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Kärntner Strasse: Watch shopping

The most famous shopping street in central Vienna, Kärntner Strasse is a magnet for lovers of luxury goods. Among other things, it is home to some of the finest watch stores in the world, with brands including Rado, Omega and Bucherer. To help you decide where to head, we’ve picked the street’s five best watch boutiques

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With a reputation for quality, Omega has always been a pioneer in its field; its watches have even been relied upon by astronauts. Thankfully, its range of prestige watches, including the Constellation, Seamaster and De Ville lines, are available to those without experience of space exploration.

Wagner, Kärntner Strasse 32, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 512 0512

As the creator of the world’s first scratch-resistant watch, Swiss brand Rado has often been at the forefront of timepiece innovation. Though technology plays a big part in Rado’s appeal, the brand doesn’t stint on design, providing a stylish range of watches for both men and women.

Rado, Kärntner Strasse 18, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 512 2516

Wempe has grown from modest beginnings in the German town of Elsfleth to become one of the most respected names in the global luxury market. Making its reputation thanks to fine craftsmanship, reliability and design, Wempe nevertheless offers a comprehensive care package on its watches, including a worldwide repair service.

Wempe, Kärntner Strasse 41, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 512 3322

One of today’s leading watch makers, Swiss brand Swatch has managed to maintain its fashionable reputation since its launch in 1983. Slim and eye-catching designs are the brand’s signatures, as well as the excellent craftsmanship and durability of the watches themselves.

Swatch, Kärntner Strasse 12, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 512 9616

Still family-run after more than 100 years in business, Switzerland’s Bucherer stands out in the watch-making world for its sense of tradition and the unbeatable quality of its products. Its boutique on Kärntner Strasse stocks its impressive range of luxury watches, serving a discerning clientele.

Bucherer, Kärntner Strasse 2, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 512 6730



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