Enriched with a strong cup of tea and some scones, Cam showed us not so long ago eight of the best watches from British brands. Well, I had breakfast today with cold food and pumpkin pie and chose eight of the best German watches to start the day right. Even though Germany is not the basic force for its neutral neighbour Switzerland, I am not too late either. The industry is based on two cities: Glashütte in the east is the best known because it is the oldest centre and has big names like A. Lange & Söhne, Nomos and (surprisingly) Glashütte Original.
The other hub is Pforzheim in the west with brands like Laco and Stowa. And while it’s too easy to make a broad generalization about national identity and clockwork, and at first glance, there is little resemblance between Sinn’s unbreakable watches and Lange’s complex symmetries, but there are general values of perfection that appear to be – it would match Perfect. with a German reputation for excellent manufacturing and engineering. I’m not sure where his love for David Hasselhoff lies in the comparison, but that does not bother me.
Yes, they are Austrians and not Germans, but Habring2’s men’s and ladies watches are too beautiful not to count and strike. Richard Habring has a long history in the industry and has a reputation for developing new designs for half-second chronographs at IWC. This watch does not have that much complexity, but it does share my name. If that’s not enough to get you on the list, what about the amazing award-winning A11 watch that hits the inside? $ 6,975
Sinn EZM 9 HOOF
Shinn’s watches have been purposefully built since their inception in 1961. The first watches were made specifically for pilots, and although large catalogues and even some of their favourite options are now in the catalogue, the heart of the brand is beating in the air. So much so that five years ago the brand partnered with the University of Aachen to pave the way for a new certified standard for pilots (similar to that for divers) called TESTAF. EZM 9 TESTAF meets (of course) this standard, but there are other technologies and materials known for the brand, such as the superhard titanium container and Ar dehumidification technology and temperature tolerances from -45 to +80 degrees Celsius. . Difficult things. $ 5080
A. Lange and Sons Lange 1
As for the art of watchmaking, Lange is the most famous exporter in Germany: quality and style are great among connoisseurs. So much so that it becomes difficult to choose a model that shows your size. Do you opt for a modest Saxon, the architecturally striking Datograph or the modern Zeitwerk? In the end, I did not choose any of these options and chose one of the best modern watch designs: the legendary Lange 1, displayed here in platinum. $ 56 300
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Down along the Strait of Lange is Nomos, a very different but very German brand. Although better known for their distinctive and sleek modern design, they made some significant progress before the move with their internal Swing System exhaust system and a thin base profile. Neumatic Metro is a watch that combines its minimalist style, playful appearance and technical ability. $ 5690
Glass hut Original Vintage Sixties Automatic
It is not surprising that Glashütte Original also offers the city of Glashütte. Like almost every other watch brand in the sun, GO has made way for the historical reissue of the mermaid song, and the odd line Vintage Sixties is a beautifully elegant example of the genre. This digital green version, released earlier this year, takes it to another level thanks to the vibrant texture disc. $ 9650
Mühle Glashütte Panova Gorm
Mühle Glashütte (yes, this city is again) is known for its “marine tools” – they are marine tools for you and me. But not everything is serious and the ground divers are on the ground. The combo contains some summer-appropriate bracelets, like this Panova Blue, a 40mm number from Sellita with a clean lens that offers a lot of power for too much money. $ 1550
The chronograph of the pilot of Arimimedo
Fun Fact: The Arimimedo Pilot Watch was the first mechanical watch I ever bought, so I will always have a low point for the Pforzheim brand. In doing other things, it is undeniable that they specialize in traditional pilots that are always popular. And while brands manufacture these watches, they keep high-quality Archimedes Ickler watches and good quality money. It’s hard to argue with a classic chronograph with a range of case materials, disc settings and difficulties. 1640 euros
Dornblüth & Sohn 99.9 electrical reserves in steel, limited edition
As the name suggests, Dornblüth & Sohn is a family business: a marine chronometer is made the old fashioned way without the help of CNC machines. Their debauchery is based on MTE, but they are restructured and have a real character. Stylistically there isn’t much variety – you can get a control button or a few big seconds, but overall it’s very traditional. We say “general” because when we see this watch, Define Australia’s limited publisher, with a surprisingly modern line reservation in a bright colour that unexpectedly matches 12, but we’re in it. $ 14,300
Some of you may have noticed that there are models that the average collector may not find in the ad, even if you are a good enough customer. And those don’t wait times (which would be perfect, especially if the product question marks are real). You can’t get it, no matter how long you wait, if something in the room doesn’t work out and it happens that the ad has no one to sell the watch to.
As impossible as such models are for the average watch enthusiast, there are still new pieces on the grey market, obviously at the recommended retail price of double, triple or quadruple. Like the new Patek 5990 / 1R model, which hit the market a few months ago. At the time of writing, there were 14 ads on all known websites that are at least four times the sale price. And that’s exactly the problem (or at least one of them): some HR has a special ability to sell the most sought-after models to people who don’t care about the watch at all, but who want to take advantage of the season removal.
Who are the victims of this special talent? Neither the watchmakers nor the CEO and certainly not the parasites is buying today to turn around tomorrow. No, the victims are the end customers, those drug addicts who own them, take care of them and sometimes want to hand them over to their children. They can’t do it anymore unless they can afford it and are willing to be robbed blindly. If you ask me, I am very sorry. And do you know what’s even sharper? Brands don’t seem to care.
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