Jaeger & Benzinger Chronograph Black Frost

Hand made chronograph with engraved rotor
• Case diameter (mm): 42.0
• Case thickness (mm): 14.5
• Case lug width (mm): 22
• Case back: Transparent
• Case finish: Mixed
• Case metal: Stainless steel
• Dial color: Black/Silver
• Front crystal: Sapphire
• Movement: Automatic mechanical
• Manufacturer's limited warranty: 2 years
• Strap or bracelet: Strap
• Warranty service: RGM or Benzinger

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Jaeger & Benzinger Chronograph Black Frost
Jaeger & Benzinger Chronograph Black Frost

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Jaeger & Benzinger Chronograph Black Frost
Jaeger & Benzinger Chronograph Black Frost
Jaeger & Benzinger Chronograph Black Frost
Jaeger & Benzinger Chronograph Black Frost
Product Details

This watch is from the team of Jochen Benzinger and Kay Jaeger, two of the most well known purveyors of "hand made" products in Germany.

Based in the small village of Baden-Baden, Germany in the Black Forest, Jaeger & Benzinger are preserving the lost art of making watches largely by hand, rather than relying on automated computer controlled CNC machines.

Using the traditional German watchmaking techniques of hand guilloche, hand engraving and hand skeletonization each Jaeger & Benzinger watch is essentially a unique piece since these techniques will never produce an exact copy.



The Movement

This watch features a stunning hand finished chronograph movement based on a Valjoux 7750.  Jochen uses perlage, blued screws, and other decorative techniques to complete the movement design, and then moves on to the rotor.

The rotor is skeletonized with the Jaeger & Benzinger brand initials in rose gold along with elaborate rose engine guilloche.



The Dial

Like all Jaeger & Benzinger watches the very thing you are likely to notice first is the dial.  Also, as in all Jaeger & Benzinger watches, the dial is not machine made or printed. 

Instead, the dial is entirely hand-crafted in-house out of sterling silver.  The dial is then hand guilloched and engraved on antique and historic rose engines - old world craftsmanship skills that make Jochen Benzinger among the elite in his profession.

The white hands provide a striking contrast to the engraved black dial with matching white Roman numerals.

The sweep seconds sub-dial at 9 is also guilloched completely by hand, and is created on a rose engine.  The process of hand guilloche can take hours, and each pattern is essentially unique because of the hand workmanship. 

Once completed, Jochen uses a traditional Breguet frost technique with fire and special polishing to create the silver ring around the sub-dial.



The Case

This watch is fitted in a robust stainless steel case made in Pforzheim, Germany. The case has sapphire crystal on both the front and back revealing the decorated movement.



How Can I Purchase This Watch?

This watch is available by special order as each piece is hand made.

If you would like to own this watch, please follow the link below to learn about the reservations process.  Watches will be delivered in the exact order in which we receive your reservation.

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The Rose Engine


The rose engine is a type of geometric lathe, many of which date back more than 100 years.

Operated entirely by hand, each cut must be precisely made or the entire watch component is ruined and must be started again.

There are very few craftsmen in the world who are trained as experts in the operations of rose engines, engine turning and hand guilloche, and these techniques are employed in all Jaeger & Benzinger watches on both the three-quarter plate and the sub-dial.


Rose Engine

















The Graver


This hand tool is the same as employed by the 16th century German painter and engraver Albrecht Durer.

Jaeger & Benzinger uses these graver tools to cut and decorate movement parts.

Watch Graver















Skeleton Saw


A skeleton saw (or "fine fretsaw") is usually associated with work done by master goldsmiths, but Jaeger & Benzinger use this tool to create the skeletonizing of the bridges.

Watch Skeletonizating



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