SIHH 2015: Greubel Forsey's Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision
Not many of us have the luxury of being able to splurge on the $750,000, ultra-complicated Greubel Forsey Invention Piece 2. However, you can rest assured that Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey understand; thus, they've created a relatively "budget-friendly" alternative which houses not four tourbillons like the IP2, but instead one discreet tourbillon. This new horological machine is far simpler and sleeker than the rest of Greubel Forsey's creations. Today I present to you the magnificent Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision.
As the antithesis of a showy guy, I'm a huge fan of Greubel Forsey's Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision. By no means is this an ostentatious watch. The tourbillon is a fabulous contraption, and the finishing on the case, dial, and movement is absolutely impeccable. But never would I envision this timepiece on someone who wants to flaunt their wrist-wear. This watch is understated, yet elegant.
At approximately 44 (43.5) millimeters in diameter, this hand-finished white gold case is the smallest mega-tourbillon case currently produced by Greubel Forsey. Furthermore, smaller case dimensions and specially curved lugs equate to a high level of comfort and wearability, especially when factoring in the sizable sapphire dome on the case back.
For a more vivid view of the sapphire dome, which happens to contain the tourbillon cage, refer to the photograph below:
All of Greubel Forsey's movements are technical marvels. The engine powering this masterpiece is the patented Calibre GF01r, featuring a tourbillon, standard hours and minutes display, small seconds display, and a 72-hour power reserve. This movement's main plates are crafted from nickel silver--otherwise known as German silver--spotted and snailed with polished beveling, and treated using nickel and palladium. Various finishes and engravings also adorn the bridges.
Enamel hour markers and a gold Greubel Forsey logo have been applied to the silver-toned dial. Do keep in mind, this is a limited edition of 22 pieces, which I actually find to be quite impressive considering the quality of GF's watches.
Pricing is to be set between $300,000 and $350,000.
For further information, please visit www.greubelforsey.com.