What a distinction a dial makes! At the point when Grönefeld disclosed the Parallax Tourbillon in 2014, it was the third watch delivered by the Horological Brothers, Bart and Tim Grönefeld. After the GTM-06 (Grönefeld Tourbillon Minute Repeater) and the One Hertz , they needed to feature a huge tourbillon. One that would float over the dial, or possibly on a similar level as the dial, so it would have all bright lights on the ceaseless dance of a tourbillon. With the new tremblage dials, the accentuation is as yet on the huge tourbillon, while the dial features the marvelous craft of hand-made tremblage.
Let’s say the huge tourbillon has improved background. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying that the other dial choices aren’t exceptionally pleasant. They are! Particularly the salmon shading dial looks unimaginably great, and like everything coming from Grönefeld, the quality is totally magnificent. The new tremblage dial is again another grandstand of what the two brothers can do, and how extraordinarily capable they are. Together they plan their own watches, they plan the whole development (just the official specialized drawings are finished by another person), hand-completing each and every part (calculating, cleaning, sand-impacting, graining, dark cleaning) and the tedious craft of tremblage.
What is tremblage?
Tremblage can be accomplished differently. The standard technique can be appreciated on a few dials by A. Lange & Söhne (see here , here and here ) where they go under the moniker ‘Handwerkskunst’. This method requires an exceptionally molded burin, which is utilized to make little entry points on the dial’s surface. These cuts are made, each in turn, pretty much haphazardly and in various ways. All these haphazardly positioned miniature cuts make a delightfully itemized and finished dial. This is incredibly tedious and must be finished by an extremely talented hand. The profundity of the relative multitude of cuts should be pretty much equivalent. In the event that one of these cuts is excessively profound for example, the etcher needs to start from the very beginning again.
Grönefeld utilizes an alternate technique for tremblage utilizing a mallet and a (kind of) etch. This is most likely the motivation behind why they consider it a ‘steel hammered’ dial. This may sound severe, yet the outcome is a pleasantly finished dial. Since each dial is hand-made, each dial is extraordinary. What’s more, like the other strategy used to make tremblage dials, the profundity of the pounding must be pretty much equivalent across the dial. It’s vital to accomplish a reliable surface. On account of the exceptionally tedious nature of this manufacturing process, Grönefeld will just create five of these dials.
And what is Parallax?
The name Parallax is gotten from the exactness of the coherence of the focal seconds hand. The word parallax is characterized as the evident change in situation of an item when the eyewitness changes his own position. To limit the chance of mistake because of parallax when seeing the seconds hand from a point, the hand is set uncommonly near the external section ring with the seconds track. An exceptionally decent expansion is that the one-furnished equilibrium wheel connect consistently runs corresponding to the focal seconds hand.
Now back to the watch at hand… fail.. in my grasp. The Parallax is a watch that we’ve portrayed previously ( see here ), so I won’t delve into all the specialized subtleties and will simply feature the main ones.
First of the relative multitude of essentials: the Parallax estimates 43mm in breadth, 12.50mm in stature and is water-impervious to 30 meters. Inside the case is type G-03, planned and created by Bart and Tim Grönefeld, and the crude parts (ébauche) have been delivered by Audemars Piguet Renaud et Papi (APRP).
This development is rather interesting, as all developments from Grönefeld are, and comprises tempered steel spans. I won’t say that Grönefeld watches are the lone watches on the planet with treated steel spans (you can locate an intermittent steel connect in a couple of watches), yet having all extensions of the development in tempered steel is very extraordinary and a commonplace quality of Grönefeld. These hardened steel spans are a lot harder than the German silver extensions that basically any remaining top of the line watch producers use. This implies that they won’t wear out as quick as the German silver scaffolds (for the most part perceptible around tomahawks and screw openings.) On the other hand, these tempered steel spans are really difficult to complete in light of the fact that treated steel is more earnestly than German silver. But… they look magnificent! At the point when Grönefeld completes them, they show a striking high-contrast radiance.
While the dials on all varieties of the Parallax as of now look striking, including a solid differentiation and a manly mix of materials and completions, the new tremblage – or hardened steel pounded dials – include considerably more difference along with everything else. This new dial pleasantly coordinates the completing of the treated steel scaffolds of the development. What a distinction a dial makes…
More data at the Grönefeld site here .