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Corner Stone

The watch strikes four times at the top of the hour. Four seasons form a complete cycle. The new CORNER STONE model from independent watchmaker Moritz Grossmann, which was presented to the press in Tokyo on 7 March, has four corners. If you pronounce the English term “corner stone” in Japanese, the words curiously sound very similar in both languages: “Kōnāsutōn”. In Japanese script it looks like this: コーナーストーン

Grossmann Uhren GmbH wants to draw on this wonderful similarity between the two cultures and languages by naming the new model with the innovative rectangular design CORNER STONE. It is Grossmann’s first watch in this design variant that is particularly popular on the Japanese market. The new calibre 102.3 was specially designed for the rectangular movement shape with a small second scale at 6.00 o’clock and a central hour and minute display.

The flat case of the CORNER STONE with the curved lugs nestles perfectly on the wrist of both ladies and fashion-conscious men and always makes an elegant statement.

Corner Stone

Three dial variants

The CORNER STONE comes in three dial variants in five different versions.

Solid silver, opaline dial

In this version, the dial is made of solid silver with rose gold appliqués. The case is also made of rose gold. Another version of the dial features white gold appliqués with a white gold case. Handmade, brown-violet hands harmonise with both variants. A special feature of this variant is the small second and centre of the dial square-shaped.

Solid silver, black lacquered dial

Another version of the dial in solid silver is offered in black with Arabic numerals and a minute and seconds display scale in white. The case is made of white gold, while the handmade hands are made of polished stainless steel. The small second has a round shape.

Dial in white Grand-feu enamel

The enamelled dial is in rich white, with the numerals, minute markers and time display scale of the small seconds in brown providing an eye-catching contrast. As with the silver dial version, the case is also available in white gold or rose gold with handmade, brown-violet hands. The enamelled dial is furnished with a round small seconds display.

The white enamel version is limited to a run of 25 for each variation.

Corner Stone

New calibre 102.3

A new calibre has been developed for the rectangular shape that makes optimum use of the installation space and also offers further advantages. It has resulted in a movement with a relatively large barrel. A significantly longer power reserve of 60 hours could thus be achieved. The characteristic stop-second function has been realised in a new form. The kinetic energy of the angle lever is transmitted via a coupling rod, whereby the balance is gently braked by means of the stop spring and comes to a precise standstill.

High Artistic Finish

The CORNER STONE is supplied with a movement in High Artistic Finish. The typical four Grossmann stripes are applied horizontally to the two thirds plate. The writing “Moritz Grossmann” is engraved by hand.

The ratchet wheel has a particularly elaborate surface finish in the form of three band snailing. For the resulting optical effect, the teeth of the ratchet are initially given a continuous bevel. The snailing is then traditionally applied with a bronze bell. Turning the ratchet wheel creates an optical illusion: the rotation of the wheel when winding the watch is no longer perceptible.

The stepped balance cock with hand-engraved pattern, the golden chatons and the manually crafted hands tempered over an open flame perfect the extremely sophisticated impression of this watch.

Hamatic

Throughout millennia, researchers and inventors strived to build a perpetual motion machine, a device that would continue to move indefinitely once started. Without any external source of power, it was believed that the machine itself would generate an unlimited amount of energy. It was only with the formulation of the law of conservation of energy in the middle of the 19th century that physics quashed the principle of perpetual motion. Nevertheless, people’s fascination for the concept remained unbroken.

Of course, the HAMATIC does not purport to be perpetual motion machine – after all, the first automatic watch from Moritz Grossmann draws its kinetic energy from an external source. A pendulum-style hammer weight skillfully uses the energy generated through the wearer’s movements to transfer it via the ratchet wheel to the mainspring in the barrel, meaning that an external energy source makes the dream of infinite motion come true. It’s therefore safe to say that the HAMATIC is one of the most beautiful and complex examples of would-be perpetual motion.

Hamatic

Perfected, traditional self-winding hammer system

Once upon a time, most people moved around on horseback or by foot. Both riding and walking mean that the person is subjected to a constant upward and downward movement. The engineers behind the world’s first automatic watches in the 19th century exploited this fact by using a pendulum in the shape of a hammer with a heavy head to harness all of the kinetic energy generated through movement.

The engineers at Grossmann deliberately returned to the traditional concept in order to keep the fascinating mechanics of the Grossmann movement visible. In the form of an elaborate, intricately finished frame that is open in the middle, the body of the hammer provides a stage for the hammer spring and striking gold hammer head. The calibre 106.0 complete with its hammer-style pendulum system can thus be seen at work through the sapphire crystal display back.

The bidirectional automatic hammer mechanism guarantees high energy efficiency with consistent winding power. This results in a highly precise and reliable movement. A power reserve of 72 hours is available when fully wound.

The hammer’s centre of mass is further away from its rotational axis than with a central rotor. This results in a high torque, which in turn caters for powerful winding. Thanks to the special ratchet mechanism, hammer movements from just five degrees can be used to wind the mainspring.

Hamatic

The calibre 106.0

The calibre 106.0 was especially designed for the HAMATIC. This classic pillar movement has a Grossmann plate with six Glashütte stripes. Through the interplay of the hammer body together with head and spring, the automatic hammer mechanism works in both directions. A sapphire roller transfers the oscillation between hammer spring and hammer body.

Two basic scenarios need to be covered by this system in a reliable and energy-efficient manner – very fast movements and the more gentle deflection. The former generates excessive deflections, which need to be attenuated and limited by fixed end stops. This is ensured by intricately crafted end springs in the hammer frame. If the movements are gentler with low hammer amplitude, energy transmission is nearly loss-free.

Reduction gear with yoke winder

In order to convert the energy into a continuous rotary motion, the oscillations of the hammer body are picked up by two click levers. The two-way direction of rotation of the click wheels ensures an even rotary motion, which is transferred to the free wheel via the reduction wheel and then to the ratchet wheel in the mainspring barrel.

The automatic winding system is complemented by a manual winder designed as a yoke winder that is mounted on a separate bridge. The yoke ensures that the manual winder is always uncoupled from the ratchet wheel when the HAMATIC system is active in response to motion. In manual winding mode, the reduction gear is isolated from the ratchet wheel by a click-pawl idler.

The HAMATIC also offers a stop-second function via the balance for ultra-precise time setting.

Hamatic

The dial

Large, intricately finished Roman numerals adorn the dial, the design of which is reminiscent of the historical pocket watches by Moritz Grossmann. The hands are another nod to the historical models. The hour hand stands out thanks to its pear-shaped tip, while the minute hand moves round the scale in a needle-like, slender design.

Once again echoing the design of Moritz Grossmann’s pocket watches, the hour and minute hands are extremely delicately crafted and measure just 0.1 mm in width at the narrowest point. At its tip, the second hand is no more than five hundredths of a millimetre. The hands are manually crafted in the manufactory and annealed over an open flame to achieve the distinctive Moritz Grossmann brown-violet hue.

POWER RESERVE Vintage

Presenting the first model of the newly founded independent Glashütte watch manufactory Moritz Grossmann in 2010, Christine Hutter saw a 125-year-old dream come true. The dream of manufacturing mechanical watches to the highest standards of craftsmanship in the spirit of the visionary and watchmaking genius Moritz Grossmann in Glashütte again.

To mark the occasion, the manufactory’s designers devised a new logo – two straight lines at the bottom and a semicircle segment at the top framing the Moritz Grossmann i/Sa lettering. These lines precisely indicate the shape of the lower edge of the characteristic Grossmann two-thirds plate, typically used by Moritz Grossmann in his pocket watches and which, thanks to recesses in the movement, allow a view of the balance.

To commemorate the revival of the brand and pay tribute to the inventor, visionary and master craftsman Moritz Grossmann, a traditional version of this wristwatch is now being released. The POWER RESERVE Vintage features a historic dial in argenté echoing Moritz Grossmann’s classic pocket watches. Finely crafted Roman numerals in black and the original logo featuring the ‘M. GROSSMANN’ typography from 1875 grace the dial paying tribute to the master, as he was respectfully called in Glashütte.

POWER RESERVE Vintage

The hands

The hands of the new model also take their inspiration from the 19th-century examples of Moritz Grossmann’s pocket watches. The pear-shaped tip of the hour hand forms a beautiful contrast to the wafer-thin, needle-like shape of the minute hand, measuring a mere 0.1 millimetre at its narrowest point. Only the second hand with a twentieth of a millimetre diameter at its peak surpasses the filigree appearance. As with all Grossmann hands, these display instruments are also handcrafted in the manufactory and manually annealed over an open flame. Kept in blue, the hands harmonise with the blue/white power reserve indicator.

Moritz Grossmann was not just a master horologist; besides establishing a prestigious watchmaking business, Grossmann became engaged, both politically and socially, founding the German School of Watchmaking in 1878.

His dedication and generous nature made Grossmann extremely popular. It was therefore a matter of great concern to him that the next generation of watchmakers should have everything they needed. Precision measuring instruments were sadly expensive. Young watchmakers could often hardly afford them, so Grossmann ordered the individual parts cheaply and had them made and improved himself. In an advert for his essay ‘The Free Anchor Escapement for Watches’ – awarded a prize by the renowned British Horological Institute in London – and always self-published, he ensured fair prices by offering:

‘I have learned that, particularly in the United States, and entirely against my intentions, my aforementioned prize essay is being sold at an unjustifiably high price. As I must wish to make the same available to every worker at a moderate price, I declare myself willing to send this book to everyone under volume postage paid by immediate mail who will send me the above retail price plus 1 Mark for postage by Post-Office Money Order, i.e. 8 Mark for the German, 9 Mark for the French and 10 Mark for the English edition (…) M. Grossmann.’

POWER RESERVE Vintage

Calibre 100.2 with power reserve indicator

The calibre 100.2 of the POWER RESERVE Vintage uses Grossmann’s manual winding with a pusher, a cantilevered balance cock with Grossmann micrometre screw, a separately removable winding module and the mass optimised Grossmann balance. The calibre 100.2 is an extension of the calibre 100.1. It includes an additional gearbox to indicate the power reserve. This differential gear is located below the ratchet wheel – as in the historic Glashütte observation watches. The stopwork was moved upwards between the crown wheel and the ratchet wheel.

A segment mounted in the centre of the calibre drives the output of the gearbox, creating a two-coloured bar display below the logo to indicate the remaining power reserve. This shows the watch’s remaining running time. When the mainspring is fully wound, the bar is completely white and turns increasingly blue as the power reserve decreases. The bar complements the dial with its slim, filigree style. A sapphire crystal back on the reverse of the watch reveals the intricately finished parts in the POWER RESERVE Vintage, showcasing the finest German craftsmanship from the Moritz Grossmann manufactory.

LOT 111 _ DRAGON Five

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.

Moritz Grossmann

Presenting the first model of the newly founded independent Glashütte watch manufactory Moritz Grossmann in 2010, Christine Hutter saw a 125-year-old dream come true. The dream of manufacturing mechanical watches to the highest standards of craftsmanship in the spirit of the visionary and watchmaking genius Moritz Grossmann in Glashütte again.

To mark the occasion, the manufactory’s designers devised a new logo – two straight lines at the bottom and a semicircle segment at the top framing the Moritz Grossmann i/Sa lettering. These lines precisely indicate the shape of the lower edge of the characteristic Grossmann two-thirds plate, typically used by Moritz Grossmann in his pocket watches and which, thanks to recesses in the movement, allow a view of the balanc

To commemorate the revival of the brand and pay tribute to the inventor, visionary and master craftsman Moritz Grossmann, a traditional version of this wristwatch is now being released. The POWER RESERVE Vintage features a historic dial in argenté echoing Moritz Grossmann’s classic pocket watches.

Finely crafted Roman numerals in black and the original logo featuring the ‘M. GROSSMANN’ typography from 1875 grace the dial paying tribute to the master, as he was respectfully called in Glashütte.

Presentation of the POWER RESERVE Vintage with historical Moritz Grossmann logo in London

  • Presentation of the POWER RESERVE Vintage and the new product video as part of the final highlight of the international Moritz Grossmann Roadshow 2019 in London on 11 July
  • Calibre 100.2 with power reserve indicator in blue and white
  • Vintage dial featuring historical original logo lettering of the Grossmann watches of the 19th century
  • Finest, handcrafted hands with a diameter of up to 0.1 mm or 1/20 mm
  • Available in rose gold and white gold
Moritz Grossmann

With the TEFNUT Arabian Nights Milanaise, Moritz Grossmann has reached the pre-selection in the ladies’ watch category 2019 at the “Oscar” of the watch industry. With the TEFNUT Arabian Nights Milanaise, the independent manufactory is pleased to be represented in the pre-selection of the renowned Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) for the second time in a row with a ladies’ watch. In 2018, the young manufactory had already reached the pre-selection in this category with the TEFNUT Twist Classic.

Christine Hutter, Founder & CEO Moritz Grossmann, is delighted: “With the TEFNUT Arabian Nights Milanaise we have responded to the wish of many female watch lovers for a sophisticated movement mechanism. We have been observing this trend for several years now.

The TEFNUT Arabian Nights Milanaise combines beauty, mechanical know-how, craftsmanship and a great deal of passion for the art of watchmaking. We are proud that, after 2018, the jury has again selected a Moritz Grossmann model for the pre-selection in the ladies’ watch category at the Grand Prix in 2019, and we are looking forward to the outcome of the final awards ceremony in Geneva in November 2019. “

Magnificent charisma combined with golden Milanaise bracelet

  • In 2019 Moritz Grossmann is already for the second time in a row in the preselection in the category ladies’ watches at the GPHG
  • Asymmetric case and dial of the TEFNUT Arabian Nights Milanaise set with diamonds
  • Artistic motif of a nocturnal sand dune landscape with a moon shining above it made from the finest mother-of-pearl – each one a unique specimen
  • Designed by Michael Koh, painter, sculptor and one of Singapore’s leading jewellery designers
  • Very fine Milanaise jewelled strap that matches the case in rose gold

Before the Summer Holidays, the Dubai Watch Week Team invited us for a Watchmaking Tour in Saxony, Germany, close to the City of Dresden.

We had the opportunity to discover and visit the “Moritz Grossmann” manufacture in Glashütte.

Here is the interview of Christine Hutter the Founder & CEO of Moritz Grossmann.

Look no further and read the interview below.

1.    Can You please tell us about Moritz Grossmann

Carl Moritz Grossmann, the son of a mail sorter, was born in Dresden on 27 March 1826. There, he attended the Technical College for two years after having graduated from elementary school. Moritz Grossmann was fascinated by technology and the complexity of timepieces. Eager to discover new methods, he became a journeyman in 1846 and set out to acquire the world’s horological know-how. After sojourns in Hamburg and Munich, he was drawn to La Chaux-de-Fonds, the hub of Swiss watchmaking. He returned to Dresden in 1854 after stopovers in England, France, Denmark, and Sweden. Upon his arrival, he fulfilled a dream and established his own atelier. Moritz Grossmann, who was also acclaimed as an award-winning technical author, began to craft pocket watches, pendulum clocks, and precision measuring instruments — from innovative details to complete movements.

But for Moritz Grossmann, Glashütte was more than merely the cradle of German watchmaking artistry. He dedicated his time to various associations and supported regional projects. From 1866 to 1878, he was committed to the welfare of the town of Glashütte, later also as a representative of the Royal Saxon Landtag. As an author, he was eager to pass on his knowledge; in 1878, he initiated the German School of Watchmaking and outlined the curriculum.

The art of watchmaking permeated his life and was his greatest passion. He died unexpectedly on 23 January 1885 after delivering a speech about the introduction of World Time. Thereafter, his atelier was liquidated.

2.    Now that we know more about the Moritz Grossmann Watchmaker, can you tell us how you launched Moritz Grossmann as a Watch Brand.

We built the company from scratch in 2008 and started as a regular manufactory right from the very beginning. In this way we initiated the movement development and then set up the production. The first model was presented after just a few years of intensive development work. The BENU in rose gold was launched in September 2010 in a limited edition as our first timepiece. With this watch we have set the standard for all watches to come. In 2013 with the inauguration of our new manufactory building we launched the BENU Power Reserve, the ATUM and the BENU Tourbillon. Later on we represented a new ladie’s line with the TEFNUT and as well steel watches with the pure finish movement.

We are a small but fine watch manufacturer who crafts watches in the highest quality. In order to increase the brand awareness of our company we started building relationships with retailers worldwide and spread the word out to the collector’s community. Besides we began speaking to different journalists from various media. In the following years we expanded our watch collection and started to take part in small fairs and various events like for example the Dubai Watch Week.

3.    Made in Germany or better said Made in Glashütte, what does it mean, what are the “rules” to follow to be Made in Glashütte certified?

There exists an unwritten, however generally regarded as binding convention in Glashütte, which is called the Glashütte Rule. The certification “Made in Glashütte” follows the rule that only a watch whose main value share has been generated in Glashütte can bear this seal of quality. Specifically, this means that a least 51 percent of a watch movement has to be produced in Glashütte.

At Moritz Grossmann we produce up to 85 percent of our movement in-house. On top we are the only manufacturer in Glashütte who crafts its own hands and even worldwide there are only a few. Our hands are very special and extremely fine in their appearance.

4.    During our visit with the Dubai Watch Team, this spring, I was very impressed by the Manufacture you have set-up, how does Your Power Woman style influence the daily business ?

I try to manage my team in a professional way as a CEO. In this context my profound background in the watch industry is very helpful. As a trained watch maker, I bring along a deep insight into the techniques of time measuring and its challenges. A profound understanding in watchmaking is essential for developing new products while facing changing consumer needs and markets and adapting the manufacturing process.

In my daily business my duties include discussing with our developers new challenges and possibilities, talking with our finisseurs and watchmakers about new techniques and processes and being a major part in the design of our watches.

Moreover I build upon my working experiences in marketing and sales. This is a good basis in setting up communication and marketing channels and finding new ways of distributing our Moritz Grossmann timepieces.

My special position as a female CEO in a mainly men dominated business could have an impact on my way of working and taking decisions. Apart from the fact that in our company there are as many women as men, I think that it is essential to work together as a team. I am a team player and I believe that being a successful leader is not always the result of taking decisions alone. As a CEO I see my duty to set the targets and to show the directions, but in order to reach those targets it is important to involve everyone in the company.

5.    Can you please introduce your collection to our audience

Our collection is made of a very classic design. Our customers are watch connoisseurs and collectors who appreciate craftsmanship. They share an enthusiasm for micromechanical engineering, precision and artisanship. All three assets are visible in our timepieces.

Our main product lines are BENU, ATUM and TENFUT as well as special editions. In order to make the products more relating to our clients needs and certain target groups, the collection is split into three main categories:

–     classic men’s pieces

–     elegant women’s pieces

–     special editions

We try to set up the tradition of Moritz Grossmann and to innovate useful solutions for our clients. In this way we think in new ways and are always working on finding useful technical solutions which meet our customer needs. By doing so we combine ultimate craftsmanship with traditional manufacturing skills, modern production methods and finest quality materials. Some examples of both innovations and useful solutions for our clients are the following:

The innovative winder with pusher is a special time setting mechanism, implemented in most of our watches. This mechanism eliminates two possible error sources: the ingress of particles into the case while the hands are being set and the unintentional alteration of the hand positions while the crown is being pushed home again.

Second, the stop-second mechanism in our BENU Tourbillon. As understood by Grossmann’s watchmakers, the precision of a tourbillon calls for a stop-seconds mechanism. An elastic brush with human hair gently stops the movement at the balance-wheel rim and enhances the precise functionality of the tourbillon.

For the  TEFNUT Twist a  new winding mechanism was created. The quest for a  robust alternative to the conventional crown winder culminated in an ingeniously simple solution. The Grossmann strap winder allows the watch to be wound with turns of the strap attachment located at 6 o’clock in the case. It’s fast and works even with gloves or freshly applied nail polish. It takes some dexterity to wind a watch by its crown, but the strap offers a big enough surface for a firm grip. With just a few back-and-forth movements, the watch can be fully wound. The process is very comfortable and a real advantage especially for small watches.

Another novelty is our ATUM Date. Outside the main dial section though, you’ll find a recessed ring bearing numerals 1-31 for the days of the month. Seemingly floating over that is a sharp, bracket-shaped marker to display the current day of month. The date mechanism jumps instantaneously, so the bracket will always perfectly frame the correct number. You’ll also notice an extra crown up at 10 o’clock on the case, and this is dedicated solely to setting the date. You simply pop it out, set the date, and pop it back it. That’s it.

6.    Who are your clients and where are the key markets ?

We have been steadily creating relationships with new retailers and are now represented in fourteen countries, including Dubai, USA and UK, as well as on-line. Our key markets are Germany and Japan, this is where most of our clients are situated. We work on a rather low production scale with an amount of less than 500 pieces a year. We cooperate with an exclusive distribution network of excellent POS. Although we are not present in each country yet we are targeting to set up exclusive POS worldwide step by step.

7.    How do you see your development within the next 5 years ?

Our focus is to increase our production and sales in small and healthy steps. Our target is to produce a maximum of 1,000 pieces per year. In this manner we want to maintain a high standard in manual production and finishing instead of focusing on automatized production ways.

8.    Beside Watchmaking what makes you Happy ?

Having a good glass of wine with friends and getting inspired in the mountain area makes me happy. And of course I feel always very glad and proud by wearing my BENU.

Thank You very much for the Interview.

Pascal Grenacher

24.08.2018

LINKS :

https://www.grossmann-uhren.com/?lang=en

https://www.instagram.com/moritz_grossmann_/

https://www.instagram.com/moritzgrossmann_uk/

https://www.dubaiwatchweek.com/

https://www.instagram.com/dubaiwatchweek/