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Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision Salmon Dial Watch Hands-On

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision Salmon Dial Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Someone purchases a Greubel Forsey timepiece (on the condition that they can afford it, of course) primarily because of the Swiss brand's universally acknowledged dedication to finishing and visual detail. I sometimes call this "surfacing," because the people at Greubel Forsey seem to put in far more time and effort (as compared to many other high-end brands) into making sure that the surfaces of all the materials and parts that go into their watches look as "perfect" as possible. This is something clearly seen in the Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision watch featuring a salmon dial, which we'll go hands-on with today.

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision Salmon Dial Watch Hands-On Hands-On

All images by Ariel Adams

Surfacing perfection is one of those areas where high-end Swiss watch brands tend to continue to beat out the rest. Yes, there is an artisan here or a Grand Seiko expert there that is also obsessed with surfacing details in their own particular style, but no one seems to be Greubel Forsey when it comes to not only consistently applying enormous amounts of human time per watch, but in also passing the "loupe test."

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision Salmon Dial Watch Hands-On Hands-On

What is the "loupe test?" Call it an informal method that enthusiasts use to determine the quality of the visible surfaces on a watch including the case, dial, and of course, movement. "Loupe" is just industry lingo for a small eye-cup style magnifier that has traditionally been used by watchmakers and jewelers who need their hands free while inspecting small areas under magnification. It is also how one can see small finishing errors and other cosmetic aberrations that might be otherwise a lot less noticeable with the naked eye.

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision Salmon Dial Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Many watch surfaces can look good when not seen through magnification, and a lot of watches have some areas which look good under magnification. Few watches, however, look consistently good under magnification when one inspects the full range of the watch. It would be improper to suggest that something made by hand, from carefully polished and shaped parts is going to be mathematically perfect. However, in my experience if you are looking for the most amount of perfection under magnification in a classically-themed timepiece, then Greubel Forsey watches are going to be on a very short list of products.

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision Salmon Dial Watch Hands-On Hands-On

So the next time someone brings up the question of why Greubel Forsey timepieces average more than $500,000 in retail price each, just tell them it's the cost of having surfaces in a traditional timepiece look good under magnification. It is a service brands like Greubel Forsey offer in all of their watches, whether it is a million dollar plus master, or a mere, almost $350,000-priced timepiece such as this Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision with a salmon-toned gold dial matched to a platinum-made watch case.

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision Salmon Dial Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I'm not a particular fan of eating the fish, so I tend to not always have a positive association between the hue and the meat – but with that said, this metallic orange-pink dial is very handsome in this color/material configuration, especially because I wouldn't have guessed that it would work on paper. Platinum case? Blue enamel-painted white gold hour markers? Salmon colored dial and brown alligator strap? That actually sounds like a bit of a color mish-mash until you actually see the watch and realize it was rather well done.

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision Salmon Dial Watch Hands-On Hands-On

aBlogtoWatch first debuted the Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Seconde Vision in 2015 when it was launched here. Given its apparent success in the market, Greubel Forsey actually launched four new models for 2017, each in platinum cases with dial colors including salmon, chocolate, blue, and black anthracite. According to Greubel Forsey, the Tourbillon 24 Seconde Vision collection "in platinum will be released in small editions of a few pieces each year." So while the collection of models within this product family is growing, Greubel Forsey is still dedicated to preserving the exclusivity its clients rely on.

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision Salmon Dial Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Not all versions of the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision have the enamel-painted hour markers but this salmon-dialed version does. This means the applied gold hour markers have their interiors painted with enamel, and then oven-baked. The result isn't just additional artistic effort and time to each watch, but also a very stable and prominent color that lends itself to dial legibility and overall design. This enamel painting applies to both the hour markers and the matching hands.

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision Salmon Dial Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision Salmon Dial Watch Hands-On Hands-On

At 43.5mm wide (and 13.65mm thick), one can't really call the Tourbillon 24 Seconds Vision a petite watch, but it isn't massive either. Rather, it feels like a suitable palette for the actual art that Greubel Forsey is selling in the watch. That art is, as I've been explaining, in how the surfaces are rendered and decorated. The really detailed work comes in with movement surface treatments, and a "vision" to the movement is offered in the exposed 25 degree-inclined tourbillon as seen through the dial. Greubel Forsey is particularly proud of the curved, yet mirror polished bridge over the tourbillon, that in this form is particularly challenging to polish properly.

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision Salmon Dial Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The movement itself – clearly designed, produced, and decorated in-house by Greubel Forsey – is made from 293 parts, with 86 parts being in the tourbillon assembly alone. This movement is all about aesthetics and artistic technique. Performance-wise it offers the time with a subsidiary seconds dial, a tourbillon-based regulation system, and a power reserve indicator visible on the movement-side of the watch.

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision Salmon Dial Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Operating at 3Hz (21,600bph), the movement has a power reserve of 72 hours. Movement design is lovely, with frosted, polished, and brushed surfaces that all look incredible when examined under magnification. It does take a skilled eye to appreciate all the technique, but once you do, you know this is where most of the zeros in the price of this watch come from.

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision Salmon Dial Watch Hands-On Hands-On

While the Vision watch collection from Greubel Forsey was supposed to lead in a more classic design overall, we still have some Greubel Forsey personality in the "tourbillon bump" on the back of the watch as rendered in the sapphire crystal. A bubble-shape thrusts out of the back giving the tourbillon assembly a bit more room in which to be seen and exist. This might cause a potential wearer to see an ergonomic issue, but in reality the case bubble doesn't really affect wearing comfort too much. At best, it is a further point of personality distinction in the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Visions timepiece, giving it that much more to focus on when checking out the watch. More so, as the name of the watch implies, the tourbillon revolves around its own axis once every 24 seconds, which is considerably faster than most other tourbillons which spin completely every 60 seconds.

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision Salmon Dial Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision Salmon Dial Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I've always felt that while Greubel Forsey timepieces are certainly more classic in their design on the scale of "old versus contemporary" there is still a lot of personality that prevents them from being boring. The Tourbillon 24 Seconds Vision is among their most conservative watches yet, but it still manages to be a Greubel Forsey. At the least, the brand holds true to its promise to consumers that its watches be noticeable conversation pieces, and able to help their wearer stick out from a crowd. Otherwise, there really isn't even a reason to wear such an expensive story on your wrist when people don't know enough to notice it. Price for the Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Seconds Vision watch is  $345,000 USD. greubelforsey.com

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Fueled by an unshakable love for horology and a general curiosity for intricate things, Ariel Adams founded aBlogtoWatch in 2007 as a means of sharing his passion. Since then, ABTW has become the highest trafficked blog on luxury timepieces, and Ariel has become a contributor to other online publications such as Forbes, Departures and Tech Crunch, to name just a few. His conversational writing style and inclusive attitude brings a wider appreciation for watches the world over, and that's just the way he likes it.

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  • BrJean

    Salmon dial? More like cheese dial!

    • IG

      That’s Biver’s territory.

    • Berndt Norten

      See my ditty above, svp

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Breaking news:. Fortis is bankrupt. And the GF,… well it’s a GF.

    • Mikita

      Fortis bankrupt?? You aren’t joking?

    • Jon Snow

      I know what precipitated this. Just mere weeks ago, TGV – aka the Guv’nor of the Urban Genitalia Channel – paid Fortis’s manufature a visit on his inaugural and much-anticipated trip to Switzerland. No self-respecting watchmaker can suffer such a humiliation and continue to trade.

  • Mikita

    Best GF you may meet in your life!

  • IG

    I prefer eating salmon than just stare at it.

    • Berndt Norten

      See my ditty above

    • Berndt Norten

      Nothing beats cooking wild, fresh salmon from B.C. On a cedar plank on high flame.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I would really have to try this piece on for the bump test. The hands are absolutely gorgeous and could spend many an hour watching that lovely peek-a-boo window into the workings.
    I have never in my life seen a salmon that colour. Wild line caught salmon has a very pale colour whereas the stuff one might buy in the supermarket has been artificially coloured a bright orange as that’s what the customer accepts having little knowledge of the colour of wild salmon.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Little frame around the hole would be nice.

  • SuperStrapper

    GF is a very polarising brand, but one I’ve loved for many years. This is a great watch but not my favourite from them. As mentioned the finishing is superb, with the contrasting frosted finish done to a truly spectacular level (love gronefeld for this as well). The salmon dial is not unappealing, but the white dial version seems to show off the tourbillon better (this watch is also stunning in blue)? Might be the lighting and photography here but it seems deeper in the dial here and not so simple to appreciate. The Aysmétrique, with its bulbous case that I appreciate as a brand signature and many others turn their nose up at, has a massive aperture for viewing the 24 second tourbillon and is among the best tourbillon displays in my opinion, but here a shade of that mystique seems to have been traded away for relative conservatism. Which is fine as the brand has lot of room to breathe in that department and likely needed another watch so approachable not just in appearance but cost as well. Yes, I’m sure it’s an eyebrow raiser to call a $340k watch approachable in price but I am obviously referring to the GF catalogue and not all watches in general. After the signature1 this is next in line climbing up the price ladder i believe.

    Regardless, lovely piece I would happily find a regular home for in the rotation (not sure if salmon would be my reference though). Would love to try it on and experince that case bubble first hand.

    Despite looking somewhat dated now almost 13 years later, the Opus 6 was among my first introductions to GF and remains to this day on my (admittedly unwieldy) ever evolving list of favourite watches. Great brand with spectacular timepieces I hope stays in the game at this level for a very long time.

  • mark

    Its an incredible watch. Completely out of my price range but I cant do anything but admire it.
    If by some miracle I win the lottery I’m buying one!

  • Tea Hound

    An interesting contrast with Hodinkee’s latest semi-limited edition Swatch System 51.

  • Berndt Norten

    I can eat pork ’til the cows come come
    And Biver’s cheese like it’s going out of style
    I like just about every type of vegetable
    I like raisins, and nuts, and seeds, and olives,
    And pickles, and fruit, and beef, and bread,
    But I don’t like… salmon dialled watches.

    • Omegaboy

      – Burma Shave

      • Berndt Norten

        We takes da H out of the game
        Makes us save
        Time and money
        Complexion
        No shave, Ben
        No Blather!

  • Mark1884

    Sorry folks, off topic. Just in case I disappear.

    Mark1884 David Bredan • an hour ago

    Well Dave, I thought this was over. But no, you had to get one last shot in and try and prove you are the man here. This illustrates your youth and inexperience. You should know better than to continually engage with a faceless nameless poster, that has absolutely nothing to lose by arguing with the writer. Did you think by attempting to put me in my place, would earn you your big boy writers pants?????

    It did not. Much like the last Bremont post, you just can’t stop yourself from trying to get the last word in. You boss should have stepped in and stopped you.
    Please remember, I am the one that stopped.

    You should have been a politician. You are great at writing a lot and not saying anything. Your ability to deflect & mis-direct are consummate.

    You keep regurgitating the same lines: “show me when I did a review on Bremont”

    I never said YOU did a sponsored post for BREMONT!

    Actually, you wrote two Bremont reviews. Do I need to post them?

    I acuse ABTW of being on the Bremont payroll and kissing their rear end! BTW, you were on the plane with the Bremont boys – yes??

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/60ad62ee361332f1445207124ab6022a2a45c55059fe3c2cee80ddb1ba6b3cc2.jpg

    This pic was prior to “look at me trying to be an adult with a mustache”

    Your childish attempt at humor on the PP review was pathetic. You can “fact check” all day long. That alone does not guarantee any credibility for the writer. You thought fact checking alone gave you the green light to make fun of PP?? In my opinion, it looked like an intern wrote the article. You want to be a big boy writer…… pull that crap on a lesser brand than PP.

    Now you invite me to find another watch blog?? Well sir, it will not be that easy. I was willing to let you off the hook, just like I did in your first PP comedy review.

    Now I feel that I would like to stay here for awhile. You can easily just ban me if you like, and take the easy way out.

    Sure I could come back with another name, but will that really solve anything. I expect this post to be deleted.

    Your call Dave.

    • Berndt Norten

      This is like Barack, Joe, Hilary and others in the situation room. The gravity of the situation!

      • Raymond Wilkie

        The situation is now at Defcon 3 ( Armed forces readiness increased above normal levels; Air Force ready to mobilize in 15 minutes )

      • IG

        …and Lenny.

    • Berndt Norten

      Let’s hope ABTW doesn’t contract the Brewmont Boyz to disappear you over the Channel

    • Mikita

      C’mon, you just jealous that you don’t fly with Bremontano bros!

      • Mikita

        And now you won’t get any single piece of Biver’s cheese!

    • SuperStrapper

      Is it worth all this hullabaloo? I dont have a side to pick here but I don’t see what the point is.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Either can i.

  • BNABOD

    The bubble back might just annoy me if it actually is uncomfortable to wear and at this price there shouldn’t be an ounce of un-anything. I struggle w the price though and while it is well finished the movemnent frosting does not have the same appeal as some of the super high end finishes on more classic manufacturers. These days tourbillon are also not what they used to be in terms of manufacture difficulties so again I struggle to deal w that price tag.

  • Larry Holmack

    Nice article & pictures, but it’s like reading an article and viewing the pictures in the National Geographic….

  • Terance Hill

    Thanks BTW I may never own something is expensive is this on my wrist but at least you have educated me

  • Brian

    Just in case I disappear: Raymond, I’ve always loved you!

    • Raymond Wilkie

      If you leave, at least in my lifetime
      I’ve had one dream come true
      I was blessed to be loved
      By someone as wonderful as you.

      • Brian

        Likewise, my friend.

  • Brian

    Entry level slop. 🙂

  • Marius

    As Jack Forster pointed out, Greubel&Forsey is one of the very few brands (if not the only one) that manages to combine a very sturdy and purpose-oriented movement architecture characteristic of British watchmakers such as George Daniels and Smith, with jewel-like Genevoise finishing techniques. Nevertheless, I do have a few issues with this brand.

    Firstly, I find their designs a bit strange. The various cut-outs used by GF are not very appealing, and in my view, although highly-finished, most GFs look a bit cheap. The frosted finish very much used by this brand might require a lot of skill, but visually I’m not impressed. Not to mention that most GFs tend to look dated rather quickly — just take a look at the first iterations.

    Secondly, I’m also not terribly impressed by the technical aspect. Sure, the inclined tourbillon looks quite interesting, but considering today’s technical capabilities, it’s not that hard to manufacture. Let’s be honest, brands ranging from Bell&Ross to Tag produce such complications, and you can even get a very decent Chinese flying tourbillon for under $2,000. Consequently, if you’re not talking about a gyrotourbillon à la JLC, or a gymbaldic escapement à la Zenith, I’m not interested.

    Lastly, I find the prices charged by GF more than absurd. Sure, it’s true that GF watches have a spectacular (one could even describe it a sublime) level of finish & decoration. Yet, even considering this aspect, how on Earth can this watch cost almost $350,000? The tourbillon is not exactly “le dernier cri” in horology, and even a very high level of finish can only cost so much — I would love to know how much a finisher working for GF earns, although my guess is that the salary is not proportional to the price if these watches. As an example, the splendid FP Journe Tourbillon T30 costs $90,000, and the Tourbillon Souverain $110,000. What exactly does the GF offer me for the extra $250,000? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a90311ea68565fbfe9fa26c948f3b4b214074c090429c914bee4efaade096d42.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cd115d13deadf3741bbfd6a2752e9e2186f866efd241ea30942460407720213c.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cb3c954d8c234d3b06c907fa57780da43d94f98667233653f274120602ef8554.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9c21fb15e86d370584e89da2afa992399cd8e1621460487a7a90f3199bf65184.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4397c36cbf681deddd878291be6c4cbd8db0f14b41e8cba9f9cb6445c12efd7d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4b815c84d24879dea5d9e57ee79f8d0a378d1f4fec769a54d8dd1e225de63837.jpg

    • egznyc

      Actually, based on your photos, I’d say the FP Journe options offer a beautiful movement architecture.

    • Berndt Norten

      Now, when David the Bread Man publishes a review like this, we can celebrate. This is what an honest review looks like

  • Jari Norvanto

    The baseplate or bridges on the backside look rather crude. Neither the finish nor the design of them impress. The protruding tourbillon bubble looks odd and annoying. I believe this is far from the degree of accomplishment one would expect out of a piece in the ultra high-end segment. And this GF’s most conservative model? That amount could probably buy you an exquisite Roger Smith or Kari Voutilainen, if not both.

  • BJ314

    For $345,000 you can have a watch that looks like it’s worth $200.

    It’s been a rough November start for ABTW. A lot of featured duds.

  • Buy and Sold

    I just asked the maintenance guy at my building how much he thought this watch cost, and he said $700!

  • Ian john horwood

    The dial and case and hands are way off the mark, not good looking one bit, like it was designed in china and were an afterthought.

  • Ulysses31

    It’s a bit much to pay for a watch that, despite the much talked-about finishing (which is no doubt excellent on close examination), still manages to look like it has a few coats of sparkly metallic paint on the dial. The spindly hands, the drab unambitious looks and the plain cut-outs to reveal features of the movement – it’s really off-putting. This isn’t a timepiece for someone with OCD. Both dial features (the cut-out and sub-dial) aren’t located midway between the nearest hour markers.