It took Tim and Bart Grönefeld, the alluring “Horological Brothers”, very nearly three years to uncover another watch. Surely, they are not the most productive watchmakers with regards to curiosities – implying that when something new is coming to the market, we’re very energetic. While the entirety of their past manifestations highlight a complication (a tourbillon , a larger than average miscreant second or a remontoire ), their new watch is a basic automatic 3-hander. Be that as it may, we like to maintain a strategic distance from the word “entry-level” here as obviously the new Grönefeld 1941 Principia is about (extremely) fine watchmaking.
The name of this new Gönefeld’s creation alludes to the work of Sir Isaac Newton, “Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica” (often alluded to as basically the Principia), which formulated the laws of movement and all inclusive attraction. Gravity in watchmaking is often seen as a foe – subsequently the creation by A.L. Breguet of the tourbillon. Yet, not always.
In the instance of an automatic watch, gravity is the way in to the winding framework, making sure that the oscillating weight moves its movement to the winding system… And in light of the fact that the new Grönefeld 1941 Principia is the brothers’ first self-winding piece, gravity here is an old buddy. That was for the foundation story. Presently, let’s have a first glance at the Grönefeld 1941 Principia (which we found a couple of hours prior in their Netherlands-based atelier).
The new Grönefeld 1941 Principia
As referenced, the 1941 Principia is the initial 3-hander, without complication watch that the brothers have at any point made. Some may think they’ve gone the easy way or that this new watch will be viewed as a passage level piece… Price-wise, it surely is their most moderate watch. Precisely speaking and completing insightful, it remains Grönefeld from head to toe – and that implies an eminently completed development. Don’t expect easy routes here.
As for the case, which will be accessible in 18k red gold, in 18k white gold (non-rhodium-plated) or in hardened steel, the Grönefeld 1941 Principia is in accordance with the 1941 Remontoire and offers similar plan and measurements. The case quantifies a sensible 39.5mm breadth and remains generally flimsy at 10.5mm – an extremely respectable size for a day by day use. The shape is likewise the equivalent, with a complex, current and extraordinary shape.
As for the case, the new Grönefeld 1941 Principia depends on mark plans for the dials and hands. As consistently with the “Horological Brothers”, customization will actually want and you’ll have the option to arrange for example hand tailored motor turned dials (with or without polish) much the same as this one . As a norm, the watches will be conveyed with strong silver dials with the brand’s common grained finish – dials are accessible in rhodium-plated or gold-plated “salmon”, or in matte turquoise or light blue (not captured here).
Also, a rather remarkable form with a cream lacquered dial and Roman numerals will be accessible – a watch that is an accolade for the Grönefeld family, which utilizes the
New Automatic Mechanics
What definitely changes is the mechanics. The new 1941 Principia highlights another development (totally new and not founded on a formerly utilized design), which, interestingly, doesn’t include an extraordinary complication – no remontoire, no miscreant second, no tourbillon… simply an evidently basic 3-hander automatic development. That being said, a nearby gander at this new type uncovers a design, a style and an enrichment that stay devoted to the Bros’ work.
While including a focal rotor (unidirectional, made of 22k gold), the development holds the traditional design of the Horological Brothers, with most parts noticeable and held set up by fringe spans. Here, even with an automatic winding framework, the development isn’t covered by a huge, obstructive focal scaffold. The finger-like scaffolds leave the view clear, just to allow us to value the embellishment of this development. This new type comprises 226 sections and flaunts a comfortable 56h force hold. While “just” a 3-hander, it comes with certain modern arrangements, for example, a variable-dormancy balance haggle free-sprung balance spring (since gravity is a companion of the winding framework yet an adversary of the escapement).
In terms of beautification, no easy routes. The Grönefeld 1941 Principia depends on all the stunts recently seen on other watches of the brand. It implies iced, hand-cleaned and sloped steel spans, completely decorated ruthenium electroplated metal primary plate, gold-hued 5-arm, twofold talked gear-train wheels, strong gold chatons for a portion of the gems and an iced and angled gold rotor. Simply take a gander at the cross-over equilibrium connect, with its super sharp shape, and you’ll comprehend that this watch is genuine Haute Horlogerie. All things considered, the development requires around five weeks to be beautified and gathered (so only a couple days not exactly the complex Remontoire movement).
Finally, the Grönefeld 1941 Principia is accessible in a non-restricted creation (the solitary impediment will be the creation capacity). A immense assortment of leathers and tones are accessible for the ties. Each watch will be conveyed with a twofold hub watch-winder made by Bernard Favre.
As at the cost (all excl. charges), the Grönefeld 1941 Principia begins at EUR 29,950 in tempered steel (for the comparison, the 1941 Remontoire in steel is EUR 44,900) and will be EUR 37,300 in 18k red gold and EUR 38,750 in white gold. Absolutely, it is a significant steep cost for an automatic time-just watch. However, few can compete with regards to the thoughtfulness regarding subtleties you’ll find on the dials and case, just as on the movement’s enhancement. Indeed, the 1941 Principia is less complex yet no less desirable.
More on the Horological Brothers’ site here .