The Black T collection offers legibility through contrast with its reverse print hour indication.
The clever use of an open silver dial, negative white on black hour ring and off-white dial centre create just the right amount of contrast to enhance readability without adding complication. The open small second dial at 6 o’clock provides a view into the skeletonised, black coated movement within – adding a touch of flare to the traditionally set dial.
The two-toned look is often referred to as ‘Tuxedo’ and it isn’t hard to see how this clean and delineated design can work well in a formal setting. Beautifully finished and meticulously ennobled, Jochen Benzinger has once again created a special timepiece of refined elegance.
Sterling Silver guilloché & skeletonized by hand
Ground dial: coated with black PVD
Top dial: Breguet Frost Finish & ribbon & barley pattern guilloche
Coated with black PVD
Guilloché by hand
ETA-6498-manual winding movement
Open hour wheel, open small second
Guilloché, engraved and skeletonized by hand
Breguet-style steel hands with flame-blued tips
Hand-sewed alligator leather strap
Double folding clasp
Screwed-in strap lugs
High-grade steel case made in Pforzheim
Screwed-in smooth bezel
Diameter of 42mm
Sapphire crystal on both sides
What is the art of Guilloche?
Guilloché (or guilloche) is a decorative technique whereby a very precise, intricate and repetitive pattern is mechanically engraved into an underlying material. It was developed between the 1600-1700s as part of the “royal craft” of art-reversing. From these princely beginnings, the watchmakers of the 18th and 19th century developed the beautiful Guilloche machines, with which, for example, Breguet cut its unique dials. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the court jeweller of the Russian Tsar, Fabergé, brought the art of Guilloche to its fullest perfection. He used the guilloche technique as a base for his famous enamel work, which culminated in the renowned Fabergé eggs. Today, thanks to the renaissance of mechanical clocks and watches, a limited number of high-quality manufacturers are still offering their products with hand-guilloched dials, which are still unmatched in their classic appearance. Jochen Benzinger is a master in this field.
What is the art of engraving?
Engraving is as old as mankind itself. People used cutting tools at all times to decorate jewellery and utensils. The engraving art in Europe in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries reached its climax when armour and weapons were artfully engraved. In the sixteenth century, Albrecht Dürer brought this work to a new heyday when, using the same tools as Jochen Benzinger uses in his studio today, he cut the copper-printing blocks for his famous prints. Nowadays there are very few specialists who know the techniques of this craft. Hand-engraving in horology is a highly valued attribute on any timepiece. Benzinger watches feature this finish with flourish and skill.
What is the art of skeletonising?
Skeletonising is a refinement method for giving a new, individual character to closed movements. Parts of the movement are removed by a goldsmith’s saw to reveal the direct view into and through the mechanical movement. The view of the movement is made possible by a sapphire crystal, exhibition case back in all models. The imbued creative energy of Jochen Benzinger is brought to the fore in his bespoke skeletonising creations. Each piece is skilfully crafted to highlight the beauty of the mechanical movement beating within – a pleasure to observe and a privilege to wear.