When it comes to watchmaking, the Swiss giants can be talked about all the day, but in most cases the world forgets that they’re not the only region out there with a root in the world of watchmaking. What we talked today is the small town of Glashutte, located about 40 minutes south of Dresden, is the heart of German watchmaking, and a region that has shown incredible resilience for many years. Even if Post WWII appropriations left the region without any equipment whatsoever, the local population found measures to reestablish the trade eventually. Being on the Eastern side of the wall, rather lackluster and utilitarian timepieces were stopped to largely produce for many years. However since the wall has fallen, we’ve seen a number of brands rise from the ashes to reclaim the former glory that is high watchmaking in Germany. In all, there are a good dozen or more watch brands producing best replica watches in Glashutte, but for brief we only introduce some favorite brands we are familiar here.
Formally rebooted by Walter Lange, A. Lange & Sohne came back into the German’s watchmaking market with a vengeance in 1994, since its doors were closed for half a century before. Placing a target on the backs of Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and Vacheron Constantin, Walter Lange sought to bring world-class level watchmaking back to Glashutte, and his first watch—the Lange 1—hit the nail squarely on the head. A unique caliber with an oversized dual-disc date window, separate subdials for hours/minutes and running seconds, and a large power reserve indication at 3 o’clock, the Lange 1 laid the groundwork for future collections. Although outstanding finishing is at the forefront of the brand’s priorities, technical innovation and development of new calibers is as equal important as it. Among innumerable others, the digital-display Zeitwerk collection, and the excellent new Triple Split continue to prove that Lange is a brand with very few competitors in Glashutte, Germany and even in the whole watch industry.
As we all know, Nomos has been an enthusiast favorite in the entry-level segment for a long time. Manufacture calibers and respectable levels of finishing are abound, all paired with wonderful minimalist and Bauhaus influenced design. While its manufacture and corporate headquarters remain in Glashutte, the brand also maintains its design center in Berlin. Most of their pieces are conservative, recent additions to the Club collection and the new Autobahn series clearly show the brand isn’t afraid of getting a little playful with its designs. With the price range of $2-3k, Nomos always remains one of the default recommendations whenever you can hear from anyone.
The Swatch Group owned Glashutte Original has one of the most interesting backstories of the region in many ways. Unlike its siblings in the region, Glashutte Original grew out of the state-controlled GUB (VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe). Landing as an approximate mid-step between Lange and Nomos, its well-executed buy replica watches range between about $5,000 and somewhere north of $15,000. The brand has concentrated more attention on its vintage-inspired Sixties Iconic collections recently, all of which feature vintage-inspired dial designs, modeled the creations from its past and used current traditional techniques. For this year, the hero collection features a textured green dial which was created using one of the original stamping dies uncovered from the brand’s tool archive.
The modern Moritz Grossmann is one of the few key players in the founding of Glashutte watchmaking region, which is only 10 years old, yet the brand is already famous as a niche player with very impressive capabilities. Among a large of key details, the finishing of its cases and hands are rather superb. As part of their novelties for 2019, the brand released their first self-winding caliber that pays a specially interesting nod to the early days of watchmaking. Rather than following the usual route of a self-winding rotor, the brand developed their own take on the traditional bumper/pendulum winding mechanism from over a century ago. Although they by no means reinvented the wheel, the approach is still refreshing, having just enough technical/engineering appeal for many collectors and enthusiasts. With delicate rose gold case and just 40,000 Euros price, this watch is not fit for someone who is cowardly, but for those who want timepiece a bit different for their collection it’s really worthy for hunting.