Moritz Grossmann auctions twelve special models with Christie’s.
Dresden artists combine Schönstes deutsches Handwerk with the ancient culture of Chinese astrology.

• The independent watch manufactory Moritz Grossmann is pleased to announce a partnership with Christie’s
• A selection of handmade special models in the form of one-off pieces will be auctioned together with Christie’s in an online auction from 18 November – 2 December 2019
• The collection is aimed at lovers of independent brands who want to experience Schönstes deutsches Handwerk in conjunction with ancient culture of Chinese astrology
• Regional artists from Dresden have put their personal interpretations of Chinese zodiac signs onto canvas. Their works have been painted onto the fine dials by a miniaturist using the finest drawing techniques. These works of art will be auctioned together with the watches.
• As an expression of its links to the Saxony region, Grossmann Uhren GmbH will donate a portion of the proceeds to a regional aid organisation from Dresden

The upscale Glashütte watch manufactory Moritz Grossmann was founded by Christine Hutter using the name of the famous Glashütte watch pioneer in 2008. The watches by the Saxon watch genius and initiator of the German School of Watchmaking (1878), Moritz Grossmann, are reflections of modern thinking in the form of classic, yet contemporary design and perfect mechanics. Moritz Grossmann manufactures timepieces to the highest standard of craftsmanship. The watches are unique in their beautiful finish and manual hand production. The manufactory represents Schönstes deutsches Handwerk combined with great history and Saxon watchmaking tradition.

Inspired by the ancient Chinese art of reading the stars, Moritz Grossmann will auction twelve one-off pieces this year, each of which artistically showcases one of the Chinese zodiac signs. The manufactory, which is located near Dresden, thus creates the perfect link between Schönstes deutsches Handwerk – made in Germany – and traditional Chinese culture.

As a homage to the Saxon watchmaking tradition in Glashütte and to celebrate free art, the fine timepieces will be auctioned together with the paintings by Dresden artists. The artists put their own personal interpretations of Chinese zodiac signs onto canvas. Their works of art were then painted onto the fine dials of the Moritz Grossmann timepieces by a miniaturist with the finest attention to detail.

Collection and highlight piece

A selected unique piece in a fine case made from 750/000 rose gold was manufactured as the highlight piece of the collection. RAT One is all about the year 2020, the year of the rat in Chinese astrology. The one-off piece celebrates the rat, which is the first of the Chinese zodiac signs. In Chinese astrology, the rat is seen as highly intelligent with foresight and a keen sense of its environment.
All other models are presented in fine stainless steel cases.

The whole collection was manufactured in High Artistic Finish with the calibre 100.1. The movement is visible though the generous transparent back made of sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on one side. The pillar movement with well-proportioned components made of untreated German silver with various finishes forms different levels. On the characteristic 2/3 plate with broad horizontal ribbing, the signet is engraved by hand. The Grossmann balance is visible in the curved plate cut-out and is borne by the cantelevered, hand-engraved balance cock with the typical fine micrometer screw.

LOT 107 _ RAT One

One-off piece made from rose gold, hand-painted as a miniature drawing according to the artistic design of Laura Heyne. Including original painting of the artist.

Intelligent, beautiful and faithful – the artist sees these qualities in the rat. Thanks to her personal love of rats, the choice of motif was not too difficult. She herself used to keep a rat as a pet and learned to love these qualities. By arranging several rats in a circle, the artist symbolises the good social behaviour of the animals and expresses their beauty through the flowers.

In Chinese mythology, the rat symbolises intelligence and foresight as well as exaggerated passion and unscrupulousness. In the emotional realm, rats are characterised above all by sensitivity and keen intuition, but they often hide their feelings and show their feelings only in a very restrained way.

The hands, handcrafted in the manufactory, are annealed over an open flame in the typical Moritz Grossmann brown-violet colour and harmonise with the solid silver dial.

LOT 108 _ OX Two

One-off piece made from stainless steel, hand-painted as a miniature drawing according to the artistic design of Tony Käseberg. Including original painting of the artist.

The side view of the ox shows off the animal in all its glory. With his sketch style, the artist breaks up the familiar grid of a detailed drawing and gives the motif a ‘wild’ touch. The increasingly intense colour gradient shows the tonicity of the ox, which increases from the legs to the horns.

In line with its second position in the Chinese zodiac, the ox’s self-confident gaze is directed towards 2 o’clock.

The ox is very hard-working, reliable, ambitious and determined. Oxes are extremely honest and sincere. Oxes work tenaciously and with a lot of patience until they reach their goal. But first they have to draw up an exact plan.

The polished stainless steel hands, handcrafted in the manufactory, harmonise with the solid silver dial.

LOT 109 _ TIGER Three

One-off piece made from stainless steel, hand-painted as a miniature drawing according to the artistic design of Jaroslava Werstler. Including original painting of the artist.

The artist chose the tiger as her motif because it is a very strong, lively and energetic animal. It has the strength and courage of a predator on the one hand and the exotic beauty of a wildcat on the other. The tiger does not sit around and wait – it searches, looks ahead, communicates.

The artist painted the tiger as a moving entity and chose strong colours for her picture. Instead of a simple graphic, the artist opted for a detailed painting with acrylic paints on canvas in order to honour the upmarket appearance of Grossmann’s timepieces.

People under the sign of the tiger are considered passionate, daring and combative. They are full of energy and accept the challenge to achieve their goals with enthusiasm and a large portion of optimism. They love variety and adventure.

The polished stainless steel hands, handcrafted in the manufactory, form a calm contrast to the colourfully painted dial in solid silver.

LOT 110 _ RABBIT Four

One-off piece made from stainless steel, hand-painted as a miniature drawing according to the artistic design of Julie Pietschmann. Including original painting of the artist.

Rabbits enjoy calmness and represent a peaceful life. But rabbits also love luxury. The artist has tried to bring the grace, the friendly nature and the longevity of the rabbit to the canvas using acrylic colours. Delicate gold leaf paper on the dial rim symbolises the rabbit’s penchant for luxury.

Rabbits tend to be gentle and calm as well as elegant and vigilant, friendly, patient and particularly responsible. Generally speaking, people who are born under the zodiac sign of the rabbit have a very kind character. The rabbit embodies grace, feeling and longevity. It is a tactful master of life and a sensitive lover of beauty.

The hands, handcrafted in the manufactory, are annealed over an open flame in the brown-violet hue typical for Moritz Grossmann and harmonise with the mother-of-pearl dial in a white grey shade.

LOT 111 _ DRAGON Five

One-off piece made from stainless steel, hand-painted as a miniature drawing according to the artistic design of Christiane Schneider. Including original painting of the artist.

The dragon is a mystical and imaginative animal and triggers fear and fascination at the same time. This is exactly what the artist finds exciting and impressive about them. The status of the dragon in the dragon world is determined by the colour of its skin. The yellow dragon is the most important of all and radiates power and strength. The luminosity of the yellow hue is emphasised even more by the acrylic colours.

The dragon of the Chinese zodiac stands for luck and authority. People who were born in the year of the dragon are often natural leaders who sweep others in their environment away on a tide of enthusiasm. They are full of energy and zest for action. The dragon firmly believes in happiness and does not shy away from any challenge.

The polished stainless steel hands, handcrafted in the manufactory, form a calm contrast to the expressive dial in solid silver.

LOT 112 _ SNAKE Six

One-off piece made from stainless steel, hand-painted as a miniature drawing according to the artistic design of Tony Käseberg. Including original painting of the artist.

In a graceful wave movement the snake meanders through flowering orchids and green plants. In the Chinese horoscope, the orchid is considered a ‘lucky flower’. The snake fascinates the artist as it enjoys the reputation of being mysterious, unfathomable and very wise. With the connection to nature, the artist wants to express inner peace and relaxation as well as liveliness and freshness at the same time.

The snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese zodiac. Accordingly, its gaze is directed towards 6 o’clock in the painting. Using acrylic colours as well as a sponge and a dab technique, the artist was able to realise the colour gradients well.

People born under the sign of the snake seem puzzling and mysterious. They are difficult to read, do not like to show their feelings and prefer to act in secret. Even if they are emotionally agitated, they still appear calm and cool to the viewer. Snakes are also considered very sensitive, thoughtful and like to pursue philosophical questions. And what you might not have suspected: they actually have a good sense of humour.

The hands, which were handcrafted in the manufactory and annealed over an open flame in a brown-violet hue, harmonise with the solid silver dial.

LOT 113 _ HORSE Seven

One-off piece made from stainless steel, hand-painted as a miniature drawing according to the artistic design of Caroline Kortrijk. Including original painting of the artist.

Even as a child, the artist loved to draw horses most of all as she loved their grace and beauty. For her, horses are elegant and powerful, yet good-natured and peaceful.

With the wild, smooth application of colour, the artist aims to express the activity and liveliness of the horse. The green colour in the picture and the calla lily in the horse’s mouth are intended to bring happiness to this sign of the zodiac.

People born under the sign of the horse are exceptionally agile, mentally as well as physically. They love to be on the move, are usually sporty and never miss a chance to travel. Everything new and unknown must be seen and experienced. At the same time, the horse is compassionate and likes to help others.

The polished stainless steel hands, handcrafted in the manufactory, harmonise with the solid silver dial.

LOT 114 _ GOAT Eight

One-off piece made from stainless steel, hand-painted as a miniature drawing according to the artistic design of Svetlana Hantusch. Including original painting of the artist.

Home and family are important components of life. The artist is originally from Russia, where her family still lives. In order to feel a little closer to her loved ones, she decided to paint her father’s zodiac sign – the goat. The colour blue particularly stands out in the picture. With this, the artist wants to express the introversion as well as the strength and wisdom of the goat.

Gentle, profound, patient – the goat is one of the most empathetic and sensitive signs of the zodiac. They have a deep and sincere need to listen to their fellow human beings and give them a feeling of security and understanding. But they also have passion and intelligence.

The hands, which were handcrafted in the manufactory and annealed over an open flame in a brown-violet hue, harmonise with the solid silver dial.

LOT 115 _ MONKEY Nine

One-off piece made from stainless steel, hand-painted as a miniature drawing according to the artistic design of Martina Hanzsch. Including original painting of the artist.

Spontaneity and creativity go very well together. The artist behind this picture spontaneously came up with an idea for the monkey zodiac sign in her head and immediately started to realise it. She was inspired by an artist who shapes pressed blossoms into faces. They are intended to express the calm and clarity, but also the curiosity of the monkey. For a few days she dried and pressed leaves from the delicate fern plant in her own garden, which she then arranged and glued onto the canvas to form an imaginative silhouette.

Monkeys have a large circle of friends in the Chinese zodiac. In the animal kingdom the monkey stands out thanks to exceptional intelligence and astuteness. Its spiritual alertness and curiosity bring it much admiration. People born under the zodiac sign of the monkey appear self-confident and at peace with themselves.

The hands, which were handcrafted in the manufactory and annealed over an open flame in a brown-violet hue, harmonise with the solid silver dial.

LOT 116 _ ROOSTER Ten

One-off piece made from stainless steel, hand-painted as a miniature drawing according to the artistic design of Caroline Kortrijk. Including original painting of the artist.

The proud rooster wants to be radiant and stride ahead self-confidently. The deep blue and the bright orange as complementary colours give the rooster a lively and expressive look. The artist was inspired to produce the curved lines and shapes by traditional rustic-style farmers’ paintings. She was introduced to these by her grandmother.

People born under the sign of the rooster are supposed to be very attentive. They are characterised by diligence, ingenuity, courage and talent as well as a certain self-confidence. They love being the centre of attention, are always active, cheerful and popular with other people.

The polished stainless steel hands, handcrafted in the manufactory, harmonise with the solid silver dial.

LOT 117 _ DOG Eleven

One-off piece made from stainless steel, hand-painted as a miniature drawing according to the artistic design of Timo Miura. Including original painting of the artist.

The dog fascinated the artist right from the beginning because of its positive qualities and charming character. In his artistic design, the joyful and happy dog forgets time as he swims across the thundering river at dusk. Only his head and tail protrude from the water.

The irony of the story of the dog, which reaches the finish line in eleventh place due to its playfulness despite the fact that it is a very good swimmer, moved the artist.

People born under the sign of the dog are considered friendly and lovable. They prefer to move in a familiar circle and with people who mean something to them. The dog is a good listener and vigilant but also closed and can be very stubborn at the same time. The dog prefers to rely on loyal friends and family. If it can help other people, that makes it happy.

The hands, manually crafted in the manufactory, are annealed by hand in a brown-violet shade.

LOT 118 _ PIG Twelve

One-off piece made from stainless steel, hand-painted as a miniature drawing according to the artistic design of Laura Heyne. Including original painting of the artist.

2019 is the year of the pig. For the artist, the pig is her personal symbol of happiness and so she was quick to choose which motif she wanted to draw. With an artistic idea in her head, she immediately set about realising it. The artist worked with a stencil and spray technique. With targeted splashes of paint she gives the picture movement and depth.

The pig is a symbol of happiness and wealth. It is the optimist among all the signs of the zodiac. The pig makes the most of the conditions and sees a ray of hope even in the darkest storm. But despite all its frugality, the pig also knows what is good and enjoys its life to the full.

The hands, handcrafted in the manufactory, are annealed over an open flame in the typical Moritz Grossmann brown-violet colour and harmonise with the colours of the solid silver dial.