Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1 with Willard Wigan (SIHH 2013)

SIHH 2013…

Greubel Forsey Art Piece One Willard Wigan

I caught a sneak peek at this piece back in October, but the full reveal of the Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1 (done in collaboration with out-of-this-world talented microsculptor Willard Wigan) was not meant to be.  Now here it is, though it is still presented by Greubel Forsey as a “work in progress.”.  The quick premise is that there is a microsculpture in the left side of the watch.  The crown looking device on the left is actually a magnifying glass of sorts — perhaps microscope is a better term — so that you can see the microsculpture that Willard Wigan has created inside of the Art Piece 1.  The magnification is 23x and due to the nano-nature of Wigan’s work, this is the only way to appreciate Wigan’s microsculpture. Refer back to my original preview for more background on Wigan and the jaw-dropping mind blowing work that he does. And now to see if encapsulated in a Greubel Forsey timepiece — well, this is really something special.  Note also that Greubel Forsey have decided to include their first fundamental invention — the Double Tourbillon 30° — in the Art Piece 1.

Greubel Forsey Art Piece One Willard Wigan sideview

Above it is magnified 23x.  Do you see the microsculpture in the watch case (below)???

Greubel Forsey Art Piece One Willard Wigan dial closeup

Art Piece 1 Highlight

  • Dan Martin

    Does it actually tell time?

    • http://www.perpetuelle.com/ Perpetuelle

      @google-9055923961f2f3c970a97c04fe022a9f:disqus Dan this is a great observation and subsequent question you raise. I believe that it does not tell time — more of a true “art piece” — but I have query into GF to confirm.

    • http://www.perpetuelle.com/ Perpetuelle

      @google-9055923961f2f3c970a97c04fe022a9f:disqus According to GF: “Yes, the Art Piece 1 is first of all a piece of art. For this reason, you do not see the time at the first glance. There is in any case a display windows under the tourbillon cage. In the picture you read Art Piece 1. You can notice a pusher at 4 o’clock, if you want to read the time, you press the pusher and you can see the indication of time with small triangular hands.”

  • Jev

    are there just contain one micro sculpture in one watch or there is any other micro sculpture in there? in the first concept i see such a dome in it, that i think it will contain the willard’s masterpieces, so it’s a shame if the final model just contain one piece of sculpture rather a mini gallery in a non-telling-time-timepiece eventhough it’s made by greubel forsey with inclined double tourbillon.
    And things that always tickle me are why there is a red pointer pointing to “I” in word of PIECE and what’s the function of pusher at 4’o?

    • http://www.perpetuelle.com/ Perpetuelle

      if you want to read the time, you press the pusher and you can see the indication of time with small triangular hands.