Benzinger’s classic beauty… the Full Skeleton Floral is simply breathtaking.
The swirls and flourishes of the floral motive are enhanced by complementary engraving to create a sense of fluidity within the movement. The subtle use of rose gold, offset by flame-blued hands and screws results in an elegant and classically charming timepiece.
The true appeal of the Full Skeleton collection is the absence of a dial thus allowing the movement to take centre stage. A generous sapphire crystal case front and exhibition case back facilitate light flow through the movement providing glimpses to the inner workings of the watch. The classic floral engraving and skeletonising technique, skillfully applied to the manual calibre, ad flourish and charm. An elegant rose gold-plated coating, applied to all parts of the movement, further enhances the light play on the interconnecting parts to create a captivating spectacle when the timepiece is in motion. Setting the movement in a polished steel case perfectly frames it for maximum viewing pleasure.
This is a timepiece for true watch connoisseurs who appreciate the art of watchmaking as well as its beauty.
- High-grade steel case made in Pforzheim with smooth bezel and screwed-in strap lugs, diameter of 42mm
- ETA 6498 manual winding movement, completely skeletonized, engraved and engine-turned by hand
- Flame-blued “Breguet”-type steel hands, flame-blued screws
- Setting lever jumper skeletonized with “JB”
- No dial which makes it possible to completely see through to the movement
- Onion crown
- Alligator leather strap (hand-sewed), 22 mm, with double folding clasp
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.
NB: Small parts and movement components may vary depending upon construction parameters.