Derek Pratt by Luca Soprana Remontoir d’Egalité


Watchmaking suffered a severe blow in 2009 when Derek Pratt left us. But Pratt’s legacy lives in his inimitable work, teachings (from which there is much to study), and through his friends like Luca Soprana. Pratt is often considered to be one of the greatest and most determined watchmakers that few have heard of, a…

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Grönefeld 1941 Eight Second Remontoire in Steel


Independent watches which defy mechanic and design trends often impress on a very deep level. However, not all of these more audacious efforts remain front of mind or desire as time evolves. The 1941 Remontoire has not only crystalized Grönefeld’s deserved reputation as among the very best independent watchmakers, but, for many including myself, proven…

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Grönefeld 1941 Eight Second Remontoire

Gronefeld 1941 8 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. The remontoire…

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