Back in 2014, the German team of Grieb & Benzinger that produces one-of-a-kind highly decorated watches debuted the “Blue Merit” (read our original article here) which was a lovely timepiece that began life as limited edition A. Lange & Söhne. I encourage you to read that original article about the Grieb & Benzinger Blue Merit to understand more about the original A. Lange & Söhne model whose movement is used for this ultra-exclusive watch.
Inside the Blue Merit is a movement produced by A. Lange & Söhne which has been taken out of its original Lange case and thoroughly modified. It is the caliber L902.0 which, despite having come out in the late 1990s, is still super cool today. The tourbillon-based mechanism also features a fusee and chain transmission system along with a power reserve indicator on the dial. This layout helped A. Lange & Söhne develop a distinctive look as an early promoter of the tourbillon, and remains utterly classy and classic.
A. Lange & Söhne produced just 50 pieces of the Tourbillon Pour le Merite, stopping in 1998, and the piece came in a 38.5mm-wide platinum case. I doubt collectors who own a Tourbillon Pour le Merite today are utterly bored with their timepiece, but at least one person (perhaps it was someone at Grieb & Benzinger) decided one of these limited edition A. Lange & Söhne tourbillon watches should be sacrificed in the name of horological art. I really do want to meet these people who have the balls to choose $100,000-plus (when they were new back in the ’90s) items as the base for a “project watch.” I suppose the question is whether or not the intense level of work by Grieb & Benzinger makes this little project worth it for the Grieb & Benzinger Blue Merit.
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