I always like to know details about the creator/designer/manufacturer of the watch I like. It is the human touch that makes it more interesting, so, after the view of the One Hertz, I prepared some questions for the Horological Brothers.
The Grönefelds are based in Oldenzaal, Netherlands, and they own a small watch shop/manufacture inherited from their grandfather Johan Grönefeld, which I think was very proud of his grandsons. Since they are two, I asked four questions. They decided to answer together all the questions.
After our WOSTEP study we were meant to go back home and take over our parents jewelry and watch shop. Our WOSTEP teacher, Mr Simonin, is a watch collector himself and he showed us some of his amazing haut horology timepieces. This made us realize that we really wanted to go into this direction. Luckily we were invited by a manufacturer of high complications called Renaud et Papi (now Audemars Piguet) to come to work for them.
Mr. Antoine Simonin is a well known expert in watchmaking and watch industry, an acclaimed professor, an author of specialty books and an avid collector of fine and complicated timepieces.
Note to Question No.3:
The minute repeater is an extraordinary complication. Maybe it sounds ridiculous, but it is really a hard to get complication. Starting with the movement itself and ending with the bells in the case, this complication touches not only the eyes but also the ears of the holder. It is not only the sound of the escapement, it is a complex sound of the hammer striking on the bells. One of the most beautiful designs of Audemars Piguet, in my opinion, is the Jules Audemars Grand Complication. It has what I like in a watch: open work dial, moonphase, perpetual calendar, chronograph and minute repeater.
The Grönefeld brothers have their own minute repeater – GMT-06 Tourbillon Minute Repeater – a beautiful open work tourbillon with modern, industrial design hands and a nice open back case revealing the beauty and the finishes of the caliber G-01. Since this was their brand first design, it was a big, dangerous step and they made it without hesitation, entering strong in a market with a lot of competition.
Note to question No.4:
MB&F and Maîtres du Temps combines the specialties of several watchmakers and designers to create special machines. One of my favorite collaborations of Maximilian Büsser are the Legacy Machines where, together with Kari Voutilainen and Jean-François Mojon, they made this beautiful suspended over dial balance wheel. Under the name of Maîtres du Temps, Mr. Steven Holtzman worked together with Kari Voutilainen and Andreas Strehler to create the Chapter Three – a watch without compromises.