Watches: Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain Titanium
By Thierry Ané on November 22, 2013
A few months ago, Greubel Forsey presented the beautiful Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain with a Royal Blue movement. The brand is now presenting a more discreet interpretation of their third invention: the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain with a Titanium movement. The watch is available in a choice of red gold or white gold and both versions are strictly limited to 33 pieces.
The watch uses the same 43.5 mm round case as the Royal Blue version and the overall architecture of the movement is identical. The central element is naturally the Tourbillon 24 Secondes regulator that almost seems to float as it is only held by a sapphire bridge. The central tripod for the hours and minutes, the raised sapphire chapter ring, the three-dimensional “12” numeral, all help creating a dial with a striking sense of depth.
As you would expect from this very high-end brand, all the elements of the dial, starting with the magnificent light grey of the natural titanium movement, are superbly hand-finished. Straight-graining, frosting and highly polished bevels are just a few of the embellishment techniques you will be able to admire.
As you can imagine, the back of the watch has not been neglected. Through the sapphire window the three NAC-treated anthracite bridges also reveal an expert finishing: mirror-polished bevels, mirror-polished countersinks, straight-graining and snailed decorations on the mainspring barrel and of course blued screws.
For those of you obsessed with facts and figures, let me mention that the manually-wound T24S calibre counts 268 components, 88 of which to build the ultra-light 0.39 gram tourbillon cage alone! Beating at 21,600 vibrations per hour, the oscillator features a variable inertia balance with Phillips terminal curve. The presence of two co-axial mainspring barrels ensures a maximum power reserve of 72 hours.
Secured by a black hand-stitched alligator strap, both models feature a folding clasp in the same metal as the case.
These extremely talented watchmakers are producing arguably some of the best hand-finished watches on the market. They are also extremely unique in their conception and immediately recognisable. Of course, this kind of exclusivity comes at a price. But if you are not afraid by a price tag that is well in the six-figure range, I don’t see a better way of investing your money.