This is the first video I ever made where I am appearing myself with a watch to discuss. This watch is worthy of more than just a bit of discussion which is why we made this video, and I hope you will enjoy. Finally live:
About 6 months ago, I started a discussion with a friend about a unique timepiece which should be exceptional in every way. Possibly, the movement should be something unusual, but more so the dial. We were talking about specialists who make enamel dials and guilloche dials, who else could we possibly end up with if not Mr. Kari Voutilainen, of the best guilloche dial makers known together with Mr. Brodbeck. We had to bring the guilloche dial together with a watch known to have a pretty unique and exceptional movement, the Moritz Grossmann Hamatic.
The green subdial is inspired from a plant called Markwort. I will discuss the story and history of how this dial came about in the video below made by Marko Koncina of @swisswatchgang.
This watch has an exceptional movement where the basic idea is to create a highly efficient pendulum (or hammer) style automatic winding mechanism based on 19th century designs by Perrelet and Breguet. Breguet was the first one who adopted the development made by Perrelet and made it marketable. Breguet is known to have sold about 80 to 90 pocketwatches with a similar automatic winding hammer mechanism. Obviously, it was at a different time, and not in a wristwatch. Creating this mechanism for a wristwatch was way more challenging.
Creating a unique piece posed a few challenges. We had to bring together two watchmakers in two different countries during one of the worst times in mankind’s history. Travel was not possible, so all decisions had to be made via chat and email. It actually happened pretty quick in about a month as far as I recall. Then we had about 3 months waittime for production.
This project belongs to one of my most exciting watchprojects I ever created. And without bragging, I am a bit proud of it. And, I want to thank Moritz Grossmann and Kari Voutilainen for their immense support to make this a reality and make a watchenthusiast really happy.
The cool thing is that this is a German watch, and a Swiss dial made by a Finnish watchmaker. This is a multicultural project on the highest level.
Something I noticed about the Moritz Grossmann watch is the konic crown. A unique crown design. Yet still comfortable to use it for winding. The Hamatic mechanism is however very efficient and does not need much winding, nor much time to fully charge the powerreserve. It is enough to sit at a table and do office work for about 6 hours to fully load the powerreserve, is what Christine Hutter, CEO of Moritz Grossmann, told me.
I want to tell an additional story about this watch. For this watch I created a digital certificate which is stored in a blockchain and will be accessible to my client as long as we possess internet access. The digital certificate contains all detail information on this timepiece as well as picture of the watch front and back. The papercertificate is also stored. In addition, this certificate will be possible to update with future sales to stay fully documented.