Industry News – The Art of Benzinger

Jochen Benzinger, born in 1961, began his horological career studying under a guild master in Pforzheim, Germany.

In 1985 he took over the company Kollmar, which had already been in existence for five generations and had an excellent reputation as an engine-turning workshop.

Among Benzinger’s many machines one can find very old pieces, rescued from companies that went bankrupt and or were throwing them away. These machines have been carefully restored and now are used by Kollmar.

During the past few years, his firm has specialized in making hand-engraved and engine-turned watches and movements, offering completely unique timepieces made to customers’ specifications.

Here is a sample of his work with the UNITAS hand-wind caliber:

and another Unitas 6498 movement with a 3/4-plate (special version). This model features screwed gold chatons, a hand-engraved balance bridge with a swan neck regulator, winding wheels with sunburst decoration, flame-blued screws and a hand engine-turned 3/4-plate and pallet bridge. The movement is made almost completely in rose gold.