Moritz Grossmann's Legacy

21.11.2018
The contemporary of the great Ferdinand Adolph Lange, Moritz Grossmann has also left a significant mark in the history of Glashütte – the most important watchmaking region of Germany. 

 

Born in Dresden, and having learned the craft in the Swiss La Chaux-de-Fonds, he frequently moved through the European capitals until finally settled in the Saxon village, already as a mature master. In addition to the main activities, Grossman founded a school for watchmakers here and paid great attention to the education of the next generation of colleagues. But although his products and even instruments are widely represented in the exposition of the local museum, Grossmann did not have any direct successors. 

 

In November 2008, a graduate of the watchmaking school and an experienced manager Christine Hutter managed to re-ignite the flame extinguished in the XIX century. The new manufacture uses not only the name, but also some core aesthetic principles of its great predecessor, like ⅔ main plate or a special detail regulating the balance in a way the Jones Arrow of IWC does. The aim was to conquer the most prestigious price segment, so Hutter and her associates began with the production of their in-house caliber for the Benu model, largely inspired by a pocket watch of Grossman himself. 

 

Now the catalog of the brand features three full-blown collections and can boast a dozen of in-house movements. The Benu by the way had a 10th anniversary edition not long ago. And there is one more trivial but very interesting detail: the main office of the young company stands only several meters away from the headquarters of the renowned compatriots-competitors A. Lange & Söhne and Glashütte Original. The ability not to stiffen and walk your own path in such a pressure is worth a lot. Moritz Grossmann would have been proud.