Though GRIEB & BENZINGER will soon be presenting the highlight of its year – a tourbillon minute repeater – the boutique brand first introduces a real treat dedicated to fans of special chronographs.
The BLUE OCEAN is a skeletonized monopusher chronograph based on a column wheel chronograph movement from 1926 housed in solid platinum with a guilloché platinum crown button.
At 47 mm in diameter, this watch is a design statement on the wrist and, as usual, an absolutely unique piece in which countless hours have been invested in restoration, hand-skeletonization, hand-engraving, and guilloché in order to create this masterpiece of time.
In typical GRIEB & BENZINGER manner, the historical movement within this oeuvre has been awakened to enjoy a new life.
The company’s typical blue platinum coating of the base plate has also found its way into this new unique piece. The base plate was first hand-skeletonized to its barest minimum and the case back hand-guilloché before being coated with the blue platinum developed by GRIEB & BENZINGER.
Every single bridge and cock was hand guilloché, hand-engraved and rhodium or rose gold-plated. Even the wheels were guilloché, and the heads of all 34 steel screws were polished by hand and classically tempered a cornflower blue over an open flame. The 26-jewel movement is outfitted with a Breguet compensation screw balance with blued hairspring.
A skeletonized dial with a rare Breguet frosted finish and overlapping displays in the characteristic GRIEB & BENZINGER style unequivocally shows the skeletonized movement and the blue platinum-coated base plate, another signature element of GRIEB & BENZINGER.
Rings that seem to flow into one another, yet simultaneously display their functions in clearly defined zones, dominate the dial – which additionally shows the hours and minutes on an inner dial ring in addition to the separate displays for seconds and 30-minute totalizer at 3 and 9 o’clock respectively and the stop-seconds of the chronograph on a scale just inside the bezel.
The BLUE OCEAN is yet another outstanding one-of-a-kind-watch by luxury watch manufacturer GRIEB & BENZINGER in the tradition of the boutique brand’s masterpieces.
As usual, there will only be one lucky timepiece enthusiast worldwide to have the pleasure of wearing this exclusive timepiece on his or her wrist – whose price is structured along the usual GRIEB & BENZINGER level in the six-digit euro region.
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