"His work belongs in a museum", is a comment we received from a proud owner of Jochen's watches. The client was at a loss for words while trying to describe the hand workmanship and attention to detail, and emphasized that no picture can do justice to what Jochen creates.
Of course, we already knew this ourselves, considering that we are among his biggest fans.
WatchBuys and Jochen Benzinger present the Silver and Blue Subskription, a watch that remains a mutual favorite.
The watch name is derived from the many uses of silver and blue on both sides of the watch. On the front Jochen starts with a dial that is hand guilloched using machines dating back to the early twentieth century (click here
to learn more about these machines and the manufacturing process). The process of making just the dial can take days. Next, he adds blued steel hands which are encircled by silver frost.
There is an interesting story about the back of the watch. While visiting Jochen's workshop on a trip to Germany, we noticed a watch that he had made for permanent display at the Pforzheim Watch Museum. This watch featured certain pieces of the movement that had been engraved in a deep blue pattern. The contrast with the silver and gold colors was striking, and after a bit of pleading, Jochen agreed to use this process on the new Subskription.
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.
To say the watch has engraved parts is understating the work involved. The entire movement must be completely disassembled with each movement part hand engraved and polished, many using elaborate designs. The use of silver and blue colors on various movement parts also adds to the beauty of the final work. This watch like all of Jochen's watches is one watch that you will want to turn over to show what a true artist can accomplish.
The case features a coin edge finish and onion crown. The case itself has been bead blasted to a matte finish.
This watch is manually winding with a power reserve of 44 hours, and features a large 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.