Jochen Benzinger Classic Time Machine

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Hand engraved chronograph with engraved movement and rotor
• Watch diameter (mm): 42.0
• Watch height (mm): 15.0
• Lug width (mm): 22
• Lug to lug (mm): 50.5
• Case back: Transparent
• Case metal: Stainless steel
• Front crystal: Sapphire
• Movement: Manual mechanical
• Manufacturer's limited warranty: 2 years
• Strap or bracelet: Strap
• Warranty service: Jochen Benzinger

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Jochen Benzinger Classic Time Machine
Jochen Benzinger Classic Time Machine

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Jochen Benzinger Classic Time Machine
Jochen Benzinger Classic Time Machine
Jochen Benzinger Classic Time Machine
Jochen Benzinger Classic Time Machine
Product Details

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. Baden Germany

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.

How Can I Purchase This Watch?

This watch is available by special order as it 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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Watch specifications are provided by the respective watch manufacturer and/or other sources. Although we use best efforts to provide accurate information, we reserve the right to make corrections when advised of specification changes and/or content errors.

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 Jochen Benzinger watches.

Rose Engine

The Graver

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

Jochen 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 Jochen Benzinger use this tool to create the skeletonizing of the bridges.

Watch Skeletonizating

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