It used to be
that the tourbillon would be one of the higher expressions of the watchmaker’s art. When you’re Greubel Forsey though, and the tourbillon is already a signature, the bar is set higher – significantly so. The next logical step is a chiming mechanism, and Greubel Forsey have finally addressed it after no less than 11 years of research. Simply called Grande Sonnerie, the timepiece bears all the expected Greubel Forsey traits, such as the inclined tourbillon, and the superlative finishing that is used throughout the watch. The case is made in titanium to benefit the acoustics; noble metals are more traditional, but they tend to absorb sound, while titanium, by being a harder metal, allows it to propagate better. The three modes you would expect are present: grande sonnerie, whereby the hours and minutes are sounded out every 15 minutes; petite sonnerie, where the hours are sounded at the top of each hour, with the quarters only every 15 minutes; and silence when necessary. In order to develop the power required for the grande sonnerie to operate for a day, the striking mechanism has its own power reserve that’s wound automatically, while the timekeeping functions are wound manually. It’s not a limited edition per se, but the complex nature of the piece means that Greubel Forsey only expect to produce up to eight pieces per year.
You know that
feeling when you’ve just got your annual bonus, and you’ve got your eye on a Greubel Forsey piece, but you just wish they’d have other color options? It seems that Greubel Forsey themselves were not quite sure which color they would want to develop for their Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision, so they’ve done the logical thing: they’ve presented it in three new colors, chocolate, blue and anthracite black. This is the Greubel Forsey for the collector who wants some discretion, where the tourbillon is visible through an aperture on the dial, but it’s only fully revealed when you turn the watch over space is added for the inclined tourbillon by building a bubble into the sapphire case back. It’s an unusual step for the brand, as Greubel Forsey has never before done different versions of the same watch in platinum. The new dials join the existing model with a salmon dial, so you might have a bigger issue at hand: deciding which color you would ultimately want!