Goede tijden, slechte tijden - Aflevering 85, Season 1, Episode 85, Dutch, 1990

Independent Watches

Independent Watches

Most of you may not know this, but over 30 of the biggest watch brands in the world are all owned by three large conglomerates. For example, did you know that Omega, Hamilton, Longines, Tissot, Blancpain, and Bregeut were all owned by the same company (Swatch Group)? How about Panerai, Jaeger-LeCoultre, IWC, A. Lange & Sohne, and Cartier (Richemont)? Finally, did you know that Hublot, Tag Heuer and Zenith were all owned by LVMH? Changes your perspective on things, doesn’t it?  

While there are certain technological and logistical advantages to a family of watch brands (e.g., sharing movements, cases and even employees), today we are going to take a look at five truly independent brands. That is, brands that are owned by private groups (in some cases, a family), and that do a large percentage of their work in-house, without off-the-shelf components. More specifically, each manufacturer on this list must either make their own movements in-house or heavily modify existing movements using proprietary methods. These five watches represent a growing trend in the field: creative and unique pieces coming from small shops, providing for a more interesting and dynamic product.  After all, who wants to pay top dollar for something that came off an assembly line?

Just have to KNOW which FIVE made the list??? Read all about it here

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