WatchTime New York 2023 returns to Manhattan’s Gotham Hall from October 20th to 22nd, offering watch enthusiasts a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of horological excellence. This three-day event promises captivating brand presentations, insightful industry panel discussions, and hands-on experiences with some of the world’s most exceptional timepieces. Among the esteemed watchmakers attending this year, Greubel Forsey stands out with its latest creation: the Double Balancier Convexe in carbon.
Greubel Forsey has been a relentless force in the world of high-end watchmaking since its establishment in 2004. Nestled in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the Atelier Manufacture had built a reputation for exceptional innovation, craftsmanship, and a commitment to invention, resulting in timepieces celebrated for their distinct place in haute horlogerie.
In August 2023, Greubel Forsey unveiled its latest creation – the Double Balancier Convexe in carbon. This new masterpiece not only showcases the brand’s dedication to innovation, but also marks its first foray into crafting timepieces from carbon. With a reduced diameter of 42.5mm from previous iterations of the Double Balancier, this unexpected timepiece presents a bold fusion of structural complexity and the use of highly technical materials.
As its name indicates, carbon fiber takes center stage in the new model, enhancing both lightness and durability of the design. The distinct convex case of the model— beloved by fans of the brand— benefits from this material’s introduction, and developing it was no small feat. Greubel Forsey’s innovative process subjected the carbon case to pressures eight times greater than the industry standard, resulting in a denser yet equally lightweight material. The carbon case then serves as the canvas for fine, hand-finished watchmaking details, including satin, matte, and relief engraving. These elements complement the natural beauty of carbon fiber, creating a harmonious blend of form and function throughout the design.
The Double Balancier Convexe is being offered to collectors in two distinct versions, each with a character of its own. The first features an iridescent green finish, incorporating various shades of blue on the main bridge, power reserve display, mainplate, and hour ring. This version is accompanied by a matching rubber strap, delivering a fresh and contemporary feel.
The second version embraces black as its primary color, exuding elegance and simplicity. The carbon fiber weave presents a clean, contemporary look, allowing the hand-finished movement to take the spotlight. Mirror polishing, sharp internal angles, straight and circular-grained surfaces, and luminescent tips on the hands elevate both versions.
Housed inside the carbon fiber timepiece is the sixth of Greubel Forsey’s Fundamental Inventions. The movement features two balance wheels inclined at 30° and linked by a constant spherical differential visible between 6 and 7 o’clock. This arrangement functionally reduces the margin of error and meets the brand’s stringent performance, precision, and reliability standards.
The Greubel Forsey Double Balancier Convexe in carbon is available as a limited ediiton, with only 22 pieces produced in each variation, making this a rare and exclusive addition to any watch collection. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience Greubel Forsey’s carbon masterpiece in person at WatchTime New York 2023.
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