History

Origin of a new time.

A place of origin is a realm that fulfils the need for identity, security, and individualism in life. In the 19th century, Moritz Grossmann found it in a small town in the Ore Mountains: Glashütte. In his atelier there, the exceptionally gifted pioneer developed technically outstanding watch models.

More than 100 years later, watchmaker Christine Hutter discovered the heritage of Moritz Grossmann in Glashütte and established a new manufacture. Today, this is where ancestral craftsmanship is reinterpreted with modern technology. The beginning of a new era in the name of Moritz Grossmann: Origin of a new time.

1826

Carl Moritz Grossmann is born in Dresden on 27 March.

 

1842 – 1854

Grossmann trains in Dresden to become a watchmaker.

Subsequently, he begins travelling as a journeyman with stopovers in London, Hamburg, Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Western Switzerland.

 

1854

Grossmann returns to Saxony and establishes his atelier in Glashütte.

1866

His treatise “On the detached lever escapement” is awarded the 1st prize by the British Horological Institute in London.

 

1876

Grossmann is elected representative of the Royal Saxon Landtag.

 

1878

He is appointed head of the committee for the construction of the Müglitz Valley railway line. However, it is not taken into service until 1891.

1878

The German School of Watchmaking in Glashütte is established thanks to Grossmann’s initiative and according to his concept.

 

1885

Carl Moritz Grossmann dies unexpectedly on 23 January in Leipzig.

 

1886

The Society of German Watchmakers in London donates a marble plaque (which no longer exists) in his honour.

1903

M. Loeske becomes the new editor of the pocket dictionary for watchmakers originally published by Grossmann.

 

1921

The German School of Watchmaking is upgraded to the status of a University of Applied Horological and Micromechanical Sciences.

 

1928

The Moritz Grossmann commemorative tablet at the entrance of the watchmaking school is festively unveiled.

1935

On completion of the new fire station, the square in the front of the building is renamed “Moritz-Grossmann-Platz”.

 

1940

The watchmaking school is elevated to the status Graduate School of Horological Craftsmanship.

1957

The Graduate School of Horological Craftsmanship becomes the “Ingenieurschule für Feinwerkmechanik Glashütte”.

 

1992

The engineering school closes after 114 years.

2008

The German Clock Museum opens in the building of the former German School of Watchmaking.

 

2008

Grossmann Uhren GmbH is incorporated.

2010

The first Grossmann watch model of the new era is presented: the BENU.

 

2012

The company relocates to the new manufacture building.

 

2013

The manufacture building on Uferstrasse 1 in Glashütte is festively inaugurated.

2013

Two new model families are launched: the BENU Power Reserve and the ATUM.

The BENU Tourbillon crowns the collection.

 

2015

The new TEFNUT and TEFNUT Lady model families are introduced.

 

2016

The ATUM Power Reserve and the TEFNUT 36 have their public première.

New steel-cased watches — the ATUM Pure and the TEFNUT Pure with the Pure Classic Finish — broaden the Grossmann collection.

BIOGRAPHY

Moritz Grossmann

Moritz Grossmann

Carl Moritz Grossmann, the son of a mail sorter, was born in Dresden on 27 March 1826. There, he attended the Technical College for two years after having graduated from elementary school. Moritz Grossmann was fascinated by technology and the complexity of timepieces. Eager to discover new methods, he became a journeyman in 1846 and set out to acquire the world’s horological know-how. After sojourns in Hamburg and Munich, he was drawn to La Chaux-de-Fonds, the hub of Swiss watchmaking. He returned to Dresden in 1854 after stopovers in England, France, Denmark, and Sweden. Upon his arrival, he fulfilled a dream and established his own atelier. Moritz Grossmann, who was also acclaimed as an award-winning technical author, began to craft pocket watches, pendulum clocks, and precision measuring instruments – from innovative details to complete movements.

But for Moritz Grossmann, Glashütte was more than merely the cradle of German watchmaking artistry. He dedicated his time to various associations and supported regional projects. From 1866 to 1878, he was committed to the welfare of the town of Glashütte, later also as a representative of the Royal Saxon Landtag. As an author, he was eager to pass on his knowledge; in 1878, he initiated the German School of Watchmaking and outlined the curriculum.

The art of watchmaking permeated his life and was his greatest passion. He died unexpectedly on 23 January 1885 after delivering a speech about the introduction of World Time. Thereafter, his atelier was liquidated.

Christine Hutter

Christine Hutter

Christine Hutter was born in Eichstätt on 4 February 1964. In Munich, she completed her training as a watchmaker. Like Moritz Grossmann, she was fascinated with the timeless beauty of mechanical watches. Contrary to the prevailing zeitgeist, she focused on exquisite historic timepieces, learning to understand, love, and restore them.

Early on in her career, Christine Hutter signed up with Wempe, one of the world’s foremost watch retailers. Further stations in her professional life included Maurice Lacroix, Glashütte Original, and A. Lange & Söhne. She accrued precious experience in marketing, developed new distribution channels, and discovered Moritz Grossmann’s heritage. Inspired by his visionary ideas, Christine Hutter secured the brand rights with the help of her family. But even though she was impressed by the charm of Glashütte and already nurtured the wish to establish her own manufacture, she accepted an appointment as managing director with Haute Horlogerie Schindler SA in Switzerland. There, she forged numerous contacts with discerning collectors. All the while, her plans to return to Glashütte and revive the spirit of Moritz Grossmann by founding her own manufacture began to mature. Her personal vision turned into reality on 11 November 2008: Christine Hutter established Grossmann Uhren GmbH in Glashütte and created the Origin of a new time based on the tenets of Moritz Grossmann.