This is a very special watch from Jochen Benzinger - in fact, it is the first of its kind to be produced.
This watch differs from Jochen's standard Subskription with three important changes:
- Exposed movement with cutaway in silver dial
- German red 12 (historically used in German limited series watches)
- Unique decoration
Not long ago we approached Jochen with the idea of introducing a new version of the original Subskription complication by including a partially cut away dial to showcase his engraving and skeletonizing talents – but also provide a glimpse of the mechanical movement.
The Jochen Benzinger Subskription Special Edition is the newest creation out of Jochen’s workshop in Pforzheim – and, as always, we are struck by the skill and craftsmanship on display – the workings of a true watchmaking craftsman.
The process begins with a 42 mm stainless steel case that is made in Pforzheim (not far from Jochen’s workshop) and features screwed strap lugs and a smooth polished bezel. It is completed by a sapphire crystal on both the front and back of the case to showcase and protect his work.
Jochen will then focus his attention on the guilloched and skeletonized sterling silver dial – work that is all done by hand. The guilloche pattern is painstakingly produced through the use of antique engine turning machines dating back to the early twentieth century (a skill that only a handful of people now possess) and is completed through the use of a miniature engravers hand saw to create the unique cut-out portions.
The dial alone can often take days to produce as just one slip can ruin the frosted finish and force him to start over from scratch. After completion the dial is finished by painting the unique red accented roman numeral XII and adding the flame blued Breguet styled steel hands.
The next step involves the movement. The German word "Subskription" is taken from the French word "Souscription", and originally referred to a watch for which a down payment had been received. This term later became associated with movements of the finest design that separated the seconds function from the hours and minutes display, most notably where the hands were off center. This modification to the movement has been completely done in-house.
In addition to the in-house modification, the movement (like the dial) is also guilloched, skeletonized and engraved by hand – including screw balance and the ratchet and crown-wheel. The base plate has also been guilloched and plated with blue platinum for an amazing blend of colors that is visible on both sides of the watch. The movement screws have also been flame-blued and provide the perfect accent to the blue platinum underneath.
The Jochen Benzinger Subskription Special Edition is manually winding with a power reserve of 44 hours, and features a large sub seconds hand at 6. 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.