At the end of last year Moritz Grossmann showed us the intricacies of their high end watchmaking with the dial-less Backpage Blue Platinum Anniversary Edition. Now though, they’re showing the same level of intricacy on an actual dial with the new Universalzeit worldtimer model.
You only need to look at the Moritz Grossmann Universalzeit to know that the dial is where the party is happening. It depicts an image of the world with all seven continents. Well, Australasia is severely cropped but at least a hint of Australia is visible. In addition to the landmasses, the picture shows all the accompanying bodies of water and lines of longitude and latitude.
The base of the dial is galvanised blue with sunray finishing, giving the oceans a luminous quality, providing contrast to the salmon-coloured land. Then, the various lines are produced in white filigree. Around the circumference of the dial are hour and minute tracks, with the minute track lowered to give an impression of the curvature of the earth at the edges. The dial might be flat but Moritz Grossmann are no flat-earthers.
Across the dial there are six apertures set in the locations of significant global cities: Tokyo, Singapore, Dubai, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro and Phoenix. Meaning that in addition to the central hour hand, the Universalzeit can display the time in seven time zones simultaneously, making it an unconventional interpretation of a worldtimer. The large rotating disc that makes this possible is itself very impressive. My only issue is that a conventional worldtime complication can display the time in all 24 time zones, whereas the Universalzeit is more limited, however that can be overlooked for its artistic flair.
In order to accommodate the large, detailed dial and those multiple time zones, it is quite a large watch. The stainless steel case sits at a diameter of 44.5mm and a height of 13.78mm. However, the movement housed inside is much smaller at 36.4 x 7.45mm. The movement is the Manufactory calibre 100.7, a manually wound piece with a power reserve of 42-hours.
Universalzeit is offered on alligator leather straps in your choice of blue, black or brown and is available from the Moritz Grossmann online boutique. It’s priced at €50,400 (approx. £42,240).
Price & Specs:
Model: Moritz Grossmann Universalzeit
Case/Dial: 44.5mm diameter x 13.78mm height, three-part stainless steel case, solid silver sunray brushed dial with blue finish with salmon-coloured world map
Movement: Manufactory calibre 100.7, manual-winding, 31 jewels, 292 parts
Frequency: 18,000 vph (2.5 Hz)
Power reserve: 42h
Functions: Hours, minutes and seconds, world time indication in six different locations
Strap: Blue, black or brown alligator leather
Price/availability: €50,400 EUR (approx. £42,240)
More details at Moritz Grossmann.