Elegant and Discreet
The Zeitmeister Stahl 1 is a watch created out of sheer passion for timepieces. An expressive men’s watch with numerous special features and bearing the strong vision of Herbert Grönemeyer. With the exception of the galvanized dial, which comes in Steel Blue or Racing Green, the two models are nearly identical. The surfaces of both variants are exceptionally sturdy thanks to the Kolsterising® process, and at the same time are corrosion-resistant. There is one unique difference, however, and it is found in the Racing Green model, which is made even more impressive by a PVD plating on the stainless steel, creating a unique black tone.
The gently curved design of the Stahl 1’s stainless steel case will glide onto any wrist, with edges measuring 49 mm x 31.8 mm. The size of this automatic watch is also bound to pique the interest of self-assured women. Its screwed-in case back is rendered unmistakable thanks to the engraving of the Wempe observatory, limited edition piece number, and the “Grönemeyer” name. The baton markers and hands feature a Super-LumiNova® coating so that they glow in the dark, which, combined with the anti-reflective sapphire crystal, means that the owner will never lose track of the time.
Both models are limited to 250 pieces each and are available exclusively at Wempe.
Made with a Love of Steel and Passion for the Craft
Herbert Grönemeyer, one of the most successful musicians in Germany, has been an ardent watch collector for over 40 years and owns around 200 different models. Even as a young boy, he dreamed of one day designing his own watch.
Grönemeyer personally expressed this wish around two years ago during a conversation with the watch service department of our Berlin-Kurfürstendamm showroom. We ended up in contact with the outstanding artist just a short time later.
The proprietor, Kim-Eva Wempe, remembers it like this:
“Mr. Grönemeyer had an exact idea of what he wanted, and we found each other through our love of the product.”
It quickly became clear that the watch was to have a rectangular shape. Clean, simple, and contemporary. We subsequently came up with the exact design and detailed specifications for the Stahl 1 throughout seven meetings in total.
Herbert Grönemeyer says, “It was a very open discussion – something highly fluid and accommodating. For me, the act of watching where the entire process led was like learning a new language.”
Read the full interview with Herbert Grönemeyer and Kim-Eva Wempe in our new edition of the Selected by Wempe Magazine.