The German luxury watchmaker has recently presented an exclusive version of its Polaris model from their new Boutique collection that was presented early this year. Called Grieb & Benzinger Polaris Black & White, the watches were crafted by a special request from one of their many customers.
As usual, the timekeeper is animated not by some cheap ETA ebauche, but by a heavily reworked Unitas mechanical movement that was taken apart, skeletonized and guilloched by hand, slightly modified and then again put together
According to Grieb & Benzinger, the hand-wound caliber that was originally made by Unitas S.A., was redesigned in order to move the hours and minutes display slightly off-center of the gorgeous dial.
As you may have already noticed, the face of the watch, which is made of sterling silver, too, features an elaborate guilloche pattern that was made not with some fancy CNC tool, but using a real, old-school rose-machine: one of a few remaining in perfect working order.
The body of the watch, as is the winding crown, as well as the pair of chapter rings on the dial, is crafted from solid 18-carat rose gold. Measuring whole 43 millimeters in diameter, the watch is somewhat large by today’s standards, but the size of the timekeeper is probably determined by the fitting diameter of the movement, which is itself not terribly small.
Available both with white or black alligator leather strap, the watch wears an impressive price tag of €39,865.
It is not yet clear, how many timekeepers the brand will produce. Theoretically, Grieb & Benzinger can deliver as many as 100 pieces per year, but the actual production will depend on the level of customer’s demand.
Photos: Grieb & Benzinger
Grieb & Benzinger Polaris Black & White Boutique watch specification
Movement: Manual, Unitas, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: N/A
Movement frequency: N/A
Movement decoration: Skeletonized, guilloched and hand-engraved
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Power reserve: N/A
Case material: Rose gold 750/000
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 43.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Dial: Sterling silver, guilloched
Hour markers: Black
Hands: Steel, blued, Breguet-type
Water resistance: N/A
Strap: White or black alligator leather strap with gold clasp
Case back: Sapphire