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Friday, February 10, 2012

Blue sensations: Grieb & Benziger’s $1.5m Singapore watch sale

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German watch restoring experts Grieb & Benzinger undoubtedly picked the right  venue to preview over $1.5m worth of one of a kind platinum watches. After all, Singapore is one of the few places on the planet which actually has people that can afford them.

In an exclusive preview, a select clientele from Rolls-Royce Motorcars and Revolution Magazine had the opportunity to glimpse two world firsts.

The first, the Blue Danube, a skeletonised minute repeater split-seconds chronograph, the second, the Blue Whirlwind, a unique tourbillon minute repeater.

As for the third watch, the Blue Sensation is the only split-seconds skeletonised regulator chronograph on the market.

Each of these one of a kind watches is based on a rare Patek Philippe calibre, fully disassembled, modified and recreated in the signature style of Grieb & Benzinger.

Their creation and restoration took over twelve months to create solid platinum cases with a combined total value of US$ 1,500,000.

Highlights among these unique watches are the refined guilloché, hand-skeletonisation and hand-engraving as well as the skeletonised Sterling silver dials with original Breguet frosted finish.

Blue Danube 

This watch is a 43mm solid platinum skeletonised minute repeater split-seconds chronograph powered by a base movement that was made in about 1890 and fully restored.  120 years old, the restoration involved more than 400 components. The watch retails for US$450,000.

Blue Whirlwind

Probably named for the damage it will do to your bank account. This watch is a tourbillon minute repeater based on the Patek Philippe Calibre R TO 27 PS. This same movement recently sold within a one-of-a-kind Patek Philippe Tourbillon Minute Repeater in stainless steel, which was donated to the Only Watch charity auction in Monaco in September 2011. The hammer fell at 1.4 million Euros. This is the world’s first watch powered by a visible tourbillon movement by Patek Philippe. In addition, a wheel visible on the back replaces the original gold drive wheel for the tourbillon. Value: US$850,000.

Blue Sensation

The Blue Sensation is the only split-seconds skeletonised regulator chronograph on the market with a calibre that was manufactured in 1890 and then fully restored and technically modified.

With a 49mm diameter and a total weight of 230 grams, this luxurious watch retails at a relatively affordable US$ 260,000.

Whichever wealthy guest managed to bag one of these watches, they can rest assured they own a unique timepiece.

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