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The Peak Selections: Timepieces - - Off The Cuff -

Dres­den-born Gross­mann was a tal­ented watch­maker and vi­sion­ary, traits recog­nised by con­tem­po­raries like F. A. Lange. In fact, it was Lange who con­vinced Gross­mann to set up his own ate­lier in Glashutte. In 1878, Gross­man also es­tab­lished the Ger­man School of Watchmaking. The school’s stature rose quickly, thanks to big names like Al­fred Hel­wig – in­ven­tor of the fly­ing tour­bil­lon – who taught there. Gross­mann’s man­u­fac­ture closed af­ter his death.

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