As origin stories go, it’s a pretty good one. Apparently two designers were shopping in Portabello Road in London’s Notting Hill when they came across a vintage Swiss wrist watch, which had the words “Henry, August 1965” engraved on the back.
As both of them wanted to wear it, they decided that the only way for both of them to do so was to recreate the watch and so Henry London was born.
The brand was officially launched at Baselworld this year by Peers Hardy – the distributor behind the UK success of such brands as Daniel Wellington, Ice-Watch and Komono. Each watch is named after an area of London and has that vintage aesthetic that caught the designer’s eye originally.
We loved them so much when we saw them at Basel, that we decided to take the Chiswick for a spin.
This Chiswick, with its green dial and gold-plate bracelet and case, is probably the most outré of all the Henry London watches – the other styles tend towards more sombre leather straps and muted dial shades. However, we love the green and gold combination.
Going into Autumn, it is the ideal watch for autumn days when the sunlight is filtered through the russet leaves.
These watches may be reasonable in price but that doesn’t mean the brand has cut corners. The dial cover may not be sapphire crystal but it still has that domed look you get from vintage watches, the dial is a has a slight pearlescence, which stops it from looking flat. The eponymous Henry is also immortalised again, with his name engraved on the case back.
Look and Feel
The abundance of yellow gold may not be to everyone’s tastes but we think that once you have it on, you’ll love it whatever your metal preference. While the gold looks a bit much in the box, the effect is softened on the wrist. We’ve talked about how gorgeous the green dial is and its vintage look is complemented by the old-school indices. It’s a great-looking daytime watch.
While you could raid your nan’s wardrobe for some quality vintage, we would suggest keeping the rest of your outfit modern to avoid looking like you’re in fancy dress, like Alexa Chung here. Toughen it up with leather, leopard print or military. If you’re really hankering for a touch of nostalgia then maybe a floral-patteren tea dress under a leather jacket is the look for you.
Need to know
This is a clever piece that manages to incorporate design codes associated with more expensive watches into something that won’t break the bank. It feels robust and looks super stylish too.
Buy it now: Henry London
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