When visiting Greubel Forsey you know you can expect some serious watchmaking. When visiting them at the SIHH last week they presented the Greubel Forsey GMT Earth which is a perfect sample of their unique work. Although this model isn’t exactly new they made sure to create a new version at the maddest level. This piece is already impressive on the press images but seeing it in real life exceeds all expectations. The amount of details is simply endless.
Greubel Forsey GMT Earth
Earlier models have been made in different configurations in gold, titanium etc. With this piece Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey pushed boundaries in creating an exceptional and highly detailed timepiece. Accentuating the 3D display to the next level with floating dials and added bridges combined with various finishes and skeletonised parts. As you can see in the images the level is of finishing is amazing to say at least. From the top of the dial the architecture slowly moves down towards the lower part which holds the tourbillon and miniature model of the earth.
Three time zones simultaneously
Starting at the front left there is a GMT display with red triangle shaped hand. Just off-centered to the right you will find the main small time display. On the dial made from synthetic sapphire a small seconds display has been neatly incorporated between 3 and 4 o’clock. Moving on clockwise you will find the 72-hour power reserve indicator. Below that and lowered into the case you will find the 24-seconds tourbillon which is inclined at a 25° angle. One off the inventions of Greubel Forsey which improves performance even further. Left of the tourbillon sits the engraved and lacquered 3D rotating globe. Surrounded by a day-and-night UTC indicator in synthetic sapphire.
On the movement side of the Greubel Forsey GMT Earth an additional 24 time zones are displayed. Including summer and winter times to complement the universal time indicated by the terrestrial globe. A large synthetic sapphire disc displays various city names which are surrounded by 2 gold engraved and lacquered rings (UTC and summer time). Next to that sits the South Pole of the globe with UTC indicator. The entire globe is engraved and lacquered and matt lapped by hand.
Showing on the outer side of the case and barrel are the key values of Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey which decorate the entire case body. From the bezel made from high-domed sapphire crystal to the sides of the case and even in-between the lugs. You will need some time to discover and consume each of the words that decorate this watch. All of this fits within a 45,5 mm case which is still fairly small considering all the complication found in this watch. For sure a stunning piece which is limited to 33 pieces.
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Case material: 18K white gold
Movement: handwound or automatic
Power: 72 hours from manual winding
Water resistance: 30meter / 3ATM
Dial: Multi-level dial
Strap: Black rubber or stitched alligator strap with white gold buckle.
Greubel Forsey GMT earth price 610.000 CHF (MRSP incl. VAT, prices may vary depending on location.)