We are husband and wife team, Ned and Marianna du Maurier Browning. We live in beautiful West Dorset with our two children, May and Daisy, and bold Jack Russell, Chip. Ned is Daphne du Maurier’s grandson.
Du Maurier Watches is the result of our shared passion for beautiful designs and of watches in particular. The kernel of the idea began as a conversation one eye-wateringly cold but sunny day, sipping coffee outside our favourite beach café. We discussed watches, bemoaning the lack of variety on the high street. Why not open our own shop championing small brands? What about a Du Maurier watch brand? How would it look? Let’s work on a design! So you see how it went.
It wasn’t all plain sailing. There were many difficulties with obstacles sent to try us. Despite it all, 18 months after a simple coffee on the beach, we took delivery of our first two designs, the Maxim and the Rebecca.
As you may have guessed, these first pieces were inspired by the famous protagonists of Daphne du Maurier’s novel, ‘Rebecca’. We love classic, clean lines in our designs and have tried to stay true to our personal taste, whilst enjoying the inspiration available through these wonderful characters.
We are lucky to have Ned’s amazing family heritage to draw on for our design inspiration and have discovered some interesting stories along the way. All of our watches have a story of their own, including some you may not expect!
On a more practical level, our company ethos is to produce top quality watches and offer them at a fair, affordable price. We are very proud to say that all of our pieces are certified Swiss-Made. Nor have we compromised on the quality of our materials: the Rebecca boasts 12 full cut diamonds and mother of pearl, whilst the steel we use across the collections is 316L surgical grade steel. In addition, every watch is completed with sapphire glass to ensure it remains scratch free and looking like new for years to come.
Customer service is also key to the overall vision. Many of our customers now feel more like friends and we work hard to look after each and every one of them.
We love what we do and look forward to welcoming you to our brand. So, as we said at the beginning, a very warm welcome to Du Maurier Watches!
Ned and Marianna