Last week we introduced you to the all new Benzinger Boutique collection, and in particular the masterful craftsmanship of Jochen Benzinger. Today we’d like to focus our attention specifically on one area of the new collection, the breath-taking Fancy Blossom series. More than just a timepiece, this is a moving work of art for your wrist.
The Master Craftsman
Jochen is considered by many to be the leading specialist worldwide in skeletonized and guilloché timepieces, and looking at the Fancy Blossom series, it’s not hard to see why. Utilizing traditional techniques passed down through the generations, watch movements are carefully disassembled in his workshop before being skeletonized, guilloché, hand-engraved, and even sometimes technically modified by hand. To ensure the most authentic result possible he only uses special historical machines and tools.
Whilst the process is painstakingly slow and requires intense concentration and skill, the end result always make the effort worthwhile. In the case of the Fancy Blossom series, the Caliber ETA 6498 manually wound movements have been completely skeletonized, engraved and guilloché by hand with flame-blued screws.
Each piece in the series has been designed without a dial to allow complete visibility of the movement and is finished-off with flame-blued Breguet-style steel hands. The visual effect is undeniably stunning and one can’t help but gaze in awe at the truly exceptional talent this man possesses.
However, to truly appreciate the amount of skill and effort required for each piece we recommend you watch the excellent video below, showing Jochen at work on a movement for the Fancy Blossom series.
Presented in a 42mm, 18K White gold case with leather strap and diamond bezel, the individual pieces within the Fancy Blossom collection are available for €25.500,00.
The Final Word
It never ceases to amaze us when we see pieces of this exceptional quality produced. Sure, this is not a complicated timepiece in the traditional sense of the word, but it is nonetheless a complex and beautiful creation that reflects the exceptional abilities of man that belongs to the last of a dying breed. In today’s fast paced, consumer driven society it is reassuring to see that not all traditions have been forgotten completely.
To find out more visit the official Benzinger Boutique website: www.benzinger-boutique.com
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