Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain Watch In White Gold – A Disappointment, Expected More

The latest incarnation of the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain comes in white gold casing and a titanium dial. The design of the dial itself is exquisite and generates a three-dimensional effect.

To make the illusion that the regulator is floating in mid-air, the designers used a transparent synthetic sapphire bridge. Unfortunately, in the photo below, the bridge is obvious to see and the use of such a crystal when such material is not used in other parts of the watch makes it stand out like a sore thumb.

I also question the design philosophy for the display case-back. I don’t get it. Aren’t you suppose to use this opportunity to flaunt the engineering marvel? Why hide them behind sub-panels? Is the only interesting thing to see is the main gears???

I expected more and unfortunately Greubel Forsey disappointed me. I expected art in design, I expected to see exotic material, I expected to see engineering marvel……

Greubel Forsey Invention Piece 2 – how many tourbillon can you fit? FOUR!

The Invention Piece 2 Quadruple Tourbillon is an improvement of the age-old concept. The open-heart dial showcases not one or two, but two double tourbillons. The hours and minutes are shown on the sub-dial at 5 o’clock.

A limited edition piece, only 22 of these watches are available, 11 in red gold and 11 in platinum. This innovative improvement on the tourbillon was honored as the Best Complicated Watch at the 12th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in 2012.Can we call this miniaturization or design excellence? I prefer the latter…