Grönefeld Parallax Tourbillon 1912 Watch In Steel Hands-On

Grönefeld Parallax Tourbillon 1912 Watch In Steel Hands-On

Although the tourbillon was imagined by Abraham-Louis Breguet to improve the exactness of watches, it is in reality exceptionally hard for proprietors of tourbillon watches to confirm this case. One of the principle reasons is on the grounds that most tourbillon watches don’t hack – that is, the seconds hand doesn’t stop when the crown is maneuvered into now is the right time setting position. To take care of this issue and furthermore to demonstrate that their tourbillon watches are indeed exact, the Grönefeld siblings presented the Parallax Tourbillon watch in 2014. It has been some time since this watch was delivered however we figured it would merit returning to this fascinating model, explicitly the more uncommon tempered steel form, the Grönefeld Parallax Tourbillon 1912.

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Grönefeld was begun by Tim and Bart Grönefeld, two siblings who were naturally introduced to a group of watchmakers. Before beginning Grönefeld, the siblings worked at the celebrated Renaud et Papi fabricate. It was there that the siblings dominated and sharpened their specialty. The Parallax Tourbillon is really their second tourbillon watch. The previously was the GTM-06 from nine years prior. The Parallax Tourbillon was delivered in two variants; one in red gold and another in treated steel. You may believe that that the treated steel model is significantly less expensive and you would not be right. It is less expensive, however not by a great deal. The more inquisitive thing is that the treated steel form is created in significantly more modest numbers than the red gold model, which makes it more extraordinary and more exclusive.


The Parallax Tourbillon 1912 comes in a 43mm tempered steel case that is water-impervious to 30m. The case is indistinguishable from another Grönefeld watch – the One Hertz. Regardless of the lovely exceptional tourbillon development (which we will get to in a moment), the Parallax Tourbillon 1912 is quite dainty at 12.5mm – that is somewhat more slender than a Rolex Submariner. The case is expertly cleaned and the hauls are complicatedly inclined. The crown is white gold and, to my eyes, looks dreadfully enormous and accordingly somewhat strange. The potential gain, in any case, is that it is not difficult to operate.

One interesting thing about the Parallax Tourbillon watches is that you don’t pull out the crown to set the time. All things considered, proprietors push the crown to go to and fro among winding and time-setting modes. A convenient marker on the dial tells proprietors precisely what mode the watch is in – W for twisting, S for time-setting. Here, the huge size of the crown makes it simpler to wind.

The dial is lovely and brimming with little subtleties and medicines. The dial is made out of silver and has an iced surface with precious stone cut angles. At 10 o’clock, we have a force hold pointer, and at 2 o’clock we have the raised sub-dial for the time. Just beneath it at 4 o’clock is the setting-winding marker. At last, at 7 o’clock we have the flying tourbillon. The tourbillon is genuinely huge and looks much more noticeable here on the grounds that it really sits somewhat higher over the dial.


The name Parallax really comes from the focal seconds hand and the raised seconds section ring. Parallax alludes to the adjustment in situation of an article comparative with the watcher’s view. So to forestall this mistake and to guarantee that the proprietor can peruse the seconds precisely, the Parallax Tourbillon 1912’s seconds section ring was intended to sit directly underneath the focal seconds hand. The Parallax Tourbillon 1912 has spear style blazed blued hands that give great differentiation against the silver dial, making the watch simple to read.

The development inside is the in-house Caliber G-03. It is twisted by hand and highlights a force hold of 72 hours. The critical advancement here is its special hacking and resetting component. At the point when the crown is pushed and the watch is set to time-setting mode, the flying tourbillon and focal seconds hand will keep beating until they arrive at 12 o’clock and afterward they will quit, permitting proprietors to effectively set the time and synchronize it with a reference time. This likewise empowers proprietors to check the precision of their Parallax Tourbillon 1912 watch.

The development is obvious through the sapphire caseback and it is a serious sight. The view is primarily overwhelmed by the development’s scaffolds yet there is broad completing to keep things intriguing. The scaffolds are all sloped by hand, obviously, and they are additionally miniature impacted and have roundabout graining on top. Text on the extensions are completely done by help etching. The screws are completely cleaned as are the subsets for the gems. Is additionally intriguing that the extensions are made out of treated steel, which is uncommon in light of the fact that they are more diligently to work with. Nonetheless, as indicated by the Grönefeld siblings, they additionally keep their completion better.

Like I said, regardless of the treated steel case, this watch is just hardly less expensive than its red gold kin. Nonetheless, its novel resetting system implies this isn’t only any regular tourbillon watch. For tourbillon watch sweethearts, this is a commendable expansion to the assortment. The Grönefeld Parallax Tourbillon 1912 in steel is restricted to only 12 pieces and is estimated at €134,250. gronefeld.com