Timekeepers Club / March 8, 2022

Moritz Grossmann Central Second Purple

Energetic, dynamic and expressive – a new colourway builds on the success of the CENTRAL SECOND model unveiled by Moritz Grossmann last year. The striking purple dial has a sophisticated sheen and makes a bold yet tasteful statement on the wearer’s wrist. CENTRAL SECOND Purple has a modern look which is further enhanced by a black, hand-stitched strap made from Kudu leather.

With CENTRAL SECOND, Moritz Grossmann launched a timepiece with a markedly contemporary, sporty appearance last year. Unlike most of the other models crafted by the Glashütte watchmaker, which pay tribute to history by integrating a small second hand in the six o’clock position, CENTRAL SECOND gives seconds a prominent position in the centre of the dial. 

Made from polished steel, the slender second hand is delightfully exquisite and moves smoothly around its axis in the centre of the dial. The combination of a polished stainless steel case and highly luminescent hour and minute hands lends the watch a sporty yet elegant appearance. Together with an innovative movement which exemplifies the fine art of Glashütte watchmaking, this results in a high-quality ensemble of ‘Schönstes deutsches Handwerk’.

Purple dial with luminescent hands

The new version of CENTRAL SECOND demonstrates the surprising effect that colour can have. An intense purple gives the dial with its central second hand an expressive aura, enhancing the sophisticated air of understatement that stems from the perfect relative proportions of each and every detail. Thanks to a delicate sunray finish, the colour – which is reminiscent of a lavender field in bloom – transitions through to a range of fine shades, depending on the light and the angle at which it is viewed.

It forms a striking backdrop for the rich white numerals, the white hour and minute hands, and the slim stainless steel bezel which is also highly polished. Filled with HyCeram Luminex, these features also make it easy for the wearer to read the time, even in the dark. This hybrid ceramic comprises powerful luminescent pigments that glow in the dark intensively, are long-lasting and produce a beautifully bright green colour.

The calibre 100.11

Crafted with the greatest finesse, the calibre 100.11 is also finished in a striking combination of colours. Exquisite graining and polishes lend the ensemble made from German silver a sophisticated sheen. These features harmonise tastefully with the violet screws, which are annealed by hand.

To keep the second hand rotating in the centre of the dial, Grossmann’s designers transferred the force of the mainspring from the third wheel to the new central second wheel via an additional intermediate wheel in the centre of the movement. To ensure that the overall look is harmonious and also homogeneous, all the components of the train bridge are aligned on one level. For this purpose, both the train bridge and ratchet wheel were extended in height.

Further evidence of the highest standards of craftsmanship can be seen in the tooth flanks of the ratchet wheel, which are liberally chamfered at the top and polished to a high gloss sheen. Furthermore, the ratchet wheel is finished with a delicate sunray decoration. In contrast to other Grossmann movements, the crown wheel on CENTRAL SECOND is covered by the train bridge. Alongside the ratchet wheel, the new magnificently adorned intermediate wheel, which is also very striking in terms of its size, and central second wheel also draw admiring eyes. The wheel legs of the intermediate wheel are hand chamfered and polished.

The Grossmann manual winder with pusher

Developed in-house, the manual winder with pusher contains a perfected hand setting mechanism, which eliminates two potential problem areas: avoiding the ingress of foreign particles during the adjustment process and altering the hands unintentionally when pushing the crown back into place.

Limited edition

CENTRAL SECOND Purple is limited to 25 watches worldwide.

Technical specifications

Moritz Grossmann Central Second Purple

Reference: MG-003297

Limited edition of 25 pieces


  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Diameter: 41 mm
  • Thickness: 12 mm
  • Water-resistant to 30 meters

Dial and hands

  • Dial: Purple, solid silver with sunray finish
  • Hands: Handcrafted, hour and minute polished steel with HyCeram Luminex filling, second hand polished steel


  • Manufactory calibre 100.11
  • Manual winding, regulated in five positions
  • Diameter: 36.4 mm
  • Height: 5.30 mm
  • Number of parts: 198
  • Number of jewels: 22 jewels, one of which in a pressed gold chaton
  • Escapement: Lever escapement
  • Oscillator: Shock-resistant Grossmann balance with 4 inertia screws and 2 poising screws
  • Nivarox 1 balance spring with No. 80 Breguet terminal curve
  • Gustav Gerstenberger geometry
  • Balance: Diameter: 14.2 mm
  • Frequency: 18,000 vph  
  • Power reserve 42 hours when fully wound


  • Hours, minutes and seconds, central second hand with stop seconds
  • Grossmann manual winder with pusher

Strap and buckle

  • Hand-stitched Kudu leather with prong buckle in stainless steel

MSRP: EUR 29'900

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