Moritz Grossmann SNAKE Six – Unique Piece in Stainless Steel, Chinese Zodiac Collection

Part of Moritz Grossmann’s collection 12 unique pieces exclusively created for the Christie’s online auction, the SNAKE Six is a one-off piece made from stainless steel, and highlights a hand-painted with a miniature drawing according to the artistic design of Tony Käseberg.

In a graceful wave movement the snake meanders through flowering orchids and green plants. In the Chinese horoscope, the orchid is considered a ‘lucky flower’. The snake fascinates the artist as it enjoys the reputation of being mysterious, unfathomable and very wise. With the connection to nature, the artist wants to express inner peace and relaxation as well as liveliness and freshness at the same time.

The snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese zodiac. Accordingly, its gaze is directed towards 6 o’clock in the painting. Using acrylic colours as well as a sponge and a dab technique, the artist was able to realise the colour gradients well.

The hands, which were handcrafted in the manufactory and annealed over an open flame in a brown-violet hue, harmonise with the solid silver dial.

Years of birth under the sign of the snake: 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013,
2025
Name of the artist: Tony Käseberg

The model was manufactured in High Artistic Finish with the calibre 100.1. The 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
Solid silver, hand-painted
Hands: Manually crafted from steel

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