watchuseek.com Managing Editor
Two years ago Mr. Helmut Sinn sold Guinand at the young age of 97. Last year Watchuseek met with Mr. Matthias Klueh, the new owner of Guinand, when he was in process of re-establishing the business in a new workshop/boutique in Frankfurt. Guinand had a grand re-opening in summer of 2016.
This year Mr. Klueh was optimistic about the direction of Guinand as a brand. The brand has a 150-year history and majority of it was in Switzerland with the Guinand family. Helmut Sinn continued his legacy from Sinn to Guinand and wrote the second chapter of the brand. Now, Mr. Klueh wants to slowly re-interpret Guinand’s original legacy. In fact, he has been meeting with the Guinand family.
Mr. Klueh had three new watches for this year. The first one is the Flying Office 12H, which is the same watch and movement as the Flying Office 24H, but modified to pay homage to an original Guinand model from the 1960’s. It has a tri-compax chronograph with 12-hour dial and is equipped with the manual winding movement, Valjoux 7760.
The 37.5mm stainless steel case is manufactured in Germany. The three-part stainless steel case has a slightly domed sapphire crystal and AR coating on the inside, as well as a screwed back with a sapphire crystal to view the nice 7760 movement.
While it is not a limited edition, there are only 16 of them available. The price is 1.870,00 € (VAT is excluded for international purchase).
The Series 60.50-T2 chronograph is remains the same as 1970’s design, except for minor enhancements. The grey sub-dial makes the watch more modern and easier to read at night. Mr. Klueh explained that international collectors were requesting him to keep the German Day (even though English is available).
Sapphire crystal is on the front and back with protected pushers and a screwed-down crown with a double O-ring seal, which make this watch pressure resistant up to 20 bar. The lugs are integrated in the case and thus particularly well protected. The watch is powered by decorated Valjoux 7750. The watch is Shock resistant as per DIN 8308 and complies with Anti-magnetic standard as per DIN 8309. The price is 1.390,00 € but it varies with strap configuration.
The final watch presented was the Series 31 Baumuster A Pilots watch. The model 31.HS-12.1 has the Unitas 6497 movement with a swan-neck regulator and the stop second function (When the crown is wound, the second hand continues to run until it reaches “60” and then it automatically stops). The 42mm case is polished with sapphire glass on both sides.
The price is 1.490,00 € but it varies with strap configuration. One minor note for the Watchuseek forum members on international shipping policy – Mr. Klueh is working with a logistics company to improve the shipping rates, so please keep providing your feedback.
Guinand continues to sell directly with its online shop.
By Bhanu Chopra, Watchuseek