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THE BIG INTERVIEW: Growing pains of Dutch master Bart Grönefeld

Bart and Tim Grönefeld, known in collectors’ circles as the horological brothers or Dutch masters, moved into a building last year that used to be their home town kindergarten in Oldenzaal, the Netherlands. The move into larger premises was almost derailed when the pandemic struck in 2020, but the covid curse has actually accelerated growth to the point where the business has been forced to close its order book as Rob Corder discovered in conversation with Bart.

Ferdinand Berthoud looks to the future

WatchPro’s Alex Douglas sits down with the CEO of Ferdinand Berthoud Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. Not only does he have insight of the continued success of the independent brand, he does so with the knowledge of what it takes to be at the helm of big business.

The Limited Edition and Scottish Watches collaborate on Raketa Mars-3 timepiece

To mark the launch of Raketa in the UK, The Limited Edition and podcast Scottish Watches have collaborated on a special edition of the Space Launcher called the Mars-3 watch.

CORDER’S COLUMN: Artisan independents outshine biggest watch brands. Now what?

My hunch is that the shift towards living independents will be with us for many years, which will have a transformative effect on the top end of the market.

CORDER’S COLUMN: Rise of independents could drain talent from watchmaking giants

Until recently, independents could be safely ignored or even admired by shareholders of the big groups. That could change.

Intolerable waiting lists prompt indie watchmaker Grönefeld to stop taking orders

Grönefeld brothers and co-founders, Tim and Bart reveal they are "in the regrettable situation where they can no longer accept new orders until further notice".

Charles Girardier adds tourbillon to its award-winning Signature Mystérieuse ladies watch

Signature Mystérieuse 1809 Dark Grey comes in a 37mm rose gold case housing a highly decorated CG 1809/03 automatic movement with a peripheral oscillating weight.

QUICKFIRE Q&A: Giles Ellis, founder of Schofield Watch Company

It is 12 years since designer Giles Ellis decided to turn his hand to horology. 2020 was tough, but he is still standing and ready to present his rare and exclusive timepieces at WatchPro Salon in November.

Art in Time abandons London opening due to change in VAT...

A site had been found but the owners decided to indefinitely suspend its plans, in part because of the UK withdrawing VAT rebates for overseas visitors.

Jeweller to the stars sees no end to gold rush for...

Leon Adams is the jeweller to the stars and watch expert of choice for Manhattan's midtown millionaires with views over Central Park or tourists...


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