Jaeger & Benzinger Edition 3 Vintage Movement
40 piece limited edition
With its beautifully finished, Breguet-frosted dial and crisp roman numerals, Jaeger & Benzinger’s Edition 3 with vintage FHF 96 movement, exudes classic elegance.
Using traditional watchmaking techniques such as hand-guilloching, hand-engraving and hand-skeletonising, each Jaeger & Benzinger timepiece is unique, thanks to the manual production process adopted to craft each watch individually.
To create the Edition 3, Jochen and Kay acquired 40 original FHF 96 movements which they modified and transformed into the stunning and reliable manual calibre that beats at the heart of each piece in this very special limited edition.
This manually wound calibre features a power reserve of 48 hours, and is only 4.6 mm high. The movement features a balance cock completely hand-engraved as well as engraved plates and bridges hand-worked by Jochen on his antique, rose engines and finished in white rhodium and rose gold to complement the delicate dial.
A Brief History of FHF Movements
The Fabrique d’Horlogerie de Fontainemelon (FHF) was founded in 1793 under the name Benguerel & Humbert. It is the oldest ebauche movement manufacturer in the world.
In 1816, FHF started industrial production of watch movements, and at one point used hydraulic energy from the River Suze together with steam power to create more than 240,000 ebauches annually.
Through a series of mergers and factory modernisation, the company was prosperous until the quartz crisis in the 1970s-80s nearly destroyed all mechanical watch production in Switzerland and Germany. The crisis caused the company to effectively dissolve into ETA in 1985.
The last FHF Calibre 96 movements were produced in the early 1970s and these movements, modified by Jaeger & Benzinger, form the core of the Edition 3 – a nod to the illustrious past of watchmaking by modern masters.
With all Jaeger & Benzinger watches your eye is immediately drawn to the dial.
The aptly-named watch face is entirely hand-crafted, in-house, out of sterling silver. The dial is then hand-guilloched and engraved on historic rose engines by Jochen at a level of craftsmanship and skill that makes him one of the elite in the field of watch ennobling.
To authenticate the look, the hands are flame-blued and set to provide a striking contrast to the engraved silver dial with Roman numerals.
The Edition 3 is fitted in a high-grade, polished stainless steel case made in Pforzheim, Germany and is teamed with a hand-crafted leather band featuring a quick-change spring bar system. Please note: there are several band options available and your selection can be finalised at the time of placing your order, based on available stock.
An added touch
Even the packaging for Jaeger & Benzinger watches is hand-made in Germany, to the highest standards.
Kay Jaeger explains that the inner case, used to store the watch, can also be used as a travel case to protect your watch when you are on the move. It was designed exclusively for Jaeger & Benzinger by a small German specialty manufacturer of leather goods working to Kay’s specifications.
The outside material is made from sturdy, ox leather, while the inside is made from soft deer skin to provide optimal protection for its precious cargo. This case is entirely hand stitched and tanned, and is itself a small work of art.
The outer box, often a throw-away item, is also quite unique. It is made by a master, German book restorer who uses the same techniques to build Jaeger & Benzinger’s outer box that he uses to restore antique book covers. Another example of a fading art preserved by the boutique brand dedicated to bespoke, hand-made quality and design.
• Movement: Manual wind, Calibre Jaeger & Benzinger (based on FHF 96); Ø 25,6 mm, height 4,6 mm; 17 jewels; 18.000 A/h; Hand-engraved balance cock, pearl-satinised and engraved base plate, complete movement rhodinised or gold plated (depending on model), 48 hr power reserve
• Functions: hour, minute, small second
• Case: polished/satinised stainless steel 38mm, height 9.5mm, sapphire crystal, sapphire crystal case back
• Watchstrap: hand-crafted ostrich leather with quick-change-system (variations occur depending on stock and model) Lug width: 20mm
• Dial: sterling silver manufactured in-house. Limited to 40 pieces.
• Options: Movement and dial rhodinised or rose gold-plated or frosted (light version only)
• Warranty: 2 year international warranty