Feminine aesthetics married with mechanical class in the TEFNUT Lady watch

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June 2015

Moritz Grossmann has introduced the TEFNUT Lady, a timepiece of feminine appeal and superb precision

As the old saying goes, “It’s what beneath the surface that counts”. This phrase has often been spoken when someone is meant to focus on inner beauty rather than just on outer beauty. Glashütte-based German luxury watch brand has introduced a new ladies’ model which solves that dilemma for us.

Moritz Grossmann's TEFNUT Lady watch line
Moritz Grossmann’s TEFNUT Lady watch line

According to the brand, the TEFNUT Lady is the first Moritz Grossmann watch that “combines horological class with feminine aesthetics”. And they have struck that balance quite well.

Christine Hutter, Grossmann Uhren GmbH CEO, explains the common misconceptions about ladies’ watches:

“We have long been aware of the fact than more and more women share a predilection for mechanical watches. After having toured our facilities, they suddenly realize how much meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail are involved in making a manufacture calibre. They can see how much effort and time is invested in the development and production of our watches. Once women become familiar with this world, they usually discover the unique allure of a mechanical timepiece.”

Feminine aesthetics

The TEFNUT Lady draws inspiration from ancient Egyptian mythology. Tefnut is an Egyptian goddess and the first offspring of Atum, the deity of creation. Based on that storyline, the watch could not be anything else but classy.

The soft appeal of the TEFNUT Lady
The soft appeal of the TEFNUT Lady

The face of the TEFNUT Lady radiates timeless beauty. The solid-silver dial is veneered with mother of pearl and enhances the aesthetic experience of the watch. A guilloché pattern radiates toward the centre of the dial and a diamond is secured in a gold chaton at the 6 o’clock position. The gold bezel, optionally set with 80 brilliant-cut diamonds, frames the elegant face of the watch. It even has a gemstone embedded in the crown to accentuate the silhouette of the watch, which comfortably hugs the wrist with a satin strap.

Gemstone-embedded crown
Gemstone-embedded crown

Mechanical class

The dilemma of inner or outer beauty is not a problem with this watch, because you can also experience its inner beauty though a showcase crystal on the case-back. At its heart is the calibre 102.0 movement, a new creation conceived from scratch.

The new calibre 102.0 movement
The new calibre 102.0 movement

The calibre looks equal parts beautiful as it does organized, showcasing the deliberately arranged heart of the watch. The mainspring barrel suspended between bearings on both sides is what first caught my eye. The wheels are made of ARCAP alloy and are also designed to contrast against the German-silver movement elements.

Beauty from within
Beauty from within

In this case, the well-crafted mechanics of the watch help make it more beautiful on the outside. With a diameter of only 26mm and a height of just under 4mm, it’s smaller and thinner than any previous Moritz Grossmann movements. Thanks to the slender calibre, the silhouette of the gold case is elegant and understated. Together it makes a complete package which shows that mechanical craftsmanship and aesthetic beauty can compliment each other. (VJ)

Technical information

  • Movement: Manufacture calibre 102.0, manually wound, adjusted in five positions
  • Jewels: 26, of which 3 in screwed gold chatons
  • Oscillator: Shock-resistant Grossmann balance with 4 inertia and 2 poising screws
  • Balance: Diameter: 10.0 mm, frequency: 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour
  • Power reserve: 48 hours when fully wound
  • Functions: Hours and minutes
  • Crown: 750/000 gold, with gemstone
  • Case: Three-part, in 750/000 gold
  • Diameter: 36.0 mm
  • Height: 8.32 mm
  • Bezel: Set with 80 brilliant-cut diamonds, 0.73 ct
  • Dial: Solid silver, faced with mother of pearl and guilloched
  • Crystal and back: Sapphire crystal, antireflective coating on one side
  • Strap: Satin strap with prong buckle in 750/000 gold