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Gronefeld One Hertz Review - On the jobI've had the privilege of handling many rare timepieces in the past; a variety of them make more of an impact as opposed to runners, for various reasons. The Gronefeld One Hertz is among these - nevertheless for an exceptionally different reason. Built by brothers Bart and Tim Gronefeld, the One Hertz is actually the smallest amount of complicated watch they've got built - previously of Renaud et Papi, in addition, they completed the GTM-06 tourbillon minute repeater.The watch ticks, in one-second increments - just like a (gasp) quartz watch. Flip it over, though, and it's clear that something additional special powers both your hands - certainly a fully mechanical caliber, printed in house.The rest of this article will certainly be a concise - but admittedly subjective - review of this timepiece. Cheers to Robert-Jan Broer for allowing me to contribute, and also a big thanks towards the collector who loaned me the watch.Case, crown and external finishingThe One Hertz is housed inside a well-finished 43x13mm case, that wears a good deal greater than its dimensions suggest on account of a minimalist bezel vintage omega seamaster ; massive is perhaps the proper word to spell out it. The caseband is brushed, although bezel, lugs and part of the back are polished - lending the watch a great variation in texture, reminiscent of the Lange cases, which is further reinforced with the proud bezel to the display back. Things are solid and well-finished. The crown is a nice surprise - you push it in change between winding and setting functions, indicated using a small segment within the dial at 3 o'clock. Unfortunately and also this limits the diameter in the crown towards the caseband; an increased crown would be nice to generate winding easier, as well as being slightly better proportioned to your remaining portion of the case.StrapUnfortunately our watch didn't come provided with a strap in the manufacture - this country has some interesting hide import regulations - and we cannot comment here.DialA large part of the dial is offered onto the seconds hand display; that is, in the end, the feature complication with the watch . In reality, it's extremely large that this scale incorporates a transparent portion allowing the principle time dial to become larger plus more legible at all times. In addition there are small segments to show the residual power reserve (Three days, but without having a graduated scale) along with the position of the winding crown.Although dial aesthetic resembles that relating to other replica watches - notably, various Maurice Lacroixes - the Gronefeld is both better finished, and has an extremely greater a feeling of depth thanks to many applied and recessed elements, and a use of various texture. In hindsight though, the quest for depth is probably taken too far; the seconds hand is around the end of any long pinion which gives a feeling of emerging from your dial like a pin at a golf hole.Kudos for ensuring second hand alignment together with the indices is perfect; further kudos for putting the time visible on the authority to make watch easily readable whilst peeking out from with a cuff. Visual balance might be improved slightly though - possibly by relocating the power reserve segment for the 7-8 o'clock position to balance the principle time dial. watches MovementNow for the interesting part! The movement - approximately 34mm across - occupies a large amount on the case, and obviously doesn't require spacers. Despite its size, it is rather full; the timekeeping train snakes about the outside, culminating inside a free sprung balance with adjustable poise weights along with a Philips overcoil; an additional barrel and short train drives the dead seconds complication. The dead seconds hand is entirely independent with the timekeeping train. It is kept synchronized and ticking using a secondary double sided pallet fork, whose rocking is controlled using a shallow profile gear within the fourth wheel pinion; its opposite side locks and unlocks the wolf teeth of an 'escape wheel' of sorts, which directly drives the next hand. Simple, elegant, and even more importantly, likely to end up very reliable.The movement is brimming with nice touches - each main wheel have their own bridge, including the barrels and top plate keyless works; this certainly will make servicing a cinch. Furthermore, the principle jewel bearings are located in replaceable gold chatons; however, not fastened by screws, they cook a great decorative touch and further speak with the robustness of the movement.Finishing from the plates is often a combination of classical and modern styles. Edges are beveled and polished, with perlage on some recessed plate areas and also a functional brushed/ polished finish on levers etc. The key plates are etched which has a dark matte finish, leaving their borders and then any text proud in relief - an extremely nice aesthetic indeed. I've got no clue in the event the hidden regions of the watch are similarly finished (I attempt not to disassemble replica watches which aren't mine), however i could have silly to imagine otherwise.ConclusionThe One Hertz can be an interesting proposition - even taking cost into mind, a nontrivial 30,000 Euros approximately. With the, one becomes a piece that most will interpret being a nicely finished quartz watch - but is in actual fact a super-exclusive (just 12 pieces in steel, another 20 in rose gold) handmade piece using a quantity of neat complications. Somewhat, it felt like the anti-haute horologie watch for people who don't wish to perceive overtly mechanical pieces like the Richard Milles or Breguet Traditions.And herein lies the paradox for me - I can understand the craftsmanship and uniqueness from the One Hertz; in case the same sum was presented with if you ask me to pay on exclusively on replica watches, I can admit I would personally most likely not purchase it. Preferences and aesthetics can make up a significant portion of the decision, but after your day rolex women watch , you'll find just two things that ultimately swing my decision: it just wears too large for my small wrists, and I like interactive complications. MTPhotographic note: Images shot from the author that has a Nikon D700, AFS 60/2.8 G Micro-Nikkor and many flashes.