Grieb & Benzinger is one of Paul Fraser Collectibles' favourite watchmakers. While the German master craftsmen build up to their "highlight of [the] year" - a tourbillon minute repeater watch - the brand has announced its new luxury release for fans of special chronographs.
Grieb & Benzinger describes its new rare Blue Ocean wristwatch as "a skeletonised monopusher chronograph based on a column wheel chronograph movement from 1926." The watch's movement is housed in solid platinum with a guilloché platinum crown button.
Measuring 47mm, the watch is intended as "a design statement on the wrist."
Rarity is as crucial to a watch's value as any other collectible, and Grieb & Benzinger says the Blue Ocean is an "absolutely unique piece."
The Blue Ocean: 'a skeletonised monopusher chronograph based on
As with all the best watches, the processes behind this piece's manufacture are as important as the end product. The Blue Ocean is apparently the result of "countless hours" of restoration, hand-skeletonisation and hand-engraving.
Even the watch's wheels were guilloché, says the maker.
The heads of all 34 steel screws were polished by hand and classically tempered to a 'cornflower blue' colour over an open flame. Other features include a 26-jewel movement outfitted with a Breguet compensation screw balance with blued hairspring.
Boasting one-of-a-kind status, the Blue Ocean's price is said to be in the six-digit Euro region.
We've previously handled Grieb & Benzinger's rare watches here at Paul Fraser Collectibles, including the firm's
The Russian Imperator's exposed cogs and internal mechanism, both front and back, were especially striking. It was a true skeleton watch, and truly rare. We sold it for $125,000 to a lucky buyer, earlier this year.
Our other rare luxury wristwatches for sale include this beautiful model by Swiss luxury watch maker Longines (founded in 1832). Click here to find out more about this striking and coveted timepiece.