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Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain “Royal Blue” Watch Hands-On

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain "Royal Blue" Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Call this GF watch “ol’ blue eye” like I did and you are sure to gain points with the brand. They call it “magic.” We can both refer to it as Royal Blue – and beautiful. While not the most technically complex new Greubel Forsey watch of 2012, this one is probably the prettiest. It is a limited edition (duh) version of their existing Tourbillon 24 Secondes watch and it took my breath away (and potentially my life savings a few times over).

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain "Royal Blue" Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The formal name of this piece is the Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain with Royal Blue dial. It features just one tourbillon (!) that is placed at a 25 degree angle. The tourbillon rotates once each 24 seconds unlike most that rotate once each 60 seconds. Greubel Forsey really seems to dislike one minute tourbillons.

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain "Royal Blue" Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain "Royal Blue" Watch Hands-On Hands-On

According to Greubel Forsey it took a long time to get the royal blue dial color just right. It is a specially colored metal the requires precision to produce. The result is bloody gorgeous and those lucky enough to own one of these will likely wear it often to admire the piece. The case is in wonderfully polished platinum and is 43.5mm wide and just over 15mm thick. It has a demanding presence on the wrist. Often times I think of Greubel Forsey as the anti-Patek Philippe watch brand. They share much of the same values but a totally different product presentation ethos.

Blue mixed with white gold or platinum can have excellent results as seen here. The case is beautifully finished with an engraved “message” on both sides done in tiny, but legible letters. On the wrist, the piece is comfortable despite the heft of the large platinum case.

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain "Royal Blue" Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain "Royal Blue" Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Inside the watch is a mostly titanium movement. Relatively simple by Greubel Forsey standards, the movement is comprised of 267 parts. 88 of those parts are in the tourbillon assembly alone. The movement features the time, tourbillon, subsidiary seconds dial, and power reserve indicator. The manually wound movement has 72 hours of power reserve. The movement surfaces, bridges, and parts are all carefully finished and polished by hand.

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Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain "Royal Blue" Watch Hands-On Hands-On

My favorite part about the watch aside from the blue dial is that Greubel Forsey does not dick around with legibility. The hands are easy to see and there is a full scale of hour and minute indicators around the dial. They are actually placed on a sapphire crystal ring that floats around the outer dial. The effect is impressive and helps add depth to the already very deep looking dial. Another sapphire crystal piece is elegantly used as the tourbillon bridge. This allows for a much better view of the tourbillon in action. The hints of red on the dial are an appreciated touch and help identify the watch as a Greubel Forsey. I am pretty sure that the hands and other applied elements on the dial are in gold.

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain "Royal Blue" Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain "Royal Blue" Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Detailing and finishing on the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain is extremely impressive, but should be given the price and pedigree of the brand. Greubel Forsey will make just 33 pieces with this special blue dial and the price is about $500,000.

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  • shinytoys

    Beautiful face, but they would have to do something with the back to make it scream. Then again, for half a million, does it really matter ?

  • Kris C

    Too bad they aren’t creative enough to come up with their own name – didn’t UN put a stake in ‘Royal Blue” like 2 years ago?
     
    Regardless, this being half a million dollars worth of watch is retarded. I’ve been a longtime fan of GF, but this is a scam.

    • nateb123

       @Kris C I’d take a UN Royal Blue (without all the extra gems of course) instead of this anyways.  At least with that you aren’t just buying an off-centre tourbillion.

  • Ulysses31

    The blue colour of the dial is gorgeous, though I don’t like the dial design at all.  It looks like someone dropped it and there are broken bits floating around in there.  The bridges are as dull as dishwater too.  For the price I would expect some decoration.  The side panels on the watch case look neat though.  Still, for half a million dollars it’s either this or a handful of ALS watches that tickle my fancy.  No contest.

  • cluedog12

    I saw some GF’s in-person back in 2009 when the shop in the Palazzo (Las Vegas) sold them. These watches are far more impressive in-person – the dial and case finishing are the best I’ve seen.

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