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.
The 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.
The 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.