Area 51

A very unusual request arrived at the workshop from a customer who`s son was a huge fan of aliens and space: the creation of a personal alien-themed watch along the lines of the Area 51 legend realized by use of GRIEB & BENZINGER’s famous horological techniques. Using well-known Hollywood movies featuring extraterrestrials as a model, the challenging project was realized using materials that allowed for a metalized liquid appearance.

The final result looks unusual and amazing to say the least. Three-dimensional aliens with metalized surfaces and ruby-set eyes against a backdrop of a grey moon-surface dial with craters set with diamonds open a new era of GRIEB & BENZINGER BOUTIQUE customer design. The back of the watch displays the mechanical movement with in-house modifications like all GRIEB & BENZINGER watches created in traditional craftsmanship using historical machines and tools: skeletonization, guilloché and engraving are all completed by hand

to achieve an impressive movement with a great deal of character. This movement is also blackened and continues the extraterrestrial theme: three-dimensional planets – of course prominently including Mother Earth – are set on the bridges providing an impression of the depths of space. Housed in a solid 18K palladium white gold case and secured using an extra-short strap with red stitching, this Area 51 watch will ensure an eye catching effect.


Solid 18K palladium white gold case, diameter 43 mm, Sterling silver based grey moon surface, moon cra- ters set with diamonds, applied three-dimensional aliens with metalized fluid metal look coating, aliens` eyes set with rubies, totally blackened, hand-skeletonized, hand-guilloché and hand-engraved, applied three-dimensional planets, grey alligator skin strap.