Whether it is an interview or a romantic date with your other half, having a good watch just seems to add a dash of class and goes a long way in creating a lasting impression. You can never go wrong with an excellent timepiece as it seems to suit any outfit with utmost perfection. However, most of us just put on our watches, but only a few bother to know its source. For those who do, they know that there is a difference between an independent watch brand and one which comes from a manufacturer. If you are wondering what the difference is, don’t stress because we got you. Independent watchmakers create their pieces from scratch and use their creativity to come up with outstanding and innovative timepieces. To further enlighten you, below is a list of the top five independent watch brands of 2017 and if you are a watch enthusiast, then this list will help place your collection a notch higher.
Time and time again, this independent watchmaker keeps blessing the world with his uniquely designed timepieces, and he never disappoints. He is one of the top brands for 2017 and this year, Kari Voutilainen unveiled one of the most sought-after timepieces which is named the 28R12. Similar to many other timepieces from him, it comes with some quality features which every watch enthusiast wishes for. One of the most striking features of the 28R12 is its in-house balance wheel which ensures utmost accuracy in timekeeping. Other timepieces from Voutilainen-28R12 include the AKI-NO-KURE, twenty-8 GMT, the Voutilainen GMR among many others. This independent watchmaker has some of the best watches fit for everybody, and you should look for one and make a difference.
Another household name in the world of independent watch brands is Speake Marin. Based in Bursins Switzerland’s, the watchmaker never disappoints, and every watch fanatics look forward to new timepieces from the brand. Some of his innovative pieces include the Speake Marin black magister vertical tourbillon which can be best described as unique and elegant. This year the brand added two pieces to its collection which are named as one and two. One has a gold case while the latter has a grade 5 titanium case. Both are not only beautiful but also boast high-quality features.
Czapek & Cie
Third on our list of independent watch brands is Czapek & Cie which boast a reputation for making exceptional timepieces. The brand has been long for close to a century now and hence has the experience to produce nothing but the best. It is named after Francis Czapek who was one of the founders, and to date, it continues to set the pace for other watchmakers with its groundbreaking productions. This year it released the Czapek watch which prides itself on a remarkable appearance with two sub-dials among other revolutionary features.
Moving to Russia, Konstantin Chaykin is a force to reckon and also one of 2017 top independent watch brands. With a reputation of producing creatively designed timepieces such as the Levitas, Decalogue, Carpe Diem, Konstantin Chaykin took the world of watch lovers by storm again after releasing the cinema which took the show at this year’s SalonQP due to its joker’s face. This one is worth every buck you spend on it.
Forget about mainstream brands because the Roman Gauthier watches are some of the best when it comes to products from independent watch brands. The award-winning company never disappoints with its hand-finished timepieces, and it prides itself over a few products such as the logical one which features an in-house movement, ergonomic winding pusher, and a 46-hour power reserve indicator. This year it released the insight micro-rotor displays time on two overlapping sub-dials which are off the center. It screams elegance and wealth as most of its parts are made of gold.
In a nutshell, independent watch brands are top notch timepieces with a great impact in the world of watches. Independent watchmakers apply both innovation and creativity to ensure that what they produce is nothing but the best. If you have never had one, its time you look for that which meets your need and see what they got.