Carl Suchy & Söhne Watches

With roots dating back to 1822, when it was founded by Austrian watchmaker Carl Suchy, this brand was once the watchmaker to the Habsburg Monarchy – creating watches for Emperor Franz Joseph I, Empress Sisi, and the famed Sigmund Freud. Today, Carl Suchy & Söhne creates minimalist style watches recalling the elegance of Vienna using automatic Swiss movements.

History of Carl Suchy & Söhne

Carl Suchy & Söhne was a watchmaking company founded by Carl Suchy in 1822 in Vienna, Austria. The company quickly became known for its high-quality timepieces, popular with the aristocracy and wealthy European elite.

In the company’s early years, Carl Suchy & Söhne produced pocket watches and chronometers, which were used for navigation and timekeeping on ships. However, as wristwatches became more popular in the early 20th century, the company shifted its focus to producing these smaller timepieces.

One of the most famous watches produced by Carl Suchy & Söhne was the “Waltz No. 1,” which was designed by the renowned Austrian architect Adolf Loos in 1904. The watch was a minimalist masterpiece, with a simple white enamel dial and a gold case. It was named after the famous Viennese waltz and quickly became popular with the city’s elite.

During World War II, the company was forced to shut down its production facilities, and many of its employees were conscripted into the military. After the war, Carl Suchy & Söhne struggled to regain their footing, and the company eventually went bankrupt in the 1960s.

After a long hiatus, the brand was revived in 2017 by Robert Punkenhofer. Today, Carl Suchy & Söhne watches are known for their timeless designs, impeccable craftsmanship, and innovative technology. The company produces a range of high-end watches for men and women, including classic dress watches and limited edition timepieces.

Who Owns Carl Suchy & Söhne?

Carl Suchy & Söhne is owned by Robert Punkenhofer, an Austrian art curator and collector. Punkenhofer acquired the rights to the brand and revived it in 2017, with a focus on preserving its heritage while also bringing it up-to-date with modern technology and sustainable production practices.

Fun Fact

Carl Suchy & Söhne has a connection to the famous Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. In 1900, Carl Suchy & Söhne produced a custom-made pocket watch for Freud, which featured a unique mechanism that allowed him to time his psychoanalytic sessions with his patients. The watch is currently on display at the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna, Austria.

Carl Suchy & Söhne Collections

Waltz N°1

This collection pays tribute to Vienna’s rich musical heritage and features a unique asymmetrical design inspired by the elegant movements of Viennese waltz dancers.

Waltz N°1 Day & Night

This collection is an extension of the original Waltz N°1 collection, featuring a rotating disc that indicates the time of day or night. The design is inspired by the celestial mechanics of the solar system.

Waltz N°1 Skeleton

This limited edition watch features a skeletonized movement, which allows the wearer to see the inner workings of the watch. The design is inspired by the architecture of Vienna’s Secessionist movement.

Waltz N°1 Gold

This collection features a case made of solid 18k gold, adding an extra level of luxury to the elegant design of the original Waltz N°1 watch.