Greubel Forsey Invention Piece No.2 Rose Gold
Whilst the time spent at Vacheron Constantin earlier this morning was certainly enjoyable, the late arrival of the UK press contingent had caused a slight delay to the start of the presentation and so it’s a quick dash to what I hoped would be the highlight of the day; Greubel Forsey.
I am sure I don’t need to provide a full background to this company but suffice to sat these are no compromise timepieces with a price to match. The wonder that one feels towards these watches is compounded by the fact they have only existed for 6 years and this contrast is stark when compared to companies like Audemars Piguet or Vacheron Constantin.
It was decided at the end of 2010 to cease production of the highly lauded Double Tourbillion 30 degree Contemporaine to allow for the re-direction of focus and resources into new productions. In honor of this remarkable timepiece the company created an “Edition Historique” which recently won the Grand Prix “L’Aiguille d’Or”.
Greubel Forsey Invention Piece No.2 Platinum
All very interesting but most of the chatter has centered around the new Invention Piece 2. A tribute to the quad tourbillion; the specification is little changed from the original quadruple tourbillion, hours and minutes, small seconds, and a power reserve indicator. But underneath the hood there are comprehensive changes to the bridges, now with 3 co axial barrels that increases the power reserve to 56 hours. Prices are between 730k and 750k CHF. There will be 22 pieces in total 11 platinum and 11 rose gold. My preference is the gold.
The Final Word
The challenge for a company such as Greubel Forsey is maintaining the balance between introducing remarkable new timepieces on a semi-regular basis whilst at the same time preserving the exceptional level of mastery and imagination these timepieces are renowned for. Such is the complexity of these machines that they may spend upwards of 6 to 7 years in the research and development phases before they approach anything even remotely ready for market. It’s an extremely difficult juggling act but as with their timepieces, Greubel Forsey continues to achieve the seemingly impossible.
Please visit www.greubelforsey.com for more information.
Category: Basel World