Last year was a solid year on the road to recovery for the industry, with several big names dropping interesting pieces that either expand or embellish existing collections. Over in Germany (Glashütte, specifically), many of the greatest watchmakers beyond the Swiss borders have been particularly busy. A strong year for the Germans was rounded off by the truly stunning news that A. Lange & Söhne was to release a stainless steel sports watch. Of course, the Odysseus model would feature on any rundown of the top German tickers of 2019, but where will it land in our top 5? 5. NOMOS Glashütte Club Sport neomatik The quirky in-house manufacture, which calls the former Glashütte train station building home, made some serious strides in 2019. The debut of the DUW 6101 date movement in 2018 expanded the size and scope of NOMOS Glashütte's future ranges, and the emergence of a long-awaited bracelet almost gave rise to a new aesthetic dimension. The Club Sport is one of the first real beneficiaries of these developments. A beautifully clean dial with a black, white and gold colourway pops refreshingly with the red crown collet installed as a visual reminder to screw the crown down…

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