Greubel Forsey - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE Hong Kong Monday, November 25, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Greubel Forsey
    Year: Circa 2015
    Movement No: No. 50
    Case No: No. 50, 02 092
    Model Name: Tourbillon 24 Secondes
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. GF01, 36 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Greubel Forsey double deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 43.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Greubel Forsey blank Guarantee booklet

  • Catalogue Essay

    Founded in 2004 by watchmakers Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey, Greubel Forsey has quickly distinguished itself for the technical innovations devised for their timepieces, usually aimed at both increasing the overall accuracy of the movement, and also to provide ample visual stimulus to the wearer. Their most famous creation is at the heart of the present timepiece: the inclined 24 seconds tourbillon. While normally a tourbillon takes 1 minute (or more) for a full revolution, in this case the time needed is less than half the standard. This allows for a fascinating spectacle when beholding the watch, but it commanded an enormous R&D effort, as the steps by which the tourbillon advances are more than twice that of a normal configuration. Consequently, the forces at play are much higher than usual, and Greubel Forsey had to recur to new materials derived from the aerospace industry in order to produce an effective timepiece. Furthermore, not only the tourbillon revolves at such a fast rate, but it also features a highly unusual configuration, with the balance wheel presenting a 25 degree inclination in relation to the central pivot. This allows to harness gravitational forces and use them to help the rotation of the regulating organ.

    So impressive were the technological advancements introduced by the company that in 2011 - not even 10 years after its foundation! - it managed to win the International Chronometry Competition held by the Le Locle Museum of Horology with their groundbreaking Double Tourbillon Technique timepiece, thus proving that while aesthetically extremely pleasing, their innovations were also highly effective.

    The present fresh to the market timepiece is offered together with its original warranty booklet, making this an intriguing opportunity for the connoisseur of fine timepiece to own a watch from one of the most innovative watchmaking companies of modern times.

  • 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 highly complex, very rare and impressive platinum wristwatch with power reserve indication, inclined 24 seconds tourbillon regulator and Guarantee

Circa 2015
43.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$1,200,000 - 2,000,000 

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019