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Moritz Grossmann auctions twelve special models with Christie’s

Grossmann Uhren presents special models for Christie’s auction

Dresden artists combine Schönstes deutsches Handwerk with the ancient culture of Chinese astrology

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  • The independent watch manufactory Moritz Grossmann is pleased to announce a partnership with Christie’s
  • A selection of handmade special models in the form of one-off pieces will be auctioned together with Christie’s in an online auction from 18 November – 2 December 2019
  • The collection is aimed at lovers of independent brands who want to experience Schönstes deutsches Handwerk in conjunction with ancient culture of Chinese astrology
  • Regional artists from Dresden have put their personal interpretations of Chinese zodiac signs onto canvas. Their works have been painted onto the fine dials by a miniaturist using the finest drawing techniques. These works of art will be auctioned together with the watches.
  • As an expression of its links to the Saxony region, Grossmann Uhren GmbH will donate a portion of the proceeds to a regional aid organisation from Dresden

The upscale Glashütte watch manufactory Moritz Grossmann was founded by Christine Hutter using the name of the famous Glashütte watch pioneer in 2008. The watches by the Saxon watch genius and initiator of the German School of Watchmaking (1878), Moritz Grossmann, are reflections of modern thinking in the form of classic, yet contemporary design and perfect mechanics. Moritz Grossmann manufactures timepieces to the highest standard of craftsmanship. The watches are unique in their beautiful finish and manual hand production. The manufactory represents Schönstes deutsches Handwerk combined with great history and Saxon watchmaking tradition.

Inspired by the ancient Chinese art of reading the stars, Moritz Grossmann will auction twelve one-off pieces this year, each of which artistically showcases one of the Chinese zodiac signs. The manufactory, which is located near Dresden, thus creates the perfect link between Schönstes deutsches Handwerk – made in Germany – and traditional Chinese culture.

As a homage to the Saxon watchmaking tradition in Glashütte and to celebrate free art, the fine timepieces will be auctioned together with the paintings by Dresden artists. The artists put their own personal interpretations of Chinese zodiac signs onto canvas. Their works of art were then painted onto the fine dials of the Moritz Grossmann timepieces by a miniaturist with the finest attention to detail.

Collection and highlight piece

A selected unique piece in a fine case made from 750/000 rose gold was manufactured as the highlight piece of the collection. RAT One is all about the year 2020, the year of the rat in Chinese astrology. The one-off piece celebrates the rat, which is the first of the Chinese zodiac signs. In Chinese astrology, the rat is seen as highly intelligent with foresight and a keen sense of its environment.

All other models are presented in fine stainless steel cases.

The whole collection 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 anti-reflective 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 cantelevered, hand-engraved balance cock with the typical fine micrometer screw.

Further information on all twelve unique pieces can be found here:

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Online auction with Christie’s

A selection of handmade unique models will be auctioned together with Christie’s in an online auction from 18 November-2 December 2019.

Christie’s Watches Online: Frozen Time – Sale No. 17482

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This collection offers buyers the opportunity to acquire selected pieces with the finest finishes together with the works by selected regional artists. The collection is targeted at both men and women and at lovers of independent brands in general. It is the perfect symbiosis of Schönstes deutsches Handwerk and traditional Chinese culture.

Further details about purchase options for the twelve one-off pieces will be announced shortly.

Preview Events

Visitors and selected media will be given the opportunity to see the collection in person as part of an exclusive preview event.

Public Preview event from 22-27 November 2019

Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Center, Hong Kong1 Expo Dr., Wanchai Website: https://www.christies.com/auctions/hong-kong

Media Preview Event on 21 November 2019

Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Center, Hong Kong1 Expo Dr., Wanchai Website: https://www.christies.com/auctions/hong-kong

Invitations for the Media Preview Event will be sent out shortly

Donation to a regional charity organisation

With its company headquarters in Glashütte, Saxony, and as an expression of its links to the local region, Grossmann Uhren GmbH will donate a portion of the proceeds to a regional aid organisation from Dresden. More details will be announced in due course.

Video about micro painting

The video captures the fine work by hand, the mixing of colours and the special atmosphere of miniature painting in detail. Experience close-ups of how a miniaturist paints the artistic designs by hand onto the fine dials using the finest miniature drawing techniques.

The video can be downloaded here

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