The start of Raconteur Watch Co.

Over 200% funded

Raconteur Watch Co. launched November 30th 2018 on Kickstarter. The project got funded within the first 24-hours and ended December 30th with over 200% funded.
Now my first watch the Hemingway has been sold to over 6 different continents.

Inspiration

With my first design, I chose to tribute Earnest Hemingway. He captures the very essence of what I want Raconteur to represent. 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.
The geometric font and sharply defined case are inspired by 1920s art deco. As a rugged explorer, Hemingway’s style served as inspiration for the reinterpreted wire-lugs and durable double domed sapphire glass. By combining this with a sunray patterned dial, thin leaf hands and a touch of Scandinavian minimalism, the watch ties together old and new. This creates a contemporary yet timeless watch, suitable for every occasion.

“…The geometric font and sharp defined case is inspired by 1920s art deco”

Vintage inspired case

The case is completely custom made and moulded in three parts from 316L stainless steel. With a 40mm width, it will fit most wrists seamlessly. The case comes with a polished finish for a fine and elegant appearance.
The caseback has a corrosion engraving of Ernest Hemingway with a polished finish. The first 300 pieces are individually numbered XXX/300.

*This caseback is strictly limited to the Kickstarter campaign.

Italian leather straps

To me, nothing says vintage like fine leather. I have chosen two different types of leather: pull-up and suede.
The pull-up straps are made from soft, full-grain leather which has been treated with a special wax coating. This creates a unique patina for each strap and the more you wear it the better it looks. For the more elegant and refined look, there are also two suede straps to choose from.
The leather comes from carefully selected cow and calf hides from Italy.
All the straps are 20mm, have 8 holes and come with a polished stainless steel buckle.

The heart of the watch

The Hemingway comes housed with the Miyota 821 self-winding movement. A true workhorse movement that features a date complication and a 45-hour power reserve.
Made out of Japan, Miyota has been producing watch movements for one century. The 821A is often seen as the Japanese equivalent of the Swiss ETA 2824-2. It is made with 21 synthetic rubies that protect the delicate components and ensures a long lifetime. The Miyota 821 also offers excellent shock-resistance with their proprietary method called Parashock which was first tested in 1956.

hemingway-movement

Double domed sapphire crystal

The upper part of the Hemingway spares no expense. It is embellished with a scratch proof, double-domed sapphire crystal. With a single domed crystal optical distortions could be a problem. A double domed sapphire, however, utilizes both a convex and a flat crystal. This helps eliminate those distortions and provides perfect visibility in all angles.

About me

My name is Simon Heins. I’m born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, and have a strong passion for great watches, design and photography.
Last year I decided to quit my job and embark on a journey to create my own independent watch brand: Raconteur Watch Co. Raconteur is a French word which translates into someone who excels at telling stories, a storyteller. Starting Raconteur Watch Co. and working my way up to this product launch has put all my skills to the test. After having worked on this project for nearly 1.5 years, I can proudly present my first creation: The Hemingway. A quality watch designed with great attention to detail. A blend of vintage and contemporary minimalism. A timepiece for all occasions. Just like I wanted it.

The start of Raconteur Watch Co.

 

My name is Simon Heins. I’m born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, and have a strong passion for great watches, design and photography.
Last year I decided to quit my job and embark on a journey to create my own independent watch brand: Raconteur Watch Co.
Raconteur is a French word which translates into someone who excels at telling stories, a storyteller. Starting Raconteur Watch Co. and working my way up to this product launch has put all my skills to the test. After having worked on this project for nearly 1.5 years, I can proudly present my first creation: The Hemingway. A quality watch designed with great attention to detail. A blend of vintage and contemporary minimalism. A timepiece for all occasions. Just like I wanted it.

Over 200% funded

Raconteur Watch Co. launched November 30th 2018 on Kickstarter. The project got funded within the first 24-hours and ended December 30th with over 200% funded.
Now my first watch the Hemingway has been sold to over 6 different continents.

 

Inspiration

With my first design, I chose to tribute Earnest Hemingway. He captures the very essence of what I want Raconteur to represent. 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.
The geometric font and sharply defined case are inspired by 1920s art deco. As a rugged explorer, Hemingway’s style served as inspiration for the reinterpreted wire-lugs and durable double domed sapphire glass. By combining this with a sunray patterned dial, thin leaf hands and a touch of Scandinavian minimalism, the watch ties together old and new. This creates a contemporary yet timeless watch, suitable for every occasion.

“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.”

– Simon Heins, Founder.

Vintage inspired case

The case is completely custom made and molded in three parts from 316L stainless steel. With a 40mm width, it will fit most wrists seamlessly. The case comes with a polished finish for a fine and elegant appearance.
The caseback has a corrosion engraving of Ernest Hemingway with a polished finish. The first 300 pieces are individually numbered XXX/300.

 

Italian leather straps

To me, nothing says vintage like fine leather. I have chosen two different types of leather: pull-up and suede.
The pull-up straps are made from soft, full-grain leather which has been treated with a special wax coating. This creates a unique patina for each strap and the more you wear it the better it looks. For the more elegant and refined look, there are also two suede straps to choose from.
The leather comes from carefully selected cow hides from Italy.
All the straps are 20mm, have 8 holes and come with a polished stainless steel buckle.

 

The heart of the watch

The Hemingway comes housed with the Miyota 821 self-winding movement. A true workhorse movement that features a date complication, stop seconds and a 45-hour power reserve.
Made out of Japan, Miyota has been producing watch movements for one century. The 821A is often seen as the Japanese equivalent of the Swiss ETA 2824-2. It is made with 21 synthetic rubies that protect the delicate components and ensures a long lifetime. This movement also offers excellent shock-resistance with their proprietary method called Parashock which was first tested in 1956.

Double domed sapphire crystal

The upper part of the Hemingway spares no expense. It is embellished with a scratch proof, double-domed sapphire crystal. With a single domed crystal optical distortions could be a problem. A double domed sapphire, however, utilizes both a convex and a flat crystal. This helps eliminate those distortions and provides perfect visibility in all angles.

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