Our Visits to Jochen Benzinger
Several times each year, we are fortunate to travel to Pforzheim, Germany to see Jochen Benzinger. Pforzheim is western Germany's watch and jewelery center but to find Jochen you must drive very carefully and very slowly.
His workshops are just off a main street, but the entrance is quite tiny and parking is difficult. We don't think the others in his building particularly care for us since we frequently block their cars.
Anyway, back to Jochen. If you've read about his other watches on our site, you'll know three things about Jochen Benzinger. First, he's very modest and even today does not realize the unique gifts that he has to produce watches. Next, he is considered by most in the watch industry as the very top of his style of guilloche, skeletonization and engraving. And lastly, when he takes us to a local German restaurant near his house for dinner, he eats parts of the animal that we don't feel comfortable discussing.
A New Benzinger is Born
Jochen's latest creation can be summed up in one word - stunning. When you see his new Benzinger Regulator in person, you'll just stare. The design, fit, finish and decoration are without peer. And his use of circling rings to show off the dial is off the charts.
It's easy to forget when viewing a watch like this the little things. For example, take a minute to enlarge the photograph above showing the front of the watch, and you'll notice a dial plate with a sunray style of guilloche. With most watch brands, even those costing $10,000 or more, this design is simply stamped into the dial.
A few others with prices above $20,000 will actually engrave the dial rather than stamping, but the engraving is made by a CNC computer controlled robot that creates the dial exactly the same way, every time.
Jochen creates this dial by hand using an engine turned rose engine (an antique machine no longer in production). Each cut is individual, back and forth and one slip can ruin the dial.
Next, take a look at the back, and you'll see skeletonization like no other. The gold colors are rich, the patterns elaborate and the movement really takes on the level of art not unlike a famous painting.
To own a Jochen Benzinger watch is not only an honor, it's a rarity as his production is so low.
With this watch Jochen proves again why his old world craftsmanship skills are among the elite in his profession. Everything is done by hand, using original engraving and engine turning machines, many of which are antiques. You can learn more about how Jochen Benzinger creates watches by clicking here
. You'll also see the very machines and workshop where he works.
This watch is manually winding with a power reserve of 46 hours, and features a sub seconds hand at 6. Sapphire crystals on both sides. The presentation box is elaborate, and naturally features engraved plates describing and naming the watch.
This watch ships with a black Benzinger calf leather strap and deployant buckle.