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Greubel Forsey GMT Watch In Platinum Hands-On

Greubel Forsey GMT Watch In Platinum Hands-On Hands-On

For 2014, the Swiss watch maker Greubel Forsey has released this new version of their humbly named GMT timepiece, in platinum with a black-toned dial. The tendency is often for brands to title their most expensive watches lavishly. Like aristocratic indicators of old, it is almost surprising that this timepiece with its intense level of luxurious finishing and a price that is well north of half a millions dollars has a name comprised of just three letters.

At 43.50mm wide with a case that is… mostly round in platinum, the GMT is a serious statement on the wrist. In fact, all Greubel Forsey watches are wrist statements, but the good thing is that the brand certainly backs up their promise with a product no one else seems to be able to offer. The 16.14mm thick case features a wonderful amount of hand-finishing for the platinum, and is actually quite convenient as a travel watch with two time zones. Practical? Not so much.

Greubel Forsey GMT Watch In Platinum Hands-On Hands-On

Greubel Forsey GMT Watch In Platinum Hands-On Hands-On

The entire point of the GMT is to take the concept of a Greubel Forsey and add a 24 hour second time zone indicator to it–in addition to some manner of fancy tourbillon. That indicator takes the form of a globe–as viewed top down from the North Pole–that spins once each 24 hours. The 24 hour scale helps the globe, which is crafted from titanium, to further act as sort of world time indicator. If you don’t feel that being able to indicate the time in other parts of the world is all that easy from looking at the charming little globe, then all you need to do is turn the watch around.

On the rear of the case the GMT indicator appears as a full fledged world time disc with reference cities that indicate the time in each of the 24 time zones. There is even a center disc that is there to indicate “summer time” when daylight saving (DST) is not in effect. It is very convenient to have the full world time disc, though it is a bit strange to have to take the watch off in order to inspect it. Then again, there is plenty to look at on the dial side.

Greubel Forsey GMT Watch In Platinum Hands-On Hands-On

Greubel Forsey GMT Watch In Platinum Hands-On Hands-On

In addition to the 24 hour disc/globe, there is a second timezone hand which makes reading an additional time zone easy. Right above the globe is an independent hour hand which acts as a second time zone indicator in a 12 hour format. A pusher to the left of the dial is used to quickly adjust the hour for use while traveling. So basically, the Greubel Forsey GMT watch combines both a world time function as well as a second time zone. In the traditional sense it actually doesn’t have a GMT hand, which is sort of ironic.


Of course the in-house made and designed Greubel Forsey calibre GF05 doesn’t stop there. It also displays the main time via a clear, off-centered dial on the face, as well as a subsidiary seconds dial and power reserve indicator. The dial is extremely rich in detail and decoration, as well as remarkably three-dimensional. Perhaps the most pleasurable thing about a Greubel Forsey watch is merely inspecting the dial as though you are looking down into a city from the sky. This is not a painting that merely looks good when observed from afar, as the level of intense decor invites a close look at each of the finished parts.

Greubel Forsey GMT Watch In Platinum Hands-On Hands-On



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  • kunokephalos

    Ghastly, ostentatious, charmless, vastly overvalued and unwelcome in civilised company. And that’s just the buyers, don’t get me started on the watch itself.

  • ZL

    kunokephalos  hahaha, I don’t personally find the watch particularly offensive, but your comment made me laugh

  • Ultra Group

    Best comment ever period

  • Ulysses31

    This watch looks like a collage of randomly assorted parts, each of which is very fine, but nevertheless idiotically arranged.  All the manufacturing prowess in the world can’t fix an ugly design.  I’m sure someone who just sees the dollar value and automatically equates it with brilliance will defend the watch ferociously, but i’m one of those people who believes that money doesn’t buy you taste.

  • DangerussArt

    What a mess. I’ve stated before that I respect makers who accept the challenge of making it work within the confines of a round case. The odd shape of the case was obviously a product of cramming it in versus creativity. It’s as appealing as a chubby girl’s “muffin top”.

  • I love it, and have no shame in saying it. I think they got exactly what they wanted here, without worrying about pleasing everyone. I don’t see a mess at all, I can identify the sum of its parts without trying, and I’m sure they could have fit it all inside a circle if they wanted to, but instead opted for a more distinctive personality. Compare this to the watches they do make inside a circle (i.e. invention piece 1, etc), and this on is more ledgible by leaps and bounds. Nothing distasteful here at all.
    I prefer the Opus 6 I think, but that’s not a proper GF watch, so this is likely my favourite from the brand.

  • thornwood36

    Say what you like about it ( which of course you are perfectly entitled to ) , but i love it. Sure its OTT, sure its a little misshapen, but i have to say slightly cruel to point out its ” muffin top ” . Even chubby girls need loved. Oh and if the people at Greubel Forsey are reading this , can you send me one?………..You dont ask, you dont get : )

  • ZL

    I like it even if the whole thing is kind of over the top. It kind of looks to me like it is literally pushing the boundaries of the round case shape. The concept is not particularly novel and even obvious, but it’s nice to see that idea as a final product. It’s got a kind of an organic shape, like something you might find in the woods or on the railroad tracks. And I mean that in a good way. Asymmetry and a little ugly can be charming and contrasts with the overall refinement. The watch does have other elements worthy of attention besides the lumpy case shape, let’s not forget. I like the little globe marble and how there’s a viewing window on the side of the case. Would be nice to be able to see it from the bottom too though. I’m surprised I had so much to say about it..

  • kunokephalos

    Greubel Forsey so, so desperately want to be taken seriously. The most expensive materials, the finest craftsmen, the mechanical genius (yes, I am aware of it), the tens of thousands of hours of finishing to each piece,… And yet, they are clowns or worse. How else to explain this misshapen smorgasbord of ill-proportioned parts? Or the ludicrous GF Art Piece 1. – in case you missed it, folks, its horological ART and they’ve written it on the dial, so believe it: G FART PIECE 1.  And it’s even got a dinky little statue in it, look! No, Greubel Forsey for all their posturing, are the poster child for all that is wrong with ultra-luxury watch making:  the production of loud, cynical and aesthetically worthless bling whose sole true purpose is to enable thuggish russian kleptocrats with receding foreheads to boast about their net worth. Greubel Forsey only exists because true horological ultra-luxury (a Lange Grande Complication, say) just doesn’t scream “I’m a billionaire, b*tch” from across the room.

  • Lkcons

    kunokephalos Hey, the underside looks ok…..maybe they can wear it upside down? 😀

  • nateb123

    kunokephalos  Thank you for reminding me about the G Fart Piece 1..  That truly was the most glorious cock up of timepiece nomenclature I’ve ever seen.

    As for the brand itself, I agree.  You could spend  a million hours sculpting a dog turd out of unobtainium.  Rendering terrible design in exclusive materials, finishing it perfectly and selling it for 6 figures does not suddenly overshadow the awful design decisions.  That is why GF is a joke.

  • DG Cayse

    A bit over the top, eh what?

  • Galvan

    Great watch, but way too expensive.

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