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Briston is a French brand born out of a very British spirit. OFrom the dreaming spires of Oxford and Cambridge and from boat races gliding past cricket pitches and polo fields, this sporty chic spirit has been the epitome of British style since Queen Victoria. This chic yet casual lifestyle and its occasional quirkiness was also a great inspiration for the “preppy” style that originated in the Ivy League universities on the east coast of the United States. It is this spirit, combined with its watchmaking DNA, that gives Briston its unique style.
Working with innovative materials, such as cellulose acetate, and colours give Briston watches their distinctive look.
Thomas Earnshaw is revered as a legend and pioneer in the field of watchmaking. Born in Manchester, England, in 1749, he was famous for his work in refining and improving the marine chronometers of the time. These were the marine chronometers, crucial to the voyages of Royal Navy ships as they scoured the globe in the golden age of English history of science and exploration. None more than Chronometer no. 506, worn by HMS Beagle which took Charles Darwin on his trip around the world to inspire his groundbreaking study of evolution, “On the Origin of Species”.