Old world charm for the modern man
Master ennobler, Jochen Benzinger combines his skills as an engraver with his aesthetic eye, to create a unique pocket watch with vintage movement.
The sterling silver dial is hand-guilloched with the barley & ribbon pattern and finished with a Breguet Frost treatment adding an element of elegance. The manual Moser movement from the 1920s within is hand engraved, skeletonised and guilloched. The hour/minute and small second dials balance each other to the top and bottom of the dial. The elegant off-white dial features smart flame-blued Breguet style hands and Roman Numerals in homage of the heritage of these beloved fob-style timepieces.
The entire piece is presented in a massive 18ct gold case with hand-turned crown, sealing the exclusivity of this piece for generations to come. The combination of rare vintage movement, renowned work by Master Watch Ennobler Jochen Benzinger and precious case material ensures this pocket watch will increase in value as the years tick by.
Sterling Silver guilloché & skeletonized by hand
Guilloched barley pattern & ribbon guilloche
Breguet Frost Finish
Engraved, skeletonized and guilloché by hand
New “Moser”-pocket watch movement from the 1920s
Engraved, skeletonizedand guilloché by hand
In-house redesign: Hour and minute moved towards 12 o‘clock
Breguet-style steel hands with flame-blued tips
Pusher on top allows moving of the hands
Hand-made, massive 18ct gold pocket watch case with hand-guilloched centre section
Hand-made crown, hand-guilloched, 18 ct gold
Vaulted Saphirglas sapphire glass on top and bottom
Diameter of 43 mm
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.