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LACO WATCHES & SINN SPEZIALUHREN: GERMAN HOROLOGY

Lacher & Co Watches


Laco, founded in 1925 by Frieda Lacher and Ludwig Hummel under the name Lacher & Co., derived its portmanteau name "Laco" from its original title. Based in Pforzheim, Germany, a renowned hub for watch and jewellery manufacturing, Laco quickly established itself as an independent watch brand.


In 1933, Ludwig Hummel departed Laco to establish Durowe, specialising in watch movements. Durowe became a significant supplier of movements to Laco and other Pforzheim-based watch brands, granting Laco greater autonomy in design and production.

Erich Lacher, Frieda's son, joined the company in 1936 and spearheaded Laco's transition to in-house watch production. The company was renamed Erich Lacher Uhrenfabrik under his leadership.


Despite the challenges posed by World War II, Laco thrived in the post-war years. In 1952, Durowe introduced its first automatic movement, coinciding with the successful launch of the Laco Sport watch. The brand continued to innovate, introducing Germany's first fully functional electric watch, the Laco-electric, in 1961.


Laco Chronograph Muenchen Watch on Leather

The Quartz crisis of the 1970s posed significant challenges to traditional watchmaking worldwide, but Laco endured. In 1988, Horst Günther, managing partner of Erich Lacher Uhrenfabrik, regained the rights to Laco's name and logo from Timex, reuniting the two brands. Today, Andreas Günther, Horst's son, leads the company, committed to preserving Laco's rich heritage and maintaining the quality associated with "Made in Germany."


In the year 2000, Laco produced a limited edition of 75 pilot watches with a 55mm case diameter, replicating the original Laco pilot watches from the 1940s. These watches were meticulously crafted to pay homage to the iconic design of their predecessors. Notably, Laco utilized the original DUROWE D5 movement, retaining 80% of its original parts, to ensure authenticity and historical accuracy. These limited edition pilot watches quickly gained recognition and were eagerly sought after by collectors worldwide. They represented the rebirth of Laco's pilot watches collection, which aimed to blend the original case and dial design with contemporary Swiss movements. This fusion of classic aesthetics with modern technology appealed to enthusiasts and collectors alike, cementing Laco's reputation as a brand dedicated to honouring its rich heritage in aviation timepieces or as they put "Models That Still Testify To Character Today"



Spezialuhren zu Frankfurt am Main


Founded in 1961 by Helmut Sinn, a former World War II pilot and instructor for blind flight, the company emerged as a beacon of precision and reliability in the world of aviation timepieces. From its inception, Sinn has been dedicated to crafting navigation clocks and pilot chronographs that meet the exacting standards of professionals in the field. Helmut Sinn's deep understanding of the demands of aviation laid the foundation for Sinn Spezialuhren's ascent to prominence. Drawing on his experience as a pilot, Sinn recognised the need for timepieces that could withstand the rigors of flight while providing accurate and reliable timekeeping. With this vision in mind, he set out to create watches that would become indispensable tools for pilots around the world.


The early years of Sinn Spezialuhren were marked by a relentless pursuit of excellence and innovation. The company's dedication to craftsmanship and precision quickly earned it a reputation for quality and reliability. This reputation was further solidified when German physicist and astronaut Professor Dr. Reinhard Furrer wore the Sinn 140 S during the D-1 spacelab mission in 1985, demonstrating the effectiveness of mechanical wristwatches in weightless conditions. Sinn's legacy in space exploration continued to grow with subsequent missions, including astronaut Klaus-Dietrich Flade's use of the Sinn 142S model during his journey to the MIR space station. The Sinn 142 chronograph played a pivotal role in the second German Spacelab mission, accompanying the crew during their 10-day mission aboard the NASA space shuttle Columbia in 1993. These missions not only showcased Sinn's reliability but also demonstrated the brand's ability to perform flawlessly in the most challenging environments.


Astronaut Klaus-Dietrich Flade wearing a SINN 142

In 1994, Sinn Spezialuhren underwent a pivotal moment in its history when German mechanical engineer Lothar Schmidt acquired the brand. Schmidt's vision and expertise, honed during his tenure at IWC, heralded a new era of innovation and development for Sinn. The introduction of the Sinn 244, crafted from titanium with Magnetic Field Protection and a freely oscillating suspended movement, exemplified the brand's commitment to pushing the boundaries of watchmaking technology. Throughout the 1990s, Sinn continued to introduce groundbreaking innovations, including the introduction of Ar-Dehumidifying Technology and HYDRO Technology, which ensured optimal performance in diving conditions. The development of mission timers such as the EZM1 and EZM2 further solidified Sinn's reputation as a leader in specialised timepieces.


In 2012, Sinn Spezialuhren once again made history with the introduction of the Technischer Standard Fliegeruhren (TESTAF), the first technical standard for pilot's watches. Developed in collaboration with Aachen University of Applied Sciences, TESTAF set a new benchmark for timekeeping in aviation, formalized by the German Standards Institute. This standard reaffirmed Sinn's commitment to excellence and innovation in the field of aviation timepieces.


In 2014, their legacy reached new heights when the Sinn 857 UTC TESTAF accompanied American Robert Alan Eustace on his record-breaking stratosphere jump. Enduring extreme conditions, including low pressure and freezing temperatures, the Sinn timepiece demonstrated its reliability and accuracy under the most challenging circumstances.

In recent years, Sinn Spezialuhren has continued to innovate and excel, receiving accolades such as the German Design Award and the iF Design Award for its exemplary timepieces. These awards serve as a testament to Sinn's ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation in the field of watchmaking, ensuring that the brand's legacy continues to shine brightly for years to come.

 

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MVS Watches present online the Laco Chronograph Munchen Limited Edition and the Sinn 103 St Sa Pilot Chronograph, both available to purchase with free UK shipping below. German engineering and horology at its finest. Choose to stand out from the crowd and add these to your collection today.






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