While the name Moritz Grossmann refers to a great watchmaker and the founder and director of the German School of Watchmaking in Glashütte, back in the 19th century, the brand as we know it today is still rather new on the German watchmaking scene. However, this year marks an important milestone for the brand, which was founded back in 2008. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its rebirth, Moritz Grossmann releases 24 one-off timepieces representing the past, present and future of the brand, to be sold online through the world’s leading auction house, Christie’s.
Moritz Grossmann was born in Dresden on 27 March 1826. After sojourns in Hamburg and Munich, he was drawn to La Chaux-de-Fonds, the hub of Swiss watchmaking. He returned to Dresden in 1854 after stopovers in England, France, Denmark, and Sweden. Upon his arrival, he fulfilled his dream and established his own atelier. There he crafted pocket watches, pendulum clocks, and precision measuring instruments – an inspiration for the current collection. He died unexpectedly on 23 January 1885 and thereafter, his atelier was liquidated.
Fast forward to 2008, Christine Hutter, an experienced member of the watchmaking industry, established Grossmann Uhren GmbH in Glashütte and created a new brand based on the tenets of Moritz Grossmann. This brand, which now crafts some of the most well-finished pieces in Glashütte, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
In order to mark this important step, Moritz Grossmann is launching an impressive project together with Christie’s auction house. Symbolising the European advent calendar and the countdown to Christmas in the US, 24 unique pieces have been created by the brand, showcasing some its most fascinating expertise. Each of the unique pieces gracefully demonstrates that nothing of the tradition, craftsmanship and innovation have been lost during Moritz Grossmann’s 130-year dormancy.
From enamelled dials to pocket watches or modernly-shaped pieces, all of the 24 watches are unique interpretations of known models – for instance the superb Benu Tourbillon or the modern Atum models.
These 24 watches are now offered by Christie’s for sale through an online-only auction. Lots are fully detailed on this page and the auction runs until December 10. More details at www.grossmann-uhren.com.