German Watches: A Unique But Distinct Way To Watchmaking

When it comes to high-end watches, many people think of Switzerland, but as a country standing at the top of the world’s clock pyramid, Swiss watches face many challengers, and among them the most powerful and oldest It’s Germany. Before World War II, Germany had developed into one of the two most important watchmaking powers in the world. Following the defeat of Germany in World War II, German watchmaking suffered a brutal blow. It was only after the Berlin Wall was toppled in 1989 that German watchmaking ushered in a new opportunity for rise. PanoMaticLunar & PanoMaticDate Glashütte
Long and bumpy German watch history
The history of German watchmaking dates back to the 15th century. In 1530, the German Nuremberg locksmith PeterHenlein manufactured the world’s first pocket watch. The first German watchmaking company was born in 1845 in Glashütte. After more than 100 years, it was also very tortuous. In the middle, it experienced World War I and the German economic depression. But after more than 100 years of development, by 1945, before World War II, Germany had developed into the world’s most important. One of the two watchmaking powers. Following the defeat of Germany in World War II, German watchmaking suffered a brutal blow. It was only after the Berlin Wall was toppled in 1989 that German watchmaking ushered in a new opportunity for rise.
German watch style and characteristics
Many people do not understand the German watchmaking industry, probably because German watches seem indifferent to marketing and publicity. Compared with the Swiss watch-oriented design features, the pragmatism and rigor of the Germanic nation have embarked on a unique but distinct way of watchmaking.
Style difference
The dials of German-style watchmaking are generally relatively clean, and rarely use pattern carving. Most German watches also rarely use diamond and enamel. Among the German watches we often know, Glashütte will have more enamel or diamond-set watches. Lange also unveiled a basic watch with diamonds this year, which is beautiful and very beautiful, but personally thinks that this does not seem to be Lange’s style.
Secondly, the overall design of the German-made watch case is also clean and concise, and the sides of the case are mostly cut at right angles, with almost no arc. The Swiss-style watchmaking mostly uses a curved side design, which seems to be soft and euphemistic. German watches only had no style during the period from the end of World War II to the reunification of East and West Germany, producing large quantities of curved watches with curved shapes. Of course, this is a political and historical reason and cannot be used as a reference.
Designed genres
When it comes to the style of watchmaking, it must be mentioned that the design concept is different. Germany is particularly clear on this point. German industrial design is deeply influenced by the Bauhaus style. They believe that design must serve the product and have a little function. This pragmatic design style makes German products with an obvious feature, that is, they will not use too useless designs-like those pattern carvings, the use of curves, must not be the original intention of German designers. German industrial designers are reluctant to be artists, they want to become an important part of industrial production.
Another feature of German industrial design is that it is ‘suited to local conditions.’ Their design is to re-optimize existing materials, instead of designing a drawing in advance, and then looking for raw materials all over the world. And the Germans respect their steel very much, and they have a very strong self-confidence in German steel. Therefore, in the manufacture of watches, they believe that the best and most reasonable treatment is polishing or wire drawing. Suspect.
What are the representative brands of German watches?
Top watch brands:
Lange watch
A. Lange & Sohne is one of the top ten luxury watches in the world and a well-known luxury brand. Lange watch is a very precise German mechanical watch brand. Its main characteristics are: unparalleled superb technology and high-level perfect handwork. Lange, as a rare non-Swiss watch brand, is an authentic eastern German product. It once disappeared due to the authoritarian rule of the former East Germany, but once again the two Germanys rejuvenated. Lange insists on making only mechanical precious metal watches, making its quality and price high, generally above 100,000 yuan.
As one of the world’s leading high-end mechanical watch brands with 100% self-made movements of its entire series of watches, the blood of Glashtte Original originates from a German watchmaking town with a history of 165 years. Glashtte. After years of ups and downs, Glashtte Original continues the German watchmaking tradition and continues to write the legend of German fine watchmaking.
Simple design brand:
Nomos Watch
Nomos watches from East Germany are located in Saxony Glashtte, which has a century of watch manufacturing history. Glashtte’s watchmakers use hand-crafted craftsmanship to create high-quality, uniquely designed manual mechanical watches. Nomos’ clear design consciousness is in every The performance and readability of a watch are “exclusive”.
Junghans watch
经典 A classic brand of the German watch industry, born in 1861. For 150 years, it has always enjoyed a good reputation for its simple and elegant appearance and first-class superb quality in Germany. Since it obtained the first patent for producing calendar watches in 1879, the company has obtained more than 3,000 patents.
Military German military watch brand:
Lang Kun watch
坤 Lang Kun LACO, who has authentic German descent, was famous for manufacturing the Air Force Pilot’s Watch B-Uhr during World War II. Its watchmaking history can be traced back to the 1920s. The company was founded by two extremely talented German watchmakers Frieda Lacher and Ludwig Hummel in the German watch town Pforzheim. The name LACO (朗 坤) is exactly from LACHER & CO. Derived from the first syllable.
Sinn watch
SINN-German version of Seiko, this brand is specially made for German professionals, including border inspection teams (that is, those wearing red hats at train stations), fire teams, divers, deep-sea inspectors, pilots, tank soldiers, bankers, etc. The latest mechanical chronograph is used in peacekeeping forces, and its advanced functional design is increasingly recognized by world watch fans.

Updated: 16. February 2021 — 16:19
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