Quick Take

When I think of Moritz Grossmann, I think sharp brown-violet annealed hands, cantilevered balance cocks, and crisp Glashütte hand finishing. These three new additions to the ATUM line-up have all of that and more. Available in three colorways – rose gold with argente? dial, white gold with argente? dial, and white gold with champagne dial – the new ATUM GMT has a 41mm case and all that distinctive Moritz Grossmann styling.*For this GMT, home time is centrally exhibited as one would expect, while the second time zone is displayed via an arrow indication on a 24-hour chapter ring which runs around the perimeter of the dial. Adjustments are made via the second crown at 10 o’clock and can be quick set in hourly increments both forwards and backwards (a ratchet wheel with ratchet spring is used to adjust the time in the pre-defined increments). The 24-hour display is transmitted to the time zone ring via gear wheels which run in accordance with the center time. For ease of use, the 24-hour display follows the 12-hour hand when the center time is set using the crown too.
GMT white gold, argente? opaline
GMT white gold, champagne-tone
GMT rose gold, argente? opaline
Initial Thoughts

The news that Moritz Grossmann won’t be at Basel this year may have been lost amongst the mass exodus announced last year. But it is an important step for the brand as it tries to close the gap between itself and its clients, instead opting to host a global roadshow visiting Dubai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and London in 2019 (with potential to extend this roster in years to come).*The show kicks off this week in Dubai with the premier of this model.
When it comes to the movement in this watch, we find an in-house Moritz Grossmann caliber 100.8 in German silver, with hand-engraved cantilevered balance cock and raised gold chatons. This is where Moritz Grossmann comes into its own. Founder, CEO, and trained watchmaker Christine Hutter's past experience at Lange has gone along way to shaping Moritz Grossmann’s obsession with finishing and it shows.*
Dial side, the step-in texture, from sunburst in the center to brushed for the 240hour ring on all three models is satisfying, while offering clear legibility too. I have to confess, I would have liked to see the hour framed rather than covered by the arrow, as we have seen previous ATUM models do with the date. Aesthetically, the GMT isn’t dissimilar to the ATUM Date model and you would be forgiven for any confusion at further than three feet away. The hands are always a joy on any Grossmann watch, and that is no exception in this instance. The lance-shaped hands are hand crafted in the manufactory, painstakingly finished and annealed in dark brown (for the white gold model with argenté opaline dial, the entire set of hands is polished stainless steel).
These new additions are handsome, no doubt, and the technical strides Grossmann continue to take in movement development has to be celebrated. Given the choice, I would still opt for a time-only ATUM Pure or even something with the vintage inspired logo seen at Christies last year.
This is the first travel-focused watch from the German brand.
The Basics

Brand: Moritz Grossmann
Model: ATUM GMT* *
Diameter: 41 mm
Thickness: 11.85 mm
Case Material: White gold or rose gold********************************************** ************************************************** ************************************
Indexes: Applied gold hour markers and Arabic numerals for GMT
Strap/Bracelet: Hand-stitched alligator leather with prong buckle
Calibre 100.8, seen from the front (note the GMT marker at the outer edge).
The Movement

Caliber: Caliber 100.8
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, 24-hour GMT
Diameter: 36.4 mm
Thickness: 5.55 mm
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Winding: Manual winding ************************************************** ************************************************** ************************************************** ***************
Frequency: 3 Hz (18,000 vph)
Jewels: 26 jewels (three of which are in screwed gold chatons)
Pricing & Availability

Price: Not yet announced
Availability: Later this year
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