Friday, January 6, 2017

Moritz Grossmann – ATUM Skelett Gold Edition

Moritz GrossmannATUM Skelett Rose Gold Edition - Unique Piece

Grossmann presents 
the one-of-a-kind ATUM Skelett

The fusion of pure beauty with pure watchmaking artistry

True works of art are unique. The ATUM Skelett is a work of art. None other than Christophe Schaffo, the acclaimed master of the genre, created this aesthetically skeletonised watch. Indeed, the ATUM Skelett is one-of-a-kind. Grossmann is presenting the one and only exemplar of this signed watch.

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Christophe Schaffo is passionate about his artisanal skills. His father Kurt Schaffo is an independent watchmaker in Le Locle, the town in the remote part of Switzerland deemed to be the cradle of haute horlogerie. The Vallée de Joux region stands for world-famous luxury timepieces and the highly specialised ateliers in which know-how and craftsmanship are handed down from fathers to sons. Christophe Schaffo learned the art of engraving under the auspices of Raoul Boichat at the Ecole d’art de la Chaux-de-Fonds and while working with his father. In 1985, he opened his own workshop in La Brévine.

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Here, he designs and crafts exquisite one-of-a-kind watches entirely by hand, at most ten per year. His work unites technology, craftsmanship, and the ultimate in artistic creativity. Each individual piece reflects inspiration, experience, and the finesse of his gifted hands. Christophe Schaffo's creations express poetic beauty and delight their owners with a magical representation of time.

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In collaboration with Grossmann, Christophe Schaffo created the aesthetically perfect manifestation of a mechanically immaculate watch. The material of the calibre 100.5 was reduced to the bare essence by skeletonisation. Every single part is manually chamfered, chased, and engraved.

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Countless hours are invested in this fusion of the arts and horological precision; the customer can choose either a rose-gold or white-gold case for the unique piece. The singular ATUM Skelett combines pure beauty with pure watchmaking artistry.

Press Release - 2017
Moritz Grossmann Uhren: 

Moritz Grossmann, born in Dresden in 1826, was deemed a visionary among Germany’s great horologists. In 1854, his friend Ferdinand Adolph Lange persuaded the young, highly talented watchmaker to establish his own mechanical workshop in Glashütte. Apart from building a respected watchmaking business, Grossmann was committed to political and social causes. He established the German School of Watchmaking in 1878. Moritz Grossmann passed away unexpectedly in 1885, after which his manufacture was liquidated.
The spirit of Moritz Grossmann’s horological traditions sprang back to life in 2008 when trained watchmaker Christine Hutter discovered the venerable Glashütte brand and had it re-registered. She developed concepts and was inspired by the vision of reviving Grossmann’s legacy more than 120 years later with a particularly exquisite wristwatch. And she convinced private watch enthusiasts to support her in making this dream come true. On 11 November 2008, she incorporated Grossmann Uhren GmbH in Glashütte.
At Grossmann, gifted watchmakers are preserving traditions without copying historic timepieces. With innovation, superb craftsmanship, a combination of traditional and contemporary manufacturing methods as well as precious materials, they have created an “Origin of a new time” with their watches.  

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