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Custom Watch Building Experience

St Andrews, Fife   

• Build your own customised wristwatch
• At Kartel's flagship store & workshop in St Andrews
• Modern classic timepieces with Scottish heritage
• Personalise your watch with a caseback engraving

What's Included

• Build your own bespoke watch to take home
• Welcome and introduction with refreshments
• Local whisky, wine or beer, tea and coffee along with fresh local fruit and home made shortbread is provided
• Learn about the history of local watch manufacturing and the story of the Kartel brand
• You will be guided through the range of components with the options of case designs
• Choose from a vast range of straps, available in leather, cashmere and wool as well as authentic Harris tweed options
• The master watch-builder will guide you through the assembly to create your finished timepiece
• Personalise your watch with a bespoke engraving
• Allow approximately one hour for this experience

What Can I Expect

Create something truly unique on this watch making experience - a custom wristwatch hand built by you! You'll join the watchmaking team at Scottish brand Kartel at their workshop and flagship store in St Andrews, learning how to make a watch to your own specification.

Kartel is built on over 250 years of local watchmaking history. Being in the heart of Fife, Scotland's industrial heritage and landscape plays a huge part in the inspiration for Kartel watches. From the precision assembling, to the watch straps made from Harris Tweed or Johnston and Elgin's cashmere blends, each watch proudly displays its Scottish roots.

After introductions and a brief history of watchmaking at Kartel, you will set about building your timepiece. The first decision to make is which case design to choose, exploring a multitude of case and dial colour combinations. Then you'll pick a watch strap. With the face, the hands and the other moving parts all ready, it's time to assemble your customised Kartel watch.

Under the watchful eye of the master watchmaker, you'll put together all the elements you've selected to build your watch. Once complete, there's a chance to further personalise it with an engraving. You'll be shown how to do this yourself on the engraving machine - so if you've got a special message, date or meaningful phrase you'd like to engrave onto the caseback of the watch, this is your chance.

You can also upgrade components and materials you choose for your watch, with the extra cost incurred payable on the day.

To accompany your horology workshop, you'll be treated to some classic Scottish refreshments, such as a wee dram of whiskey or a beer, with local produce such as berries and shortbread. Of course, tea and coffee is available for those not wishing to indulge in a tipple.

We think this watchmaking experience in St Andrews is a wonderful opportunity to see how watches are made and to learn about this long-established Scottish watch brand, which prides itself on making modern classic timepieces inspired by the land and the industry of Scotland. And every time you check the time, it'll be on your personally built Kartel wrist watch!


• Weekdays and Saturdays throughout the year
• Sessions are generally available at 11:00 and 14:00 on weekdays and 11:00 on Saturdays
• Dates are subject to availability


• St Andrews, Fife

Suitable For

• Minimum age 18
• Experiences can be booked for a maximum of 4 people


• Not suitable for spectators

Anything Else

• Vouchers include £79 retail credit to use against your finished watch
• Optional upgrades on watch models or components can be purchased on the day
Delivery TypeDelivery TimePrice
Standard DeliveryEstimated 2-3 days - Most delivered next working day*£1.95
Weekly Special DeliveryGuaranteed next working day£7.50
Saturday Special DeliverySaturdays Only£11.70
European Delivery3 - 5 working days£4.50
Rest of World Delivery5 - 7 working days£6.50

All orders places before 4pm will be dispatched the same working day

* 93% delivered next working day

All orders are sent in plain packaging so as not to ruin the surprise.

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Premium Gift Pack

Premium Gift Pack includes a brushed metal steel tin which will hold your personalised gift voucher and a Company booklet. The Premium Choice.

(incurs a £4.99 shipping charge)

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Standard Gift Pack

Standard Gift Pack Comes with a Smart envelope,your personalised gift voucher and a Company booklet. The Personal Choice.

(incurs a £1.95 shipping charge)

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The Into the Blue E-Voucher is an instant email option,it consists of a personalised email and a pdf download of your personalised gift voucher.The Instant Choice


Vouchers are usually valid for 22 months from the date of purchase (unless otherwise stated) and shall become invalid on the expiry date. The expiry date is set out on the Voucher. Vouchers may be extended for a further 22 months on payment of an admin fee of £10 plus any increase that may have taken place for that activity since the original date of purchase. Please note that some Vouchers cannot be extended; this will be stated on the Voucher. PLEASE NOTE: You must book and take your experience before the before the expiry date of the voucher.
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Custom Watch Building Experience
Watch Building Experience
Total Price£99.00
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