Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2, Edition 1 Watch

Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2, Edition 1 Watch

Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2, Edition 1 Watch Watch Releases

Greubel Forsey typically launches its novelties during the SIHH watch salon in Geneva, but they chose the Baselworld stage to present the latest addition to their Art Piece collection. The new Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2, Edition 1 is an introspective, "insiders-only" watch that is something of a coded celebration of the two men behind the brand and their gravity-defying Double Tourbillon 30º creation. Packed with "secret messages" and horological illusions, this is a watch that connoisseurs of Greubel Forsey will enjoy on a deep level.

Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2, Edition 1 Watch Watch Releases

The first Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1 watch (hands-on here) was launched in 2014, followed by a second watch called Art Piece 1 Tribute to Robert Filliu in December of the same year, and now we have the Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2, Edition 1. In spite of the confusing numerical naming, the third watch in the Art Piece series shares all of its siblings’ traits - like the miniature sculpture hidden in the crown, which can only be seen through a series of lenses. In this case, the miniature effigy lodged in the crown is a microscopic engraving of the Double Tourbillon 30º, a complication intimately associated with the brand and the first invention patented by Greubel Forsey in 2001, presented to the world at large in 2005.

Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2, Edition 1 Watch Watch Releases

Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2, Edition 1 Watch Watch Releases

For the Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2, Edition 1, the Double Tourbillon 30º floats freely in a vacuum from 12 to 2 o’clock and is held in place by two bridges, beautifully polished to a mirror-like finish. What looks like a rubber-stamp seal of approval appears just below with Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey's horological tenets of invention, architecture, and good quality all checked and approved. What a surprise if they weren't.

Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2, Edition 1 Watch Watch Releases

Since this Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2, Edition 1 is intended as a treat for those in the know, nothing is obvious, and telling the time requires insider knowledge. By depressing the pusher at 4 o’clock, a fan revealing the hours is activated to show the hour and minute, indicated by two of Greubel Forsey’s omnipresent triangles. As you can see, this is hardly an intuitive reading of time, but that was never really the spirit behind the watch. The power reserve, however, is always visible. The attractive texture of the bronze dial adds warmth to the cool titanium case, although we still don’t know its exact dimensions.

Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2, Edition 1 Watch Watch Releases

The beautifully finished caseback is engraved with the signatures – dare we say "autographs" – of the two watchmakers and provides a serene contrast to the busy dial. Only a few units of the Greubel Forsey Art Piece 2, Edition 1 will be produced every year, and will be priced at 590,000 CHF. gruebelforsey.com.

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  • iamcalledryan

    This watch is bananas; like no other (save for their other art pieces). Miniature fine art for the wrist. I would cross a train track to get a closer look if I ever saw it on a wrist in the wild…

    Is there any other company that pushes the boundaries so hard without ever leaving quality a single step behind?

  • SuperStrapper

    ‘Art’ is in the eye of the beholder, I understand this. But ‘standards’ GF pieces are more ‘arty’ than this, which just seems boring and uninspired in comparison. The sticker is a joke: It’s basically the same as other watches by the brand, which offer more complication and more to enjoy visually – not just in the mechanics, but in the design and finishing. Are we to assume that the reliefs of the signatures themselves hold some kind of value?

  • Shinytoys

    It’s a bit too James Bond for me, but the build and complications are very cool. I do love GF Watches.

  • Marius

    I never liked GF “art pieces” and I dislike this “art piece” even more. Firstly, why would I look at the microscopic engraving of a tourbillon when I can see a real, working tourbillon on the dial. That’s like looking at a Jaguar E-Type model car when you actually have a real E-Type in your garage.

    Secondly, what’s the purpose of the signatures on the back of the watch? If I’m spending over half a million pesos on a watch that has the GF logo on the dial, isn’t it obvious that it’s a Greubel&Forsey? Do I need the signatures to remind me of that?

    Lastly, that rubber-stamp seal of approval on the dial is just plain ugly. In what way is that art? As SuperStrapper argued, their “standard” watches are much more appealing to me. For me, this watch is a rather boring and lazy attempt to make some more pesos by creating “…an insiders-only watch that connoisseurs will enjoy on a deep level” — whatever that’s supposed to mean.

  • WINKS

    what a waste.

  • IanE

    Unambitious – how about a microscopic hologram of the Art Piece 2, Edition 1 (with, of course, an embedded micro-microscopic hologram of the Art Piece 2, Edition 1 …..)?

    Sometimes (actually, most times), I feel their egos take their egos much too seriously.

  • DanW94

    A beautifully crafted watch for sure, but not a whole lot of “watch art” involved as far as I can tell.

  • Ulysses31

    I’d like to find all the purchasers of this watch. I have a new type of paint that, when applied to their electricity meter, will save them thousands of dollars per year. Then i’d like to sell them a crate of cholesterol-lowering spring water. It works by smoothing the electrons flowing through the bifurcated upper-left ganglion, located in the thorax. A survey of three people in a small Indian village confirmed that it works 100%. Finally, i’d be happy to introduce these sane, wealthy people to an African friend of mine from Nigeria. He has a sound business proposition to make them, and you know he’s reliable because he ate his albino cousin. His cousin had a business degree!

    OK, whatever. This watch looks like it has a coaster for a dial. The Swiss never fail to impress with their ability to build such ugly, impractical devices so supremely well and then sell them at insane prices to fools who, by their patronage, only encourage such crap to be produced again and again. Ancient craftsmen could produce works of timeless beauty from stone with nothing but a chisel, yet the people at GF could only manage an ugly, pointless object despite having all the best tools at their disposal.

    • SuperStrapper

      Reminds me of those cottage cheese-assed soccer mums that buys those skechers sneakers that laud fat loss simply by wearing them. Not sure how they get away with it, but they do, and the pear-shaped sheep flock.

    • Larry Holmack

      I was going to say that the dial looked like a cheap, cork coaster you can buy at your local Walmart…..but I’ll be damned if you didn’t take it a couple of notches higher!!! Dang…you know that guy in Nigeria too???? Small world huh…???? LOL

      • Ulysses31

        You should’ve read what I was going to post before I realised that this watch actually told the time…

  • Sevenmack

    Neither the best nor worst watch GF has ever produced. Overall, meh.

  • Can I buy a reject (one with the “non” checked) for whole lot less? I mean, unless you press the button, the watch does not even tell the time, so most people would never notice the difference anyway. Sure glad the power reserve is always displayed – that is so much more important to look at a hundred times a day compared to the actual time which I would never use to for.

    Overall I’m not opposed to the GF art watch series (even though I don’t care for a couple of details on the Piece 1), but the whole approved stencil idea is just hokey to me.

    Like I want to see “approved by quality control #37”. Remember when you used to find little pieces of paper like that in a new pair of pants? And you wondered what you were supposed to do with it after extracting it from a pocket? Was #37 a good or a lazy QC guy or gal? Should I contact him if I have any quality issues with my new pants? What does he put in the pants that he does not approve? Maybe I’m overthinking all of this, but the printing on this watch still seems trite to me. Thanks for the review Santiago.

  • Nateb123

    At least this one doesn’t say GFart anywhere on it…

  • Roman

    Where is time here?!

    • DanW94

      Depress the pusher at 4′ o clock and the time is revealed in the aperture (at 4’o clock).

      • Roman

        I’ve read the article.
        I just don’t want to push any button every time I need to know the time.

  • JimBob

    This is a dumb watch, but I like it anyway.

  • hatster

    Technically clever, I am sure but the face is simply ugly. It is trying too hard to be clever and there is a bit of me that agrees with the comments below about the egos getting the better of these folks. I wasn’t sure if the face incorporated leather or wood – and it now transpires it is bronze. The stamp motif is very 80’s and wouldn’t be out of place on a pair of bleach-wash jeans from that era. Ulysses31 sums it up more eloquently than me. New clothes, Emperor?

  • Raymond Wilkie

    messy

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