For those of us who have a passion for collecting, there is a brand that has recently captured my attention. My collecting tends to lean towards the exotic, especially in watches. With watches, I usually steer clear of the common brands and gravitate towards the brands that we don’t typically see in Denver, such as Audemars and Parmigiani. In pens I gravitate toward Krone and Michel Perchin. I have found a new passion and it includes knives—something new for me.

William Henry is an American luxury brand devoted to the vision of designing and building superlative functional jewelry crafting collections that integrate form and function into exquisite and unique pieces that belong to a category all their own. Designer and entrepreneur Matt Conable founded the company in 1997 and is now the sole owner. Conable first established the brand creating exclusive and award-winning pocketknives, effectively transforming the archetype of all tools into a superb piece of functional jewelry for men.

Today’s collections include writing instruments, money clips, golf tools, and William Henry has proudly grown to become one of the most admired and sought after brands in the world of luxury for men.

The seamless integration of classic natural materials, precious metals & gemstones, and state-of-the-art alloys is a hallmark of William Henry’s work.

But what makes this brand so distinctive is that it has proudly retained the aura and feel of an artisan workshop, where every piece is designed and created exclusively in small, limited, often unique editions. “For many premium watch brands, an edition of 1000 numbered pieces might be an ‘exclusive’ offering” – says Matt Conable. “At William Henry, that would be the largest and least exclusive offering in our history.”

Hand-forged tapestries in metal, chisel carved silver, hand-burnished gold inlay, fine hand engraving, exotic materials, and inlaid gemstones are interwoven into stunning pieces of timeless stature. The distinctive character of the artistry and the personality of the materials make this brand’s every creation truly unique. No two pieces are alike.

“I like the idea that William Henry’s creations strike a personal chord in our clients” – says Conable. “Every now and then, it is important to invest in objects that are personal, immediately useful, yet timeless in their appeal and relevance – these rare pieces are imbued with the personality of their owners, and become part of their living legacy.”

CABERNET: Ebonite cap, fossil brain coral barrell, titanium and aluminum frame and accents. Limited edition of 250. Matheu’s Fine Watches $1,900

MONARCH Fire & Ice: Wave pattern blade with a hand-carved sterling silver fram with inset sapphire and dinosaur bone and citrine fittings. One hand buttonlock. Limited Edition of 50. Matheu’s Fine Watches: $2,200

GENEVA: Etched ‘brain wave’ damascus body with Fossil mamoth tooth inlay and stainless steel club with diamonds. Tension mechanism. Limited Edtion of 100. Matheu’s Fine Watches: $495

From The Collection Magazine
“Men’s Choice of Jewelry”
by William Hauptman