The Tourbillon 24 Secondes Architecture by Greubel Forsey represents a complete departure from traditional movement construction and aesthetics and brings an architectural experience to the wrist.
By Haute Time
2022 is already starting on a high note, as Greubel Forsey is releasing the first piece of their new collection for next year. While watches from this brand are always exceptional, the Balancier S2 is even a bit more. It is continuing the legacy of complex sports watches that the brand established with its predecessors, the GMT Sport and the Balancier S. What the brand did with this watch was to distill the best parts of the original Balancier and make them even purer.
In the quest for ultimate precision, watchmakers have for centuries challenged themselves to make watches more precise. With the invention of the quartz movement, that quest has come to an end for the mechanical movement, yet not entirely. Brands like Greubel Forsey continue to develop new concepts that further refine the timekeeping capabilities of mechanical watches. They view it as perpetuating an ancient art, and a firm challenge to themselves, to overcome the difficulties of making wristwatches even more precise. They have been known to tackling these problems with innovative tourbillons, the device invented by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1795. The Double Balancier lacks those, as it takes a different approach combining two balance wheels with a constant differential.
If there would be a competition for the finest and most complex travel watch, the GMT Earth from Greubel Forsey will for sure be a top contender to win. Housed in a bold, 45.5mm large case made of white gold does it display world-time as well as a second timezone in the most dramatic way possible. It doesn't often happen, especially not with a Greubel Forsey, but these complications take the stage from the inclined tourbillon, with which this watch is also fitted.
Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey always enjoy a challenge and have, in the process, created a collection of highly sophisticated watches that dazzle with a perfect finish on all parts. With the new Balancier S, they take on
There is no question that any Greubel Forsey is already a piece of horological art. It is a brand that has taken the term finish to new heights and utilizes them on some of the most sophisticated watches ever made. For the Art Piece Edition Historique, they took it a step further and decided not to display the time prominently, but instead put the focus on their double, inclined 30° tourbillon and exceptional relief micro-engraving.
On the heels of winning the Calendar Prize award at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, Greubel Forsey has launched the QP à Équation timepiece, reinventing the esteemed perpetual Calendar (QP).
While a tourbillon is, in general, a complication that will put most watch connoisseurs in awe, there is quite a difference among them. The most traditional ones feature a bridge on both sides, in between which they do their mesmerizing dance. A flying tourbillon lacks the front bridge, which allows you to see more of the intricate parts that make a tourbillon work. As the tourbillon is such a popular complication, many brands have made it a focal point for their technical creativity, which has resulted in watches that truly take your breath away.
If there’s one time during the year to get all dressed up, it’s right now. With so many celebrations packed into one month and a slew of party invites to consider, December is the dressiest time of the year. To match your festive wardrobe picks, go extra with your watch choice too by opting for head-turning high jewelry watches like these. ‘Tis the season to be fancy, after all.
Two or three hands that tell the time, sometimes with a date complication added to the mix; the majority of the watches produced these days follow this format. Nearly every brand has multiple models that follow this concept in their collection, which makes standing out, or even going a step further and making a mark on the industry, is challenging. The following four watches did, however, just that in 2019:
The beauty of the luxury watch space is that is room for just about any type of timepiece. From the understated ultra-slim dress watch to the outrageous high complication piece, watch brands today are looking to cater to all walks of watch enthusiasts. While the benefit of a tourbillon to a wristwatch’s accuracy is still up for debate, what is not disputed is the expertise, investment, and time required to craft these ultra-complex mechanisms worthy to spin away inside a topnotch timepiece. Buckle up as we roll through some crazy tourbillon watches that flaunt mechanical mastery and powerful designs.
Every year the Salón Internacional de Alta Relogeria, better known as SIAR, gets bigger and better. Most of the brands attending have already taken on the tradition to take something special with them to this fair in Mexico. Most launch a special edition of an existing watch, but some take even a whole new watch with them. Take a look at some of the best watches introduced at this years edition of the SIAR;
In recent years it has become quite a thing for brands to launch a limited edition for a particular geographical region. In many ways, this is a smart strategy. It allows the brand to cater to local tastes, offer its clients and dealers there something exceptional and limited and therefore enable it to strengthen the brands present there. Both Jaeger-LeCoultre and Greubel Forsey have aimed at North America, each with a limited edition in which the color blue plays an important role.
Is a tourbillon in a wristwatch truly useful? Ask this question to a group of watch enthusiasts, and most likely you will end up in heated discussions up until the wee hours of the night. Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey actually wanted to go a step further and prove that the tourbillon had an added value in a wristwatch. With the first innovation that they introduced after founding the company that bears their name in 2004, the Double Tourbillon 30° they did just that.
Of all the complications, the tourbillon must be the most mesmerizing. It is therefore not surprising that most brands also make this complication visible from the dial side so that whoever is wearing it, can fully enjoy it. For others, this is not enough, and they like to take the tourbillon to a whole other level;
That the tourbillon remains one of the most popular, high-end complications was once again confirmed this edition of SIHH. Many brands expanded their line-up with one, sometimes as a completely new model, or as a new variety of existing watches. Its popularity can still easily be explained, as the 'dance' that the tourbillon performs in its efforts to fight the effects of gravity remains mesmerising. For brands, this still serves as an inspiration to take this complication to the next level, technically, visually, or both!
With reduced sizes, blankets of diamonds, and fresh marketing language that drops gender categories, it is clear that big watch brands have their eye on women’s wrists. It was difficult to pick just a few from the wide assortment, but here are some of our favorite ladies watches from SIHH 2019.