When it comes to watches, you might not have heard much about Poland. This is not very surprising since Poland, as a country, is not that very popular as well.
Going back to watch brands, the famous names that we know are usually from the US, Switzerland, and even from Poland’s neighboring country – Germany.
However, it does not mean that Polish watch brands are no longer checking out when you want a great watch. Although very few, Polish watch brands have excelled in producing high-quality timepieces. Here are the brands that we’re talking about:
Top Polish Watch Brands
Named after Gustaw Gerlach, a 19th-century industrialist, G. Gerlach was started by Polish watch collectors. The main goal of the group back then was to simply produce watches that they themselves would choose to wear proudly and would showcase the Polish watchmaking history, craftsmanship, and innovation.
Yet, G. Gerlach is not just about the talk. The company made sure that it lives up to what it is boasting about. G. Gerlach timepieces are all designed, produced, and assembled in Poland. Only a few elements of the watches, such as the movements, are being imported from other countries.
With regards to design, G. Gerlach features an innovative mix of vintage and contemporary style which is quite expected already considering that the brand was started by actual watch enthusiasts. You could observe creative plays on some of the watches' dial, hands, bezel and hour markers; yet they would not go exceedingly far from the norm.
Copernicus was established in 2009 by Marcin Lewandowski and Marek Filipczyk. It was a dream come true for these two friends to have their own watch business. Taking their inspiration from the well-known Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, they decided to launch the watch brand Copernicus .
As the choice of the brand name implies, the company takes pride in its Polish roots. It conforms with the traditional Polish watchmaking and design and fuses them with the designers’ modern creative expression.
The core goal of the men behind the brand name, however, is not just to produce accessories. Rather, they aim to produce timepieces that would be part of stories and would provoke memories and emotions.
Copernicus currently features two collections – the Atlas and the Flagship. Both these collections exude a fresh balance of elegance and simplicity perfect for business and formal events.
Quite older than Copernicus, Polpora was introduced in the watchmaking industry in 2006 by Krzystof Janczak. Krzystof envisioned of a watch company that will restore the dormant tradition of Polish watchmaking. This has become a reality when Polpora was established in Zielona Gora.
Since then, Polpora has continued on producing only premium quality mechanical timepieces incorporated with Swiss precision. These products were made possible by local Polish craftsmen who accomplish the full assembly of the watch components only in Poland.
As mentioned, Polpora takes pride in manufacturing and distributing exclusively mechanical watches – automatic and manual-wind. All these timepieces feature the integration of modern elegance with Polish history and art. Take for example its latest collections: the Aqua Duo, the Legacy and Muse .
Established in Warsaw, Poland in 2012, Xicorr Watches specializes in creating mechanical timepieces. Their designs are mostly simple, almost minimalist. Yet, the company makes sure that its creations make up in terms of quality and functionality.
Xicorr watches is able to do this since almost all components being used for the timepieces, except for the movement that mostly came from China, are designed and produced in-house. It can easily be said that each of the Xicorr watches is truly Polish down to the core.
Xicorr Watches primary best-seller is the M20. Through the years, it has already added the 200, F125p Akropolis, F125p Akropolis LE, Syrena Sport, Operator, and Garfish to its collections.
Vratislavia Conceptum was not named after its founder. Rather, Vratislavia pertains to the city in Wroclaw, Poland where the timepieces originate. Regardless, Vratislavia Conceptum was established by Marcin Karolewski quite recently, in 2012 to be exact.
Karolewski's main motivation behind establishing the Vratislavia brand is his personal interest in watches. His watch collection grew until such time that he was no longer able to find more watches to love at a reasonable price. As with other watch enthusiasts, this propelled Karolewski to start his own brand.
In view of this, Vratislavia Conceptum only produced timepieces that are personally pleasing and reasonably priced for the founder.
BlonieThe Blonie watch brand started in October 24, 1959 in Warsaw West County, Poland; although its history goes a little further back to 1956 when it was decided to produce wristwatches. Its license to do so was given by the Soviet and so the parts used for its first watches were also Soviet-made. Some of its watches such as the Baltyk, Blonie, Dukat, Lech, and Wars quickly became popular.
After a decade, Blonie stopped its production. From 1956 until the end of 1966, the brand launched more than 1.2 million watches.
Yet, the brand came back to the watch industry in 2014. Blonie returned with the modern twist of the cult watch. For its succeeding timepieces, the brand preserves the original aspects of its watches produced in the 60s while integrating contemporary designs and modern technology. With such combination added with premium quality, watch enthusiasts of all ages could appreciate Blonie timepieces, especially those who prefer Polish design.
Since its comeback, Blonie has produced timepieces that will be perfect for any occasion – from formal down to casuals.
You might also encounter this brand, Chronos-Art, as you search for Polish timepieces. It was indeed a Polish watch brand started by Pawel Jankowski from Lodz, Poland.
Chronos-Art timepieces are aesthetically designed and would’ve been widely popular especially in Poland. Unfortunately, the brand has already stopped its production.
The Polish watch brands we mentioned here, although not widely-known yet, are great in their own respective crafts. Some focused on design, while others highlighted their functionality. Regardless, their quality will surely not disappoint.
Also, if you are a watch enthusiast or collector, having a timepiece from any of these brands can greatly expand the variety of your collection. You may also be interested in other EU countries such as Spanish watch brands or Italian watch brands.