I’m hoping at least one of our readers got the literary reference there? Â Well, even if you haven’t, I thought I’d bring your attention to one of the most meticulously-decorated “skeleton” watches I’ve ever seen, from none other than Grieb & Benzinger.
The model in question, appropriately enough, is the Dragon. Â While it’s available in four colors, I’ve focused in on the blue model (product page). Â Given you see so much of it, you’re probably curious as to what movement is included in the watch – and here, I found an unexpected treasure – they’re actually refurbishing “classic” movements from 1890 – 1930. Â So, not only are you getting a watch that breathes new life into an old movement, you’re getting something from an era that some would call the “heyday” of mechanicals. Â In this specific watch, you have:
Manually wound movement,Â completely skeletonized, engraved and guillochÃ© byÂ hand, flame-blued screws, flame-blued crown andÂ ratchet wheel, gold coated steel hands hour andÂ minute indication, small second indication at â€œ9â€.
Frankly, that movement, and the decoration done to both sides is simply stunning. Â That means the case to go with it has to be superb as well. Â I think they’ve hit the mark here:
Solid 18kt white gold case withÂ screwed-in and hand-guillochÃ© bezel with domedÂ sapphire crystal or solid 18kt white gold case lugsÂ and screwed-in bezel set with 124 baguette diamonds,Â screwed-in strap lugs, solid gold crown,Â screwed-in case-back with flat sapphire crystal, caseÂ diameter 43 mm, hand-made alligator strap withÂ gold buckle.
This is, most certainly, a piece of art you’d wear on your wrist. Â Or, more likely, store in a vault until a special occasion arises. Â This is due to my assumption that there is no small pricetag on this piece, given the materials involved, the work done, and the fact that G&B only produces around ten watches per year. Â So, while many of us will never see one in person, let alone own one, it’s work like this that truly makes me appreciate what can be done with a fine timepiece.