German luxury watch manufacture Moritz Grossmann presents a purple dial version of its CENTRAL SECOND model. The modern look of this timepiece is further enhanced by a black, hand-stitched strap made from Kudu leather.
Introduced in 2021, CENTRAL SECOND by Moritz Grossmann is a contemporary, sporty wristwatch. Unlike most of the other models crafted by the Glashütte watchmaker, which pay tribute to history by integrating a small second hand in the six o’clock position, CENTRAL SECOND gives seconds a prominent position in the centre of the dial.
Made from polished steel, the slender second hand is delightfully exquisite and moves smoothly around its axis in the centre of the dial. The combination of a polished stainless steel case and highly luminescent hour and minute hands lends the watch a sporty yet elegant appearance.
Inspired by a lavender field in bloom, the sun-ray finished purple dial transitions through to a range of fine shades, depending on the light and the angle at which it is viewed. It forms a striking backdrop for the rich white numerals, the white hour and minute hands, and the slim stainless steel bezel which is also highly polished.
Filled with HyCeram Luminex, these features also make it easy for the wearer to read the time, even in the dark. This hybrid ceramic comprises powerful luminescent pigments that glow in the dark intensively, are long-lasting and produce a beautifully bright green colour.
Crafted with the greatest finesse, the calibre 100.11 is also finished in a striking combination of colours. Exquisite graining and polishes lend the ensemble made from German silver a sophisticated sheen. These features harmonise tastefully with the violet screws, which are annealed by hand.
To keep the second hand rotating in the centre of the dial, Grossmann’s designers transferred the force of the mainspring from the third wheel to the new central second wheel via an additional intermediate wheel in the centre of the movement. To ensure that the overall look is harmonious and also homogeneous, all the components of the train bridge are aligned on one level. For this purpose, both the train bridge and ratchet wheel were extended in height.
Further evidence of the highest standards of craftsmanship can be seen in the tooth flanks of the ratchet wheel, which are liberally chamfered at the top and polished to a high gloss sheen. Furthermore, the ratchet wheel is finished with a delicate sunray decoration. In contrast to other Grossmann movements, the crown wheel on CENTRAL SECOND is covered by the train bridge.
Alongside the ratchet wheel, the new magnificently adorned intermediate wheel, which is also very striking in terms of its size, and central second wheel also draw admiring eyes. The wheel legs of the intermediate wheel are hand chamfered and polished.
Developed in-house, the manual winder with pusher contains a perfected hand setting mechanism, which eliminates two potential problem areas: avoiding the ingress of foreign particles during the adjustment process and altering the hands unintentionally when pushing the crown back into place.
CENTRAL SECOND Purple is limited to 25 watches worldwide.
Model: CENTRAL SECOND Purple
Manufactory calibre 100.11, manual winding, regulated in five positions
No. of parts: 198
No. of jewels: 22 jewels, one of which in a pressed gold chaton
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
Diameter: 36.4 mm, height: 5.30 mm
Hours, minutes and seconds, central second hand with stop seconds, Grossmann manual winder with pusher
Crown in stainless steel to wind the watch and set the time and the date, pusher in stainless steel to start the watch
Three-part, stainless steel case
Diameter: 41.0 mm, height: 12.00 mm
Crystal/display back: Sapphire crystal, antireflective coating on one side
Solid silver, purple with sunray finish
Hands: Handcrafted, polished steel, with HyCeram Luminex filling (hour and minute hands)
Hand-stitched Kudu 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; balance cock and escape-wheel cock hand-engraved; broad horizontal Glashütte ribbing; sunray finish on the ratchet wheel; separately removable clutch winding mechanism; stop seconds for hand setting; central second wheel