Richard Hoptroff
Richard Hoptroff

Richard was awarded a PhD in Physics by King’s College London in 1992 for his work in optical computing and artificial intelligence. In 1992, together with Ravensbeck, he founded Right Information Systems, a neural net forecasting software company which was sold to Cognos Inc (now part of IBM) in 1997.

He then worked as a postdoc at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art at Oxford University, developing optically stimulated luminescence methods for dating the age of ancient buildings. In 2001, Hoptroff created Flexipanel Ltd, a Bluetooth module company dedicated to supplying Bluetooth modules to the electronics industry.

Richard has now moved full time on to co-found Hoptroff London, making accurate synchronized time a utility for automated services, disrupting the cumbersome and costly hardware based model of timing synchronization and introducing a network service model based on advanced connectivity and innovative software. Visit to see the Traceable Time as a Service offering.

In 2010, he founded the Hoptroff watchmaking company to develop smart, hyper-accurate watch movements to create a new watch brand. In 2012, Hoptroff added Bluetooth Low Energy to the watch movements, allowing them to be configured from a mobile phone, and allowing them to display internet-connected information.

On 27th April 2013, the first commercial atomic timepiece for general sale to the public, a pocket watch with multiple complications started ticking in Hoptroff’s workshop, establishing atomics as a new commercial category of time regulation devices in clocks and watches, alongside the pendulum, the balance spring and the quartz crystal.

In 2015, Hoptroff succeeded in being the first watchmaker to achieve better than one second per year accuracy in its quartz watches, and has now introduced the world’s first range of personal atomic wristwatches, which are accurate to one second per millennium!