Greubel Forsey - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX Hong Kong Monday, May 28, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Greubel Forsey
    Year: Made November 11, 2009
    Movement No: 1511
    Case No: 01 512
    Model Name: Quadruple Tourbillon
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. GF03, 63 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Greubel Forsey crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Greubel Forsey double deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 43.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Greubel Forsey wooden presentation box, owner’s book, leather pouch and envelope, loupe, two pairs of gloves and a polishing cloth

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Gruebel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillon possesses not one, but four tourbillons within one 43.5mm wristwatch – a feat of engineering so impressive it is beyond belief. Released in 2009, the advanced engineering of the watch allows supreme accuracy, varying by less than 2.5 seconds per day. The movement in its entirety features 534 individual parts, most hand-finished by a team of artisans, including 261 parts solely for the four tourbillon cages. Not only is the movement absolute mastery, but the case and dial are executed and finished to the highest standards as well. The dial is silvered gold, with sapphire apertures at the sides of the asymmetrical case in order to view the tourbillon at work.

    In a 2015 New York Times article, Stephen Forsey was quoted as saying the driving principle in creating the Quadruple Tourbillon was “about ‘refusing to accept that everything had been achieved in terms of the mechanical watch.” To behold this masterpiece through the dial, caseback, or lateral openings is to view the encapsulation of one entire year of man hours, the accomplishment of 8,760 hours of meticulous handiwork. This is an incredibly special piece by a manufacture on the cutting edge of haute horologie.

  • Artist Biography

    Greubel Forsey

    Swiss • 2004

    With the introduction of the Double Tourbillon 30 at Basel World in 2004, Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey became major players in the world of haute horology and independent watchmaking. Their firm concentrates on high-end complicated movements with precision timekeeping and the highest quality hand finishing. They achieve this with movements featuring multiple tourbillons and inclined balance wheels — tourbillons designed for wristwatches. Forsey joined Greubel's team at Renaud & Papi SA, a high-complication specialist now part of Audemars Piguet. The team participated with Harry Winston and their Opus 6 project. In the span of 12 years, the firm has become highly sought-after by collectors for their innovative timekeeping and industrial design.

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A very rare and impressive platinum quadruple tourbillon wristwatch with power reserve, presentation box and certificate

Made November 11, 2009
43.5mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$1,000,000 - 1,500,000 

Sold for HK$2,800,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

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