Dedicated to the memory of the patient teacher Wynn Phillips and the loving grandfather Thomas Hall, both have their initials etched into the very fabric of time, forever.
At 13:00 Friday 13th September 2013 we launched a collection of independent British watches, the likes of which had never been seen before; the result of countless meetings at local coffee houses under Birmingham’s prestigious School of Horology. Discussing our love of fine watches, it soon dawned on us exactly how our friendship and passion for design could be directed into manufacturing a collection of our very own. And so begins our brand story…
Master watchmaker Wynn Thomas (W. T.) Author was created, forged by the initials of two gentlemen who have sadly since passed away but whose lasting impact has inspired us at every step. This single spark has led to an incredible adventure for two friends that has seen the creation of a timeless brand. Spawned from the art of storytelling and combining products built in Britain with bespoke design, the next thirteen years would see the release of one unique watch every year to create a collection that spans the history of watches with style and innovation since the dawn of the gent’s wristwatch from the last thirteen decades.
It is clear to everyone that the market is overcrowded by overpriced lookalikes, with very little or no ambition placed into genuinely introducing something new. Today’s watch industry completely lacks personality and so we decided to bring a certain romance back to the iconic accessory. We encompass each limited edition product with a unique character that is totally individual to the brand. This vision will always be carried forward into every product as we continue on this thirteen year journey into the history of watches.
From the start we wanted watches that remain honest and have personality. The ‘thirteen year plan’ extends from this philosophy and it soon dawned on us how special we could make this brand. By working towards a 2013 release we are now building upon a history of watches that will only become clear to our audience as we progress.
For our debut product we looked to the humble beginnings of gent’s watches that came with the turn of the 20th century, concentrating on the pioneering ideas of that era (the transformation from pocket watch to wristwatch, the shoulders brazed onto the case and typography applied to the indices and packaging). And we will continue this mentality with every year going forward as we design for the next decade, and so on. Jumping to 2025, we will have thirteen watches each summarising thirteen decades of design in the history of watches.
We give every part of this project room to breathe and develop organically. Each component has had the opportunity to evolve allowing us to really get under the skin of the design and pinpoint the aspects that we want to use in order to sum up the decade. We will be pushing forwards to celebrate style innovations and technological breakthroughs meaning everything will be considered along the way with no stone left unturned. As far as the future designs are concerned we are happy with the framework and we certainly have the ideas in place.
Our workshop is based in the Shropshire countryside where we receive each tailor-made component from every corner of the globe (from USA to South America, Asia to Switzerland and of course, Great Britain). We assemble each product and fit precision movements, tested above and beyond the usual quality standards. We make and fit each strap from beautiful Buffalo hides onto the watch, where it will sit in the packaging with the signed book and limited edition screen print.
We want as much control of the product as possible and this will only grow as we continue to progress. We want to ensure quality, but our primary objective is really just to be us. We feel we have something with that human touch that other watch brands at this level just do not have.
We believe our products should be accessed at the same price wherever you are in the world. As a way to thank our global followers every product comes with FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING as standard.
W. T. Author uses a 28 day returns policy for returning non-faulty products.
Please get in touch with us before returning.
Unfortunately we cannot offer free returns on any UK or international orders; you will need to pay for items to be shipped back to W. T Author Ltd.
The item must be sent as a recorded delivery, and insured up to the value of the product to guarantee it’s return to us.
Domestic & International Returns Process
- Follow the instructions below to return your item(s):
- Return the product to us in a saleable condition.
- Please ensure you mark whether you would like a refund or an exchange and reason for return.
- Take your parcel(s) to your nearest Post Office and send to the following address:
- W. T. Author Ltd. The Barley House, 3 Plaish Park Court, Plaish, Church Stretton, SY6 7HY
Domestic & International Exchange Process
- If you would like to exchange any product from the site, please specify the style you would like to receive.
- Please then follow the ‘Domestic & International Returns’ instructions.
- Specify the reason for your exchange and follow the returns process above.
- We aim to send your exchanged item within 2-3 weeks of receiving your item to the address above.
- Again, the item must be sent as a recorded delivery, and insured up to the value of the product to guarantee its return.