Not everyone – not even hardcore watch enthusiasts – knows Moritz Grossmann – one of the most understated manufacturers in the town of Glashutte – the home of the Teutonic watchmaking industry.
That – in addition to being one of the rare cases of a watch company founded by a woman, Christine Hutter, in 2008 – at the last SIHH 2018 in Basel came out with this very special timepiece.
The ATUM Hamatic – this is its full name – is the first automatic watch of the company, and is based on an innovative pendulum mechanism.
Yes, like the one of your grandma’s pendulum. This is a very little followed path, since the perfecting the automatic mechanism by the legendary Abraham-Louis Breguet, the focus having been on oscillating mechanisms with a central pivot.
But the Germans, with their notorious design rigour, wanted to make a leap into the past and rewrite these 250 years of development in a truly uncommon way.
And the result is the – beautiful – example you see here.
The ATUM Hamatic is certainly a model with a very elegant design (but we would have been surprised if it had been otherwise) with a silver dial decorated with classic Roman numerals, as in the tradition of the house, inserted in a case in pink 750 gold, which incorporates the innovative caliber 106.0 based on this very special system.
The calibre developed by the German maison is very complex – 324 parts mounted on 39 stones – and is visible through both the sapphire crystal back and the partially skeletonized dial.
These two points of view allow you to admire the gold “hammer” that moves in both directions, with a harmonious and almost hypnotic oscillation.
The system is certainly complex, but extremely efficient, allowing the ATUM Hamatic to have a reserve charge of up to 72 hours.
The timepiece is of generous (41 mm in diameter and 11.35 thick), but not too exaggerated dimensions. And the wristband is – of course – in alligator.
What we have admired is a prototype – the marketing of the final timepiece (and the communication of the final price) will happen towards the end of autumn.
Info: Moritz Grossmann