Introducing the James Lamb Origin Series

Introducing the James Lamb Origin Series

The Low-down

Lincoln, England isn’t exactly the first place you’d think of when you think of artisanal watchmaking. However, the city with the famous Cathedral is the home of independent watchmaker James Lamb, who recently announced his debut Origin collection, a quartet of limited edition watches with striking champlevé enamel dials and truly exceptional silver cases.

James Lamb Origin Series
James Lamb Origin Series

IMHO

It’s easy to get distracted by the stunning enamel dials — of which there are four versions, each following a fairly clear elemental theme, with an inset ceramic subdial. Honestly, that’s fair enough because they’re pretty great and almost have a jugendstil or arts and craft aesthetic to them that is entirely suitable for James Lamb’s brand of heavily handmade watch design. And while the dials are made by an enameller with over 40 years’ experience in the trade, the cases are completely made by Lamb himself, a mechanical engineer by training and a member of the British Horological Institute with over 20 years of experience.

James Lamb Origin Series
James Lamb Origin Series

First of all, there’s the case material — Argentium silver, a special, tarnish-resistant take on the metal. Then there’s the fact that the cases are completely handmade, milled, shaped and soldered into their final form using simple hand tools, heat and a lathe. On top of this, the dial blanks, winding crown, ceramic subdial and sundry other elements are made by Lamb. Aside from a truly unique experience, this custom approach to case construction (each case is hallmarked by the London Assay Office) allows Lamb to tailor the case size to the customer, with the typical size being 38.5.

James Lamb Origin Series
James Lamb Origin Series

Inside this traditionally made and classically styled case sits a manually wound Sellita SW210-1, good for 42 hours of power reserve and years of stress-free timekeeping thanks to its rock-solid construction. The movement is hidden behind a solid, engraved caseback that is designed to match the element represented on the dial, and the strap is a an 18mm nubuck option.

Only 50 pieces will be produced in total and made by Lamb himself in batches.

James Lamb Origin Series

Tech Specs

James Lamb Origin

Movement: Sellita SW210-1, manually wound, 42 hours of power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Case: Argentium silver, polished and hallmarked, typically 38.5mm diameter, engraved silver caseback
Dial: Choice of four designs, sterling silver with champlevé vitreous enamel
Strap: 18mm nubuck with pin buckle
Price: GBP 7000 (approx. USD 9,324)
Availability:limited to 50 pieces

James Lamb Origin Series

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Felix Scholz

Felix Scholz has spent the last decade covering watches from his home in Australia. Given this, it's surprising that he still struggles with time zones. Over the years he's become a firm believer that less is more when it comes to watch design – except when a rainbow bezel is involved. He's written for numerous titles including Hodinkee, GQ, A Collected Man and more. These days he looks after the Australian edition of Revolution and takes a break from writing about watches to talk about them, as the co-host of OT: The Podcast.

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