New Glasgow Watch Service Centre Launch Marks Latest Milestone In £5 Million Investment Programme

14/03/2024

UK renowned, luxury family jeweller, Laings, marked the latest milestone in its £5million programme of investment with the official launch of its watch service centre located in Glasgow.

The state-of-the-art centre, which is the first of its kind in Scotland, has been delivered through a £1.1million outlay. It comes as part of a wider £5million programme of works by Laings, which also includes the complete design and fit-out of a brand new, multi-floor flagship store due to open later this year and full refurbishment of its head office, all located within the iconic Rowan House building on Buchanan Street in Glasgow.

The new 1500 sqft site comprises a private reception area and cutting-edge workshop and will provide clients from across the UK with a modern, purpose-built destination for all their timepiece servicing requirements. Luxury watches including Rolex, Patek Philippe, TAG Heuer, Longines and OMEGA can all be serviced on-site in the Glasgow centre.

Under the professional management of Serena Gough, Services Director at Laings, with space for eleven watchmakers, three technicians, three polishers and a final quality control technician, the team is responsible for carrying out complete servicing, maintenance services, refurbishment and adjustments to the high quality watches Laings works with.

Included in these roles are opportunities for apprentice watchmakers and trainees within the world of watchmaking. Laings has hired four people completely new to the field – one of whom is currently studying at the highly prestigious British School of Watchmaking, which is helping to train the next generation of watchmakers.

The teams’ combined expertise will ensure that each watch that passes through the centre will be serviced to exemplary standards and with the greatest care.  The centre itself partners modern, high-tech machinery with traditional tools, which marry generations of age old skills with the support of modern precision.

Stuart McDowell, Managing Director of Laings, said: “This is a truly pivotal time for us as a business. The launch of our pioneering UK service centre marks the latest step in a proud journey of delivering the highest levels of skilled craftsmanship and underpins our drive for excellence in client servicing and care across our operations.

“It is a reflection of our continued commitment to invest in our people, to breathing new life into the ancient craft of horology and to securing its future for generations to come.” 

In 2023, Laings opened a Rolex Authorised Service Centre in Cardiff, bringing an exclusive new offering to clients in Wales and providing clients with a unique personalised service, set to a standard recognised by Rolex.

Speaking on this latest milestone, Serena Gough added: “When Laings was founded in 1840, it was a company based on the skills of clockmaking, watchmaking and goldsmithing.  In the present day, we are continuing to invest in the skills, talent, passions and expertise that shape those crafts, housed within a collaborative and innovative environment.

“Aside from being the largest service centre owned by an independent jeweller in the UK and the first in Scotland, it is a privilege to work alongside our incredibly talented team, who are all focused on delivering excellence in both the work that they do and the precious timepieces that they are preserving.”

The UK service centre can service up to 10 timepieces at any one time and expects to carry out more than 2000 in its first year of operation.  Laings now has plans in place to open a further Rolex Authorised Service Centre in its new store in Southampton, which opened last year following a relocation to larger premises within the Westquay Shopping Centre.

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