Grieb Benzinger – Taking exceptional vintage movements and creating horological watch art.

Grieb Benzinger consists of three watch connoisseurs, give them the greatest movements from the era spanning 1880 to 1930 and they will produce some of the most beautiful and luxurious skeletonized watches.

Grieb Benzinger crafts unique wristwatches containing exceptional movements originally made by the greatest masters of vintage horology, turning it into your thoroughly individual timepiece. Hermann Grieb, Georg Bartkowiak and Jochen Benzinger find their source of inspiration in old masters of fine watchmaking such as Abraham-Louis Breguet and his apprentice Charles Oudin. The movements of the Grieb Benzinger Platinum timepieces chiefly originate in the era spanning 1880 to 1930. This period was also known for works of art by great masters such as Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Wassily Kandinsky.

What would passion for timepieces and the mastery of rare traditional craftsmanship be without a true love of contemporary history breathing life into the movements? Most certainly, it would be no more than fleeting fashion.

The most miniscule detail of every Grieb Benzinger Platinum wristwatch is lovingly restored by hand or modified and refined according to its new owner’s particular wishes. Historical tools today only found in a museum are utilized for this purpose. A time-consuming development process sees authentic and exclusive masterpieces of long-forgotten craftsmanship created in this way. The driving force behind Grieb Benzinger watches are Georg Bartkowiak, Jochen Benzinger, Hermann Grieb: A triptych of enthusiastic timepiece connoisseurs, artists and craftsmen. The company Grieb Benzinger are three connoisseurs of the high art of fine watchmaking, embracing their obligation to conserve centuries-old arts and crafts. Grieb Benzinger are among very few in the watch industry that continues precious vintage traditions, making high quality handcrafting and elaborate refinement techniques into contemporary witnesses for their own movement history. They employ the same type of tools their creative precursors did. Thus, Grieb Benzinger and Bartkowiak honor and encourage the heritage of their trade as well as the original composers of these timeless masterpieces.

Hermann Grieb

A master of oscillation.
A passionate collector and watchmaker.
An artisan the likes of which only are few left.

Hermann Grieb masters the traditional techniques of watchmaking as very few others today. His expertise lies in the field of traditional restoration of vintage masterpieces, thus preserving and encouraging a precious centuries-old heritage. Enthusiastic collectors from all over the world appreciate his longstanding experience and impeccable craftsmanship. In every single one of the Grieb Benzinger Platinum wristwatches beats the heart of the vintage movement freshly interpreted by Hermann Grieb. The filigreed works of art are disassembled and restored; each stage is performed with the utmost care and attention to delicate detail.

The combination of old techniques and new functions constitutes the creative bedrock for the exceptional compositions of the Grieb Benzinger Platinum. The resulting exclusive unicum, the rebirth of a vintage masterpiece, is realized in cooperation with Jochen
Benzinger.

Jochen Benzinger

A living icon of movement finishing.
A master of skeletonizing, engraving and guilloché.
An outstanding artisan. Worldwide.

Born, raised, and trained in Germany’s gold city, Pforzheim, Jochen Benzinger has brought his art to perfection. His apprenticeship with Pforzheim’s top engraver wasn’t enough; he has always endeavored to perform at the highest possible level. Motivated by his passion, he taught himself the craft of guilloché, which had ceased to be schooled as a skilled trade in 1961. Today, he justifiably ranks among the most experienced and knowledgable protagonists of his trade.

His profession is his vocation; technical precision and artistic beauty are of equal consequence. Together with Hermann Grieb, he bestows his sense of perfect refinement and detailed finishing upon the distinct Grieb Benzinger Platinum timepieces. Jochen Benzinger and Hermann Grieb accomplish the perfect finishing of their movements demanded by their quality and design in collaboration with Georg Bartkowiak.

Even during his college years studying economics, Georg Bartkowiak began developing remarkable wristwatch concepts and designs.Georg Bartkowiak

The daring one.
The driving force.
The designing talent.

Even during his college years studying economics, Georg Bartkowiak began developing remarkable wristwatch concepts and designs. Many timepiece enthusiasts all over the world have fallen for Georg Bartkowiak’s high demand on select materials, artful details and elaborate techniques. High-flying creations including exclusive designs for royal houses and international VIPs speak for themselves. An expert in technical and creative product development, Georg Bartkowiak has executed remarkable icons and put numerous companies back on the map. Georg Bartkowiak, Jochen Benzinger, Hermann Grieb: this triptych of enthusiastic timepiece connoisseurs, artists and craftsmen is grounded on a long-term friendship. Shared passion, devotion and professional expertise constitute the sound basis of the extraordinary creations labeled Grieb Benzinger Platinum.

“Grieb Benzinger and Bartkowiak, aka Grieb Benzinger, three connoisseurs of the high art of fine watchmaking, embrace their obligation to conserve centuries-old arts and crafts. “

Grieb Benzinger are amongst the very few in the watch industry to continue precious vintage traditions, making high quality handcrafting and elaborate refinement techniques into contemporary witnesses for their own movement history. They employ the same type of tools their creative precursors did. Thus, Grieb Benzinger and Bartkowiak honor and encourage the heritage of their trade as well as the original composers of these timeless masterpieces. The most miniscule detail of every Grieb Benzinger Platinum wristwatch is lovingly restored by hand or modified and refined according to its new owner’s particular wishes. Historical tools today only found in a museum are utilized for this purpose. A time-consuming development process sees authentic and exclusive masterpieces of long-forgotten craftsmanship created in this way. Each and every filigreed detail of a Grieb Benzinger Platinum timepiece is crucial to the successful resurrection of the various elements of its movement. For this reason, all parts are inspected with the utmost care, and it is not until after meticulous restoration or manufacture to specification that they are reinserted into the complete work of art. Thus, even functions and indications are modified upon request. The result is mesmerizing: historical masterpieces in shining new platinum robes, modern interpretations created by masters of their trade in perfect traditional craftsmanship embellished by precious hand engraving and guilloché.

What greater tribute could be possibly paid to the past masters of horology than this most respectful bow to their spectacular works of art?

Grieb Benzinger – Peerlessly Unique

Exclusively for you, they invest countless hours. Exclusively for you, they use unconventional tools and machines. Exclusively for you, they create unique masterpieces of fine watchmaking. The distinctive characters of their timepieces are one-of-a-kind worldwide. The vintage masterpieces that they search out for you across the globe are beyond the shadow of a doubt unique pieces. It is from this synergy of instinctive flair, craftsmanship, historical movements, and their soulful reinterpretation that unreservedly unique timepieces of true exclusivity and genuine character emerge.

You can feel the time spent to create a handcrafted masterpiece.
It is a sensual experience of history and time.
You can hear the stories that their timepieces tell.
They are written especially for you.
You can see the harmony of composition that underlies a particular timepiece.
It is a feast for the eye.

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