GAP 1 Salmon
Power reserve: 48 h, 28800 variations / hours
With the introduction of the GAP 1, Jochen Benzinger has succeeded in creating a remarkable novelty: the watch contains the brand's first own manufacture movement while at the same time employing the three old craftsmanship techniques for which Jochen Benzinger is known - a combination that makes the watch unmistakable for connoisseurs.
The manufacture movement was created in collaboration with the Austrian watch designer Richard Habring, who constructed it according to Benzinger's specifications and ideas. The acronym GAP thus stands for German Austrian Partnership, which 1 reveals that further joint projects are planned. The hand-wound movement features a KIF shock protection, a tangential screw fine adjustment and a Carl Haas balance spring in chronometer quality. It has a diameter of 30 mm and a height of 5.1 mm and runs on 19 jewels at 28,800 vibrations (4 Hz), with a power reserve of 48 hours.
The dial impresses with its elegant layout, which Benzinger achieves by staggering the hour and minute (off-center towards 12 o'clock), small seconds (at eight o'clock) and date (at four o'clock). The hand-finished sterling silver dial displays a fine grain guilloche and is rose gold-plated, while the applied sterling silver zone rings have been rhodium-plated.
Typical for Benzinger's watches is the elaborate movement finishing. It was completely guilloched, skeletonized and engraved by hand and two-tone gold-plated or rhodium-plated. All screws are flame-blued, crown and ratchet wheel are skeletonized and flame-blued.
The case of the GAP 1 was also specially made for this watch. It has a diameter of 39 mm, the crown is located at two o'clock, the date pusher at three o'clock. The caseback engraving is inversely highlighted. The refined movement can be seen through a sapphire crystal caseback.
Manufactured by hand with engine turning machines, some of which are over one hundred years old.