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8 Great Independent Watchmakers You Should Keep an Eye on

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Although independent watchmakers are not new to the industry they will help you keep your collection varied.

What are independent watchmakers? Although there is no one definition, if a brand doesn’t belong in one of the three major watchmaking groups (LVMH or The Swatch Group) then it could be an independent brand. Indie watchmakers also have the ability to produce their own watches and timepieces.

Indie brands produce watches at a slower pace than big names. Although indie watchmakers may not be as well-known in the market it provides a unique perspective and a unique perspective.

This means you won’t have to spend a lot of money. Haute horlogerie’s heavyweights are known for their engineering and creativity when creating art pieces. Indie brands allow you to be part of a small collection without having to spend a lot. This is a great way to add to your collection.

  • Christophe Claret

Christophe Claret, an independent Swiss watchmaker, challenges industry standards. The brand’s mission is to explore new and original designs while maintaining the ability to use complex mechanical components.

  • Armin Strom

Armin Strom is the man to thank if you like skeletonized timepieces. Armin Strom, while not a household name is well-known for his hand-carved skeletonized watches that he created in the 1980s.

  • F.P. Journe

Francois-Paul Journe is also known as F.P. Journe, a Swiss luxury watch manufacturer, is still an independent watchmaker but has over 30 years experience in the business. Its designs are renowned for being the best examples of Haute Horlogerie modern.

  • Jean Daniel Nicolas

Daniel Roth continued to create watches even after he sold his brand to the Bulgari group. Jean Daniel Nicolas is his specialty in hand-crafted watches. He makes two to three per year. The brand’s name is a mixture of his name, his son’s, and a variation on his wife’s.

  • Kari Voutilainen

Kari Voutilainen, a Finnish watchmaker who resides in Switzerland launched his brand in 2002. He created the first decimal repeater that sounds hours, ten-minute intervals and then minutes in three years.

  • Philippe Dufour

Philippe Dufour is a well-known and respected independent watchmaker. His designs and build of watches are also well-known. He does most of the work alone with the assistance of his young assistant and his daughter.

  • Roger W. Smith

Roger W. Smith, a British watchmaker, is just starting in 2001. Smith completed a seven-year apprenticeship to learn all 32 trades of watchmaking. He now creates 10 luxury handmade watches each year.

  • Romain Gauthier

Romain Gauthier, after four years of secret work, launched his brand with the Prestige HM in 2006. Every aspect of the brand’s operations has been done in-house. This includes the design, development, production, assembly, and regulation.

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