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People

Based in Glasgow’s Templeton Building, our multidisciplinary team of ten designers and makers oversee all elements of our watches, from design, to manufacture and assembly.

Manufacturing

The founding idea behind anOrdain is that designing and manufacturing should be intertwined under one roof. Some of our best ideas come from trying one thing and discovering another, and the loop between designing and making is at the very heart of who we are.

Enamelling

Vitreous, or Grand Feu enamel, is simply the art of fusing glass to metal. The process involves a wafer-thin metal disc and multiple layers of enamel powder that’s deftly sifted on, layer by layer, and fired at upwards of 800 degrees celsius. In five years, our team of three enamellers have mastered this great craft of watchmaking, and are now pioneering new techniques in the field.

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Thermal Hand Bluing

The bluing of watch hands through tempering is one sign of a finely-made watch; it’s a technique that is difficult to perfect and easy to get wrong. Thanks to our enamelling expertise, precision at high temperatures is something we’re well versed in, so mastering this traditional craft seemed like a natural progression for us.

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Watchmaking

Our watchmaker Christopher, along with his apprentice, Euan, hand-assemble every watch in-house. Due to the handmade nature of the enamel, every dial is slightly different, meaning assembly requires more time and skill than a watch with a ‘mass produced’ dial. The watchmakers assemble between two and four watches per day.

Design

We’d argue that what makes anOrdain special is our team’s diverse mixture of skills and talents, and our collaborative approach to design. Of our ten-strong team, eight are trained designers, and we engage each person’s discipline to design, prototype and manufacture in-house.




Initial design concepts rarely survive for long; new ideas, often stemming from experiments or accidents in the workshop, draw each project in fresh directions. A completed watch represents a coming together of many different ideas, creative backgrounds and areas of manufacturing knowledge.





  • History

    The idea for a watch company that could fuse contemporary design with traditional craft first occurred to Lewis many years ago, while he was visiting Loch an Ordain, a remote lochan in the Scottish Highlands.

  • History

    Some years later in 2015, he founded the company with a team of two: Imogen, our typographer, and Adam, our first enameller. Years of research work and design experiments first bore fruit in 2018, when we launched the Model 1, which took inspiration from cartographic maps from the area around Loch an Ordain. The watch quickly sold out its run of 260 pieces.

  • History

    In 2019 we launched the rugged Model 2, our take on the traditional field watch, in a variety of versions. In 2020, we revisit the Model 1 with a new interpretation of our original idea. Since we started, we’re proud to say that our initial concept has blossomed into a brand and creative practice with a worldwide following, drawing on the skills and shared values found within Glasgow’s flourishing community of designers and makers.

  • History

    In 2020, the team is made up of ten skilled designers and makers, working together to explore new creative territory. Our home is a studio comprised of three distinct spaces created specifically for watchmaking, enamelling and design. It’s housed in the Templeton Building on Glasgow Green, originally built as a carpet factory that employed graduates from Glasgow’s renowned art school. anOrdain operates in much the same way: drawing on local talent in order to design and manufacture in Scotland.

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