Grieb & Benzinger Vacheron Constantin

Limited Edition 1 Piece

Vacheron Constantin heritage movement
• Watch diameter (mm): 42.0
• Watch height (mm): 10.7
• Lug to lug (mm): 51
• Case back: Transparent
• Case finish: Mixed
• Case metal: Stainless steel
• Dial color: Skeleton
• Front crystal: Sapphire
• Movement: Manual mechanical
• Manufacturer's limited warranty: 2 years
• Strap or bracelet: Strap

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Grieb & Benzinger Vacheron Constantin
Grieb & Benzinger Vacheron Constantin

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Grieb & Benzinger Vacheron Constantin
Grieb & Benzinger Vacheron Constantin
Grieb & Benzinger Vacheron Constantin
Grieb & Benzinger Vacheron Constantin
Product Details


Created by the German team of Jochen Benzinger and Hermann Grieb, this unique piece is literally made from a piece of watch history.

German Master Watchmaker Hermann Grieb located a rare and historic movement from Vacheron Constantin, specifically during the period that Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe were considered as the world's top two mechanical movement manufacturers.

This Vacheron Constantin calibre features an open screw balance, swan neck fine regulation, screwed gold chatons and Maltese Cross regulation in the spring barrel.  Hermann Grieb is renowned for his ability to locate rare movements at international watch auctions and to restore them to modern operating standards.

Hermann has a keen interest in historic Vacheron Constantin calibres and considers them to be among the most important early movement designs incorporating advanced regulation techniques.  His focus is to find early Vacheron Constantin calibres from the last 100 years to build watches which are unique pieces.

After Hermann Grieb elaborately transforms and restores this movement piece by piece from his altelier at the Schloss Daetzingen in the German Swabian village of Grafenau, Jochen Benzinger takes over from his workshops in Pforzheim just 25 kilometers down the road in the Black Forest.

This movement is refined and decorated completely by hand including the engraving, skeletonization and guilloché on rose engines from Pforzheim that date back over 100 years.  All skeleton and guilloché work on the dial is also crafted completely by hand.  

Speaking of the dial - it is made in solid sterling silver and then cut out to reveal the movement.  What is so striking about this watch are the various colors visible from the front of the watch, including silver, black bridges and rose gold cogwheels and screw balance.

The symbol of Vacheron Constantin is the historic Maltese Cross, but this symbol was not just a logo design in their early movements.

A close examination of the Maltese Cross in this movement will show that it is an integral part of the regulation system; its very shape is used to design the regulation component that is fixed to the barrel reducing the amount of wheels necessary for winding.

All screws and hands are flamed blued in the traditional style by Hermann Grieb and are hand polished.

This watch is fitted with a black patterned calf leather strap with stainless steel engraved deployant buckle.

The case is made in Pforzheim, Germany and is hand polished with matte, satinized and polished surfaces.

Watches made by Hermann Grieb and Jochen Benzinger have sold in the last few years for many times the price of this watch in select watch boutiques in Europe.

We are fortunate to have partnered with both of these talented individuals and their unique one of one pieces since the very first days of their collaboration.

As the official North American distributor for Grieb & Benzinger we can create a limited edition of one watch according to your preferences.

The story of master watchmaker Hermann Grieb begins in a castle, the Schloss Datzingen to be exact.

We must admit that if you must pick a place to work a schloss built in 1263 is as good as any.

The Schloss Datzingen is famous not only for housing the workshops of Herman Grieb, but it also serves as the official auction house of the third largest auction house of fine collectibles in Germany. Although Hermann Grieb serves as the official watchmaker responsible for the repair and restoration of all timepieces in the auction, he still has a bit of time left over to create great watches for us in collaboration with Jochen Benzinger.

Because of the historical significance of the castle, and the number of original pieces that remained on site (including table clocks and antique pocket watches), someone of exceptional talent was needed to maintain and restore these timepieces, some of which were over 200 years old.

Herman Grieb began his work at Schloss Datzingen in 1982. As is the case with many master watchmakers, Hermann is also an expert with clocks, and much of his early work centered on the restoration and repair of the castle's fine table clocks. Due to the age of some of these pieces, parts often must be made by hand to fit in the original design and style of the clock, and this type of work requires much precision, knowledge and a bit of "art".

Born in 1954, Hermann Grieb spent many years training as an apprentice under some of Germany's finest watchmakers at the time. He also learned the art of goldsmith in Pforzheim, and became to have a mutual respect for Jochen Benzinger, also based in Pforzheim.

Hermann has become fascinated with antique pocket watch movements, especially those that are extremely rare. During a recent dinner conversation, we learned that most old watch movements are in such a state of disrepair that they cannot be used, but every so often there appears "a pearl in the shell". Grieb has a knack for locating these one of kind movements.

The ability to locate such movements, recognize those that are in a state to be made near perfect, and then to restore and refinish the movements is in essence Hermann Grieb. As we travel throughout Germany and meet with the other brands we carry, whenever the conversation turns to vintage timepieces and restored movements, Hermann Grieb's name is usually at the heart of the conversation.

WatchBuys is proud to have Hermann Grieb as part of our team. His collaboration with Jochen Benzinger to create one of a kind watches from historically significant movements is a treat that no picture can justify. The results are in fact breathtaking. And remember - all Grieb & Benzinger watches are limited editions of 1 piece, so exclusivity is assured.