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Pre Baselworld 2016: Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire

with prices and our commentary.
by Robin Lim on February 25, 2016

Based in Netherlands, the Grönefeld Brothers are probably no strangers to the readers of Deployant. Following the success of the One Hertz and Parallax, the self-dubbed Horological Brothers have decided to create yet another wonderful timepiece. Presenting to you the Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire.

 

The all-new Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire.

The all-new Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire.

 

The inspiration behind the new Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire was an interesting one. When the Grönefeld brothers were younger, they were exposed to the sounds of the Saint Plechelmus church clock movement. This clock, incidentally, features a 30 seconds remontoire mechanism. But what makes it more remarkable is that both the father and grandfather of the brothers were responsible for maintaining the clock, and hence it makes the idea of producing a timepiece with the remontoire complication even more meaningful.

 

The movement of the watch. The finishing, in our opinion, is done rather meticulously and expertly.

The movement of the watch. The finishing, in our opinion, is done rather meticulously and expertly.

 

As its nomenclature suggests, the watch features the remontoire complication. Naturally, with the 1941 Remontoire being the first watch in the Grönefeld’s collection that features this complication, the movement had to be created right from scratch. This manual-winding movement features an eight seconds constant force mechanism, in which it ensures that the watch is accurate throughout its 36 hours power reserve with a constant supply of torque.

Additionally, the finishing was executed rather beautifully as well. The watch, in usual Grönefeld fashion, features various forms of finishing and which results in a visual spectacle for both collectors and fans alike. Notably, the intriguing stainless steel bridges were facades of the Dutch houses, termed ‘bell gables’. For those who have been following this brand, you would have realized that this theme can also be found on the movement of Grönefeld’s One Hertz.

 

The Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire comes in two different case variants: one in 5N red gold, and the other in 18K white gold (alloyed with Palladium 150).

The Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire comes in two different case variants: one in 5N red gold, and the other in 18K white gold (alloyed with Palladium 150).

 

The watch is fitted with a new case, dubbed the “1941” case. The sculptured case, admittedly, looks rather shapely and well made. One interesting point to note, according to the brothers, would be the fact that case is polished prior to the next stage of milling or cutting, and this is to ensure that the shapes and the contours of the case are retained nicely. From the various forms of recesses and contouring, we can conclude that the attention to details is rather amazing.

The 39.5mm watch comes in two metal options: one in 5N red gold for €49,500, and the other in 18K White Gold (with Palladium 150) at €50,850. Both prices excluding taxes. Only 188 pieces of the Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire will be produced, and each of them will feature a unique serial number.

For more information, please check out Gronefeld’s website.

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