Technical, boundary-pushing and unique timepieces are the speciality of small independent watchmakers, but as the watch industry continues to sail through choppy economic waters it is this art form that is most at risk.

Our Independent Watchmaker of the Year contenders all exhibit the kind of tenacity and ingenuity required to stand up to the biggest horological brands on the planet.

Not only do they deserve our utmost respect for battling against the status quo, but they are a hotbed of watchmaking talent and incredibly exciting designs.

Find out more about who made the shortlist below – or check out more independent watch brands at SIHH.

Which brand should win the Independent Watchmaker Award?

To vote on other categories, visit the Watch Awards Homepage