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The Moritz Grossmann Central Seconds with Purple Dial

The slightly sportier looking Central Seconds showing a Purple Haze.

| By Robin Nooy | 3 min read |

The new Moritz Grossmann Central Seconds Purple might have people humming Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” in the back of their minds. But, since we’re talking Haute Horlogerie according to Moritz Grossmann here, there’s a subtle design feature regularly seen on its watches that has this new purple dial making perfect sense. In the same vein as its blue and salmon coloured siblings, it’s a slightly sportier model, now with an intense purple dial. Let’s get into the details, shall we?

Moritz Grossmann’s watches are constructed and finished to the very highest level, with clever solutions and meticulous attention to detail. Virtually everything is done in-house, and the brand has found a way to blend traditional craftsmanship with contemporary design elements. One such stand-out element is the heat-annealed screws and hands, often finished in a violet tone. It would be only a matter of time then, for this colour to find its way to the dial.

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The Moritz Grossmann Central Seconds purple comes in exactly the same steel case as the previous models, measuring 41mm across and 12mm in height. On the right-hand side, we find MG’s signature crown-and-pusher winding and setting system. This system cleverly prevents dust and water to enter the case, as it resets the crown after pulling it out. It also prevents unwanted adjustments of the hands that can occur when pushing back in a conventional crown. The small pusher you see just below it releases the movement again.

The dial is now finished in an intense, dark-purple hue instead of blue or salmon pink, and it looks quite refreshing! Just as before, the white numerals are filled with luminous material to aid with night-time legibility. The outer edge of the dial is given a minute/seconds track. The handcrafted hands are polished to perfection, as the signature heat-annealed violet hue would blend into the dial too much. The hands are given a HyCeram Luminex filling which gives off a green glow at night. As the name indicates, the watch features a central seconds hand, giving it a slightly sportier touch.

Inside ticks the manufacture calibre 100.11. this manual wound movement is composed of 198 parts including 22 jewels. It runs at a frequency of 18,000vph and fully wound it will provide 42 hours of running time. It features a shock-resistant Moritz Grossmann variable inertia balance and that clever winding system I mentioned earlier. As we’ve come to expect from the brand, everything is finished to Haute Horlogerie standards, with Glashütte ribbing, polished bevels, violet heat-annealed screws, hand-engraved decorations, frosting on the main plate, gold chatons.

The Moritz Grossmann Central Seconds Purple is worn on a similar black Kudu leather strap as its blue and salmon siblings. It’s secured to the wrist with a steel pin buckle. Moritz Grossmann will make only 25 of these, at a retail price of EUR 24,700 excl. taxes. It will be available through the brand’s online Boutique.

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