Watch Building Experience with Kartel Scotland Edinburgh

4.8 (6)
Edinburgh, GB
4.8 (6)
Edinburgh, GB
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Immerse yourself in Scotland's rich watchmaking history with the Watch Building Experience by Kartel Scotland Edinburgh. Step into our luxurious flagship store in St Andrews, where you'll learn about the art of watchmaking and have the opportunity to create your very own bespoke timepiece. With our One of One design service, you can choose from a range of components and personalize your watch with a special engraved message. As you embark on this unique journey, indulge in the finest Scottish food and drink, including local whisky, beer, and wine, accompanied by fresh fruit and Scottish tablet. Our master watch builder will guide you through the process, from selecting the case design to choosing from our range of straps made with authentic Scottish materials. You'll even have the chance to operate the engraving machine and add a personal touch to your creation. Take home not only a custom-made wristwatch but also memories of a truly Scottish afternoon.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Suitable for 1-8 Participants
  • Small Group Tour, Private Tour
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Warm welcome with local whisky, beer, and wine
  • Learn about the history of local watch manufacturing
  • Choose from a range of case designs
  • Explore a variety of Scottish straps, including leathers and Harris Tweed
  • Personalize your watch with a bespoke engraving
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • £245 retail credit for your custom built watch
  • Engraving Equipment

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The Watch Building Experience with Kartel Scotland Edinburgh is an extraordinary activity that combines the rich history of Scottish watchmaking with the opportunity to create a truly bespoke wristwatch. Located in the heart of historic St Andrews, this luxurious flagship store offers a unique setting to immerse yourself in the art of watchmaking and learn about Scotland's contribution to this timeless craft.

What to expect?

During this immersive experience, you can anticipate an interactive journey into the world of watchmaking. Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted by a master watch builder from the St Andrews workshop. As you indulge in local whisky, beer, wine, and delectable Scottish treats, the history of local watch manufacturing and the captivating story of the Kartel Scotland brand will be shared, inspiring you for the creation of your own timepiece. You will have the opportunity to handpick each component of your watch, starting with the case design that best reflects your personal style and needs. Explore a wide range of straps crafted from authentic Scottish materials, including leathers, cashmere, wool from Johnston's of Elgin, and even the iconic Harris Tweed. Guided by the master watch builder, you will assemble your chosen components, witnessing your unique wristwatch come to life.

Who is this for?

The Watch Building Experience with Kartel Scotland Edinburgh is perfect for individuals who appreciate craftsmanship, unique experiences, and personalized accessories. Whether you are a watch enthusiast, a fashion-forward individual seeking a one-of-a-kind statement piece, or simply someone with a passion for Scottish heritage, this experience caters to a diverse range of interests and preferences. It is an inclusive activity that welcomes anyone with a desire to create something extraordinary and lasting.

Why book this?

This captivating experience offers more than just the creation of a custom-built watch. It is a journey into the heart of Scottish watchmaking, immersing you in the rich history and heritage of the craft. The unique selling points of the Watch Building Experience lie in the opportunity to handpick every component, resulting in a truly bespoke timepiece that reflects your personal style and taste. The use of authentic Scottish materials adds an extra touch of luxury and uniqueness. Beyond the watch-building process, the atmosphere of the flagship store in St Andrews provides a warm and inviting ambiance. Indulge in the finest Scottish food and drink as you embark on this creative adventure. Additionally, the ability to personalize your watch with a bespoke engraving adds a sentimental touch, making it a cherished memento for years to come. This experience is not just about the watch itself, but also about the memories created and the stories shared.

Good to know

During the Watch Building Experience, you will receive a retail credit of $245 to put towards your custom-built watch, ensuring that you create a timepiece that perfectly aligns with your vision. All necessary equipment, including the engraving machine, will be provided. Snacks and alcoholic beverages, including local favorites, will be available throughout the experience to enhance your enjoyment. Whether you are a watch aficionado or someone new to the world of horology, the master watch builder will guide you through each step of the process, ensuring a seamless and memorable journey.


Customers who have participated in the Watch Building Experience with Kartel Scotland Edinburgh have expressed great satisfaction with their personalized wristwatches. They highlight the exceptional guidance provided by the master watch builder, the quality of the Scottish materials used, and the overall immersive experience of creating their own timepiece. Many reviewers appreciate the attention to detail and the opportunity to engrave a personal message, making their watch truly unique and sentimental. The combination of history, craftsmanship, and the warm hospitality of the flagship store in St Andrews has left customers with lasting memories and a deep appreciation for Scottish watchmaking.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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4.8 (6)


Didn't know this existed! Lovely watches in the St James centre. Couldn't do the full watch building experience as we were on way to dinner but was still able to choose strap and buckle with option of engraving. Really nice watches too! Staff soooo welcoming and made our visit very enjoyable. Hope to book into full experience on our next visit to Edinburgh.


Booked this as a birthday gift for my fiance, he absolutely loved it Jordan was very knowledgeable and patient throughout the process. Couldn't thank him enough for his customer service! Highly reccomended


If you like watches and enjoy customizing things to make them yours, this tour is for you! We had so much fun learning about the company, seeing all the options to build our own customized watches while sipping scotch the entire time! I own many watches, but I have been wearing my Kartel watch every day since we made it! Highly recommend this experience!


I purchased a watch here in March 2023. The process in store actually went find, although the watchmaking experience essentially involves picking a case, picking a strap then getting the back engraved if you want it. When finalising the sale I was told the strap wasn't in stock, and would take a few weeks to arrive. Fine I thought, no problem. However, from this point onwards it took a long time to sort everything out, and the customer service on the Kartel side wasn't great, in fact it was practically non-existent. I was initially told it would take a 2 or 3 weeks to come back in stock. After hearing nothing after 3 weeks I called, to be told the same thing again ("a few more weeks"). After a month a manager intervened and told the shop to give me a different strap so I could at least wear the watch I had paid for. Over the next four months numerous deadlines passed, with no updates from Kartel; I was never contacted on their initiative, and every time I had to call them for an update. Each time I was told "a few more weeks". I was eventually guaranteed delivery by a certain date, otherwise I would be provided with a refund. That deadline came and went, and when I called for news (again, they didn't call me, I called them), the manager I had previously spoken to was on holiday and hadn't left any instructions. So nobody had a clue what I was talking about. Eventually in mid-July, four months after the purchase, I received a call from a manager (after prevouisly phoning the shop that day and asking to be contacted) to tell me the strap would arrive imminently - and it finally did a few days later. On that call, I was promised a refund as a gesture of goodwill, but that hasn't materialised, which I suppose reflects the rather loose management they seem to have of customer service as they have no doubt forgotten about that promise. The watch itself is nice. I'm not sure if it's worth the £215 I paid for it, but it has the novelty value of being a Scottish watch. Less than six months later, the same watch costs £265, a price hike of more than 20%. However, it would have cost £175 had I bought it in the autumn of 2021, and even today it is being sold online in the USA (by aristorwatches) for $130! I'd give an extra star to reflect the enthusiasm and friendliness of the staff, but in general the customer service doesn't seem to have developed in line with the company's growth, and what should have been a fun experience has only been a source of hassle.


I enjoyed meeting Jordan at Kartel. He patiently helped me select components for two separate watches and worked to make sure I was satisfied. One item needed to be mailed to me after I left, but they gladly did so. I would recommend this unique experience to anyone visiting the area.


I had been bought a watch building experience by my wife, and I am afraid to admit it, it took me ages to get round to utilising it. My tardiness aside, my visit to the Kartel Showroom in The St James Quarter, Edinburgh, was absolutely spot on! My experience was faultless, from the initial warm welcome given to me by Dale, all the way through to leaving with my new timepiece. I was made to feel part of the Kartel concept, through being introduced to all the options that were available to produce my own bespoke watch. The watch building experience is ‘hands on’ but through being given expert guidance and information, very relaxed, so I felt comfortable in the showroom environment. Needless to say, I am incredibly happy with my new watch and will certainly be back to invest in another at some point in the future. Thank you, and all success Kartel!
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-05-30 00:32