Subscription IV Blue-Silver
Benzinger’s Subscription IV collection is adored for its classic horological presentation and the incorporation of ennobled finishes such as guilloching and skeletonising.
The Subscription IV Blue-Silver adds a modern dimension to this classic timepiece through the sophisticated use of colour and contrast.
The flame-blued, base dial sets a dramatic backdrop for the overlayed, black dial insert which in turn acts as a window to the heart of the watch.
The beautifully hand-engraved and hand-skeletonised manual movement takes centre stage on this stunning watch whose elegant Breguet stripes are mirrored in the classic onion crown.
The overall effect is well-balanced and unique, presenting a small masterpiece of watch ennobling by one of the industry greats.
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Case: High-grade, Pforzheimer stainless steel, 42 mm, traditional onion crown, sapphire crystal case front and back
Dial: Sterling silver, hand-guilloched, hand-skeletonised, finished with Breguet stripes and with an opening viewport to guilloched base plate
Base section: polished, guilloched and flame-blued
Upper section: black, PVD-coated with blue Roman Numerals.
Base plate: Rhodinised, hand-guilloched and hand-skeletonised
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 with contrast blue stitching, 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.