CIRCULA is a German watch brand that produces mechanical timepieces inspired by the great horology traditions of Pforzheim. Located in the Black Forest region of Germany, Pforzheim is a historic centre renowned for its jewellery and watchmaking industries.
This brand’s origins can be traced back to 1955, when Heinz Huber founded a company in Pforzheim to design, manufacture and sell watches of his own.
Heinz Huber was a member of the Huber family that owned the jewelry and watch wholesaler Huber & Co. since 1926. After the Second World War, he decided to revive his family business of trading watches and jewelry as well as to set up a watch making company. In 1955, Heinz Huber founded the watch brand Circula.
In 2017, the brand Circula was re-launched by Cornelius Huber, the grandson of Heinz Huber. Cornelius launched an online crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds to produce a modernized new edition of the Circula watches.
The campaign was successful. The relaunch collection featured vintage inspired, Swiss quartz movement powered wristwatches featuring elegant and minimalistic design. After this campaign, Circula introduced new mechanical timepieces equipped with automatic and hand-wound calibers. Cornelius Huber’s father Klaus-Dieter Huber continues to help him in the business.
Some of the Circula mechanical watch models are equipped with the original in-house movements from the legendary German movement manufactory Pforzheimer-Rohwerke GmbH (P.U.W). These meticulously crafted mechanical hand-wound and automatic watches belong to the brand’s limited Heritage collection.
Cornelius Huber secured this rare treasure of New Old Stock (NOS) made 100% in Germany movements from a collector. All individual parts were manufactured in the late 1970s by P.U.W. (Pforzheimer Uhren Rohwerke GmbH) exclusively in Germany, in the city of Pforzheim. Interestingly, the mechanical movements from P.U.W. were already used in Circula’s first watches in 1955.
The historic and precise movements are assembled by hand, carefully regulated and encased in modern, high-grade stainless-steel cases with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Circula has also designed the dials especially for the Heritage collection. These valuable movements are constructed for a long life with high precision. In addition to the movements, Circula was able to secure enough spare parts to ensure long-term service.
The design of the modern Circula watches is based on the first models from the 1950s, with domed and anti-reflective sapphire crystal, multiple screwed sapphire crystal case back and dials with hand-applied indexes. The watches are built in Pforzheim – from the first movement screw to the encasing.
For those who prefer a modern movement, Circula offers the non-limited Classic collection with the very reliable Japanese Miyota 9015. In addition to the Heritage and Classic collections, the brand also offers quartz watches (Retro Quartz Collection) equipped with Swiss Ronda movements.
The Circula watches – named after the circulating balance wheel in mechanical timepieces – are available through the brand’s online shop.
Circula Retro Quartz Collection
This collection offers elegant quartz timepieces inspired by the 1950s designs. These watches are powered by Swiss Made Ronda quartz calibers. Available with different color themes of case and dial, these timepieces are fitted with a matching leather strap, textile strap or a mesh bracelet.
Made from stainless steel 316L, the watch case measures 39mm diameter and 8mm thickness (11mm with glass).
Each Retro Quartz watch is fitted with a double-domed, extra hardened K1 mineral glass. Retail price starts at 125 €.
Circula Classic Automatic Collection
These minimalistic, modern automatic watches feature slim stainless steel case measuring 39 mm diameter and 10.1 mm thickness. The watch is available in stainless steel case versions with anthracite, blue or silver dials as well as in a rose gold PVD coated version featuring a silver dial.
Equipped with the customized and regulated Miyota 9015 self-winding movement, the Classi automatic timepieces are handmade in Pforzheim in accordance with the Made in Germany hallmark. The watch is topped with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal double domed glass with double anti-reflective and anti-fingerprint coatings.
The self-winding movement can be admired through the sapphire crystal caseback. The Classic automatic watch comes with a leather strap handmade in Germany or a mesh bracelet with quick exchange system. Retail price starts at 328 €.
Circula Heritage Collection (Hand-Wound & Automatic)
Handmade in Pforzheim by assuring the Made in Germany quality, these limited series mechanical watches are equipped with the NOS movements manufactured by Pforzheimer-Rohwerke GmbH (P.U.W.). The design of this collection was inspired by the first Circula model made in 1955. This historic timepiece was also equipped with a P.U.W. movement.
The Heritage Hand-Wound models are equipped with historical and extremely rare P.U.W. Caliber 561 hand-wound movements made in the 1970s. The Heritage automatic models house the self-winding P.U.W. Caliber 1661 movements, also made in the 1970s.
The watches are crafted from 316L stainless steel. The case of Heritage Hand-wound models measures 39mm diameter and 9.9mm thickness whereas the Heritage automatic models feature 41mm diameter case with 11.8 mm thickness. Both models are also being offered in rose gold PVD variations.
These timepieces are fitted with scratch-resistant, double-curved and double anti-reflective coated sapphire crystals on the top. Each Heritage model features sapphire crystal case-back for admiring the mechanical movement, which is 100% made in Germany.
Each model from this collection is limited to 499 pieces. The limited number is engraved on the case back. The limited edition number is also engraved on the winding rotor of automatic versions and on the barrel bridge of hand-wound versions. The leather strap handmade in Germany features quick exchange system.
Retail price of the Heritage Hand-Wound watch starts at 664 € and Heritage Automatic watch starts at 773 €.