Benzinger Moser Pocket watch
Your last chance to own a one-of-a-kind Moser Pocket Watch ennobled by Jochen Benzinger.
This is the final, Moser-original movement from the 1920s that will be offered by Jochen Benzinger. These movements are known for their beauty and are much-coveted for their unique heritage.
A little history…
The original H. Moser & Cie was founded by independent watchmaker, Heinrich Moser.
Heinrich Moser was born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland in 1805. He learned the basic watchmaking craft from his father before going on to continued his horological studies in Le Locle, Switzerland.
In 1828, he founded the original H. Moser & Cie in St. Petersburg, Russia. Early clients of H. Moser & Cie included Russian princes and members of the Russian Imperial Court; Vladimir Lenin also owned a Moser watch. Henry Moser was one of the few Swiss dealers authorised to serve the Russian court/market.
In 1848, Heinrich Moser returned to his hometown of Schaffhausen and established a watch factory there to supply his Russian business. Henry Moser was one of the few authorised Swiss dealers to the Russian court/market. After Moser died in 1874, the company was sold before the Russian business was expropriated in 1918 due to the October Revolution.
The movement in this piece is a genuine Henry Moser lever movement, Swiss pocket watch made in the early 20th century for the Imperial Russian market.
Jochen has added his masterful touches to the heritage movement thus enlivening it for generations to come. The addition of a traditional, hand-guilloched silver dial, flame-blued hands and a completely ennobled: engraved & skeletonised movement make this piece a desirable collection piece. The decision to place the work in a massive 18ct rose gold case ensures its value and worth will be retained as the years tick by.
This is a rare opportunity to own a highly individual timepiece created by two watch greats.
Case: Hand-finished, 43mm, massive, 18ct gold pocket watch case, hand-guilloched
Centreband with geometric design, hand-finished 18ct gold crown,
domed sapphire crystal case front and exhibition case back.
Dial: Hand-guilloched, sterling silver dial with original “Breguet”Frost finish
Base plate: Hand- ngraved, hand-guilloched, hand-skeletonised with
Flame-blued “Breguet”-hands, Timesetting via top-set crown
Movement: 1920s Original, un-used (old-new stock) “Moser” pocket watch
Hand-engraved, hand-guilloched, hand-skeletonised
In-house refinement: Hour & minute set towards 12 o‘clock
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.