When Moritz Grossmann’s spirit was reborn in Glashütte in 2008, the German manufacture pinned all of its hopes on one timepeice: the BENU.
It was the new manufacture’s very first watch, and it was essentially developed, quite literally, in Christine Hutter’s kitchen table.
Fast-forward 10 years, and Moritz Grossmann has firmly rooted itself in luxury watchmaking and continues to honour the Glashütte label. And it’s only fitting that the brand would celebrate its 10th birthday with the watch that started it all.
- BENU Anniversary in platinum
To mark the occasion, we now get three limited editions of the BENU: two luxurious ‘Anniversary’ enamel pieces in platinum and white gold limited to 10 pieces each; and the imaginative ‘Lost in Space’ model, which is limited to 26 pieces.
Let’s take a look at the ‘Anniversary’ pieces first. The classic watches feature dark-coloured, grand-feu enamel dials - unusual for this model - sitting within cases made of precious metals.
- BENU Anniversary in white gold
The platinum model is matched with a dial in deep blue, while the white gold version contrasts with a strong black dial. Both boast clean white numerals and polished stainless steel hands, making each easy to read.
Both watches are also powered by the same calibre 100.1, whose excellent finishing can be appreciated through the caseback.
- MG calibre 101.1
If those models are classic, the BENU ‘Lost in Space’ limited edition is more eccentric. It is a hybrid of the small calibre 102.0 whose diameter of only 26mm is fitted in the rose gold case that is usually reserved for the BENU Tourbillon.
- BENU Anniversary “Lost in Space” in rose gold
The movement sits behind a hand-crafted dial which resembles a moon, floating off-centre within the case. Two sub-dials in contrasting grand-feu enamels sit on the moon’s surface, and a small seconds dial in contrasting black enamel is found at seven o’clock.
The movement and the dial sit within a holder ring that is fixed to the case by four architectural struts. The struts and the ring are made from a specially treated alloy and the overall effect is of an eccentric, celestial timepiece moving trough the void.
- MG calibre 102.0
The BENU ‘Lost in Space’ is available in a 26-piece limited edition, which is meant to commemorate the year 1826, which just happens to be the birth year of German visionary watchmaker Moritz Grossmann himself.