The German customizers Grieb & Benzinger are at it again! Right after the introduction of their bespoke hand-crafted luxury 18-karat rose gold Grieb & Benzinger Blue Wave monopusher chronograph watch replica, they now offer another unique timepiece for another well-paying customer: the Grieb & Benzinger Blue Sensation regulator chronograph wristwatch.While many watchmakers are proud to equip their limited edition timekeepers with NOS calibers from the 1950s, guys from Grieb & Benzinger probably thought that that was too easy and decided to use a mechanism from 1800s.
Based on an antique Patek Philippe hand-wound movement that was originally built more than 120 years ago for Tiffany & Co, an American jewelry and silverware company founded in 1837, the unique timekeeper features the German brand’s signature heavily skeletonized movement, and open-worked dial. And it is also meticulously engraved on just about any surface where a skilled hand of an artisan was capable of leaving even a single dent in precious metal.
Of course, by the time it was chosen to power a new masterpiece from German watchmakers, the movement needed serious cleaning and restoration.
The movement in question was built by Patek Philippe in 1889 and powered pocket watches that were sold through Tiffany & Co. boutiques in 1890. Like most mechanical movements of the era, the mechanism is significantly larger than your average ETA ebauche and served as a perfect platform for the one-off that had to showcase the German artisans’ prowess when it comes to skeletonization and engraving.
According to best quality fake Grieb & Benzinger‘s press release, in total the movement was reassembled more than 20 times to ensure that the device works as it should after all the necessary modifications to convert the original movement into a skeletonized regulator chronograph watch.
Then more restoration, skeletonization, engraving and guilloche-work, all done by hand with countless disassembling, reassembling, adjustments and more disassembling.
The result, as usual, is quite impressive.
As you can see on the photos, each and every component of the movement is meticulously reshaped and decorated by hand.
The dial now features three overlapping sub-dials: a small seconds display at 9 o’clock, minute counter right in the center and the hours sub-dial with bold Roman numerals on it is transferred to the 3 o’clock position.
Screws are blued, wheels are engraved, bridges and plates are engine-turned. The skeletonized dial features their signature Breguet frosted finish and the baseplate is coated with platinum, which makes the watch look even more magnificent.
The 49 mm round case is made of platinum. In fact, there is so much platinum here that it tips the scales at around 165 grams!
Of course, there are two central second hands (one blued and one in rose gold to make them easier to read) because this is a split-seconds chronograph, which is capable of counting to separate events.
And here comes the bad news.
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Grieb & Benzinger Blue Sensation regulator chronograph skeletonized hand-wound watch specification
Movement: Patek Philippe for Tiffany, hand-wound, skeletonized, 26 jewels, flame-blued steel screws
Functions: Regulator hour, minutes, split-second chronograph
Power reserve: 30 hours
Case material: Platinum
Bezel material: Platinum
Case shape: Round
Case size: 49.00 mm
Case height: No data
Numerals: Arabic and Roman
Hands: Rose-gold-plated, Blued steel
Water resistance: No data
Strap: Blue leather strap
Case back: Sapphire
The Germans plan to sell this beautiful Grieb & Benzinger Replica timepiece at a price of €197,500, VAT not included.