1941 Remontoire WG Fish Scale GuillochéReference# 1941 Remontoire WG Fish Scale Guilloché
- Case: 18-karat white gold
- Size: 39.5mm
- Movement: original hand-wound movement finished and assembled in-house
- Function: a remontoire optimizes time keeping by winding a small hairspring every eight seconds to guarantee a constant force for the escapement
- Power Reserve: approximately 35 hours
- Water Resistance: 30m
- Dial: blue, fish scale guilloché
- Caseback: sapphire crystal
- Hands: polished steel
- Strap/Bracelet: hand-stitched alligator leather
The Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire features an eight seconds constant force mechanism, ensuring the force serving the balance wheel does not wane.
From the mainspring being fully wound to the last minute of the 35 hours of power reserve, when the stop works intervenes, the force never fluctuates. The result is that the amplitude and rate remain consistent, leading to superior precision.
A Movement For Purists: From the outset, Bart and Tim always envisaged the Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire as a watch intended to appeal to the most discerning of watch collectors. It was therefore imperative that the movement was befitting of such a timepiece, appealing to the exacting requirements of purists. The stainless steel bridges replicate the facades of the Dutch houses, termed ‘bell gables’ and reference the homeland of the Horological Brothers, Bart and Tim. The bridges are hand-beveled, evincing a brilliant gleam, while the centers deliver a sublime contrast with their micro-blasted surfaces, adorned with relief engraving.
The new five-arm, double-spoke gear train wheels exhibit a contemporary character, but their circular grained surfaces pay due reverence to fine watchmaking tradition. The movement includes a balance wheel with white gold timing screws and is equipped with a free-sprung over-coil hairspring with triangular stud. Gold chatons stand testament to the no-compromise specification of this movement whilst mirror polished screws feature chamfered rims and slots. Numerous surfaces glisten, courtesy of mirror-polishing which has been patiently executed by time-served hands. The inventory of different surface decorations will sate the desires of any purist and include snailed, grained, spotted and frosted surfaces.
Grönefeld is able to offer a vast choice of colored and patterned dials. The dials are engine-turned, sometimes referred to as guilloché dials. This process confers each dial with its own unique appearance. To augment the allure of the engine-turned patterns, another even more exclusive technique can be applied, enameling. The colorful and transparent enamel is applied to the dial surface to bestow a profound depth and luster to the guilloché patterns.
The words ‘engine turned’ might suggest that a computer-aided machine is used to make the patterns, but nothing is further from the truth. The dials are actually made on a century old machine. Every decorative line is made at very slow speed by deft hand and the skillful precision of a well-trained eye. It actually takes a few days of painstaking and patient effort to produce just one guilloché dial. Bespoke series pieces are available in a stainless steel, rose gold or white gold case.