The 7 Icons Under the German Wrist Watches

Long & Sons long 1, Nomos Tangent, Junghans Max Bill & Co.

These timepiece from Germany have written history. Their design, which remains topical for decades, makes them icons of watch design. Here you will find the most beautiful and most coveted watch models from Germany.

German watch icon #1: A. Long & Sons Long 1

After the start of a. Lange and Söhne in the Saxon watchmaking town of Glashütte, the Lange 1 in the year 1994 was presented with a timpani: a clock with decentralized displays that did not require the full dial to display the time! Such a deal with the available space was revolutionary. In this design, the area outside the main face was by no means unused. There was a large date, a gear reserve display and a small second ample space. Over the years, other glassworks could also be inspired to decentralized displays. In the meantime, numerous derivatives of the long 1 came on the market, but the basic model was 2015–after 21 years–for the first time fundamentally revised, especially inside: it received a completely new factory, the Manufactory caliber L 121.1 with manual lift. It has a continuous three-quarter board and eccentric weights instead of screws on the balance. Optionally, a 38.5 mm large pink gold, yellow gold or platinum enclosure surrounds the caliber. The watches cost per 31,700 euro, the Platinuhr 43,200 euro.

German watch icon #2: Nomos Tangent

The Nomos tangent appeared 1992 as one of four premier models of the Nomos Glashütte brand, founded two years earlier. It quickly became the most important pillar of the collection. The design originates from the German Werkbund, a 1907-based predecessor movement of the Bauhaus design school, and was used by various watch manufacturers before the Second World War. Until today, the Werkbund is committed to combining craftsmanship and machine work, which is intended to make good products available to a wide audience. This also applies to the tangent in original size, which remains affordable despite sapphire glass flooring and in-house hand winding caliber nomos caliber alpha. For the 35-millimeter stainless stainless, 1,380 euro is to be paid.

German watch icon #3: Junghans Max Bill

The architect, designer and former Bauhaus student Max Bill designed 1961 a wristwatch that shapes the Junghans collection to this day like no other. Actually, it’s even two: one with hour and minute numbers and one with bare line indexes. Although the two designs differ from the Junghans Max Bill, both designs are designed for reduction, clarity and functionality.

The form follows the function. By the way, the Max Bill of Junghans is one of the cheapest icons at all – no matter whether you decide on the hand-wound versions in the original size of 34 millimeters at the price of 675 euros or rather on the larger and more expensive ones shown here Automatic variants. The 38-millimeter stainless steel watches with the automatic caliber ETA 2824 cost 875 euro.

German watch icon #4: Glashütte original Sixties

Quoting designs from our own company’s past is a trend in the watch industry today. At Glashütte original, the past is called VEB PDO (the company’s own factory of Glass hut watch companies). To this conglomerate, the local watch industry was combined in the GDR era. The direct predecessor of the Glashütte original Sixties is a model of the legendary Spezimatic line, which was produced from 1964. Original design elements that make the hearts of Retrofans beat faster are an edge-curved dial, milled hour markers and playful numeral typography. Deck and bottom glass protrude far from the narrow housing component – an additional attractive design feature of the Sixties, which makes the watch look particularly shallow and increases the wearing comfort. The 39 millimeter-sized Glassworks original sixties are available in stainless steel (price 6,300 euro) or gold (Price: 12,600 euro) and in different dial variants. In each model, however, the same manufacture is ticking caliber. It is the automatic plant 39-52.

German watch icon #5: Meistersinger Watches

For people who, in case of doubt, have a minute more time or are happy to take it, Meistersinger has been watches since 2001. The idea originally came from the product designer Klaus Botta (Botta-design), a former business partner of the Meistersinger founder Manfred Brassler. Meistersinger, however, has successfully marketed the concept from the outset and is most effectively identified. This is also due to the other attractive design elements: The clocks have only simple bar indexes and two-digit hour numbers, to which a pointed pointer shows how to know it from classical meters. In this way, the five-minute intervals can be read relatively comfortably; The remaining inaccuracy is intended and serves the personal deceleration. The pictured No. 03 offers an automatic lift with the ETA 2824 or Sellita SW 200. As with the hand lift clocks No 01 and 02, the version with ivory dial is the most famous. The stainless stainless with a diameter of 43 millimeters costs 1,598 euros.

German watch icon #6: Laco Watch Replica

A piece of military history is the 55 mm-large aviator observation, which produced several German brands as well as IWC Schaffhausen in the 1940s for the German air Force according to their specifications. Unlike A. Long & Sons, Wempe and Stowa has Laco the clock in its original format again today in the portfolio. The dial of the Laco watch replica is available according to the models A and B, i.e. with an external number of hours or, as shown here, with a small hour circle near the center. The bottom of the sand-blasted stainless steel casing, like the outside, carries the serial number and internal characteristics such as device and plant number. The factory no longer comes from its own production, but Laco is building the ETA Unitas 6497 hand-lift caliber, delivered to a central second, and complements a swan-neck fine regulation. Price: 2,998 euro.

German watch icon #7: Hanh’s Pioneer Mk II

The first bracelet chronograph of Hanh art–all with its own hand-held elevators – appeared 1938, the version with caliber 41 was struck by its asymmetrically upward shifting start-stop pusher. During World War II, the now famous Red Zero pusher was added. Legend has it that the anxious wife of a fighter pilot painted the lower pusher of his hanh-stopper, who should not be pressed prematurely, to the warning with red nail polish. Another typical feature was the rotating bezel with red marking; It was used to measure intervals over 30 minutes for which the chronograph was not sufficient. Today, Hanh type delivers the Aviator chronograph under the name Pioneer Mk II with the purchased automatic caliber ETA-Valjoux 7753. All the design elements up to the ingenious calf leather strap have been preserved, however, so that this model rightfully occupies a place among the German watch icons. The 40-millimeter stainless stainless costs 2,290 euro.

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