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Two Celebratory Watches For Moritz Grossmann’s 15th Anniversary

An exceptional one-off Tremblage, plus a Green version of the Backpage, in honour of 15 years of present-day Moritz Grossmann.

| By Robin Nooy | 4 min read |

Whenever birthdays or anniversaries are celebrated, brands like to go the extra mile in creating something truly cool or special. These celebratory pieces can become icons in their own right, as they often have special features, unique materials or never-to-be-repeated colour combinations. Omega has done it with the Seamaster, Audemars Piguet with the Royal Oak Offshore, and Patek Philippe even celebrates the birthday of its former president, Mr Philippe Stern. But for now, the focus shifts towards Glashütte, as Moritz Grossmann is dead-set on going out with a bang in its 15th anniversary year as a Manufacture. And the brand is bringing a couple of gifts, in the form of a unique piece of the gorgeous Tremblage, and a special edition of the evocative Backpage!

It might be a touch confusing when it comes to the German high-end watchmaking company Moritz Grossmann’s timeline, but in this case, we’re talking about the present-day brand. The name goes back a lot further than just 15 years, as Mr Carl Moritz Grossmann created his eponymous watchmaking atelier in Glashütte in 1854. Among many things, he was the driving force behind the foundation of the Glashütte School of Watchmaking. In 2008, the name was dusted off when Christine Hutter decided to preserve and re-establish it as one of the top watchmakers in the Glashütte area.

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The Backpage in green

While Moritz Grossmann is all about traditional watchmaking techniques, and often portrays this through very classically styled watches, the brand also has a creative edge. Watches like the Hamatic for instance, with its pendulum-like mechanical movement, are not something you’ll find at other brands. Another perfect example is the Backpage, with its inverted movement construction. It has been in the collection for a number of years now and is selected as the platform for the brand’s latest anniversary watch, the Backpage Green.

The Backpage Green comes in a platinum or rose gold case of 41mm in width and 11.35mm in height. The ‘Green’ refers to the partially open dial element that carries the minute track, hour indices and small seconds subdial. As is common practice, the hands are heat-annealed to Moritz Grossmann’s signature violet-brown hue. As the movement is constructed upside down, it reveals the balance wheel, engraved balance cock, clever winder-and-pusher system and more of the running gear on the front of the watch. Both versions are limited to 25 pieces, worn on a brown or black leather strap and priced at EUR 45,600 in red gold, or EUR 52,000 in platinum.

Quick Facts – 41mm x 11.35mm – rose gold or platinum case, polished – sapphire crystal front & back – winder with pusher & stop-seconds mechanism – partial dial in green with applied hour indices and printed numerals and markings – heat-annealed hands in violet-brown hue – Calibre 107.0, manually wound – in-house – inverted construction – 18,000vph – 42h power reserve – Haute Horlogerie finishing applied by hand – brown or black alligator leather strap with pin buckle – limited to 25 pieces each – EUR 45,600 (red gold) – EUR 52,000 (platinum)

The unique Tremblage XV birthday edition

The second celebratory watch Moritz Grossmann brings to the party is a unique edition of the drop-dead gorgeous Tremblage. While it’s simpler in style compared to the Backpage, it’s no less interesting. It shares the same rose gold case as the Backpage, but instead comes with a fully enclosed dial. The name Tremblage refers to the techniques used on the dial, which has hand-hammered dimpled textures. Each incision on the German silver base dial is made by hand using special burins resulting in a dramatic yet subtle effect. For this unique piece, Moritz Grossmann puts the years 2008 and 2015 on the dial, to mark its anniversary.

The movement is ‘conventionally’ constructed but again finished to the highest standards. The manually-wound Calibre 100.0 runs at a rate of 18,000vph and has a power reserve of 42 hours. It shows a typical three-quarter plate construction with a Moritz Grossmann variable inertia balance suspended under a hand-engraved balance cock. Furthermore, it’s finished with jewels set in gold chatons, violet screws, black-polished elements, snailing on the ratchet wheel and various other types of high-end finishing techniques. Setting time is done by pulling the crown and adjusting the hands, after which the pusher releases the movement again. As this is a unique piece, the price is set at EUR 52,000, although it’s very likely it’s already allocated to a very lucky collector.

Quick Facts – 41mm x 11.35mm – rose gold case, polished – sapphire crystal front & back – winder with pusher & stop-seconds mechanism – German silver dial with hand-engraved tremblage finish – violet-brown heat-annealed hands – Calibre 100.0, manually wound – made in-house – 18,000vph – 42h power reserve – Haute Horlogerie finishing applied by hand – brown alligator leather strap with rose gold pin buckle – unique piece – EUR 52,000

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