Discover Benelux, Issue 21, September 2015

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Discover Benelux | Top Boutiques in the Nine Streets | Amsterdam Watch Company

The time is now Exclusive clockworks from Dutch designers, premium vintage watches and an almost inconceivably large collection of high-quality watch straps: Amsterdam Watch Company is a heaven for watch lovers. TEXT: JANINE STERENBORG | PHOTOS: AMSTERDAM WATCH COMPANY

Located in one of the many narrow streets in ‘De Negen Straatjes’ in the Dutch capital is the Amsterdam Watch Company. From the window, a beautiful selection of watches lures you into the shop. “The ‘old fashioned’ is our standard,” explains cofounder Toesja de Vries. “Both premium vintage watches and exclusive modern ones that work mechanically. Our premium vintage watches are from renowned brands and made it through our strict quality selection, and we repair and clean them thoroughly before they are ready to be sold.” New mechanic watches are rare, explains De Vries. “We’re proud to be vendors of

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four new and leading Dutch designers who create new mechanic watches. They make the most extraordinary watches, all with their own signature.”

Christiaan van der Klaauw Christiaan van der Klaauw was the first watchmaker in the Netherlands to create a mechanical wrist watch. “All of his designs are related to astronomy,” says De Vries about his recognisable designs. One of the watches shows the moon phases in real time by a slowly circulating tiny and beautifully designed moon implemented in the clockwork. “It’s made with meticulous precision, just like his other watches,” says De Vries. Van der Klaauw's atelier is the only

one in the world completely devoted to designing and producing exclusive and handmade astronomical watches. “Within a few months, a watch showing the tides will be available. I am very much looking forward to seeing that one!”

Van der Gang Wiebe van der Gang is influenced by his initial occupation. “He was a creator of components for aerospace engineering and operation equipment for hospitals so he was used to working in precision mechanics,” says De Vries about his background. “He decided to start working with his passion for watches and compact technique. He now is one of the few