious brands in the watch world and opens them up to the public. Here are five new watches seen at the 2017 edition.
RGM celebrates its 25th anniversary with three enticing new models that offer something for everyone: history buffs, masculine wrists, and those who just like top-notch decorative embellishment alongside made in America craftwork are sure to love what Roland Murphy’s team has put together in honor of the quarter-century anniversary of the brand.
Since its beginning, RGM has created dials and movement components to manufacture its watches. Over the years, the brand has expanded its capabilities bit by bit, adding machinery, technology, and personnel in an effort to have greater control over production and to expand its design and engineering options. Follow us on a tour of the RGM workshop in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania.
Roland Murphy continues his celebration of 25 years of RGM watches with an unusual homage timepiece called Chess in Enamel, which pays tribute to historical American watchmaking with a genuine enamel dial, American stainless steel case, and a manufacture caliber.
RGM and acoustic guitar company C.F. Martin & Co. share their home state of Pennsylvania. Martin’s not-for-sale two millionth guitar as well as the celebratory 50-piece limited edition D-200 Deluxe guitar. If you’re wondering how a guitar maker managed to incorporate watches into its products, read on as it look’s and sounds out of this world!
Too little is usually said about the few great watchmakers located in the United States. And admittedly, they are few and far between. Here is a glimpse into the work of Roland Murphy of RGM by way of my own watch, the RGM Reference 151BE, shot against the backdrops of the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park.
Released in 2010, the RGM Pennsylvania Tourbillon made a pretty big splash among those who have educated themselves about such things. It is, after all, the only serially produced tourbillon made in America and is simply an increditastic watch from any perspective. Design, function, and finishing: it is at the head of its class.
The United States of America has a “secret” past in watchmaking that most people don’t know about and it has a lot to do with what Americans are good at: mass manufacturing. And more specifically, American watchmaking.