Henry London Watches History

The inspiration behind Henry London watches came about as a result of two designers exploring some of the most prestigious areas of London. Whilst venturing to Notting Hill and browsing the Portobello Road markets, the two designers happened to stumble upon a particularly eye catching vintage watch. Against the back of the watch was the name ‘Henry August 1965’ engraved upon its surface. The two designers decided to extend upon the beautifully refined features of this watch, forming their own collection of elegant wristwatches inspired by a bygone era. Vintage watches are highly collectable on the preowned market but often come with a considerably steep price tag. The founders of Henry London wanted their timepieces to ooze the classic and retro appeal of a vintage watch but at a more accessible and affordable price point. Henry London watches are the result of careful research and meticulous design. The brand takes great pride in executing each wristwatch to exacting standards, ensuring that attention to detail is paramount.

Henry London watches are characterised by their double domed lenses which harken back to the classic dress watches of yesteryear. In addition to this, they all boast a beautifully angled case that flows seamlessly into this glass lens. The subtle curve of each dial of a Henry London watch, together with its elongated hands, make for a design that combines contemporary timekeeping with traditional styling. Milanese bracelets are used to add character to a Henry London watch. Constructed from high quality stainless steel, the links of each bracelet are carefully tailored so that they closely shape to the contours of the lady or gentleman’s wrist. Alternatively, Henry London offers a range of beautifully soft leather straps carefully dyed to a shade that will complement the hue of its corresponding dial. An inscription based on the original engraving of the first watch that inspired the two company designers features on the back of every Henry London watch case. Space on the back of the case also grants the wearer the opportunity to have a bespoke inscription engraved onto its surface.

Henry London’s current collection of men’s and women’s watches come in a variety of different coloured dials, case finishes and case shapes. Square Henry London watches provide an unusual alternative to the classic round shaped case, and are available in stainless steel or steel with a rose gold or yellow gold plated finish. Some Henry London watches like those from the Heritage feature double batons that mark quarterly locations around the hour track and an openwork heart display, while others feature a large Arabic numeral at the 12 o’clock location as seen in designs from the Chiswick ladies watch collection. Complications such as moonphase displays from the Moon Phase series showcase a constellation star decoration against a white or deep blue mother of pearl dials. Henry London Holborn watches feature simple date complications as well as small second sub-counters at 6 o’clock, while the Knightsbridge collection is home to models with a pointer date feature and moonphase display. Other popular Henry London watches include those from the Piccadilly, Stratford, Westminster and Richmond collections.