The One-off piece “1989” crafted by the Grossmann Manufacture remembers the peaceful opening of the border between West Germany and East Germany 30 years ago.
On its dial, the special model 1989 by the independent Glashütte watch manufactory Moritz Grossmann shows the streets around the infamous border post Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, which separated Friedrichstraße from the Zimmerstraße to Kochstraße junctions during the Cold War.
This is where American and Soviet tanks faced each other on 25 October 1961 when the hitherto “Cold” War threatened to heat up. Based on the colours of NATO flags and the former Warsaw Pact, the hands of the 1989 are blue and red.
The sapphire glass back on the rear of the watch is decorated with a laser engraving in the form of an outline of Berlin during the time it was divided into the western sector on the one side and the eastern sector on the other, as well as the inscription of the anniversary date of the opening of the Wall on 9 November.
The movement is a Grossmann calibre 100.1 in High Artistic Finish which is the most elaborate stage of finish offered by Grossmann. The components of the calibre are made from untreated German silver with varying finishes and form the various levels. The pillar movement consists of the main plate and the 2/3 plate which are precisely spaced apart by two movement pillars and the barrel bridge.
Raised gold chatons and pan-head chaton screws are testament to the high quality. Hand-polished chamfers on going-train wheels and the edges of levers and springs create a special depth and light reflections. The Grossmann balance and the Glashütte stopwork, crafted entirely in-house, create the space needed for the Grossman manual winder with pusher.
The watch has a sporty stainless steel case in a matt black look. The dark brown calf leather strap subtly rounds off the elegant appearance.
The price of this one-off piece is – based on the year 1989 – 19,890 Euro RRP incl. VAT in Germany. The 1989 watch will be available exclusively from the Moritz Grossmann concessionaire Juwelier Leicht in Dresden and Hamburg.
Manufactory calibre 100.1, manual winding, regulated in five positions
Diameter: 36.4 mm, height: 5.0 mm
No. of parts 198
Jewels 20 jewels, of which 3 in screwed gold chatons
Escapement Lever escapement
Oscillator Shock-resistant Grossmann balance with 4 inertia screws and 2 poising screws, Nivarox 1 balance spring with No. 80 Breguet terminal curve, Gustav Gerstenberger geometry
Balance Diameter: 14.2 mm, frequency: 18,000 semi-oscillations/hour
Power reserve 42 hours when fully wound
Hours and minutes, subsidiary seconds with stop second, Grossmann manual winder with pusher
Crowns in stainless steel to wind the watch and set the time and the date, pusher in stainless steel to start the watch
Three-part, precious metal
Diameter: 41.0 mm, height: 11.35 mm
Crystal/display back: Sapphire crystal, antireflective coating on one side
Stainless steel, rhodium-plated
Hands: Manually crafted, in polished stainless steel with Hy-Ceram filling
Hand-stitched calf leather with prong buckle in stainless steel
Grossmann balance; hand setting override and start of movement with lateral pusher; space-saving modified Glashütte stopwork with backlash; adjustment with Grossmann micrometer screw on cantilevered balance cock; pillar movement with 2/3 plate and pillars made of untreated German silver; hand-engraved 2/3 plate, balance cock and escape-wheel cock hand-engraved; broad horizontal Glashütte ribbing; 3-band snailing on the ratchet wheel; raised gold chatons with pan-head screws; separately removable clutch winding mechanism; stop seconds for hand setting