A 12 months earlier than I used to be in a position to dump a number of items from my assortment to afford a Greubel Forsey watch of my very own, I waxed philosophical about why I am so enthralled by Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey’s creations and at the same time expressed a special affection for their Invention Pieces: watches that to some extent de-emphasize the show of time to provide primacy to exhibiting off one of many basic technical improvements integrated within the model’s watches.
When the time got here, I used to be delighted to take possession of an Invention Piece 1 with its inclined double tourbillon. And shortly thereafter, a superb pal of mine jumped in as nicely together with his buy of the quadruple-tourbillon Invention Piece 2 in platinum.
Ever since, I’ve been dying to get these two attractive monsters aspect by aspect within the gentle tent, and the time has lastly come!
Zooming in on the Greubel Forsey Invention Piece 2
Since I’ve featured my Invention Piece 1 right here earlier than, let’s first flip our consideration to a superb, exhausting have a look at the Invention Piece 2.
There may be, in fact, a show of the hours and minutes seen on the decrease proper of the dial aspect, however the apparent emphasis of this piece is on the pair of double tourbillons at decrease left and higher proper linked by the seen differential mechanism at heart.
One of many coolest issues about this watch is that the 2 double tourbillon cages are opposed vertically; the left-hand cage (and tourbillon mechanism) seen above is oriented with the highest of the tourbillon meeting towards the again aspect of the watch, whereas the right-hand cage seen beneath places the higher finish of the mechanism towards the dial.
The proper-hand cage is topped with a sapphire crystal piece that tracks the passage of the four-minute interval of the outer tourbillon, indicated by one in all my favourite bits in any watch made: the tiny sapphire crystal needle with its personal superbly completed mounting that you just see on the correct aspect of the picture above.
It’s additionally noteworthy that the reverse orientation of the 2 double cages required some actual ingenuity in designing the linkages of their outer toothed rings to the central differential. For those who try the picture beneath, along with gaining an appreciation for the deep dimensionality of this motion you must have the ability to spy the left-hand cage participating with the underside wheel of the differential meeting.
And whereas we’re at it, please take the time as you try the entire pictures of this watch to admire the great black sharpening of lots of the parts as evidenced not solely by the blackness of a few of the surfaces however the flawless gradients of sunshine between the darkish and lightweight parts of the parts – and the “GF-level” ending general, from the sleek bevels to the dramatic frosting of the principle dial areas.
Issues get much more attention-grabbing with this specific watch once we check out the again. To begin with, the view of the counter-positioned double tourbillons is in my view no less than pretty much as good from the again as from the entrance, and we’re handled to 2 extra attractive examples of black polished bridges as nicely. There’s additionally the “house owners’ solely” inscription describing the philosophy of the watch (blurred in these pictures as common on the request of Stephen Forsey) and the brilliant pink gold medallion on the heart.
All in all, from my perspective maybe probably the most compelling reverse aspect of any of Greubel Forsey’s items with the potential exception of the GMT Earth.
Take another have a look at the picture above and also you’ll most likely choose up one of the distinctive issues about this watch: on the request of the proprietor and with the sort settlement and characteristically sensible workmanship of Greubel Forsey, this watch is an “Exécution Spéciale” during which the unique platinum case has been changed with a stunningly crafted, ultra-lightweight titanium model.
The sharpening on the titanium is to not be believed: within the picture beneath simply check out the reflection within the shiny portion of the case again bezel of the “Invention Piece 2” engraving. And for good measure, I’ve left only a little bit of the etched private message seen to provide you a way of the standard of that work.
As a aspect notice, I’m nonetheless loving the chance to make use of the Hasselblad X1D to seize scenes like these; particularly, the decision is mind-blowing, and the colour rendering (no less than previous to importing compression) reveals the refined however clear distinctions between the colours of the titanium case, metal bridge, and white gold message plate within the picture above.
Face to face: Greubel Forsey Invention Items 1 and a pair of
However, hey – let’s not neglect the Invention Piece 1 in all of this!
The Invention Piece 1 is constructed to function a single instance of the double tourbillon cages that you just’ve been seeing within the Invention Piece 2 to this point. And there’s no mistake in regards to the meant point of interest, particularly when the sunshine is good to make the steadiness wheel and tourbillon cages flash towards their darkish background.
After all, there’s additionally “that bridge”: the ever so lengthy, ever so good black-polished bridge that stretches throughout the watch and locates the dual tourbillon meeting from above with out obscuring it from our view.
Seen aspect by aspect, from my perspective the Invention Piece 1 is probably a bit extra elegant than the Invention Piece 2, which particularly in white metallic has an especially purposeful, virtually industrial, look.
A part of the curiosity of the Invention Piece 2, no less than for me, are the bulges within the case that permit for the 2 double tourbillon assemblies to be positioned far aside whereas nonetheless sustaining a 43.5 mm diameter for the principle physique of the watch.
I do know that these aren’t to everybody’s style, however I truly fairly like them and I do admire the problem each of fabricating a case with these complicated shapes and the intense talent required to make a domed sapphire crystal that easily covers the void beneath. And I additionally admire the aspect view that the sapphire crystal window within the left-hand bulge affords of the workings of one of many twin tourbillons.
Seen from the again, the Invention Piece 1 reveals considerably lower than its counterpart, however I may nonetheless spend hours having fun with that huge crescent-shaped arc of metallic with its brilliantly polished edges and sharply etched phrases.
I assumed to seize a fast shot of the 2 watches as seen from the aspect: if something the Invention Piece 2 has a barely extra subtle profile with a slight radial bulge within the case band as in contrast with its extra slab-sided counterpart and extra natural entrance and rear bezel contours. These are small distinctions, although, and which (if both) you favor could be very a lot a matter of private style.
Lastly, let’s go all the way down to the ends of the straps and take a look at the buckles. Whereas my crimson gold deployant is gorgeous and classically made, there’s undoubtedly rather a lot to be stated for the angular appears to be like and crisp motion of the technical buckle affixed to my buddy’s Invention Piece 2. And the truth that it’s a distinctive piece made only for him in titanium to match the case of his watch ups the ante one other degree or two as nicely!
On the wrist: Greubel Forsey Invention Items 1 and a pair of
Okay, so I like how they appear within the gentle tent. However what about on the wrist?
I like carrying heavy watches, and my Invention Piece 1 doesn’t disappoint; however regardless of its heft and the thickness of the case, it sits properly balanced on the wrist and the substantial deployant on the reverse aspect of the wrist does its job in serving to to maintain issues secure.
Within the horological dictionary, there ought to be an image of the Invention Piece 2 on the wrist subsequent to the entry for “wrist presence.” This factor simply calls for consideration, and in its distinctive titanium guise the Invention Piece 2 is unbelievably wearable, virtually forgettable till you see it peeking out from underneath your cuff.
And so long as I had the possibility, I went all the best way and (very, very fastidiously) strapped each of those unhealthy boys onto the identical arm for a fast side-by-side comparability.
If I’ve a criticism of the Invention Piece 2, it must be the relative illegibility of the time indication, and so long as I’m at it I’ll point out that its indication of minutes turns the “fallacious” means for my tastes, with the numeral ring turning clockwise (and by implication, the mounted blue minute pointer “touring” counterclockwise a consequence as seen by the mind).
If I truly must learn the time, I’ll take the Invention Piece 1 any time.
So, which one?
From a sensible perspective I don’t want to fret an excessive amount of about this query as my Invention Piece 1 is already paid for, and my buddy isn’t remotely concerned about promoting his distinctive Invention Piece 2.
However as you’ll be able to most likely inform, I’m completely in love together with his watch! If an enormous bag of Krugerrands fell from the sky into my yard in a single day, I’d be searching for an Invention Piece 2 of my very own so as to add to my assortment (and, maybe not surprisingly, an Invention Piece three as nicely to finish the trifecta).
For now, although, I’ll simply maintain thanking my fortunate stars for my Invention Piece 1 and I’ll search for your preferences within the feedback beneath.
For extra data, please go to www.greubelforsey.com/en/collection/invention-piece.
Fast Details Greubel Forsey Invention Piece 1
Case: 43.5 x 16.6 mm, crimson gold, white gold, and platinum
Motion: handbook winding Caliber GF02N with inside one-minute tourbillon inclined at 30 levels and outer four-minute tourbillon; 72-hour energy reserve from two mainspring barrels; three Hz/21,600 vph frequency
Features: hours, minutes, seconds; energy reserve show
Limitation: 11 items every in crimson gold, white gold, and platinum
Worth: $595,000 unique retail worth; most up-to-date accessible public sale worth $225,000 (2016)
Fast Details Greubel Forsey Invention Piece 2
Case: 43.5 x 16.28 mm, crimson gold and platinum
Motion: handbook winding Caliber GF03N with a pair of dual tourbillon escapements every consisting of an inside one-minute tourbillon inclined at 30 levels and outer four-minute tourbillon; 56-hour energy reserve from two mainspring barrels; three Hz/21,600 vph frequency
Features: hours, minutes, seconds; energy reserve show
Limitation: 11 items every in pink gold, white gold and platinum (one transformed to titanium)
Worth: $750,000 unique retail worth; no accessible latest public sale outcomes
* This text was first printed on October 13, 2018 at Mothers Of Invention: Behind The Lens With Invention Pieces 1 And 2 By Greubel Forsey.