Our German friends have just revealed their new Grieb & Benzinger Blue Ocean Skeletonized Monopusher Chronograph ultra-luxury wrist watch, which is presented in a beautifully finished oversized case crafted from solid platinum and features an astonishing amount of skeletonization, all done exclusively by hand.
As usual, the highly exclusive timepiece is powered by a historic mechanical movement. In this particular case, it is a column-wheel chronograph caliber that was produced more than 85 years ago in 1926 and, judging by the size of it, was supposed to power a pocket watch.
As usual (again,) the German watchmaker doesn’t go into details regarding the name and origin of the caliber, but this seems to be completely excusable, since, after the process of extensive restoration, skeletonization and hand-decoration (every single piece of the caliber was decorated in one way or another) there is not too much left of the base caliber (judging by the look of it, I first assumed that the mechanism in question was the good old Longines 13.33Z or some of its very close relatives -after all, the caliber was in production from 1910s to 1930s- but this particular beast is built on whole 26 rubies, which is twice as more than jewel count on the aforementioned Longines; well, I think I’ll keep looking.)
As I have already mentioned, the movement is packed into a platinum body, which, at a gargantuan size of 47 millimeters, will dwarf a great number of other “oversized” vintage-inspired timekeepers.
Of course, it is not the size that matters; it is how you use it.
Carefully alternating mirror-polished and satin-finished surfaces, the body of the watch sports Grieb & Benzinger’s signature guilloched bezel, as well as a nicely executed winding crown, which is combined with a single push-piece (also guilloched) that operates all chronograph functions.
The prominent dial of the watch that sports the legendary Breguet frosted finish on it (again, another trademark feature of G&B,) has three overlapping data displays with the central ring with black Roman numerals on it telling current hours and minutes. A pair of sub-dials at 3 o’clock and 9 hours is reserved for a 30-minute chronograph counter and a small seconds display respectively.
Thankfully, an almost inevitable tachymeter scale, which is usually placed either on the bezel itself or on a bezel flange, is totally omitted here in favor of a chronograph seconds scale.
Grieb & Benzinger stays mum about the estimated price of the watch only stating that it will be set in the “usual” for the German brand “six-digit euro region.” But even if you can afford one, you will not be able to buy this particular model, since, like all their one-offs, this gorgeous Grieb & Benzinger Blue Ocean was crafted for an undisclosed private customer.
Photos: Grieb & Benzinger
Grieb & Benzinger Blue Ocean Skeletonized Monopusher Chronograph in Platinum watch specification
Price: TBD, very expensive
Movement: Manual (hand-wound,) historic
Number of jewels: 26
Movement frequency: N/A
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph monopusher
Power reserve: N/A
Case material: Platinum
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 47.00 mm
Case height: N/A
Lug width: N/A
Dial: Skeletonized, Breguet frosted finish
Hour markers: Black
Water resistance: N/A
Strap: Black leather strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire