April memorial service planned for George Daniels

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Service in London for watchmaker will be open for all to attend.

A memorial service for the late watchmaker George Daniels CBE will be held in London in April.

The service at St George’s in the city’s Hanover Square on April 16 at 11:30am will be open for all to attend.

Daniels, who is famed in the watchmaking community as the creator of the co-axial movement, died in October at his home in England aged 85.

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During his career Daniels created 35 haute horlogerie timepieces and received a CBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours list last year, becoming the only watchmaker to ever receive the honour Master Watchmaker for services to horology.

He continued to work right up until his death and was in the process of a collaboration with fellow British watchmaker Roger W. Smith on a collection of 35 watches to celebrate the 35th anniversary of his co-axial movement. The plan, which will still go ahead, was to release eight watches in 2011 and then 10 a year thereafter.

When Daniels’ death was announced on professionaljeweller.com it prompted readers to leave tributes to the man often described as one of history’s most talented horologists.

Jim H posted: “George Daniels was a genius who struggled to have his work recognised. The cost of changing production and teaching new watchmakers his co-axial movement meant it lay dormant for 20yrs until Omega picked it up and slowly added the movement to new productions. I hope the industry recognises his genius and contribution to watchmaking by perhaps having an annual award named after him, Hopefully Omega will do something to honour this amazing man and his talent.”

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