Watches: Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain Pavé White Gold (+live pics)

By Thierry Ané on February 9, 2014

When you arrive for your appointment on the stand of extremely high-end Swiss brand Greubel Forsey, you know that you can expect the very best of what horology has to offer. You prepare yourself for the ingenuity of their inventions, the incredible technical beauty of their tourbillons, the sensational depth of their openwork dials, or the legendary quality of their finishing. What catches you off-guard though, is to be mesmerized by the purity and sparkle of a one-of-a-kind high jewellery work-of-art!

Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey have decided to offer this exceptional makeover to a piece that puts on display their third invention, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain. Readers of may remember my article about the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain TitaniumWatches: Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain Titanium but the timepiece that would be aesthetically closer to this new iteration is surely the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain Platinum. The dials of both models share the same uncluttered blue titanium lower plate. It holds the small seconds dial, the long central tripod for the hours and minutes hands as well as the 24-second tourbillon inclined at 25° that seems to float under its barely detectable transparent sapphire bridge. Add the raised sapphire chapter ring and the three-dimensional “12” numeral and you end up with an openwork dial with an incredible sense of depth.

Both versions are also fitted with a beautiful blue alligator strap secured by a folding buckle. The case of the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain Pavé is in white gold instead of platinum though, but as you can imagine this is not what makes it so fundamentally different. The novelty lies on the case and on the upper plate of the dial that are set with baguette-cut diamonds using the invisible setting technique. The 272 baguette diamonds that adorn this breathtaking timepiece total 9.71 carats. They are of the highest quality with Clarity IF and Color D-E. Being able to find this amount of diamonds at this level of quality is already a tremendous achievement in itself. Take into consideration the amazing expertise necessary to cut them for this dial and the quality of the invisible setting and you will understand why even professionals from the High Jewellery sector were blown away by this creation.

I have seen my share of high-end jewellery timepieces in the “flesh”, including some worth several times the price of the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain Pavé model (unlike other brands, the price is not advertised in the name of the watch here, but if you want to know, this stunning timepiece costs CHF 750,000). I can assure you that none of them was as impressive as Greubel Forsey’s model. You have to see the watch to fully appreciate the extent of its beauty. I could spend hours staring at this timepiece and wondering which artisans I admire the most: those who cut and set these unbelievable gemstones or those who create and decorate this sensational movement!

I am almost ashamed to include our pictures here as none of them does justice to this work-of-art but since the brand did not provide more images I insert them anyway so that you can inspect this masterpiece from all angles.

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