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This piece was a veritable work of art and can be created with any motive you desire. The bezel and lugs are set with Top Wesselton diamonds, the case and bezel is made of massive 18ct white gold and the image is set onto a white mother-of-pearl dial. It is not only a fully functional timepiece but also a miniature work of art for the wrist. Let your imagination run wild… if you dare!
Ground dial: Mother of pearl
Top dial: Four colored hand-engraved and hand-skeletonized dragon motive
(design made on customer demand)
Coated with black PVD
Guilloché and skeletonized by hand
Coated with gold
ETA-6498-manual winding movement
Guilloché, engraved and skeletonized by hand
Coated with gold
Flameblued leaf shaped hands
Hand-sewed white alligator leather strap
Handmade 750/000 18 kt gold pin buckle
750/000 18 kt white gold case made in Pforzheim
Screwed-in bezel and strap lugs carry 80 diamonds
Diameter of 42 mm
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.