Skip to main content

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

These limited-edition watches are made with actual pieces of the Berlin Wall

There's a quartz and an automatic version

Wind of Change watch face
Col & MacArthur

The masses remember many different moments in history as turning points in the path humans take. Some take us toward destruction, like the development of the atomic bomb, and others take us closer to serenity and peace, like the end of World War II. Some lead to others, some seem isolated, but all create lasting impacts on our collective memory and view of the world. The style and the fashion industry are not immune to those moments and will create garments and entire style trends from them. From WWII-inspired coats and boots to the lasting impact it has on men’s watches with the best field watches and pilot watches.

One of the more recent events that shaped our world today was the end of the Cold War and the way the fall of the Berlin Wall signified a reunification of a Germany ripped apart for half a century. Many industries created their own interpretations of the time, from movies and books to politics and music. Wind of Change by The Scorpions became the anthem by which we celebrated the unification of Germany after years of post-war division. Now, Col & MacArthur offers the Wind of Change watch, which finds a way to remind us all of a time when we overcame division to become united once again.

Man kneeling wearing Wind of Change watch
Col & MacArthur

The Wind of Change watch honors the timeless song

The song’s release coincided with the fall of the Berlin Wall and spoke to both sides of the geopolitical conflict. It symbolized a desire for freedom in the East, a sign of the progression into a new era. To the Western block of the conflict, it represented a hope for a peaceful coexistence, one that seemed on the edge of failure since the fall of Nazi Germany. With a song that hit so hard and helped shape the zeitgeist of a generation, it’s only natural that it gets a moment in the sun with the new watch.

At the three o’clock position sits an authentic string from a guitar The Scorpions played on stage during their 2023 tour. On your wrist will sit an actual instrumental piece used to play the iconic song, collected at the end of every show. This is a truly unique watch experience.

Man wearing Wind of Change watch
Col & MacArthur

The Wind of Change watch remembers the time of unity

The time of the fall of the Berlin Wall was a time of hope when we as a people overcame a half-century of political conflict. While we came together to triumph in WWII, we couldn’t agree on a way to move forward, and the capitalist vs. communist battle began. With Germany caught in the middle, it nearly took us to the brink of nuclear war. When the wall fell, East and West united for the first time in a half-century, filling us all with the hope that we could triumph again.

The Wind of Change watches for men pay tribute to that time as well, with an authentic piece of the Berlin Wall occupying the entire right half of the watch faces. Each piece is entirely unique and reminds you every day that, no matter the conflict, there is always a path to peace and compromise.

Editors' Recommendations

Mark McKee
Mark is a full-time freelance writer and men's coach. He spent time as a style consultant and bespoke suit salesman before…
G-SHOCK collaborates with eco-friendly Cordura Eco Fabrics for 3 new watches
Cordura teams up with G-SHOCK for three sustainable watches
G-SHOCK Cordura Eco Fabrics collaboration watches

In the realm of watches for men, G-SHOCK has long been synonymous with rugged durability and cutting-edge design. Now, they've taken their commitment to innovation one step further by teaming up with Cordura Eco Fabrics to create three new timepieces that not only elevate style but also champion sustainability. The fusion of G-SHOCK's iconic toughness with Cordura's eco-friendly materials marks a significant milestone in the world of watchmaking, offering consumers a compelling blend of style, functionality, and environmental consciousness.
The new G-SHOCK collaboration with Cordura Eco Fabrics
G-SHOCK watches have always stood out for their toughness, making them the go-to choice for adventurers, athletes, and fashion-forward individuals alike. The collaboration with Cordura Eco Fabrics adds another layer of significance to these timepieces by incorporating sustainable materials into their construction.

Indeed, in a world where environmental consciousness is increasingly prioritized, the utilization of Cordura Eco Fabrics underscores G-SHOCK's dedication to reducing its ecological footprint while maintaining the high standards of quality and performance that enthusiasts have come to expect.

Read more
Breitling debuts limited-edition Chronomat ahead of Super Bowl LVIII
Breitling Chronomat B01 42 Super Bowl LVIII Edition
Breitling Chronomat B01 42 Super Bowl LVIII on wrist

Breitling, the renowned Swiss watchmaker synonymous with precision engineering and timeless luxury, has once again captured the attention of horology enthusiasts with the release of its latest watch. Just in time for the excitement surrounding Super Bowl LVIII, Breitling unveiled the limited-edition Chronomat B01 42.

In the United States, Breitling stands out as a perennial favorite. Despite its Swiss origins, this brand has cultivated a strong presence in the American market, often crafting exclusive models for its stateside clientele. Now, as anticipation mounts for Super Bowl LVIII, Breitling unveils a special tribute to America's premier sporting event and its enduring partnership with former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason.

Read more
The coolest automotive-inspired watches for men who love cars
Auto enthusiasts will need to add one of these watches to their collection
Omega Speedmaster Racing

Watches are some of the most coveted items in a man's arsenal. The right watch can make or break an outfit. The right watch strap can change everything. Among all the watches a man can pick up, a tool watch is one of the most common. An airline pilot keeps us all safe with the best pilot watch in the skies. Explorers the world over discover the wonders of the world with the kind of stellar field watches that keep them on the right path. Military and civilian divers alike uncover long-lost ships and artifacts at the bottom of the oceans with the best dive watches on the market. And, of course, soldiers, cops, and firefighters wear some of the best tactical watches while keeping us safe. One of the unsung heroes of tool watches is the driving watch. And these are some of the best automotive-inspired watches you can find.

Driving as an inspiration
All it is good for is getting us from point A to point B. It takes us from home to work; then, we don't do it again until we get to run out of the office and go back home. But somehow, driving is as deep in the DNA of Americans as apple pie and rebellious tea dumping. Since Henry Ford created the Model T and we began taking drives to clear our heads or take in the sights of some of the most majestic road trips in America, the brands of America have created gear and apparel inspired by it.

Read more