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Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Technique Watch In Ceramic

Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Technique Watch In Ceramic Watch Releases

In the 15 years since its debut at Baselworld 2004, the Double Tourbillon 30° complicaton by Greubel Forsey has not aged. Instead, the impressive regulating organ that cannot help but be the center of attention in whatever watch it features has simply been asked to adjust to more modern surroundings. An island of calm amidst an industry in flux, this timeless double tourbillon continues to appear at home whether encased in red gold, white gold, platinum, and even sapphire. And now, for the first time, it appears in ceramic. The Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Technique watch is the first of the collection to utilize a blue ceramic case (48.40mm × 17.77mm), and the result is a very different aesthetic from that which has come before.

Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Technique Watch In Ceramic Watch Releases

If you take a look back through the Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon collection from the past, you will see the frequent presence of precious metals, with the lone exception being the sapphire case covered on aBlogtoWatch (see link above). Those classically styled and constructed cases have always played the knowing foil to the avant-garde interiors, for which the brand is better known. But the integration of a relatively old complication concept and a hyper-modern case was facilitated by the brand’s wise decision to mix up the movement materials themselves. Rather than simply plonking an old movement in a flashy new case, the brand has included several sapphire elements — most notably the sapphire tourbillon bridge that spans the lower quadrant of the movement, giving the impression that the double tourbillon is, in fact, flying (when, in truth, it is very much anchored).

And as one might expect with any double tourbillon, the timekeeping potential for this piece is extremely impressive. Set within a cage that rotates once every four minutes is a smaller cage that houses the balance wheel and hairspring, which are inclined at 30° relative to the four-minute cage. The second cage completes a full revolution in 1 minute. This fascinating mechanism is powered by four co-axially-mounted barrels, which generate a chronometric power reserve of 120 hours.

Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Technique Watch In Ceramic Watch Releases

While legibility is always a problem with watches of this complexity, the large, arrow-tipped hands stand out pretty well against a busy background that includes blue sun-ray sub-dials, blasted bridges, sapphire components, and a heavily decorated barrel.

The background is even more active than one might expect from the brand, thanks to all the sapphire bridges in play. As well as being aesthetically interesting, the sapphire caliber components were particularly challenging to machine. Specialized tools were used to finish these pieces to the standards one would expect from a Greubel Forsey movement.

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This particular edition of the Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Technique is limited to just 11 pieces, and will only be made available to the US market. The price, which will probably come as no surprise, is a rather notable $695,000. On the plus side, that includes a rubber strap, which is fastened with a fold-over titanium buckle engraved with the brand’s logo. To learn more about the history of this compelling complication, please visit greubelforsey.com.

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  • SuperStrapper

    I see they had to move the ‘secret text’ to the inside of the strap. Funny. It would have been very cool to see them do the secret text in a sapphire bridge. And as i type that out i feel like we probably will some day so just remember where you heard it first. Robert/Steven: if either of you are lurking this post and i just gave you that idea, don’t leave me hangin dudes!
    Anyway, this one in particular to me looks a little disjointed. It’s an amazing watch but the movement doesn’t seem to match the case to my eye. Both are very nice though, although I’ve always enjoyed the GF asymmetrical/bulbous watch cases that always seem to gather such negativity. How many complaints have we seen about movements that are too small for the case? Well those are movements that forced out the case shape. Where else have you seen that?
    Love the brand. They really do need to be seen in person to fully appreciate.

  • Jared

    i think we can all thank Hublot for this watch

    they were the company that made rubber straps acceptable on luxury watches, to the point where no ADs wanted to buy their watches because of the strap. If they didn’t persevere, this watch wouldn’t have existed

  • Agnar Sidhu

    Om the pluss side, It includes a rubber strap?

  • Travis Cannata

    Technical Marvel. Fisher Price aesthetic.

    • IanE

      Yes, just looks wrong (even worse than the sapphire-encased version).

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Firstly, thank you all for your supporting messages. The world didn’t stop spinning and the sun came up the next morning.
    I wonder if the people who have a big enough wallet to buy this really appreciate what they have.
    This is just delicious. Even though it’s really busy it’s not that hard to read with nice thick hands. Even I find it difficult to find fault with this creation.
    For all you size queens this comes in at a whopping 48.40mm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHkpw_8C-Vk

    • Swiss_Cheese

      Good to see you back Raymond, a few onion-esque crowns and a tortoise have popped in the backlog.

      • Berndt Norten

        We tease him a lot
        Cause we got him on the spot
        Welcome back

    • Gokart Mozart

      Good to see you back.

      As you said time goes on and for good or bad, most likely both. With time things become easier.

  • Swiss_Cheese

    In terms of sheer penile swinging ‘f*ck you’ money technically amazing/visually divisive watches, I rate Gerbil Faucet a lot higher than Mille and J.Co. I think if I had a cool 3/4 million burning a hole in my pocket though, I’d buy a Bovet. Oh, and call me old fashioned but I generally don’t prefer the word ‘rubber strap/band’ to appear within the same universe as a $700 large watch…

  • Jason Sarkoyan

    Im in love!

  • Gokart Mozart

    Why Steven and Robert? Why!!!???

    It’s like putting Van Goghs Sunflowers in a plastic frame.

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