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Sometimes, less is more. That  seems to be the current trend in the higher echelons of horology.

Despite the world being enthralled by technological advances, the finest watchmakers stick to relatively simple designs. They believe that their costumers are not looking to be flashy. The US President of Patek Philippe, Larry Pettinelli, says “Our customers aren’t usually trying to show the world that they’ve made it, most people don’t recognize our watches from 10 feet away unless they’re collectors.”

Here are some examples of Patek Philippe’s latest timepieces:

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These pieces are beautiful and amazingly built– everything you have come to expect from Patek. They are not over the top  and people enjoy that. Even complicated-watch fans are starting to acknowledge the absurdity of certain gizmos.

It seems that simple is the new way to go.

From the brilliant minds of Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey comes the new Tourbillon 24 Seconds Contemporain Diamonds. For this watch, Greubel Forsey have used a process known as Bienfacture– the art of supreme finishing which transforms rough parts into brilliant jewelry.

This unique timepiece took Greubel Forsey on a journey for bienfacture. They worked with monarchs of the world of precious gemstones to find the finest quality (clarity IF, colour D-E) baguette cut diamonds to enhance the architecture of the watch. These diamonds bring attention to the 24-second tourbillon because the refraction of a perfectly cut diamond directs its play of light.

 

Because watchmaking standards are higher for precision than the jewelry cut for gemstones, the diamonds set in their timepieces are calibrated within a micron and adjusted like the mechanisms of a timepiece.

The 43.5mm by 16mm in white gold case is also set with baguette diamonds around the bezel and in the lugs. To emphasize the sculptural lines, the stones become part of case structure. The timepiece is set with 272 diamonds totalling 9.71 carats.

For this particular model, Greubel Forsey chose the 24-second tourbillon to be inclined at 25° with a beat of 21,600v/h. The two superimposed, rapid-rotation barrels, have protection against excess tension and deliver a power reserve of 72 hours. They leave space for a large fee-sprung balance and a larger tourbillon cage. The inclined carriage brings the height of the movement to 10.9mm on a diameter of 36.4mm, for 267 components and 40 jewels.

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Greubel Forsey produces some of the most complicated and innovative timepieces in the world. Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey have much to be proud of at the moment… Because of that we’re giving you a quick tour through some of their beautiful works of art & engineering.

 

The Double Tourbillon Technique Black

The Double Tourbillon Technique Black is the first Greubel Forsey timepiece to to utilize a titanium case with a rubber band. The steel bridges are highly polished as they add character against the subdued black chrome of the movement plates and other bridges. The Double Tourbillon 30° has 2 tourbillons. One tourbillon rotates inside the other and they are visible at the 6 o’clock position. A transparent sapphire crystal ring indicates the hours and minutes with a miniature second hand at the 9 o’clock position. The watch also has a power reserve indicator at the 3 o’clock position.

 

The Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain

The Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain is housed in a white gold case. Its signature feature is a “floating” natural titanium movement. The Tourbillong 24 Secondes movement can be seen between 6 & 9 o’clock – it is supported by a transparent sapphire bridge. The dial is mulit-level and features a raised sapphire chapter ring to indicate hours, minutes with the 12 o’clock numerals raised with white gold. The power reserve indicator at 4 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock. Along the caseband at the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock positions, 2 hand-engraved gold plates rest with the philosophy of Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey.

 

The Platinum GMT

The Greubel Forsey Platinum GMT is made with 950 platinum. The dual time zone timepiece displays the global timezones in real time via the North Pole where the time zones meet. The ornate & functional globe is located at the 8 o’clock position where it rotates anti-clockwise to mimic the planet’s rotation over 24 hours. The watch displays the hours & minutes on an off-center dial so that the 24 second tourbillon can still be seen at the 5 o’clock position. The small seconds are indicated at 2 o’clock position on the dial with a sectorial power reserve placed at the 3 o’clock position, and finally the second timezone at the 10 o’clock position. The timepiece’s case back is utilized to display the universal time for 24 time zones through the use of a rotating disk that shows the names of 24 cities around the world! The watch even delineates through lightly colored cartouches to differentiate summer time.

 

The Double Tourbillon Asymétrique 

Greubel Forsey’s Double Tourbillon Asymétrique, housed in a 5N white gold case, is a unique and modern vision of the Double Tourbillon 30°. The timepiece was produced a limited edition of only 11 pieces with the 5N white gold. Another 11 pieces were produced in white gold. The timepiece utilizes an asymmetric case. The Tourbillon Asymmétrique features a curved lateral window showcasing the double tourbillon system at 8 o’clock position with a disk indicating the power reserve at 2 o’clock that utilizes a fixed red triangle. The dial is made black from anthracite and features white gold hour, minute, and small second hands.

 

Greubel Forsey recently introduced the Platinum GMT… The watch is yet another stunning creation from the brilliant and technical minds of Robert Greubel & Stephen Forsey. With the Greubel Forsey Platinum GMT, they have created a unique method that allows them to view world time through 3-D rotating globe. The watch also features a second timezone indicator and an inclined tourbillon.

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The movement is housed within a 43.5mm platinum case with a window allowing one a stunning view of the globe, tourbillon, power reserve, and second timezone indicator… It comes together in only the way Greubel Forsey can make it do so. The Platinum GMT’s back shows a world time ring listing the world’s major cities – 24 timezones – as well as a gold sun to indicate the noon position.

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The watch uses the GF05 movement from the GMT series that shows hours, minutes, small seconds, power reserve indicator, and day/night indicator on the dial. The watch also has all time zones accessible via the GMT on the watch’s side.

The watch comes in Platinum, 18K white gold, 18K rose gold and is fitted with an alligator leather strap with stitching and a matching buckle.

Known for their innovative and stunning multi-tourbillon watches, Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey of Greubel Forsey have not rested. They recently teamed up with artist Willard Wigan to create the Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1- the GF AP1. The timepiece has a 30 degree dual tourbillon, and it features a Wigan microsculpture that the wearer is able to admire through a magnifier in a special crown.

Willard Wigan is a British artist and although he may not be well known to those outside of the art world, those “in the know” regard him as a legend. Fun fact, he was knighted by Prince Charles in 2007. Wigan has been making sculptures the size of a needle’s head with some even smaller than red blood cells. Wigan constructs his pieces utilizing tools smaller than shards of diamonds and other gemstones. One of these micro-works-of-art rests inside the GF AP1.

The watch is completed by Greubel Forsey’s signature 30 degree double tourbillon. The cage, tilted at 30 degrees, rotates one time every minute while the outer cage sits parallel with the dial and completes one rotation every 4 minutes. The watch has a huge curved bridge that holds the double tourbillon between sapphire crystal and its caseback. One sees straight through it because of its crystal construction.

The dial has a beautiful blue tone and the mainplate is engraved with names of the three artists, watchmakers, and innovators involved: Stephen Forsey, Robert Greubel, and Willard Wigan. There is a 72-hour power reserve indicator at the 4 o’clock position – this is the only indicator you will find anywhere on the GF AP1. At 3 o’clock the crown is used only to wind the tourbillon.

Looking through the magnifier, that is styled like a second crown at the 9 o’clock position, one views the magnificent work of Willard Wigan. A dark blue bridge supports what looks like a simple spot of gold from the dial-side. At 23X magnificiation, the simple spot of gold becomes much more. You see that Wigan’s amazing sculpture is crisp & clean cut. The 3 mast sail boat appears to sail across the blue support with an all open-working bringing through enough light to view it perfectly.

Very few of the Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1 have been made with each containing a unique microsculpture from Willard Wigan. The “Golden Sails” edition is for sale at just under $2 million, but official pricing is available upon request. Take a look at our photos and let us know if you have any questions that you would like answered about Greubel Forsey timepieces or the GF AP1 specifically. deBoulle is proud to carry Greubel Forsey. Check out the latest from Greubel Forsey.