A tribute to A. Lange & Sohne: GRIEB & BENZINGER Blue Merit Tourbillon
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    A tribute to A. Lange & Sohne: GRIEB & BENZINGER Blue Merit Tourbillon

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    For their latest masterwork, German watchmakers Grieb & Benzinger have paid tribute to Saxony legends A. Lange & Sohne by including an extremely rare and much sought after movement, Calibre L 902.0 from the A. Lange & Söhne Tourbillon Pour le Mérite of which only 200 pieces exist.

    At the time of its introduction in 1994, it was a world first; a tourbillon designed according to Abraham-Louis Breguet’s patent of 1801 combined with vintage chain-and-fusée transmission. The movement provides constant torque and a steady rate even if mainspring is winding down.
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    Christened The Blue Merit, GRIEB & BENZINGER has released the watch just in time for A. Lange & Sohne’s 20th anniversary of their relaunch in 1994. The masters of skeletonisation at GRIEB & BENZINGER spent 12 months painstakingly cutting away all superfluous components to achieve the grace and beauty of the watch's fine lines, transforming it into the beautiful Blue Merit.
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    The movement was comprehensively modified to GRIEB & BENZINGER’s own elaborate style. The fine guilloché on the plates and bridges necessitated moving original drillings by less than one-twentieth of a millimetre. This required the movement to be carefully disassembled, reassembled, and tweaked several times to guarantee the proper functioning of the great number of components and hidden bolts and pins. Every single element was skeletonised by hand, guilloché by hand and coated with rhodium and rose gold. Even the gear wheels were also embellished with guilloché.

    Finally, the base plate was coated with blue platinum, a signature element of every single, unique GRIEB & BENZINGER piece.

    The GRIEB & BENZINGER Blue Merit Tourbillon is crafted in platinum and is a one off piece that will sell for US$530,000 (EUR385,000).

    Visit the GRIEB & BENZINGER website
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    Re: A tribute to A. Lange & Sohne: GRIEB & BENZINGER Blue Merit Tourbillon

    Now THAT'S a homage!
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    Re: A tribute to A. Lange & Sohne: GRIEB & BENZINGER Blue Merit Tourbillon

    It's beyond me how you turn something this classy and beautifully simple and functional....



    into something this horrid...
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    Re: A tribute to A. Lange & Sohne: GRIEB & BENZINGER Blue Merit Tourbillon

    IMO, some things just aren't meant to be "homaged." Looking at those two pics, it's a matter of something going from bad to worse for me.

    All the best.

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    into something this horrid...
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    Re: A tribute to A. Lange & Sohne: GRIEB & BENZINGER Blue Merit Tourbillon

    If it was on you wrist, it would take a chisel to get it off.

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    Re: A tribute to A. Lange & Sohne: GRIEB & BENZINGER Blue Merit Tourbillon

    Quote Originally Posted by Watchbreath View Post
    If it was on you wrist, it would take a chisel to get it off.
    It might take more than that, for only by some unnatural witchcraft would it get there to begin with. LOL
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    Re: A tribute to A. Lange & Sohne: GRIEB & BENZINGER Blue Merit Tourbillon

    At that price range, I rather get a patek minute repeater or something.
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    A tribute to A. Lange & Sohne: GRIEB & BENZINGER Blue Merit Tourbillon

    I like Benzinger's engravings...considering a 3/4 Rose Skelett



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    Re: A tribute to A. Lange & Sohne: GRIEB & BENZINGER Blue Merit Tourbillon

    Not really my cup of tea, but the workmanship looks amazing. I think it would really make a good choice for a Russian oligarch.
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    Re: A tribute to A. Lange & Sohne: GRIEB & BENZINGER Blue Merit Tourbillon

    Here comes a very honest post from me about my favorite brand ALS. Even though this is ALS and I should immediately feel an urge to disagree with the harsh criticism in the earlier posts in this thread, I don't. The original ALS was a sell out which I would argue likely sacrificed their aesthetic for marketing purposes in the Asian market (note there are definately watch purchasers with taste in Asia, but the luxury watch makers seem obsessed with selling high margin, low/no gain, exposed tourbillons in Asia).

    Earlier this year I learned many people with knowledge of watch engineering far beyond mine believe a tourbillon, especially of of this design, does literally nothing but transform useful power reserve into friction and heat on a wristwatch.

    This ALS was almost as wrong as when ALS rushed the Grand Lange 1 to market using the movement from the Lange 1 which created overlap issues on the face. This move violated their brands new watch, new movement policy.

    If I ignore all of those issues for a moment, the homage is a gaudy disaster which goes against all of ALS' design principals. It is as if someone handed a limited production ALS to an aspiring and talented watchmaker and ordered them to transform it into a piece fitting of a Russian Federation oligarch.
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