CARL SUCHY & SÖHNE,
PURVEYOR TO THE COURT
SINCE 1822

150 years ago, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire there was only one address for luxury watches: Carl Suchy & Söhne. The watchmaker and accredited purveyor to the court stood for perfect quality, precision and timeless elegance. Aristocrats, artists, industrials and even the emperor of Austria, Franz Josef I, were amongst his customers. Now we celebrate the comeback of this exclusive brand.

Carl Suchy, born in Prague in 1796, soon takes a life-changing decision: he becomes a watch making apprentice. After seven wandering years in Germany, Suchy returns to Prague and opens a clock manufacture in 1822. His goal, associating his passion for precision and design with his name, is achieved with the help of his four sons: With their entry into the business, Carl Suchy & Söhne soon becomes the most important watchmaker of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. The oldest son Carl Suchy Junior establishes a pocket watch factory in the Swiss Watch Valley „La Chaux-de-Fonds“, his younger brother Hans opens a store in the historical center of Vienna. Suchy watches are desired objects across Austria’s borders, delight visitors and the press at world fairs such as Paris, and are essential accessories at the royal courts, aristocratic estates and the salons of Austria’s intellectual elite. Carl Suchy & Söhne is firmly positioned as Austria’s leading watchmaker before an involuntary creative break that started around 1914.

In 2016 Carl Suchy & Söhne is reestablished – the only luxury watch brand that combines Viennese elegance and Swiss precision.

Carl Suchy attending the 20th wedding anniversary procession of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Elisabeth (Sissi) in 1879.

This is the Austrian-Hungarian Emperor. He reigned from 1845 to 1910 and was known for being always on time, very likely because he was carrying a Suchy-pocketwatch stored in his Hemdbrust.

THE TEAM

Carl Suchy & Söhne is reestablished
with the same passion as
two centuries ago, when the brand
was first founded.

ROBERT PUNKENHOFER

Creative Director

Robert Punkenhofer is a creative pioneer with a track record of more than 20 years in international business and arts management. He is founding director of ART&IDEA, a nomadic consultancy at the crossroads of art, architecture and design. He has conceived and organised more than 100 exhibitions and special projects on 3 continents, amongst others the visionary Mur Island with Vito Acconci for Graz European Capital of Culture, the leading art festival Vienna Art Week, Austria’s successful participation at the World Fairs in Aichi, Japan, Zaragossa, Spain and Shanghai, China as well as Flow Festival, the first open space for science and culture in the Danube region. He has served as Director of the Vienna based Design Foundation and the Creative Industry Office at Austria’s Foreign Trade Organisation as well as most recently as Austrian Trade Commissioner to Spain. He is a member of the International Advisory Council at Princeton University/PLAS and visiting professor at New York University.

REINHARD STEGER

Graphic Designer

Graphic designer, professor and founder of Proxi, a design studio in Barcelona and Berlin. Specialised in brand and editorial design.

MILOS RISTIN

Product Designer

Product designer in Lausanne and Zürich. Lectures at the ECAL in the Master of Advanced Studies in Design for Luxury and Craftmanship.

MARC JENNI

Independent Watchmaker

Independent Watchmaker in 3rd Generation. References: Tiffany & Co. Member of the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants.

SALOMEA KROBATH

Communication

CARL SUCHY & SÖHNE
WISHES TO THANK THE FOLLOWING ADVISORS AND FRIENDS
FOR THEIR ONGOING SUPPORT
Julia Culen, Karin Novozamsky, Georg Punkenhofer, Rudolf Pendl, Christoph Brunmayr, Robert Pluim, Deborah van Mourik, Robert Treichler, Andres Sterba, Martin Ohneberg, Andreas Kailich, Alexander Ruckensteiner.

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