Time for sis­ters’ watches to go on sale in New York gallery

The Herald - - NEWS - ISLA AN­DER­SON

THREE Scots sis­ters who set up a watch-mak­ing com­pany in their bed­room will have their work on sale at one of the world’s most pop­u­lar mu­se­ums.

Watches by the Paulin sis­ters will be on sale at the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art (Moma) gallery in New York from next Thurs­day.

Eleanor, Char­lotte and El­iz­a­beth ini­tially worked from Char­lotte’s Glas­gow flat, but now they have a work­shop and store in the city’s west end.

The com­pany, set up only four years ago, is made up en­tirely of Glas­gow School of Art grad­u­ates. Their for­mer in­sti­tu­tion al­ready stocks the watches.

Eleanor, 25, who han­dles the day-to-day run­ning of the busi­ness, said: “It is a huge deal for us to be ap­proved by the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art.

“The com­pany is made up en­tirely of art school grad­u­ates, so to be ap­proached by Moma is amaz­ing.

“It feels like a mas­sive val­i­da­tion of what we are do­ing.

“It was set up in Char­lotte’s spare room. We did ev­ery­thing there at the be­gin­ning.

“It was our of­fice, our sort­ing room and our stock room for about a year un­til we got a stor­age unit and then the shop.

“I had limited busi­ness knowl­edge, but I had a vi­sion for what we wanted to do as a com­pany.”

Char­lotte, 33, said their Geo Mini watches were “dif­fer­ent to any­thing else” and com­bined the clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary.

The Paul in sis­ters’ artis­tic lean­ings were in­spired by their great-grand­fa­ther sculp­tor Ge­orge Henry Paulin.

He was a favourite of The Queen and Prince Philip, who both sat for him on more than one oc­ca­sion, and one of his com­mis­sions in­cluded the Queen’s coro­na­tion.

Sis­ters Eleanor, Char­lotte and El­iz­a­beth Paulin set up a busi­ness mak­ing watches.

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