Introducing the Hawthorn Watch Co. Hemingway Collection, Now on Kickstarter

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Hawthorn Watch Co. was founded by friends Brian Dunnigan and Jeremy Cossgrove. The brand and its freshman collection are inspired by Dunnigan’s grandfather, Bernard “Bernie” Brown, who after returning from military service studied watchmaking at the Waltham Watch Company before becoming a watchmaker in his hometown of New Haven, Connecticut.

Hawthorn lifestyleThe inaugural collection, dubbed the Hemingway Heritage, has two bedrock models: the Hemingway and the Hemingway Classic. Both share a 316L stainless steel case (available in brushed metal, rose gold, and black) measuring 40mm wide with a thickness of 6.84mm. The crystal is double domed sapphire with an anti-reflective coating on the underside. Powering the series is a Swiss Ronda 705—a five-jewel quartz movement with a 60-month battery life.

Hawthorn side-stainlessThe main differences can be found in the dials. The Hemingway features numerical hour markers for each hour paired with long hash marks. Around the outer edge of the dial is a minute track with double digits at five-minute intervals. The hour hash mark then extends past each of these five minute markings to the very edge of the dial. The rounded date window is right above the six o’clock marker, and on both the black and white dialed variants the date is black print on a white background. Below 12 o’clock is the Hawthorn logo and brand text, and just above the date is “Swiss Movement” indicating the Ronda caliber.

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The Max Bill vibes of the Hawthorn collection are evident.
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The Hemingway Classic features a simpler dial design. There are no numerals, only metallic hour markers and a minute track along the outer edge of the dial. The rounded date window is still above six, but the “Swiss Movement” text is printed just below the date window. Both models share a handset, finished either in simple metal or rose gold depending on the case. The hour and minute hands are skeletonized rounded sticks, and the second hand is a simple needle and blue across all versions.

The Hemingway and Hemingway Classic will come in four variants each: the white dial in either a stainless or rose gold case, and the black dial in either a stainless steel or black PVD case.

Hemingway Classic White Dial – Stainless Steel and Rose Gold
Hemingway White Dial – Stainless Steel and Rose Gold
Hemingway Classic Black Dial – Stainless Steel and PVD
Hemingway Black Dial – Stainless Steel and PVD

Hawthorn Watch Co. is currently running a Kickstarter campaign, and as of this writing Hawthorn has reached its funding goal of $20,000. The entry pledge to receive one watch of the backer’s choosing is $149,  $279 for two watches, and so on. The campaign ends Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:00 AM Pacific Standard Time.


To view the full campaign, click here.

Residing in North Idaho, James has been wearing a watch for over 35 years. With growth of the internet in the late 90s watches as an interest turned into an obsession. Since that time he has been a watch forum moderator, watch reviewer, contributor to Nerdist, and operates Watches in Movies in his spare time.
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  • idahope

    Love the vintage design! I personally prefer thinner more sophisticated watch cases like these, I could see women wearing it as well

  • error406

    These are just derivative throwaway fashion watches of the kind launced on Kickstarter every day. Please tell me this is a sponsored post and you forgot to add the appropriate tags/disclaimer.

    • I understand the cynicism that kickstarter creates that inspired this question/statement. Trust me, I feel it too with most of the watches that are on there. What separates Hawthorn is honestly the guys behind it. They went out of their way to meet with us, discuss their product and their brand direction. We know they are authentic, so we felt it was right to support them. And, while a bit derivative, their watches are nice looking and feature sapphire crystals and other good components. So, for the record, this is not a sponsored post, we just felt that they were a fit for w&w.

  • Nick Russler

    Those watches look great, but their Kickstarter video reminded me so much of this:
    https://youtu.be/TBb9O-aW4zI

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