I have written a couple times about a new brand from my home county of Hampshire, Hamtun watches. The company launched their first watch in July 2017, the H1 and affordable dive watch, using the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. This was subsequently followed by the more “dressy” Neon
The founder of the company, Ross Davis, is very keen to share his insights and experiences in getting his company off the ground. On a website (www.dontdoanmba.com) separate from Hamtun he has published his tips. Well worth a read if you were wondering what it takes.
I am full of admiration for the people I have met who have launched their own watch brand. I have spoken at length with several about the trials and tribulations before watch they want to present to the world is ready to be marketed.
Two of the companies that have emerged since I have been blogging are Hamtun and Marloe, neither of which I have had the the chance to meet in person. These two companies both chose to fund their watches via the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. Hamtun with their value divers watch, the H1 and Marloe the hand wound Cherwell.
The thing both brands have is their founders have chosen to give some insight into the design process and why they made certain decisions on their company websites.
Interesting references for anyone thinking of following in their footsteps.
In this piece Ross Davis discuss why they chose the movements they have so for. https://hamtun.co/blogs/news/watch-movements-we-use
And then below is a video from Marloe watches discussing the design process.
Maybe these items and those that follow might inspire more British brands to start 🙂