The latest member of the Grieb & Benzinger watch family is a beautiful and luxurious Blue Merit watch based on the legendary and rare masterpiece timepiece Tourbillon Pour le Mérite by A. Lange & Söhne. As we got used to from the reputable German watchmaking brand, they took a very expensive timepiece, took it apart, encrusted it, adjusted it, and re-assembled it.
The movement used in this unique watch is one of the first 200 pieces built by A. Lange & Sohne between 1994 and 1998. It took a year to transform the original to achieve the grace and beauty of the watch’s fine lines, transforming it into the breathtaking Blue Merit.
This one-of-a-kind timepiece is a platinum-cased tourbillon powered with the historical A. Lange & Söhne caliber 902.0. The iconic model which was introduced 20 years ago was at the time of its introduction the world’s first tourbillon designed according to Abraham-Louis Breguet’s patent of 1801 combined with vintage chain-and-fusée transmission. The job of the movement is to provide constant torque and a steady rate even if mainspring is winding down. The idea behind it is to provide more timekeeping precision.
The movement was comprehensively modified to comply with the style typical for the German manufacturer. This required the movement to be carefully disassembled, reassembled and adjusted several times in order to guarantee full and proper functioning of the great number of parts and hidden bolts and pins. Furthermore, each component was skeletonized by hand, guillochéd by hand and coated with rhodium and rose gold. Even the gear wheels were also decorated with guilloché. The base plate was shielded with blue platinum which is a signature element of every one-of-a-kind Grieb & Benzinger piece.
The platinum dial of the Blue Merit Tourbillon offers a really good look at the movement. Embellished in Grieb & Benzinger’s signature “Breguet frosting” finish, the dial does not provide the utmost legibility, but you can still read the time easily because the blued hands of the original model were replaced with Breguet-type indicators which are made of rose gold-coated stainless steel. Hands perfectly match rose-gold tourbillon escapement that has also been modified in color in tribute to the new Grieb & Benzinger style. Many of the tourbillon components are highly visible through a cutaway situated at the 6 o’clock position.
Grieb & Benzinger Blue Merit Tourbillon is housed in a solid 41mm platinum case and accesssorized with a black leather strap. The retail price of this unique timepiece is 385,000 Euros (about $530,000).