The Rake

Letter from the Founder


Time for a change

By the time you’re reading this, The Rake will have embarked on the next chapter of its e-commerce evolution: watches. Why watches? Well, to begin with, everyone at The Rake, yours truly in particular, adores them. Amusingly, I was speaking to my friend William Roberts — who I believe is not just a consummate gentleman but also the world’s most knowledgeable and accomplished Omega Speedmaster collector (his website,, is an invaluable resource) — and his 92-year-old mother at their farm in Surrey, and Mrs. Roberts posited the question why it is the two of us love watches so much.

For me it is because there is no object that represents a

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