Mittwoch, 30. Juli 2014

Haldimann Horology


Beat Haldimann, the genius watchmaker behind "Haldimann Horology" and creator of his beautiful and mindblowing timepieces. All the timepieces are coming with the legendary and discreet design made by Beat Haldimann to set perfectly the highly complicated tourbillons into scene.

Beat Haldimann was born in 1964 and established "Haldimann Horology" already in 1991 at the age of 27 years. He earned his money with the restoration of antique watches and the more he signed a contract with a well known brand over 10 years. For this brand, which name he keeps in secret, Beat Haldimann developed movements with highly complications. This contract included as well, that it was not permitted to Beat to create his own watches. But he could still develop his famous Regulators. The first one he showed at Basel on the stand of the AHCI in 2000, it was his famous double Regulator Resonance.

Now we are coming to his splendid watches. All the Haldimann watches do come with the Haldimann escapement and the only parts which are not produced in his atelier is the crystal sapphire, the strap and the spirals! I will let the pictures speak for themself!

H1, released in 2002:

H2 RESONANCE, released in 2005:

H8, released in 2008:

H9, released in 2009:

H11, released in 2013:

More details about Haldimann you can find on my homepage: Haldimann Horology

For requests and orders, I warmly invite you to send me an e-mail at

All the best.

Dienstag, 15. Juli 2014

Sotheby's, The Henry Graves Supercomplication auction, 11 Novemer 2014!

Made by Patek Philippe in 1933, this masterpiece of horology is the most famous watch in the world and the most complicated watch ever made completely by human hand. Its reappearance on the market, 15 years after its record sale, will coincide with Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary celebrations and will be a fitting tribute to the genius of the Swiss manufacturer. The watch will be offered in Sotheby’s Geneva sale of Important Watches with an estimate in excess of CHF 15 million.

In 1925, Patek Philippe was commissioned by Henry Graves, a prominent New York banker, to produce the most complicated watch in the world. The product of three years of research and five years’ effort by the most skilled technicians, this extraordinary timepiece is a gold openface minute repeating chronograph clockwatch with Westminster chimes. Among the features it incorporates are perpetual calendar, moon phases, sidereal time, power reserve, and indications for time of sunset and sunrise and the night sky of New York City. With a total of 24 horological complications, The Graves watch retained the title of the world’s most complicated watch for 56 years and even then was only surpassed by technicians working with the aid of computer-assisted machines.

Sotheby’s first sold the Henry Graves Supercomplication in New York in December 1999, as part of a sale of 81 masterpieces from the world-renowned Time Museum. Offered with an estimate of $3-5 million, the watch excited enormous interest and sparked an extended bidding contest, exceeding the company’s wildest expectations when it sold for a record-breaking $11 million, becoming the most expensive timepiece ever sold at auction.

All the best.

Donnerstag, 10. Juli 2014

Benzinger - Tourbillon Mystère, unique timepiece!

In 2008 IWC introduced the limited Portugieser Tourbillon Mystère Squelette. This movement was completely finished (hand-guilloché, hand-skeletonized, hand-engraved) by JOCHEN BENZINGER!

This timepiece was limited to 50 pieces in red gold, white gold and platinum and they only produced about 120 pieces, because they had to stop the production because of the crisis at that time. Now Jochen Benzinger is about to finish one, so that this will be the only one Tourbillon Mystère in this superbe, outstanding beautiful combination! The pictures below show you the first design of the dial and the finished dial.

First try of the dial on the finished main plate

The more Jochen produced an exclusive hand-made case in red gold with a hand-guilloché bezel! This case makes this watch even more special and super rare!

On Friday the 24th October I was visiting Jochen Benzinger and he did present me this outstanding, unique, beautiful and super rare timepiece, Benzinger - IWC Tourbillon Mystère. As I said already, it is the only one tourbillon mystère existing on earth in this exclusive combination!

The dial comes with a beautiful hand-guilloché (Korn) finish and does wear the original Breguet frost finish. When taking a closer look to the power reserve indication at 3/4 o'clock, you will recognize the scale under the index 1-7 which turns from blue to red when the power goes down! With the opening at 9 o'clock, small seconds, you have a look at the movement, the train de rouage. And then there is the opening at 12 o'clock for the tourbillon. This dial draws the attention perfectly to the tourbillon!

The movement is completely hand finished and is an absolutely exclusiveness because this is the only movement that exists in this combination of finissage!

The watch wears perfectly with its 44mm hand-made, rose gold, case.

For requests and orders, I warmly invite you to send me an e-mail on the following address:

This is a unique timepiece, the first is first!

You can subscribe as well on my homepage to receive for the next Benzinger ONE timepiece exclusively the photos and details before the watch will be published officially!!benzinger-one/c1wfr

All the best.
(photos: Watch Collector by Christian Bissener)