The Lorches watchmaking and engineering business, one of Ireland’s biggest, has closed its doors.
The company’s founder, Paul Connolly, had been in charge since 1993.
He is survived by his wife, daughter and son-in-law.
The closure follows a period of consolidation and the introduction of new models.
In the last six years, Connolly has introduced watches with designs inspired by the designs of the 18th century, including a chronograph with a black bezel, an 1858-made timepiece, and a wristwatch with a sapphire crystal and a dial made from sapphires.
He also designed a watch with a hand-made bezel and a leather strap.
“I want to leave behind a legacy that can be a tribute to the man who built this company,” Connolly said.
“It will be an incredible place for all of us to gather to celebrate the people who created the history of our time.”