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Fiodh watch image, the whisky watch, kilchurn castle

Our Story

The journey of passion, grit and a lot of whisky.


Against all odds, a skint Product Design graduate that had an idea to start a watch brand with a Scottish twist. 

Jason Hunter (Afterglow Weddings)

(Kilchurn Castle) 2018

Est. 2017

Fiodh, start up story, the whisky watch

June 2017

Fiodh, a Gaelic word that means 'wood/timber' was established in 2017 by Michael Youmans. Graduating with a Master in Product Design at the University of Strathclyde, he asked himself if he could design, craft and start a watch brand.


With no prior knowledge of watch making, he took one apart, got his sketch book and started designing.  

August 2017

Michael used the equipment and machinery at the fabrication department (FabLab) within the University of Strathclyde to build his first prototypes.  

At this moment he decided that he wanted to create a watch that was authentically Scottish by reusing reclaimed whisky casks. 

First whisky watch, start up watch brand
First Fiodh studio, start up company, watch business

September 2017

Realising that he needed his own workshop and equipment, Michael borrowed £5000 from his mum and moved into his first studio based at The Whisky bond in Glasgow.


Working there everyday he thought it would be a great idea to sleep in a hammock, which at the time seemed like a brilliant idea.

December 2017

Time was ticking and money was quickly evaporating.


In early December, the first watches were made and sold to friends and family. The initial watches came in a handmade wooden box as he couldn't afford to buy them. 

First Fiodh whisky watch sale, handmade watch
Kilchurn castle, whisky watch, wooden watch

January 2018

First photoshoot and website created.


This image will be one of Fiodh's most iconic pictures, taken by the talented Jason Hunter from Afterglow Weddings.


It was a cold and moody day next to Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe. 

April 2018

Michael moved into the second studio after  finishing a short 6 month lease.


It was a wee bit small but did the job. There was a separate cupboard that was used as the workshop.  

Second Fiodh Studio
First Fiodh article on the Scottish Herald

April 2018

First article featured on The Scottish Herald with the title - A dram fine idea... designer fashions watch faces from old whisky barrels. 

This brought a lot of attention to brand.

September 2018

Michael ran a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising £16,000, selling 100 watches all around the world.


He spent the next few months sleeping in the studio covered in sawdust ,hand-crafting and distributing the watches in time for Christmas.   

Fiodh Kickstarter campaign
Fiodh wins Scottish Edge

November 2019

2019 was a tough year, fulfilling all the orders from the Kickstarter campaign and the reality of hand-crafting 100 watches. Michael wanted to source a manufacture in Scotland, however the company let him down and it was halted. 


Energy levels low, Michael had a massive boost by winning the Young Edge/ Creative Edge Award by Scottish Edge, gaining recognition and a £10k award to boost the business.

January 2020

Winning the Scottish Edge Award, Michael decided to move into a larger workshop and purchased machinery to improve the quality and efficiency of making 'The Whisky Watch'.


He decided to keep the product hand-crafted and keep the production it in-house.  

Fiodh's third studio
Fiodh's first collaboration

March 2021

As majority of the world was under lockdown, due to the pandemic, Michael continued to work within his workshop and secured his first collaboration with Glen Scotia.


The next few months he would produce 101 branded wall clocks, distributed to 12 countries around Europe. 

September 2021

Fiodh had it's second collaboration with a distillery after a visit to the Isle of Islay and Jura, working with Jura Distillery to produce branded watches. 


The watches are stocked exclusively within the Jura gift-shop. 

Fiodh's second collaboration
The whisky watch gets into the scotch whisky experience.

December 2021

Approached by The Scotch Whisky Experience, The Whisky Watch is stocked within their shop located next to Edinburgh Castle on the Royal Mile.

Meet the Maker article was published on their website.

March 2022

The Whisky Watch stocked within the Old Pulteney Distillery.

Located at Wick, Caithness in the Highland area of Scotland.

The Whisky Watch is stocked at the Old Pulteney Distillery
Fiodh wins 'Best Product Award' at Scotland's Trade Show.

March 2022

Michael added another award by winning the Gold 'Best Product Award' within the Launch Gallery section at Scotland's Trade Fair.

October 2022

Fiodh's biggest collaboration to date was with Glenfiddich and Balvenie Distillery. 

Glenfiddich approached and requested branded watches and wall clocks to be exclusively sold within their gift-shop.

Fiodh collaborates with Glenfiddich
Fiodh x Fosho collaboration

December 2022

Michael had a fantastic opportunity to work with the talented team at Fosho Studios on filming promotional and 'Meet the Makers' content for Fiodh.   

The Meet the Maker clip can be seen at the bottom of the page.

February 2023

Fiodh was announced as Finalist for 'Gift Of The Year' 2023, organised by The Giftware Association.

Winner will be announced May 11th. 

The Whisky Watch has been selected for 'Gift Of The Year'.
Fiodh collaborates with J.Gow Rum Distillery

February 2023

First collaboration with a Rum Distillery. 

Fiodh was approached by J.Gow Rum Distillery based in Orkney to produce branded watches from their first Rum cask. 

Explore the whisky watch

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