British Made Watches by S Michlmayr & Co Ltd
Meridian came to fruition with its launch in November 2012 at Salon QP. The ambition was always to produce a British made watch on home soil using British components. Simon Michlmayr, a second-generation watchmaker and Fellow of the British Horological Institute founded his clock and watch repair company S Michlmayr & Company Limited in 1986 but often dreamed of manufacturing his own brand of watch. With the help of some very talented people he has now achieved just that with ‘The Prime Collection’ and a range of five calibres based around a Swiss movement. Meridian glass back It is a watch that is intended to be worn, knocked about and enjoyed and sturdy enough to keep time through exposure to anything the elements can throw at it, whether in Britain or abroad. The watch case is manufactured completely in Michlmayr's Norwich workshops from one solid piece of stainless steel, ensuring durability.
With each case and back manufactured as a pair, they fit together perfectly and uniquely. The timepieces are water-resistant down to 1000 feet. The sandwich dial is constructed by hand and its brass back is painted in the preferred dial colour, with SuperLuminova™ applied for enhanced visibility in poor light conditions. The stainless steel chapter ring is then fitted, enabling the SuperLuminova™ show through the apertures in the dial itself. The skeletonised stainless steel hands, too, have been made, polished and painted on site. They are hand-colleted to the central shaft. Assembled from raw parts in the Norfolk workshops to Meridian’s specification, from a Swiss-made Unitas 6497/98 base calibre, the completely reworked ebauche serves as a platform for the modifications and modules that define the five Prime calibres. 1he Meridian emblem and is finished to match the case.
Hand finished stainless steel or titanium. Diameter 46mm.
The hand finished stainless steel or titanium screw down back uses the Meridian locking system and is engraved with the Meridian logo. Each case and back is matched as a pair.
Stainless steel allen screws with stainless steel strap bars.
If one assumes that a dial may simply be a metal disc with the necessary perforations and a printed face, that would be to underestimate the complexity of the specific component that gives a watch its ‘personality’. They consist of two discs that make up the ‘sandwich’ construction, the upper featuring cut-out numbers through which the luminous material shows. Every dial is handmade in our workshop, ensuring that each is finished with a slightly different colour and texture. By ensuring that no two dials are precisely the same, Meridian adds yet another level of true personalisation to every Meridian Prime timepiece.
The stainless steel or titanium double seal screw down crown is machined with the Meridian emblem and is finished to match the case.
Sapphire crystal with internal and external anti-reflective coating applied to military specification.
Hands are manufactured from Stainless Steel and individually collated and luminized by hand to suit the model.
The movement is the Meridian Prime calibre. Each movement is fitted with a high quality screw balance and a setting hack and is then timed and tested before being disassembled and hand finished. The watch movement main plate is spotted. The bridges are hand frosted and then re-plated. The screws are hand blued. Each watch is individually hand engraved with the Meridian logo.The movements are fitted into a test case and worn for one week before being installed into the production case. The power reserve of the standard movement is approximately 40 hours.
Each watch is individually tested to 1000ft.
24mm black or tan stitched leather strap.
The stainless steel or titanium buckle is manufactured in our workshop.