Marc Jenni of Carl Suchy & Sohne - Austrian watchmakers

100 Years Young: Carl Suchy & Sohne

Austria’s given us many things over the years; Motzart, Swarovski, chocolate cake… we have a lot to thank them for. Until recently though watches were not one of them. In fact, since the fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire they produced roughly the same number of watches as Lichtenstein. Fortunately, that’s now changed. And not because Lichtenstein has started making watches.

After a century of silence, Austria is now the proud homeland of a proper luxury watch brand: Carl Suchy & Sohne. To be honest, calling them a revival is a little bit misleading; there are so few examples of their vintage pieces that there’s not much to go on.

Carl Suchy & Sohn Waltz no1 watch
Carl Suchy & Sohne Skeleton watch

We could talk about the sleek, minimal case shape, the ultra-thin movements, a host of subtle nuances that lend to the modern interpretation of Austrian design themes that is the Waltz No.1. Even the name bespeaks the 1-2-3 of court dancing. But then there’s the dials.

Guilloche usually means subtle textures, sunburst, clous de Paris, etc. The lines across the dial of the Waltz are far more impactful and make for one hell of an interesting dial. I’m no architect so I’ll take the brand’s word that the lines were inspired by the world of Adolf Loos; what we do know is that they’re spectacular.

While it’s easy to badmouth Switzerland as the overbearing force it is, the country’s also the only choice for a good number of independent brands. And hey, if it let’s watchmakers like Carl Suchy & Sohne see the light of day once again that can’t be a bad thing.