Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1 with Willard Wigan (SIHH 2013)
by Kyle Stults on January 21, 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