Swiss hotelier César Ritz had the world-famous hotel built in the neoclassical style during the Belle Epoque and opened it on 24 May 1906, overlooking Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge or Piccadilly Circus and the Royal Gardens of Green Park. Ritz personally managed much of the hotel's operation for many years. The high standards to which he held his staff and the ultimate luxury which he provided his guests had been entirely foreign to Victorian Londoners, and the sensation he caused in the hotel industry precipitated a dramatic shift in that industry's focus.
The Ritz's most famous facility is the Palm Court, one frequented by Kind Edward VII, Charlie Chaplin, Sir Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Judy Garland and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother for the world-famous institution that is "Tea at the Ritz". The Ritz Club is a casino in the basement of the hotel. However, unlike most casinos, it requires a fee to enter. The games are considered "high stakes" in that the minimum bet is usually very high. However, it inspired Benzinger to create a one-of-a-kind watch.
- High grade steel case made in Pforzheim with screwed-in strap lugs, diameter 42mm
- De-central hour and minute indication, Benzinger re-design of a Valjoux 7750 chrono movement
- Hand-guilloché and hand-engraved movement
- Hand-guilloché, hand-engraved and hand-skeletonized new 750/000 18kt gold rotor in form of a roulette disc
- hand-guilloché Sterling silver dial with hand-engraved Ritz logo
- small second printed with a roulette disc
- Hand-sewed alligator leather strap with double folding clasp