HOW YOUR BARROW WATCH WAS MADE.
Why you should care.
We care a great deal about the artisans and makers that create our wristwatches. We want to be sure that our supply chain is honest, that our makers are paid well, with good working conditions. And, that you can buy from Barrow with a clear conscience.
From warehouse to wardrobe, here's who made your Barrow wristwatch.
Barrow Studio. Sydney.
Barrow watches are designed by Daniel Felice, in Sydney. Once the finished design has gone through quality testing it is shipped back to our Sydney based studio and delivered to you.
Watch Movement. Switzerland.
There wasn’t really a decision to be made, we were always going to power the Barrow watch with a Ronda movement. Switzerland has earned itself an enviable reputation as a manufacturer of the finest watch movements.
Ronda is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of mechanical and precision electronic quartz watch movements and we are proud to use the prestigious company to keep our watches ticking.
Watchmaker. Shenzhen, China.
We spent a long time looking for a watch partner that could manufacture our wristwatches ethically. Not only has our chosen factory exceeded our product quality audit and are wonderful to work with but they have passed the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA). This means that they employ skilled technicians and watchmakers who are over the age of 18 years old, they work a standard work week and they are paid fairly.
Manufacturing the Barrow watch is a big deal for us, so reading that our new partner was great on paper and over email wasn't enough to settle our nerves, so in June 2018 we 'popped in' to visit the factory and found everything in tip-top shape. While we were there we did a quality audit of the first Barrow watches made. You can read more about SMETA here.
Strap Makers. Hong Kong.
We were lucky enough to be introduced to our sustainable watch strap makers through our leather artisans. They have worked with them for years and told us they produce the best watch straps they've seen and they are right. The craftsmanship is flawless!
The company follows strict ethical employment and sustainability standards (authorized ISO 9001:2015, BSCI Business Social Compliance and German Quality Supplier standards).
The standards ensure:
- Working hours and fair compensation
- Occupational health and safety
- Child labor and protections for younger workers
- Forced/bonded labor and precarious employment
- Freedom of association and collective bargaining
- Ethical business behavior
- Anti-Discrimination policy
- Environmental protection
You can read more about BSCI standardshere
Leather tannery. Pisa, Italy
On a trip to Italy, we toured a leather workshop who spoke with great passion about high-grain vegetable tanned leather. So, we got in touch with the tannery and ordered some samples; and it was one of the best decisions we’ve made.