The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbograph Perpetual Pour le Mérite is a showcase of high-end watchmaking with some great complications
The German watch industry is mainly concentrated in the eastern part of Germany, in a town called Glashütte (sometimes written as Glashuette). The label ‘German made’ does not have the same strict rules as the ‘Swiss made’ label. However it can be a good indication for the quality of a watch.
When Germany was divided into two parts after World War II, the watch companies in Glashütte were expropriated by the East Germany’s communist government. They merged the companies into a state-owned kombinat, continuing to manufacture mechanical watches and marine chronometers. Later, in the 1980s, they only produced cheap quartz watches. After the fall of the German Wall the industry, with about 2,500 workers, dropped. During the years of unification with West Germany it slowly developed into a new and healthy industry producing about 32,000 high-end watches a year (2016).
German watchmakers who are based in the western part of Germany never faced a communist government and related ‘challenges’. Some of them even bear the Swiss made label, like Montblanc, as they produce their watches in Switzerland.
The most well-known German brands are A. Lange & Söhne, Moritz Grossmann, Glashütte Original and Nomos Glashütte.
German made watches
GO started with a rose gold and platinum version: this Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Steel is the third model
The Nomos Aqua Ahoi Datum comes with a white, dark blue or siren blue dial and is not afraid for a serious splash of water
The Nomos Club Campus is an entry-level hand-wound mechanical watch that comes with a 36-millimeter or 38.5-millimeter case
The Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square collection has a 1960 design with funky colors and inspired by the Glashütte Spezimatic
The A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Decimal Strike is the third striking watch within A. Lange & Söhne’s Zeitwerk collection
The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Time Zone Honey Gold celebrates the 22nd anniversary of A. Lange & Söhne’s revival
This A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Pour le Mérite is the fifth Pour le Mérite model from the Saxon watchmaker
The Nomos Tetra Neomatik Nachtblau is one of four new models with blue dials launched by Nomos. This Tetra is square-cased