In-Depth: The Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Asymétrique Edition Historique.
After ten years, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Asymétrique is as yet an outwardly amazing token of what makes Greubel Forsey one of a kind in present day watchmaking. The plan additionally remains intensely polarizing; the topsy-turvy swell for the 24 second tourbillon appears to dazzle individuals as either a brilliant idea or a puzzling excrescence, with next to no in the method of center ground. It’s constantly worked for me, and I think here it functions admirably compositionally, particularly with the expansion of the new force hold and running seconds shows, which have been revamped from before models for the Edition Historiques. We had the Contemporain variant of the Tourbillon 24 Secondes accessible to shoot also, and it makes a fascinating comparison with the Asymétrique models.
The Contemporaine in comparison to the Historiques version is substantially more clear, in spite of the fact that it’s still beautiful rococo one next to the other with a ton of other current watches. Anyway a large number of its competitors in both cost, and by complication (in the event that you can even consider the tourbillon a complication, about which there is some discussion) figure out how to appear to be significantly more jumbled, even with less visual components to send. The different dial-side components appear to drift openly, as though suspended against the sky, and the figment is built up by the straightforward sapphire extension for the tourbillon. There are anyway numerous awry components, including the situation of the tourbillon and the different signs, and the cut-out in the sapphire hour track somewhere in the range of 7:00 and 8:00.
The Historiques, by comparison, has a substantially more complicated dial side, a piece of which has to do with the way that while the Contemporain truly has no dial, in the ordinary sense, the Historiques has one. The dial of the Historiques is split directly into halves and the solitary component that covers the two sides of the dial is the running seconds subdial. It’s just about a panda dial on steroids; white encompassing obscurity on the left (with the brilliant gleam of the tourbillon enlightened by the sapphire window set into the case flank) and murkiness encompassing the circular segment of the force save pointer on the right.
One of the most recognizable highlights of the dial is, obviously, the content in French, which is a sort of proclamation, or mission statement, concerning the plan and the historical backdrop of the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Asymétrique, taking note of that the plan is a continuation of a similar plan theory that educated the Double Tourbillon 30º Historiques, and that the Edition Historiques variant of the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Asymétrique addresses the finish of the line, which comes to an end at 183 watches. In case you’re not an enthusiast of composing on the dials of watches this is unquestionably going to make you break out in hives, yet absolutely as a visual component, it separates the clouded side of the dial quite well and appears to fit the personality of the watch, which is both outgoing and to some degree elegiac, addressing as it does the finish of creation of one of Greubel Forsey’s major horological inventions.
You know, it’s consistently a battle to acquire than you lose.
– Stephen Forsey
That development – the slanted 24 second tourbillon – has a point of reference in horological history, in spite of the fact that they are incredibly uncommon (the American watchmaker Albert Potter is thought to have made his around 1860 ). The thought is to fundamentally decrease to a base the measure of time that the equilibrium, balance spring, and escapement spend in any of the most mathematically extraordinary positions where positional blunder will be the most prounounced. Numerous years prior I inquired as to whether the extraordinary specialized complexity of his and Robert Greubel’s tourbillons implied that genuine, reasonable timekeeping preferences would be extremely hard won, and he said, “You know, it’s consistently a battle to acquire than you lose.” However, in 2011, a Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30º Technique won the Concourse International de Chronométrie with 915 out of 1000 potential focuses. It merits recalling that while Greubel Forsey is properly popular for their development completing, behind all the enticing beauty care products there is a genuine interest in horological science, not simply kinetic pyrotechnics.
As is normally the situation with Greubel Forsey watches, the development side of the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Asymétrique Historiques Edition is at any rate as fascinating to take a gander at as the dial side. Greubel Forsey’s stock in exchange terms of development feel has consistently been a combination of custom Swiss and English development completing and development format, and that keeps on being the situation here. the development is very huge for a wristwatch – practically pocket-watch size, at 36.40mm in width (and 9.35mm thick). Both the mainplates and the extensions are nickel silver (otherwise called maillechort ). with two origin barrels offering a 72 hours power reserve.
I said toward the starting that the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Asymétrique Edition Historique has a polarizing plan, and it’s not simply the deviated case. Anyway you frequently see precisely a particularly spellbound response when anything with an unmistakable plan character of its own is made. As consistently with Greubel Forsey, the level of craftsmanship in the watch is totally blameless and for me, the entire thing works. I regularly believe that individuals who like pocket watches are brilliant contender for responding admirably to Greubel Forsey watches – in the two cases, you have time-keeping machines that truly appear to delight in their machine-ness, instead of try to reduce it.
The pattern towards more slender is-better as the ideal for tastefulness in watches, and as an ideal to be taken a stab at in watchmaking, has an exceptionally long history (apparently going right back to the main dainty Lepine types of the mid-eighteenth century). This is another drive, in any case: the consoling robustness of the overbuilt, and the feeling of the accomplishment of exactness through actual solidness, taken to its legitimate outrageous (this is another reverberation of the exemplary English high evaluation pocket watch, which was normally significantly more intensely worked than its Swiss partner). There have been numerous little free brands throughout the long term that have gone for horological maximalism, yet barely any I can consider, assuming any, who have sought after the saying with the combination of beguiling insane lab rat experimentation, and hyper fixation on faultless (and very time-serious) craftsmanship.
The Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Edition Historique: adaptation appeared, red gold with white dial (platinum with anthracite dial additionally accessible). Case, 44mm x 15.78mm, with unbalanced arched sapphire gem; verbalized hauls. Water obstruction, 30 meters. Development, 36.40mm x 9.35mm, tourbillon confine 0.39 grams; freesprung balance vibrating at 21,600 vph; offset spring with Phillips terminal bend. Twofold origin barrel with 72 hour power save; plates and extensions, German/nickel silver/maillechort. Tourbillon, slanted at a 25º point; 24 second time span. Prices, $370,000 for red gold and $395,000 for platinum. More at GreubelForsey.com.