Laco Watches Releases The Cuxhaven and The Bremerhaven

By: Kaz Mirza

In December 2018 German watch manufacturer Laco announced the addition of two new pieces to their collection: The vintage navy inspired white dial Cuxhaven and the black dial Bremerhaven.

The basic idea with the Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven is to offer a light dial and dark dial version of a watch that combines characteristics of a 1940s pocket watch as well as a watch resembling a timepiece worn by crew members of the U1 Submarine (according to the brand). I mean, visually speaking the watch certainly captures that vintage appeal with the subseconds dial at 6, classic syringe hands, railroad minute track, and fluted bezel.

The Laco Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven seem like great choices for those in the market for something that looks vintage but features reliable modern construction. The Cuxhaven comes with a 22mm cream colored leather strap while the Bremerhaven features a 22m black leather strap.

Here are the Laco Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven specs:

  • White Dial (Cuxhaven) | Black Dial (Bremerhaven)
  • Sandblasted and polished case
  • 42.5 mm in diameter, 50mm lug to lug, and 13.5 mm thick
  • 22mm lug width
  • Flat sapphire crystal with AR coating
  • 100M Water Resistance
  • Screw down case with with sapphire exhibition window
  • C3 Superluminova
  • Powered by the Manual Wind Laco 98
    • Base ETA 6498.1 (Elaboré)
  • 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty
  • MSRP €980/$1122


 
 

When you really dig into it, you can start to notice inspiration from and varainces within Laco’s current Navy line. The case is very reminiscent of the Laco Valencia, but the crown is different. The dial is very evocative of the Wilhelmshaven pocket watch, but the hands and minute track are slightly different. Ultimately when you get perspective the Laco Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven they do feel like unique offerings within the Laco Nayy line.

For me I’m initially attracted to the watch and I enjoy that feeling of having a very well decorated manual wind movement on my wrist. I also love the fluted bezel and the onion crown. I like how the dial also preserves that stark legibility which many vintage pieces capture so well but while also ensuring some visual interest with the sub seconds dial. However the one aspect of the watch that has me a bit unsure is the size.

At 42mm diameter, 50mm lug to lug, and 13.5mm thick, the Laco Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven may wear a bit larger than one would expect from such a heavily vintage inspired piece. But I suppose that’s part of the appeal. One of the more common complaints about vintage pieces is that they’re too small to be worn in normal rotation these days. So maybe it’s a smart choice to have the Laco Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven wear on the larger side.

I think practically speaking as a brand offering it’s nice to see Laco focusing on more pieces outside the Flieger line recently. With their new diver release last year and now these two new Navy inspired pieces, I’m certainly excited to see them expanding their product offerings.


 

Truth be told there also isn’t really enough real world experiences or interactions for me to draw from. The best we can do is check out the renders and extrapolate from the info that the brand shares. However at first glace I think the watch is certainly quite handsome and if I get the opportunity to do a review of the watch for everyone I’ll be sure to share my insights.

Well, those are my initial thoughts. What does everyone else think? Totally let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Photos courtesy of Laco Watches


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