Moritz Grossmann RABBIT Four – Unique Piece, Chinese Zodiac Collection

The RABBIT Four is the fourth unique piece in the Moritz Grossmann Chinese Zodiac Collection created exclusively for Christie’s online auction.

One-off piece made from stainless steel, RABBIT Four features hand-painted dial with a miniature drawing according to the artistic design of Julie Pietschmann. Including original painting of the artist.

Rabbits enjoy calmness and represent a peaceful life. But rabbits also love luxury. The artist has tried to bring the grace, the friendly nature and the longevity of the rabbit to the canvas using acrylic colours. Delicate gold leaf paper on the dial rim symbolises the rabbit’s penchant for luxury.

The hands, handcrafted in the manufactory, are annealed over an open flame in the brown-violet hue typical for Moritz Grossmann and harmonise with the mother-of-pearl dial in a white grey shade.

The rabbit is the fourth of the Chinese zodiac signs.
Years of birth under the sign of the rabbit: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987,
1999, 2011, 2023
Name of the artist: Julie Pietschmann

The artistically finished calibre 100.1 movement is visible though the generous transparent back made of sapphire crystal with an antireflective coating on one side. The pillar movement with well-proportioned components made of untreated German silver with various finishes forms different levels. On the characteristic 2/3 plate with broad horizontal ribbing, the signet is engraved by hand. The Grossmann balance is visible in the curved plate cut-out and is borne by the stepped, hand-engraved balance cock with the typical fine micrometer screw.

Technical details

Movement

Manufacture calibre 100.1, manually wound, adjusted in five positions
Diameter: 36.4 mm, height: 5.0 mm
No. of parts 198
No. of jewels 20 jewels, 3 of which in screwed gold chatons
Escapement Lever escapement
Oscillator Shock-absorbed Grossmann balance with 4 inertia 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 per hour
Power reserve: 42 hours when fully wound

Functions
Hours and minutes, Grossmann winder with pusher

Case
Three-part, stainless steel case
Diameter: 41.0 mm, height: 11.35 mm
Crystal/display back: Sapphire crystal, antireflection-coated on one side
Operating elements: Crown in stainless steel to wind the watch and set the time, pusher in stainless steel to start the movement

Dial
Mother of pearl, hand-painted
Hands: Manually crafted from steel, annealed to a brown-violet hue

Strap
Hand-stitched calf strap with prong buckle in stainless steel

Special features
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 a cantilevered balance cock; Pillar movement with 2/3 plate and frame pillars in untreated German silver; 2/3 plate, balance cock, and escape-wheel cock engraved by hand; broad horizontal Glashütte ribbing; 3-band snailing on the ratchet wheel; raised gold chatons with pan-head screws; separately removable clutch winder; stop seconds for hand setting