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……
This is the model GB-5600AB-1A, with Bluetooth v4.0 that is compatible with the iPhone 4S/5. It is housed in Casio’s classic, low-profile, square shaped case and features typical G-Shock functionality: LED backlight, world time (35 time zones with daylight savings indication), 1/100th-second stopwatch, countdown timer, up to 5 daily alarms, hourly time signal, ability to measure elapsed time, split time and 1st-2nd place times, full auto-calendar (to 2099), 12/24-hour format and more.
In addition to standard G-Shock features, it also has the new Bluetooth v4.0 functionality which when linked to an iPhone 4S/5 includes: notification of incoming calls and emails, phone finder function to enable the iPhone alarm function from the watch, warning vibration when the watch loses its connections to the iPhone, time adjustment by synchronizing with the time data received from the iPhone, built-in tilt sensor to detect movement in the watch while it is power-saving mode to automatically reconnect to the iPhone, alert function notifies users of updates from Facebook and Twitter.
Accuracy is ±15 seconds per month. Battery is good for 2 years (CR2032), assuming use of Mobile Link for 12-hours per day. Case is made of resin and measures 48.9 mm x 42.8 mm x 13.8 mm. Mineral glass protects the dial and water resistance is 200 meters.
If compared to the Seiko and Citizen GPS based watches, I believe this is more practical. Nearly everyone carries a phone. It would therefore be more effective to use the phones’ connectivity capabilities than having to design such capabilities into a watch. More of a piggy-back concept. I want one!