George Thomas: Towson's Master Watchmaker

Hartwig Balke, one of the founders of Towson Watch Company

George Thomas is our co-founder and a distinguished master horologist originally from Prague. While living in Switzerland as a young man, the talented inventor-by-trade forged a profound expertise in horology. Going on to earn widespread acclaim for restoring some of the most important treasures in the world of horology, including Abraham Lincoln's pocket-watch and the oldest recorded signed watch dated to 1530. His mastery is showcased in tourbillon watches made-from-scratch at the NAWCC Museum and historic restorations at the Walters Art Museum, reflecting his prominent status as a master watchmaker. Eventually, George Thomas would establish Towson Watch Company with Hartwig Balke in the United States. 

George Thomas and Hartwig Balke constitute a specialized watchmaking team. Thomas focuses on regulating movements and assembling Towson Watches. Meanwhile, Balke, a product designer and engineer, spearheads the design process and establishes technical requirements for each reference and collection. Although most Towson Watches are designed by Balke, each bears Thomas's influence and expertise. In 2021, Thomas transitioned to mentorship, paving the way for a new generation of Towson watchmakers.

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