And the winner is… Greubel Forsey with the Double Tourbillon 30° Edition Historique. Most likely you already read that Greubel Forsey where awarded with the L’Aiguille d’Or prize at the 10th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2010.
Wining a prestigious prize like the Aiguille d’Or (golden hand) of the Grand Prix de Geneva is really something, especially for a small, young and independent brand like Greubel Forsey. After seeing the Greubel Forsey collection during my visit last August I think the level of finishing combined with the spectacular designed tourbillons and ultra luxurious design are of an unmatched level. Greubel Forsey is just a league apart.
The ‘Edition Historique’ means the end of the Double Tourbillon 30° Contemporaine. With the Double Tourbillon 30° ‘Edition Historique’, which is limited to 11 pieces in red gold and 11 pieces in platinum, collectors will have a last chance to acquire such an extraordinary timepiece.
The Double Tourbillon 30° Contemporaine was Greubel Forsey’s first watch, which was released in 2004. Now I write this I realize time goes by fast, as I can clearly remember the exitement and consternation in the different watch forums when “that new brand” launch such a bold, impressive, complex and luxurious watch as their first model.
During the past six years several lines based on the Double Tourbillon 30° have been created. Just think of the Invention Piece 1, the Double Tourbillon 30° Technique (see photo below) and of course the Vision and Secret models of the DT30 line.
The Double Tourbillon 30° ‘Edition Historique’ is like all Greubel Forsey watches, finished to the very highest degree. When I visited the manufacture last August, I was really blown away by the impressive production facilities and attention to detail and quality control. Ian Skellern posted the photos he made during this visit, on his Facebook page.
The engraving on the case of the ‘Edition Historique’ is absolutely staggering and incredibly complex. The 3D structured text on the dial and curved plates affixed to the sides of the case tell the philosophy and skill of the inventor watchmakers, Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey.
The innovative double tourbillon mechanism (DT30) features one tourbillon, inclined at 30° and rotating in 60 seconds, inside another tourbillon, rotating every four minutes. This is done to average out gravity-induced errors on the oscillator.
Some specifications… Calibre GF 02e is made of 303 parts (39 jewels) and has a diameter of 36.40 mm. The double spring barrels delivers 72 hours of power reserve. The two tourbillon cages count 130 parts and a total weight of only 1.22 gram.
The case has a diameter of 44.5 mm and is 16.1 mm thick and is attached to the wrist with hand-sewn alligator strap with 18-carat gold deployant clasp.