Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Seconds Contemporain watch hands-on
Greubel Forsey is a cult brand for followers, for those who pursue the highest level of watchmaking. When they made their debut in 2005, they clearly expressed their mission, launching a 30-degree tilting double tourbillon, and then introducing a nearly declining four tourbillon.
However, although their price does not deter collectors, the design of their clocks is always controversial. Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain fits the bill very well, and although it is a more comprehensive expression of the company’s DNA, it will still attract some attention, especially the Diamond Set version.
The Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain watch has appeared in various iterations for a while (here is the hands-on operation of the “Royal Blue” version), we will look at the latest platinum with titanium, 5N red gold and titanium (more Regarding titanium parts), platinum and titanium blue diamonds.
Greubel Forsey also produced 5N rose gold models with silver dials, and produced 33 platinum and red gold and blue dial versions. All Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Seconds Contemporain watches have the same specifications: a completely round case without protrusions (the most unusual for the brand), with a diameter of 43.50mm, which can be very good due to the shape of the lugs Place it on your wrist. On the other hand, the height is 15.20mm, which inevitably collides with the cuffs of men’s shirts. Again, it is likely that these are not the timepieces you have been trying to hide.
Like other Greubel Forsey watches, each side of the case has long lettering, unabashedly praising the creator and the watch itself. Both of these hand-finished dials have a classic sense, reminiscent of Roman inscriptions, and hope to establish an intimate relationship between themselves and the watch owner through them. This is a unique way of welcoming them into the secret realm of Haute Horlogerie (“Notre savoir-faire exclusif et bienfacture sereflètentdans lacomplexitéde cette realitation élaborée votre intention”).
The back of the watch surprised me a bit. We are accustomed to baroque styles, such as Invention Piece 3, which is the first appearance of the Greubel Forsey 24 Secondes tourbillon. Compared with this, this movement is very simple.
It may be conceived so soberly to match the relative tightness of the dial (according to the GF standard), although I like a calm-looking movement (for example, check Panerai), it is not attractive to me. The frosting and spots on the nickel silver bridge are very beautiful, but the puzzle-like shape does not suit me. Is this a deal breaker? Probably because when you spend so much money on a watch, you want perfection – and for me, just knowing it is there will torture me endlessly.
Given that complexity is the core of the watch, and given Greubel Forsey’s almost obsession with tourbillons, the Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 seconds contemporary watch does not have any conventional tourbillon. This gyroscope is much faster than many tourbillons on the market because it spins once every 24 seconds instead of the usual 60 seconds.
I must admit that I don’t know why it is accurate to 24 seconds, although there may be a reason. In any case, even if the tourbillon solves the problem that the watch did not solve in the first place, this kind of watch is admirably beautiful, and even more so when it runs so fast.
The entire movement of the watch has a total of 267 parts, of which 88 (nearly 1/3) are used only for the tourbillon cage. Although it takes a lot of energy to move complex devices, the power reserve provides 72 hours of autonomy thanks to two coupled barrels, one of which is equipped with a sliding spring to avoid excessive tension.
Moreover, it is inclined 25 degrees to counteract the adverse effects of gravity. The position of the tourbillon makes the thickness of the movement reach 10.90mm, which explains why the case height is 15.20mm. On an ordinary flat dial, this thing will stand out annoyingly, which is why the Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain is made into two layers. The result is a very attractive structure that makes the dial look deep, while the tourbillon is fixed on the dial via an artificial sapphire bridge, giving the tourbillon a sense of suspension, thereby increasing the feeling.
As far as the legibility of the dial is concerned, Greubel Forsey’s sturdy and durable hands are used in almost all watches. Even the arrows can provide fast and accurate readings even in the dark, because the arrow heads and minute hands are coated with SuperLuminova. The power reserve of the rear wheels and the simple red isosceles triangle for the small seconds are also easy to read.
As a result, whether it is platinum or red gold, two elegant and sober watches can be worn every day without being too loud. I found that the Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Seconds Tourbillon Review copy watch is the most fashionable watch of this model, and the Tourbillon 24 Seconds Sight Watch (hands on here) won the Aiguille D’Or GF award last year Watch.
I must say that I have mixed feelings about “Diamond Set Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain”. Of course, there is nothing to argue with quality. The 272 diamonds covering the case, the bezel, the upper part of the dial, the lugs and the buckle are certified before and after the invisible setting, with the highest clarity and color. Like diamonds, royal blue has no inherent errors. In fact, it is a gorgeous color with excellent readability.
I found that using diamond and royal blue in tandem did not work well, but it was like your daughter was listening to classical music while playing Abba in the next room. Even though the hands are struggling in a sea of diamonds and the watch is still attractive on the wrist, the readability is still there, but I believe this is only because of the blue tone.
Obviously, Greubel Forsey wants to speak up about this, but to me, it doesn’t match: the bling may obscure the value of the watch, which is what you were after when you first bought GF. This is why I think the combination of diamond and titanium will bring better and more balanced results.
Greubel Forsey invented the second chapter
In the modern era of independent watchmaking, the names Greubel and Forsey are undoubtedly some of the living leaders in the emerging independent field. Not only can they simply make exquisite watches, but they are made as real time machines, which are not only beautiful but also maintain the highest timing performance, especially the tourbillon.
Although the tourbillon of the 1800s was indeed a marvel of watchmaking technology invented by the godfather Abraham Louis Breguet, the important fact to remember is that it was originally made for pocket watches. For modern watches, having a watch with a tourbillon mechanism has become more novel, and may not provide any real value for accurate timekeeping.
There are currently more than 10 watches, each of which has a very limited number of watches, and only 25 watches are manufactured in each iteration. The “invention of the second piece” in the picture is one of their early works, equipped with two tourbillon mechanisms tilted at an angle of 30 degrees. The concept behind it is to further eliminate any defects in the rotation of the balance wheel, and each complete rotation takes only 30 seconds.
By installing two balance wheels on the tourbillon, not only the accuracy greatly exceeds the COSC standard, but now gravity is no longer a lingering problem on all parts of the balance wheel. In most tests, the watch only loses 2 seconds per day, while most tourbillon watches usually lose 4-5 seconds per day.
In addition to the chronograph function, Greubel Forsey is also known for the superb level of manual finishing on the last face of the watch, which combines different types of finishing techniques such as frosting and embossing, which is not as common as before . In the early Discount copy watches.