9 Hollow Automaton
Taking inspiration from luxury vehicles, modern architecture and Swiss watches, this Australian brand focuses on men’s watches and will appeal to all the men in your life. Creuz Automatiq was created by Dane Rumble, a musician and jeweler who now lives in Australia.
Producing cool, urban-style watches, the brand offers a range of eye-catching watches. One of the most popular models, The Ghost, features a skeletonized date wheel, an interchangeable strap system and a bold and sturdy case.
8 Haigh and Hastings
Launched in 2014, the Perth-based brand got off to a good start with its first design – the M2 Diver model. Using a Japanese mechanical movement, this piece became an instant classic with features such as a water resistance to 300 meters, a 316L stainless steel case and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
Founded by entrepreneurs Matthew Sears and Simon Haigh, the brand has continued to impress with a range of limited edition watches. Another favorite was the SASR M2, which marks the Golden Jubilee of the Australian Special Air Services Regiment and features a 50th anniversary logo on the steel caseback.
Haigh and Hastings has also produced a number of styles in its Classic line, which feature a number of stylish designs and multiple bracelet options.
Haigh and Hastings
Named after its founders – Joel Davis and Rhys Thomas – JDRT was created by two friends living the dream at Bondi Beach. All of their parts feature a Japanese Miyota (Citizen) movement, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and water-resistant to 100 meters, but the rest? It’s yours.
By offering their customers the ability to customize a watch from their wishlist, the website offers a ‘watch assembler’ platform. Customers can choose from the options of five watch faces and 18 different colored straps – silicone and leather straps are options. But if that’s too much work for you, they also have three pre-made collections, including the super chic Bondi Rose Collection.
6 Bow and stern
Australians are well known for their love of the beach, so it makes perfect sense that this brand launched a collection of watches inspired by an Aussie favorite pastime. Creating collections for men and women, their minimalist and nautical designs are perfectly practical for the weather by the ocean. The brand has also created a number of diving watches for those who want a part that they can still use underwater.
Although they are less expensive than other luxury watches, they do not compromise on style or quality. Hand assembled on Australian turf, Bow and stern the watches are affordable and stylish.
Bow and stern
Watchmaker Nicolas hacko describes his company Rebelde as “the world’s smallest watch brand,” but that doesn’t mean this Sydney-based brand needs to be sniffed. Having arrived on the watchmaking scene in 2013, Hacko launched his own brand in response to the refusal of major Swiss brands to supply spare parts to independent watchmakers.
Surgical-grade stainless steel, titanium or solid gold case, Hacko still uses a Swiss-made Unitas mechanism. But all of its parts are produced locally and each watch is proudly engraved with the slogan “designed, assembled and fitted in Australia”. His passion and hard work is clearly causing a sensation in the world of watchmaking, each model he creates is sold out months before being assembled and the 442 watches currently sold have gone to collectors all over the world.
Proving Australia’s capital isn’t just about politics, this Canberra-based brand arrived on the watch brand scene in 2014. Their vision? Create affordable luxury automatic watches with elegance and precision.
from Erroyl Classic-looking designs were all the rage in the world of watchmaking, with their elegant Heritage and Regent collections quickly making the brand a success. And it’s not just Australians who want them – their timepieces are currently sold in over 50 different countries.
You’d be forgiven for thinking of luxurious sparkly rings with this Sydney jewelry brand, but it’s not the only bling that Bunda To manufacture. Creative Director Ben Bunda met famous watchmakers from all over the world before deciding to create his own limited edition watch.
By teaming up with Christophe Hoppe de Bausele, the duo crafted a stunning, self-winding masterpiece made in Switzerland, with jewelry visible all over the dial and a boulder opal inlay in the crown. Many would say that it remains one of the best Australian watches. Only fifty watches have been made and although there are no plans for a new design at the moment, it is a brand that we are monitoring closely.
2 The Melbourne Watch Company
Also known as MWC, this quality Australian watch brand is known for its stylish, sturdy and high-quality watches. The brand was established in 2013, when it launched its first watch, Flinders, through a successful crowdfunding campaign.
As the popularity grew, Melbourne Watch Company continued to create more designs and collections. True to the Melbourne name, each timepiece is named after a part of the city, such as Hawthorn, Parkville, Portsea, Carlton and Avalon.
Using a Japanese movement, these reasonably priced models are crafted from premium stainless steel and scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
Melbourne Watch Company
Drawing inspiration from the original master watchmakers, the Swiss, Bausele describes himself as “an Australian watch with a Swiss heart”. Founded by Christophe Hoppe, the brand takes the best of both worlds, combining the best Swiss mechanics with signature Australian flair.
One of the brand’s most iconic watches is the Bausele Oceanmoon II – a sporty diving watch that the brand has described as inspired by Australia’s “obsession with the ocean”.
While remaining Australian, Bausele’s collections are named after iconic Australian places such as the Sydney Opera House and Noosa. In addition, each design incorporates an element of Australia, including red earth from the Outback, antique opal or sand from the beach.