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Who is Henri Benett?
Mr. Henri Benett liked to describe himself as an English watchmaker, adventurer, businessman, and cosmopolitan. During his seven-year apprenticeship in London, Benett already discovered his passion for the design of modest, simple, and purist timekeepers. The young British gentleman’s independence began with an inspiring journey in 1928.
While his parents urged him to accept a job at a local workshop, his thirst for adventure and urge to discover pulled him out into the world. His journey would lead him from England to Spain, through France, to Switzerland and Germany. In his travels, he was always accompanied by a box of all kinds of personal watchmaker’s tools, so that Benett could already turn his newly won inspiration into sketches and timekeepers. That is how one single piece after another was produced in different factories all around the world.
The terms freedom, independence, and self-determination defined his life. Fitting for his cosmopolitan ideology, the observation during his first balloon voyage in 1930 inspired him to use the hot-air balloon as an emblem, which was regularly used at the time, as his symbol of independence and self-determination.
His valued talent as a pioneer of precision engineering finally won him recognition far beyond the borders of England.
I’m also currently working with a big supermarket to develop a gorgeous, yet affordable, range of beautifully printed key pieces that no women’s wardrobe should be without!
Inspired by the story of the watchmaker, adventurer, businessman, and cosmopolitan, the company, like its namesake, places it’s bet on the values of freedom, independence, and self-determination. Precision and exciting design concept, relating to the namesake’s central source of inspiration, define the thinking and actions of those in charge. The enthusiasm for travelling, cosmopolitanism, and adventure define stylistic elements andmodel development. THE WORLD IS OUR HOME.
About our Watches
Defined by British flair and a hint of world travels, the timekeepers by Henri Benett show their timeless, purist, and minimalistic design – inspired by freedom, independence, and self-determination. Characteristic and individual designs define the exclusive range of products. Henri Benett combines a conscious, aesthetic, and sophisticated design with precise and first-class workmanship. Henri Benett timekeepers are a companion of true style for every occasion, due to their elegant fit combined with individual stylistic elements. The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. Join us to travel the world.