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.