Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire, White Gold

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This Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire* was created in a limited series of just 188 examples, with this example bearing the final number from the series engraved on the movement. The independent brand from the Netherlands, headed by two watchmaking brothers, has at its heart a calibre featuring a remontoire, a regulating device that pays homage to the history of horology as well as that of the Grönefeld family. It is inspired by a remontoire clock their grandfather and father used to maintain. This attractive example, numbered 188/188, pairs a 39.5mm white gold case with a sterling silver dial accented by bright heat-hued hands.


The Grönefeld brothers’ upbringing in a small town in the Eastern part of the Netherlands was permeated in horology. Bart and Tim Grönefeld both trained in horology, cutting their teeth at famed complications specialist Renaud et Papi, alongside notable contemporaries such as Stephen Forsey and Stepan Sarpaneva.

Producing no more than a few dozen watches a year, the Grönefeld brothers create extremely high-quality pieces, having commanded the admiration and respect of none other than Philippe Dufour, amongst others.

Providing a more constant delivery of energy to the escapement, a remontoire in theory offers greater precision. Celebrated watchmaker Dr George Daniels, describes the complication in his book, Watchmaking: “The use of the remontoire is by far the best method of smoothing the power supply, but it is complex and costly to make. For this reason watches with remontoires are very rare, and this, combined with their attractive action, gives them a special place in the affections of the connoisseur of mechanics. The fact that the mechanism is quite unnecessary merely adds to its charm.”