How it's made: the watchcase

This simple film shows Martin Matthews, watchcase maker at work in his Clerkenwell workshop

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This fascinating short film reveals the pre-automated craft of watchcase making, involving the creation of tiny hinges and fine mouldings using a bow lathe and other techniques. Martin Matthews is an internationally renowned craftsman and goldsmith, and the fourth generation of his family to be expert in making watchcases. Matthews uses tools similar to those that his ancestors used over 200 years ago.

This is the pre-automated craft of watchcase making, involving the creation of tiny hinges and fine mouldings using a bow lathe and other techniques...