Subscription IV Black-Orange
Benzinger’s coveted Subscription IV collection is admired for its classic horological presentation and the incorporation of ennobled finishes such as guilloching and skeletonising.
The Subscription IV Black-Orange offers a very unique interpretation of this traditional timepiece through the bold use of colour and utilisation of a jet-black case.
To balance the impact of the black, DLC-coated, steel case, Jochen has opted to fully open the dial in order to allow bright rhodinised movement parts to flash light throughout the design. Balancing the brightness with black, engraved movement parts ensures balance and integrity. The whole design is made cohesive and unique by the striking use of orange highlights on the hands and dial ring. The adoption of Arabic Numerals also frames this piece in a league of its own in terms of design.
The beautifully hand-engraved and hand-skeletonised manual movement is definitely the centrepiece on this stunning watch with myriad components and details to capture the attention and imagination of its wearer.
The overall effect is strong and individual, combining the best of watchmaking and ennobling with excellent legibility and optimal performance.
A truly unique piece for someone who knows their style and appreciates the classics.
Case: High-grade, Pforzheimer stainless steel, Black DLC-coated, 42 mm, flat crown, sapphire crystal case front and back
Dial: Sterling silver, hand-guilloched, hand-skeletonised, black PVD-coated with orange Arabic numerals and indices & Breguet stripe design, features an opening viewport to hand-guilloched base plate
Base plate: Hand-guilloched and hand-skeletonised with grey Rhodium-plated sections
Movement: ETA-6498-manual wind with in-house refinements such as flame-blued screws, hand-guilloching and hand-skeltonising. Hour/Minute dial set towards 12 o’clock.
Band: Hand-made, alligator band, screw-in lug fittings, stainless steel deployment 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.