Coggiola Watches is the latest in taking historic timepieces and reworking them into modern and timeless creations. Founder and watchmaker Sebastian Salvado has taken his passion for timepieces and created a business that reforms classic pieces into something that works for you. Salvado has combined his passion with art to help clients create bespoke watches that have relevance and history.
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Sebastian Salvado is the creative mind behind Coggiola Watches. Salvado is an American with Spanish and Italian heritage. Born with a musical ear, Salvado studied music at Stanford University and completed his Doctorate in Musicology. He went on to study at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Oslo, Norway where he completed his dissertation in music. Salvado continued his studies in 2014 and 2015 at the Norwegian Institute in Rome, Italy.
While researching his postdoctoral music theme, Sebastian Salvado became interested in a hobby that had followed him from his youth, watchmaking. Salvado had already pursued his interests in watchmaking while studying music at Stanford University. He learned the basics of intricate watchmaking from a watchmaker in Mountain View, California. Combined with his love of music and history, watchmaking only made sense for the aspiring musician.
Establishment of Coggiola Watches
When in Rome, Sebastian Salvado took his love of historical timepieces and his artistic and technical talents to new heights. He began playing around with nineteenth century pocket watches and recreating them into modern wristwatches. The result was Coggiola Watches Roma.
Coggiola Watches Roma
While focusing on his music and his new family, Sebastian Salvado continued to live in Rome, Italy and pursued his hobby of recreating vintage watches. Salvado founded Coggiola Watches Roma. The company was named in honor of his Italian grandmother who was born in Coggiola, Italy. Sebastian Salvado created his watchmaking company which caters to timepiece enthusiasts. Salvado has grown his company by recreating intricate, historical English timepieces into modern and custom wristwatches. His bespoke creations have become a hit among watch enthusiasts.
What Coggiola does
Sebastian Salvado works one on one with clients through face to face visits or through email to recreate their most cherished timepieces. Salvado takes his knowledge of timepieces and forte with mechanics and love of music to re-create bespoke wristwatches for his clients. Salvado has quickly gained a following in Italy and throughout the world.
Sebastian Salvado’s watchmaking hobby stems from his love of antique English timepieces. Salvado and Coggiola specialize in taking nineteenth century English pocket watches and creating modern wrist watches. Before the early twentieth century, English timepieces were made exclusively by hand. No machines were used, so each watch was unique. Sebastian Salvado prides himself in keeping the uniqueness of the watches he works with. No two are ever exactly alike.
Sebastian Salvado takes unique watchmaking to the next level. He uses no machinery when he gives new life to his customized creations. The intricate parts of each watch he restores is reworked by hand. Only hand operated equipment is used to rework the timepieces. As much as possible, Coggiola Watches retain the original mechanisms of the watches they revitalize. When necessary to replace original mechanisms, Coggiola Watches continue to use only hand operated equipment. Like the original English timepieces created in the nineteenth century, Coggiola’s revitalized models are unique because they are recreated by hand or by using only hand operated equipment.
Once Coggiola Watches revitalize the original watch mechanisms the casings are recreated with great care. Casings are highly personalized. Materials used include brass, bronze, stainless steel, aluminum, acetal, celluloid and wood retain their authenticity. These materials should match the character of the watch’s owner. Over time, the watch casings should not only compliment the owner, but should age well with the owner, The casings are the most personal part of the watch, and Sebastian Salvado and Coggiola Watches take pride in working one on one with each client to restore his casing’s authenticity while personalizing each casing to match its new owner.
The final step of Sebastian Salvado’s watch restoration is creating the part of the timepiece that is new, the watch band. Again, Salvado works with each individual client to create a watch band that retains the authenticity of the vintage timepiece while modernizing the look and capturing the personality of the owner. Band material and style are carefully chosen to complete the beauty of each vintage wrist watch.
Coggiola’s most recent watch recreations include some of England’s finest timepieces. These include a restored Gowland Brother’s watch from the 1890’s with a beautiful open casing and leather band. An 1895 Robert Roskell bronze cased watch is striking. An 1872 Victor Kulberg London timepiece features a brass casing and leather band. Wright and Craighead’s Clerknwell 1908 retains its unique vintage mechanisms, and a P. & A. Guye, London for John Walker timepiece from 1885 is just one of the recently restored Coggiola Watch creations.