The beautiful Grieb & Benzinger Blue Danube Watch
Grieb & Benzinger’s history in manufacturing bespoke timepieces has long time proven its value, in terms of quality and, presumably, price tags. Their experience has led them into this intricate domain through a beautifully put-together tradition. Their latest creation, the Blue Danube, is a truly remarkable piece of timekeeping and has amazed us since the first time we saw it in photos.
Measuring as much as 43 millimeters in diameter, the platinum case serves as home to an intricate manual-wind movement made by Patek Philippe for Tiffany & Co. by the end of the 19th century, in 1890. The Tiffany & Co. and Patek Philippe logos are imprinted on the 36.5 mm, 400+ parts movement, which also boasts a minute repeater with split-seconds chronograph and 26 jewels.
Adding to the exclusivity of the piece, the hand-engraved balance cock was rhodium- and rose gold-plated. Regarding the compensation screw balance – which comprises a blued Breguet spring – it works at around 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour.
The watch boasts a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective properties and a flat sapphire crystal on the case back. The crown and pusher are both crafted from solid platinum, decorated with guilloche. In addition, we noticed rhodium-plating, guilloche and extensive hand-skeletonization throughout the whole timepiece, on every single bridge.
The dial, made of sterling silver, is decked with original Breguet frosted finish. The manufacturer has also added a navy blue alligator skin strap with platinum buckle. The exquisiteness of this watch is obvious in its manufacture, as well as in its probable price, which will surely be very close to half a million US dollars.