There are certain things one simply doesn’t do with valuable watches. Some of those things include underwater diving with a minute repeater and taking apart and modifying a limited edition early A. Lange & Sohne Tourbillon. However, if you must do the latter, it might as well be done tastefully, and by a fellow German company – which is precisely the situation with the one-of-a-kind Blue Merit watch by Grieb & Benzinger.
Typically the boys at Grieb & Benzinger make their luxury project watches out of historical movements such as a 100 year old Patek Philippe minute repeater or split second chronograph. For the Blue Merit they have endeavored to use a much more modern movement taken out of an A. Lange & Sohne Tourbillon Pour le Merite. So yes, a limited edition Tourbillon Pour le Merite watch from the mid 1990s was essentially sacrificed for this Benzinger-esque transformation. Was it worth it?
With that said, still too many watches priced under $5,000 sense as if they were created and approved by a committee. When there are exceptions, cheap components and unrefined dial designs are somewhat more common than I’d like to admit. Though the emotional feeling a consumer gets when looking at the dial of an eye is the most important factor in making a buy decision, way too many manufacturers appear to OK a pc design for production, not realizing that in person that final A. Lange And Sohne Watches Price List will look much different. That usually means a photo of a dial may look good on a computer display, but in person with the wrong materials, finishes, and colors, it can look like cheap crap. I really don’t know why this is, and I am starting to get unbelievably sick of hearing the explanation that if I visit a dial or other component I don’t like it’s since it is a prototype. If that is true, then please quit showing me prototypes or place final models in our hands when they’re finalized and ready to ensure the aBlogtoWatch team doesn’t leave with really pessimistic feelings about what you as a watch manufacturer are attempting to present to customers.Asia is still a massive market for the watch industry — which appears continually comfy making products for stated markets. Oddly enough, the exact same amount of attention and care does not enter several watches intended to appeal to Western economies. Might it be possible that a massive quantity of painters and merchandise people in the watch industry simply forgot how to make watches (well, in enough variety) that appeal to Americans and Europeans (that do not cost a bloody fortune)? I truly don’t know the answer to this — but I could say they are vanishingly tiny amounts of people who genuinely love watches.In this and other articles, I really believe that I have pinpointed problems and supplied a few spot-on guidance the watch business can use to remedy its organizational, distribution, design, and earnings woes. Before going into our listing of the top 11 watches, I’d like to end my essay on the matter of price. Yes, that funny thing that many customers seem obsessed over.
A little history first. The modern A. Lange & Sohne brand as we know it returned to the world in 1994 after a several decade hiatus thanks to communism coming to the eastern part of Germany. The highest-end highlight of their debut collection was the limited edition Tourbillon Pour le Merite reference 701.005. Only 50 pieces were produced in platinum from about 1994 to 1998 and it had a price of about $110,000 when new. Lange is one of those few modern brands whose products can actually appreciate in value during the lifetime of the owner. So if you wanted to get a Tourbillon Pour le Merite today it would certainly cost you a lot more than $110,000.
Grieb & Benzinger got their hands on one or it was probably a client who gave them the Tourbillon Pour le Merite and ask them to have fun with it. The first thing they did was remove the Lange caliber L902.0 movement from the case and then proceeded to completely take it apart. While the original watch has a 38.5mm wide case in platinum, the Blue Merit uses a new case (also in platinum) that is 41mm wide – which is actually on the smaller side for Grieb & Benzinger timepieces.