Grieb & Benzinger, the watchmaking team which has been turning heads in recent years with its exciting and artistic timepieces, has unveiled another unique watch following the release of its amazing Russian Imperator earlier this month.
The workshop for high-end collectors has, above all, made its name with unique minute repeaters for connoisseurs. Now Hermann Grieb has opened his treasure chest to conjure up a masterpiece of watchmaking: a rare Minerva column wheel chronograph movement estimated to be from about 1925.
After countless hours of total restoration, hand skeletonization, hand-engraving and guilloché, the vintage base Minerva movement has awakened to a new life as a horological piece of art in typical Grieb & Benzinger style. The 18-karat gold monopusher skeletonized chronograph has been christened The Blue Wave.
The company's typical blue platinum coating of the base plate has also found its way into the new unique piece. The base plate was first hand-skeletonized to its barest minimum in characteristic wave style and the case back hand-guilloché.
All 34 steel screws were polished by hand and classically tempered a cornflower blue over an open flame. Today, steel screws are generally blued by use of galvanic coating. These hand-finished screws are not only a feast for the eyes, but a standard of quality at Grieb & Benzinger.
The Blue Wave is yet another outstanding one-of-a-kind-watch by luxury watch manufacturer Grieb & Benzinger. There will only be one lucky timepiece enthusiast worldwide to have the pleasure of wearing this exclusive watch on his or her wrist, for which the price is €87,500.
With the worldwide demand for rare, high-quality chronographs increasing, a one-of-a-kind timepiece from such a renowned watchmaker will make a sound investment.
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