Microbrand Profile: Video Interview With Scott Wilk Of Wilk Watchworks

Microbrand Profile: Video Interview With Scott Wilk Of Wilk Watchworks

Starting any sort of business on your own is always a daunting task, but have you ever wondered what it’s like to start up your own watch brand? Scott Wilk of Wilk Watchworks definitely has a story to tell. Beginning his journey as a jeweler and discovering watchmaking from the outside in is only part of what sets Scott’s experience apart, so we paid a visit to his small workshop in Toronto on a balmy -10ºC (14ºF) winter’s day and let him tell us his tale.

Microbrand Profile: Video Interview With Scott Wilk Of Wilk Watchworks ABTW Interviews
Scott Wilk, of Wilk Watchworks

Ever wondered what makes microbrands so interesting? Well, perhaps it’s that the company founders are alive today, have yet to be exalted to superhuman status within horological folklore, and their grand visions have yet to come into complete focus. It makes for a much more human connection between enthusiast and brand, and Wilk Watchworks can definitely demonstrate why we all feel compelled to pursue our love of watches.

Microbrand Profile: Video Interview With Scott Wilk Of Wilk Watchworks ABTW Interviews
The Lydian Tourbillon with Power Reserve Indicator is the latest limited edition. 41mm of fun!
Microbrand Profile: Video Interview With Scott Wilk Of Wilk Watchworks ABTW Interviews
Scott Wilk is working away at filling some laser etched indices.

Watch our full interview with Scott and find out how he got to where he is, where he's going from here, and what he has for your wrist. (Doctor Wilk ...I'll need 41mm of Tourbillon, STAT!)

P.S. Not going to Basel? Wilk Watchworks will have a booth March 23rd to 27th at the One Of A Kind Show in Toronto, Ontario. wilkwatchworks.com

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    Video interview? How can I watch this at work? I will need to wait until I get home tonight… 🙂

    • Raymond Wilkie

      You should be able to just click the youtube link in the article for it to play.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Hats off to the guy.He wasn’t happy, had a dream, and went for it ( with a baby on the way ! ) learning some valuable lessons on the way. i think his creations are fantastic and he has managed to come up with some very attractive and original designs. Skeletonised pieces you can actually read ! . Well done and continued success.

  • SuperStrapper

    Well, I’m being flagged to the one of a kind show under duress (on my birthday no less). But it looks like there might be something there to save me…

    • Matt Smith-Johnson

      Definitely! Scott is a great guy too.

  • iamcalledryan

    Really like some of these, especially the price-to-fun ratio. I wonder how long the tourbillon’s last, though. I would prefer to get their basic ETA models and enjoy seeing the value in the dial rather than a risk escapement.

  • otaking241

    I admire this guy’s passion but the close-up shots of those Chinese movements are just cringe-inducing. It’s a shame because the detailing is quite nice otherwise. Maybe a case where you should learn to crawl before you try to walk–build up a base of watches with some quality movements and more reserved designs before jumping to the skeletonized tourbillon? Just a thought.

    • Matt Smith-Johnson

      I do know he does carry a range of very simple and cleanly done case/dial combos, and he does have some high end Swiss movements available. Having the option of Chinese movements make these watches attainable for a wider group of people and drives new interest in watchmaking. I have no interest in a skeletonized watch from anyone at this stage, but when I first got interested in mechanical watches it was one of my favourite things to see… all the works ticking away!

      I think it’s good that watches like this exist, as I want mechanical watches to be around forever… And without new, younger, and wider interest the whole thing will dry up.

      Although we all have preferences regarding design, I can say that Scott offers enough options for everyone… The Bronze Nereus in the picture above is probably what I would go with, but I like different stuff from the next guy.

      • Matt Smith-Johnson

        …I also do love the Lydian Tourbillon as well. It was fun as hell to wear.

    • bjs314

      Except that he is selling watches, hand over fist – and quite a few to guys who also own $3,000+ watches, so its possible you have no idea who his market is.

    • commentator bob

      There are some really strong Chinese movements (although I wish this guy would list his source). Why should this guy compete with Seiko, Orient, Citizen, Hamilton and Tissot, all of which have great automatics for under $500, when instead he can do a tourbillion for under $1,000.

      • Leonardo Segura

        It’s a a Chinese made, Hangzhou movement. There’s more info on his website, under the customization menu choose movement and scroll all the way down for more info.

  • commentator bob

    I have no problem with using Chinese movements (how else does one do a tourbillion for under $1,000 US) but on his site he lists them as “Asian”. They are obviously not Japanese so he should list them as Chinese and state the brand. If they are Sea-Gull then they are fine movements which should work very well. In addition to Swiss and Japanese movement watches I have a three Chinese movement watches. The Elgin skeleton (under $50) (unfortunately they did not fare as well as Hamilton (Swatch Group) and Bulova (Citzen)) and Parnis sterile GMT Batman (under $100) work very well with hacking, hand wind and full GMT functionality in the GMT. The Stuhrling Original Travel Explorer (the most expensive at $120) also has full functioning GMT with a rotating world time baezel, but the hacking only works 50% of the time.

    • Leonardo Segura

      It’s a a Chinese made, Hangzhou movement.
      There’s more info about all his movements on his website, under the customization menu click on movements and scroll all the way down for the tourbillon.
      This one has a 40 hours power reserve, with +/- 25 seconds per day.

  • Berndt Norten

    The key issue is this: what are we getting by buying from Toronto insteada straight outta Kowloon? Who services the tourbillon in the 24 months of warranty? Does he? This would be mighty tempting if it came with warranty service from Canada. Somehow I doubt he can do that…. Having said this, if i were in the market for a Chinese tourbillon I would probably roll the dice and buy from Canada

    • bjs314

      http://wilkwatchworks.com/info/care-maintenance/

      Scheduled Maintenance: For all of my watches I recommend that you bring it back to me for maintenance every 3 to 4 years. Just like a vehicle, the oils and lubricants in your watch need to be changed to keep the wear on your movement down to a minimum and to keep the watch running smoothly. If neglected for several years, the watch can become damaged by the oils congealing or seals may fail and allow moisture to enter the watch. It is important for the longevity of your watch to have it maintained on a regular basis.

      • Berndt Norten

        Thanks. I missed that. Cheers, B.N.

      • Berndt Norten

        Thanks for providing that info.

      • peter_byford

        Due to advances in lubricants, especially synthetic ones, it is now accepted that the usual historically accepted service period of 5 years should now be extended to 10 years. I don’t wholeheartedly agree with this, so have no issue with 3 to 4 years . Co-axial technology was hailed as a breakthrough in lengthening service intervals due to a reduction in friction in the escapement, but as watch repairers have commented on , that’s fine as it goes, but what about the gears, drive train, hands pinnions, date & day discs…….they need lubricating too. Food for thought ?…..keep giving good advice my friend !

  • Ulysses31

    I quite like the bronze one. Some hits, some misses.

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