Carl Suchy & Söhne Purveyor to the Royal Court
since 1822

Carl Suchy Jr. attending the 20th wedding anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria and his wife, Empress Elisabeth (Sisi) in 1879.

200 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 Emperor of Austria, Franz Joseph I, were amongst his customers. Now, we are celebrating 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 manufacturer 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,” while 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.

This is the Austrian-Hungarian Emperor. He reigned from 1848 to 1916 and was known for being always on time, very likely because he was carrying Suchy-pocket watch stored in his Hemdbrust.

Pocket Watch Sigmund Freud Vienna Carl Suchy & Söhne Legacy
Emperor Joseph of Austria Pocket Watch Vienna Carl Suchy & Söhne Legacy

Two of Carl Suchy’s most famous clients, Austrian-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph I. and Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.

Viennese Elegance
and Swiss Craftmanship

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Suchy was the most important reference for watch aficionados of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and the intellectual elite of Fin de Siécle Vienna. Now the long legacy of Carl Suchy & Söhne is brought back into the present.

Did Sigmund Freud look at his Suchy pocket watch when he wanted to know how much longer he would have to listen to his patient’s childhood memories? Did Gustav Klimt’s work inspire the beauty and perfection of Suchy clocks? Did the Suchys, after having closed their shop for the night, join the Viennese coffeehouse literati to enter into philosophical discussions?

Fact is, Carl Suchy & Söhne lived in exceptional times of industrial innovation and artistic creation.  We too, strive for a mindful design that can serve both functional and emotional purpose.

“Waltz No 1” follows an elegant and minimalistic design aesthetic with an emotional twist, by seamlessly combining sophisticated materials and a passion for the latest technology.

The Carl Suchy

Carl Suchy & Söhne look back at a rich history filled with outstanding accomplishments and awards


Carl Suchy is born in the historical centre of Prague.

until 1812

Suchy completes his apprenticeship as a watchmaker at the famous German watchmaker Franz Lehner.


Years of traveling through
Germany and Switzerland.


Carl Suchy marries Josephine Kroupa in Prague.


26-year-old Suchy opens his watch shop in the centre of Prague. His technically advanced pendulum and wall clocks lead to rapid success.


Birth of their first, son Carl Suchy Junior.


Birth of their second son, Johann Anton, as well as the birth of Franz Joseph I, the future emperor of Austria.


At the yearly Leipzig Trade Fair, which Suchy attends regularly, his products frequently win prizes: Suchy clocks match the market-leading English and, Swiss models. Suchy’s third son, Anton Gottfried, was born.


On the occasion of the coronation of Emperor Ferdinand I, Suchy equips the royal court in Prague with his clocks.


Suchy’s business is growing, employing 35 people. He is one of the first watchmakers to expand internationally.


Suchy’s youngest son, Emanuel Suchy, was born. It is also the year of the birth of the famous Austrian architect and city planner, Otto Wagner.


Carl Suchy is appointed as the first and for many years the only “Watch Purveyor to the Royal and Imperial Court” due to the fact that “his watches exceed highest expectations in regard to elegance and technical perfection”.


Suchy’s sons Carl and Hans complete their apprenticeship with the famous Czech watchmaker Josef Kosek. During their years of travel, they study with the best watchmakers in Switzerland.


The coronation of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria.


As Suchy’s sons join the parental business, it is renamed „Carl Suchy & Söhne” and becomes Austria’s most renowned clock factory.


Carl Suchy Junior founds a pocket watch factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the hometown of Le Corbusier. The factory doesn’t only supply watches to the family business, but they are also exported to Great Britain.


Carl Suchy & Söhne clocks are regularly displayed at the world fairs in Paris, London and Vienna. The trade press recurringly announces them to be the best Austrian products.


The Austrian menswear label “Knize” was founded.


Artist Gustav Klimt and writer Arthur Schnitzler were born – both will have a tremendous influence on Viennese art


Suchy’s second son Hans opens a workshop in Rotenturmstraße 6 in the centre of Vienna. Johann Anton takes over the store in Prague. He is also appointed Purveyor to the Imperial and Royal Court”.


The Viennese Ring Road is opened. Austria’s first horse-drawn goes from the Viennese Schottentor to the suburb Hernals.


The carpet manufacturer Eduard Haas builds Vienna’s first department store in the immediate neighbourhood of Carl Suchy & Söhne’s store.


The founder Carl Suchy dies at the age 70. His youngest son Emanuel takes over the workshop in Prague.


The Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauß has its premiere in Vienna.


The famous architects and designers, Adolf Loos and Josef Hoffmann, were born.


Emanuel Suchy founds and manages Prague’s first volunteer fire brigade.


Carl Suchy Junior attends the famous Makart procession on the Ring Road, celebrating the twentieth wedding anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph I and his wife Elisabeth. Suchy is proudly dressed as a watchmaker from the sixteenth century.


Sigmund Freud opens his practice in Vienna and develops the method of psychoanalysis.


The „Young Vienna Movement“ coins what is still known as the Viennese coffeehouse literature – the meetings and discussions of artists, writers and intellectuals in Viennese cafés shape the literary movement in and around Austria. Some of the most renowned members are Peter Altenberg, Arthur Schnitzler, Hugo von Hoffmannsthal and Stefan Zweig.


Emanuel Suchy receives the prestigious Knight’s Cross of the Imperial Order of Franz Joseph I for his great support of the Prague fire brigade.


Otto Wagner, one of the most influential architects of his times announces the end of the ornamental historicism – Jugendstil takes its place. Under the banner of modernism, philosophy, literature, music, art, design and architecture blossom.


Death of Hans Suchy. His widow, Therese, takes over the shop in the Rotenturmstraße in Vienna. She is also honoured as Purveyor to the Royal and Imperial Court.


Adolph Cervinka is the new owner of „Carl Suchy & Söhne“ in Prague. The store moves to the exclusive address Na Příkopě in the center of the city.


With the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Carl Suchy & Söhne temporarily takes a creative break.

The time has come again – for Carl Suchy & Söhne!