The final version of the modern classic, with an updated design.Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes watch T24Si black gold dial
The 24-second asymmetric tourbillon tourbillon was first introduced by Greubel Forsey 10 years ago (2007), and in the past few decades, it has become the company’s iconic product – in this respect , Probably only the double tourbillon 30º can surpass. The visual version of Asymétrique will win the gold medal in the 2015 Geneva Haute Horlogerie Competition, and after 15 tourbillons for 24 seconds and 5 tourbillons, Greubel Forsey will win the grand prize. The asymmetric version of this tourbillon is being closed with the Edition Historiques edition, which comes in two versions-red gold or platinum-11 pieces each.
Ten years later, the 24-second asymmetric tourbillon tourbillon is still a visual reminder of what makes swiss Greubel Forsey unique in modern watchmaking. The design also maintains a strong polarization; the asymmetrical protrusion of the 24-second tourbillon seems to make a deep impression, either a genius or inexplicably outdated, with almost no middle ground. It has always been useful to me, and I think it works well structurally, especially with the addition of a new power reserve and second hand display, which has been redesigned from earlier models of Edition Historiques. We can also shoot the Contemporain version of Tourbillon 24 Secondes, which makes an interesting comparison with the Asymétrique model.
Compared with the Historiques version, the Contemporaine is more concise and clear, although it is quite baroque alongside many other modern watches. However, many of its competitors, both in terms of price and complexity (if you can even consider the tourbillon as a complexity, there is some controversy), even if fewer visual elements are deployed, they appear more confusion. The various dial side parts seem to float freely, almost as if they are floating in the sky, and the transparent sapphire bridge of the tourbillon enhances this illusion. However, there are many asymmetric elements, including the placement of the tourbillon and various indications, as well as the cut corners on the sapphire hour track between 7:00 and 8:00.
In contrast, dials with a long history are much more complicated, partly because, although Contemporain does not actually have a dial, history does have a dial in the traditional sense. The dial of Historiques is divided in the middle, and the only element that overlaps the two sides of the dial is the seconds sub-dial. This is almost a panda dial on steroids; on the left is a dark area surrounded by white (the golden light of the tourbillon is illuminated by the sapphire window on the side of the case), and on the right is the arc of the power reserve indicator.
One of the most distinguishing features of the dial is of course French, which is a declaration or statement of purpose for the design and history of the tourbillon 24-second asymmetric watch. Continuing the design philosophy of Double Tourbillon 30º Historiques, and the Tourbillon 24 Seconds Asymétrique Edition Historiques version represents the end of the series, which ended in 183 watches. If you don’t like writing on the dial, it will definitely make you fall into hives, but purely as a visual element, it can break the dark side of the dial very well, and it looks very personal. The watch is both extroverted and slightly ironic. It represents the production completion of one of Greubel Forsey’s major watch inventions.
This invention-the tilted 24-second tourbillon-does have precedents in the history of horology, although they are extremely rare (American watchmaker Albert Potter is thought to have made it around 1860). The idea is to minimize the time spent on the balance wheel, hairspring, and escapement in any geometrically extreme positions, where positional errors are most pronounced. Many years ago, I asked Stephen Forsey if his tourbillon and Robert Greubel’s tourbillon had great technical complexity, which meant that it was difficult to obtain practical and practical timekeeping. Advantage. “However, in 2011, Greubel Forsey (Greubel Forsey) double tourbillon 30º technology won the International Time Square Award with 915 out of 1,000 points. It is worth remembering that despite Greubel Forsey (Greubel Forsey) Known for its movement completion, but behind all the attractive cosmetics, people have a strong interest in the science of horology, not just kinetic pyrotechnics.
Like replica Greubel Forsey watches, the movement of the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Asymétrique Historiques Edition is at least as interesting as the dial side. Greubel Forsey’s trade stock in terms of movement aesthetics has always been a combination of Swiss and British traditional movement finishing and movement layout, and it remains the same here. The movement of the watch is quite large-actually the size of a pocket watch, 36.40 mm in diameter (9.35 mm thick). The main board and bridge board are nickel silver (also known as Mailerholt). The two main barrels provide a 72-hour power reserve.
At the beginning, I said that the 24 second asymmetric version of the Tourbillon Historique has a polarized design, not just an asymmetric case. However, when making anything with its own clear design logo, you will usually see exactly this polarized reaction. Like Greubel Forsey, the craftsmanship of the watch is absolutely beyond reproach, and for me, the whole thing works. I often think that people who like pocket watches are excellent candidates to respond well to Greubel Forsey watches – in both cases, the chronograph mechanism you have seems to be truly intoxicated by its mechanical properties, rather than seeking to reduce mechanical properties.
The trend of thinner and thinner has become the ideal choice for the elegance of watches, and it is also the ideal pursued by the watchmaking industry. This history has a long history (it can be said that it dates back to the first Lepine movements in the mid-18th century). However, this is another impulse: the over-guaranteed robustness and the sense of precision gained through physical stability have reached the logical limit (this is another echo of the classic British high-end pocket watch, which is usually more than Swiss Similar products are more robust). Over the years, there have been many small independent brands pursuing the maximization of timepieces, but almost no one thought (if any) of the perfect combination of fascinating mad scientist experiments with manic obsessions (and very time-consuming craftsmanship.
Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 seconds Historique: display version, rose gold, white dial (anthracite platinum dial is also available). Case: 44mm x 15.78mm, made of asymmetric convex sapphire crystal; hinged piece. The waterproof depth is 30 meters. Movement 36.40mm x 9.35mm, tourbillon cage 0.39g; freesprung balance vibrating at 21,600 vph; hairspring with Phillips terminal curve. Double barrel with 72 hours power reserve; plate and bridge, Germany/nickel silver/maillechort. Tourbillon, tilted at an angle of 25º; 24 seconds.