The surprising effect that colours can unfold on a dial is exemplified by this new version of Moritz Grossmann’s Central Second timepiece. An intense purple hue highlighted by a filigree sunburst finish creates an expressive radiance on the dial. While most models from the Glashütte-based manufacture feature a small second’s dial in honor of the 19th century style when the historic figure Moritz Grossmann helped to establish the fine horological traditions of this famous watch town, here a prominent second hand is positioned in the center.
The white numerals and the polished, inhouse crafted steel hands create a striking contrast. Filled with HyCeram Luminex, they also make it easy to read the time in the dark. This hybrid ceramic comprises of powerful luminescent pigments that glow in the dark, are long-lasting and produce a beautifully bright green colour.
Flipping the watch, the wearer is treated to an unobstructed view of a manufacture movement with sophisticated details and crafted in highest Glashütte finishing quality. The hand-wound caliber 100.11 is based on the brand’s caliber 100.1 and modified in order to display the seconds from the center. Grossmann’s designers transfered the force of the mainspring from the third wheel to the new central second wheel via an additional intermediate wheel in the center. To ensure that the overall look is harmonious, all the components of the train bridge are aligned on one level. For this purpose, both the train bridge and ratchet wheel, which is beautifully finished with delicate sunray, were extended in height.
An innovative feature is the Grossmann winder with pusher. This in-house developed manual winding mechanism contains a smart hand-setting mechanism, which helps to avoid the ingress of foreign particles during the adjustment process and altering the hands unintentionally when pushing the crown back into place. One of the artisanal highlights is the manually engraved balance cock with Grossmann micrometer screw.
The Moritz Grossmann Central Second comes in a stainless steel case with a diameter of 41mm on a Kudu leather strap. Pricing is currently marked at approximately $26,900 when converted to USD. The edition is limited to 25 watches worldwide.
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