Moritz Grossmann

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The history of Moritz Grossmann

Moritz Grossmann, born in Dresden in 1826, was deemed a visionary among Germany’s great horologists. In 1854, his friend Ferdinand Adolph Lange persuaded the young, highly talented watchmaker to establish his own mechanical workshop in Glashütte. Apart from building a respected watchmaking business, Grossmann was committed to political and social causes. He established the German School of Watchmaking in 1878. Moritz Grossmann passed away unexpectedly in 1885, after which his manufacture was liquidated.

Moritz Grossmann
Moritz Grossmann

The spirit of Moritz Grossmann’s horological traditions sprang back to life in 2008 when trained watchmaker Christine Hutter discovered the venerable Glashütte brand and had it re-registered. She developed concepts and was inspired by the vision of reviving Grossmann’s legacy more than 120 years later with a particularly exquisite wristwatch. And she convinced private watch enthusiasts to support her in making this dream come true. On 11 November 2008, she incorporated Grossmann Uhren GmbH in Glashütte.

Six years after their establishment the manufactory has presented six watch models: BENU, BENU Power reserve, BENU Tourbillon, ATUM, TEFNUT and TEFNUT Lady. The mechanical movements of the young brand MORITZ GROSSMANN GLASHÜTTE I/SA represent outstanding technical solutions and constructive details like the Grossmann balance wheel and the Grossmann manual winder with pusher. The technical highlight is the in November 2013 presented BENU Tourbillon: a flying three minute tourbillon with a guaiacum brake ring and a stop-seconds mechanism realized with a brush made of human hair.

Moritz Grossmann

At Grossmann, gifted watchmakers are preserving traditions without copying historic timepieces. With innovation, superb craftsmanship, a combination of traditional and contemporary manufacturing methods as well as precious materials, they have created an “Origin of a new time” with their watches.

Movement Moritz Grossmann

 


 

The collection

The new elegance – The TEFNUT for gentlemen

Christine Hutter (CEO Grossmann Uhren GmbH): “Many of our customers have been eagerly awaiting the new watch, the next Grossmann innovation, and now, it is here. But we will have to disappoint those who expected a sporty timepiece or even a diver’s watch. As regards looks, we remain true to our credo and focused on understated yet elegant watches that reflect a reduced form vocabulary. We do not wish to distract from the essence. The newly developed calibre 102.0 is straightforward, smaller, and thinner. For us, it represents an important step because it opens up new perspectives for future developments.”

The Name TEFNUT has its origins in ancient Egyptian mythology. Tefnut is an Egyptian goddess and the first offspring of Atum, the deity of creation. She symbolises the temperament of fire and the subtle elegance of the Nubian feline.

The new elegance! The TEFNUT
The new elegance! The TEFNUT

 

The TEFNUT model is a men’s watch that reflects a decidedly reduced form vocabulary and straightforward development process. Its personality eliminates all doubt that horological class is also a question of appearance. Exquisitely cambered gold hour markers, convex numerals at the 6 and 12 o’clock positions, two manually crafted hands conceived explicitly for this watch family, and a slender gold case are defining elements of this timepiece.

A totally reimagined mechanical heart of similarly subtle elegance beats inside the strikingly handsome case. The remarkably thin movement exhibits all the typical Grossmann hallmarks, yet is absolutely unique in its linear-symmetric architecture. This is immediately visible with a glance at the modified cut of the 3/5 plate.

The new elegance - TEFNUT
The new elegance – TEFNUT

 

Technical data
MovementManufacture calibre 102.0, manually wound, adjusted in five positions
No. of parts196
Jewels26, of which 3 in screwed gold chatons
EscapementLever escapement
OscillatorShock-resistant Grossmann balance with 4 inertia and 2 poising screws, Nivarox 1 balance spring
BalanceDiameter: 10.0 mm, frequency: 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour
Power reserve48 hours when fully wound
FunctionsHours and minutes
Operating elementsCrown in 750/000 gold for winding the watch and setting the time

 

Case dimensionsDiameter: 39.0 mm, height: 8.5 mm
Movement dimensionsDiameter: 26.0 mm, height: 3.45 mm
CaseThree-part, in 750/000 gold
DialSolid silver
HandsManually crafted, steel or stainless steel
Crystal and backSapphire crystal, antireflective coating on one side
StrapHand-stitched alligator strap with butterfly clasp in 750/000 Gold

 


 

Feminine appeal and superb precision – The TEFNUT for ladies

The TEFNUT Lady is the first Moritz Grossmann watch that combines horological class with feminine aesthetics. A radial guilloché pattern unfolds across its sublime mother-of-pearl dial. The origin of the rays at 6 o’clock is a gold chaton with a glistening diamond. It underscores the gracefulness of this timepiece. Two manually crafted hands in steel annealed to a brown-violet hue stand out with a delicately curved nodal shape and wispy contours. A gold bezel, optionally set with 80 brilliant-cut diamonds, frames the elegant face of the watch. Its heart is the calibre 102.0 movement, a totally new development. So this slender masterpiece proves that sparkling diamonds and technical brilliance are a perfect match.

Feminine appeal and superb precision - TEFNUT Ladies Collection
Feminine appeal and superb precision – TEFNUT Ladies Collection

Technical Data

MovementManufacture calibre 102.0, manually wound, adjusted in five positions
No. of parts196
Jewels26, of which 3 in screwed gold chatons
EscapementLever escapement
OscillatorShock-resistant Grossmann balance with 4 inertia and 2 poising screws, Nivarox 1 balance spring
BalanceDiameter: 10.0 mm, frequency: 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour
Power reserve48 hours when fully wound
FunctionsHours and minutes
Operating elementsCrown in 750/000 gold, with gemstone, for winding the watch and    setting the time
Case dimensionsDiameter: 36.0 mm, height: 8.32 mm
Movement dimensionsDiameter: 26.0 mm, height: 3.45 mm
CaseThree-part, in 750/000 gold
DiamondsBezel set with 80 brilliant-cut diamonds, 0.73 ct, TW vvsi1
DialSolid silver, faced with mother of pearl and guilloched, gold chaton with diamond at 6 o’clock
HandsHand-crafted, steel, annealed to a brown-violet hue
Crystal and backSapphire crystal, antireflective coating on one side
StrapSatin strap with prong buckle in 750/000 Gold
Feminine appeal and superb precision - TEFNUT Ladies Collection
Feminine appeal and superb precision – TEFNUT Ladies Collection

 

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