Moritz Grossmann Benu 37 Steel with Grand Feu Enamel Dial for The Rake & Revolution

We collaborate with Moritz Grossmann on the special-edition Benu 37 Steel that both inherits and reinvents the traditions of Saxon watchmaking.

Glashütte, the somnambulant Saxon hamlet, is not only the birthplace of German watchmaking, but also a town where female watchmakers have contributed vastly to the lexicon of modern horology. Case in point number one is Annegret Fleischer, the goddess of the chronograph, who created the movement for the groundbreaking A. Lange & Söhne Datograph. But Christine Hutter is, in addition to being a watchmaker, the only woman to have founded an independent watchmaking brand and run it as CEO. And from the perspective of technical creativity, her brand, Moritz Grossmann, ranks up there with some of the most sublime in her field. Her watchmaking pedigree couldn’t be more flawless. She worked initially as a watchmaker at Glashütte Original and then A. Lange & Söhne, but a desire to fully master distribution, communication and branding led her to roles in these areas. It was at this time that an idea began to coalesce in her mind. She explains, “Watchmaking is in our blood in Glashütte and so many of us have parents and even grandparents who were watchmakers. For everyone, the name Moritz Grossmann is incredibly meaningful, because in 1878, he founded the German School of Watchmaking here in our town. Students from all over Germany and beyond would come here to learn this craft. Grossmann was also a prolific watchmaker in his own right and his dial designs and movements in his pocket watches contributed a great deal to what we think of today as German watchmaking.” Indeed, Grossmann, who created his eponymous brand in 1854, was revered by horologists throughout Europe. He even received first prize from the British Horological Institute in London for his 1866 treatise, “On the Detached Lever Escapement.”

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December 2020

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