Sharing ideas to overcome any challenge, we believe in collaboration. Over the years, we have worked with like-minded partners ranging from dedicated artisans to intrepid adventurers.
Founded in 1986, Winch Design is regarded as one of the most innovative and technically competent design teams in the superyacht sector. Each design solution is totally unique, reflecting the client’s individual tastes, passions, ideas and lifestyle. Reinforcing the studio’s global reputation, each project is underpinned by quality, attention to detail and the team’s genuine enthusiasm. The Classis is a perfect example.
Almost 100 years after Sir Ernest Shackleton’s epic 1916 voyage across Antarctica, modern-day adventurers re-enacted his journey. Both crews relied on a Thomas Mercer chronometer. To mark our role in this re-enactment, we created the Shackleton Epic. The signatures of the Hon. Alexander Shackleton, Sir Ernest’s granddaughter, and Tim Jarvis, the centenary expedition leader, are engraved on the chronometer base.
British furniture designer Jake Phipps has a background in cabinet making. His award-winning work, far from ordinary, and full of character, aims to strike a strong emotional chord. He creates a wide range of objects designed specifically to produce an effecting response with effortless functionality and a natural elegance. In particular, he is a practitioner of the geometric rendering of mineral crystals.
Thomas Mercer is the Official Timekeeper of the Yacht Club Cortina d’Ampezzo. We attend the club’s racing and social events, including Ski Yachting, the annual skiing and sailing competition in collaboration with the Yacht Club Monaco, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and the Royal Thames London Yacht Club. As part of our partnership, we have a showcase at the YCCA clubhouse in the celebrated Grand Hotel Savoia, Cortina.
David Linley designs and manufactures furniture of uncompromising quality. Working with yacht designer Andrew Winch, his workshop has produced the fine Macassar ebony body of the Thomas Mercer Classis chronometer. Like other Linley creations, the chronometer case with hidden winding key drawer has the British characteristics of inventiveness, meticulous attention to detail, ingenuity, creative spirit, eccentricity, sophistication, wit and charm.
The cabinet of our Britannica table chronometer is clad in fine white leather signed by Foglizzo of Turin. Since 1921, Foglizzo has combined creativity, innovation and skilled know-how to craft the highest quality leather. Over the generations the company has honed its technical skills and its ability to collaborate with designers and manufacturers to meet the most sophisticated requirements.
We are proud to be a sponsor of Antarctic Endurance 2016, a Royal Navy and Royal
Marines research programme centred on a 6-week sailing and mountaineering expedition
to the Antarctic and South Georgia. Investigating team dynamics and performance, the
project aims to inspire a new generation of sailors and Marines to seek adventure and
challenge. Like Shackleton in 1916, the crew relies on a Thomas Mercer chronometer.
The Gipsy Moth trust is a Charity whose aim is to keep Sir Francis Chichester’s legacy very much alive for future generations. By acquiring and restoring Gipsy Moth IV – the predecessor of Gipsy Moth V used in 1966’s solo circumnavigation – founders Eileen Skinner and Rob Thompson wanted not only to retain within the United Kingdom this fundamental part of British sailing history, but also to make her available for people of all ages to see and sail, and to inspire a new generation of youth. The new British passport features the Gipsy Moth IV alongside a modern marine chronometer and its ancestor H4, John Harrison’s invention that nally solved the problem of longitude determination at sea.