August 14, 2022

If you haven't noticed, there is something new in the world of watchmaking: a surge of interest in watches, mainly in mechanical ones, all over the world. That has gone hand in hand with the explosion of the internet phenomenon. In short, the web has become a sort of land of conquest for every type of entrepreneurial initiative created by exploiting its possibilities. Among the most evident we find are two drivers: the development of the direct-to-consumer distribution model, cutting out intermediaries, and the crowdfunding phenomenon.

And after innovators like Christopher Ward, who launched his first collection in 2004, there has been a veritable flourishing of watch brand presentations of every kind and type, from the most technical to the most commercial. We have collected 30 of the most significant ones from all over the world: are you ready to discover them with us?

 

What are micro watch brands?

Micro watch brands are exactly what the word suggests: boutique watch brands that have launched themselves into the great sea of global watchmaking. Once, they would not have found visibility. Probably, not even market: but the changed conditions of commercial distribution mean that not only watch enthusiasts have a global vision of the industry, but also, they have the means to find, buy and receive in a few days a watch produced in a few copies by a small workshop in New Zealand.

One of the principal characteristics of microbrands is that they are small watch brands: therefore, they manufacture minimal series, and once that specific production is sold out, you can no longer find it except in the second-hand market. Apart from rare cases, microbrands are etablisseurs - i.e., companies that buy movements from specialist manufacturers and encase them within their watch whose design they primarily oversee.

Some of these microbrands do a bit more than others, so they customize the movements - purchased from the world's leading manufacturers, mainly Swiss and Japanese - in some way, and often display them thanks to a transparent glass back: they generally work on the decorations of the bridges and the main plate, and often change the rotor, or modify it by customizing it, in the case of automatic watches. Some microbrands even create their own movements: but in this case, more than microbrands, we should call them watchmaking ateliers.

As far as prices are concerned, there are some very affordable microbrands, and others which are much more expensive. Still, in general, most independent watch brands belonging to this niche offer watches with a good price/quality ratio, which is always a good way to win the hearts of horology enthusiasts.

 

Are Microbrand watches worth it?

This question has no single answer: it depends on what you buy the watch for. And behind every timepiece, there are always two factors: passion and perceived/expected value. All watch enthusiasts are pretty familiar with the world of speculation that surrounds some particular brands and models of watches - and this value system, based on scarcity of supply and excess of demand, concerns not only the big Maisons but also some of these microbrands, which are perceived by the public to be offering a very high value.

To give a practical example, everyone knows that it is practically impossible to buy a steel Rolex Submariner at list price. But it is possible to find it, at a premium price, on the second-wrist market. The same goes for some watches produced by microbrands. Ming watches, for example, are offered for sale in very limited series of a few hundred pieces per release. Since the company won an award at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève as the "best newcomer of the year" in 2019, these watches sell out within minutes of being posted on the manufacturer's website. Ming watches can be found for sale as second-wrists at prices well above their list price, just as it happens with steel Rolex Submariners.

Alongside these examples, other lesser known watch brands do not "enjoy" this reputation. Therefore, buying one of their watches, the relative "investment" value will surely be lower. Conversely, it will be much easier to find one by paying the list price - or even finding it discounted in some cases, as the direct-to-consumer watches model offers significant savings over the traditional distribution.

As mentioned, the answer to the question can only come from us. If you like the watch and think it's worth buying, then the answer is yes, buying a timepiece from a microbrand is a great idea. However, if that doesn't happen, it wouldn't be so: when you buy a timepiece, whatever brand it bears on its dial, you have to be wholly convinced. Otherwise, it will end up becoming like a beautiful dress that we don't really like: we will always find a good reason not to wear it.

 

66 Best Microbrand Watches

Among the hundreds of brands available on the world market, it becomes challenging to make a choice. Even the definition of microbrand does not help, since it blurs on the one hand in the handicraft productions of a few pieces, destined to a small group of lucky people - as happens with those who manage to grab one of the twelve pieces created by Roger Smith every year - and on the other, with companies manufacturing industrially their watches. Some of these micros have surged to this stage, becoming acclaimed and widespread internationally, with an output of tens of thousands of pieces: and out of duty, we have included one here, Christopher Ward.

The rest of the brands that you will find below make up the panorama of the world's microbrands. In our opinion, they offer some noteworthy features, which perhaps you might not have seen in the productions of other more celebrated Maisons. So, welcome to our watches buying guide relative to microbrands!

 

1 - Allemano 

This is among the grandfathers of micros, as this Italian company was founded in 1859. Allemano is based in Turin, and it is noteworthy for the very special design of its watches, inspired by its historical production of industrial measuring instruments, also used in the automotive sector. Among its latest creations is the 1919 Collection, with a design inspired by the pressure gauge mounted on a car, the 1919 Fiat 501.

 

2 - AnOrdain

AnOrdain is a Scottish micro-brand of great personality, founded in Glasgow, which offers dress watches with clean and essential lines, almost Bauhaus-like, embellished with a careful work of enameling of the dial and finishing of the hands, which put its timepieces really in a higher level than their price would suggest. Among our favorites, the Model 1 in Payne's Grey Fumé version.

 

3 - Armand Nicolet

Armand Nicolet is a small company which was founded by its namesake watchmaker in 1875. It specialized itself in watch components of great complication, and among its clients it welcomed many of the Big Maisons. Unfortunately, with the Quartz Crisis, Nicolet was left with few clients. This was the time when Rolando Braga, an Italian entrepreneur, bought the company and relaunched it.

 

4 - AVI-8

The AVI-8 brand of watches and accessories was developed in the UK in the mid-2000s by Dartmouth Brands to offer affordable timepieces and objects with a catchy aviation style that appealed to generic consumers. Following its initial success, the brand expanded its collection and designs to commemorate the Royal Air Force since World War II: each of its watches is designed to homage a particular aircraft.

 

5 - Baltic

The vintage trend is predominant in modern watchmaking, and Baltic, a French micro-brand that has grown a lot recently, knows it well. Its watches are perfect re-editions of the 1950s and 1960s classics, designed and embellished with details that make us wonder if the watch we're wearing is new or vintage: they offer low prices - and good quality Chinese movements. The Aquascaphe is an almost perfect skin diver.

 

6 - Behrens

This Maison is based in Hong Kong: it offers unconventional watches, with a design that borders the eccentric, and proposes them on crowdfunding platforms - something that has gained it a great international status. Japanese movements, Italian straps, and great attention to detail are some of the elements that have decreed its success among enthusiasts. The Spaceship is perhaps the one that fascinates us the most.

 

7 - BOLDR Watches

This small US-based company is very active and publishes no-nonsense military-inspired watches of great looks and great value, especially considering their technical characteristics. They are perfect on the wrist of every adventurer, in urban and outdoor ambients. We suggest you to check the BOLDR Venture

 

8 - Borealis

If you like good-looking homages with a mostly vintage vibe, and are not that pesky about minute details, you should definitely check Borealis. The quality of the watches is overall quite good, even if the finishing and the straps and bracelets would merit some improvement - but the timepieces are sold at a very attractive price.

 

9 - Calamai

A small Florentine manufacturer pursuing a passion for quality: Francesco Calamai creates a few hundred fascinating watches every year, especially chronographs, inspired by the world of flight, with impeccable finishes and tons of vintage charm. The cases are made from steel sourced from military jet engines that made aviation history. Among our favorites, the magnificent and brand new G51 Chrono in panda blue version.

 

10 - Celadon

"Made in China with Pride" is what you'll find written on the back of this watch, and - like everything else in this timepiece - it will come as a surprise. Celadon watches offer haute horlogerie features, including jewels encased in settings, micrometric swan-neck regulator adjustment, and top-notch finishes for glamorous dress watches that are there to overturn everything you think about the Great Eastern Dragon's watchmaking output. Among our favorites is the Imperial Blanc de Chine.

 

11 - Christopher Ward

This is the micro now turned macro, as its production is around 20,000 pieces per year, but which was the one that in 2004 started this worldwide phenomenon. Beautiful watches, designed in the UK and carefully made in Switzerland, clearly showing that quality and price can be perfectly compatible. As we are fans of GMT watches, we really like the C65 GMT Worldtimer, with its lines and colors so 1970s, and a price that can't help but win us over.

 

12 - Damasko

While the name sounds a bit weird, Damasko is German. It was originally a supplier of high-tech components for Sinn, as the founder had a long experience in the materials for the aerospace industry. Since then, it has evolved to make beautiful watches that follow the main German Flieger style, and it has ventured into making its own movements. One of the company pros is that the timepieces offer an excellent price/quality ratio.

 

13 - Dan Henry

Dan Henry's story starts with the man - a watch collector specialized in vintage timepieces who, after accumulating over 1,500 pieces, decided to do something to diffuse the style he loved to other watch enthusiasts. His timepieces are true re-editions of watchmaking classics, with modern upgrades in the movements (often they are quartz watches), and carry a timeless class at a very affordable price. The Military Chronograph 1939 in Chocolate version, which repurposes all the scales used to make calculations, is really nice to wear.

 

14 - DAVOSA Swiss

Davosa is a Swiss Maison with a great tradition that has worked in watch refinishing since its foundation. It launched its brand in the 1980s, developing an extensive collection of watches with a tendency to be sporty in design, such as chronographs, pilots, and diver watches, combining the search for excellence in materials with an absolute value thanks to top of the line materials and finishes. Hard to choose, but we unquestionably like the Ternos Professional Black Suit Limited Edition.

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15 - Deep Blue

Deep Blue is another micro started in the 2000s. Founded in New York, it is one of the main micros to have fueled and now ride on the surge of interest for vintage-looking diver watches. Its R&D is remarkable: some of its timepieces have a solid 3,000 meters water resistance, which makes them perfect for professional divers - but most are well-versed even for the casual wearer, especially given their very affordable price.

 

15 - Delma

Delma is a family company founded in 1924 in Lengnau by the Gilomen brothers, who registered several brands among which Delma became3 the most famous. The company managed to develop itself through the years, with the name Delma becoming the company name by 1966 when Ulrich Wüthrich and his family took over the business. The production features a full lineup of watches for Racing, Diver, Dress and Ladies.

 

16 - Direnzo

Direnzo watches is a Swiss brand founded in 2016 by Sergio Godoy Di Renzo, which aims to propose again the timeless classic looks of the racing-inspired mechanical watches of the 1960s. The style of the timepieces proposes them with a touch of innovation, creating a welcome and enticing mix. We suggest you to check the DRZ 05 models.

 

17 - Draken

Draken watches is the brainchild of Michael Blythe, a South African turned New Zealander who became obsessed with watches and wanted to give them a new spin. Draken specializes in sturdy, sporty tool watches made for adventure, designed with a unique spirit and style (no homages or copies). The timepieces look excellent, the prices are right, and the finishing is good. Now, go check them - especially the Tugela GMT models.

 

18 - Dubois et Fils

Dubois et Fils is an older Swiss Maison that has recently returned to the watchmaking limelight with its unconventional initiatives. These include selling shares in the company to buyers of its watches, tokenizing antique movements via blockchain technology, and renting out luxury watches. His timepieces - made in limited series of ninety-nine pieces each (where you can even choose the serial!) - use exclusively vintage movements drawn from a vast old stocks warehouse. Among our favorites is the charming DBF003-01, encasing a precious Revue Thommen GT 55 movement.

 

19 - Echo/Neutra

This micro was born on crowdfunding portals, but it's making a splash in the watchmaking world with its vintage-inspired offerings, their design ranging from Bauhaus to the 1950s and 1960s. The finishes of the timepieces are good, the movements made in Swiss, the class unquestionable and the prices absolutely competitive, especially considering their technical qualities. We like the Averau 39mm Lunar Phases Black very much.

 

20 - Eone

Eone is inextricably linked to its first model, the Bradley, now offered in several variants: an ingenious watch, which, thanks to the movement of two small balls along grooves in the dial and case, allows the visually impaired to consult the time quickly, and does so with an innovative design, more reminiscent of a wrist sculpture than a watch, and has brought Eone to iconic status.

 

21 - Farer

This UK-based micro is doing everything right. It offers watches that take classic twentieth-century British designs, revamped with contrasting color touches that make them pleasing, innovative, and vintage at the same time - and give them a truly unique style that is hard to compare to others. We really like the Pembroke, a field watch with a contrasting circle dial and intriguing pointer date.

 

22 - Formex

One of the Swiss micros that bridge the gap to the macros, Formex has been active for a long time now, since it was founded in the last century. Its production is now well established, as is its appeal among a large and loyal group of brand fans. Its timepieces are sporty, often COSC-certified, and display a flicker of creative design that makes them noteworthy. We really like the Essence 43 Chronometer with the blue dial.

 

23 - Ginault

This US-based company makes homage timepieces, and precisely, Rolex Submariners. In the recent past, it has raised a few waves exposed on the specialized media for its alleged connections to Chinese clone makers. Whatever the case is, the watches themselves are solidly made with quality materials and good finishes - they are not sparing in craftsmanship at all - mount original Swiss movements and are assembled in America. This would justify their relatively high list price.

 

24 - Gorilla

This Swiss micro was founded by the former design director of Audemars Piguet - and it's totally different. Brash, bold, tough-looking, and sporty, designed for the man who's not afraid to take risks and appreciates fine craftsmanship and high-tech materials. You might like the Mainson's style or not, but this new kid on the block is sure there to raise some eyebrows - in a good way, of course.

 

25 - Grovana

This Swiss company was founded in 1924 and was very active in third-party manufacturing of watches, having come in contact several times during its history with Revue Thommen. As such most of its production is homage-focused, and the timepieces are solidly built and finished, representing a fine purchase.

 

26 - Gruppo Ardito Watches

GAW is an Italian microbrand that produces professional watches dedicated to the sporting and military worlds, designed to withstand anything you can throw at them, and do so with great style and personality, thanks to the large bezels screwed to the case with Allen screws - a bit like Maison's signature. With its gradient blue dial and titanium case, the Lince offers an impressive 1000 meters of water resistance.

 

27 - Halios

Halios has been a Canadian micro-brand active since 2009, which puts the passion of watch collectors at the center of its offer. It has a distinctive style, offering diver and sports watch models with dials made in a typical 1960s style, accompanied by an eye for impeccable finishing. The result is watches that, once displayed on the website, sell out in no time - and it takes time and luck for the watch lover to find the next available "slot." The Fairwind with a blue dial is a really lovely piece.

 

28 - Hemel 

Hemel Watches hails from New York, and was founded in 2012. The owner, Marvin Menkle, is Dutch-American, and very active on the microbrand scene. His company manufactures aviation-themed chronograph timepieces, with a decidedly vintage vibe that appeals to aviators. The Airfoil is a beauty, and it is quite affordable as well.

 

29 - Heritor 

Heritor looks like it is a US brand with a Chinese heart, so a lot of horologists would start to roll their eyes now. However, the quality of the timepieces is good, as it the level of finishing. and the prices are - as you might suppose - quite affordable. So, why not giving it a peek out of curiosity?

 

30 - Itay Noy 

Itay Noy is not really a microbrand: he is an independent Israeli watchmaker located in the city of Jaffa, creating some 150 watches per year on commission. This alone would qualify him to aspire to far loftier companionships than the ordinary microbrand. Still, we wanted to cite him here because of his remarkable creativity and dazzling designs, which reveal his quirky and exploring nature - something that can only be praised.

 

31 - Laco

The company was founded in 1925 by a woman, Frieda Lacher, to manufacture original Fliegers - and from that day, it continues to do so. Its modern offerings revive this history and propose again the timeless designs that have rendered the company and its timepieces respected in the watch business. So if you want a real pilot's watch with a vintage vibe, a Laco would be a very fitting choice.

 

32 - LIV Watches

LIV Watches is a star-studded micro-brand that has managed to make a name for itself in the world of crowdsourcing, offering watches - especially chronographs and diver watches - with a sporty cut and a particular design, characterized by a remarkable quality and Swiss production. The secret of their success is the excellent relationship with the customers, who are carefully cared for and pampered. We like the Saturn V Moon Dust Crater Grey, with its post-industrial charm.

 

33 - Meccaniche Veneziane/Venezianico

A micro based in the province of Venice that has recently changed its name: it proposes mechanical timepieces that are aimed at the watch enthusiast, who looks beyond the brand to find an object that lasts over time. And Meccaniche Veneziane's watches are like that: beautiful, vintage-inspired, and exploring finishes and materials to offer a quality product to its customers at a competitive price. Among the different lines, we really like the Nereide GMT 42 mm in the Root Beer version.

 

34 - Melbourne Watch Company

From Aussieland with love. The Melbourne Watch Company is the evolution of the dream of its founder, Sujain Krishnan, who used to assemble watches for other enthusiasts on watchuseek. The goal of the company is the new generation of young urbanites who are above the fashion watches but looking for an alternative to the "same old" brands. The result are affordable watches of a dressy nature, made in a conservative but elegant style.

 

35 - Memphis Belle

An Italian brand that produces large and powerful watches, characterized by a military taste, and often delves into historical evocation thanks to a skillful work of engraving and finishing of dials and cases. Memphis Belle also intervenes - even decisively - on the movements, making each of its timepieces an actual piece of horological art. The Heritage Predator HM2, dedicated to the exploits of the frogmen of the Italian Navy, is among our favorites.

 

36 - Mercer

Thomas Mercer Chronometers was founded in Islington, London in 1858, so it is one of the oldest micros in our book. The company focused itself on making marine chronometers which were used in famous explorations worldwide. After a hiatus in production, the company was revived in 2012, and now is focusing its efforts into the clock market, to make excellent (and luxurious) chronometers - more sculptures than simple timepieces.

 

37 - Ming

This Malaysian house - which actually designs the timepieces but produces everything in Switzerland - needs little introduction: exclusive and highly successful, it has quickly become an international watchmaking star, with a thousand lights - and a few shadows, caused by a few too many imperfections. Nevertheless, his are beautiful pieces that are difficult to find, except at a significant premium on the second-hand market. Among our favorites is the lovely and unattainable 17.06 Copper, winner of the GPHG "Best Revelation" award in 2019.

 

38 - Mitch Mason 

A company founded in Singapore, Mitch Mason wants to propose the classic elegance of the timepieces design style of the 1950s enhanced with the potential offered by the modern materials and technologies. The watches from this micro represent an excellent fusion of these elements, at an affordable price that you cannot but appreciate.

 

 

39 - Monta

This American microbrand belongs to the most high-end manufacturers in this niche, and its experience and determination can be felt in the pieces they produce. The production consists of luxury sports watches that have little to envy Swiss Maisons of great prestige, with a quality and performance of the highest level. The Atlas 24-Hour with Date, with Grey Charcoal dial, inspires us a lot.

 

40 - Mr Jones Watches

Mr Jones is an unconventional London-based micro that wants to create timepieces that raise a conversation. Rather than focusing on a watch, more or less like the others, Mr Jones makes time objects for the wrist, that tell the time through a distinctive and unforgettable way through graphics and displays. If you are on a creative mood and wants to let people notice, these watches are made for you.

  

41 - Norqain

Norqain belongs to a classic Swiss tradition despite its curious name, as its founders come from work experiences at Breitling. The timepieces of this micro show a sporty style with a very modern trait and great personality - and prices that are appropriate to the quality of finishes and movements, some of which are manufactured in collaboration with Kenissi. We really like the Adventure Sport 42mm with DLC coating.

 

42 - Novecento Meccanografiche

It is an Italian micro, born from the commitment of a group of military watch enthusiasts, that has been able to propose pieces of great character and design, which derive from the same military tradition that originated a Maison like Panerai. Novecento Meccanografiche's watches are beautiful and well finished, with that vintage look given by the graphics that set them apart and makes the wearer stand out. The 905MM Comsubin, with a water resistance of 900 meters, is among the ones we like most.

 

43 - NTH 

NTH is a US microbrand that definitely loves the vintage vibe. NTH might mean "Nod To History," but from the reviews that you can find online, it shows that the company name might also mean to pursue excellence to the NTH degree. The watches are scuba-oriented, look generally big and beautiful, and offer great attention to the details. Also, the lineup is pretty massive, so every watch aficionado would easily find one of their likings.

 

44 - Lum-tec

The name should tell you everything: the main focus of the Lum-Tec company is the extreme luminescence of its timepieces, provided by a generous 8-layer coating of Luminova. But the watches give you more than this, actually: they present masculine,

military-styled designs with solid materials that have both a vintage and an innovative element to them and make the timepieces difficult to forget. And you will also find yourself enlightened by their price.

 

45 - Out Of Order

The claim of this company is "Damaged in Italy" and explains quite well the peculiar charm of these timepieces. OOO watches are artificially distressed so as to look worn and used even when they are brand-new - and this is part of the post-industrial charm that has earned them a small but loyal following. Of course, the fact that the quality of materials used in building the timepieces is top-notch and the prices are very sensible does not hurt, either.

 

46 - Ocean Crawler

As the name suggests, Ocean Crawler is an American microbrand based in Rochester specializing in vintage style diver watches with many Seventies influences, distinguished by an excellent price/quality ratio. It represents a truly noteworthy result, especially when we consider the high-level finishes Swiss movements they mount. Among our favorites, you will find the Core Diver Textured Blue/Orange.

 

47 - Parnis

Everyone and their dog knows Parnis, the ubiquitous Chinese-made homage-maker. And if you do not, now you have the chance to. Parnis is Chinese watchmaking at its most stereotypical qualities: rock-bottom prices, and inconsistent quality, ranging from excellent to ho-hum. But f you are lucky, you are getting a decent watch that will happily serve you for years.

 

48 - Pelton

If there was the name of a famous brand written on the dial, you might believe that Pelton watches are a Heritage version of some favorite historical watch model - but that's not the case. The US company makes timepieces with a distinctly vintage feel distinguished by very classy dials and cases, meticulously crafted in-house. In addition to watches, the company also offers accessories such as eyewear and leather goods. The Pelton Sector, with its silver dial and black markers and scales, is truly magnificent.

 

49 - Phoibos 

A microbrand hailing from Hong Kong, with distribution centers in the USA and Europe, the Phoibos was inspired by Greek history. The watches are well made, and offer an enticing range of dials which make them quite uncommon in the usual production of the Pacific Rim. We like much the Leviathan, with its black DLC coated case.

 

50 - Revue Thommen 

The venerable Revue Thommen, one of the great Swiss Maisons of the last midcentury, is back in business again, and this is indeed a good thing for all horologists. Gone are the in-house calibers, but the quality has stayed top notch even now that it is starting again to manufacture its watches. More homages than others right now, but we hope it will repropose some of its original designs of days past.

 

51 - RZE Watches 

RZE Watches is a Singapore-based company that comes from the activity of Travis Tan, one of the former founders of BOLDR - and they are hitting the same niche, that is, "adventurers", both in the city and outdoors. Among the diverse offerings, made of high-tech materials like titanium, we like much the Resolute 2022 C3 Lume field watch in Mint Green.

 

 

51 - San Martin 

San Martin seems all the craze right now in the microbrandsphere, and has a rather large following of enthusiasts who appreciate its solid quality (much better than other Pacific Rim makers) and rock-bottom prices. However, the other half of the apple does not share this passion for the Chinese manufacturer: the only way to find out is to order one!

 

52 - Seaholm 

Seaholm is an Austin-based microbrand manufacturing hardy tool watches, which are themselves crafted in Switzerland, dedicated to life in the outdoors. The spartan, no-frills design of the timepieces reveals their excellent shock, magnetic, and water resistance qualities. But we might also discover that the plain aesthetics would really rock even in a corporate boardroom.

 

53 - Signum 

Signum Watch Co. is a very recent micro founded in 2020 by the Owner/Designer of Straton Watch Co., another very interesting microbrand. The aim of this sister brand is to focus on the dials of watches, using peculiar material and unbridled creativity to create experiences for the wrist that you can share with your friends, at an unbelievably low price.

 

54 - Spinnaker

The goal of Spinnaker is - not unsurprisingly - marine-themed watches of great design and beauty. The brand - which is part of a large watchmaking company - manufactures a complete line of sports-oriented and diver watches, which are offered to the public at a great price point.

 

55 - Squale

A historic Swiss manufacturer of cases for diver's watches that over time has become a respectable Maison. Squale offers diver watches of extraordinary class and personality, which come directly from the suggestions of the golden age of diver watches, the Sixties, and equips them with modern technique and sometimes avant-garde solutions. If you want a truly iconic piece, search for the 50 Atmos Blue with the Milanese bracelet.

 

56 - Steinhart

This German manufacturer, which has made a name for itself among fans of homage watches, specializes in timepieces that offer excellent quality and solidity. They are objectively beautiful watches, solid and well finished in every detail, which closely echo the great classics of modern sports watchmaking. They are also available at very competitive prices, considering the quality of materials and finishes they show. Among our favorites, the Ocean One Vintage GMT.

 

57 - Stowa

German watchmaking at its finest, Stowa is a historical company active in watch manufacturing, founded by Walter Storz in 1927, which is specialized in the production of good-looking Fliegers coming from its impressive catalog, which includes also Heritage editions of great-looking of rare timepieces. 

 

58 - Straton

Since its founding in in 2015, Straton has meant a great supplier of 1970s-inspired racing chronographs, at an affordable price, and the company has prospered through the year because of the extreme quality of its timepieces: the owner, Kyle Strut, is obsessed with giving his customers the best he can, and so, this reflects into Straton's production, which is always one notch above many others.

 

59 - TACS

Tacs makes stylish timepieces with a modern/contemporary look - perfect for the contemporary urbanite, and also accessories for a "total look" concept based on a design approach. The watches are indeed innovative, as style goes, and would look perfect in any high-end club downtown in the city.

 

60 - Tisell

This company is Korean, but distributes worldwide its collection, made mostly by good-looking homages of great design and materials and - you suspect it - affordable prices. What is more, the quality and the finishings seem to be uniformly good, making Tisell watches an enticing proposition to watch lovers globally.

 

61 - Tourby

Tourby is a German brand created in 2007 by Erdal Yildiz, a watchmaker who in 1999 fell in love with his grandfather's pocket watch as a young man, and this meeting shaped his future. From then, his passion grew into a watch brand offering classic and elegant dress watches with a vintage design and impressive craftsmanship that their author calls "pocket watches for the wrist." The company also makes intriguing custom-made watches.

 

62 - Undone

This micro was launched in Hong Kong by Michael Young to give customers the possibility of choosing, as, for him, the true luxury is the choice. The timepieces from the company can be assembled by the customer in every way they want, with seemingly endless options - and with prices starting at just $245, it is not hard to understand why they have had the success they have garnered.

 

63 - Vortic

A phenomenon of upcycling applied to watchmaking, Vortic takes movements of old pocket watches belonging to the great American horology tradition and mounts them in modern cases with a proud steampunk design to obtain timepieces of great charm and rare availability - to all intents and purposes, limited editions of unique pieces. The Railroad Edition series is a memorial to the epic conquest of the West by train.

 

64 - Vulcain

Vulcain is a time-honored Swiss company founded in 1858, producing one of the most particular watches out there, the Cricket, which was traditionally worn by several US Presidents. The Cricket is a mechanical alarm watch, which was the loudest that you could find back in its days. Crickets represent a perfect specimen of the vintage charm of the Sixties for the wrist of the most elegant - and a bit quirky - person.

 

65 - Weiss

The story of a micro that wants to recapture the glories of American watchmaking: Cameron Weiss is a watchmaker who, after studying in Switzerland, returned to Los Angeles to create his military-style watches, which mount a manufacture movement, and offer them for a price you'd pay for a good quality industrially-made watch from any Swiss manufacturer. Among our favorites is the 42mm Titanium American Issue Field Watch with an aluminum 1003 caliber.

 

66 - Zelos

This Singapore-based manufacturer has created a reputation for producing diver's watches of remarkable quality and still offers an original style - which is no easy feat! The timepieces have a solid and sturdy look and can be recognized by the special care devoted to their dials, which always look great thanks to the play of contrasting backgrounds and indexes. We really like one of the latest additions, the Hammerhead V3 Steel, especially in the Meteorite Blue version.

 

In summary

We really had to work hard to make a choice among all the watchmaking microbrands - and we're sure we left out of our list many other companies that were just as interesting. But all this goes to show the very high level of quality present in the modern watchmaking market.

You can see by yourself that in addition to the names of the "usuals," there is a large forest of small brands of great interest that are slowly growing to become the new sap that will give strength and vigor to the global watch industry - and this can only make us happy, since first of all, we are watch enthusiasts just like you.

 
The Davosa-USA.com website is NOT affiliated in any way with Audemars Piguet, Franck Muller USA, Inc. or Richemont Companies, Seiko, or any other brand which is not Davosa Swiss. Rolex is a registered trademark of Rolex USA. Davosa-USA website is not an authorized dealer, reseller, or distributor for Rolex and is in NO WAY affiliated with Rolex SA or Rolex USA or any other brand besides Davosa Swiss.

 

August 14, 2022 — Davosa Editor

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