Avant-garde watch brand Grieb & Benzinger is credited for creating the most unique platinum watches and has a knack for building very exclusive and rare timepieces. The Blue Danube and the Blue Whirlwind watches by the boutique watchmaker are the finest examples of their craftsmanship. The company known for creating the most exclusive bespoke timepieces has introduced yet another convention defying watch named the Blue Merit. It is common in the auto industry to restore or re-create old classic automobiles for their engineering excellence and desirability, but the concept is relatively unknown to the watch industry. But with the Blue Merit, Grieb & Benzinger has achieved something truly amazing by featuring a re-furbished movement based on the famous, rare, and highly sought-after Tourbillon Pour le Mérite by A. Lange & Söhne.
The iconic Caliber 902.0 by A. Lange & Söhne from the Pour le Mérite Tourbillon is extremely rare as only 200 of them ever existed and it took twelve months to transform the original timepiece into this splendid form. The watch comes just in time for the 20th anniversary of A. Lange & Söhne`s re-launch in 1994, which was only in production from 1994 until 1998 and the complexity of the movement was rare technical delicacy. The movement has been completely modified to comply with the style characteristic Grieb & Benzinger. The watch has a solid 41 mm platinum case and the aesthetics of the hand-wound German movement was enhanced with the addition of masterful, handcrafted decoration techniques such as skeletonization, guilloché, and coating parts of the movement with blue platinum and rose gold. The asking price for this uber-exclusive collector’s item is set at US$ 530,000 (€ 385,000 approximately).