Greubel Forsey introduces new Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain, featuring titanium movement


There’s a new watch from Greubel Forsey and it looks smashing! Actually, it’s a new version of their existing timepiece – Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain – which now has a titanium movement and matching bridges, both of which aesthetics dominate the front and back side of the watch. This is combined with either red or white gold case, creating two different options for buyers to choose from.

One of the things you’ll first notice on this watch is certainly the layered dial, with its neat hand-finished straight-graining and polished bevels. It gives an impression of depth, thanks to the plethora on indicators on it, positioned on different levels. For starters, we have the tourbillon at 6 o’clock, which appears to be floating because of the transparent bridge made of synthetic sapphire. What’s interesting about this component is its titanium cage, which weight just 0.39 grams. At the very center of the dial, we can see the tripod supporting the skeletonized hands.

Multi-layer dial in titanium

Next, we have two indicators: at 4 o’clock position, there is a power reserve indicator, which tells you how much of the 72 hours of power reserve is left. The other indicator is the small seconds sub-dial, found at 9 o’clock. At the top of the dial, we can notice the numeral “12”, which is actually the only hour numeral here. It’s made of either white or red gold, complemented with metalized indexes with matching finish. Finally, Greubel Forsey placed a raised sapphire crystal displaying the chapter ring.

Olive jewels and blued screws, a tribute to master watchmakers of the nineteenth century

All this impressive horological engineering is housed in a 43.5 mm case, which can be made of red or white gold. On the front, it’s completed with a domed sapphire crystal, while on the back is the same material, but this time it’s flat. The latter gives us an opportunity to take a peek at the movement, and its three NAC-treated anthracite bridges. This part sports some nice hand-finishing work, including mirror-polished bevels and countersinks, as well as snail decoration and straight-graining found on the mainspring barrel. This is complemented with some more traditional features, such as the heat blued screws and domed olive jewels, which nicely add to the overall aesthetics.

Speaking of movement, the watch uses a tourbillon movement (no surprise there), comprising a total of 268 parts. It beats at a rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour, and has a power reserve of 72 hours, indicated on the dial. It achieves this number thanks to the two coaxial mainspring barrels, which are connected in series. One of the most important things with this movement is, naturally, the tourbillon. It’s actually Greubel Forsey’s third invention, and what makes it distinctive is the fact that it completes a rotation every 24 seconds, hence the name of the watch. Finally, we have the strap. Both red and white gold models are completed with a stylish black alligator strap. This is a hand-stitched strap, and it features a folding clasp made of white or red gold, matching the case.

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