Greubel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillon Secret Watch Hands-On

Greubel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillon Secret Watch Hands-On

Greubel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillon Secret Watch Hands On   hands on

Depending on how you look at it, this is either the least weird Greubel Forsey watch or the most weird Greubel Forsey watch. It could be the least weird because people who like traditional watches aren't used to seeing all the open mechanical work right there on the dial. Most people familiar with Greubel Forsey however want all that mechanical stuff viewable on the dial. To spend the over half million dollars that this watch costs only to not see all the obsessive finishing might be strange for a lot of people. Is that part of the "secret?"

This very interesting watch is based on the older Quadruple Tourbillon collection and is called the Greubel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillon Secret. Four tourbillons, all lovingly finished... but you'll need to take off the watch to appreciate them. The dial does have hands indicating that the four tourbillons are doing something, but the sexy skin of the movement is only for your eyes to see (if you wish).

Greubel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillon Secret Watch Hands On   hands on

Greubel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillon Secret Watch Hands On   hands on

Greubel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillon Secret Watch Hands On   hands on

Turn the Quadruple Tourbillon watch over and it is business as usual for Greubel Forsey watches. The complicated in-house movement is beautifully decorated and designed, employing some of the best finishing practices the high-end horology industry has to offer. The piece contains four tourbillons in two distinct tourbillon structures. Each structure have an outer four minute tourbillon as well as an inner one minute tourbillon (how long it takes for the tourbillon to make a full revolution). You can see that the inner tourbillon is diagonally angled. It is a mesmerizing place of gears and wheels to watch in action - which is really the primary allure of wearing a Greubel Forsey timepiece. With the Secret, it is more about having a personal knowledge of what the watch contains on the inside - and not showing it off to others. How selfish do you need to be to wear this watch?

Greubel Forsey isn't clear on how many of these Quadruple Tourbillon Secret watches will be made. It might be just this one piece in platinum. There might be other models later in other metals such as 18k rose gold... hard to know. On the dial you see "Ed. Unique" which means "edition unique," which probably means there is just one. But it also says "Proto 1," which means it is a pre-production model. I think if Greubel Forsey is trying to sell just one of these they are going to be OK.  There is always one guy out there who will be totally into this watch - as it is the anti-Greubel Forsey, Greubel Forsey.

Greubel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillon Secret Watch Hands On   hands on

Greubel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillon Secret Watch Hands On   hands on

The cleaned up and closed dial of the Quadruple Tourbillon isn't half bad looking. Perhaps Greubel Forsey produced this watch just to see what it would look like. On the dial you have hands for the two four minute tourbillons, a seconds counter, the time, and a power reserve indicator. The delicate level of finishing along with all the textured details on the dial are hard not to love. Though one thing does concern me. Being able to visually see all the intricate details of the movement likely has the side effect of reminding you to be careful while wearing the watch. Maybe with the clean and closed dial you won't be as careful with this piece as you'll forget there are quad tourbillons to take care of? Just a thought.

At. 43.5mm wide in platinum this is going to be nicely heavy on the wrist for the one or few people that get one. It will show up in a museum someday, and it is interesting to see a brand like Greubel Forsey develop this while it is alive. I wonder what people 100 years from now will make of how its collection evolved.

10 comments
gerikson
gerikson

Yo dawg I heard you like tourbillions so we put *two* tourbillions in your tourbillions!

This watch is more haute horlogerie performance art than anything else.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Its pretty nice... I guess. Would've been better with 5 tourbillons though...

Frauss
Frauss

Gee! With 4 tourbillons this watch must be more accurate than a super quartz, especially for 700 grand!

nateb123
nateb123

There are aspects I like about this, and the finishing is very good both in design and execution, but overall this is a monstrosity.  4 tourbillons?  Why?  I can see aesthetically why someone might like a highly-skeletonized Roger Dubuis Excalibur Doubel Flying Tourbillon.  All it's technical and aesthetic brilliance is on display and pleasant to view.  This is a jumbled mess.

You could buy a minute repeater, a perpetual calendar chronograph, a tourbillon piece and an MB&F or Urwerk (for the "crazy factor") at this price.  This is an unsightly joke.

watchjeff
watchjeff

over half  million dollars?  I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but honestly, the bulges just are not attractive.    

would a larger case been a better result??  

Also, this watch looks very thick, so I want to know when/where you were it?  I mean it does not look like you can get a shirt cuff over the watch, so no business and no black tie events.  Short sleeves only?   The C Ward single pusher got sort of slammed a little while ago in its review  because of the thickness and this watch looks like it may clock in at the same height.


EvgeniKrumovKrumov
EvgeniKrumovKrumov

On the side of the case is a window that if you want you could peek a bit on the mechanical parts. It seems nice to have a peace like this one but i think also even there are 4 toubillons and the brand is GF the value is highly overestimated - but this is my opinion.
700 000 PhD degree times six - well said i should say!

Ryan B
Ryan B

Yup, such beautiful complications should not be completely obstructed by the dial. Richard Mille has some nice examples of how it should look.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

The bulges aside, this is a handsome enough watch.  But... you know, those bulges >_<.  I appreciate that the tourbillons are discreet, but since they offer little in the way of practical use, isn't the whole point of these complications to show them off, either to yourself or others?  I wouldn't mind seeing a little mechanical morsel ticking away every time I glanced at my watch, and would rather not have to take it off to see them.  Even a little window in the dial would have been nice to whet the appetite.  That crown looks really ordinary for a watch like this.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

So does four toubillons mean just that there are just 4 rotating cages or multiple hairsprings and escapements? I suppose the "tumors" on this piece are meant to be in keeping with its relatively subtle nature. But oddly, I rather see the usual malignant tumors or none at all. These look like bumps that will grow into zits. At least the cancerous ones look intentional. Ha ha ha.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

For 700K it ought to have a mainspring powered GPS reciever which mechanically adjusts the time! Then you would not have to take any crap from Seiko Astron GPS watch guys about having more accurate time ('cause it would be the same).