A conversation with Wilhelm Rieber  0 Comments


Over the weekend, Mr Wilhelm Rieber, the German independent watchmaker who builds his tourbillons for a very select clientele was in town to deliver one of his precious pieces to a collector in Singapore. Mr Kelvin Lim of Dickson Watch hosted a dinner for a small select group to meet and learn more about Rieber's watches.
I googled Rieber and found very precious little of the man and his watches. What I did find, was most interesting. Featured in Europa Star, he was one of two German independant watchmakers featured in an article. The other is Volker Vyskocil.
Mr Rieber was commissioned by Mercedes Maybach to deliver special editions of his watch to Maybach owners. Rieber's watch features a wonderfully huge three dimensional and flying tourbillon cage above the 6 marker. The tourbillon at a diameter of 14.8mm is amongst the largest in the watch world. Apart from the crystal, case and dial, the watch is completely made from scratch by Mr Rieber.
The painstaking process of building each watch takes him six months for each tourbillon and he makes them to order for types of precious metals as well as dials. We were shown the piece he was to deliver - a beautiful silver dial inlaid with blue mother of pearl. I photographed the watch as well as the portrait above at the restaurant. Expect to see my images of this timepiece sometime this week. So do return to view it.
In the meantime, to learn more about Mr Rieber and his watches, visit his homepage. Unfortunately, its in German and the Google translator does not seem to make an accurate translation of the pages.
- HT



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