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Grönefeld

Remontoire 1941 in Stainless Steel

DETAILS

The Grönefeld brand from the Netherlands, founded by the brothers Bart and Tim Grönefeld, is one of the most impressive micro-brands in the field of haute horlogerie. The small production volume, which currently amounts to around 70 pieces per year, the unusual exclusive complications, the unique style of the movements, some of which are fitted with stainless steel bridges, the unique style of movement finishing and the recognizable design attract the attention of connoisseurs and collectors. A very positive response in the press and in publications by specialist media and bloggers, several awards at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), the most prestigious competition in modern industry, have undoubtedly fueled public interest in the brand’s watches. It has come to the point where Grönefeld has repeatedly announced that it will no longer accept orders from 2021 because the delivery times of more than three years are becoming too long. This applies in particular to the Remontoire 1941 watch, which is equipped with a constant-force escapement. Launched in 2016 and awarded the prestigious prize as the best men’s watch at the GPHG 2016, the limited edition of 188 pieces was sold out in 2020 and is now only available on the secondary market. The dial is made of 925 sterling silver. Its multi-level structure is emphasized by the use of textured, sandblasted and brushed surfaces with polished bevels. The faceted hour-markers and blued steel ‘alpha’ hands stand out against this background. The case of the watch, which is made of stainless steel, deserves special attention. The diameter of 39.5 mm and the thickness of 10.5 mm result in a ratio that makes the watch very comfortable to wear on the wrist. The highly polished, concave bezel is complemented by the same finish on the case band. The composite construction of the case, where the lugs are attached from the inside with titanium screws, contributes to a flawless polish, as these components are carefully polished before final assembly. The lugs have a characteristic hollow, concave shape that creates an unusual and attractive appearance.

REASONS TO BUY

This Grönefeld Remontoire 1941 in stainless steel from a limited edition of 188 pieces offers the collector a good chance to acquire a rare watch from a Dutch creative micro-brand known for its unusual, exclusive complications, the characteristic execution of movements with stainless-steel bridges, its own style of finishing and its recognizably consistent design. What keeps this watch running is its own version of an 8-second constant force escapement, developed and manufactured in collaboration with independent watchmaker Andreas Strehler. What makes the design unique is the inertial shock absorber that animates the dial once every eight seconds. This means that this watch can compete not only visually with the tourbillon, but also in terms of optimum precision.

ABOUT THIS WATCH

Caliber G-05, the movement of this watch, was developed by Tim and Bart Grönefeld in collaboration with Andreas Strehler, an independent watchmaker from Switzerland who specializes in many complications, including the constant-force escapement. The Grönefelds and Strehler had already worked together at Renaud et Papi in the 1990s, so this collaboration seems quite natural. In addition, the components of the G-05 caliber were manufactured in the Strehler workshops in Sirnach, including the components that make up the new version of the Andreas Strehler constant-force escapement with triple lever. This mechanism is particularly interesting because it not only works on the back of the movement, but can also be seen on the dial through the rotation of the inertia shock absorber at the 9 o’clock position. It rotates every eight seconds and thus visually accompanies the switching action of the constant-force escapement. The minute hand moves with small jumps for the corresponding fraction of a minute – this is also a special feature, although the small seconds hand at 6 o’clock indicates the normal rotation. The originality of the G-05 caliber, which has no functions other than hours, minutes and seconds, is further underlined by its design and finish. The mainplate is made of brass, while the bridges are made of stainless steel. The use of stainless steel for the bridges is a typical feature of some other Grönefeld watches, such as the One Hertz and the Parallax Tourbillon. The bridges aren’t only made of steel, but also give the movement an unusual appearance thanks to the bell shape, the unusual positioning at the edge of the movement and the characteristic finish with a textured, sandblasted surface and a raised, edge highlighted by brushing. The picture is rounded off by a Breguet hairspring, a free-sprung balance, the use of gold chatons (one of them on the dial side), relief inscriptions on the steel bridges and gold-plated engravings, including the watch number in the limited edition below the balance.

SPECIFICATION

CaseStainless steel case, with a sapphire caseback
StrapBlue alligator strap, with original stainless steel Grönefeld pin buckle
DialSilver grey dial with white gold indexes and Remontoire window at 9 o'clock
MovementManual-winding in-house G-05
D=39,5mm
Year2021

CONDITION REPORT

Case:Very good , no signs of wear
Strap:Very good, no signs of wear
Dial:Mint condition
Movement:All functions working properly
Box:Yes
Papers:Yes

DELIVERY & RETURNS

We offer worldwide delivery on all of our watches.

If ordering from Switzerland or Europe, your watch will be sent the same working week. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working week.

If ordering from outside Europe, delivery will depend on the choice of courier and destination.

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.

WARRANTY

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards.

Our pre-owned and vintage watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new.

All of our new watches are covered by the warranty from the original manufacturer. Please contact us for further information.

Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information.

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