It was with somewhat mixed emotions earlier this month that we learnt of the decision by master craftsmen Greubel Forsey to end the production of their breathtaking Double Tourbillon 30° Contemporaine models (which includes Vision and Secret models.) We say mixed emotions because on the one hand it is always a little sad to farewell such an iconic timepiece, however, at the same time one can’t help but be excited by the prospect of what amazing new invention will be unveiled to fill its place.
A Momentous Occasion
If you’re not familiar with the brand then you may not fully appreciate the significance of this decision to the company and its founders, Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey. The fact is though that this particular line forms a major cornerstone of the brand’s history as it is the timepiece which catapulted Greubel Forsey into the spotlight when it was first launched back in 2004. The complexity, and ensuing success of this timepiece, formed the basis for the legitimacy of the inventions that followed.
However, Greubel Forsey is an inventor and an innovator first and foremost and as such the focus of their energy and investment dollars must always be on the future. Hence, whilst the decision has not been made lightly, it has most certainly been made for the right reasons and aficionados of the brand will most certainly reap the benefits of this shift in direction.
Before the brand boldly sets off to explore uncharted new territory, however, it is only fitting that this iconic collection is given a suitable send off. And so, to celebrate the end of the fairytale story of the Double Tourbillon 30° Contemporaine, the company has created two unique series, the “Edition Historique”:
• 11 pieces in 5N red gold, and
• 11 pieces in platinum.
The Edition Historique
The beauty of every Greubel Forsey timepiece is that the complexity is not just limited to the mechanics, although the inner-workings of the double tourbillon system are in themselves mindblowing. Still, it is the absolute, uncompromising attention paid to every intricate detail that makes these pieces truly special. For example, the Edition Historique features an exclusive new gold dial that integrates three sapphire-crystal plates. Providing the finishing touch these complex insertions are engraved and enhanced by 3D structured text.
Similarly the bezel with beveled relief ensures the final edition of this iconic series has its own subtle yet original look. It is undeniably a new interpretation of the style of the earlier models while still retaining the intrinsic design features of a Greubel Forsey timepiece.
Like the other Greubel Forsey timepieces, the Double Tourbillon 30° expresses the inventive thinking of its creators, constantly seeking to challenge convention and create things of true magnificence. Visually, you will also discover the 3D structured text on the dial and engraved hand-decorated curved plates affixed to the sides of the case extolling the philosophy and skill of these master artisans.
The Final Word
You don’t have to search these pages long to discover that we are completely enamored with Greubel Forsey, and with good reason. Whilst the time has come to bid farewell to a legend we believe that a more than fitting tribute has been created to mark this momentous occasion in the short history of this superb Atelier.
We can say with absolute confidence that this special edition, unlike many others, will exponentially increase in value over time and would most certainly make an invaluable addition to your collection, both for its artistic beauty and mechanical complexity, as well as for the historic milestone it represents.
That’s assuming you can get your hands on one. Make no mistake, these will sell out. Fast.
To find out more visit the official Greubel Forsey website: www.greubelforsey.com