The 5 Best German Watches
When you think of high end watches, Germany may not always appear at the forefront of your mind. Read our list of the 5 best German watches to find out how some of these lesser known companies could even put Swiss watchmakers to shame.
Traditionally, the breathtaking Vallée de Joux of Switzerland has been home to some of the most iconic watchmakers, such as Jaeger-LeCoultre and Blancpain. However, the isolated village of Glashütte, located in Eastern Germany has been taking the watch making world by storm.
With a population of just 1800 residents, the economy of Glashütte relies solely on watchmaking, with unemployment at less than 5 percent. Due to Glashütte’s placement in a scenic but narrow valley, there is no room for new buildings, meaning the Mayor of Glashütte has to turn away any new companies wanting to move to town. This gives the original watchmaking companies of Glashütte an exclusive edge, which is just one of the reasons we are starting our list of the 5 best German watches with…
Glashütte Original Karree Chronograph
Love a leather strap? This Karree Chronograph by Glashütte Original embodies a classic look with the bold, black leather strap holding a striking white-on-black watch face. Encased in luxurious rose gold, the Karree Chronograph is definitely one for fans of a vintage look with a twist.
One feature that pushes the Glashütte Original Karree Chronograph above its competitors is actually an iconic brand asset: Glashütte Original is one of the few remaining watchmakers that uses its own movements.
2. A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna
This intricate watch by A. Lange & Söhne really is a work of art. With an elegant sapphire-crystal casing, the Perpetual Calendar Terraluna accommodates numerous exquisite features that really step up the game for A. Lange & Söhne.
As well as showing the perpetual calendar displays of date, day of week, month and leap year, this striking watch features the current moon phase alongside the positions of the moon and the sun in the northern hemisphere. If you’re looking for a unique watch with intricate detailing, this is the one for you.
3. Montblanc Timewalker Chronograph Watch
An iconic name in the watchmaking industry, Montblanc was born in Hamburg in 1906 with its original range of pens, and turned its hand to watchmaking in 1994. The Montblanc Timewalker collection is inspired by performance, designed as a tribute to vintage racing.
4. Chronoswiss Regulateur
Despite the name, Chronoswiss originated in München in 1983. Chronoswiss watches are particularly sought after, as only 7000 are made per year, with each one being hand-finished. The Regulateur has been a focal point for the brand, and is a vital part of their collection. Chronoswiss claim that the Regulateur is the way forward to “regulate your time”.
5. Nomos Tangomat Ruthenium
Back to the not-so-sleepy village of Glashütte, we are finalising our list of the 5 best German watches with the Nomos Tangomat Ruthenium. Born just after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990, Nomos were built on designs inspired by the Bauhaus movement, and the brand have been praised for their clean and modern style.
In particular, the Nomos Tangomat Ruthenium is a slick timepiece that would not look out of place in any setting, the monochromatic design seamlessly blending the world of casual and professional.