To create the only chronograph watch currently in the Jochen Benzinger collection, a large number of in-house modifications were necessary to the movement. Jochen's goal was to create a chronograph watch that had the true functions of a chronograph - measuring elapsed time - but without the traditional dial layout seen on almost all chronograph watches.
Jochen's master watchmaker went to work using the hand sketches drawn for the dial. You'll notice from the picture above that the hour and minutes hand have been displaced off center to a large subdial at 4, while the sweep seconds hand has been expanded in a subdial at 9. The chronograph register has been moved to 12, so the result is a chronograph watch that resembles no other we've seen.
After all the movement modifications were made, Jochen went to work, creating the dial completely by hand. You'll notice that three distinctively different guilloche patterns have been engine turned into the dial. Jochen told us that one of the most difficult tasks in making this dial is creating the Benzinger badge at 12 and the name badge at 8. Unlike most watches that use badges that are glued or screwed onto the dial, Jochen's badges are actually cut into the dial itself - the engine turning is made in all places except the badges, leaving elevated surfaces - amazing!
Now to the engraved rotor. We asked Jochen to create a rotor for this watch unlike any other he has done in his long career, and we wanted the rotor to have both family and geographical significance to him. Again, the hand sketches began, and Jochen incorporated a number of symbols important to him in the design.
His home town of Pforzheim, Germany is located at the gate to the Black Forest in a region called Baden-Württemberg. The official symbol of this region is shown to the right, and Jochen drew inspiration from this design to create his rotor. He has also incorporated elements of his family crest, and the result is striking.
The remaining movement parts are completely disassembled, piece by piece, and then hand engraved using tools that have never seen an electrical cord. 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 automatically winding with a power reserve of 44 hours, and features 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.
To read an International Watch magazine article about Jochen Benzinger please click here