Since moving to London, I’ve been exposed to a fantasy land. A land of wealth, beautiful houses and the most gorgeous neighbourhoods.
For me, I like to take time out to look at the beauty of the city and to focus myself on what I want from life.
Now I’m not all about the material things: I appreciate my health, my own personal wealth and my family and friends; but like everyone else, I do enjoy playing the ‘if I won the lottery, I would buy…’ game on a weekly basis.
I love running in the morning. It gives me time to think about where I am and where I’m going – both physically that day and where I want to be in the future. I often take a detour from my usual route and allow myself five minutes to be still, staring in wonder at the houses I wished I lived in.
- Henry Knightsbridge watch (also available at John Lewis)
- ASOS stripe shirt
- Carhartt white jeans
- ASOS white trainers
Outfit photography: Suzannah Ramsdale
Is it wrong to tease myself? Or am I just setting myself a goal? I think it’s important to have a dream, with an aim of this becoming your reality. Someone’s got to live in that house, why can’t it be you?
The story of Henry London also began from a dream and a special find in another London district. One of the founders of the watch company would – like me – spend her time exploring London, especially the vintage markets, all in search for her own inspiration.
On one occasion in Notting Hill, she came across an old, beautifully styled, classic Swiss wristwatch which had the words ‘Henry, August 1965’ engraved on the back of the case.
On meeting with her partner later in the day, he too fell in love with the watch, especially the craftsmanship and the attention to detail.
With both of them wanting to wear their new priceless possession, the couple began to think about the possibilities of reinventing Henry’s watch for today’s generation.
Fast forward to present day and Henry London has 15 different collections of watches – all named after a London district. From Highgate to Hammersmith and Hackney, each collection has its own colour and distinctive look.
The watch I’m wearing is from the Knightsbridge collection – a midnight blue opaline domed dial with three sub-dial instruments and a date window. The self-adjustable Milanese mesh bracelet sits beautifully against the blue of the face. It’s also a great colour combination for all-day wear.
In my sentimental mode, I went one step further with my watch and got it personalised – with an engraving on the back saying, ‘Man For Himself est. 2013’.
It’s important to dream and set goals for the future, but it’s even more important to look back and see how far you’ve come.