The two most sporty swiss cheap watches to date.
What do you think of when you hear the names Greubel and Forsey? It may be a “tourbillon”, especially a tourbillon that is more complicated than usual. Such mechanisms developed to achieve timing accuracy may be on the list. Therefore, the meticulous manual retouching under a powerful magnifying glass is indeed worthy of careful scrutiny. Greubel Forsey makes impressive watches, but considering the typical rating of 30 meters water resistance, they are also quite large. Some Greubel Forsey watches feel like complex movements that have been carefully designed. The case may be enlarged to incorporate sub-dial, display and escapement. This makes the watch design has a very high technical style, some people really like it while others don’t.
In the second half of last year, Greubel Forsey released a new version of the popular GMT model GMT Sport. The case uses a new case shape made of lightweight titanium alloy, a rubber strap, and a water resistance of 100 meters. Considering that the core of this watch is the tilted tourbillon mechanism and impressive manual finishing, despite its poor name, it strongly refuses to regard it as a fully mature sports watch. There is no doubt that the owner of Greubel Forsey can feel more comfortable when wearing it in a casual environment or even in water. Today, we have improved this concept in a similar but less complex form-for this reason, I want to say that the Balancier S is very sporty.
Balancier S uses a new case shape, which is different from the case I have seen before GMT Sport. When viewed from directly above or straight, it looks round, but when viewed from other angles, it reveals complex dimensions, with its arched, ovoid shape matching the curved sapphire crystal.
In the typical Greubel Forsey style, the escapement is more than just any old escapement. As we have seen from GF before, this angle is tilted 30 degrees. In addition, it is also equipped with Greubel Forsey’s internal variable inertia balance wheel, which made its debut in 2016 and last appeared in last year’s highly wear-resistant, less than 40 mm Balancier Contemporain. The balance wheel of the same name is held in place by an inclined bridge, and there are six inertial gold screws on the wheels to reduce air friction. Greubel Forsey’s large balance wheel may not be installed in the tourbillon. Over the years, the GF movement is still widely known, but its large size (12.6mm in diameter) is exactly the same based on the choice of timepiece. As you can see, it is flush with a part of the angular dial, which itself has sufficient surface finish and bevel.
Both the chassis and the watch bridge are made of titanium, which is worth mentioning in view of the high level of decoration at this time. Although the use of titanium to make these movement components helps reduce weight-they are not compact best copy watches after all-finishing the titanium by hand to meet Greubel Forsey standards is a difficult and slow process.
The most striking visual element of Balancier S is of course its shell. From one angle, it seems to be almost rolled up on itself. In my eyes, it adds another dimension to the flat, smooth bezel design category, which is sometimes encountered in other luxury sports watches. The one-piece lugs appear to have been retracted into the case, thus greatly strengthening the emphasis on the novel case shape. Of course, Greubel Forsey is no stranger to unusual case shapes, but most of the unusually proportioned shapes of GF avoid strict symmetry. This did not happen here, and to some extent, the design itself does not seem to be a typical atypical Greubel Forsey design example. On the other hand, printing statements related to the duo’s views on craftsmanship is what we have seen from the brand’s story and how Greubel Forsey broke through the clock in his own unique way. Another example of decorative boundaries. Here, like the early GMT Sport, the bezel is the canvas for this decoration. It is satin-finished and engraved with the key values identified by Greubel Forsey.
The sides of the case and crown are inlaid with black rubber to complement the strap. As shown above, the strap itself has embossed text on its inner surface. The movement has a trademark style decorated by Greubel Forsey, which looks simple to the untrained eye. “Where is the elaborately carved balance wheel tucked?” Some people want to know. However, when you have the opportunity to personally touch the Glauber watch, and carefully examine the inner corner of the movement and other obvious surfaces, you will find that this work is truly second to none. Now, of course, this is an introductory article using the photos provided; I encourage you to read other longer articles on Greubel Forsey cheap watches with original photography to see if you are not satisfied with the regular refurbishment of these watches. Like some other works of art, even though I don’t necessarily have to own my own pocket watch, I appreciate my completion.
Brand: Greubel Forsey
Model: Balancier S
Diameter: 45 mm (frame), 43 mm (strap)
Thickness: 13.75mm; 15.6mm, using synthetic sapphire crystal
Case material: titanium
Index: Three-dimensional variable geometric hour ring with variable hour and minute indexes
Waterproof depth: 100 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Rubber with embossed text. Titanium folding clasp with GM logo.
Function: hours and minutes on suspended arch bridge; small seconds, power reserve indicator (72 hours)
Diameter: 37 mm
Thickness: 10.62 mm
Power reserve: 72 hours
Winding: manual winding
Frequency: 21,600 vph