Greubel Forsey Balancier Contemporain – Still GF All the Way, Just More Reasonable

In the most recent years we have seen two altogether different appearances of Greubel Forsey : on the one hand, we get remarkably complex watches with enormous cases and lopsided shapes that resemble a fighter following an ineffective battle night. Its well known GMT  is a great 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 assembling the 2016 Aiguille d’Or, the most elevated prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genéve (GPHG). That very year we saw the Signature 1 , with a considerably less complex design. Also, that’s the instance 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 distance across and 12.21mm in tallness – a first for the manufacture.

In 2017, Greubel Forsey introduced an equilibrium wheel – completely created in-house, obviously – with a measurement of 12.6mm to ensure ideal chronometry. The offset edge is fitted with six gold interim screws, recessed to ensure ideal optimal design by lessening 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 likewise 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 ). In any case, 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 huge in-house offset wheel along with the remainder of components in a harmonious fashion. The watch must be tastefully satisfying yet functionally viable, with noticeable components and basic and prompt time readings. Also, it must be worked to GF’s principles: with the brand’s unmistakable tri-dimensional engineering 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 marginally lower level sits the force hold marker, over a hand-iced bridge.

The very dainty blued hand and its turn quickly help us to remember the indications utilized in old tickers. On the off chance that we go down another level, we locate the little seconds register. The iced connect on which it sits highlights a gap to allow the plated barrel to show. The equilibrium wheel is put over a mirror-cleaned connect, and the long pivot that holds it is dark cleaned and hand-inclined. Contingent upon how the light hits, the cleaned surfaces look dark. Unadulterated improving madness!

Engraved caseback

The manual-winding type comprises 255 components, all made and improved by hand. The equilibrium wheel beats at a 3Hz recurrence and gets its 72-hour power hold from two arrangement coupled quick turning barrels. Be that as it may, 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 make has likewise 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 procedure 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 carries of the Greubel Forsey Balancier Contemporain Serti are set with roll 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 scaffolds above and beneath the equilibrium wheel have a similar hand-iced decoration as its less lavish 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 .