GERMAN WATCHES SPECIAL REPORT:

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GERMAN WATCHES SPECIAL REPORT:

Postby koimaster » October 17th 2017, 9:44am

Over 70 years since it emerged from war and 27 years after re-unification, Europe’s most advanced industrial economy is still suffering in comparison to Switzerland from its lost years. While German may not boast the quantity of watchmakers of its Southern neighbour, it is making up for it in the quality of its design, engineering and manufacturing. In a land where form famously follows function, WatchPro investigates how today’s watchmakers are building on the strength and struggles of their ancestors.

It is hard not to divide the history of watchmaking in Germany into two halves: before and after World War II. None of the current watchmakers enjoy the focus of attention falling on such a catastrophic period, but to ignore the war would be to overlook the most significant event of the past century on Germany’s leading brands in its two key cities of Pforzheim and Glashütte.

Pforzheim watchmakers Laco and Stowa were both founded in the 1920s, Laco coming first in 1920, followed by Stowa seven years later. Laco and Stowa were both fitting Swiss movements into their German-made cases. But Laco had bigger plans and, in 1933, Ludwig Hummel launched a movement manufacture named Durowe. Through this new company, Pforzheim would gain a reputation for producing precision mechanisms. Durowe would go on to supply other watchmakers with its movements and by 1940 had the capacity to produce over 300,000 movements in a year.

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Re: GERMAN WATCHES SPECIAL REPORT:

Postby TemerityB » October 17th 2017, 10:20am

Great stuff. That one's getting bookmarked.
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