This weeks news focus is all about the Trump visit, the pomp and ceremony that will undoubtedly surround it, the inevitable demonstrations and the unparalleled security curtain placed around the president.
Remaining political neutral we thought we would focus on American watch manufacturers as very little seems to be known about them.
So here are some of their top watch brands.
Of all the American watch brands we bring you today, Vortic Watches are probably as close as you will get to a watch truly “made in the USA”
Vortic like to highlight the fact that each of their watches are unique, a claim often seen in the watch space, yet I do believe it to be genuine.
As suggested by the name, Autodromo watches possess a clear influence from cars, particularly those in the so-called “golden age of motoring".
Their watches have become so intertwined with the automative community that, in 2018, Ford commissioned them to design a wristwatch to sell along with their Ford GT Supercar.
For those craving to stand out from the crowd while still supporting American watchmaking initiatives, look no further than Devon Watches. The Pasadena, CA based company has managed to penetrate the often snobbish watch industry. Their electro-mechanical pieces are like no watch that has ever been seen before, and according to their founder Scott Devon, this was always the objective.
Based out of Brooklyn, NY, Martenero has been steadily garnering attention (and wrists) in the micro-brand space.
Their mantra, “Tradition Refreshed”, looks to incorporate the modern aesthetic into the age-old watchmaking tradition. Most importantly, they aim to do this at an accessible price point, an objective often discarded by fledgling watch companies.
The Weiss Watch Company, founded in 2013 in Los Angeles by Cameron Weiss, is another one of the few American watch companies who have proclaimed “100% made in the USA” watches their mission.
While they are not there yet, it’s safe to say that they’re getting close. With each model release, they have been successful in increasing the amount of domestically-sourced products that go into each of their wristwatches.
Roland G. Murphy is an American watchmaker through and through. Clasically trained in Switzerland, he founded RGM in 1992 with a wide breadth of watchmaking and watch restoration experience.
They are also recognized as the first American watch company to design and manufacture their own movemements since Hamilton Watch Co. closed its doors in 1969.
RGM maintains production models with a base price just north of $2000, while also offering a more bespoke experience for their higher-end pieces like the infamous Pennsylvania Tourbillon.
All these watch manufacturers are low volume boutique businesses, established fairly recently.
They have some way to go to compete with the traditional European watch manufacturers both in terms of production and volume.
There is obviously massive room for further growth and development within the American watch manufacturing industry for them to compete with the likes of Rolex, Breitling, Cartier and all the other top European brands.