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Baselworld 2017 Moritz Grossmann ATUM Primavera Novelty 2017

With hands-on analysis and live high-resolution photographs.
by Simon Neo on March 30, 2017
Positives

Beautiful lacquered dial surface with a two-tone finish
Finishing of the markers on the dial, provides an excellent contrast

Mortiz Grossmann is a small manufacture from Glashutte which has started to make waves since Christine Hutter acquired the rights to the brand back in 2008. Since then, Hutter is focused on ensuring the manufacture stays true to its history and origins, focusing on in-house production to reflect the craftsmanship and heritage associated with Moritz Grossmann.

The Moritz Grossmann ATUM was previously released back in 2013 and it is characterized by its minimalist design and captivating dial features. Beside the subtly balanced aesthetics, it is worth nothing that the movement is embedded in a three-part case construction with a slender bezel. For Baselworld 2017, we see Moritz Grossmann reinterpreting the design with new colour options such as Lightblue, Champagne and Burgundy. These colours are refreshing and provides a stronger aesthetic appeal than the standard colours of silver and charcoal.

 

For Baselworld 2017, Moritz Grossmann refreshes the ATUM with new colour options: Lightblue, Champagne and Burgundy

For Baselworld 2017, Moritz Grossmann refreshes the ATUM with new colour options: Lightblue, Champagne and Burgundy

 

Case, Dial and Hands

The Moritz Grossmann ATUM Primavera comes in a 41 mm three-part precious metal case and on first look, what captures our attention are the applied markers with polished chamfers, making it a good contrast with the dial especially with the burgundy one. At the 6 o’clock position on the dial, we can see a sub-dial which has been recessed, to allow the hands to sweep neatly across the minute scale.

The hands are made in-house and utilizes a rare artisanal process in modern watchmaking. These hands are endowed with a lance shape as well as broad chamfers to match the three-dimensionality of the hour markers. The attention to detail is impressive and we feel this is a true reflection of the manufacture’s heritage and values.

The new dial features an elaborate lacquering technique, a two-tone sunburst finish, producing a colour gradation from transparent to opaque.

The new dial features an elaborate lacquering technique, a two-tone sunburst finish, producing a colour gradation from transparent to opaque.

 

For Baselworld 2017, the new colour releases really goes to show the extent of efforts Grossmann’s watchmakers have gone to celebrate watchmaking artistry from the visual and design points of view. The elaborate lacquering technique, which is sometimes known as the two-tone sunburst finish by guitar makers, produces a colour gradation from transparent to opaque. The lacquered surface gives the watch its own character and appeal, attracting the eyes of many.

 

The Movement

The Moritz Grossmann ATUM Primavera is powered by the caliber 100.1 movement which operates at 18,000 bph and features a power reserve of up to 42 hours. The movement features a transparent case-back allowing a full view of the excellent craftsmanship of the movement.

The Calibre 100.1 movement features the Grossmann balance which allows for better adjustability of inertia to achieve higher kinetic energy and lesser air resistance.

The Calibre 100.1 movement features the Grossmann balance which allows for better adjustability of inertia to achieve higher kinetic energy and lesser air resistance.

 

The caliber 100.1 movement is the first of its kind to incorporate the newly designed oscillator which is optimized for artisanal manufacturing techniques. The Grossmann balance allows for an improvement of the adjustability of inertia and also achieves a higher level of kinetic energy with minimized air resistance.

 

Concluding Thoughts

The Moritz Grossmann ATUM Primavera is an excellent watch with a simple yet elegant design. We like the new colours introduced here at Baselworld 2017 and we feel this reflects the true spirit of the brand in exploring new ways to exhibit the highest levels of watchmaking. A fantastic addition for any collector out there looking for a watch with a subtle yet unique profile with its own character and style.

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