All-black watches are set to be all the rage this year, with perhaps the most surprising entrant into the irreverent colour scheme being Greubel Forsey. The independent GPHP award-winning masters of the complication, known for their more deep-sea royal blue Greubel Forsey creations, have decided to deliver their first-ever titanium build with the Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillion Technique Titanium.
A black chrome-finished movement is housed inside a black mirror-polished steel case, and it is obvious (from the extra touches) a new entrant into the all-black season will only benefit more accustomed players like Hublot, as Greubel Forsey have managed to outdo everyone with one striking addition to the all-black look: the white SuperLuminova coating to contrast the dial and hands against the rest of the watch body.
The effect is tantamount to customizing a high performance car with a matte-black colour scheme, rather than rolling out a standard pearlescent black model straight from the factory – you know you’ve seen such design in more colourful, light-hearted versions before and so the all-black features are all the more novel for such a transition.
It is much the same effect with this Double Tourbillon 30° Technique; it is still Greubel Forsey coded design and complication you’d recognize in any other precious metal, but an outright Greubel Forsey creation standing on its own two feet. It’s the bad boy cousin of the Greubel Forsey haute timepiece collection.
Black on Black Finish: Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon Technique
As with all timepieces that command the Greubel Forsey echelon of pricing, the Double Tourbillon 30° Technique comes with all the fine polish and material build you would expect. The all-black effect is lent to the watch by frosted plates, black mirror-polished steel and a chrome-finished movement visible from the DetailOpen Work Movement (more on that later) design. The crown, lugs and clasp are also all black titanium
As always with a Greubel Forsey watch, it is tempted to take for granted that this timepiece is coming with two tourbillons – a still rare feat in watchmaking but relatively modest by Greubel Forsey’s standards. The 30° inclined tourbillon house inside another tourbillon cage harks back to the very first complication that become Greubel Forsey’s cornerstone. They’ve used this 30° Technique complication for new releases last year, and continue to favour their landmark complication for 2013. Essentially, you have a inclined 60-second rotating tourbillon (not a common rotation timing choice for Greubel Forsey) housed inside a 4 minute rotating tourbillon cage.
Dark and Handsome With No Skeletons
Don’t call it a skeletal watch, insist Greubel Forsey, as this watch was developed from “the ground up” with the house’s Detail OpenWork Movement design approach.
From an architectural standpoint, GF are looking at their OpenWork design of the case and crystals as a more three-dimensional approach to looking inside the inner workings of the watch. This is slighty removed from the usual skeletal approach to watch design, where essentially most watchmakers take a pre-existing “closed-build” coded design and strip away parts to make it more open.
Instead, the Double Tourbillon Technique was open-doors from very first concept, which realistically means you can turn over your Greubel Forsey and play with it as much as you like to see every inch of its powertrain at work.
There are also touches of gold and red aluminium on the sub-dials and power reserve indicator. The Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon Technique Titanium will work off a 120-hour power reserve and also becomes the first GF watch to feature a rubber strap.
With all the materials considered, the as-yet-unconfirmed final price is expected to be more modest by Greubel Forsey standards. But, ironically, it will have you standing out as a Greubel Forsey collector.
For more information visit the Greubel Forsey official website.