Greubel Forsey Double Balancier Watch Hands-On

Greubel Forsey Double Balancier Watch Hands-On

Greubel Forsey Double Balancier Watch Hands On   hands on

You are looking at what I believe is the very first Greubel Forsey timepiece released without a tourbillon. For a brand so focused on producing timepieces with multiple tourbillons, and tourbillons within tourbillons, it oddly shocked me to see a Greubel Forsey timepiece lacking what I felt was their iconic complication. Alas, there is still two of something. The new Double Balancier 35 degrees watch has two diagonally inclined balance wheels right on the dial.

To be honest I don't really miss the tourbillons. This is still more than enough watch for mere mortals. And trust me, while this isn't Greubel Forsey's most expensive watch, it isn't a bargain being priced dangerously close to $500,000. The 43.5mm wide case is lavishly polished and in 18k gray gold (like white, but more... gray). As is the custom with Greubel Forsey, in the coming years we expect to see other versions of the Double Balancier in other materials, perhaps with dial changes. It feels luscious on the wrist, like wearing some type of fancy chocolate. Rich with textures and something that you know is bad for you, but tastes so good nevertheless.

Greubel Forsey Double Balancier Watch Hands On   hands on

Greubel Forsey Double Balancier Watch Hands On   hands on

6 comments
Ryan B
Ryan B

This thing looks thick enough to be a minute repeater.

TheNewMatthew
TheNewMatthew

Don't know why, but I have a problem with the rough finish on the sides of the case. My Honda Pilot has cheap plastic with that same texture, so it may be reminding me of that feeling.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

GF watches are certainly MY style, I love the collection. They need to release another version of this one where the grey (not gray) part of the dial is the blue found in the "royal blue' or the Opus 6. Man do I love that.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Clever as usual, but the hour chapter ring looks plasticy, and the sand-papery expanse on the dial is uninteresting.  The back is even worse - there's just nothing to see, and you really want to see more of the inner workings when you get clues about how elaborate the movement must be due to those offset balance wheels.  Instead of slathering the front and back with what amounts to grey paint, this watch could have been brought to life with some degree of skeletonisation.

nateb123
nateb123

@Kris C I love that blue but GF always pairs it with way too many red accents that clash with it horribly.  Makes their watches look like Spacemarines.