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……
The Challenge is a big watch. The dimensions of the Tonneau-shaped case is 53.7mm long and 41.0mm wide. It is available in a choice of grade 5 titanium or orange aluminium. Below is the orange aluminium example.
Meanwhile, below is the titanium example. The see-through dial allows you to see the intricate gears of the automatic movement. The power reserve indicator is a nice touch and this alone give it an additional star in my book. Functionality wise, a tachometer is available.
Powered by the Calibre CVSTOS 577, the movement is a 25 Jewel self winding chronograph engine operating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. This movement which uses a tungsten and titanium rotor is visible through the sapphire crystal exhibition case back. The propeller like rotor is a beauty.
This side profile shows the 3D effect that was designed into the watch. A real art piece.
It is a pity that this is a LE model. If Cvstos to make a standard production run on this watch with stainless steel as the base material, I’ll bet it can create a strong following to the brand (plus business of course!).
Using the tourbillion mechanism, Jacob & Co. Napoleon Quadra Tourbillion QUADTR Titanium Gold watches has got 4 sub dials at 3 o’clock, 5 o’clock, 7 o’clock and 11 o’clock & 4 tourbillion apertures. A 55 mm wide round case with polished titanium. Mind boggling!
This watch does comes in lovely colours. Also nice to note that its bezel uses the compass bearings instead of a time reference. This is good as it allow one to find true North with just the use of the time and the position of the sun.
The Tutima Yachting chronograph is powered by the Automatic Lemania caliber 5100 with shock resistant anti-magnetism. The functionality includes a 12 hour , 60 minute sweep and 60 second sweep counters. Integrated large buttons cased in a pure titanium case protected by anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The Tutima has a solid pure titanium bracelet, clasp outfitted with security buckle and integrated extension. Water resistance is up to 20 bars.