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11/07/2017
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Handmade Watches – Visiting Moritz Grossmann

By Oliver Siegle
Moritz Grossmann Uhrwerk

Handgefertigtes Moritz Grossmann Uhrwerk

Many imagine the production of a fine timepiece involving an old watchmaker sitting bent low over his workbench with a magnifying glass in his eye, intently concentrated on constructing a mechanical movement piece by piece. Starting from scratch, he manages to create a masterpiece out of hundreds of gears, springs, and screws so tiny, you can barely see them with the naked eye.

This nostalgic scene has nothing to do with how 99% of watches are produced today. But what about the remaining 1%?

For a handful of small, independent manufacturers, the scene above strikes a bit closer to home. Moritz Grossmann from Glashütte, Germany is one such exclusive watchmaker.

True Watchmaking Art

The age-old saying, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” certainly rings true for mechanical watches. But what is it that distinguishes a normal luxury watch from a masterpiece of fine watchmaking?

Whether in fashion, automobiles, or watches, many luxury brands offer high-quality products and employ creative marketing strategies to cultivate a sense of exclusivity and prestige. Watches from these companies are perfectly designed, finished to high standards, and well known across the globe.

However, those who value attention down to the smallest detail and traditional workmanship can set their standards even higher. Is there a certain philosophy behind the development of every movement? Which components are produced in the manufacturer’s own atelier? How much passion for tradition and craftsmanship is built into each individual watch? Mortiz Grossmann offers some impressive answers to these questions.

Exquisite Details

Movement Details, Image: Moritz Grossmann
Hand-engraved balance cock, beveled edges, index adjuster

Moritz Grossmann watches take terms like “in-house movement” and “haute horlogerie” to the next level. Alone the details found in their movements are enough to impress the most discerning watch enthusiasts: gold chatons, blued screws, a variety of decorative finishes, a hand-engraved balance cock, beveled edges, and a brilliantly constructed stop-seconds mechanism.

Three-band snailing, Image: Moritz Grossmann
Three-band snailing
Golden Chatons, Image: Moritz Grossmann
Golden Chatons, annealed pan-head screws

The face of the watches offers the same degree of perfection as the movements. The dials are made of solid silver and feature an appealing three-dimensional effect thanks to the raised indices and recessed small seconds. However, one feature in particular helps Moritz Grossmann watches stand out even more: their unique self-produced hands. Very few watchmakers make their own hands, as the production process is elaborate and only a small number of specialists have mastered the trade.

Moritz Grossmann hands, however, are hand cut and polished to the exact millimeter with precise craftsmanship. The last element to finish these delicate works of art, is fire. As a final touch, they are exposed to heat and then cooled. This process, called annealing, gives them an elegant brown-violet hue.

Hand Finishing, Image: Moritz Grossmann
Hand Finishing
Annealing, Image: Moritz Grossmann
Annealing

A Very Special Moritz Grossmann Offer from Chrono24

In partnership with Moritz Grossmann, Chrono24 is offering customers a unique experience. If you purchase a Moritz Grossmann watch from the Chrono24 Brand Boutique, you and a guest will be invited on a private tour of the production facilities in Glashütte.

You can visit the birthplace of your watch and witness master watchmakers at work. You’ll have the chance to meet one of the watchmakers and learn about the various phases of production as well as the techniques used by the Grossmann master craftsmen.

You’ll also be invited on a tour of the German Watch Museum, where you can learn more about the fascinating beginnings of the Glashütte watch industry and how it has developed over the years.

Your journey will begin in style with an exclusive chauffeur service collecting you from the Dresden airport and transporting you to Glashütte. The trip also includes a night in the beautiful Relais & Chateaux Hotel Bülow Palais for two, including breakfast.

This offer ends on 01.31.2018 and applies exclusively to Moritz Grossmann watches purchased in the Chrono24 Brand Boutique. Watches not purchased directly from the manufacturer are not included in this offer. Travel costs to and from Dresden airport are not included.

Find your Moritz Grossmann watch now:

Chrono24 Brand Boutique – Moritz Grossmann

Please contact us if you have any further questions:

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About the Author

Oliver Siegle

Oliver Siegle was not only an author but also the editor-in-chief of the Chrono24 Magazine. He helped guide the development of our magazine and shared his passion for …

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