While we talk about Swiss and Australian watches a whole bunch on this site, we seldom mention the horological offerings of Austria, and with good reason: there aren’t very many. Carl Suchy & Söhne is a maison that found its feet back in 1822, however ceased to exist in its same glory after World War I when Austria and Hungary collapsed. Resurrected in 2016, it is now one of only two watchmakers practicing at a higher level in the landlocked country.
This here is a clever homage to one of Austria’s greatest sons (the one that isn’t Arnie): W.A. Mozart. Aptly named the “Waltz N°1” (Mozart could write a bloody good one), this design employs a few clever cues as a nod to the traditional dance, which has been a staple of Viennese culture for centuries.
With thin, perpendicular markings separating the left and right hemispheres of the dial, a second hand has been replaced with a smaller rotating disk which mimics the larger dial itself. This, with the lines contradicting the background, is a mesmerising display, and a clever way to emulate the classical dance, without going overboard. It’s also offered in a skeleton version for almost thrice the price, though both are restrained in their design enough to maintain the subtlety of the concept.
The rest of the timepiece is very minimal in design–a 41.5mm polished steel case keeps the focus on the elegant dial–but one notable feature to add to the luxurious appearance of the piece is the stunning skeleton caseback, flaunting the VMF 5401 automatic movement, which holds a 48-hour power reserve.