Watches / May 2019

Junghans: Bastions of German Watchmaking

The German watchmaker Junghans can claim one of the finest pieces of minimalist design in watchmaking history, now available at TheRake.com.

The Swiss can rightly claim to be the leaders of the watch industry (although they’re far too polite to make such bold assertions), but look a little further north and you’ll find a thriving watchmaking industry across the border in Germany. While it may not be able to compete in scale, German watchmaking brands have, somewhat predictably, been able to match for quality even the biggest Swiss marques. Houses such as A. Lange & Sohne compete with the very finest Swiss makers at the very top end of the market, but it’s in the midmarket category that German makers have made stunning advances, with one of the best being Junghans.

The company formally known as “Junghans and Tobler” was established all the way back in 1861 so is no stranger to this industry. Founded by Erhard Junghans and his brother-in-law Jakob Zeller-Tobler, they opened a clock component factory in Schramberg, situated in the Lauterbachtal valley and, being early adopters of contemporaneous technologies, were first able to produce watch components in a cost-effective way, before producing their own well-received watches in 1866.

 

 

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Freddie Anderson