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Wempe, probably the finest watch retailer I’ve ever stepped foot in, has roots back to the German 1870’s. Their NYC store right on 5th ave, actually their first abroad, opened its doors in 1980 and since, the brand has earned tremendous success. But their history does end with retail – in the 1930’s, the company invested in their own chronometer workshop which doubled as a training facility for young, talented watchmakers.
Unfortunately, As with much European business a bit later on in the 20th century, Wempe died. Then, still family owned, it resurrected in 1963 – thats remarkable, right? It reminds me of the A Lange & Sohne story quite a bit – a ton of strength, courage and pride in a family brand.
Since 1963, the retail business has grown leaps and bounds, but it wasnt until 2005 that the company was, at least in my mind, truly restored. The 4th generation of the family, Kim Eva Wempe, acquired an observatory, a workshop, in Glashutte which doubled as, you guessed it, a training facility for young, talented watchmakers.
Just a year later, the Zeitmeister line was launched. A series of watches, almost exclusively chronometers, from GMT’s to chronographs. And this one, called the Fliegerchrono, was my favorite.
Actually, I was there when it was purchased in the decadent midtown boutique just a few years ago. Its original owner? My old man, who you might recognize from our kick ass series Liquor Run.
So, why this one? Its matte dial, sword luminous hands, brushed 42mm case that wears so conservatively because of those gorgeous curved lugs – a near perfectly executed date window, 5 bar water resistance and finally, a powerhouse movement – the valjoux 7753, modified by Wempe to chronometer specifications.
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