Walnut burr watch box
I had designed this watch box purely around the watch. Looking at the watch face, you will see the hour markings are detailed from what look like bars, sat above the working movement. I had replicated this look by using walnut bars on the lid and surrounding the whole box, almost like a skeleton frame.
In between this frame I used Walnut burr with its busy grain pattern, this burr is to replicate the workings of the watch. The walnut bars on the lid of the box all align towards the brass ring, this is 43mm in diameter replicating the bezel of the watch. The ring is engraved with the name and date of the watch when it started life in 1890 as a pocket watch, before being transformed in to a wristwatch.
The watchstraps are made from alligator leather, so I lined the box with the same leather. This box has a very elegant feel and vista to it, complementing the watch itself. The secret to this box is the hidden dovetail drawer that holds the booklet of the watches transformation to current day. This drawer is released on a spring action by pressing the brass rod on the inside of the box.
I took inspiration from the Victorians and their penchant for secret drawers and compartments in their cabinetmaking, and recreated the mechanism by making a wooden hinge and using spring steel.