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The History of Rotary Watches

The History OfRotary Watches In 1895, Moise Dreyfuss opened a small factory in the Swiss town of La Chaux De Fonds, with the aim of producing high-quality watches. It was here that the Rotary brand was launched, quickly gaining a reputation for producing amazing, durable timepieces.‍The business grew quickly, and 12 years later, Georges and Sylvain Dreyfuss opened a further office in Britain. The company imported the family’s watches, which were very well received. The company’s famous ‘winged wheel’ logo was introduced in 1925 and has remained as the company’s... Read More


The History of Casio

The History OfCasio Watches Casio is one of the most well-known brands in the world, and for decades the Japanese company has been producing high-quality watches to meet market demand. They remain an enduring symbol of timekeeping to this day, but alongside their range of watches, Casio also offers a huge selection of electronic products as diverse as calculators and musical instruments.‍In this article, we delve into the history of one of the world’s most famous watch producers. Pre 20th-Century Watches Casio’s most famous products are its watches, but to... Read More


The Most Popular Brands Amongst Millenials

The Most Popular Brands Amongst Millennials Exclusivity, quality, and high-end craftsmanship used to be the key differentiators for luxury fashion labels. But are they good enough to impress millennials? According to the Financial Times, millennials are the worlds most powerful consumers. So let’s take a look at just which fashion and luxury brands are most popular and dive a little deeper into consumer habits. The Most Popular Luxury Brands in the UK Luxury Brands Fashion Brands Select a brand for more info 63% Positive Opinions From Millennials 60% Positive Opinions... Read More


Why is the Chinese New Year different?

You would be forgiven for scratching your head and wondering just why the people of China celebrated their New Year a week or so ago – some four weeks after we celebrated it here in the UK! However, there is one distinct difference between our New Year and the Chinese New Year. Unlike our Gregorian New Year, which is influenced by the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year is determined by the historic lunisolar calendar. The date of which determines the moon phase and the time of the solar year.... Read More

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History of watches

  At HS Johnson we have a rich heritage in watches stretching back to 1946, but that’s just a fraction of the time that the watch industry has been in existence. The earliest record of a timepiece dates back to 1530. Peter Henlein, a German clockmaker from Nuremberg, Germany, is said by some to be one of the first watch manufacturers. They were originally worn for ornamental, rather than purely functional purposes, and according to literature from the era, would operate for a length of four hours at a time.... Read More


Buy from H.S. Johnson with confidence this Christmas

For 70 years, H.S. Johnson has been selling watches, clocks and jewellery from our Anson Street store in Rugeley, Staffordshire. If you’re looking for something extra special this Christmas, our designer watches and stylish jewellery will make the perfect gift for a loved one. Best of all, you can buy from us in-store or online with complete confidence, safe in the knowledge that you can return or exchange a festive present should you need to. As a family-run business we take great pride in our reputation for outstanding customer service,... Read More


The H.S. Johnson Gift Guide for Men

Men can be incredibly difficult to buy for, but if you’re looking for a gift they’ll always treasure, you really can’t go wrong with a gift from H.S. Johnson. One of our signature collections is our watches. A watch can be a real statement piece for any man, young or old, as well as a symbolic piece that will remind him of the gift-giver and occasion. Whatever your budget, we’ve got beautiful styles starting from a very affordable £37.99, right up to professional divers’ watches for something extra special. Analogue... Read More


The H.S. Johnson Gift Guide for Women

Christmas is a season of festive sparkle, and there’s no better way to reflect this than by treating her to a piece of jewellery from H.S. Johnson. Whether you’re looking for gold, silver, or something a little different, we’ve got the perfect present to go under the tree. With some of our favourite designers crafting jewellery which is sure to turn heads during this party season, why not look at our ranges from Calvin Klein and Hot Diamonds? Featuring precious gemstones and the style and quality you’d expect from some... Read More


Watch Movements Explained

Ever wanted to know the difference between an automatic or a mechanical watch? We take a closer look at the different watch movements and explain exactly how they work.   Mechanical A mechanical watch utilises a mechanism that measures the passing of time. Using a spring, it can be wound periodically to stay accurate. The spring then releases its stored energy to power the watch. Mechanical watches are usually not as accurate as quartz as they need to be wound often to continue showing the correct time. The second hand... Read More


How To Care For Gold Jewellery

Looking after your precious gold jewellery is important if you want to preserve the look and quality of your jewellery. Whether you want to care for your earrings, necklaces or bracelets, regular cleaning is vital if you want to keep your gold jewellery looking like new.   But what’s the best way to look after your gold jewellery pieces? There are a number of homemade cleaning solutions that are effective at helping to look after your jewellery. Whether you are wanting to restore an older item or simply keep on... Read More