Put three exceptional watchmakers together: Herman Grieb, a master of oscillation. A passionate collector and watchmaker. Jochen Benzinger, a living icon of movement finishing. A master of skeletonizing, engraving and guilloché. And Georg Bartkowiak, a driving force and incredible designing talent and you have the creative fire, spirit and spark that is the high-end luxury label Grieb & Benzinger Platinum .
They begin 2011 with some stunning new pieces from their second line, Benzinger Boutique.
The new Benzinger Boutique timepieces will surprise even connoisseurs of the high end of watchmaking. Why? Well, up to this point, Benzinger watches have been masterpieces of movement decoration and skeletonization, but now clever modifications to the Benzinger line’s mechanical movements exhibit the same sort of technical know-how that the partners display in the high-end brand Grieb & Benzinger Platinum.
Georg Barkowiak and Jochen Benzinger prove they can walk the fine line between traditional technology and exceptional design, creating handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces with high rarity value, ensuring exclusivity for their future owners.
The new collection comes in solid red gold watch cases of contemporary design and perfect finish. The hand-guilloché bezel and the high gold content of the solid case bear witness to the substantial presence of these new watches.
New Blossom Romantic floral fully skeletonized watch. Movement skeletonized, guilloché and engraved fully by hand, alligator skin strap. Solid 18-karat red gold case, 43mm diameter.
The Benzinger classic is the skeletonized watch. In a red gold case, a view through the new skeletonized timepiece New Blossom shows exactly how Jochen Benzinger has created a romantic floral work of art by hand. The New Blossom model, housed in a 43mm case, is not only for men, it could equally grace the wrist of the modern woman.
On the other hand the new models Regulator Pharos and Polaris are distinctly masculine. Both watches come with a specially modified mechanical movement that was altered using self-manufactured components.
THE REGULATOR PHAROS
Regulator Pharos: Closed guilloché Sterling silver dial with white Breguet frosted finish and applied red gold skeletonized dial, semi-skeletonized movement skeletonized, guilloché and engraved fully by hand, in-house movement modification (double modified regulator display), alligator skin strap. Solid 18-karat red gold case, 43mm diameter. (€ 31,000)
It immediately catches the eye simply because there has never been a regulator that has arranged its hour and minute hands in just this way. The dial comprises various parts decorated in typical Benzinger style. The hand-guilloché base dial crafted in solid Sterling silver shines with a white Breguet frosted finish, a finishing technique that is currently only in use by Jochen Benzinger. The functional skeletonized part of the dial is crafted in 18-karat red gold, as is the solid 43mm case.
Polaris: guilloché and partially skeletonized Sterling silver dial with white Breguet frosted finish and applied red gold skeletonized dial, semi-skeletonized movement skeletonized, guilloché and engraved fully by hand, in-house movement modification (modification of hour and minute display), alligator skin strap. Solid 18-karat red gold case, 43 mm diameter.
Designed to delight fans of visible technology; the focus of this watch is its hour and minute display, which floats above the dial, including the small seconds display at 6 o’clock. The guilloché base dial is crafted using the same methods as the dial of the Regulator Pharos. The half-skeletonized dial allows a view of the modifications of the hour and minute display. Also like the Regulator Pharos, the skeletonized part of the dial and the 43mm case are crafted in 18-karat red gold.
The movements of the Regulator Pharos and Polaris models are decorated in the new, technical style of Jochen Benzinger; superb guilloché, hand-skeletonization, and hand-engraving as far as the eye can see. Because of the sheer quantity of hand-crafted elements, only 100 customised timepieces can be created per year.
Jochen Benzinger is acknowledged as the leading specialist worldwide for hand-skeletonized timepieces and guilloché work. Watch movements are skeletonized, guilloché, hand-engraved, and even sometimes technically modified by hand in his workshop in a traditional manner using special historical machines and tools. This allows him to create his own typical style of horological art. For many years, Benzinger and business partner Georg Bartkowiak have manufactured chiefly for big brands such as IWC, Fabergé, Chronoswiss and Tourneau.
See how the stunning Benzinger Boutique Collection is made