Shades of Grey is the name of the latest collection of luxe watches by Grieb & Benzinger. Like all of their creations, these four new models in the collection are handmade and flaunt beautifully skeletonized dials that make them look more like works of art then practical time telling devices.
These monochrome creations are called Grey Tulip, Grey Tulip Diamond, Grey Tulip Imperial and Grey Polaris. They were all custom made after the suggestions of a few clients with a taste for luxury and exclusivity.
Someone from East Europe wanted the brand’s original Black Tulip with a more discrete appearance, and this is how the Grey Tulip was born. It boasts an 18k palladium-white gold case and a highly decorated skeleton dial with intricate swirls and floral patterns. A matching grey alligator strap and palladium-white gold buckle completes the design.
The Grey Tulip Imperial and the Grey Tulip Diamond are almost identical to the previously described model, but they have a slight touch of extra opulence. The Imperial version features princess-cut diamonds on the bezel, while the Diamond variant boasts brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel as well as on the lugs. They were commissioned by a client from the Middle East.
The Grey Polaris was designed for an Asian client and it boasts a semi-skeletonized dial with handmade guilloche. The few visible movement parts feature the same intricate decoration as the main Sterling silver dial. Time can be read on a secondary dial with Roman numerals, for which a different shade of Rhodium coating was used than for the larger guilloche dial.