Carl Suchy & Söhne - Carl Suchy & Söhne WALTZ N°1
Carl Suchy & Söhne - Carl Suchy & Söhne WALTZ N°1

Carl Suchy & Söhne WALTZ N°1

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HAUTE HORLOGERIE VIENNOISE DEPUIS 1822

Carl Suchy and Sohne Waltz 1

Historic Austrian watchmaking brand Carl Suchy and Sohne of Vienna has returned, after an absence of exactly a century, to Haute Horlogerie and the field of the finest watchmaking, with the Carl Suchy and Sohne Watches of Vienna Waltz No. 1 Watch, an effort that not only combines the assorted talents of Swiss movement specialist Vaucher Fleurier Manufacture, Marc Jenni of the académie horlogère des créateurs indépendants (AHCI), creative director Robert Punkenhofer, and designers Reinhard Steger and Milos Ristin, but far older and deeper Austrian aesthetic, design and art preferences. The Carl Suchy & Sohne Watches Austria Waltz No. 1 Watch, in every detail of the watch design and its execution, from the part polished, part sandblasted stainless steel watch case, to the striped guilloche pattern, curved watch dial with innovative rotating striped guilloche pattern small seconds, transparent sapphire crystal anti-reflective coated exhibition case back, hands and incredibly hand-finished Vaucher caliber VMF5401 automatic movement from the Vaucher Fleurier Manufacture with gold plated micro rotor, simply oozes a certain elegance.

To fully appreciate all those stainless steel watch case, watch dial, watch movement and design details of the Carl Suchy and Sohne Watches of Vienna Waltz No. 1 Watch we need to take a step back in time to the years of Hapsburg era Vienna, where figures such as Sigmund Freud and Kaiser Franz Joseph were among the clientele at Carl Suchy & Sohne, and Austrian architect and philosopher Adolf Loos (remembered today in the Loos house) was advancing new proto minimalist ideas, some of which at least, with their inclination toward an emphasis on proportion and volume and a rejection of the overly ornate, found expression in Le Corbusier’s journal L’Esprit Nouveau in 1925. So how exactly is this level of design and art inspiration from so many years ago expressed in the Austrian manufacture of Carl Suchy and Sohne Watches of Vienna’s Waltz No. 1 Watch, and all its respective details of watchcase, dial and movement?

The Austrian manufacturer really has excelled in the watch case and dial design of the Carl Suchy and Sohne Watches of Vienna’s Waltz No. 1 Watch, integrating the Swiss manufacture movement in a beautifully minimalist design, dominated by a horizontally and vertically guilloche striped dial face split about the 6-12 o’clock axis, which flows via the curved dial plate toward the watch bezel and watch case in an incredibly sculptural piece of mechanical high art. The Carl Suchy and Sohne Watches of Vienna’s Waltz No. 1 is a very easy to read watch, the indexes of the minute track outstandingly highlighted and pinpointed exceptionally well by the hour and minute hands, the neatly visual “waltzing disc” for small seconds, placed at the 6 o’clock position and the vertical dividing line between the vertical and horizontal guilloche stripes of the main dial, the waltzing disc itself similarly featuring alternately horizontal and vertical guilloche striped, the ‘waltzing’ by rotating once a minute and thus display seconds. This feature is a particularly impressive example of the Austrian Loos aesthetic made concrete, and while the waltzing disc or surrounding dial faceplate has no traditional indexes or seconds track, the end result is actually very readable.

The skeleton model is equally as well designed, and for a skeleton model, manages to continue to display hours, minutes and seconds with incredible design power, in addition of course, to the skeleton open-worked dial face and skeleton open-worked movements themselves. The Carl Suchy and Sohne Watches of Vienna’s Waltz No. 1 Watch really is an exercise in design exercise in modern, industrial disc clock aesthetics, the rival certainly of anything from Parmigiani Fleurier, and the team of Swiss movement specialist Vaucher Fleurier Manufacture, Marc Jenni of the académie horlogère des créateurs indépendants (AHCI), creative director Robert Punkenhofer, and designers Reinhard Steger and Milos Ristin have done a wonderful job of putting into Haute Horlogerie watch manufacture history, the art and design principles of Austrian architect and philosopher Adolf Loos proto minimalist ideas art and design ideas and its emphasis on proportion and volume and rejection of the ornate,  which found their expression in Le Corbusier’s journal L’Esprit Nouveau in 1925. This is visible immediately, particularly from the dial face and wrist side face of the strap bracelet of the Carl Suchy and Sohne Watches of Vienna Waltz No. 1 handcrafted skeleton automatic, which is available from Carl Suchy direct as well as a small number of selected authorized sellers in Vienna, Prague and beyond. The watch dial face continues with the vertical (to the left side of the watch dial face) and horizontal (to the right side of the watch dial face) striped guilloche pattern, but this time it is executed as laser or perhaps water jet cut slots, revealing, with a level of decorum appropriate to Sigmund Freud era Vienna, the delights of the hand skeletonized, satin-finished black PVD coated bridges and plates of the adapted Vaucher Fleurier manufacture extra thin calibre 5401/180 movement, and gorgeous decentralized gold plated micro-rotor, which adds a very nice mechanical touch and splash of colour to the view of the dial side face of the watch. As mentioned, and what will hidden to anyone but the wearer of the Carl Suchy and Sohne Watches of Vienna Waltz No. 1 handcrafted skeleton automatic most of the time, is the exquisite pattern on the wrist side face of the black alligator leather strap bracelet, which through the use of simple, repeating geometric lines, once again recalls the influence of Austrian architect and philosopher Adolf Loos so many years ago.  Having said that, in the watch design of the Austrian brand Carl Suchy and Sohne Watches of Vienna Waltz No. 1 Skeleton, especially when compared to the non-skeleton versions, and in particular those with a white dial face,  the overall impression, from the steel case, case lugs and perforated guilloche pattern face, not forgetting the bracelet strap, is a slightly more mechanical, industrial touch, although this is almost certainly what Robert Punkenhofer and the others at Carl Suchy Watch Vienna were looking for.

The Austrian brand Carl Suchy and Sohne Watches of Vienna Waltz No. 1 Watch with automatic movement is now produced in a total of five different main variations of watch case material, bezel, watch dial and hand color, a move away from the black silver white aesthetic and dial of the original release, and of course, the skeleton movement version. These include the Vienna Waltz No. 1 Watch All Black, the No. 1 Watch with Black Case / Silver Dial, the Vienna Waltz No. 1 Watch in Stainless with Steel Case / and Black or silver dial, and the Carl Suchy and Sohne Watches of Vienna Waltz No. 1 Blue Danube, with the option of a gold case, with a delightful blue dial face, and variations on the Carl Suchy and Sohne Watches of Vienna Waltz No. 1 Gold, with both case and dial in gold on some extremely limited edition runs of watches. Aside from the obvious differences found with the Carl Suchy and Sohne Watches of Vienna Waltz No. 1 Skeleton, all versions share the same exceptionally well-executed watch layout and design, with ultra-thin Vaucher manufacture Fleurier VMF automatic winding caliber with gold plated micro-rotor and 48 hours power reserve, ADLC coating case, black genuine leather or alligator strap, stainless buckle with laser-etched Carl Suchy & Sohn brand logo, black horizontally and vertically guilloche striped ADLC dial, with the “waltzing disc” at 6 o’clock (in place of the second hand) rotating to display seconds, with rhodium-plated index.

In any of these versions, perhaps surprisingly even the Blue Danube model, the Carl Suchy and Sohne Watches of Vienna Waltz No.1 exudes sleek masculine elegance, and is a very worthy tribute to both the Carl Such & Sohne name and the remarkable combined effort of Marc Jenni of the académie horlogère des créateurs indépendants (AHCI), creative director Robert Punkenhofer and designers Reinhard Steger and Milos Ristin that has gone into the quite beautiful the Carl Suchy and Sohne Watches of Vienna Waltz No. 1 Watch.

 

 

 

Technical specifications

· Movement· Automatic mechanical movement VMF 5401 by Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier (hours, minutes, seconds), visible through a transparent sapphire

crystal case back.
· Gold-plated off-centered micro-rotor
· White, blue or black dial with vertically and horizontally striped guilloche-pattern
· 29 rubies48-hour power reserve
· Waterproof up to 30 meters / 3 bar
· 41.5 mm polished steel case (black version: ADLC) with 9.3 mm height.
· Adjustable double-sided folding clasp with mechanical safety pressure lock and „Carl Suchy & Söhne“ logo.
· Black genuine leather bracelet 
 

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