“Yes! We did it again!” It was with these words that the two brothers, represented by the Ekso Gallery, celebrated their second ever Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève on Thursday, November 10. The ceremony, which is to watchmaking what the Oscars are to the film world, crowned them winners of the “Men’s Watch” category for their Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire.
When they presented their latest model at the Basel Fair, did Bart and Tim Grönefeld dare to think that their creation could go on to win a second prestigious award at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève? Whatever the case, the fact remains that on the evening of Thursday, November 10, in front of over 1500 guests assembled in the Théâtre du Léman, it was indeed their names that were pronounced as winners at one of the watchmaking industry’s most important events of the year.
The Grönefeld brothers built their reputation in the Watch world by creating high-end grand complications, such as their minute repeaters, grand striking mechanisms and other tourbillons. It was thanks to a model named the “Parallax Tourbillon” that they won their first Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in 2014.
Today, it is a different type of masterpiece altogether that has once again earned them the recognition of an international jury composed of 25 members. The Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire showcases the concept of a constant-force mechanism. So, what’s the idea behind this? The force delivered by the barrel-spring fluctuates depending on its residual tension and can affect a watch’s precision; an additional spring (powered by the mainspring) is therefore used to deliver force at regular intervals to stabilize the functioning of the movement. Keeping the amplitude and rate constant ensures the watch better precision. Hence the name “constant force”, in reference to this technical specificity…
Some more good news: while the watches crafted by Bart and Tim Grönefeld in their Oldenzaal workshops in the Netherlands can already be seen at the Ekso Gallery in Paris, visitors will also be able to admire their work at the next edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, to take place in Geneva from January 16-20, 2017. Our two men of the hour will feature among the independent designers invited to exhibit at the Watchmakers’ Square inside the SIHH show. This invitation is seemingly another nod to their talent, issued just after they won the new Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève on Thursday. Let us not forget, however, that this latest accolade follows other awards won by the Remontoire over previous weeks at ceremonies held in Romania, Poland and Mexico!
This has been an incredible year for the Grönefeld brothers and, above all, for this remarkable watch!