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Black Watch Maker Lovell Hunter

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I've recently bought a vintage Breitling (Navitimer) but he's on my list for future watches.




DERBY — Watchmaker Lovell Hunter is more than a skilled craftsman. He considers himself a fine artist, crafting handmade timepieces from his Derby home that sell to collectors and aficionados for the price of a mid-sized car.

“It’s a work of art, it's something that they can enjoy, not just for precision timekeeping, but it's a thing of beauty,” Hunter said.

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Hunter’s watches feature a "display" back, where owners can see intricate mechanism that controls the watch’s movement as it marks the passage of minutes and hours. Developing the skill to handcraft these mechanisms, though, took years. It also took a little help from a community college advanced manufacturing program offered through the Derby schools.

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DERBY — Watchmaker Lovell Hunter is more than a skilled craftsman. He considers himself a fine artist, crafting handmade timepieces from his Derby home that sell to collectors and aficionados for the price of a mid-sized car.

“It’s a work of art, it's something that they can enjoy, not just for precision timekeeping, but it's a thing of beauty,” Hunter said.


But Hunter's art is intended for a select few people to see, because the real beauty is on the back.

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Hunter’s watches feature a "display" back, where owners can see intricate mechanism that controls the watch’s movement as it marks the passage of minutes and hours. Developing the skill to handcraft these mechanisms, though, took years. It also took a little help from a community college advanced manufacturing program offered through the Derby schools.


And the privilege of enjoying the product of Hunter's work doesn't come cheap — his watches start at about $5,000 and can reach $25,000.
“You're paying for the aptitude of the artisan," Hunter said. "And so when they can put in these really special mechanisms, yes, the costs will be higher."
Like a fine watch Hunter's company, Love Hunter Watches LLC, is quite small. He doesn't have a website or much of a social media presence, and produces very few watches - single digits though he hopes to expand in the near future - each year.
 
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