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World's 1st Swiss Made Watch that fuels a Sports Car

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Watchmaking and the world of automobiles go hand in hand and we like to think we excel in both. The HB Benefactor Chronograph combines our passions and we’re delighted to be able to offer a first-class Limited Edition Swiss watch to our fans, backers, benefactors and patrons. 

A LITTLE HISTORY

HB Special
HB Special

We released our first Swiss Made Chronograph in 2006 - the Benefactor. This timepiece is an integral part of Huet Brothers history as it was instrumental in helping to fund our HB Special prototype which you see above. We’ve produced a number of Swiss-made timepieces over the last 12 years but it’s the Benefactor that has such a special place in our hearts. AND IT’S BACK!

HB BENEFACTOR CHRONOGRAPH 2018

Say hello to the Huet Brothers 2018 Benefactor Chronograph Watch

The only watch in the world that fuels the creation of a sports car.

HB Benefactor 2018 Classic
HB Benefactor 2018 Classic
HB Benefactor 2018 Sport
HB Benefactor 2018 Sport

It took more than a year to craft the HB Benefactor Chronograph and it is  our finest to date and we’re very proud of it. It's the coolest looking, automotive inspired watch you can get. It helps to create automotive history and you can wear it on your wrist, there is no watch in the world that can say that.

OUR DESIGN LANGUAGE

With the dashboard of our HB Special serving as the aesthetic inspiration for the design of the 2018 Benefactor Chronograph, check the little movie on how we designed it. 

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WHAT THE MEDIA SAYS

We’re making it available in two different versions so you’ll be able to pick the perfect one for your style and wrist size:

THE CLASSIC - Consider yourself the Don Draper type? Then our Classic version is the one for you. With its understated and effortlessly cool dark brown straps and a calm classic watch face. The Classic comes in a 40mm and 42mm size so you can choose the best fit for your wrist size.

THE SPORT - Adrenaline junky? Then it’s our Sport version you’ll want on your wrist. With its bold red highlights on the dial and vibrant red stitching on the black, waterproof leather watch strap, it is a dress watch with a kick. The Sport again comes in both 40mm and 42mm sizes.

SWISS RONDA MOVEMENTS -  Our Benefactor Chronograph watches have a Swiss Made Ronda Movement caliber 5021.D.0001 which is a gold-plated, 10 Jewel repairable quartz movement crafted from Swiss parts in Switzerland. It has a battery life of a staggering 54 months (which is 4.5 years) so this will be your go-to watch day in, day out for years to come.

 

100M WATERPROOF - This means showering, swimming and even diving the depths of the Deep Blue Sea is no problem at all. We wanted to create a watch which only needs to come off when you want to take it off. 

HB Benefactor Sport - Production proto
HB Benefactor Sport - Production proto

EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY LEATHER STRAPS - Regardless of whether you pick our CLASSIC or SPORT watch, you’ll be treated to a top quality leather strap all the same. We have joined forces with leading Austrian strap makers, HIRSCH, who have been making straps since 1765 - so they know a thing or two. Our straps are completely waterproof and the bespoke design has holes corresponding to our steering wheel. As these straps don’t take up any moisture, they will last longer as well as looking great. Win, win.

LIMITED EDITION - INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED - All are individually numbered and are limited to 500 pieces. You’ll find your unique number on the case back alongside a particularly cool engraving of the steering wheel from the HB Special (our first car).

MATTE BLACK DIAL WITH LUMINOUS NUMBERS AND WATCH HANDS - There’s quite a stealthy vibe to our matte black dial which is coupled with luminous numbers and watch hands which ramp up the legibility when the sun goes down. 

316L STAINLESS STEEL CASING - 316L stainless steel casing which ensures your watch will stand up to any trips you take it on be they automotive or outdoor adventure in nature. This type of high grade of stainless steel can be used in salty water and, after years of use, the case can be polished up again which means your watch will last and can be passed from one generation to the next. 

DOUBLE DOMED SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL GLASS - Yes, you read that correctly, our watches have double domed sapphire crystal glass. Whilst most watches today have sapphire crystal, we don't particularly like the reflection on straight glass. Double domed means the crystal is round on the outside and inside which gives zero distortions. Ideal for when reading the watch at a 45 degrees angle. We produce our sapphire crystals in Switzerland with Stettler Sapphire who are a specialist in this field and offer the Swiss quality we demand from our timepieces.

WRIST SIZE CHECKER - Not sure if you need our 40mm or 42mm Benefactor? No problems - just head HERE. It’ll take you through to our dropbox with a cut out of the different sizes. Just print out the PDF at 100% size on A4 or Letter paper and cut out the size of watch you want to try out. Simple as that. 

TESTING 

We make sure that all our Watches are thoroughly tested before making the way from our factory to your wrist. Each individual watch gets tested - it's not a matter of 1 in 10 it's every one before they leave the factory.

LEDGER - Each timepiece is numbered and its owner is hand-written into our HB Benefactor Ledger. That’s our way of keeping you on file, but it’s also a way to track watch numbers and their respective owners – an old-school cool method of doing things. 

Last but not least, they come with a 10-YEAR INTERNATIONAL WARRANTY for that extra piece of mind we all demand when it comes to timepieces. Oh and then we also have a 90 day return policy - don't like it - return it - our promise is 0 returns.

TRANSPARENCY

You might wonder how we’re able to offer this for as little as €295 during our Kickstarter. Well, it’s quite simple really. We are selling these watches straight to our fans which means we can cut out middlemen, distributors, and retailers which, as you well know, inflate the price of watches exponentially.

All the proceeds from this Kickstarter campaign go towards the building of the prototype. We have achieved our first goal of 100k euros which enables us to produce the watches. 

The more watches we can produce the better the margin becomes and the closer we come to getting the HB Coupe on the road.

REWARDS

SNEAK PEEKING (€10) - You get to sneak peek into the building process of the production of the prototype. That's a first in Automotive History. Normally car companies will not share any of their vision concepts, proto-type building or methods - A NO GO AREA. We think it's cool to be part of the building process. Not for the faint-hearted - It's UNCUT AND RAW.
T-SHIRT (€20) - Get this T-shirt to show that you support the Boutique Car Manufacturers. We can't all be getting into self-driving cubicles in the near future. 2 Colors, Red and Black. Front says: I've helped create Automotive History. Back Says: What have you done? We can't offer our free shipping on this item.

HOODIES (€50) - Get this HOODIE to show that you support the Boutique Car Manufacturers. Autonomous driving? No thank you!  2 Colors, Red and Black. Front says: I've helped create Automotive History. Back Says: What have you done? If you want to add it to your watch just add the amount. We can't offer our free shipping on this item alone.

RIDIN’ SOLO (€295) - Create Automotive History and wear it around your wrist. One 2018 Benefactor Chronograph Watch. Either Classic or Sport version. You’ll pick your size and model at the end of the campaign.    

TWO’S COMPANY (€565) - Your pick of two 2018 Benefactor Chronograph Watches. Superbly presented in a duo watch box. They’ll have corresponding numbers and make the perfect gift for you and a loved one. Or just one of each style for you!

THREE AMIGOS (€800) - Get three of our Swiss 2018 Benefactor Watches and really showcase your love of all things automotive! Pick any combination of style and sizes and we’ll do our best to keep the serial numbers as close as possible!

FOUR THE WIN (€1000) - Our complete collection of 2018 Benefactor Watches! With this reward, which is limited to just 100 pieces, you’ll get one of each model (Sport / Classic) and each size (40mm / 42mm) and will go down in the Huet Brothers record books as a legend for your part in helping get our amazing Coupe on the road.

THE DON (€2400) - Ten, yes TEN, of our exceptional HB Benefactor Chronograph 2018 series. And a HUGE thank you from us! With this reward, you get your choice of any combination of styles and sizes you want and the ten watches will come in a great looking watch box and you have the option to include your own personal message if you wish.   

JOIN US in making automotive history!! 

ABOUT THE SPORTS CAR

In the past years we have been restoring classic cars to save every penny and invested the savings into the HB Coupe. We have been able to secure a drivetrain, could make the 1:1 scale model and have invested huge amounts of time in regulations and production planning. 

It's a full Carbon Fiber Monocoque, the car weighs 800kg and has the choice of either 184HP or 248HP. It's easy to maintain, has all the modern day comforts and is a drivers car. It is not trying to be better than any other car, we won't be the fastest but its guaranteed to individualism and bespoke car building. It's for people that enjoy craftsmanship and appreciate the finer things in life. 

2 DESIGNS TO CHOOSE FROM 

HB Coupe Classic - Blood Red
HB Coupe Classic - Blood Red
HB Coupe Classic - Blood Red
HB Coupe Classic - Blood Red
Interior Dash in colour of the car
Interior Dash in colour of the car

HB COUPE CLASSIC - A timeless design for the classic enthusiast. It has old fashioned looking but Lightweight Alloys, bespoke interior options, heated seats, 6 gear stick shift, entertainment system, Bose sound system with 9 speakers, easily accessible boot, leather interior, individual bespoke dashboard options, and automatic climate control. The list goes on.

HB Coupe Road Racer - Tomato Red
HB Coupe Road Racer - Tomato Red
HB Coupe Road Racer - Tomato Red
HB Coupe Road Racer - Tomato Red

HB COUPE ROAD RACER - A more modern approach to our design. It has flared wheel arches, side skirts, and a front spoiler. The exhaust system has a more modern setup extruding through the body. Also has bespoke interior options, heated seats, 6 gear stick shift, entertainment system, Bose sound system with 9 speakers, easily accessible boot, leather interior, individual bespoke dashboard options, and automatic climate control. This list also goes on.

STEPS ALREADY TAKEN  
  • Design phase - almost complete for production.  
  • 1:1 scale model - this is an essential part of car building as the computer images never reveal the true lines of the car. We found small imperfections in the lines which need to be updated. 
  • We secured a drivetrain - We are coachbuilders and want reliable and maintainable mechanical parts as this would greatly reduce ownership costs.  
  • Legislation procedures and production plans are in place. (This took over a year of office work!)  

WHAT STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE 

  • Production Moulds need to be fabricated.
  • First Production Prototype needs to be made - this is a driveable prototype that is road-legal and can be driven by potential clients. 

JOIN US on this automotive journey by getting a limited edition watch! We would be honored to have you onboard!

ALL BACKERS get a VIP invite for the pre-viewing of the First Production prototype - before the press does! 

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Risks and challenges

This will be our 6th timepiece. We have learned from our previous series that physical prototypes are an absolute must before producing the real thing. We have produced 2 sets of prototypes to get it right.

Our Swiss Manufacturer has extremely detailed reports on parts as they come in and every watch gets tested individually. They start with a visual inspection, and after assembly, they do a drop-test and a 10 ATM test to certify that every watch is top quality.

We do some extra prototype testing! The Grinding test, the Welding test, the Maintenance Test, the Sauna Test and the Diving Test.

Our prototypes have passed all the tests, and we are ready for production. We will give you regular updates on the production process and timings. None the less we could have production delays due to faulty parts or human error, something we can't foresee, but in such a case you'll be the first to know.

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    T-SHIRT

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    > Front text: I've helped to create Automotive History
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    100% Cotton - 205 Grams Quality Shirt.
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    1 HB Benefactor Chronograph

    You get 1 SWISS MADE HB Benefactor Chronograph (you'll choose the model and size later)

    > Swiss Made Ronda Quartz Movement
    > 316L Stainless Steel Case
    > 100 Meters Water Resistant
    > Double Domed Sapphire Crystal
    > Waterproof Leather Band
    > Numbered Edition
    > 10 Years International Warranty

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    1 HB Benefactor Chronograph

    You get 1 SWISS MADE HB Benefactor Chronograph (you'll choose the model and size later)

    > Swiss Made Ronda Quartz Movement
    > 316L Stainless Steel Case
    > 100 Meters Water Resistant
    > Double Domed Sapphire Crystal
    > Waterproof Leather Band
    > Numbered Edition
    > 10 Years International Warranty

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    2 Watches - Duo Pack - Matching Nrs

    You get 2 SWISS MADE HB Benefactor Chronographs - Father and Son or Him and Hers (you'll choose the model later)

    > 1=40mm and 1=42.5mm with the same number engraved on the back.

    > Swiss Made Ronda Quartz Movement
    > 316L Stainless Steel Case
    > 100 Meters Water Resistant
    > Double Domed Sapphire Crystal
    > Waterproof Leather Band
    > Numbered Edition
    > 10 Years International Warranty

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    2 Watches - ANY COMBINATION

    You get 2 SWISS MADE HB Benefactor Chronographs - Individually packed (you'll choose the model later)

    > Swiss Made Ronda Quartz Movement
    > 316L Stainless Steel Case
    > 100 Meters Water Resistant
    > Double Domed Sapphire Crystal
    > Waterproof Leather Band
    > Numbered Edition
    > 10 Years International Warranty

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    3 watches - Triple Pack

    You get 3 SWISS MADE HB Benefactor Chronographs - (you'll choose the model and size later)

    > Swiss Made Ronda Quartz Movement
    > 316L Stainless Steel Case
    > 100 Meters Water Resistant
    > Double Domed Sapphire Crystal
    > Waterproof Leather Band
    > Numbered Edition
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    4 Watches - MATCHING NUMBERS

    You get the FULL COLLECTION - 4 SWISS MADE HB Benefactor Chronographs in 2 awesome Duo Packed boxes.

    > 2=40mm and 2=42.5mm with all Matching numbers engraved in the back - both models and both sizes.

    > Swiss Made Ronda Quartz Movement
    > 316L Stainless Steel Case
    > 100 Meters Water Resistant
    > Double Domed Sapphire Crystal
    > Waterproof Leather Band
    > Numbered Edition
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    4 Watches or More - Any Style

    4 SWISS MADE HB Benefactor Chronographs

    > Choose Size and Models later

    ADD 250 euro's per watch if you want more than 4.

    > Swiss Made Ronda Quartz Movement
    > 316L Stainless Steel Case
    > 100 Meters Water Resistant
    > Double Domed Sapphire Crystal
    > Waterproof Leather Band
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    10 Watches or more - Business Pack

    10 SWISS MADE HB Benefactor Chronographs

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