A yr earlier than I used to be capable of unload a number of items from my assortment to afford a Greubel Forsey watch of my very own, I waxed philosophical about why I’m so enthralled by Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey’s creations and on the similar time expressed a particular affection for his or her Invention Items: watches that to some extent de-emphasize the show of time to present primacy to exhibiting off one of many basic technical improvements included within the model’s watches.
When the time got here, I used to be delighted to take possession of an Invention Piece 1 with its inclined double tourbillon. And shortly thereafter, an excellent pal of mine jumped in as properly together with his buy of the quadruple-tourbillon Invention Piece 2 in platinum.
Ever since, I’ve been dying to get these two beautiful monsters aspect by aspect within the gentle tent, and the time has lastly come!
Zooming in on the Greubel Forsey Invention Piece 2
Since I’ve featured my Invention Piece 1 right here earlier than, let’s first flip our consideration to an excellent, onerous have a look at the Invention Piece 2.
There may be, after all, a show of the hours and minutes seen on the decrease proper of the dial aspect, however the apparent emphasis of this piece is on the pair of double tourbillons at decrease left and higher proper linked by the seen differential mechanism at heart.
One of many coolest issues about this watch is that the 2 double tourbillon cages are opposed vertically; the left-hand cage (and tourbillon mechanism) seen above is oriented with the highest of the tourbillon meeting towards the again aspect of the watch, whereas the right-hand cage seen under places the higher finish of the mechanism towards the dial.
The suitable-hand cage is topped with a sapphire crystal piece that tracks the passage of the four-minute interval of the outer tourbillon, indicated by certainly one of my favourite bits in any watch made: the tiny sapphire crystal needle with its personal fantastically completed mounting that you just see on the best aspect of the picture above.
It’s additionally noteworthy that the reverse orientation of the 2 double cages required some actual ingenuity in designing the linkages of their outer toothed rings to the central differential. In case you take a look at the photograph under, along with gaining an appreciation for the deep dimensionality of this motion it’s best to be capable of spy the left-hand cage partaking with the underside wheel of the differential meeting.
And whereas we’re at it, please take the time as you take a look at the entire images of this watch to admire the great black sharpening of lots of the parts as evidenced not solely by the blackness of among the surfaces however the flawless gradients of sunshine between the darkish and lightweight parts of the parts – and the “GF-level” ending general, from the sleek bevels to the dramatic frosting of the primary dial areas.
Issues get much more attention-grabbing with this specific watch after we check out the again. To start with, the view of the counter-positioned double tourbillons is in my view no less than nearly as good from the again as from the entrance, and we’re handled to 2 extra beautiful examples of black polished bridges as properly. There’s additionally the “homeowners’ solely” inscription describing the philosophy of the watch (blurred in these images as ordinary on the request of Stephen Forsey) and the intense pink gold medallion on the heart.
All in all, from my perspective maybe probably the most compelling reverse aspect of any of Greubel Forsey’s items with the potential exception of the GMT Earth.
Take another have a look at the picture above and also you’ll in all probability choose up one of the crucial distinctive issues about this watch: on the request of the proprietor and with the sort settlement and characteristically good workmanship of Greubel Forsey, this watch is an “Exécution Spéciale” during which the unique platinum case has been changed with a stunningly crafted, ultra-lightweight titanium model.
The sharpening on the titanium is to not be believed: within the photograph under simply check out the reflection within the shiny portion of the case again bezel of the “Invention Piece 2” engraving. And for good measure, I’ve left only a little bit of the etched private message seen to present you a way of the standard of that work.
As a aspect notice, I’m nonetheless loving the chance to make use of the Hasselblad X1D to seize scenes like these; specifically, the decision is mind-blowing, and the colour rendering (no less than previous to importing compression) reveals the delicate however clear distinctions between the colours of the titanium case, metal bridge, and white gold message plate within the picture above.
Face to face: Greubel Forsey Invention Items 1 and a couple of
However, hey – let’s not overlook the Invention Piece 1 in all of this!
The Invention Piece 1 is constructed to characteristic a single instance of the double tourbillon cages that you just’ve been seeing within the Invention Piece 2 thus far. And there’s no mistake concerning the supposed point of interest, particularly when the sunshine is good to make the stability wheel and tourbillon cages flash in opposition to their darkish background.
After all, there’s additionally “that bridge”: the ever so lengthy, ever so good black-polished bridge that stretches throughout the watch and locates the dual tourbillon meeting from above with out obscuring it from our view.
Seen aspect by aspect, from my perspective the Invention Piece 1 is maybe a bit extra elegant than the Invention Piece 2, which particularly in white steel has an especially purposeful, nearly industrial, look.
A part of the curiosity of the Invention Piece 2, no less than for me, are the bulges within the case that permit for the 2 double tourbillon assemblies to be positioned far aside whereas nonetheless sustaining a 43.5 mm diameter for the primary physique of the watch.
I do know that these aren’t to everybody’s style, however I really fairly like them and I do respect the problem each of fabricating a case with these complicated shapes and the intense talent required to make a domed sapphire crystal that easily covers the void under. And I additionally respect the aspect view that the sapphire crystal window within the left-hand bulge affords of the workings of one of many twin tourbillons.
Seen from the again, the Invention Piece 1 reveals considerably lower than its counterpart, however I might nonetheless spend hours having fun with that huge crescent-shaped arc of steel with its brilliantly polished edges and sharply etched phrases.
I assumed to seize a fast shot of the 2 watches as seen from the aspect: if something the Invention Piece 2 has a barely extra subtle profile with a slight radial bulge within the case band as in contrast with its extra slab-sided counterpart and extra natural entrance and rear bezel contours. These are small distinctions, although, and which (if both) you favor may be very a lot a matter of private style.
Lastly, let’s go all the way down to the ends of the straps and take a look at the buckles. Whereas my pink gold deployant is gorgeous and classically made, there’s undoubtedly rather a lot to be mentioned for the angular seems to be and crisp motion of the technical buckle affixed to my buddy’s Invention Piece 2. And the truth that it’s a distinctive piece made only for him in titanium to match the case of his watch ups the ante one other degree or two as properly!
On the wrist: Greubel Forsey Invention Items 1 and a couple of
Okay, so I like how they give the impression of being within the gentle tent. However what about on the wrist?
I like sporting heavy watches, and my Invention Piece 1 doesn’t disappoint; however regardless of its heft and the thickness of the case, it sits properly balanced on the wrist and the substantial deployant on the reverse aspect of the wrist does its job in serving to to maintain issues steady.
Within the horological dictionary, there ought to be an image of the Invention Piece 2 on the wrist subsequent to the entry for “wrist presence.” This factor simply calls for consideration, and in its distinctive titanium guise the Invention Piece 2 is unbelievably wearable, nearly forgettable till you see it peeking out from below your cuff.
And so long as I had the prospect, I went all the best way and (very, very rigorously) strapped each of those unhealthy boys onto the identical arm for a fast side-by-side comparability.
If I’ve a criticism of the Invention Piece 2, it must be the relative illegibility of the time indication, and so long as I’m at it I’ll point out that its indication of minutes turns the “fallacious” method for my tastes, with the numeral ring turning clockwise (and by implication, the fastened blue minute pointer “touring” counterclockwise a consequence as seen by the mind).
If I really have to learn the time, I’ll take the Invention Piece 1 any time.
So, which one?
From a sensible perspective I don’t want to fret an excessive amount of about this query as my Invention Piece 1 is already paid for, and my buddy shouldn’t be remotely desirous about promoting his distinctive Invention Piece 2.
However as you’ll be able to in all probability inform, I’m completely in love together with his watch! If a giant bag of Krugerrands fell from the sky into my yard in a single day, I’d be on the lookout for an Invention Piece 2 of my very own so as to add to my assortment (and, maybe not surprisingly, an Invention Piece 3 as properly to finish the trifecta).
For now, although, I’ll simply maintain thanking my fortunate stars for my Invention Piece 1 and I’ll search for your preferences within the feedback under.
For extra info, please go to www.greubelforsey.com/en/assortment/invention-piece.
Fast Details Greubel Forsey Invention Piece 1
Case: 43.5 x 16.6 mm, pink gold, white gold, and platinum
Motion: guide winding Caliber GF02N with inner one-minute tourbillon inclined at 30 levels and outer four-minute tourbillon; 72-hour energy reserve from two mainspring barrels; 3 Hz/21,600 vph frequency
Capabilities: hours, minutes, seconds; energy reserve show
Limitation: 11 items every in pink gold, white gold, and platinum
Value: $595,000 authentic retail worth; most up-to-date accessible public sale worth $225,000 (2016)
Fast Details Greubel Forsey Invention Piece 2
Case: 43.5 x 16.28 mm, pink gold and platinum
Motion: guide winding Caliber GF03N with a pair of dual tourbillon escapements every consisting of an inner one-minute tourbillon inclined at 30 levels and outer four-minute tourbillon; 56-hour energy reserve from two mainspring barrels; 3 Hz/21,600 vph frequency
Capabilities: hours, minutes, seconds; energy reserve show
Limitation: 11 items every in pink gold, white gold and platinum (one transformed to titanium)
Value: $750,000 authentic retail worth; no accessible current public sale outcomes
* This text was first printed on October 13, 2018 at Moms Of Invention: Behind The Lens With Invention Items 1 And a pair of By Greubel Forsey.