A Statement of Their Own
As the luxury watch market continues to grow, many enthusiasts and collectors look for new ways to expand their collection and diversify their portfolio of timepieces — and independent watches help satisfy that desire. Many of these pieces showcase new and interesting styles, incorporating refreshing concepts and movements that are rarely seen among big name brands. Learn more about several of the most compelling independents in the industry, and see why collectors are itching to own their work.
Named after its founder François-Paul Journe, the brand presented its first collection of watches in 1999. Today, Journe is considered a living legend and is one of the most beloved independent watchmakers in the world, boasting an annual production of just 800 to 900 watches a year. Watch this exclusive interview with Tim Mosso and the President of F.P. Journe North America, Pierre Halimi, to learn more about this esteemed brand.
H. Moser & Cie
Wielding a defiant respect for tradition, H.Moser & Cie is an innovative brand that designs and produces almost every component of their watches. From unique Endeavor dials to limited edition Swiss Alp pieces, these watches are anything but traditional.
Shortly after the Berlin Wall fell in 1990, Nomos Glashütte launched their brand, building upon a strong foundation of German precision engineering. Today, they’re known for their beautiful, minimalistic designs and high manufacture standards.
Founded on creativity and ingenuity, this brand is known for a number of distinguished inventions like the Double Tourbillon 30°, Quadruple Tourbillon, Tourbillon 24 Secondes, and the Balancier Spiral Binôme to name a few.
Shorthand for Maximillian Büsser & Friends, they consider themselves a part of a rebellious movement that doesn’t conform to the rules of corporate watchmaking. In 2005, they launched their artistic concept laboratory with the goal of bringing watchmaking professionals together to develop radical watches like the Horological and Legacy Machines.
With a respect for traditional Swiss watchmaking, Laurent Ferrier creates innovative timepieces that are inspired by centuries of history and technical precision. Today, every watch is made and assembled in their Geneva workshops.
At the age of 50, Richard Mille launched his brand in 2001, harnessing his passion for racing and innovative watchmaking. Throughout its relatively short but impressive history, the brand has introduced the luxury watch industry to brand new material innovations, movements, and designs.
If you’re interested in learning more about the niche world of independent watches, hear from some watchmakers firsthand when you browse WatchBox Studio’s exclusive collection of interviews. For example, watch Tim Mosso sit down with Philippe Dufour and Max Büsser. Or, learn about the recent demand for independent pieces when you read our article: “Rise of The Indies.”
Discover Compelling Independent Watch Models
Typically, independent watch brands have a lower annual watch production, giving collectors the sense that they’re buying something more exclusive and bespoke. Plus, these niche names are often unphased by a traditional framework as they experiment with different design concepts and functions. Check out some of the most notable models from a handful of independent brands to see how these modern principles come into play.
F.P. Journe Pieces
Two of the most intriguing watches to come from Journe are the Centigraphe Souverain and the Linesport. First, the Centigraph is a remarkable, unprecedented chronograph piece, equipped with an ergonomic, patented design—see one up close when you read our F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain: Independent Streak. If you’re interested in a more casual, sport model, you may enjoy the handsome Linesport. Take a deep dive into this F.P. Journe original when you read The Life of LineSport–A Deep Dive Into The Casual Side of F.P. Journe.
H. Moser & Cie Endeavor
Described as “an ingeniously elegant approach to minimalism,” the Endeavour collection is contemporary, yet stripped down to the essentials. Featuring curvaceous case shapes and simple, striking dials, every component is a piece of art.
Greubel Forsey Tourbillon
Never short on innovations, Greubel Forsey is famed for their Tourbillon. Their first invention was the Double Tourbillon 30° that ticks away in several of their timepieces today. Riding the success of their first invention, they then produced the first Quadruple Tourbillon that improves the chronometric performance of all the regulating components.
Buying Pre-Owned Independent Watches
As watch enthusiasts with a passion for the industry’s finest, we strive to bring a number of independent watches to our ever-changing curated collection. Whether you’re searching for a rare F.P. Journe piece or a robust Richard Mille watch, we guarantee their authenticity and quality as they must pass a rigorous inspection process before being presented for sale. If you’re interested in exploring more pre-owned pieces, be sure to peruse our selection of men's, women's, and collector's watches for other great options.