neo-vintage mechanical watches – designed in sweden
The Start Of Raconteur Watch Co.
Raconteur Watch Co. launched November 30th 2018 on Kickstarter with my first watch the Hemingway. The project got funded within the first 24-hours and ended December 30th with over 200% funded. Since then the Hemingway has been sold all over the world.
In November 2019 I launched my second and biggest project yet on Kickstarter, announcing three additional models to the Raconteur collection. The Verne Bi-Compax and Nautilus as well as my first unisex watch, the Earhart.
Right now you can order the new collection here!
The roaring twenties
I have always been fascinated by history and particulary the 1920s. Here I find a lot of inspiration for my designs, and especially for the Hemingway.
Ernest Hemingway lived during the 1920s, an era often referred to as the roaring twenties and most commonly defined by its exuberant decadence and artistic exploration.
As a rugged explorer, Hemingway captured the very essence of what I wanted Raconteur to represent.
Raconteur is a French word which translates into someone who excels at telling stories, a storyteller.
For me, Raconteur is a tribute to the greatest adventurers and storytellers of our time- those who have helped us broaden our imagination and made us eager to discover and explore.
“For me, Raconteur is a tribute to the greatest adventurers and storytellers of our time- those who have helped us broaden our imagination and made us eager to discover and explore”
My watches are produced exclusively by Seagull Watch Group in Tianjin, China. Seagull has a long history as a renowned watchmaker and manufacturer dating back to the 1950s.
Not only does Seagull deliver high-quality movements and state of the art facilities, but as they have responsibility for the manufacture of the full watch, it significantly improves the production process.
Tianjin Seagull Watch Group was founded in 1955 by special order of the newly formed Chinese government. Here, a handful of people, equipped with very limited tools, set out on a mission to create China’s very first wristwatch.
Seagull has since then almost exclusively been producing mechanical watch movements. Through extensive research and development, notably drawing on Swiss expertise, over the past 60 years Seagull has become one of the biggest manufacturers of mechanical watch movements in the world.
Today, they manufacture highly advanced movements, among them a multi-axial orbital tourbillon which speaks highly for their expertise.
Who am I?
My name is Simon Heins. I’m born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, and have a strong passion for great watches, design, and photography.
In 2018 I decided to quit my job and embark on a journey to create my own independent watch brand: Raconteur.
With Raconteur I will always try to offer my vision of timeless horology.
While I often let myself be inspired by the past, I always try to create something new, not just another homage.
To me, a watch is not just a tool, but a piece of jewelry that tells a story – A Raconteur.