4 Facts About Watches

1. The World’s Most Complicated Pocket Mechanical Watch

The Patek Philippe Caliber 89 is the world’s most complicated pocket mechanical watch. It was crafted in 1989 and it took five years of research and development and another four years to manufacture. It’s made from 18-carat gold, has 24 hands, 1,728 components in total and 33 special features, including a thermometer and a star chart.

2. The World’s First Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch

In 1925, Patek Philippe debuted Ref. 97975, the world’s first wristwatch with a perpetual calendar. For almost a century, the replica watches Swiss watchmaker has continued to build on their reputation for producing perpetual calendar timepieces, which automatically indicate months with 28, 30, and 31 days and every four years also recognizes the 29th of February as a leap day. In fact, the only adjustment will need to be made in 2100, as it is a secular year according to the Gregorian calendar, so the date display must be corrected by hand.

3. The World’s First GPS Solar Watch

The Seiko Astron is a solar-powered watch and it is the world’s first GPS Solar Watch. The Astron features GPS controlled time zone adjustment, world time functions that recognize 39 time zones via satellite, and a perpetual calendar. Automatic Atomic Time Synchronization from GPS Satellites is one of the best features of this device which have an ultra-Low Power GPS Receiver. This watch is accurate to ±15 Seconds / Month when not automatically synchronizing with the satellites. The Airplane mode is also present to disable automatic synchronization while flying, for frequent flyers.

4. Rolex Started In London

The famous watchmaking company didn’t start out in Switzerland from where it operates but rather began working from London. You would also be surprised to know that the company didn’t start as a watchmaking company but rather a watch assembling company. The founders in 1905, Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law Alfred Davis, used to import Swiss movements and then incorporated them into English watch bodies. Afterwards, they were sold to jewelers who would use their own logo and sell them. However in 1908, they realized that it would be more profitable to make their own watches. The HQ shifted to Geneva in 1919 from London following the World War I.

Carl Suchy &amp Söhne Waltz No 1 Watch

Carl Suchy & Söhne Waltz No 1 Watch


Carl Suchy & Söhne Waltz No 1 Watch Watch Releases


It’s been nearly 100 years since the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the last time the world heard from Carl Suchy & Söhne, Austria’s foremost name in luxury watchmaking. Given the amount of time that’s passed, and the abject scarcity of surviving examples upon which to prove such a legacy even existed, this might as well be a fresh brand launch. That matters little, though, as the revival of the brand is a welcome one, especially when its debut release, the Carl Suchy & Söhne Waltz No. 1 watch manages to marry beautiful design, fine watchmaking signatures, and exclusivity with a surprising degree of affordability – so much so, that we had to confirm pricing twice just to be sure.


Carl Suchy & Söhne Waltz No 1 Watch Watch Releases



Carl Suchy & Söhne Waltz No 1 Watch Watch Releases


Just like the dance from which the watch derives its inspiration, the Carl Suchy & Söhne Waltz No. 1 is a clinic in cohesion and classic design fluidity. Its most immediately apparent signature is the striking guilloché pattern on the dial, which is divided in half by vertical and horizontal striping, like two dancers rotating in a contra-body movement (or “CBM” in ballroom-speak), typical of ballroom classics like the Foxtrot, the Tango, and of course, the Waltz. The rotating small seconds indicator at 6:00 is cut out of the same CBM-inspired striping, and is thus aligned with the rest of the dial as it waltzes in a perfect circle once per minute.

One two three, One two three, One two three…


Carl Suchy & Söhne Waltz No 1 Watch Watch Releases


The rest of the dial carries similar fluidity – from the curvature of the sapphire crystal which matches the side profile of the 41mm (30m-water-resistant) case, to the sleek integrated lugs, and my favorite part: the applied minute and hour indices – the latter of which are set into the dial itself and curved upward to match the slope of the rehaut as it meets the baseband. Despite all the striping on the dial, the effect is subtle, but oozes pure minimalism – a theme which is consistently repeated throughout the watch to great effect. It should come as little surprise that the design language itself was inspired by the work of Adolf Loos, a prolific Austrian architect from the early 20th century, renowned for mixing minimalism with modern innovations.


Carl Suchy & Söhne Waltz No 1 Watch Watch Releases



Carl Suchy & Söhne Waltz No 1 Watch Watch Releases



Carl Suchy & Söhne Waltz No 1 Watch Watch Releases


Resurrecting the long-dormant Carl Suchy & Söhne name and bringing the Waltz No. 1 to life was a collaborative effort of sorts, between Marc Jenni of the AHCI (the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants – a membership of the top independent watchmakers in the world), designers Reinhard Steger and Milos Ristin, creative director Robert Punkenhofer, and then movement maker Vaucher Fleurier Manufacture who was tasked with building the watch’s COSC-certified automatic caliber.

As a go-to for custom movement manufacture in the realms of haute horology, Vaucher’s work usually speaks for itself, and no less so for the simple but attractive Vaucher VMF 5401 movement (50 hours of power reserve) in the Carl Suchy & Söhne Waltz No. 1. In this case, the Vaucher touch is (figuratively) written all over the view through the Carl Suchy & Söhne Waltz No. 1’s exhibition caseback where, for instance, the micro-rotor is expertly finished with the same perpendicular vertical and horizontal striping as found on the dial.


Carl Suchy & Söhne Waltz No 1 Watch Watch Releases



Carl Suchy & Söhne Waltz No 1 Watch Watch Releases



Carl Suchy & Söhne Waltz No 1 Watch Watch Releases


The Carl Suchy & Söhne Waltz No. 1 will be presented in four variants with two dial colors (black and white) and two case finishes (stainless steel and black) – but the catch is that only 22 pieces will be made, starting at a price of 5,900 euros, which we’d argue is a paltry sum, given the level of finishing and exclusivity found on this triumphant revival of Austrian watchmaking. carlsuchy.com