BOTTA design is a German company that operates in two business sectors. On the one hand, BOTTA design develops and sells high-quality wristwatches with high design standards under the BOTTA brand. On the other hand, BOTTA design is active as a service agency in product design.

Founded in 1986 by product and industrial designer Klaus Botta, BOTTA design creates and develops watches with a clear and characteristic design language and special display principles.


The concept of the single-hand watches is an example of this. The UNO (1986) was the first single-hand wristwatch of modern times. With its reduced display, it symbolizes the relaxed approach to time. The portfolio of BOTTA design includes single-hand watches either with a 12h or 24h display as well as multi-hand watches. This results in a product range with extraordinary display principles. The watches are available both as automatic and quartz models.

The design quality of the products has been honoured with more than 60 international design awards, including the „red dot design award“, the „if design award“, and the „good design award“.

Klaus Botta, the founder of BOTTA Design

Klaus Botta founded his design agency in 1986 during his studies. From then on he both designed products for the industry as well as watches.

In the beginning Botta developed wristwatches for Junghans, Bestform, Watch People and other brands. During this time design classics such as the UNO, the Junghans-Solar-1, the TRES, the Titan-1, the IKON or the HELIOS were created. Since 1999 he has been selling his watches under his own name. Klaus Botta has been living in Königstein im Taunus since 2003.

Klaus Botta, the founder of BOTTA Design
Klaus Botta, the founder of BOTTA Design, with his team

Klaus Botta first studied technical physics at the University of Bayreuth. This was followed by studies in industrial design and product design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) in Offenbach. Botta attached great importance to practical orientation from the very beginning. He regularly enhanced his academic qualifications with demanding Internships in the fields of metal, wood and plastics processing as well as aircraft construction.

He completed further internships in the design department of Adam Opel AG in Rüsselsheim and with Albrecht Graf Goertz, designer of the legendary BMW 507. Curiosity is an important drive for visionaries like Klaus Botta. He views life from a generalist perspective, but also has an eye for every detail. This is how products and watches with a high degree of innovation are created in his design studio.


UNO (1986)

In 1986 Klaus Botta revolutionized the perception of time: The UNO was the first one-hand wristwatch of modern times. As original of one-hand watches, it has long been a design classic. Its pioneering display principle serves as role model for a complete watch segment. To this day, the principle of the one-hand watch is an essential component in the range of BOTTA design.

Junghans Solar-1 (1994)

At first Klaus Botta did not sell the watches under his own name. He designed numerous watch models for various manufacturers. Among them even established brands like Junghans. The Junghans Solar-1, the first solar wristwatch of the world, was designed by Klaus Botta.

Titan-1 (1993)

In 1993 titanium watch cases were a novelty on the watch market. The Titan-1 was one of the first models with the new material and thus performed pioneering work in this field. It was available through the catalogue of the distributor Pro-Idee and became an absolute bestseller.

Helios, Clavius, Solus (2007)

The series, consisting of three watches, features a special clarity of design. The watches are also characterized by a particularly flat case and therefore appear remarkably light. Here, again, titanium was used as a material.

BOTTA product design

In addition to the development and distribution of watches under the brand „BOTTA“, BOTTA design also works as industrial design office for clients of the most diverse industries. The focus of the projects is on technical design and the design of electronic devices. With its core team of designers and technicians, BOTTA design, together with selected partners, offers a wide range of services from one hand – from design to construction, project management and consulting included.

BOTTA Watch Collection

BOTTA design watches turn time into a special experience. They are characterised by extraordinary display concepts. Single or multi-handed/12-hour or 24-hour display – BOTTA watches encourage a conscious approach to time. At the same time, all watches develop very individual characters through their sensitive design.

BOTTA design places great value on the highest quality right from the choice of materials: Most BOTTA watches are already equipped with a three-part titanium case (Tri-Titanium). The glasses of the watches are made of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

BOTTA Watch Collection

All BOTTA watches are powered by Swiss Made automatic or quartz movements from Swiss brands Ronda or ETA. The design and development department is located in Königstein im Taunus near Frankfurt am Main. The watches are also completely assembled in Germany. The vegetable tanned leather watch straps are also made in Germany.

The brands present collection includes models like UNO (12-hour one-hand watch), NOVA (12-hour one-hand watch), UNO 24 (24-hour one-hand watch), MONDO (GMT watch), TRES (12-hour multi-hand watch) and TRES 24 (24-hour multi-hand watch).

Featured Timepieces

BOTTA watches are available from retailers as well as online and in the company‘s own online shop at

Contact details

BOTTA design
Klosterstraße 15a
61462 Königstein im Taunus



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