A Guide To German Watches | Watch Hut
Men's Bruno Söhnle Ares watch (£350)
While the phrase 'Swiss made' carries more weight in the luxury watch market, the term 'German made' is gaining fast. The nation's reputation for first class design, engineering, and punctuality may be cliché, but actions speak louder than words and its output of everything from cars to watches has been impressive to say the least.
Like Switzerland, Germany too has a long and rich horological history spanning almost three centuries. And since the collapse of the Berlin wall in 1990, Germany has taken advantage of its reunification and the watchmaking industry has gradually made a comeback among consumers.
Today, the town of Glasshutte is to Germany what Geneva is to Switzerland. It packs an impressive list of luxury watchmakers into its moderately sized space, including Bruno Söhnle and of course, Mühle Glashütte.
Ladies' Elysee Monumentum Watch (£170)
With focus largely on the mid-range to premium end of the market, German brands tend to go for quality over quantity and this is apparent in their watch output. Defined by clean, minimalist designs, pinpoint precision and cutting-edge tech, a watch that's 'Made in Germany' holds prestige.
To give you a snapshot of Teutonic watchmaking craftmanship, we've handpicked a selection of the best German watches, from more budget friendly options, to mid-range, as well as luxury styles. With fine examples from Elysee, Junghans, Meistersinger, Mühle Glashütte, and Bruno Söhnle, there's a German watch in your price range with your name written all over it.
Budget friendly German watches
Bruno Söhnle may sit on the more affordable end of the German watch brand scale, however you would never know from looking at the above men's Ares watch (£350), or indeed any other model.
Bold in its design, the dark chocolate brown leather strap paves the way for a sleek, stainless-steel case and silver face. The red hand on the minute sub-dial provides a pop of colour to its otherwise minimal aesthetic. And at just £350, this slimline men's watch is affordable luxury at its best.
Step back in time with this beautiful ladies' Momentum dress watch from Elysee. The stainless steel casing and silver dial have a vintage appeal, as does the use of Roman numerals on the watch face itself. Only the bright blue hands give away that this is a more modern piece, which is completed with a slim, black leather strap.
Mid-range German watches
Fuss-free practicality is paramount with Mesitersinger, as this understated Neo Q unisex timepiece (£595) demonstrates. Featuring an oversized face beset with large, easy-to-read numbers, the simplicity of white on black works well, and is completed with a light grey leather strap. Effortlessly cool, this watch is the ultimate smart-casual accessory.
With a design that tips its hat back to the creations of Anton Ziegler for the brand between 1930 and 1960, the men's Junghans Meister Chronoscope (£1,625) succeeds in blending the old with the new. The refined aesthetics have a timeless appeal, as seen on stark, black face and sleek link bracelet with a polished matte finish.
Flip it over to reveal an eye-catching exhibition case which showcases the intricate inner-workings of this charming watch. With its curved Sicralan-coated hard plexiglass, this model is distinctively different to its peers and would make a memorable gift for someone special.
Luxury German watches
The Glashütte family dynasty spans five generations, dating back to 1869 when Robert Mühle began manufacturing precision measuring instruments for the thriving local watch industry. The Mühle Glashütte arm of the business began producing stylish luxury watches in 1994 and hasn't looked back since.
This elegant ladies' 99 automatic watch embodies the brand's dedication to timeless design and super-precise reliability. Featuring a tough stainless steel case and stark white face, the piece is completed with a slim, black leather bracelet. A versatile timepiece, it can be worn in the boardroom or with smart-casual attire.
With its harmonious red, black and silver colour scheme and sporty aesthetic, this handsome Mühle Glashütte Teutonia Sport I Automatic Chronograph is the kind of watch the owner would be proud to show off. The case successfully blends both brushed and polished surfaces to great effect, while the face is packed with all the features the measurement-minded sportsman could want.
A tough rubber strap, sturdy case and scratch-resistant sapphire glass ensure that this watch is built to last for generations to come.
Purchasing a quality German watch is an investment worth considering. Their timeless design, robust craftmanship and pinpoint accuracy ensures that you are choosing a timepiece that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.