German Watchmaking: 8 Watches from the West


German watchmaking is the antithesis of Swiss watchmaking. It has every right to be on the world stage, and with brands like A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte Original and Nomos Glashütte amongst others plying their trade, Germany has become the second hub of modern haute horlogerie. We've put together 8 incredible models each representing the three famous German watchmakers in their own respective ways. Enjoy!


A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moonphase

If there is one piece from A. Lange & Söhne that best defines the brand, it's the Grand Lange 1 Moonphase. An exercise in romanticism, in architecture and in beauty, the Grand Lange 1 Moonphase is the quintessential A. Lange & Söhne model that is as revered as it is adored.


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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Outsize Date

The Saxonia Outsize Date's aesthetic reverberates through time. It's classical yet modern. Conservative yet contemporary. It carries with it all of the traits of A. Lange & Söhne while paying tribute to the traditional look and feel of a stereotypical dress watch. 


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Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date

Glashütte Original's SeaQ Panorama Date has the look and feel of a high end diver's watch with all the bells & whistles you would expect from something that is deep within five-figure territory. Casual yet sophisticated, the Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date is as balanced as it is functional.


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Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar

The second piece from Glashütte Original is the PanoMaticLunar. Its aesthetic is not that dissimilar to A. Lange & Söhne's Grand Lange 1 Moonphase and features a stunning asymmetrical dial layout. A very interesting piece for sure.


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Glashütte Original Sixties Panorama Date “Fiery Orange”

With its striking orange dégradé patterned dial, the Glashütte Original Sixties Panorama Date “Fiery Orange” is an especially intriguing watch in that its design is very reminiscent of the stylistic cues of watches from generations ago, while its very bold and catchy colourway gives it an air of intrigue and relevance. 


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Nomos Glashütte Lambda 

Now from Nomos Glashütte we have the delightful Lambda. The minimalist Bauhaus-styling that we've all come to love from Nomos Glashütte is apparent throughout the Lambda. Plenty of empty dial real estate minimises excessive clutter, and those thin hands and dial typography are just gorgeous. Really like this piece.


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Nomos Glashütte Tangente Neomatik 39 

Next we have the Nomos Glashütte Tangente Neomatik 39. For me this is the quintessential piece from Nomos Glashütte, with a clear emphasis on minimalistic and simplicity. Not a bad way to get your foot into the door of German watchmaking, too.


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Nomos Glashütte Orion Neomatik 41 Date 

Like the Tangente Neomatik 39, the Orion Neomatik 41 Date is a great way to get into the world of German horology. It's available in a variety of different colours, but the Olive Gold model is definitely my favourite. 


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