This 10-piece Limited Edition, created exclusively for Define Watches, is the result of collaboration between renowned, independent watch manufacturers Dornblüth & Sohn and master watch ennobler Jochen Benzinger.
Having worked in the same field for decades, both houses hold a deep respect for each other, so when asked by Define to join together to form a stunning new timepiece, both Dirk and Jochen jumped at the chance.
The objective of the project was to create a collection of beautifully ennobled, one-off timepieces that were based upon robust, in-house calibres. By adhering to this goal, it was possible to create unique, bespoke watches with investment potential that are perfectly suited to functional everyday wear.
Maintaining the Dornblüth DNA was a critical factor in the design, hence the typical D&S case structure and base calibre. In his own words, Jochen Benzinger brings “soul to the piece by opening and embellishing the movement”.
The Caliber • Based upon the Dornblüth & Sohn 99.1 in-house calibre • fully hand-skeletonised and hand engraved by master watch ennobler Jochen Benzinger
Movement • Details of the base movement Cal. 99.1: diameter: 37 mm • height: 4.4mm • 20 rubies • oversized eccentric second display, indirectly driven below the train by means of an intermediate gear, with friction spring and cantilevered second pinion • power reserve 50 hours (+/-5%) • 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour • roségold plated three-quarter plate with yellow gold hand-graving of manufactory name and serial number • Geneva stripe finish • retracing ratchet • double sunburst finish on the crown wheels
Case • solid nickel-free stainless steel, polished / burnished, double screw union • diameter: 42 mm • height: 11.5 mm • 1.6 mm sapphire glass on top, slightly domed and anti-reflected inside • screwed sapphire glass base • oversized crown with embossed manufactory name
Dial • frosted sterling silver, hand-guilloched dial with opening at 8 o’clock to afford view to ennobled escapement and movement within
Screws • flat polished, heat-blued with beveled edges • Glucydur screw balance with Nivarox-1- Spring • swan-neck fine adjustment on the hand-engraved balance cock
Hands • steel, hand-polished and flame-blued
Strap • high-quality alligator leather, hand-stitched – various colours available
As these pieces are created individually we can offer the opportunity to be involved in the design of your timepiece. Aspects that can be customised include: style of ennobling (floral or engine), colour scheme of parts (gold or rhodium plated), and the addition of your initials into the movement engraving. One piece should always be on stock at Define Watches however, in the case of customised pieces, delivery time is between 3-6 months.
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Watch shown on a 180mm / 18cm wrist.
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.