5 High-Quality German Watch Brands Advice for 2020, Timepiece Trends Guide
5 High-Quality German Watch Brands You Should Not Overlook
23 June 2020
Switzerland is globally renowned for its watchmaking and luxury watch brands. Patek Phillippe, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Vacheron Constantin, Rolex, IWC, Audemars Piguet, Omega, Piaget, and Baume & Mercier have all mushroomed out of Suisse. However, that doesn’t mean you can overlook watches coming out of other countries, particularly other European nations that are equally (if not more) capable of making high-end luxury watches.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the five German watch brands that have made or have been making solid inroads into the high-end watch market across the globe.
A. Lange & Sohne
A. Lange & Sohne is among the oldest watch companies in the world. Founded in 1845, the company has been making watches just like it did at the time of its inception. Like most luxury watch manufacturers, the company uses only quality materials for its timepieces, such as platinum and gold. The designs are predominantly classic and clean, and the prices are usually several thousand pounds.
Glashutte is considered as Germany’s watchmaking capital. It is a town in Germany, and quite a few German watchmakers add that name to their branding. Glashutte Original, as the name indicates, is among the first German watch brands to incorporate the town’s name. GO is known for quite a few styles that include elegant timepieces and sports watches. Quite a few of their watches take design inspiration from the ‘60s, giving the watch a unique look. Needless to mention, the quality of the watches is on par with the best watchmakers in the world.
Founded in 1961, Sinn was born because its founder, Helmut Sinn, was not happy with the state of pilot watches during the ‘50s and ‘60s. A pilot by profession, Sinn came out with its namesake brand quickly thereafter. High quality German watches by Sinn are now popular across the globe among watch aficionados or people who truly appreciate high-quality timepieces. Compared to its German counterparts, Sinn’s watches are more utilitarian too, thanks to the “pilot” association. The watches are particularly popular among the country’s police departments and astronauts.
Junghans is a huge name in Germany. The brand is particularly known for its Max Bill range of watches. Junghans watches have a minimalistic look and feel, but the brand is more than just the understated minimalism it showcases through its watches. To transcend its Bauhaus-inspired designs, Junghans has been making conscious efforts to diversify its product range, offering two-tone pieces, sporty retro chronographs, etc.
Founded in 1990, Nomos is a relatively new watch company based out of Glashutte. Though the designs are from Berlin, the watchmaking happens in Glashutte. The company is known for its affordable high-end watches, even though it does its movements in-house. The brand blends Bauhaus-style minimalism with fun elements sprinkled in good measure. The Metro Datum Gangreserve, for instance, throws the sparsely adorned dial off-balance with its red and mint green power reserve indicator. Compared to most of its German counterparts, the company is also a smaller outfit, which only adds to the appeal of the brand.
Germany doesn’t have a silent monopoly on the watch market as Switzerland does. But it sure makes watches that are quite comparable to the famed Swiss watches. If you are enamored by the quality of Swiss timepieces but do not necessarily have the budget for them, take a look at the aforementioned brands. If you’re seeking affordable watches, Sinn and Nomos are solid choices.
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