Through his trade, Jochen Benzinger is a contemporary witness of a special kind. By elaborately designing and restoring unique watches and timepieces, his work tells tales of a long forgotten handicraft.
Mr. Benzinger produces wristwatches and sophisticated clockworks by hand, utilising traditional techniques like skeletonising, engraving and producing guilloches. With this he breaks away from norms of modern production, using historic, century old machinery and tools to create works of art. Many hours pass until his timepieces obtain their unique characteristics which can only be found in a handmade unicum.
Benzinger is crafting around 100 watches per year in his workshop in Pforzheim near the Black Forest in Southern Germany. His works stand out not only due to the utilisation of traditional techniques, different gilding and clockhands that are blued by hand. Distinguishing features are also technical advancements and refinements like regulators, subscriptions or 24-hour displays. This combination of traditional handicraft and technical innovation is exceptional worldwide.
Skeletonising for instance is a method of refinement that gives each timepiece a new and individual character. Parts of the clockwork are removed with the aid of a goldsmith saw. By using a sapphire glass cover, this allows an open view directly into the clockwork, making the craft and creativity of the watchmaker Benzinger and the beauty of its creations visible.