A few weeks ago at our latest Belgium Watch Club GTG, we had a few big collectors present. By big, I mean a 2 meters tall dutch viking. The one and only @DapperDutchDude showed up, and brought his mesmerizing piece unique Grönefeld 1941 Remontiore. I of course HAD to feature him!
What’s the story behind your 1/1 Grönefeld?
Ever since the release in 2016 I was hoping to one day own the 1941 Remontoire, but back then it was impossible for me. In 2018, I visited the Grönefeld HQ with a friend who is also a big independent collector. Founders Tim & Bart gave us a tour of their workshop, and we fell even in love with the brand even more.
My friend secretly drove back the following week and ordered a beautiful salmon dial Remontoire. Without telling him I drove down to Oldenzaal (Grönefeld HQ) as well two weeks later to choose my configuration. It was a very difficult decision. I absolutely love the salmon dial as well but I went for something dressier with a twist. My dial comes from the bespoke series and is made by another legend in horology, Kari Voutilainen. The steel case with the bespoke dial make it a unique combination in the 188 pieces. That’s right, 1941 Remontoire’s are all sold out.
Exactly one year later we were invited back to Oldenzaal to pick up our dream watches, it was great to share this moment with a friend and fellow collector.
With watches and brands like these, you can really build a relationship with the brand. It’s impossible to have dinner with the CEO of Rolex or any other big brand. Independent watchmakers really care about their clients. Tim & Bart always make time to have a drink and dinner with fellow collectors on fairs.
How did you get into watches?
My passion for watches has been there for a long time, without realizing it. When I was younger, around the age of 13 I was already wearing watches, mainly fashion watches. Reason being, nobody around me was into watches.
What’s your holy grail?
Since my taste is mainly independent watchmaker-oriented, I want to rule out all the main brands, they just don’t appeal to me. I’m missing the passion of horology, even with brands like Patek. Their movements are too boring for my taste and their finishing isn’t up there with some of the independents. I rather see people buy what they like and express themselves with a beautiful F.P. Journe or Akrivia than going for a Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 for example.
The Remontoire has always been my grail watch. Like every collector knows, once you pick up your grail, a new one just pops up. Its like a disease.
I couldn’t go with just one piece, so here are my top five grail watches:
Hopefully I will be able to add these over the upcoming years, if not, I am very happy with my collection right now and I feel honored to own and wear the Grönefeld.