Gronefeld 1941 8 Second Remontoire

Grönefeld 1941 Eight Second Remontoire

I must plead guilty to sleeping when Contrapante introduced this Grönefeld to their inventory;  I should have been more attentive. They’ve always kept a staggering inventory and this remontoire is no exception. Leave it to the slightly unhinged Dutch to design a constant power escapement like none other in this Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire.

Gronefeld 1941 Remontoire Regulator

The remontoire utilizes two spiral springs in an attempt to deliver a constant unwavering torque through the escapement. This is desirable as single spiral springs deliver a lowering amount of torque as the spring unwinds. This negatively effects accuracy. Most remontoires deliver their power once per second. This remontoire delivers its power once every eight seconds through a governor (thanks to George Daniel’s design), which is viewable through the opened dial.

Gronefeld 1941 Remontoire Movement

The dial is not our only viewing opportunity, thankfully. Flip it over to observe a very unique series of bridges, designed to resemble the facades of Dutch street fronts, or ‘bell gables.’ All of them are hand-beveled, micro-blasted, then engraved. Screws are all polished to a mirror. All jewels are sat in golden chains to provide visual contrast. The finishing quality is simply staggering.

Gronefeld 1941 Remontoire Box

This remontoire is a feat of modern watchmaking. At 1/188 examples produced, there aren’t many to go around. Especially in this lovely salmon & silver aesthetic, it’s bewitching. No wonder GHPG awarded this piece ‘best watch’ a year back. It is the sort of piece that will take time to find a correct collector, but a sure investment. Whoever they are, I envy them. Deeply.

Find it here for 45000 USD.