The American Railroad was invented in TWC’s backyard at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore MD. To serve the needs of rail workers, watchmakers began modifying their 6498 caliber pocket-watch movements for wristwatches. A new age of horology was born.

This legacy of mechanical innovation in America is celebrated today with the POTOMAC Collection. A series of timepieces that utilizes the same 6498 caliber invented by America’s former watchmakers. Designed for the patriots that continue to build this legacy today.


The Skipjack sailing vessels in the Chesapeake Bay are seen today as icons of local revitalization & industry. Serving the increased demand for oysters throughout the 1800’s and used again a century later to dredge blue crabs into the shallow tributaries of the bay. The timeless utility of the Skipjacks are a testament to American engineering. The PRIDE Collection speaks to the nautical roots vested in local industry and creation. Featuring one-of-kind stainless steel cases designed in-house by Hartwig Balke.


The Martin M-130 “Flying Boat” flew across the Pacific for the very first time in 1935, forever opening the skies to commercial flight. The aircraft was built by Glenn L. Martin Corporation in Baltimore, MD., a famous defense contractor.This commercialization of professional technology inspired Towson’s watchmakers to design the MARTIN Collection. A line of military-grade timepieces for everyday professionals.


Hartwig Balke & George Thomas moved to America to sail the Eastern Coast. While guiding their vessels through the Choptank River each night, the sharp lines and bold surfaces of the Chesapeake Bay’s iconic navigational beacons glimmered as bright as their light.

The artisanal nature of these structures made our founders crave their own sense of horological experimentation. The CHOPTANK Collection tests the bounds of shape in fine watchmaking, extending the design language of Towson’s former chronographs into a new frame. A line of timepieces that speaks to the artisanal nature of utility-first instruments.

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“I started life as a watchmaker in 1948. Hartwig started out as an engineer. We work together well because he essentially does the design and engineering work that I can’t do. But I’ve had a lot of experience doing restoration of antique watches for museums. These are 200 to 300 year-old timepieces. We have both ends of the technical spectrum covered, from current engineering to an understanding of watchmaking 500 years ago.” 

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