This new piece from ultra high-end watchmaker Greubel Forsey features a movement crafted of titanium and is available in a choice of red or white gold case, with production limited to just 33 pieces of each. The “Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain with natural titanium movement” has a sober architecture while putting on display Greubel Forsey’s third invention, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes mechanism (see Did You Know? below). The mechanism is supported at 6 o’clock by a barely detectable transparent sapphire bridge (close-up photo below).
There is a striking sense of depth to the dial as emanated by the arrangement of various components: the twelve o’clock stands out for being not only the sole numeral (in red or white gold) but also for being raised, descending separately from the raised sapphire chapter ring; the ‘floating’ tourbillon; and the long central tripod for the hour and minute hands.
Color elements also play an important design role — darker details on the display such as the power reserve indicator at 4 o’clock, small seconds at 9 o’clock or the 24 seconds tourbillon at 6 o’clock contrast with the light grey of the natural titanium movement and integrated titanium bridges.
On the back of the watch, three NAC-treated anthracite bridges can be seen through the sapphire crystal display back. Greubel Forsey’s expertise in extremely fine hand-finishing should not go unnoticed: mirror-polished bevels (many of which feature internal angles), mirror-polished countersinks, straight-graining and snailed decoration on the mainspring barrel. GF also points out that there are also discrete nods to tradition on this contemporary timepiece, for example the domed olive jewels and heat blued screws, which pay elegant homage to master watchmakers of the nineteenth century.
In this closeup, you can see the movement bridges in nickel silver with ruthenium plating which gives them a much darker shade of grey:
Fine specimens of high watchmaking, no doubt! Price will about $450,000, give or take.
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Did You Know?
The Tourbillon 24 Secondes is Greubel Forsey’s third fundamental invention, a highly-efficient, fast‐rotating – 24‐second revolution – tourbillon cage inclined at 25°, which minimises negative effects of gravity on the oscillator, particularly in stable positions.