Hemel is a brand that was born from a passion in collecting watches and their historical significance. Their designs clearly draw inspiration from the utilitarian design of military watches from the mid-century. Marvin Menke, the founder and Creative Director of Hemel, has made it a point to recreate these vintage timepieces in a modern form, so that the stories from which these watches draw inspiration from, live on the wrists of those who wear them today. In a recent collaboration with Mathey Tissot, Hemel is offering a watch that actually has the historical military prowess with the Mathey Tissot name, in the Type 20 Chronograph.
Mathey Tissot can trace its roots to a small village called Les Ponts de Martel tucked away in the Swiss Jura mountains where they started making watches in 1886. At first, they were known for manufacturing “repeater” watches, a complication that produced a chime on the hour and every half hour, but quickly pivoted to producing highly precise chronographs. Mathey Tissot was quickly recognized for their chronograph-making and would go on to provide their chronograph watches to the likes of the United States Army Corps in WW1 and the British forces in WW2. Needless to say, the Mathey Tissot name holds weight when it comes to talking about brands with legitimate military history.