The story of Mint Evolutive starts with Hong Kong-based, French Designer and Founder Alexandre Besson, whose father passed away tragically one day. He left his vintage Seiko watches (an SKX007 and SKX031 purchased in Japan in the 70's and 90's) for Alexandre to inherit, which started a journey that developed into a lifetime passion for vintage watches and watch modding.
Francois Besson, Alexandre's father and a judo champion, former Marine commando and French intelligence agent led an impressive life that most would envy, going as far as to receive the Légion d'Honneur for his roles and services to his home country and abroad.
He left his legacy behind with the timepieces that are still carried and worn to this day. Now, decades later the military, sports and diplomatic virtues have been embodied in Mint Evolutive - with every watch not just carrying a legacy with it, but giving rise to new personal stories that go with their user wherever they're worn.
As for Alex, his fascination with vintage watches led him to spend countless hours online researching and doing just about everything he could to get his hands on every iconic piece he could find at auction houses and vintage retailers.
As a proud vintage watch fanboy, he obsessively studied all the details of these historic pieces - from construction specs, to fonts on the dial, to hand shapes, bezels, insert types and just about every other element that made these watches so desirable. It's with this extreme attention to detail and obsession with all of the nuances and finer points that Mint Evolutive is designed with.