Inspired by a literary legend, Du Maurier Watches has created the Daphne Signature. This watch has been designed to embody the character and personality of one of the UK’s best loved authors, Daphne du Maurier. Designed by her grandson and the founder of Du Maurier Watches, Ned du Maurier Browning, the process of designing the watch has been an enlightening journey into his memories of the past: “The style and design of the watch really came together based on what I remember about Daphne, what she wore, her personality, her character and her inimitable style. To me this very much embodies her and I know she would have loved it.”
The watch takes design notes from the 40s and 50s featuring a vintage style, jet black face with silver index markers and elegant, lancette hands. The small second hand sits perfectly balanced on the curved dial, covered with domed sapphire glass and all enclosed in a slim 32mm case. The delicate onion crown and smart wire lugs contrast beautifully with the elegant, strap which completes the vintage feel.
RRP – £440.00
Free UK Standard Delivery
When asked about the watch his grandmother wore, Ned could only remember her wearing her husband’s old watch. We know she owned a very beautiful & feminine evening watch but, day to day, the prevailing memory is of a rather lovely, classic man’s watch.
This memory sits comfortably with her overall style which was rather androgynous yet always elegant. Images of her strolling on the lawns at Menabilly and Kilmarth are well known, as are those of the windswept author looking out on her beloved Cornish beaches.
For us, designing the Daphne Signature was a fairly smooth process to begin with, given the source of its inspiration. It was, however, a lot harder to complete. Given that it is such a classic design without any overabundance of fussy features, the final version took well over a year. I’ve lost count of the number of changes & adjustments before we finally put the prototype into production. This was then tweaked & pulled about a number of times before we were satisfied that we had our finished watch.
It seemed the perfect homage to Daphne du Maurier to include her engraved signature on the case back of the first 300 limited editions. This is also how the watch’s name the ‘Daphne Signature’ came about.
This watch has become a signature piece for us too with its classic simplicity and vintage feel. The wide choice of strap colours really make it come into its own for each individual, which is so important for such a personal item. I wear & love all of the colours but, writing this, I’ve been speculating on which colour the great lady herself may have chosen to wear. I think red & Ned suspects blue but, regardless, we are both sure she would have loved the watch itself and been delighted that she and her works had inspired these timepieces.