In the most recent years we have seen two totally different countenances of Greubel Forsey : on the one hand, we get phenomenally complex watches with large cases and lopsided shapes that resemble a fighter following an ineffective battle night. Its acclaimed GMT is a perfect representation of that. On the other hand, GF likewise creates watches with round cases and less difficult dials. As yet unchanged crazy obsession with the most ideal completions, yet less information and a more traditional game plan. It began with the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision, with live pictures here , that got the production the 2016 Aiguille d’Or, the most noteworthy prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genéve (GPHG). That very year we saw the Signature 1 , with a considerably less complex construction. What’s more, that’s the situation of the new Greubel Forsey Balancier Contemporain.
Matters of Size
In the instance of the Greubel Forsey Balancier Contemporain, the size of the case is a complication in itself, on the grounds that the first thought was to fit Greubel Forsey’s signature balance wheel in a white gold suit that was only 39.6mm in breadth and 12.21mm in stature – a first for the manufacture.
In 2017, Greubel Forsey introduced an equilibrium wheel – completely created in-house, obviously – with a width of 12.6mm to ensure ideal chronometry. The offset edge is fitted with six gold interim screws, recessed to ensure ideal streamlined features by decreasing air friction. That’s the very rule that made Jaeger-LeCoultre build up its own equilibrium wheel, whose Darth Vader Tie-Fighter shape was first introduced in quite a while 2007 Extreme Lab 1, and now can be found in the Geophysic models ( here with live pics ). It additionally offers the additional bit of leeway of being simpler to change by the watchmaker. This equilibrium wheel was first introduced by Greubel Forsey in 2017, in the Balancier (you can discover live pics here ). However, the 2017 Balancier had a 43.5mm measurement, and in watchmaking, 3.9mm is an entire world.
The mission for the Balancier Contemporain was to accept the enormous in-house offset wheel along with the remainder of components in a harmonious fashion. The watch must be tastefully satisfying yet functionally powerful, with noticeable components and straightforward and quick time readings. Also, it must be worked to GF’s norms: with the brand’s unmistakable tri-dimensional design for depth.
New distribution on the dial
The hours and minutes counter is situated at the 2 o’clock position and highlights blued-steel hands with hand-cleaned subsets and level cleaned focuses, along with an enormous opening uncovering the equilibrium wheel, gear train and a three-dimensional stand connect. At 10 o’clock and on a somewhat lower level sits the force save pointer, over a hand-iced bridge.
The incredibly flimsy blued hand and its rotate quickly help us to remember the indications utilized in old tickers. In the event that we go down another level, we locate the little seconds register. The iced connect on which it sits highlights an opening to allow the plated barrel to show. The equilibrium wheel is put over a mirror-cleaned connect, and the long hub that holds it is dark cleaned and hand-inclined. Contingent upon how the light hits, the cleaned surfaces look dark. Unadulterated beautiful madness!
The manual-winding type comprises 255 components, all made and embellished by hand. The equilibrium wheel beats at a 3Hz recurrence and gets its 72-hour power hold from two arrangement coupled quick pivoting barrels. In any case, we can’t see it since it has been covered with another most loved plan component of Greubel Forsey: engraved writings. Directly in the middle, we locate a red gold plate with the GF logo and the quantity of the restricted edition. Encompassing the plate and on a white gold extension, we discover the philosophies of Greubel Forsey engraved and rehashed from the external edge to the middle, hindered by three domed gems in gold chatons. The caseback is gotten by gold screws, and it additionally bears the name of the brand and of the watch.
GF Balancier Contemporain Serti
The fabricate has additionally dispatched the “Serti” version, with a 41.6mm case. The size is greater on the grounds that the bezel is cleared with diamonds. What’s more, the stones are ‘secret set’, a strategy licensed by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1933 in which no prongs or settings are noticeable. In 1938, VCA improved its own strategy and figured out how to set stones on bended surfaces.
It should be noticed that despite the fact that the case and drags of the Greubel Forsey Balancier Contemporain Serti are set with loaf cut diamonds, and the hours and minutes counter, just as the little seconds, are produced using mother-of-pearl, the openworked dial holds its specialized nature. The extensions above and beneath the equilibrium wheel have a similar hand-iced decoration as its less resplendent partner giving the watch a more homogeneous look that isn’t so blingy.
Price and Availability
For this Serti model, the production has not communicated the cost. The standard 18k white gold version of the Greubel Forsey Balancier Contemporain has a cost of CHF 195,000 (excl. Tank). It is a restricted edition of 33 pieces. For more information, if it’s not too much trouble, visit GreubelForsey.com .