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(Re)introducing Austrian watchmaker Carl Suchy & Söhne

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November 2017


The luxury Viennese brand returns at the SalonQP with its second limited series, including a blue steel version of the Waltz Blue Nº1 Danube.

(Re)introducing Austrian watchmaker Carl Suchy & Söhne

We don’t usually come across luxury watchmakers hailing from Austria, so it was a pleasure to (re)discover the brand Carl Suchy & Söhne. Aficionados of antique watches might recognize the name – the company was first set up 1822 - but it hasn’t been in operation for about a century.

When it was in business, however, Carl Suchy and his sons catered to the Imperial Court of the Habsburg dynasty, including Emperor Franz Josef I and Empress Sissi. Apparently even famed psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud was a fan of the brand’s pocket watches.

(Re)introducing Austrian watchmaker Carl Suchy & Söhne

Earlier the Austrian year the brand was rebooted, on the backbone of a minimalist mechanical wristwatch called the Waltz Nº1. A fitting if not obvious name for a Viennese creation, the watch was only made available in a very limited edition of 22 watches, which sold out in no time.

Allegedly alluding to the rhythm of the Viennese Waltz, the dial featured a rotating seconds hands in the form of a “waltzing” disc, rather than the traditional second hand.

(Re)introducing Austrian watchmaker Carl Suchy & Söhne

With the first release leaving fans of Austrian watchmaking wanting more, the brand has now come up with a second limited series of the Waltz N°1. This time the offering is a bit wider, with 50 examples being made available, which cost 7,850 euros each.

Most notable of the release, however, are the 5 timepieces made of blue-steel. Taking the name of the river following through Vienna, the special timepiece is called the “Waltz N°1 Blue Danube”.

(Re)introducing Austrian watchmaker Carl Suchy & Söhne

The watch is handcrafted in Switzerland and boasts a dark-blue dial, crown and a silver steel casing. Under the hood we have a custom-made movement by reputable producer Vaucher Fleurier.

(Re)introducing Austrian watchmaker Carl Suchy & Söhne

As special treat for those in attendance at the SalonQP in London, Marc Jenni, member of the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants and collaborator in the development of the N°1 was on hand for a meet and greet at the 9th installment of the watch fair.

During an increasingly difficult time for the smaller industry fairs more generally, it’s always nice to see a brand resurgence like that of Carl Suchy at the Saatchi Gallery.