Zeitsprung II rose Gold gold with white dial
- High grade steel case made in Pforzheim with fluted bezel, in 750/000 gold
- Diameter of 40 mm
- Kasper 1415 manual winding movement, skeletonized and engine turned by hand, new design on the face with jumping hour
- hour indication in Arabic numerals
- Hand-sewed alligator leather strap with traditional clasp in gold
Jochen Benzinger’s classic interpretation of the ‘Zeitsprung’ jumping hour timepiece is based upon a rare vintage Kasper manual movement from ca. 1970. The movement features a jumping hour displayed in an oversized window at 12 o’clock, a creeping minute display at 6 o’clock and running centre second hand.
The simplicity and elegance of this one-off piece is showcased in a massive rose gold case with hand-fluted bezel and signature Benzinger hand-turned onion crown, offset against a hand-guilloched, ivory dial set under sapphire crystal.
However, the true appeal of this watch is reserved for the wearer. Jochen Benzinger’s genius as a watch ennobler is visible through the sapphire crystal case back which affords a view into the ornately hand-skeltonised movement.
Every aspect of this unique timepiece is about the art of horology – Zeitsprung will be a pleasure to wear and own.
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.